5 Foreign Language Language Activities That Students Actually Look Forward To

Lara Smith

 

In the world that we live in, we now need to learn foreign languages to broaden our horizons.  Not only does it seem cool if you know another language, due to globalization, being bilingual or knowing a foreign language often gives you more opportunities to get better jobs within your own country and abroad.

Apart from that, due to a free market, most large scale businesses have collaborations with counterparts abroad and they require a workforce that they can communicate with. Here are a few activities you carry out with your student to have fun and learn more efficiently.

 

  • Practical Application

 

Gone are the days when people used to get books and read them. People often want results in a small amount of time, and that is only possible with the practical application of what they are learning. For this, you can have a collaborative class every week. For example, if you are teaching your students Spanish, you can call a class of Spanish people learning English to come and interact with your students. Not only will it give them a hands-on experience but because it is in a closed room with a limited amount of people they will not hesitate as much.

 

  • Plan A Trip

 

The best way you can get your student to register and then help them is to plan a trip to the country where that second language is spoken. While it can seem to be overwhelming at the time and may sound a bit over the top, it will be an incentive that students can’t refuse.

 

  • Shopping Mall Activity

 

While this may sound cliché and students may feel out of their comfort zone, this is one of the best ways to learn language specific to a particular scenario. Not only can they get knowledge of the language in general, but they can also start recognizing the underlying structures. For example, the prepositions Por vs Pora are often hard to understand, and no matter how many times you go over them in class, students will learn adequately when they are exposed to respective situations.

 

  • Movie Translations

 

Another thing you can do is watch a Spanish movie together. What you need to do is let them watch the whole movie without subtitles and then ask them how much they have understood. The chances are that they will have a reasonable idea of what is going on. After that, start playing the movie scene by scene and ask each student to translate what’s going on in the picture.

 

  • Music Therapy

 

New research shows that music can help foreign language learners with pronunciation and vocabulary. You should arrange a dance class with Spanish music and explain to them the essence of the song and ask them to dance. Ask a choreographer to help you prepare a performance that they can do later at their graduation ceremony. This will surely help them out with many little things that they still seem conscious about with regard to language.

 

About the Author:

Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.

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