There are quite a number of ways in making learning English fun for a non-English speaker. For teachers who have been finding ways on how to make those lessons interesting, knowing what your students truly like can help. In addition, there are also some other things which you can keep in mind to help those non-English speakers appreciate learning English even more.
One of the first things that you can do is not to mind the grammar. A good way to study a new language is to know that words are the most important; grammar only comes in second. You can always communicate with the right words – even with bad grammar and construction. But if you have the perfect grammar but you don’t know the words, you’d be left misunderstood.
Making English learners understand that words are more important can encourage them to speak more often. The best way to study a language is to think that way, and speak the language. There are many learners who fail to learn because they are too shy to speak. Encouraging them to speak with different talking games and speaking topics can help them to think and speak in English.
Kids, teenagers and adult learners love music – this is a fact. This is probably one of the reasons why a lot of teachers use music in teaching English because it helps in making learning English fun for a non-English speaker. Using music with simple English lyrics, and then answering some worksheets after can definitely amp up your lessons. You can also use these lyrics as guides to help you establish a nice English conversation.
English music lyrics can provide these learners new words and a way to remember them. Remembering a language through music usually works better for most students because they connect words with melodies, making them easy to recall. Kids and teenagers may like to sing along, as well, and do simple exercises such as filling in the missing lyrics in their activity sheets.
There are also some learners who prefer to study both with visuals and with audio, thus the use of various videos when learning English. Others may also choose different sitcoms, movies, cartoons and even movie trailers. These things make word association and word recall easy, especially for those who tend to remember things better through visuals. Preparing worksheets and discussions after watching the movie can be helpful, as well as building new vocabulary.
And of course, who can forget about various games? A simple charades game can make students recall their vocabularies even better. There are also various games which can target both vocabulary and grammar. Make some song titles, then cut them each into words. Give them to groups of three, and ask them to make their own song titles with sense. They would definitely recall the words and their meanings better. Keep a dictionary in hand, just in case.
Learning English doesn’t have to be strapped to the books and lesson plans. With a mixture of conversations, games, film and music, making learning English fun for a non-English speaker is as easy as 1-2-3.