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~~Drama activities provide good practice of the target language, variation in the lesson and, through fun, stimulate the learners. Drama activities provide good practice of the target language and good variation in the lesson. These activities needn’t occur all the time but the more familiar learners become with drama activities the more successful the activities will be. Drama activities need careful setting up and lots of encouragement and can involve materials production as well as very basic writing and reading skills. To be really successful the activities need props or realia and almos
~~Warmers are fun and communicative, they should take around five minutes, be very simple to set up and are a good way to review or practise language. They are not an opportunity to present or learn ‘new’ language. They should energise the learners rather than dominate the lesson. Learners need time to ‘warm up’ in English at the start of each lesson. By varying your activities and making them brief and purposeful learners will be more energized and focused towards dealing with the target language of the lesson. By varying warmers the learners can be kept on their toes, interested, foc
Have you ever considered if there is a difference in how first graders, or fifth graders, or eleventh graders learn? Is there a difference in their learning vs. how you and your colleagues learn? It turns out, the answer is definitely YES. So, let's take a look at how ADULTS best learn. Adults: • are autonomous and self-directed. • use their foundation of life experiences and knowledge. • are goal-oriented. • are relevancy-oriented. • want practical, useful i
Developing critical thinking questions can be challenging for teachers. So, how do we create inquiries that drive critical thinking? Teachers should ask questions that create ongoing thinking. When we receive an answer from a student, we have given them permission to stop thinking. When the questions continue, the thought processes continue. Making sure we cover content for students to recall is stopping their thinking processes. We should: · Provide content that encourages thinking. · Provide content that requires thinking to encourage learning. When students have quality questions, thinkin
Beginnings are important. Whether the class is a large introductory course for freshmen or an advanced course in the major field, it makes good sense to start the semester off well. Students will decide very early - some say the first day of class - whether they will like the course, its contents, the teacher, and their fellow students.
How can you best learn Spanish? It depends on your particular approach to learning. Take a look at the following approaches to learning Spanish. But if you already know where you are, you can skip the following reflections and go back to see what is available for your level ( beginning, intermediate, or advanced) in Spanish, to sort and search for your specific needs, as well as to read reviews and summaries of the books that strike your interest.