Anything out of the ordinary is fun for students. Some of my favourite lessons are ones that can be adapted to having the student’s using the white board or doing something hands on. Moving around the classroom, using their eyes or their hands or their actions. Role plays are an obvious way to do this. One activity i really enjoy is in a prepostion lesson, where students get to alternate reading a story and drawing a picture of that story. Here are a couple of the wonderful “whiteboard pictures” done by students. Visual activities like this really help students to learn, the vocabulary ‘sticks’ a little better in their brains. Try it!
Edward, SSE Ohtsu
Great idea Edward. I have noticed that in the preposition picture dictation that my Japanese students are all very capable at drawering which I admire because I am so lousy at sketching.
Happy Christmas and a great 2009 to all at Ohtsu.