5 Tips for Making English Teaching Interesting

5 Tips for Making English Teaching Interesting

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There’s a saying that “curiosity is the mother of invention”. When you’re curious about something, it’s likely that you’ll be willing to invest time and effort in that particular thing or activity. The same is true when it comes to learning. Teachers aim to foster interest in their students to enhance their understanding of the material, but this is easier said than done. 

Traditional teaching methods, such as rote learning, can make it difficult for teachers to spark interest among their students. However, modern teaching methods that incorporate a variety of mediums and techniques can help make learning more interesting.

Here are five lesser-known tips for making English teaching more engaging for students:

1. Speak in English

The best approach to learning any language is to start speaking it. Instead of being afraid to make mistakes, it’s better to speak broken English than not to speak at all. To support this, teachers can establish a rule in the classroom that only English is spoken during class or school hours. This encourages students to practice speaking in a language other than their mother tongue.

To support slower learners, teachers can encourage them to speak in broken English to build their confidence. By monitoring students as they speak and providing guidance on grammar and pronunciation, teachers can help build their language skills and improve overall classroom instruction.

2. Add different activities and games


Studies have shown that activity-based learning is more effective in the classroom. To help students learn English, teachers should incorporate a variety of activities and games into their instruction. Examples might include group activities where students discuss their daily lives while speaking in English and guessing the correct English words for things they see around them. Word puzzles, spelling games, and exercises to practice antonyms and synonyms can also be used to help students expand their vocabulary.

3. Spelling and phonics 

Children up to the age of 12 typically learn best using phonics-based instruction. At this age, tailored teaching methods, such as rotational learning, are particularly effective. In rotational learning, children are not simply memorizing words, but are also understanding the meaning behind them through participation in various activities. For example, in the junior classes, teachers can provide personalized homework to help students solidify spelling patterns in a meaningful way, and can assess their understanding in the classroom through activities and games.

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4. Use real-life stories and videos

When learning English, it is beneficial to go beyond traditional textbook exercises and incorporate real-life experiences. To facilitate this, teachers can divide students into groups and have them talk about their daily lives or assign homework in which they write a few sentences about their daily activities. Using videos or movies can also be an effective way to engage students. For example, teachers can show clips from films or popular cartoons and ask related questions, and explain difficult words and their meanings as they arise in the videos.

5. Teach English with nursery rhymes and songs

Nursery rhymes have been used to teach children language and communication skills for centuries. This approach is still effective today, and helps students understand phonics and improve their pronunciation. Despite the impact of modernization, nursery rhymes continue to be recommended in classrooms with limited resources. For older students, teachers can use song albums from Western countries while providing explanations of the meaning and context.

These tips require minimal investment and resources to implement in the classroom. The most important aspect of implementing these tips is to make students feel comfortable with the English language. To achieve this, it is essential for parents and teachers to work together, providing constant support, observation, and guidance to help children succeed in the learning process.


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