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The Noun Song

Let’s try something else to teach NOUN to your students. Get your students to sing along and learn English in a fun way. Learning through songs help students to remember and understand better how to use vocabulary and grammar correctly, as compare to when you simply explain to them. An interactive process is all you need to create a meaningful lesson. So, get your students engage in your classroom and improve their English.

This video teaches the basic definition of a common noun. It contains examples of common nouns for people, places, things, and ideas.

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Fun and Funny – How are they different?

This video helps students to understand how some words like “fun” and “funny” are different. This video will explain the differences of the two words and how to use them.

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Fun Mazes

ACTIVITY

Giving Direction: Solving Mazes

Time: 60 minutes

Preparation: 15 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Instruction:

  1. Before the activity begins, teacher had a short discussion with the students regarding vocabulary used in giving directions.
  2. Then, teacher explains the activity to the students and what they are expected to do.
  3. Students are divided into pairs.
  4. Each pair will be given a task sheet (maze) to be completed.
  5. One student will give direction whereas the other student will listen to the directions given by his partner in order to solve the maze.
  6. After a maze is completed, students change their roles and complete another maze given by teacher.
  7. After that, students compare their answers with other students.

After the activity, teacher conducted a short discussion again with the students on what vocabulary that they employ in giving directions to their friends and the difficulties encountered.

This activity allows students to practice their listening and speaking skills. At the same time, students have to incorporate appropriate grammar and vocabulary while giving instructions to their partners. Thus, this activity helps students to enhance their vocabulary as it creates an opportunity for the students to use the language in their conversation (giving direction).

There are varieties of mazes that can be found on the internet. Here are examples of simple but fun mazes that can be used for kids of lower and intermediate students. Printable Mazes For Kids


Learning English through songs

Incorporating songs as part of English lesson activities are extremely helpful especially when you want to create a fun and less stressful way to teach English to your students. My partner and I had a short teaching practice last Thursday and we used songs as an English learning activity in the class. The students had fun and they were very interested and eager to participate in the activity. Here is how we conducted the activity. We had sources from the internet to help us as well. These activities are used to teach GRAMMAR to students especially tenses, prepositions as well as word meanings. Using songs also help the students to practise their listening skills. This will enhance and enrich their vocabulary where they can learn new words from the songs. The activity is designed using the song lyrics whereby students are required to fill in the blanks. The song will be played in order to help the students to complete the task given.  

Skills : Listening Skill

Songs: 1. This Love by Maroon 5 

Procedures:

1. Students are required to form groups of 3.

(It is better to keep them in  small groups so that everyone will get the chance to contribute and take part in this activity. The reason for having this activity to be done in groups is to incorporate teamwork or cooperative in this activity. Students get to work with each other to complete the task. Therefore, it is important to have students with mixed ability to work with each other so that fast or advanced learners can help their friends with low level of English competency)

2. Every group will be given a copy of the task prepared by the teacher.

3. Give students time to read the task (lyrics)

4. Play the song once. Give the students time to fill in the blanks before you play the song for the second time.

5. Once the task is completed, ask for volunteers to read the (answer) lyrics of the song.

(Instead of teacher giving the answer, ask volunteers from the students or choose students randomly to read the answers. Get them to sing the lyrics out to their classmates. This does not only create fun and less stress environment in the class but also to get them to speak in English even though they are just reading the lyrics. )

6. Teacher discusses the answer with students to ensure that they understand the activity they have just done during the lesson.

This activity requires teacher to have the song in hand and equipments ready (that are working such as speakers) to ensure that students can listen to the song clearly. Ensuring that every students are able to the song clearly will help them to complete the task as well as to help them improve their listening skill in English language learning.

Worksheet: This activity requires students to fill in the blanks with tenses. >>click here to view the worksheet


Worksheet: Learning English through songs-an example

TASK 1

THIS LOVE

(sung by Maroon 5)

I ………………..(be) so high I ………………..(not recognize)

The fire burning in her eyes,

(Nor) The chaos that ………………..(control) my mind.

(She) ………………..(whisper) ‘goodbye’ and she ………………..(get) on a plane;

Never to return again,

But always in my heart

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This love ………………..(has taken) its toll on me;

She ………………..(say) ‘goodbye’ too many times before

And her heart ………………..(break) in front of me.

I ………………..(have) no choice ’cause I 

………………..(say) ‘goodbye’ anymore.

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I ………………..(try) my best to feed her appetite,

Keep her coming every night.

(It was) So hard to keep her satisfied;

(She) Kept playing love like it ………………..(be) just a game,

Pretending to feel the same,

Then turn around and leave again.

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This love ………………..(take) its toll on me;

She ………………..(say) ‘goodbye’ too many times before

And her heart ………………..(break) in front of me.

I ………………..(have) no choice, ’cause 

I ………………..(say) ‘goodbye’ anymore.

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I………………..(fix) these broken things;

(I’ll) Repair your broken wings

And make sure everything………………..(be) alright.

My pressure on your hips,

Sinking my fingertips

Into every inch of you,

‘Cause I ………………..(be) that………………..(be) what you ………………..(be) me to do

© Pedagogic Copyright 1994-2007 Bibi Baxter

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