Productive and Receptive Skills in the ESL Classroom - Game Example 'Jeopardy'
The next example of a game that we can adapt very easily for classroom use is the game of Jeopardy and in this particular game, what we can do is to have a set of levels for our questions, I'd say one through five, where one is going to be the easiest example and five is going to be the most difficult and then, in each of these sets of boxes, we can have various grammar points, such as tenses, perhaps modals, vocabulary and maybe even conditionals. So what the students can do is they can pick a particular topic first of all and within that topic, they can pick the level of the question that they want and then we can have a set of cards that have been created to fit into these slots and we can ask them that question at that level. So, a very simple adaptation of the game jeopardy as a very good revision game for our students.
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This unit covers teaching to a group of students with specific needs.
The group of students that usually need special attention to are beginner students. There are five groups of beginner students. These beginner students come with their own unique sets of challenges.
The absolute beginners are students without any prior knowledge of English at all.
The false beginners are students that might've studied or exposed to English, but did not retain much of the language.
The adult beginners usually decided to learn English on their own, therefore they will usually be highly motivated.
The young beginners may lack motivation because they are not the one that decided to learn English on their own. However, they tend to pick up the language much easier than the adult counterpart.
The beginner without previous knowledge of any Roman alphabet will need lots of initial work on their basic literacy skills. They need more attentions on their reading and writing skills.
Depends on the teaching arrangements, we need to adapt how we teach the student.
When teaching an individual student, we need to establish what they want, what are their strengths and weaknesses early on. Communication with the student is important to foster a trusting relationship, it will help with their personal learning and character growth.
When teaching a group of children, it is best to teach in an engaging and entertaining manner. They are innately curious and most likely to experiment with words. We need to be careful with our pronunciation and makes sure they can hear it clearly. Always respond with positive attitudes to celebrate their effort.
When teaching to business people or English with specific purposes (ESP). We need to make sure what is the client's employment, so we can prepare ourselves before the lessons. Again, like teaching an individual student, we have to make sure what they want, what are their strengths and weaknesses early on regardless of the class structure. When teaching a group of business people, we need to communicate amongst them to find out what area of topics they have in common, what other specific topics they wish to cover.
In general. it is also useful to exchange contacts with the students(or their parents if we're teaching children) for any occurrence that might stop them from attending the class. Early communication can let us prepare or adapt when the situation rises.
As a teacher, we need to prepare sufficiently and accordingly to the group of students. Be aware of their needs, be fair and be gentle. Learning are best achieved in a positive environment, and teachers are crucial in creating such an environment.