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STARTING AND HANDLING AN ENGLISH CLUB

October 28, 2010 2 comments

SMA N 1 BukatejaEnglish club or English forum or English community (whatever the name) is a good place for learning English outside of the class. Especially as a place to apply knowledge about English that have been received in the classroom. So, the activities should not like a formal class, but should be fun, relax, and give a chance to the members to use their English. Wherever the English club exist (school, college, university, workplace) actually has the same concept: as a place to use English, not just study English. So, in deciding to start an English club, you should find some other people who are interested in starting an English club and they won’t be shy to practice if they asked to use their English. After that, you can talk about the things you’d like to do together. Means the activities. Maybe you will make a discussion, debates, hold a special event for education day or your school’s anniversary, etc. But, please note that you must consider about the place and frequency of your meetings before you have activities.

The next consideration will be about the committee and membership. Should your club have a leader, secretary, treasurer, etc? Or will you share your responsibility? Should the members pay a weekly fee? And so on… Then, in handling an English club, the meetings should not like a formal class where you find teacher and students. The committee (if the club has committee) should not seem like a teacher. So, the committee must make the meetings just like a discussion group. Every activity done together and all rules obeyed together too. Some activities that suggested to be done in an English club:

  1. Discussing a hot topic from magazine / newspaper
  2. Debates
  3. Interactive games
  4. Joining English radio program in your town (if available)

I RETURN TO BUILD A DEBATING TEAM

October 25, 2010 6 comments

english debateLast Tuesday (October 19th) was my first day in teaching English extracurricular program again in SMA N 1 Bukateja. That day, I was asked to build a debating team for SMA N 1 Bukateja. I think it was a good idea because I have experience in building debating team in the same school for about 3 years ago. And for me, with a debating activity, students will be more active in speaking and reading, and will increase their listening skill too. So, what is “debating” I mean here?

Debating championship is a trend in Banyumas regency and usually be held by university such as UNSOED (Universitas Jenderal Soedirman). This debating championship is proposed to senior high school and vocational senior high school. And in Banyumas regency, we use Australasian Parliamentary System for the debate. Read more…

SENIORS TEACH JUNIORS

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

senior-juniorWhen I taught SPEC (Student Practice English Club), I applied a “peer to peer education system”. I was inspired by PMR (Palang Merah Remaja) in my ex-school that owned KKR Team (Kader Kesehatan Remaja).

KKR itself has a program named “peer to peer education”. Each KKR member is an agent of change who has a big mission: socialize health program to other students.

From KKR program, I decided to imitate their program to be applied in my class. I order some of my students from the second grade to deliver a particular topic, to the first grade students. On the other words, the seniors teach the juniors.

Now you can use this method too. Because it will bring advantages such as:

You may ask your students to deliver games, simple topics, open and close the class session, etc. You may have a moving peer educator, too. I mean, your student can teach other students from other classes. Of course, before you apply this, you must socialize and prepare your students first. Especially, prepare the suitable materials, both for the peer educators and the other students.

To be more creative and attractive, you can record your students (make a video), then review it with your students. If it is possible, make a screening session in the end of semester or on the weekend. It can be an entertaining session too, right?

CREATIVE MEDIA FOR STUDENTS

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

majalah sekolahBuilding an ideal English class is (sometimes) hard even with a lot of fun activities. However, the word “class” creates an image: boring room. So, what are other ways out, to make our students enjoy their English? There are several activities to keep your students’ mood in learning and practicing their English. Of course, the activities must be various from time to time.

Creating interactive, fun, up date, and useful activities for your students is something easy.

Step number one, find out what is your students’ mostly like? Reading magazine? If so, invite them to create a bulletin/magazine for class, club, or school. Why create bulletin/magazine, not reading as their interest? Of course, if you ask them to read a magazine you bring then discuss it, they will get bored soon. Right?

When I was studying at the college, I and my friends also organized a campus bulletin called “The Creative Minority”. All contents were in English and were “hunted” by my reporters after the class. So fun and useful for our English development. We published it every month with various themes. We talked about Kartini day, Education day, etc. We also wrote about tips for learning English, poem (created by my friends), short story, etc. It was wonderful.

Then, if your students love to sing and play guitar, make an English musical class. Ask them to create their own English song to be performed in front of the class or in the end of semester. Make this as a creative project!

Or, if your students love to listen to the radio, build your own radio broadcast at school or bring them to the radio station with English broadcast. If it possible, make a relationship with the radio station to hold an English session for the students. Being a broadcaster, I am sure that it is a dream of some of your students.

Step number two, make an outdoor activity. You can hold it in the school yard or somewhere that you think can support your teaching-learning process. The most important thing is cheap, fun, and get to the materials. Just do something out of your class!

Two steps above are only about how you deliver the materials in different way. If you usually teach your class with conventional method (write, explain, and give homework), now it is your turn to build new English class. Create a drama show, hold English camp, organize internal competition such as retelling story or debating championship among your classes, create an English radio broadcast at school, create a school magazine, etc. Then, in each activities you hold, you can “insert” the materials as demanded by curriculums.

PLAYING DOMINO CARD TO TEACH ENGLISH

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

gameDo you know “Domino Card”? If you do, you can use it to teach your students, especially to train them in arranging good sentences based on grammar. How can? Truly, the card that will be used is not the real “Domino Card”. But we will make it by ourselves. Just prepare some pieces of papers, 5 x 2.5 cm. Then divide the paper into 2 parts separated by a line. On each part, put a word. The arrangement of the words can be as follow: 1. I – like, 2. Love – story, 3. Like – writing, 4. And – poem, 5. Writing – love, 6. Story – and, 7. etc. From those words, we can make a sentence: I like writing love story and poem.
To play this game, your students only have to arrange the words into sentence. Like playing “Domino Card”, the same words should be piled. And, this game, actually is a very good way to vary your teaching method. On the other hands, you can make and stimulate your students to practice about using grammar directly. Ask them to conclude the writing structure and the formula of their sentence. Don’t be confused, it just like a jumbled words game. But here, you have to put the scattered words on the cards. You can fill the cards with words that will construct preferences, past events, expression of possibilities, degree of comparison, etc. So, if in “scrabble game” your students have to arrange so many letters into words, here they have to arrange so many words into sentences. Let’s play!

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR FUN ENGLISH CLASS

September 29, 2010 1 comment

DiscussionSurely, the difficulties in teaching-learning English are not something new, right? A lot of students still recognize that English is still difficult to learn. And actually, teachers can use various methods to help students to learn English faster and easier. Start to leave your handbook and try following methods: Read more…

BREAKING GRAMMAR AND STRUCTURE PROBLEMS

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Many people still recognize that the most difficult thing in learning English is about grammar and structure. So, now, I want to share my experience in learning about grammar and structure by translating simple / basic phrases and sentences such as the sample below. I started by translating word “Apel”.
1. Apel
Apple.
2. Apel merah
Red apple.
3. Apel merah yang besar
A big red apple.
4. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar
Ten big red apples.
5. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar ditaruh di dalam kulkas
Ten big red apples inside of the refrigerator.
6. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar ditaruh di dalam kulkas empat pintu
Ten big red apples inside of the four-door refrigerator.
7. Bagaimana cara memasukkan apel merah ke dalam kulkas?
How to put a red apple into the refrigerator?
8. Bagaimana cara memasukkan apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas?
How to put a big red apple into the refrigerator?
9. Bagaimana cara memasukkan sepuluh apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas?
How to put ten big red apples into the refrigerator?
10. Bagaimana cara memasukkan sepuluh apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas empat pintu?
How to put ten big red apples into the four-door refrigerator?

Sound funny? Yeah, it because English is fun and every of us need to drill ourselves to reach the main goal of learning English: speaking and writing. Then, although grammar and structure are quite difficult, but it doesn’t mean that we may leave them. And, although the language is spoken and sometimes we can “ignore” the grammar and structure, but a perfect language will make us more confident.
Another way to learn “how to arrange good structure” is practicing to use simple expressions such as question. Now, do the following method:

  1. Ask your students to prepare a blank book
  2. In page 1, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Do”. For example: Do you live around here?, Do you like Bakso?, Etc.
  3. Write as much as possible until the page full. You can ask your students to divide the page into 2 columns: left and right columns.
  4. In page 2, ask your students to write sentences that started with “How”. For example: How many people are there here?, How is your family?, Etc.
  5. In page 3, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Can / could”. For example: Can I call you back later?, Can I take a message?, Etc.
  6. In page 4, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Will / would”. For example: Would you like to come to my birthday party?, Will he accompany her?, Etc.
  7. You can make more criteria