A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Language Activities

  • Pronunciation Activities
    By: Shruti Pal

    Pronunciation is an often overlooked aspect in language learning as it is not considered to be significant enough. This may be true to a certain extent, but minor variations in the pronunciation of certain sounds may change the entire meaning of a word, thereby hampering communication. This is especially evident in the case of minimal pairs. Given here are a few language activities that require... Read more
  • Storytelling
    By: Manjari Pushkarna

    Name of the activity: Storytelling Skill focus: Writing Sub-skill focus: Descriptive writing    Language for which the activity is designed: English Level: Secondary and senior-secondary Estimated time needed: 1 hour Number of students expected in the class/group: 20-40 students Objective: To learn descriptive writing Materials needed: Pictures-Photographs, newspaper/magazine pictures, postcards... Read more
  • Tiny Tales
    By: Ruchi Kaushik

    (Composed by Deewanshu Gupta, 1st year B.Com. (Hons.), Shri Ram College of Commerce) Task: Let us learn to write tiny tales! Skill focus: Speaking, writing Sub-skill focus: Creativity, practising brevity in writing Level: Tertiary Task type: Group work Time needed: 30-40 minutes Objective: To learn descriptive writing Methodology: Divide the class into groups of 4-5 students each. Tell them that... Read more
  • I like to...
    By: Manu Gulati

    Name of the activity: I like to... Skill focus: Listening and speaking Level: Classes III, IV and V Type of participation: Individual/pair/group Time allotted: 40 minutes Objectives: To enable the learners to Express their liking verbally Ask verbally about their friends’ liking. Methodology: Show pictures of various food items to the students. Discuss the names of these items and brainstorm on... Read more
  • Language Activity in Critical Reading
    By: Shefali Ray

    Name of the activity: An exercise in critical reading Focus area of the activity: Ability to read critically, separating truth from rhetoric Language for which the activity is designed: English Level for which the activity is designed: Senior secondary/tertiary Estimated time for the activity: 20 minutes Number of students: Class of 30-40 students; they may work independently to begin with and... Read more
  • Question Formation in English
    By: Nivedita Bedadur

    Game 1: Find Your Partner Objective:         To practice asking questions and answering  Level:                Grades V to VII Materials:        rectangular slips of paper big enough to write a question or an answer Time needed:   1 hour Procedure:       Step 1.     The facilitator prepares many slips each containing either a question or an answer  and distributes them randomly to children... Read more
  • Activities for the Language Classroom
    By: Nupur Samuel

    Grammar may be dreaded by some students if they are only asked to fill grammar books. On the other hand, grammar activities encourage learners to speak and write in complete sentences without overtly focusing on grammar. In my paper, there are activities based on conjunctions, adjectives and the past tense, which encourage students to practice grammar in a fun way. While teachers need to know... Read more
  • Language Games in a Classroom Using Graphic Novels

    Introduction Graphic novels can be best described as a montage of words and images, where the impact of images supersedes that of words. They can be used as an innovative literacy tool in the emerging scenario of ELT. McCloud’s seminal work Understanding Comic draws on the ability to interpret Graphic novels through a process known as “closure”, implying the readers’ ability to unify panels and... Read more
  • Activities For The Language Classroom

    Activity 1:   An Awesome Trip! Time:            35-40 minutes Skill focus:   Writing / Speaking Materials:    Pictures, Chart paper, Colour pens Methodology Write as many adjectives as you can on a chart paper or on small pieces of paper. Ask the students to get some pictures from their last trip or you could provide some coloured pictures of travel destinations. Divide the students into groups... Read more
  • Activities for the Language Classroom
    By: Nupur Samuel

    We all know students learn best when they are actively involved in the process of learning. While we lay emphasis on communicative language teaching in the classroom, there are times when we struggle to make our language exercises truly communicative in nature. I would like to share with you some activities and tasks that worked well in my ESL classroom at the university. While you may use some... Read more