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Situations are extremely useful for introducing language at lower levels. We can teach the will future with an imaginary visit to a fortune teller ( the fortune teller can say You will meet a handsome stranger, etc.).
Stories can be used to contextualise new language. We can tell stories about our own lives and experiences to contextualise new language. We can get our students to tell stories about their lives (where appropriate) and use these stories to introduce and explain the language that the students need. Students can also read stories or listen to them on an audio track.
Dialogues can be used to introduce language. At pre-intermediate level, for example, we can draw two faces on the board (or show two people on the screen). We can then pretend to be each of the characters, one by one. We can stand in front of each picture in turn and elicit a dialogue. We will need to use mime, gestures and exaggerated intonation so that students can understand what is happening.
Many teachers get their students to meet new language in texts; they read (or listen to) a text and then study some of the language they find there.
Pictures, objects and mime
Even in a technological age, teachers still need to be able to draw a quick pictures and diagrams when they are needed. For example, we can show pictures of people getting off, onto, out of, into cars, buses, etc. We can draw happy and sad faces, or rain or snow. But we can mime these things, too, just as we can mime people having a shower, making a cup of coffee or frying an egg.
Learning by doing
Learning by doing is especially useful for students at low levels. Using gestures and movement, we can get our students to follow instructions such as Stand up! Sit down! Go to the window! Open the window! etc. They can start giving instructions themselves…
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