I’m a primary school teacher of English and German language. Until now, I have been teaching these two languages for thirty-one years. There are several educational techniques, which have been used and proved in my long period of teaching.
Here are five of them I want to share with the readers of POGLED KROZ PROZOR magazine.
1. TPR (TOTAL PHYSICAL RESPONSE)
The basic technique of TPR is simple. Students act out commands given by me – the teacher. These commands, or series of commands, are simple at the beginning (stand up, sit down) but after some time they may become more complex. In the following video my students (9 years old, 1st year English learning) are doing TPR by whispering teacher’s commands.
I start every lesson with doing TPR even with older students.
Some photos showing TPR in the class:
2. ALPHABET SOUP
Each student has an alphabet flashcard and has to skip around the room to the “ABC Song”. When the teacher stops the tape at random, the students have to rush to line up in order, e.g. A–I.
Some photos showing ALPHABET SOUP in the class:
3. ON MY BACK
Line up the students in two teams and have them face the front. Show an alphabet flashcard to the student at the back of each line and have them use their finger to draw the letter on the back of the student in front. This student draws the letter on the next student’s back and so on. The student at the front of each line then writes the letter on the board and speaks out the letter correctly.
The game can be also a competition between boys and girls. It’s a good way to motivate the class.
Some photos showing the game ON MY BACK in the class:
4. RUNNING DICTATION
Divide students in pairs (one student has to run, read and dictate; the other has to listen and write).
Stick some examples of a text on one wall of the classroom. The couples of students are opposite this wall. The runner has to run to the text hanging on the wall and read the sentence or just a part of it, memorize it, run back to his partner and dictate him the words. It is not allowed to take the paper to the partner or shout the sentence across the room. The writer has to write down the sentence as it is dictated. If the runner forgets a part of the sentence, he has to run back to the paper and re-read it.
The winner is the couple, who writes the whole text without any mistake in the shortest time.
Some photos showing the game RUNNING DICTATION in the class:
5. PRESSING THE HANDS
Pressing the hands is a great game to practice numbers. Students form a circle. The teacher whispers a number to one student’s ear. The student has to presses so many times the neighbour’s hand, as he/ she was said. Then the next students presses the next neighbour’s hand and so on to the end of the circle. The last student speak out the number loudly.