30 October 2012
Four Fun Activities to improve your English skills
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4 Fun Activities to improve your English skillsLearning English is like learning how to drive a car. It can be nerve-wracking at first. But with practice and experience, it will become less stressful. Driving instructor will teach the basic skills necessary to maneuver a car such as, parking, turning, reversing, and changing lanes. After that, it is up to the student to practice regularly and improve his or her own skill. Learning English follows the same guideline. Teachers will teach you the basic concepts i.e. grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, but students will have to practice them on their own as well. Practice doesn't always make perfect, but it does help you get better. Class activity is a form of practice where students can apply what they've learned into real life scenario. Activities are essential for English language school because they help alleviate the stress of day-to-day learning. Imagine coming to class and just listening to an hour-long lecture, that won't be much fun now would it? Below are some of the activities to improve your English skills. They're fun and can be conducted within a classroom or even at home.
- Role-play: This activity will work better in a smaller class. Since Thai students are shy in acting out the assigned role, it’s better to keep the game simple with few players. The first day can be a restaurant theme where one student can play the chef, another can play the customer, and a third student can be the waiter taking orders. Movie theater, doctor’s office, and the grocery store are some of the ideas that can be used for role-playing.
- NPAT: This is an acronym for Name, Place, Animal, and Thing. This is how the game works. Students are asked to draw a simple table divided into four columns. At the top of the first column, write down Name. For the second column, write Place, and so forth. Write down all the letters of the alphabet (each on a separate piece of rolled up paper) and put them all in a bag. Let someone draw out one letter. Let’s say it’s the letter B. All the players will then write down the Name, Place, Animal, and Thing that starts with the letter B. You can keep score it you want. Correct answer receives 10 points, no answer gets 0, and if two or more players wrote down the same answer, they all receive a 5.
- Short Story writing: Writing story is fun and it also provides a good opportunity for students to practice their writing skill. The game moderator (or a teacher) will come up with the beginning of the short story (about 1-2 paragraphs long). The moderator will read it out loud to the students and ask them to continue writing the story from there. This activity will allow the students to use their imagination and come up with ideas on how to continue the story line. Different student will come up with different continuation to the story. Students and teacher will have fun listening to various stories which all originated from the same beginning.
- Describe that character: Watch a short movie clip. If time permits, watch the entire movie. At the end of the movie, assign a character for each student to describe orally. Let them start off by talking about the physical appearance of the character such as: Margaret has red hair and green eyes, and she is very tall. Then go on to describe about her personality and her relation to other characters in the movie. This activity is useful to foster the use of adjectives.
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