- Proceedings of the Teaching Children Conference in Kagoshima City
- Downloadable Material for "Let's Play a Game" (TLC 13.1) NEW
Proceedings of the Teaching Children Conference in Kagoshima City
Picture books, storytelling, and imaginative learning (Document file)
Patricia Daly Oe (RIC Publications)
In this presentation author and teacher, Patricia Daly Oe, discussed the value of using picture books and storytelling in the learning environment for children from the pre-school to early elementary age groups. Following on from this, she showed practical examples of how to use picture books and storytelling techniques in small and large classes and for a range of linguistic levels. Themes covered included: using stories for vocabulary development, creative activities inspired by picture books, rhythm and rhyme, making your own picture stories (students and teachers), famous Japanese stories in English and using stories for special events such as Halloween, Christmas or school performances. Patricia used many examples of books by a number of different authors as well as her own materials and interactive activities to illustrate her talk.
Ideas for elementary school teachers (Document file)
English feast (Document file)
What is an "English Feast"? You can't see it or smell it because it's a feast for the ears and, through them, the soul. It's poetic language - that is, language that has great aural and emotional appeal. By using poetic language in the form of nursery rhymes, counting-out rhymes, tongue-twisters and stories which feature musical language in our children's English lessons, we can make pure enjoyment of sound the entry-point of a learning activity. Enjoyment is healthy, motivating and it enhances learning, especially for children who learn through their senses and through experience rather than through abstract thinking.
Card games to get kids to talk (Document file)
Games play a key role in the learning process. In children's classes, games are an important source of motivation. They are also a source of new language, and they provide a context for use of language already learned. However, in the monolingual EFL class, playing games can be problematic. Games must be well designed to encourage children to communicate in English. Games that require special boards, dice, or other equipment are also sometimes difficult to implement in EFL countries. Card games are simple to make and carry around, and take little room to store. Three card games developed for maximum use of English: Crazy Matches, No Way! and Challenge are introduced. They are patterned on games already familiar to many children, but use teacher-created decks of cards. They are easy to learn and can be adapted for different levels and content areas. Downloadable cards for all games are included.
Sing a Song, Read a Book, Come and Play with Me! (Document file)
Mayuka Habbick and Naoko McLellan