The crazy nature of limited schooling

cartoon of different animals being asked to climb a tree
18 Mar Shelley Vernon 2 Comments

It's a common and impoverished attitude that emphasizes reading, writing, and arithmetic, known in England as the 3 Rs, to the neglect of other subjects and topics.  At primary school children need a wider spectrum, to try many things, and discover where their talent lies.  Many laborious hours are spent on the 3 Rs and the results are still poor. Conclusion?  Do more of the 3 Rs.  

"It's not working?"

"Let's do even more of what is not working." 

This cartoon sums it up succinctly.

Often language teaching in schools focuses on reading, writing and following a textbook.

Students need to participate actively to learn, not sit passively.

Students also need varied activities that appeal to all learning styles, not just those who learn by reading, copying and filling in blanks.

Learning Styles

My ESL games books aim to attract all three of the main learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic.  By varying the games, students, who all learn differently, are more likely to benefit from your lessons. Let's have a quick look at the three main learning styles:

three main learning styles visual, auditory and kinaesthetic

 

  • Auditory learners: These students learn by listening and hearing, rather than reading.  You may find that they move their lips when they are reading, or even sound the words out loud.  Auditory learners may struggle in a noisy environment but could benefit from class exercises with singing or where students read out loud.

 

  • Visual learners: Visual learners like drawings, graphics, diagrams, and illustrations. A visual learner might well draw pictures next to their notes as it helps them remember the lesson.  Be sure to use Flashcards with visual learners.

 

  • Kinaesthetic learners:  If it's “Hands on”, these students will love it. They will love our ESL Plays, which involve movement and acting or at least making gestures while speaking.  Keep them active with movement since they might not like sitting still for long.

 

If you are using my games books you will have access to everything you need to appeal to a diverse group of students.

Most of us are a mixture of the three, with a preferred learning style. The more variety you have in your lessons, the better your students will fare.

You might also consider whether your students work better alone or in groups. Reading a text alone before completing a quiz as a group means both types of learner are included in the task, reducing the chances of one student being left behind. My games books incorporate quizzes and games that will appeal to all three types of learning style, making your lessons fun, appealing and effective to all your students! Find the majority of our resources here.

2 Comments

quite interesting, could you give more information ?
Hello there, thanks for your comment. Often language teaching in schools focuses on reading, writing and following a textbook. Students need to participate actively to learn, not sit passively. Students also need varied activities that appeal to all learning styles, not just those who learn by reading, copying and filling in blanks. These two blog posts give more insight into learning styles. https://teachingenglishgames.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/what-types-of-learners-do-you-have-in-your-classroom https://www.teachingenglishgames.com/how-do-i-learn

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