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Let’s play!

Play For The Planet Online

Adults are often reluctant to use games during language lessons. They can in fact feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Adult-students regard fun activities as being less productive and unhelpful in the learning process, but teachers actually consider them as amongst the best tools for language learning. To avoid problems and barriers that impede students’ learning, it’s a good idea to use board games. These types of games are used in the everyday life of both young people and adults, and for this reason, they are easy to relate to. The teacher explains how to play and asks the players to respect the rules, thereby ensuring the lessons are fun and well-structured. So… let’s play!

Written by Emilie Foster

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A classroom activity for the start of the new academic year

New Academic Year

In order to start the new academic year on a positive note, why not organise some classroom games for pupils to revise grammar structures and vocabulary, whilst also getting them to work on improving their listening and speaking skills? Here are some activities which allow the teacher to test course pre-requisites in a fun way whilst using a kinaesthetic approach to learning. The word kinaesthetic derives from the Greek kinéo (to move) andaisthesis (meaning sensation). So let’s get to work because as J.Piaget says “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.”

Written by Emilie Foster

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The Grasshopper and the Ant

Cicala E La Formica

Jean de La Fontaine’s fables are famous worldwide and still enjoyed today by many people. They can be used in the classroom as a pleasurable and relaxing way to teach English to young learners and to encourage them to read. Therefore, it is a good idea to set up a reading corner in the classroom where pupils can either move their chairs to or sit comfortably on cushions and listen to stories being read to them. Because of the pupils’ age, it is better to choose a simplified version of the fable so as not to demotivate the ones who might find it more difficult to understand the original.

Written by Emilie Foster

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A portrait of an animal

Worksheet

A meticulous approach is needed to the written language:
an understanding and activation of students’ knowledge and skills, analysis of written material, work on guided and autonomous written production, self-assessment and tests to map progress.
This approach can and should be followed up with writing tasks where students can revise and put the language learnt to personal use, therefore encouraging and developing the natural talent of the class.

Written by Emilie Foster

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