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J.S. - Spain said:
Teaching grammar is beneficial for the students development in english. It improves their vocabulary, their coherency, and willingness to communicate and practice english. To effectively teach grammar to esl students, it is important to focus on their current abilities, creativity, and to practice. I have recently had the fortunate opportunity to teach english in spain for 10 months. It was a great experience, and has taught me a lot. I am aware that different cultures probably learn differently, but teaching elementary Spaniards grammar, among other things, has set a basis for how I plan to tackle teaching grammar in Korea. I personally enjoyed the grammar units of tefl, which will help me teach the students in a more exciting manner. Having to create activate stages for a number of tefl units will be beneficial for me in the classroom. I will incorporate as many of the activate stage activities as possible. Being a teacher who enjoys doing grammar units, I hope I can share the enthusiasm with my students. Simply doing worksheets, although effective, will become boring and repetitive. I would like to implement activities that involve the students, such as board games, jeopardy, or around the world. Anything to actively involve the students ought to help with their retention. The more often these tasks are done, the more information students will have to build from. The key is to building tasks on what students already know instead of jumping to new material. I think it would be important to teach similar tenses together. When teaching past or future tenses, it would be necessary to review the present form. For example, when teaching past perfect, I think it would be beneficial for the students to review the structure of past simple, and then present perfect. Since they follow the same structure, just in a different tense, it would help the students understand past perfect because they already know present perfect. Learning the different tenses will help the students better express themselves, and increase their vocabulary. Knowing how to express themselves more effectively will help the students feel motivated. It will also make them more coherent, so others will understand them better. If they are able to tell stories, talk to their friends, or just listen to a natural english news cast, they might feel more motivated to continue to practice english, both inside and outside the class. Although speaking naturally is a skill not developed until much later in ones’ studies, it is a good way to practice distinguishing between what tense ought to be used. This can be one of the most difficult things for a student to learn in a foreign language. When I was teaching in spain, I noticed a number of mistakes the students made involved mixing tenses and structure. Since the tenses were being mixed together, I think the students require a lot of repetition and practice with choosing the appropriate tense. There can sometimes be many similarities between the usages of different tenses, and often times Native english speakers don’t even know when to use which one. Since there are so many similarities, it is important to not only teach students the differences, but practice so they can use them on their own. A good method for this would be to fill in the blanks to a story, the students would have to choose which tense to use based on the story. In conclusion, there are many aspects to teaching grammar. These include practice, using skills that already exist, and using creative ideas whenever possible. If I am able to incorporate all these methods into my own teaching, I think I would be able to motive the students enough to learn a topic that is usually thought to be boring.