On Story Grammar

by Randy Wells

On Story Grammar - Using Stories in the Classroom

Teaching English to ESL students is a difficult task. It is important to start with the basic grammar. Using grammar worksheets will definitely help them to know more about grammar and its structure. But worksheets of other kinds are also helpful in the classroom.

Children of a tender age don’t feel the need to learn a second language but it’s the internal influence (or motivation) which helps them to learn English as a second language. Stories are an essential part of ESL grammar worksheets as they help to motivate a child.

You can tell them or read them a story and then give them a worksheet to fill out. Either it can be a grammar comprehension worksheet or a content comprehension worksheet.

You could also have them match vocabulary terms to their
definitions in a matching style activity based on the story.

A teacher’s responsibility is to create an environment that encourages them to participate in the classroom activity and help them to learn the language. A teacher should narrate or read the story in an interesting way.

A preschool child or elementary aged student, should enjoy his or her class while learning. Your story must be exciting, colorful and full of life.

Before narrating a story in the ESL classroom, you must teach the students the key vocabulary words which will help them to follow your story.

The story helps the students not only to learn the words but also to understand the meaning of them. They can easily memorize a long list of words. But a story helps them to learn new
vocabulary in context.

Plus listening to the rhythm and sound of English is always a
good idea for non-native speakers.

Some good ESL worksheets should be on the following:-

1. Singular & Plural

2. Prepositions

3. Colors

4. Shapes

5. Numbers and many more.

Lastly, if you enjoy yourself in the classroom, generally the children will too.

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