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Teaching Aids for Grammar Lesson!

Teachers, do you have time to prepare your teaching aids for Grammar? For those who answer “No” to the question, I believe the major reason would be; HECTIC SCHEDULE, am I right? But worry no more. Today, I would like to share with you the website that I discovered and utilised to teach grammar. Teachers, say hello to Grammar Bytes. This superb brilliant website is provided with lots of attractive Grammar slideshows that can be used to aid your explanation.

Every grammar topic comes together with grammar games too! The beauty of integrating online games into lesson is not only it would attract students’ attention, but it would also help students to understand the topic better as there is a button that students can click should they need further explanation.

Click and bookmark now! Grammar Bytes Website

Till Then;

Have a nice day teachers!

Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)


Steps to Improve Listening Skills

Listening is one of the main language domains that should not be neglected! I believe that everyone is aware with the fact that listening is a part of communication. A two-way communication would not be considered successful if the audience could not understand what’s the speaker is trying to convey.

In schools that I have been to, for fieldwork assignments, I notice that even though students have been learning English for years, some of them still face the difficulty in comprehending English. Most of the time, teachers have to slow down their speaking pace just so the students would understand them.

In order to help students to improve their listening skills, teachers should encourage the students to practice the skill by themselves, outside the classroom- in authentic situations. Here are some of the steps to improve one’s listening skill by a teacher from a forum for teachers

Step 1- Determine what your listening goal is. It can be listening for pleasure, to empathize, to evaluate, or for information. Listening for pleasure just requires that you sit back and appreciate what you hear. Listening to empathize involves mentally putting yourself in the speaker’s situation. Listening to evaluate means you are judging what the speaker is saying while he is delivering his speech. Listening for information is paying attention to get details and facts.

Step 2 – Distractions are inevitable. But there are ways to minimize the distractions. For example, close the door if the crowd outside the room distracts you. And if you can hear the speaker’s voice because of the distance, move closer to him.

Step 3 – Nobody likes to be distracted whilst speaking. If you need something clarified, hold your horses! Jot down the points that you do not understand on a piece of paper – If the purpose is to get details or facts.

Step 4 – Ask the questions when the speaker is done.

Step 5 –  Sometimes even when you listen attentively to the speaker’s speech, you still don’t get all of the information you need. Politely ask the speaker to repeat what he said.

Students need to be exposed with these 5 easy steps in order to improve their listening skills. Remember. Practice makes PERFECT!

Till Then,

Thank you for reading and have a nice day ppl!

Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)

Public Speaking

Public speaking is one of the various ways to improve students’ proficiency as well as their confidence.

Here’s a video clip of a public speaking on video games and storytelling that I find interesting. Enjoy!

Till then,

Have a nice day people!
Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)

How to teach writing skills

It is undeniable that writing is the ultimate task that students abhor the most in language learning. Lets watch a video on strategies that Laura Minnegerode, an expert, employs to teach writing skills.

That’s all for today.

Have a nice day people!

Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)

Fun Grammar Games and Interactive Exercise Online

Hello and welcome to our website.

I am Umi Athiya Yusop, a teacher in the making and I am one of the authors of this blog. Since this blog aims to help English teachers to find learning resources, today I would like to share with all of you a useful website that could motivate students to learn grammar.

For the past week weeks, I have gone to a primary school in Bangi once a week to complete my Action Research assignment. Just so everyone knows this assignment requires me to select a teaching technique, teach a few students who are willing to participate, and see the effectiveness of the chosen technique in at least a month.

From the ice breaking session I had with the students, I found that the students hated grammar. Mundane teaching technique adopted by their teachers seems to be the major reason of their fear and hatred of grammar. According to them, their teachers teach grammar by explaining the forms and rules and then drilling students on them. And normally, when the teachers think the students have grasped what has been taught, the students will be given countless grammar worksheets to be completed, in order to test  and enhance their understanding- which I believe the part that bores the students the most.

Since grammar is their major problem, I opted to teach them grammar.

I consider myself lucky because while I was cracking my head thinking of alternatives to make my lessons memorable and fun, I came across this website called ESL Games World. ESL Games World is a website for English teachers as well as for students. This website offers a range of interactive grammar games and exercises.

The below is present tense vs. past tense game

Some games in this website provide  explanations if the students make mistakes.

I have integrated the games provided in this website in my lesson and the feed backs that I got from my students so far are all very pleasing. They are more motivated to learn grammar and it seems to me that my students have somewhat improved their grammar. Therefore, I highly recommend this website to all English teachers especially those who wish to integrate technology into the teaching of grammar.

Till then,

Have a nice day!

Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)