2 Easy Ways To Make Learning Grammar More Interesting
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Learning grammar is an integral part of learning English and it’s not something we can avoid. Sadly, grammar in the classroom is often taught in lessons which are about as dry as a cream cracker. It’s no wonder our students seem to have a mental block against it and teachers dread it!
Thankfully, there is no need for our grammar lessons to be so boring. Just like we can incorporate fun and games into other aspects of teaching, so we can make sure our grammar lessons are enjoyable and interesting. As an added bonus, lessons which are more engaging are bound to be more effective too – a win-win for everyone involved.
How do we accomplish the impossible?
By getting rid of grammar exercises and drills and incorporating more of what we like into our lessons. More specifically, using music and film. Here’s how:
Who doesn’t love a good song? Music is the perfect vehicle to teach a grammar point. Music tells a story, is appealing to most people and can be analysed for context and meaning before being utilised to teach grammar.
The trick is to find songs which teach what we want them to teach. Lucky for you, a quick internet search will show you which songs can be used for which grammar points.
Second conditional: If I Were a Boy – Beyonce
Comparatives and superlatives: Simply the Best – Tina Turner
Used to: Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
Present perfect: Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Future continuous: Every Breath You Take – The Police
Once you’ve found the perfect song, draw up a gap-fill activity to draw students’ attention to the grammar, think of some comprehension questions to ensure understanding and you’re good to go. Oh, and don’t forget to allow time for a bit of a sing-along – students love a bit of karaoke!
Movies are another winner in the classroom. When teaching a grammar point there is no need to show an entire film; rather pick a clip or trailer which shows the grammar point clearly and in context.
For example, the trailer of the 2009 movie The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, can be used to teach the first conditional. Students can watch the trailer and fill in a gap-fill activity on the relevant sentences before moving on to discuss the meaning of the clip. Further work can be done, if necessary, to extend the lesson into teaching the second conditional.
In this way, a 3-minute clip can be used as the basis for an entire lesson. Plus, it’s a lot more interesting.
So the next time you are thinking of dealing with a grammar point in the classroom, before automatically turning to PPP, stop and think if there are perhaps any songs or movies which can be used to make your point instead. Your students will thank you.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.