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~~Pictures and photos are a valuable resource for stimulating classroom communication and can be used for more than setting the scene and eliciting vocabulary. Rather they can provide numerous opportunities for learning English while communicating about real-world events. The activities listed below are merely some examples and can be easily modified and adapted for use with different learners, a wide range of target language, communicative goals and learner needs. As with all activities these need clear, imaginative demonstrations to encourage learner participation. Using 2 or 3 pictures as e
Craft activities Craft activities are great fun in the classroom and are especially effective young learners. Activities can take more time to prepare in advance, and can turn out to be messy, but they also create meaningful learning opportunities and help make language seem more real. Below are some of the advantages of doing craft in the EFL classroom as well as some top tips for carrying them out. Advantages of craft activities Creativity Craft encourages children’s creativity and allows them to express themselves and their own designs. As with all creative tasks, this works best when chi
The 21st century classroom should be an environment of student-centered spaces. Good-bye desks! Good-bye front of the room where the teacher stands and the students watch. Hello, change! This is not a new concept, in the early 1900's Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and innovator, established her well-known educational method. As a psychiatrist, with an interest in education she approached this method with the awareness that children will learn what the
Mixed-up or jumbled sentences has long been a common, effective method used by ESL teachers around the world to test their students' ability to rearrange a series of words and correctly form them into a sentence. In my experience, most students dislike having to do this. They often find it difficult and hard to comprehend. It is also quite boring for them.
Back to school, fall leaves, Thanksgiving and Christmas all easily lend themselves to great decorating themes, but what to do when those are over and spring is months away? Invigorate your classroom this winter in color and pizzazz with some simple and quick designs.
Classroom decorations come in great varieties – there are different classroom decorations for practically every holiday and season – but the absolute best classroom decorations are the ones that students make themselves.