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.
More videos by Have Fun Teaching
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.
More videos by Lingua Spectrum.
Giving Direction: Solving Mazes
Time: 60 minutes
Preparation: 15 minutes
- Before the activity begins, teacher had a short discussion with the students regarding vocabulary used in giving directions.
- Then, teacher explains the activity to the students and what they are expected to do.
- Students are divided into pairs.
- Each pair will be given a task sheet (maze) to be completed.
- One student will give direction whereas the other student will listen to the directions given by his partner in order to solve the maze.
- After a maze is completed, students change their roles and complete another maze given by teacher.
- 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
By: JOHNNY TIANG KAH HOE (A126075)
For the course work fulfillment of Action Research GV 3053, my group partner and I have conducted several teaching sessions in Impact Learning Tuition Centre with six lower secondary pupils. In our first teaching, we taught our pupils “simple past tense”. We applied two teaching methods in our lesson. Both methods used video downloaded from YouTube.
In the first video clip, students were first told what “Simple Past Tense” is. Then, examples are given to them in order to let them have a better understanding. This process is clearly a top-down approach. It lets the students to get the general idea of the past tense before they further explore the details concerning “simple past tense”.
In the second video clip, students were shown some funny actions that were done by cats. At the end of the video, we asked the students to recall the actions they saw are in the video clip. We wrote down all the students’ answer on the white board. After that, we aided the students to change the actions they mentioned into past tense form. We summarised the section by telling the students what “simple past tense” is. Therefore, it is a bottom-up teaching approach.
Our students were much more active during the session we showed them the second video compared to the first video clip. In my opinion both top down and bottom up teaching approach is useful in helping the students to learn. It depends on the students’ learning style to decide which approach is better. In our case, the students are from lower secondary form, so, there is a need for us to guide them from bottom to conceptualisation.
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
Have a nice day teachers!
Umi Athiya Yusop (A126085)
Yay, learning Grammar using Alphabet Poem!
by Moureen Padan
Alphabet poem can be used to teach parts of speech or sentence structure while reinforcing dictionary skills.
- Past Tense – To write the poem, students had to start each letter with a verb in the past tense. This enabled the class to revise their verbs in the simple past tense while writing some wacky and often hilarious group poems.
- Extensive dictionary Usage – The writing of the following poem requires students to use their dictionary extensively
- Cooperative Learning through group work -Students are to work together to collate group ideas into one group poem
What I Did The Last School Holiday!
(Verbs + in past tense form)
Accessed information from the internet
Babbled with my friend
Conversed with my teacher
Donated some clothes to the orphanage
Escorted my best friend to see her boyfriend
Fought often with my sister
Gave my football cards to my friends
Hacked into the computer system
Insisted on colouring my room pink
Joined the army for a week
Kicked my neighbour’s dog
Learned how to cook
Murdered my a mosquito
Nagged my neighbour’s daughter
Opposed my parents’ plans to go to Langkawi
Puzzled why my parents went to Langkawi without me
Qualified to join the Newboyz group
Rebuilt my tree house after my brother threw stones at it
Sold my hand phone because it was broken
Took my young brother to his friend’s house
Unfertilized the soil behind my backyard
Vandalized a bus stop with my friend
Waited for my girlfriend at the bus stop which I had vandalized
X-rayed my body
Yelled at the field
Zapped my discipline teacher’s car!
(Adapted from Mohd Zarif, Mohd Khairy, Nur Dalila, Mohd Khairul, Nur Syahida)
It would be fun to play words using all the alphabets! So, try it out with lower secondary school!
For this week, I’ll introduce an interactive game which teachers will find it very interesting to be carried out as grammar lesson in the classroom. I believe that teaching grammar via games will get students to participate in the lesson more and will definitely change their perspective that learning grammar is actually not boring and mundane. I have found this website:http://www.shareup.com/game/ which offers tons of free downloadable interactive games which can be manipulated and can be used to make learning grammar so much fun! Below are few snapshots that I’ve got from the website and it is called ‘Grammar Quest’ and trust me, the games are all very user-friendly. Why not check it out and give it a try? It wont hurt..:)