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Alternative ways of teaching grammar

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Post Webinar Tasks
1. Create a riddle and share it with the group in comments. (Don’t forget to tag me in the comment).

2. Make a timeline for certain tenses use or to illustrate a story (by using the tenses). (You can find some suggested tools in the presentation).


3. Find a MadLib on Google, use it in class, take a picture of one of the filled in MadLibs and post it in the comments.

4. Create a set of cards for a certain grammar topic and share it with the rest in comments or in a separate post.

Note! Don’t forget to tag me and Irina in the posts and comments with the accomplished tasks.


Post Webinar Tasks
1. Create a riddle and share it with the group in comments. (Don’t forget to tag me in the comment).

2. Make a timeline for certain tenses use or to illustrate a story (by using the tenses). (You can find some suggested tools in the presentation).


3. Find a MadLib on Google, use it in class, take a picture of one of the filled in MadLibs and post it in the comments.

4. Create a set of cards for a certain grammar topic and share it with the rest in comments or in a separate post.

Note! Don’t forget to tag me and Irina in the posts and comments with the accomplished tasks.
Alternative ways of teaching grammar

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Alternative ways of teaching grammar

  1. 1. Grammar can be fun! Alternative ways of teaching grammar BY LILIANA NEDERITA
  2. 2. Do you like to teach grammar?
  3. 3. Do your students like the grammar topics?
  4. 4. How do you make teaching grammar fun?
  5. 5. March, 4th is World Grammar Day!
  6. 6. Mention the word "grammar" and students will cringe. In fact, most teachers will cringe, too. Claudia Pesce
  7. 7. Is Grammar Really Important for a Second Language Learner?
  8. 8.  “Grammar is the backbone of a language  Grammar provides you with the structure you need in order to organize and put your messages and ideas across.”
  9. 9. Teaching grammar
  10. 10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_eBrIDUuc
  11. 11.  “Our primary goal as second language teachers must be to create users of the language, not linguists!”
  12. 12. How to teach grammar?
  13. 13. Traditional Way
  14. 14. Multiple Intelligence Theory Howard Gardner
  15. 15. Alternative Ways
  16. 16. Make it an authentic task  Introduce the form  Find all the Passive Voice structures in the given newspaper article.  “Breaking News!” Create and shoot your own news! (use PV)
  17. 17. Using Humour  Grammar fails
  18. 18. Games verb – adverb charades http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp334-02.shtml
  19. 19. Pair Editing http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/TM/WS_lp334-04b-download.pdf
  20. 20. Get your sentences in order  For younger children ‘the A swims on duck pond.’  Write on individual slips of paper, get Ss to put the words in the correct order  Variation  Use movement – put words around the room, make it a race.
  21. 21. ‘hot potato’, musical chairs  Making up sentences  Saying statements with a certain grammar structure:  I have got a ...  Stick under the chair a personal pronoun, whoever gets the hot potato when the music stops has to take the pronoun and give a possessive (for e.g.)
  22. 22. Grammar Riddles John has been speaking on the phone for 2 hours. Alice has spoken on the phone. Ann is always speaking on the phone. Drew usually speaks on the phone. Who is not necessarily on the phone now? Whose action annoys the writer? Who is actually on the phone now?
  23. 23. Grammar Riddles 1. John is going to see a doctor about his liver problems. 2. Alice is seeing a doctor about her pregnancy. 3. Ann said “I will see a doctor as soon as the problem occurs again”. 4. Drew is always seeing doctors. Who actually made an appointment with the doctor?
  24. 24.  When John came home at 8 pm the apartment had already been ransacked by the burglars.  Alice was on her way when the apartment was being ransacked by the burglars.  Ann would have been home if she hadn’t been held in traffic.  Drew will have got home by 8 pm. Who had the highest chance of finding the burglars in the apartment.
  25. 25.  John has been working on painting the house for 3 years.  Alice had painted the house before Christmas holidays.  Ann has painted the house.  Drew is painting the house blue; he has already bought the paint. Who didn’t even start painting the house?
  26. 26. Task  Solve the given riddles  Contribute - Make your own  Share - Present it to the audience
  27. 27. Using timelines
  28. 28. Timeline online tools  TIMELINE http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom- resources/student-interactives/timeline-30007.html  timeglider https://timeglider.com/
  29. 29. Task:  Make a timeline  Speak about inventions using Past Perfect (6th Form), Past Perfect Continuous (7th form)
  30. 30. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/71/da/9d/71da9d6240e2855bde2c26808b2614d0.jpg discovery technique
  31. 31. Example New Headway 4th Edition (Elementary)
  32. 32. Task:  Work in groups  Fill in the list
  33. 33. Mad Libs – teaching parts of speech https://s-media-cache- ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f7/7b/49/f77b492883b5eba4ad64b 3ed02a51964.jpg
  34. 34. Board Games – So… what’s the question? (5th form)  Personal Questions  Public Place Questions
  35. 35. Playing Cards
  36. 36. Task:  Work in groups of 4-5  Play cards  Practice the “Do you… ?” question form and the short answers
  37. 37. Tense tents  To help your child understand verb tenses, draw some ‘tense tents’ on pieces of paper. Write down some verbs in their various tenses – present (e.g. play), past (played), future (will play), future continuous (will be playing) and so on – and get your child to move the verbs into the correct tent.
  38. 38. Bob Obee The Grammar Activity Book  P. 22
  39. 39. Spontaneous/on spot games – no preparation needed  Practicing short answers  Are you? Yes, I am No, I am not  Do you? Yes, I do No, I don’t  What is it? Is it a…? Yes it is. No it isn’t
  40. 40. Using Songs  Structures (especially modals and conditionals) and tenses are often repeated in the song. Blank these out as reinforcement of the grammar.
  41. 41. Videos
  42. 42. Advertisements, news, announcement etc.  Passive Voice
  43. 43. Conversation Games  Corrupt a wish  Student 1: I wish I were taller.  Student 2: If you were taller, then you would hit your head on many things. (Second Conditional)
  44. 44. Task:  Everyone makes a wish  Take each wish that has been stated and corrupt it
  45. 45. Chain Games  Conditional sentences The teacher begins with a sentence, for example “If I meet Jack I will invite him to the conference.” The next student must use the end of the previous sentence to begin their own sentence. Eg S1“If I invite him to the conference, he will be pleased.” S2 “If he is pleased he might invite me to his party” S3 “If he invites me to his party I will meet his sister”  Past Continuous S1 At 5 o’clock last night I was taking a shower. S2 While he was taking a shower, I was playing cards.
  46. 46. Celebrity biographies  To see the difference between past simple, past perfect, present perfect use
  47. 47. Do and don‘ts in teaching grammar
  48. 48. 1. real language and real situations in context
  49. 49. 2. Initial focus on gist, not form
  50. 50. 3. Focus on more specific meaning
  51. 51. 4. focus on very specific meaning
  52. 52. 5. Analysis and systematization - learn how to use it
  53. 53. 6. exercises to practice the new structure
  54. 54. 7. homework - to revise
  55. 55. 8. opportunities to practice - in REAL or REALISTIC communicative situations
  56. 56. 9. Recycle and mention the topic again as many times as necessary
  57. 57. Don’t  Spend your entire class period lecturing your students.
  58. 58. Don’t  Be afraid to drift from your lesson plans
  59. 59. Don’t  Fail to offer variety
  60. 60. Don’t  Get stuck in a routine
  61. 61. Online tools for fun grammar  NoRedLink https://www.noredink.com/teach/tour  http://www.funenglishgames.com/grammargames.html
  62. 62. References  Julio Foppoli “Is Grammar Really Important for a Second Language Learner?” retrieved from http://www.eslbase.com/teaching/grammar-important-second-language-learner  “Importance of Teaching English Grammar”, retrieved from http://www.wordsworthelt.com/blog/importance-of-teaching-english-grammar/  The Grammar Gorillas  https://www.funbrain.com/grammar/index.html  Grammar Bytes  http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm  Classroom Songs 16 Creative Ways  http://busyteacher.org/2728-classroom-songs-16-creative-ways.html  by Andrei ZakhareuskiHow to Make Your Grammar Lessons a Little More Interesting  http://busyteacher.org/7765-how-to-make-grammar-lessons-more-interesting.html  https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/conditional-chain-game

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