Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Like with everything in life, practice makes perfect.  When learning a language, it is important to practice what you learn whether it be with games, watching TV, listening to the radio or speaking to friends or other classmates.  Children learn best with visuals and active games and when it comes to practicing in class that is just what we do.  In this case, we played a game to first remember all the words we have learned in the second term so far and then I stuck the flashcards on the board for them to write the words they could remember. Children love writing on the board!!

Learning with games

Learning with games

Who says learning English is boring? When somebody says they´ve joined up an English class (or any other language class) other people often think that sounds boring.  That´s because the idea of studying grammar in a classroom setting with an opened book in front of you isn´t too appealing.  While it is important to learn all aspects of the language, I like to use games and songs in my classroom.  I find that students remember things easier this way. I try to find games  that review vocabulary or grammar structures. In this case, we were playing a game to revise Clothes & Clothing. Vocabulary.http://www.eslgamesplus.com/clothes-and-colors-esl-vocabulary-games-elementary-learners/

House Song

As per the request of some students, here is the ¨House Song¨we have been working with some of our 1st and 2nd graders. It´s very catchy and they love the kitchen, not chicken part!

Enjoy!

Increase your Vocabulary

Increase your Vocabulary

While it’s difficult (or merely impossible) to learn all the vocabulary in the world, there are different ways to practice or enhance your vocabulary.

When I was in High School, I had an English teacher who would tell us to grab the New York Times (the most prestigious newspaper in New York) and just read headlines.  He said it didn´t matter if we didn´t read the actual articles but to read headlines and write down those words that we didn´t understand and then, of course, to look them up.  He suggested keeping a diary to write them down and trying to use them in a sentence.  So typical for a teacher to give this advice, right? Well, it worked for me.  Usually the words that you have to look up in a dictionary tend to stick better to the brain. You tend to remember them better.  I always suggest this.

Something that I´ve always enjoyed and has also helped me to enhance my vocabulary was doing Crosswords. I used to grab a newspaper, whether an old Sunday paper that my dad had at home or even the local newspaper (which was FREE on the metro) and do the Crossword.  Crosswords can be a fun and engaging way to pass time, especially if you take the bus to school or work or metro, or in the case of our town, the boat to Vigo.  Also, it is scientifically proven that Crosswords can help alleviate or avoid Alzheimer´s.  So why not give it a try? It´s a perfect way to keep the mind working and constantly challenge yourself.

If you are not into reading headlines or doing crosswords, you can always watch television.  Although I do not recommend sitting by a television all day, I do recommend using the time wisely if you are going to do so.  There are many popular television series that can help you increase your vocabulary and could teach you colloquial expressions that are useful.  And well, If you are not a ¨couch potato¨ or do not have a lot of time, there is always the radio too.

Think you don´t have time for any of these? How about trying the one word a day method?  Here is a dictionary that makes it easy for you.  Remember to check back every day and learn one word a day!! http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/

 

Shapes, Colours & Numbers

Here is a basic topic that we usually assume all students beginners or not should always know.  It´s also one of my favourite topics with the very little ones. They usually get so excited when they are able to recognize the shapes, colours and numbers that they transmit that excitement and it gets out of hand with all the jumping and shouting. Here are some songs we’ve been working with to help us remember this vocabulary better