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Try These 4 Methods to Teach Grammar to Young Learners
It Needs to Be Clear
Children aren't good at understanding abstract concepts and grammar rules, specially young learners.
That's why we need clear contexts that help them connect and associate with the language. One way to achieve this is through theme based instruction. It is important because in early language learning it provides an ideal environment for constructing meaning. In theme based teaching, the curriculum is organized around a theme. Then, within a thematic framework, all the language concepts are interrelated and presented as a whole. Teachers also need to adapt the language to the developmental level of the students and choose the activities to suit a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences. The advantage is that by working around a theme students have many opportunities to find patterns and connections, experience attractive activities with varied content. All this facilitates interaction with other kids their age.
It Needs to Be Motivating and Interesting
While learning in general, students need to feel as if the are progressing but there also needs to be some challenge. If it's too difficult they will be disheartened and if it's too easy they will loose interest. Using games to teach grammar is
an incredible option because they give kids an opportunity to interact with others in a natural way. This is important since the construction of meaning also has a social dimension, especially in a language classroom. Games, role-plays and group activities motivate students and enhance learning too.
3. Here are some examples of simple activities that you can do with your young learners:
· As your lesson starts have the whole class greet you in the target language. After that the students can also greet one another in a very short, motivating activity.
· Have your students practice classroom dialogs with partners. You can also ask they “read”to each other a memorized story that they have read in class or written.
· Students can do a weather or traffic report. Give your kids some information about the weather or traffic that day. Simple words or sentences on the board are enough. Students then take turns telling their partners about the weather or traffic outside.