Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Above the clouds

Many of my students have a problem with syntax. Although they learn phrases and language chunks, not only words, they still  make mistakes while rearranging jumbled up sentences into meaningful ones.
To make such exercises more engaging and exciting, I created word clouds with seven sentences. At first I didn't know which online generator I should use. Eventually, I decided to use Wordle, as it can create word clouds with all the words. You just have to mark the option "Do not remove common words".

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Girl's life

Last week my 6th graders revised present tenses. Grammar is not their idea of having fun, so I had to come up with some activities that will make it more enjoyable.
I have found cute pictures presenting girl's life and I have created a set of 24 picture cards and 12 word cards.
I divided the class into groups of four. Each student got one picture card. I had to make sure that they know the English phrases to describe the pictures. Then I picked up one word card and read it out loud. The students had to decide which tense they sould use and they had to write the correct sentence in their notebooks. Then they read their sentences one by one. They swapped pictures within their groups, I picked up another word card, and they wrote and read another sentence. We repeated this three times.
They said they liked the activity more than workbook grammar exercises. But what is more important, even the weakest students were able to create correct sentences on their own.

If you like this actitivy and you want to do it with your students, you can download it here:

Girl's life by kakitis on Scribd

Saturday, 3 September 2016

School is back

A new school year started two days ago, but it's hard to forget summer laziness. During my summer holidays I tried to relax a little bit, but I was also looking for some teaching inspiration.
And I found it :)

I just love their words hidden in pictures! I have printed 16 different pictures and I'm not afraid to use them in class :)

Working with young learners, I discovered I have to draw a lot and I have to draw well. Luckily Art for Kids Hub has a huge "How to draw" video archive.
I love visual aids, but I'm not that good at drawing. I found a great site with a lot of high quality images for teaching English.

This year I want to focus on speaking and fluency, so I decided to change my classroom arrangement.
I will write a little bit more about it in my next post.