‘Sharing my experience of teaching young learners’ Δράμπα Σουζάνα 20ο Δημ. Σχολείο Σερρών-ΕΑΕΠ 2011-2012
What are a “washing-line” ,some hats and a train doing in a classroom?
The “ washing-line” activities !Ice-breaking activities• Questions you want to ask your students on the first day• Students write questions they would like to ask their classmates• Suggesting favourite topics for discussion, ideas for projects etc.• BINGO GAME
Activities for advanced Primary students•Reading Comprehension questions•True or False sentences•Dictation (give the explanation/ definition and ask for theword) (make sentences with the word)•Divide into groups by hanging the names of 4-5 (dependingon the number of students and groups you want toform)animals or nationalities etc.•MATCHING activities (English proverbs/Countries-Capitals,two halves of sentences etc.)•Complete sentences: “I like…” “Two days ago…” “ I’venever…”•Assigning Projects (6th Grade/Unit 1 Project)•Hang our projects
Just for Fun Scrambled words GAME “Find the word”Even after or before class encourage them to hang• Questions directed to the teacher• Classroom rules• New Year Resolutions• “I believe or I think “ sentences about a topic (Environment, Violence in schools etc.) to raise self-esteem• Brainstorming (give the topic of the next Unit or Lesson and they can find, bring to class and hang words on the “washing-line”• Writing their opinion and feelings about lesson or activities
Activities for younger students•Introduce new Vocabulary•Revise Vocabulary•Group Vocabulary (colours, animals,food words,school objects)•Learn songs (The colour song, The clothes song)•Hang their drawings•Hang things to remember like healthy food flashcardsor recycling packages•“English around us” corner with whatever cut-outs ofEnglish words they can find
“Colourful Speaking Hats”Made for a school show and then left forgotten in a dark storeroom for threewhole years! Found after cleaning up the storeroom. 2 seconds before givenfor recycling they started to speak English. Saved at the very last moment , they have proved to be very useful to me and my students We have used them to learn, play with and sing the colours. We have used them to tidy our teacher’s desk andunscramble her piles of flashcards putting them in the right hat-red for toys, blue for school objects, green for food, brown for animals etc. They are magic! Whoever wears one of them can speak English! Then our teacher took them to other higher classes to help those students speak English too!
•Choose two words from two hats and form a sentence or aquestion to your classmates•Put words in order•Produce speech using a word from one hat•Form groups according to the colour of the hat which theleader of the group wears•Guess “What have I got in my hand?” “Is it…?” “Doesit…?”
The writing train(3rd grade 9 year-old students) Our own “writing train”! A train carries people and goods. Our train carries words but not any words. Words which hide our feelings and thoughts and dreams! Now writing is our favourite task!
What do a “washing-line”, some hats and a train have in common?I feel they have turned my classroom into a fun ,motivating, colourful environment and theteaching and learning process different, fun andinteresting for my students, satisfactory andfulfilling for me as a teacher. THANK YOU
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