Arousal In The Esl Classroom

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Arousal In The Esl Classroom

  1. 1. “Arousal” in the ESL Classroom Tamara Jones jonestamara@hotmail.com SHAPE Language Center
  2. 2. “arousal” = the easiest way to learn
  3. 3. Learning can now be seen with a microscope!
  4. 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. 5. Thinking and Learning • Synapses fire electrical impulses joining dendrite branches = THINKING • Repeated firing leading to stronger connections between dendrite branches = LEARNING
  6. 6. Practice = Learning (Shocking, isn’t it?)
  7. 7. motivation attention arousal
  8. 8. How to “arouse” your ESL students …
  9. 9. 10 GREAT GAMES!
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. The Flyswatter Game • reinforce vocabulary • practice pronunciation of minimal pairs • quickly review • warm up
  15. 15. Joanne’s Line Up Game • reinforce vocabulary • review target pronunciation (word stress, consonant and vowel sounds, linking) • grammar corrections or gap fills
  16. 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. 17. The Playdoh Game • review vocabulary • to practice idioms • to practice verb forms • for fun!!
  18. 18. The Correction Game • complete hand outs or book work • work on error location activities • practice spelling
  19. 19. The Hot Seat • reinforce vocabulary • practice word stress • practice grammar forms • practice idioms
  20. 20. What makes a Good Game? • Not stressful • Involves movement • Reviews previous material • Encourages ALL students to participate FUN!
  21. 21. “When we teach, we are changing the form of the brain.” Janet Zadina
  22. 22. Thank you for you interest! Tamara Jones SHAPE Language Center jonestamara@hotmail.com

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