Learn English Free – 7 Stages Of Language Learning (part 3a)

STAGE 3: GRAMMAR – DOESN’T THE WORD JUST MAKE YOU SWEAT?

I know from experience that above all other points in language acquisition, students in our English courses Dublin fear the word

“GRAMMAR”

Like the elephant in the room, they avoid dealing with it, they hide from it, and yet they think about it constantly. Therefore, before they even begin to start learning English they have created an obstacle for themselves. But like any awkward topic the best thing to do is to introduce that elephant in the room. Normally you’ll find it’s not so scary once you talk it through.
What new learner wants to sit in a class and be confronted with titles like

“PAST CONTINUOUS Vs PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE”

Uninviting isn’t it? It is a dull kind of banner, and while it may address an important topic the approach is not going to excite any student in a meaningful way.
If this type of thing has turned you off learning English, then don’t worry, you are not alone. What we must remember, however, is that grammar is a system of rules that helps us structure our communication. Here are two important points (which should make everybody feel relieved):
1. Language learning does not start with grammar, it starts with listening
2. Grammar is not necessary for communication in English
Language learning really begins with parroting, or repeating what you hear. The meaning is extracted slowly and once you can transmit this meaning you can begin to interchange and exchange the various parts of learned phrases. By experimenting like this your teacher (and your brain!) will help you to assimilate a set of rules.
Another useful angle is to imagine yourself speaking to a foreigner in your native tongue. When you hear non-natives speaking to you and their words are not grammatically correct, you can usually piece together what the person is trying to say. The same is true for you speaking in English. So speak first. Get confidence through improving your fluency. Don’t worry about the grammar. It will come.
At its most simple, the steps to beginning (and continuing) your language learning are
1. Repeat – parrot the phrases you hear
2. Produce – begin to use the phrases to communicate your own information
3. Experiment – play with the structures by exchanging the words.
Now let’s continue and consider the following methods and examples.
Sentence Templates
Take a very simple phrase such as

“What did you do?”
We note from above that the first step is to repeat and learn the phrase. The next step is to begin to substitute different words to learn how to use them.

“What did he do?”
“What did she do?”
“What did they sing?”
“What did they write?”
“Why did they write?”

You can continue this pattern and for all stages of learning. It provides a solid lexical methodology for utilizing your vocabulary while at the same time becoming familiar with a grammar structure. Notice how much faster you can learn using this method. It’s a better way to go and you can apply it to any grammar structure no matter how complex.

In the next article we will discuss the outcome of ULearn’s English schools Dublin poll. We will discuss the very relevant issue of how NOT to study grammar. See you then!

Techniques To Learn English

Today English is one of the prominent languages that has achieved international standard not only in one field but in all fields either they are technical or non-technical. To work at international level English is considered mandatory. There are levels of learning of English that are given blow

Basic Level English Learning

Basic level learning is recommended only for those technical and non technical persons who do professional work at labour level. The main purpose of these professional is to learn English for conversation so that they can understand their clients and their clients can understand their working scenario. Only speaking and listening classes are managed for these professionals. Limited written practice is required for these workers.

Professional Level English Learning

This type of English learning is recommended to only those professionals who want to work at international level in offices or at executive posts. These persons have understanding of English reading, speaking and writing but they lack at professional level. The best way for these persons is to follow the following techniques.

For best learning professionals must have strong grip on grammar. For learning grammar, they should start from parts of speech and should learn grammar at advance level. For perfect usage of grammar regular practice is required each day. A day will come when they will be too much adept in writing English.
Speaking English is another skill that is required for professional survival. Again practice is required to speak English fluently. For this purpose make friends that already have strong speaking grip on English. Because of English community your English learning will enhance rapidly.

The above explained techniques can benefit a professional at his own but there are professional institutions that have regular classes at every level of learning. They trained their students with such skill that they can behave as English natives in few months. Here I want to introduce a university that is Westcliff University that has launched the TESOL certification program at professional level. University has offered hybrid program, it means that you have classes on the campus and facility of online classes is also available.Faculity at the campus has international reputation with strong professional grip in their field. In TESOL certification program students are given chance to teach in these classes to groom their potential skill so that they can act as a good professional teacher in the society.

MA TESOL degree is also introduced by the university. This is professional degree program. This program is also offered at scholarship for both national and international students.

Motivating Young Children To Learn English: Keeping Their Attention Without Giving Them Gifts

Young children are often eager, almost too eager. The problem arises when they are eager to do things other than what you’re trying to teach them. Here are five tips to keep them interested in class and motivated to do what you want them to do:

Tip #1: Keep Yourself Motivated.
Think back to when you were a child. If your teacher was not enthusiastic about what he or she had scheduled for class that day, how did you feel about it? It’s the same with young children today. If you, the teacher and often a role model for younger children, think this is a neat activity, then they will too!

Tip #2: Encourage.
Young kids thrive on praise and positive attention from the adults in their lives. If you want them to like you and be motivated in your class, you often just need to give them a lot of positive attention.

Tip #3: Play Games
Children learn through play. Oftentimes they don’t even realize they are learning if they are enjoying the game. Just think, children could sit there and fill out worksheet after worksheet or they could play an English game and learn the same concepts. Which would you rather do?

When I say English games I’m talking about games that are specifically designed to teach language and vocabulary. For example, you could turn using vehicle vocabulary into a relay game where children need to pick a card with a word and then run to a box of vehicles (or a stack of pictures of vehicles) and bring the correct one his or her classmates.

Here is another example: If you might normally give them a worksheet to write the correct verb next to the picture illustrating the action, have them instead practice their verbs by doing the action for the word you say or the word on a card that you hold up. Likewise, you could do the action and have them write down the word. You may access free samples of fun classroom games in the resource box below.

When you play games, you can use points and competition as a motivator, but not for kids under six who may find the competition too stressful. For them, just playing the game is motivating enough. You can also sometimes award extra credit, but use it sparingly so that it remains “extra” and a special reward. Also if you use it too much, children can have so much extra credit that it sways the actual grades too much.

Tip #4: Get Their Hands Dirty
Literally and figuratively. Children like to work with their hands and whatever you can do to get the items they are learning about in their hands is useful and fun for them. This can be anything from having a sensory table filled with sand and beach items when you want to teach them summer words to having them each bring in a piece of fruit when you are teaching fruit words. Anytime you can get young children up and doing instead of listening (often passively) you are getting their hands dirty in the learning process.

Tip #5: Get Them Moving.
Movement is a vital component to motivating children. The best way to prevent children from zoning out is to get them up out of their seats at least once each class period. Even if you just require them to come up to you instead of you going to them for help, the movement can help get them out of the trance that they sometimes get from sitting in one spot too long. Grouping the children for study projects and activities helps as well. If you can, let them move the desks around or sit on the floor to change things up as well. Many games involve movement without the children needing to leave their seats, such as miming, moving certain body parts and passing things around as part of a game or race. Therefore even teachers with large classes and no space to move can use this technique, albeit to a more limited degree.

Tip #6: Vary the Pace
Alternate calm games with lively ones to keep the children alert and motivated, but without letting the class get out of hand. Good discipline is essential to effective learning.

To read the full article on how to motivate children to want to learn English, please see the articles and tips section on the teachingenglishgames.com website in the resource box below.