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Making it fun for young learners to learn grammar

Nguyen Thi Anh Dao

In the process of learning a foreign language, young learners need knowledge of meaning, use and form of the new language items and should be given plenty of opportunities to use the new items themselves in a meaningful and purposeful way. This workshop aims at suggesting some ways to make it fun for young learners to learn grammar which is usually assumed to be boring.

During forty five minutes of the workshop, the participants will get involved in some activities that form the core parts of three grammar lesson plans. In the first lesson plan, a simplified version of the well-known story The Pied Piper by Robert Browning is used to set the context for teaching some prepositions of direction to very young learners (i.e. primary students). The second lesson plan will use a fairy tale background to lead learners to overcome challenges with a prince on the way to rescue a princess and thus complete the assumingly boring exercises in the textbook Tieng Anh 10. The same objectives may be achieved in another version which uses a hot coming event (e.g. Super Junior Tour in Vietnam) to encourage high school students to participate in recruitment for a volunteer job they would love to do. As language focuses are intertwined with stories, exercises are twisted into games and very basic Power Point effects spice up the contents, these lesson plans just follow the trend to combine technology, stories, games and some other CLT techniques to motivate young learners in mainstream classrooms, especially when they learn grammar