ERIC Number: ED279907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Putting Variety into the ESL Classroom. From Theory to Practice.
Fellenz, Robert A.; Conti, Gary J.
Adult Literacy and Basic Education, v10 n3 insert 1986
Activity and involvement are the keys to effective learning in the English as a second language (ESL) classroom. The fragile self-concepts of many adults, however, make them hesitate to plunge into the practice of their newly developed language skills. The answer may lie in simple games and role-playing activities that are useful in establishing an environment in which practice can be fun and mistakes can be made to seem less important. The five learning activities described here are intended to assist ESL teachers in injecting variety into their classrooms while helping their adult students practice their language skills. The first activity entails having students spot errors in sentences written on slips of paper. The second activity is a game intended to help students practice expressions of agreement and disagreement. In the third activity, students practice familiar vocabulary and indefinite articles by completing the sentence "I'm going to New York and I'm taking a(n)...." The fourth activity entails having students run through a mock meal and thereby practice vocabulary associated with dining. Students are given the opportunity to use number names and discriminate between them in the fifth activity, which is a number-guessing game. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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