Topic 2: Strategies, Approaches and Techniques
Strategies, Approaches and Techniques
1)Give clear guidelines and give everyday activity homework to the students to:
-Listen to the news or podcasts
-Listen to local songs
-Listen to an audiobooks
-Watch YouTube videos in the language you’re learning
-Watch a film or TV series in the evening
-Listen to native speakers talking in the bus/supermarket, coffee shops…
Instruct them to make notes and develop some of their favorite subjects. You can then discuss and analyze those interactively in the classroom.
2)Choose materials suitable for the indicated level – ideally you would be able to transfer the main idea, but still have new vocabulary and grammar to look into and teach to the students.
3)To be relevant to the aims you have: for example if you focus on teaching them how to be able to have informal conversation, then TV shows, news, talk shows etc. would be useful, but if you would like to teach them to have formal conversation with specific vocabulary, it would be best to choose documentaries, or podcasts covering the topics of interest
4)It is essential to highlight to them that for anything they listen to, it is important that they like it and are interested to it, as for them to have the motivation to continue doing it for a longer period of time!
Create a comfortable environment in the classroom, for the students to feel relaxed and comfortable whilst engaged in talking/oral exercises with each other.
Encourage them to talk among them in the Greek language as to become more comfortable with expressing themselves in Greek.
Suggest to them to read out loud – it is important for the students to listen to their accent and pronunciation and for the teacher to correct them on the spot.
Encourage them to communicate with a native speaker. It is important to start grasping the local phrases, the pronunciation, the accent and the texture of the language in the every-day life.
Start with conversations and books with dialogues and comprehensive stories – reading the language that is usually spoken would make it easier to make the connection and interaction between reading and uttered everyday speech.
Keep it short – aim for short stories, or magazine articles at first, as for the students to get used to reading in the foreign language.
Choose texts that the students will enjoy – recipes, blogs, pop culture or lifestyle magazines, local newspapers, etc., anything that would make it easier and more enticing for them to spend some time reading it.
Encourage them to change the default language on their mobile phone, PC and any devices into the Greek language.
Give the time and space to re-read the text multiple times having looked into the new vocabulary and grammar, instruct them to write them down and discuss them further in the classroom.
Use the context – Using the logic of the context and making connections with what you already know is one of the best reading techniques you can use for the students. Creative thinking: They can make up for what they do not know by understanding the meaning of what they know, the settings, the characters, the sequence of the actions can be their clues in what is happening in the text
Having basic writing skills means to be understood, even with the simplest sentences and words. Encourage students to start writing short compositions of sentences describing their day, an event, an activity.
Write like you speak! –Thinking about grammar rules will make the task less pleasant, so advise them to focus on the message they would like to express, freely. You can discuss grammar later in the classroom.
Encourage the students to start writing short messages to people on social media to get used to the idea of writing in a Greek language.