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    • #306168
      Janice C.
      Keymaster

      What is your experience of learning grammar? Do you believe it can be interactive, communicative and even fun?

      Share your thought with other people by posting them in the discussion thread below.

    • #306358
      mct_13
      Participant

      Yes if you have the correct resources and lots of activities.

    • #306394
      Diana Varga
      Participant

      Yes. Who doesn’t like having fun? 🙂

    • #306414
      silvanadeca
      Participant

      It can although often ‘fun’ lessons take so long to prepare that teachers tend not to bother.
      Also, let’s not forget that we can get enjoyment and satisfaction from learning something new, ‘getting it’ or even finishing a task correctly. Not everything needs all the bells and whistles.

      • #306498
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        I agree and believe that the simplest is the greatest.

      • #307380
        valentinakarpeiko
        Participant

        Yes, I agree with you. And I like your words that “Not everything needs all the bells and whistles”.

      • #323126
        cristiane.ribeiro
        Participant

        I agree with you. Its necessary to study the boring parts of Grammar

    • #307377
      valentinakarpeiko
      Participant

      I’m sure that grammar can be interactive, communicative and even fun. Different songs with grammar structures, grammatical or communicative games can help to make the process of learning or teaching grammar interesting and amusing. We can practice grammar in different plays or role-plays…. Without doubt, such lessons need a lot of preparation.

      • #310352
        irynaroubel
        Participant

        Totally agree. All the activities you have mentioned can make teaching grammar fun and engaging.

    • #310358
      irynaroubel
      Participant

      Grammar can be fun but it takes a lot of time and efforts from the teacher. It is very important to use different types of activities while teaching grammar, otherwise students can become bored doing the same things over and over again.

      • #311070
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        Variety is really important.
        Being familiar with various ways of structuring our lesson when designing a grammmar lesson, which one can learn about in our TEFL course, will help to narrow down what and how to do, making our preparation faster and quicker.

    • #313231
      olga.johnson
      Participant

      Grammar can be interactive and communicative, and, even, fun. However, it requires a knowledgable teacher with good teaching skills and the right attitude. It also takes some time to develop these skills and understanding of the language and the teaching methods.

      • #313704
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Olga. You outlined beautifully what it takes to have engaging and communicative grammar lessons that students can enjoy.

    • #314915
      medalit_holyoak
      Participant

      To engage students in learning grammar is to prepare a positive environment where SS not only interact and communicate but enjoy learning it. Using games and songs motivate learners and provide opportunities for reaching learners goals.

      • #315473
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        Yes, how much faster learning is when the lessons are enjoyable.

    • #314969
      sarah.carlund
      Participant

      Learning in general should be fun and engaging, as the student gets more out of the content being taught in the lesson. However, when I was at school learning GCSE Spanish and German, learning elements of grammar was really off-putting, when I could just about say where I was from in both languages! I think it’s important to learn grammar, especially after you have mastered, or at least have a good command of the target/foreign language you are planning to study.

      • #315480
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        The positive, I find, in having experienced lessons that were not to my liking at school is to drive me to find ways of teaching in a way that allows the students to learn and enjoy the lessons at the same time.

    • #317820
      Tayo Akamo
      Participant

      All learning, regardless of the topic, can and should be enjoyable. Enjoyment increases engagement which in turn raises attainment.

      • #318191
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        I also believe that student engagement is an important part of the learning process. Thank you for your sharing your opinion, Tayo.

    • #318636
      Ferny
      Participant

      The methods presented in the course are really enjoyable and engaging, and I agree with my colleagues, teachers have to be well prepared, organised and knowledgeable.

    • #319884
      james.ammentorp
      Participant

      Different people find fun in different ways. It is important to be able to understand and keep in mind the core motivations of students and include them in planning, ideally with a portfolio of possibilities to draw from. Grammar is no different.

      • #319901
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        Thank you for mentioning the importance of involving students in planning, James. This is so important.

    • #320974
      elizabeth.quevedo
      Participant

      This is fun! I am glad that I can still recall those parts of speech. Unscrambling the word and filling in the blanks through the poem is cool! Thanks course designer!

      • #321213
        Hedvig Ilyes
        Moderator

        It’s great you loved the poem. Enjoy the rest of the module, Elizabeth.

    • #321071
      anna.verdea
      Participant

      certainly. moreover, students don’t really have to know they are learning grammar at that moment. for example, if you incorporate games into your lesson

    • #321223
      Hedvig Ilyes
      Moderator

      I also believe that discovering rules and regularities in language is much more memorable for students. Thank you for your thoughts, Anna.

    • #321694
      marine.serobyan
      Participant

      First of all the teacher should know the interests of her/his audience this will help her to plan an interesting lesson.

    • #322040
      Hedvig Ilyes
      Moderator

      Knowing our students is really important, Marine. James also posted something very similar to what you wrote.

    • #322626
      brixhilda.muce
      Participant

      Yes, I definitely think it can be fun! We can gamify our grammar lessons and use different resources that can make it more enjoybale and easy to learn.

    • #322631
      Hedvig Ilyes
      Moderator

      Using elements of game-playing can definitely make lessons more fun and memorable. Thank you for your thoughts, Brixhilda.

    • #323124
      cristiane.ribeiro
      Participant

      I like learning grammar, so I think yes, grammar can be fun, but it depends on the method used by teachers.

    • #323323
      burcu.koc
      Participant

      It definitely can be! The teachers should familiarize themselves firstly with the function of the grammar and then the form so that they can organize activities where students can focus on both form and meaning. There are so many great games online to be used for each grammar topic eithee to present or practice.

    • #323754
      Hedvig Ilyes
      Moderator

      I agree that analysing grammar before teaching it is essential. Can you share some of your favourite websites for using online games, Burcu?

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