Arousal In The Esl Classroom
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  • 1. “Arousal” in the ESL Classroom Tamara Jones jonestamara@hotmail.com SHAPE Language Center
  • 2. “arousal” = the easiest way to learn
  • 3. Learning can now be seen with a microscope!
  • 4. Learning and the Brain • Neurons hold information • Dendrite branches project from the neuron • As we learn, we grow more dendrite branches • Synapses are located at various places in the dendrite branches
  • 5. Thinking and Learning • Synapses fire electrical impulses joining dendrite branches = THINKING • Repeated firing leading to stronger connections between dendrite branches = LEARNING
  • 6. Practice = Learning (Shocking, isn’t it?)
  • 7. motivation attention arousal
  • 8. How to “arouse” your ESL students …
  • 9. 10 GREAT GAMES!
  • 10. The Board Game • review almost anything! • practice any grammar structure • go over individual sounds, word stress, or intonation • provide conversation topics • review vocabulary words • practice reading skills
  • 11. The Card Match Game • quickly warm up or get students into pairs or partners • review vocabulary or idioms • practice minimal pairs & other pronunciation • practice grammar items
  • 12. The Dice Game • review anything • practice grammar • check answers from book work or hand outs • summarize of what was covered in class that day
  • 13. The Dot Game • review anything • practice grammar, pronunciation, reading, listening, or writing skills • check answers from book work or hand outs • summarize of what was covered in class that day
  • 14. The Flyswatter Game • reinforce vocabulary • practice pronunciation of minimal pairs • quickly review • warm up
  • 15. Joanne’s Line Up Game • reinforce vocabulary • review target pronunciation (word stress, consonant and vowel sounds, linking) • grammar corrections or gap fills
  • 16. The M&M Game • break the ice • review vocabulary • promote conversation • practice different reading skills • review parts of a sentence or different grammar structures • brainstorm about different topics
  • 17. The Playdoh Game • review vocabulary • to practice idioms • to practice verb forms • for fun!!
  • 18. The Correction Game • complete hand outs or book work • work on error location activities • practice spelling
  • 19. The Hot Seat • reinforce vocabulary • practice word stress • practice grammar forms • practice idioms
  • 20. What makes a Good Game? • Not stressful • Involves movement • Reviews previous material • Encourages ALL students to participate FUN!
  • 21. “When we teach, we are changing the form of the brain.” Janet Zadina
  • 22. Thank you for you interest! Tamara Jones SHAPE Language Center jonestamara@hotmail.com