Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Active Learning

Today I would like to take a quick look at students aged 9 to 10 years old however, if you teach ESL in the classroom you may even like to use the following for some of your activities and adapt them for your level. Rhyming is always a great way to introduce new words or expand on existing learner knowledge. Words such as flower, power, tower, cower are perhaps already known to your students but it could be that these are completely new to them.

If the words introduced are new try some pictures to explain the meaning of them. Use picture-matching activities such as showing a picture on the left and drawing a line to match the correct sentence to the picture. Although this is a basic activity it can be made more complex by splitting one sentence in half and have students match one half of a sentence to the correct other half.

Perhaps mime is your thing or if possible display small objects to explain the meaning. Of course elicit the information from your learners first in order to gauge their knowledge base and to establish that very important communication between yourself and your learners in order to keep all students in your classroom engaged.... active learning.

Introduce short activities using a dictionary so students can check the grammatical role of a word and thereby extending their language skills. Provide multiple choice question e.g.

I went back into the house because I ____________ my bag.

(a) forget (b) forgotten (c) have forgotten (d) had forgotten

In a classroom setting it is always good to pair students so they talk to one another. Communication is a great way to learn new things, further develop existing knowledge or come to understand how your student think so you may be able to help them achieve the best possible outcome for whatever it is they are learning. Communication is active learning and will help develop English language skills.

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