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Mastering Grammar: Dynamic Approaches and Engaging Activities for Language Learners

Mastering Grammar: Dynamic Approaches and Engaging Activities for Language Learners | ITTT | TEFL Blog

In this insightful blog post, we'll explore the essence of grammar, examining various approaches to its teaching, offering a comprehensive understanding of this linguistic foundation.

Table of Contents

What is Grammar?

Preparation

Grammar Practice Activities and Games

Grammar Quiz

Memory test

Miming an action

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What is Grammar?

For decades, mastering grammar stood pivotal in students' perception of language learning. However, contemporary perspectives vary widely on what constitutes essential learning for learners and the most effective teaching methodologies.

Here are some key questions concerning teaching grammar:

  • What is grammar?
  • How do people learn grammar?
  • How can I analyse form, leaning and use for teaching purposes?
  • What are possible component parts of a grammar lesson?
  • How can I provide relevant input for learners?
  • How can I help learners notice, understand and memorise language?
  • How can I help learners practice using language?

Preparation

Prepare some flashcards, images, or objects that the students have previously learned. Animals ( a frog, a monkey, a giraffe, an elephant, and a parrot) and action verbs (fly, run, swim, jump, climb, so on) are used in the example below. Be ready to describe the animals using new grammar. We are going to introduce 'can' and 'can’t' to the students in the example below.

Revise the vocabulary with the students. As you describe the objects (in this case, animals and action verbs), make sure the students can recall and pronunce the names of the objects.

Make use of the new grammar to describe one of the best objects. Use mimes to aid students in understanding. We could, for instance, shake our heads when we say 'can't' and nod when we say 'can'.

Encourage the students to raise their hands and guess the object you described before stating its name. as an alternative, ask students to point to the object you are describing in pictures of the objects. You could say, 'it can 'nodding' fly.' As an example. It is incapable of swimming. I am hoping that the students will guess 'a parrot'. You can determine whether or not students grasp the meaning of the new form by looking at their guesses.

Encourage more capable students to move up to the front and take a seat beside you after a few rounds. Ask them to choose an animal and provide a description of it. Reformulate what they say if they make a mistake or omit the new grammar.

Once a few students have had a chance to utilize the structure, divide the class into groups and invite them to play together.

Grammar Practice Activities and Games

grammar practice activities are designed to focus on the uses of particular items of grammar. The material is designed so that the students have few opportunities to avoid working with the target language.

Grammar Quiz

Run a quiz for two teams. Write a verb infinitive on the board, the first team to put the past participle correctly on the board wins a point. It's not too hard to find variations to make a simple quiz like this more interesting. For example:

  • Utilize a tic-tac-toe grid for scoring, aiming for three symbols in a row as the team's goal.
  • Encourage students to create questions for the opposing team.
  • Introduce unique rules, such as penalties, jokes, or bonus points, to add excitement and variety to the game.

Memory test

Create duplicates of three images depicting individuals engaged in different activities. For example, shopping in a department store; dancing in a nightclub; or having a picnic by the river. In class, this material is used as a memory test to work on the present progressive tense (is/am/are + Ving). Show the first picture to the students for a length of time, and then hide it. Next, present true/false questions related to the image. For instance: the cat is walking past the litter bin”. In teams, the students discuss them, then give their answers and are awarded points. At the end, the teams are given a different picture and prepare their own list of ten questions to ask the other team.

Miming an action

Students in turn are given a card with an action on it, which they must mime well enough for the other students to guess. For instance, a student gestures swimming, while others guess, 'You are swimming in the pool,' employing the present progressive tense. Depending on your introduction, this could be used to practice a variety of tenses, ex: 'show us what you did yesterday'; 'you swam in the sea'; 'show us what you were doing at midday yesterday'; 'you were swimming in the sea'. The mimes could also refer to future time. An interesting idea to practice going to would be for the students to mime what you would do before the actual action, ex mime: walking down to the beach, putting on swimming costume, getting ready to dive: you are going to swim.

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All in all, for grammar presentations to work, students need to pay attention. One of the best ways to engage children is through games. These grammar presentation games should focus on listening. Children should be able to take part in the games without speaking.

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