The paper “ Portfolio of English Lesson Plans” is an engrossing variant of a presentation on English. Target Audience: Grade II students aged between 6-9 years in class ‘ Rainbow’ . Time - hour, Teaching Context ESL/EFL China, Aims & ObjectivesTeach the students how to describe things and people in an appropriate way. At the end of the lesson, the students will be able to: Define and identify adjectivesGenerate a list of common adjectivesRecognize adjectives used in sentencesUse adjectives to describe a pet or family memberMaterialsWhiteboard, different coloured markers and erasersWord cards with many adjectives and another wordPrinted handouts that students can highlightLaptop and ProjectorActivities Warm-upAsk students to identify three words that can be used to describe a puppy and a pet and write them on the boardWatch a video as a class: http: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=ODRVgvjwkbo PresentationDefine an adjective as a word that helps to describe or modify a noun or a pronounAdjectives ending with the suffix – yExample: Lovely, fluffy, Sticky, Cheeky etcControlled PractiseGive handouts with sample sentences and have the student's highlight adjectivesHave each student write an adjective on the whiteboard marker to form a list of adjectives. EvaluationEach student will be given 3 handouts which contain simple sentences.
Each handout will contain a different percentage of adjectives. They will use markers to highlight adjectives in the sentences. Game: Adjective ShuffleThe students will help scatter word flashcards on the floor. The word cards contain at least 2 cards for every student and 2/3 of the cards contain adjectives. When the game leaders call ‘ adjective shuffle’ ! The other students hurriedly run to the card they think is an adjective. Then 5 players are chosen at random to say a sentence using the adjective in their card. The game is repeated several times.
Those students who chose words that are not adjectives are given a second chance when the game begins again. ExpansionGive student homework to write a description of either a pet or a family member, using all possible adjectives, before the next lesson. Lesson RationaleThis lesson teaches the students how to describe things and people in an appropriate way. Parts of speech should not be presented to the students in a mystifying way. This is because children use them even before they can name them.
Use of fun and hand-on activities makes it easier for them to learn. Given the age of the students, it would be difficult for them to grasp grammar more than they would through practising the language in context. Therefore the use of a combination of the deductive and the inductive approach would be more appropriate for grade II students. Structural Grammar Theory provides the framework necessary to convey ideas and thoughts from teacher to learner. As children, individuals master the basics of sentence construction and learn how to use specific words in a particular pattern.
Considering the input processing technique, children would prefer to learn rules by vision. According to Nassaji & Fotos, “ Some learners may be visual learners. That is, they may learn better when they see something and benefit more from visual input such as that found with reading activities. ” (Nassaji & Fotos, 2011, p. 29). This study appreciates this view by having the children watch a video.
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