Saturday, June 9, 2007

Sharpening listening skills -Part II

Another effective way of helping elementary students in their listening ability is for the instructor to invite a few volunteers to the front of the class and tell them they need to obey whatever instructions you call out. The rest of the class will watch the action.Then call out one word orders like "stand, sit, jump, hop, jog, run, laugh, cry, blink, sleep..etc, etc. The volunteers only act out your orders. Once they get the hang of the game, let one of the volunteers act the role of issuing the instructions while the rest of the class obeys.

For the slightly more advanced classes, play 'Simple Simon Says.' They'll enjoy it. And they'll learn multiple skills the fun way because the game reinforces the following :
1. third person verb with an 's'- eg : says' instead of 'say.'
2. the game stetches their vocabulary bank.
3. tests their pronunciation skill since a badly pronounced would lead to confusion.
4. Last but not the least, the game reinforces leadership skill.

Point out these positives to the students to convince those who think that playing games is a waste of class time.

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