Creativity in the English Language Classroom

Creativity in the English language classroom sometimes means «teaching outside the box» or somebody’s safety zone but it is the best way young learners learn, «by doing»! Young students might come in the classroom with limited language resources but with a full creative potential which teachers can make use to achieve the highest possible performance. There are countless advantages in integrating creative activities in language learning. To name but a few….

Creativity …..

■ increases children’s engagement and motivation in studying a foreign language

■ makes language learning enjoyable and memorable

■ gives children a sense of ownership and a feeling of success

■ allows for divergent responses and, for children who may be strong in other areas of the curriculum, e.g. art, music or dance, to use these to support their learning

■ promotes children’s ability to think in a flexible way

■ provides a personalised challenge

■ develops qualities such as patience, persistence and resourcefulness

■ provides a basis for the development of more sophisticated, conceptual and abstract creative thinking in future.

(Seven pillars of creativity in primary ELT Carol Read)

To be more specific, teaching vocabulary chunks to a primary school learners would be meaningless if he/she finds no place to use it. But what if he was read a story where the words he needs to learn are the main characters? What if he has to find out how they look and draws them? What if he makes masks out of these words? What if he acts the words out? There is nothing that could mean more to our little learners!

Example given, «A mitten in the Snow»

A mitten in the snow craftwork

The Mitten in the Snow (P)
The mitten in the snow
The mitten in the snow
Help us please so we won’t freeze!
The mitten in the snow.

A mole squeezes in
A mole squeeze in
Help us please so we won’t freeze!
The mitten in the snow.

A rabbit squeezes in
A rabbit squeezes in
Help us please so we won’t freeze!
The mitten in the snow.

Continue with the other animals:
Hedgehog
Owl
Badger
Fox
Bear (yes, even a bear!)
Mouse

The bear says, «A-choo!»
The bear says, «A-choo!»
All the animals fly out of
The mitten in the snow!
Source: Mrs. Jones Room

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND ….HAPPY BOXING DAY

BOXING DAY 1Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is the day after Christmas Day and falls on December 26. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth

 (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales.

What Do People Do?

For many people Boxing Day is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day and an opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors. Some people choose to go for a walk in the countryside, while others flock to the post-Christmas sales that often begin on Boxing Day. Some people even spend part of the night and early morning queuing to get into the stores when the best bargains are still available.

Boxing Day is also an important day for sporting events. Traditionally, fox hunting was a popular sport in the upper class. Pictures of hunters on horseback dressed in red coats and surrounded by hunting dogs are often seen as symbolic of Boxing Day. Nowadays, fox hunting is outlawed. Horse racing and football (soccer) are now popular sports.

Christmas crafts – some useful ideas

1. A Christmas wreath made of paper?  Holiday wrapping paper and some bows are all you need, but you do have to spend some time cutting paper and shaping them into cones, and then pasting them onto a wreath ring. And don’t forget to tie a matching bow at the bottom when you’re finished.
2. You can also make more fun and creative holiday decorations with white paper or cardboard. Trace intricate patterns and cut them out with a pair of scissors or cutter to turn them into these gorgeous paper gloves. They’re perfect winter holiday decorations that you can hang on your windows or tree branches. They’re perfect glued on to your windows too, especially when the first snow starts to fall!

3. Another simple but truly beautiful Christmas decoration that you can easily make at home is the rolled paper Christmas tree ornament. You can use old holiday gift wrap paper, or craft paper, or sheet music, even old comic book pages.
4.You can make counting down to Christmas a fun activity in your house with this cute wall hanging. All you need are some cardboards, crayons, craft papers and Sharpies. Find something cute to use as the pointer.

HAVE FUN

Υλικό για εκπαιδευτικούς Αγγλικών

Μπορείτε να βρείτε χρήσιμο υλικό στους παρακάτω συνδέσμους:

1. Υπερσύνδεσμοι όπου έχει αναρτηθεί το υλικό της ημερίδας της Αθήνας, η οποία έγινε στο Υπουργείο και μπόρεσε να βιντεοσκοπηθεί.

Επίσης οι υπερσύνδεσμοι που αφορούν ενημέρωση για αλλαγές στο δημοτικό και το γυμνάσιο: Κατηγορία: Δημοτικό – Διδακτέα ύλη http://www.minedu.gov.gr/dimotiko-2/didaktea-yli-dimot/20144-05-09-16-live Κατηγορία: Γυμνάσιο – Διδακτέα ύλη http://www.minedu.gov.gr/gymnasio-m-

2/didaktea-yli-gymn/23333-05-09-16-live-2

Κατηγορία: (Συνέδρια – Σεμινάρια) – Ημερίδες https://www.facebook.com/minedu.gr/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Facebook https://www.facebook.com/minedu.gr/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=n 2. Ενημερωτικό Τευχίδιο https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2LEK-p3mopsNVZYSEhqSzhyMVU/view?usp=sharing

3. Μάθηση μέσω Σχεδιασμού http://neamathisi.com/learning-by-design

4. Καλές Πρακτικές Μάθησης μέσω Σχεδιασμού στην Ελλάδα http://cglearner.com/ (σχέδια διδασκαλίας συμπεριλαμβανόμενων κι αυτών των σεμιναρίων). 5. Ψηφιακές Βιβλιοθήκες, Σενάρια, Καλές Πρακτικές https://go.minedu.gov.gr/

dictyo.gr Διαβάστε περισσότερα: https://xenesglosses.eu/2016/11/iliko-gia-ekpedeftikous-anglikon-pe06/

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