New Vocabulary for young learners
New vocabulary for young learners
Submitted by Paraskevi Andre... on 24 January, 2010 - 14:06
Dear fellow teachers
You are all familiar with the benefits of playing games in the ESOL classroom; they contribute to our young learners` intelligence , they form our students` character , they make them all round learners and, on top of all, they offer loads of entertainment, joy, rival competition and fun!!!!
Some of them are the so-called "Hide-and-Seek" and "Broken Telephone"...I use "broken telephone" when I first use unknown vocabulary in the form of flashcards and I make them practise it by whispering the word to one another`s ears and award them points for each correct answer!!! (rule not to be violated) is the one of not repeating it more than one time ..to create an element of suspense in the ESOL classroom...
As for the "Hide-and-Seek" variation, I make students assume the roles of flashcards (Mary will take on the role of "stand up", Sophie will take on the role of "door"); they hide around the classroom and T/Ss look for them by groping around .searching for them by calling out their assumed names,i,e," Oh, so, it`s you "stand up', "door", here). Hence, not do Ss only assimilate newly input to them, but, they also join in the fun and most importantly ,they know that they will be rearded for efforts made..