Topic 4: In Practice: Activities, Teaching Material, Tips & Ideas

In Practice: Activities, Teaching Material, Tips & Ideas

  • Suggest a number of Greek shows on the radio, podcasts online, Greek songs, etc.
  • Ask learners to listen to them regularly (let’s say for five minutes three times a week)
  • Keep track of learning listening activities to encourage them to keep up the practice
  • Try to convince learners that it is ok if they don’t understand
  • Urge learners to make regular short term (a couple of minutes) practice
  • Make use of various reading materials and be creative through reading through in different formats, i.e. books, magazines, newspapers, recipes etc.
  • Make it interactive and alive. Encourage learners to read the one preferred and selected material and then discuss it in relation to other books, movies, or TV shows.
  • Be playful with words. Ask learners to write down unknown words or phrases and bring them to class on an index.
  • Face reading as communication. Prepare several lessons where learners read a number of different written materials: advertisements, instructions, recipes, a newspaper article, part of a handbook etc.
  • Choose your topics according to your learners’ interests. Even if you choose an engaging writing activity, it should be connected with a topic, or a context, that will motivate learners to write. Just make sure that writing is a regular activity for them.
  • Whether it is creative writing, business writing, or guided writing, teach them by example first, and then let them have free reign in the way they express themselves in writing.
  • Incorporating communicative learning into writing lesson will foster learners’ creativity and confidence.
  • Brainstorming is one of the most important aspects within writing and learners can build on their writing through discussion.