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MASTERING ENGLISH FASTER WITHOUT SPENDING MUCH MONEY

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Being able to mastering English is a kind of common dream of many people. Some people achieve mastery by attending an expensive English class or by flying to English-speaking countries to study English, while some people spend no cost at all to be fluent in English—both writing and speaking. If you have to choose, which method will you use?

Flying to an English-speaking country to study English is an expensive dream, although it’s a ‘powerful’ and ‘fast’ way to achieve your goal. But, how if you have no much money, want to be soon mastering English, and expect the same result as studying abroad? Read more…

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ENGLISH NIGHT: AN ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

June 30, 2011 3 comments

New academic year is coming. There will be “new life” in each school with many activities to welcome new students such as orientation (MOS), “Persami” (or whatever the name), etc. But, so far I know, almost there is no school which organizes “English Night” or “English Camp” in the beginning of academic year.

English Night may become a creative way to welcome new students while teach and provoke the students into new way of thinking that English is easier than before through some creative methods. The sessions should not be formal and each session will take longer time than ordinary / classical teaching-learning process in the classroom. This way is to ensure each participant get the same chance to explore their English ability (as we know that sometime we “run out” of our teaching time at the class).

Some activities we may apply in an English Night are motivation session, training of debate and practice, speech training, genre training + journalism, and students’ performance. Although the activities seems to be the same as the activities in the classroom, but the session I suggest here should be totally different. I suggest no teacher in every session, but the senior students (as a peer educators) and some experts or competent alumni so that the session not too formal (except in SMP, teacher may still fully involve). Yeah, as we know that teacher mostly create formal and ceremonious session. Besides that, every session should be delivered through fun and interactive ways, no teaching-learning process as we do in the classroom. If it is possible, play a game or ask the students to sing English song acoustically in every transition of sessions. The most important thing is encourage our students to learn and practice their English as much as and as often as possible.

The example of motivation session is about “how to” learn English effectively as I often post in this blog. For the game session, we can apply “Follow me” game, “Running dictation” game, Quick quiz, etc. Then, for the genre training, we can bring the students to the historical place (or other places) around the school or camp-site if the English Night is in outdoor. Through this activity, students can learn and experience how to make a narrative, report, recount, or procedure text. At the same time, students can be directed to practice the basic of journalism that well-known as 5W + 1H.

At last, there will be some advantages of English Night besides it can be a forum where students freely to practice their English and knowledge they already got in the classroom. English Night is a good “atmosphere” to start an English Club and as a place to create “intimacy” among the students, and it is very useful as a “building character” session. And remember: teenagers love living outside, adventures, and making a lot of movement. So that why, most of teenagers don’t like to have a sit in a long time in the classroom. They need to walk around and even scream! So, bring them out of your classical class and have fun.

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.