6 Fun Ways to Teach Grammar

Explaining the complexity of the English language - is it a tedious task? Not really, just like any other subject, one needs to hold onto the right pulse without making the teaching routine monotonous. The communicative competence model strikes the right balances.

 

Grammar too can be taught in a much simplified, interactive manner. Here are 6 ways to keep students hooked on to the subject.

 

1.      Interactive Worksheets: These help build interest. Instead of the traditional text book mechanism of studying, this will motivate every child to participate and complete a particular task with enthusiasm. No repetition of any task helps in keeping a child thinking. Worksheets can be in the form of physical notes or more stimulating digital assignments. International schools are known to adopt digital learning aids sooner. Even though not all parents may agree with the philosophy of screen time, integrating technology into classrooms make them more productive and interactive. Schools like the Canadian International School encourage digital literacy and have in place, device requirements, such as ipads and Macbooks starting grade 4.

 

2.      Posters: After learning adjectives, the next best thing is doing a self-portrait and adding labels with adjectives on them. This makes learning much more interactive and fun. The process of creating the poster itself, either solo or as a group activity makes students more involved in the process and enhance learning.

 

3.     Actions: Grab a beanbag and say a “verb” out loud, toss a ball to a student and have him say the past tense of the action. He/ she should toss the ball to another student. Whenever a student makes a mistake, he or she leaves the circle. This simple exercise works great. Similar games involving grammar rules can be created making the subject a more practical and real.

 

4.     Get your sentence in order: Write the words of a sentence with the punctuations on individual slips of papers and get the student to put the words in correct order with the correct punctuations. This fun activity inspired by the classic scrabble game have the potential to become the favourite.

 

5.      Be Colorful: Allocate a color to different parts of speech, write out a sentence, and get the student to highlight each part of speech with the right color. This will help the student analyze a sentence in terms of its part of speech. Young children would love this one.

 

6.     The opposite game: This helps the student understand antonyms. Simply call out a word and ask the student to mention the opposite. The very same game can be used to teach the student synonyms. This game helps the student to learn from their mistakes.

 

Fluid classroom dynamics are known to create much more receptive students. Therefore activities and games are great enablers for teaching. Curriculum developers and teachers at schools can include such tasks in their classroom activities to make learning grammar more enjoyable for students.

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