3 Innovative Ways to Improve Children’s Grammar Skills
- Feb 04, 2016
Whether we teach grammar or not, whether we answer a grammar paper or not, improving our grammar skills can do only one thing for us: good.We need to improve grammar skills in order to follow and utilize a language as much as possible. Besides, it can be extremely embarrassing to use incorrect grammar in our speech and writing, right?How do we get children to enjoy improving their grammar more? Here are some fun, innovative, and extremely effective ways.
Oral Rhyme ConstructionOne of our teachers of English Language and Literature would often apply this technique, to energize our class into actively improving our grammar skills.She would make us believe we were playing a game, called ‘Rhyme Time.’The rules were: one child would speak a sentence, an original one (for example: ‘The sun is shining brightly today’) – and the child sitting next would supply the next sentence, with its last word rhyming with the last one of the first sentence (for example: ‘Let us go out in the sun and play’).If the second child could not come up with a rhyming line, the sentence would go to the third child. If the third child supplied the rhyme, the fourth child would have to come up with a line rhyming with that one! In this manner, we created a four-line-rhyme with the help of at least four children sitting in a row. Once that was achieved, the next child had to come up with a fresh line, for a fresh rhyme.At the end of one such session, we would have several four-line-rhymes on the board. We ensured that the grammar was perfect, or the lines would not be put up.In the event of any line getting disqualified, students from the class were asked to explain what kind of improvement the line required, for it to merit a place on the board.We enjoyed the game; brushed up our grammar while looking for or explaining rhymes; and tried to get better at the game by studying our grammar harder.“Who would come up with the best line?” “Who would use a new word today?” “Who would be able to tell the class the meaning of the new word?” would be our topics of discussion.I see, now, how rhyming has helped us today.
Play ActingChildren love both imagination and action. We can harness the two, to help them love learning.
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Making children Play Act in class can help them in many ways:
- It can help them improve their grammar ‘dramatically’. While speaking the dialogues, children speak perfectly constructed sentences. While memorizing these lines, they also get to memorize their constructions and in future, model similar sentences on that structure, to get those correct, as well.
- It improves the diction of students. While saying the words aloud, students get their tones and pronunciation corrected and any error there gets removed on the spot.
- It bolsters the self-confidence of children. They feel proud and happy to be the center of attention and have appreciation showered on them.
It improves communication skills as children not only speak, but also use their facial expressions and body language to express the meaning of their words, further.
Play The TeacherIn this technique, the teacher announces before the class that the next session would be a ‘Play The Teacher’ one. The class is divided into four or five groups, and each group is assigned a topic pertaining to the grammar in the syllabus of that class, to be taught by that group.For example, if Group A is asked to teach Adjectives, Group B could be teaching Adverbs.The members of a group then decide among themselves what each one of them is going to teach, in the next class. They also need to be prepared for any question related to their branch to be addressed to any one of them.
- This method works because all the children love playing the teacher.
- The children learn their matter perfectly, so as not to make any mistakes while ‘teaching’ their parts.
- They also revise all the other topics so that they can ask relevant questions or point errors out, if any.
This is a truly great way of revising grammar.It could also be used to introduce a certain part of it, just to see how well students could interpret grammar before having it explained to them by the teacher; though this experiment, if at all, can perhaps be carried out only at senior levels.There are also several other time-tested methods to help children learn and improve their grammar, but these seem to be the more innovative ones, among them.The very reason why they have been presented before you.
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