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4 practical ways and activities to improve writing skills.

                       Improving writing skills to primary children is the biggest challenge for teachers. Especially the students who are learning English as a second language are getting much trouble to improve writing skills. Here I am discussing some practical tips and activities which I have been using in my classroom to my young learners.                         We know very well, writing is the utmost skill. It means it's a hard skill for primary children. And in the LSRW, listening leads to speaking and reading leads to writing. So a student wants to speak he should listen well as well as he wants to write he should read well. So we should concentrate on reading to get good writing skills. But most of the teachers are not following the psychological order of language skills. So you want to develop writing skills first concentrate on speaking and reading skills. So you need to give such speaking and reading activities in order to get good writing skills.        

Task Based Activity to teach ADVERBS through the Inductive Method

Topic: Adverbs. Grade: Primary and secondary. Skills: Grammar and writing.                               Young children are wonderful in absorbing a new language. They can get a maximum of language through games and activities that they find funny. Their success in learning a foreign language does not depend on their knowledge of grammar. As Pinter (2006) stated that children can use grammatical structures very well, they can speak language clearly, but they are not able to say why they use a particular structure. If teachers teach grammar, it is very important to do it in context.                                Here is a task-based activity that I have used to teach adverbs to my students in an inductive way. I have taught this topic after completion of the main lesson “Amar was late to school” by connecting the situations in the story. You can read my previous post "Task-based learning method to teach a story.  I have used the same picture cards to teach adverbs.  

"My 3 Best Story Teaching Methods to Develop Integrated Language Skills."

                         Where English is the second or third language, we need effective teaching methods to teach stories and texts at primary level so that our students develop all four language skills. And such methods should help teachers to minimize the use of the mother tongue and establish an English-speaking environment in the classrooms. Such methods should also help the students to develop and practise all four language skills for daily life situations. We also know that students at primary level are at a cognitive level whereby they are not interested in or able to learn by listening to the teacher teach. So keeping all these things in mind and the level of my students, I have been using three types of teaching method to teach stories and texts to my early primary students. These are... 1. Picture/Story Cards Method:                             My children are very poor in English and it was quite difficult to develop reading skills with them. They couldn't even und

Self Learning Digital Tool - "Basic Prepositions"

Topic: Prepositions Class: Primary (3rd grade) Skill: Grammar                This is my tiny attempt to teach prepositions to my children. I prepared this PPT to understand the usage of the words well. I think such material will help better than the videos. This will give a scope to the students learn independently and repeatedly. You can download and teach on your mobile or laptop.                   When you click on the word it shows the usage along with audio. If a student needs to listen the audio again he can click on the speaker button to listen again and again. You can download the PPT from the below link. Once you download the ppt click on "Read-only" to open it. Hope you like this. Thanks! Download the PPT

Task Based Learning Activity to Teach a Story!

Topic: Amar was late to school. Class: 5th grade (Primary) Skills: Speaking and reading. Material: Picture cards and Story Slips.                               Task-based learning is one of the best methods to develop reading and writing skills. Students learn the language informally and it leads to diverse thinking from known to unknown. In this activity, you can observe how my students interacted to understand a story on their own. My aim was that students should have read and understood the reading part on their own to develop the four language skills. Later I extended this activity to teach adverbs and I will post it soon.                                  I started this activity by pasting 4 picture story cards of the lesson in random order on the blackboard. When I drew the pictures I focused on the lesson topic and vocabulary that I wanted to elicit. I also drew them in such a way that the sentences would be easy to understand and to support the children to do t