The final week of Term 2 is here and I am sure all of us cannot wait to begin the June holidays! This week, to busk in the holiday mood, we will put our feet up and look at authentic learning of English from a phishy (pun intended!) email that was in the spotlight just about two weeks ago.Read More
Just the other day, I was confused by a student who wrote, “I was very boring as I sat in class.” Did the student just confess to being dull? Or did he mean that he was inattentive in the lesson because it was uninteresting? I am sure that it was the second meaning he was referring to, which points to the error of his statement, that instead of writing “I was boring”, he should have written, “I was bored”. What a world of difference this small change makes!
How is this related to the post I am writing today? Well, I am well aware that English is full of words that sound similar but are spelled differently (case in point: pairs and pears) and those that are identical in meaning so they are easy to misuse (boring vs bored). As such, I am going to share 5 pairs of words that often get many of my students tangled up in webs of confusion. Let’s take a look at them now!Read More
In this post, I am going to show you how the modest game of Bingo can be used as a fun revision tool.Read More
Previously, we have talked about how new vocabulary can be recorded and remembered using vocabulary frames, word webs and analogies to make links. Essentially, a word needs to be encountered as many times as possible for it to be retained. Today, I would like to share about 3 fun ways for children to retain the new vocabulary they have learnt. These games can be easily adapted to be used both in the classroom or at home so educators and parents (Yes, join your children in revising their vocabulary although your role is more of a facilitator or game master), do try them with your kids!Read More
I was watching the movie, "Matilda", a screen adaptation of one of Roald Dahl's magical books a few days ago. (For those of you who have not read the book, I would highly recommend you to grab a copy because Mr. Dahl is just such a wonderful storyteller.) The headmistress of the school, Miss Trunchbull, ruled the school with an iron fist and absolutely loathed children. In one particular scene, I was amused to see how her views were enforced in the classroom when I noticed a banner that said, "If you are having fun, you are not learning."Read More
A curious child will always be motivated to find out more and when learning is meaningful, there is even more reason to want to continue learning. As we try and grow the curiosity children have about words, here are three other ways to organise the new words learnt during reading.Read More