Tips to Make ESL Learning Fun!
Jul 11, 2018 English as a Second Language (ESL) 1085 Views
Learning English as a Second Language can be a battle. Sometimes, it is difficult to stimulate students to remain motivated, due to the challenges they face, perhaps balancing work and study, or feeling daunted by the complicated nature of the English Language.
As teachers of ESL, there are ways of making ESL learning fun. Here are some suggestions:
*Play interactive games, whether in a classroom, or one-on-one tutoring environment. Ideas can include scrabble, or lucky dip, using a bag containing spelling words, or conversation or writing topics. Or you can use a shoe-box for "Pick a Box", so students can choose a lucky envelope with a spelling word, or writing or discussion topic.
* You can virtually adapt any board or TV game to enable learning English skills. For games such as Jeopardy, you can use play money as a motivator. Determine how much each student can 'win', by answering questions or spelling words correctly. Even 'hangman' is a good fun interactive way of learning new words, and practising vocabulary. This can be played as a class, or in pairs.
*Playing music can enable a flow of thoughts when students are practising their written English, or studying English grammar at home. Music can stimulate their senses.
* Scrapbooking is an effective strategy for students of any age. You need some stimulating topics, magazines, and personal photos. Plus glue and scissors. ESL students can create a book or collage of topics such as: My Life Story, My Ideal Home, A Day in My Life, or any topic of interest to research.
*Sharing life experiences and cultural backgrounds, by writing individual recipes, and having simple meals together, maybe in a different location, can add to experiences to discuss and practise written and conversational English.
* Learning English with online Youtube English classes can also enable mastery of English as a Second Language. This could be beneficial for personal practice for any student. The ESL educator can guide each student to an appropriate website.'
*Perhaps a classroom news bulletin can be compiled, with a contribution from each student. Jokes, weekend fun, family updates, job experiences, study successes or setbacks, maybe an advice column, and any other idea, can all be included. Hi-tech savvy classes can perhaps make their own website for their class.
* Encourage your students to seek a 'conversation buddy'. This will add to broadening fluency, and building bridges in our multicultural world.
*English slang and idioms could be taught in sessions, to aid blending with the language customs peculiar to each city in the world. This can increase any student's confidence and capability to master conversational English.
* Drama or Karaoke sessions can be a fun way to practise pronunciation, to encourage English skills.
*Even watching a Television show, of general interest, can be a helpful way of learning English. This can lead to a conversatiion session, so then students can write up notes of what they have learnt from their viewing.
Overall, these are good ways to assess students' progress informally. You can build in rewards, suitable to the age group of the ESL learners. So, be creative, and add your own ideas, to make ESL learning fun!