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6 Reasons to Take Your ESL Students Outdoor

6 Reasons to Take Your ESL Students Outdoor | ITTT | TEFL Blog

The main question here is that could outdoor activities impact English learners?.

As learning is a dynamic action, everywhere could be a place for learning, such as classroom, garden, yard, bus, and subway. In other words, we do not have any limitation for learning as long as it is willing or interest in that. Historically, most of the classes were held in the classroom, and learners had to stay in the school and study there.

Nowadays, everything has changed. Teachers, trainers, and linguistic scientists do not believe that the classes only should behold in the classroom or indoors. They also think that both indoor and outdoor courses could behold according to the student's needs. According to the studies, there are some positive impacts on a student who take outdoor class or activities, some of them are as follows;

1. Better grade

It's said that in outdoor activities, students' cognitive abilities and thinking abilities are better developed than indoor, so English learners are not exceptional, and it is true about them as well then it helps English learners get the concepts better and act better during English class.

2. Learning outdoor is fun

Teaching and learning outside is fun. Often the outdoors provide a change of place from classrooms, which student and teachers enjoy .studies have shown that student has much more enthusiasm for learning outside, in other words, there is so much motivation then the teacher can use this motivation to teach better and let the students enjoy of lesson and environment.

3. Learning outdoor healthy

We all know that getting up and moving around outside is suitable for students but necessary for their health. Some studies found out outdoor education can be a critical factor in avoiding student obesity. Therefore if we as English language teachers want our students to be healthy and attend the class and keep learning, we should take responsibility for their health, so we need to schedule as many outdoor activities during our course.

4. Learning outdoor support child development

Children greatly benefit developmentally from being outdoors. Studies had shown that student who learns outdoors develop a sense of self, independence, creativity, decision -making and some other benefits, therefore when students obtained the services mentioned above will help both English learners and teachers during the class do their best on one had student will get the concept much more accessible and on the other hand, teachers can teach with fewer difficulties and everything could go smoothly.

5. Improved memory

Experience something new and unfamiliar, which releases dopamine in the brain where memories are created.A classroom where day in and day out the light, temperature, layout, and scenery are always the same, but moving outside opens up a world of fresh stimuli for the sense that have tremendous power to lock into the brain and secure whatever information was being learned at the time along with. Therefore in such places where to make English learners fresh and alert so teachers could teach the lessons so quickly and the student's brain is ready to get whatever teachers teach moreover, teachers can take advantage from this situation and teach some subjects which seem a bit hard to understand in traditional classes.

6. Increase motivation

According to the studies, a significant amount of students showed enhanced enthusiasm about learning outdoor, which is along with activities .moreover, they found out that positive effects on the student's motivation levels carried out over to traditional learning. As we all know, one of the teacher's responsibilities is motivating the student to act reasonably in learning English, so if we hold an English class outdoor, we already have the student's motivation. Teachers need to be alert about this knowledge and lead the student to a better learning situation.

According to the lessons, if teachers provide relevant outdoor activities and let the student learn it in nature as it above mentioned, there would be a lot of benefits and advantages for both student and teachers.

For example, depending on the topic, we could talk the students to the park, library, university and teach them vocabulary or grammar about the place.

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All in all, as it above mentioned outdoor class and activities could have a positive impact on the student who learns English in other words learners could take so many advantages from outdoor activities which help them be successful at learning, I just mentioned some of the factors which could be beneficial for students we could name more outdoor activities that have a positive effect on the English learners nowadays. More schools hold summer camps or winter camps for English learners, so they have figured out that outdoor classes and activities help the student behave better in classes and reduce some difficulties in indoor courses.

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