ERIC Number: ED222065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Using Alternate Methods in FL/ESL Classes.
Strauber, Sandra K.
Practical procedures for individualizing instruction for foreign language and English as a second language students are suggested. It is suggested that concrete, high-interest activities can provide meaningful language practice for small groups, as can traditional exercises redesigned for individual or small-group work. The concrete activities involve the student in doing something other than reading or listening as primary activities. The student may be playing a game requiring use of the language, or may be manipulating materials designed to teach a specific word or grammar point. The games and activities are self-checking or have answer keys so that the student does not need the teacher for reinforcement. A vocabulary game for two to four players, games that help students practice verb forms, and board games that provide vocabulary/grammar and cultural information practice are discussed. Children's party games can also be adapted to the language class, and commercially prepared games teach vocabulary, geography, history, and many cultural items. Activities that are more traditional but that can be altered for use by individuals or small groups include paper-and-pencil activities, filmstrips, and pictures. Teachers may wish to use permanent extra-credit stations with materials designed for use outside class and in-class activities that provide supplementary work or rewards. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Education, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Grammar, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Second Language Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Student Interests, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
Not available separately; see FL 013 228.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Louisville, KY, April 22-24, 1982). In: ESL and the Foreign Language Teacher.