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Games and Language Learning

This week, our school celebrated Language Week through games, reading activities, movies, and a book exchange.  I wish to thank the English teachers for organising such an enriching event for our students.  These are all memorable and fun ways to engage children in language learning.  My favourite activity, however is games.

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Learning a new language is enjoyable when the approach to learning is geared towards having fun!  Nowadays, we can learn languages through social media, movies or even by playing games, either board, paper or word games, or on a computer or mobile device!

There is an old Chinese proverb that perfectly describes the advantage of learning languages through games:

“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”

Effective language games are designed to involve us in different ways of using the language.

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Language games help children, as well as adults hone their speaking, listening, writing, reading, vocabulary, and understanding of the target language. It should also have longevity so their motivation is maintained each time they play the game.  Game apps are well-known for this design element to automatically adjust its level of difficulty with each successful engagement.

Today’s skillful educator’s role is knowing the necessary balance of games and a variety of traditional methods to provide accountability and enjoyment.  They need to be active in their monitoring of student progress and participation to diagnose the effectiveness of the choice of games, timing, and the assessment of the desired skills.

 

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Sports Day 2015

Dear Parents,

Sports Day 2015 was a great success! The children had a terrific time and got the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in the various competitions.

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The grade leaders began the morning by firing up their teams with their house team chants.  All groups tried their very best and performed well in all of the events.  Some of the tournaments were Bean Bag race, Hurdles, Relay race and Shot Put among others.  Throughout the various competitions, the children displayed excellent team spirit and sportsmanship.

The day finished with the medal ceremony in which all students received medals for their sporting efforts.

Mr Campbell

P6 Unit on Jobs (Occupations)

P6 or Primary 6 students are currently involved in a unit called, What do you want to be?  

The oral activity that follows is a fun and engaging way to involve the students in a comfortable manner that invites collaboration, peer modeling and support.

Students take turns to roll the dice landing on a space and answering the question related to it.  I encourage and model ways they need to answer the questions in sentence form.

For example, number 14 is ‘He/she teaches students in school’.  I model,

  • He is a teacher
  • She is a teacher
  • He is a teacher like Mr. Campbell
  • This person’s job is a teacher in a school

You can add various elements of sentence structure depending on student strengths in English, or your desired goals.

Here is the game board and card sheets.  I recommend printing them out in colour and laminating them.  This type of game board is excellent for any subject matter.

What is their job (page 1 of 3)

What is their job (page 2 of 3)

What is their job (page 3 of 3)Another activity involves pairs of students using the occupation cards.   One student holds a picture and gives clues to another one.  They have to guess the job by the clues given. This is an excellent activity to get students speaking factual information about what people do in various professions.