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Why Playing Games isn’t just Playing Around

Playing games is fun, and it can also be relaxing! But that doesn’t mean they have no educational value or that students don’t learn anything through games. In fact, games can – and often do – provide environments for learning and growth.

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Helping Students Pronounce <TH>

Many non-native learners have difficulty pronouncing the <th> sounds because they aren’t present in most other languages. Here are some ways you can address pronunciation at beginner stages.

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Poker Idioms

Play poker with your students, teaching them terminology along the way. Afterward, take a look at some common expressions which are literal for poker but can also be applied to other contexts as idioms.

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Brainstorming Well

When your class is brainstorming, you want to make sure you’re facilitating well. First let all the ideas pour out, then take a closer look at the better ones. Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Make Connections

As you introduce new grammar topics, make connections with related grammar topics that students have already learned. This is good for review, and it also helps students catch on to the new material easier.

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Review Activities

Here are some activities that you can use with your class to review vocabulary and grammar. There are quite a few to choose from, and each is customizable; use whatever is best for your class!

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How We Term Clauses

You have to be careful with the terms ‘independent’ and ‘dependent’, since they don’t always actually reflect what we might assume they mean.

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Top-Down vs Bottom-Up Processing

We generally teach the structure of a grammar point, and the usage follows. That works well enough for receptive skills, but for productive skills, it feels backward. Maybe we should try the reverse approach.

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Always Keep Dice with You

When practicing a grammar structure with my class, I often use dice to randomize prompts.  This way, students don’t know what they’re supposed to say or write until I tell them the results of a roll, which keeps them on their toes.

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3 Alternate Ways to Teach Idioms

With idioms, students already know the words that make up the expression. But since idioms aren’t to be taken literally, they still need to learn the meaning. Instead of teaching idioms like you would other vocabulary terms, why not build off what they already know?

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Define Your Own Terms

There are lots of long, strange-sounding, technical terms that we don’t use outside the classroom, so why confuse students by teaching them? Instead, make up your own terms for for those concepts.

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Vocab-Building through Associations

There’s a lot of vocabulary to learn, but thankfully plenty of words are related to each other.  Learning words by associating them with each other helps us to remember those words later.  You can help students establish and strengthen those connections in your students’ minds.

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