Friday, February 12, 2016

Year 9 EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Game-like activities are vital to the enjoyment and successful acquisition of a new language, as is that thing we all claim to lose as we get older: our memory. While we in the EAL department avoid sending pupils away with lengthy lists of key words to learn, we do encourage fun, memory-based activities which achieve that oh-so-special combination of learning whilst having fun!
The proof was in the pudding last week when EAL pupils in Year 9 took part in an Auditory Pelmanism activity. We've all played Visual Pelmanism in the form of "pairs" but take away the cards and add numbers to represent new words and their definitions and it becomes a whole lot trickier!
Nichaphat, Kyara and Cristina were victorious, proving that their powers of recollection (and indeed their understanding of our new words) surpassed those of Tomas, Jessica and Mykyta - this time, anyway. Well done both teams for your valiant efforts!

Ms Hodgetts and Ms Larby
St. John’s International School (Sidmouth – U.K.)

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