Learning grammar and vocabulary can be boring. Here at Escuela Delengua, we aim to make our classes as interesting as possible by using a range of teaching methods that appeal to all types of learners. We believe that whatever your level, there´s a fun way to practise and improve. Here are a few examples of activities we´ve used as part of our Spanish courses in Granada:
-Practising the imperative with yoga: Have you ever resented being stuck indoors on a beautiful summer´s day? We believe that leaving the classroom environment every now and then keeps our students alert and engaged, so they´re more likely to remember what they´re learning. After teaching them the imperative tense as part of the intensive course, we took one of our groups up to the terrace to help them practise what they´d learnt through the art of yoga. Our students agreed that this method helped reinforce the grammar they´d learn in the classroom, and helped them familiarize themselves with the new verbal conjugations.
-Improving listening skills with a tour of the city: We encourage our students to explore our beautiful city, and sometimes incorporate walks in the centre into our Spanish courses in Granada. One popular activity amongst our students is following the route of graffiti. Whilst the controversial street art may not be to everybody´s taste, we explain the history of Niño de las Pinturas, a famous street artist from Granada, and ask our students to interpret what his paintings say about Granada and its people. This activity helps students to practise their listening and comprehension, but also gives them a deeper insight into the culture of the city.
-Testing speaking skills with a board game: Sometimes a bit of friendly competition can motivate our students to try a little bit harder in class. We regularly use interactive board games, such as Taboo, which help our students build confidence in their speaking skills whilst also increasing their vocabulary. These games also boost energy levels in the classroom, and give everybody an opportunity to speak, even those who are usually less confident.
-Learning food vocabulary through a cooking class: Our weekly programme of activities is designed to help our students continue learning outside the classroom. One of our most popular activities is the Masterchef night, on which we teach our students how to make a traditional Spanish dish. All instructions are given in Spanish and this is a great way for our students to learn specific food vocabulary.
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