Summer: sunny days, swimming, fishing, lazing, etc. Summer: dark nights, rainy days, insects, activities are restricted this year. Summer slump: lost ground in the last school year learning.
Fortunately, we did not stop practicing English. We talk and listen, hopefully we read and write. Conscious or unconscious, we practice vocabulary, grammar, syntax, usage. It is important to know the right words, and how to use them. In a conversation, the problem with “you know” is how often the two parties don’t do it.
Omnivorous reading is the best teacher: books and magazines, newspapers and instructions; e-books, websites, etc .; with a dictionary at hand. Blockbuster “beach reading” is useless. Harry Potter still has a lot of interest. A fun addition is word games, commercial and homemade.
Scrabble is perhaps the most famous. Created in the 1930s, promoted in the 1950s, remains popular worldwide, in many languages. It is said that a third of American households have a set, so if you can’t find it, ask your neighbor. Or buy cheap sets, or expensive antiques on E-bay. Good vocabulary builder.
Puzzles can be addictive: crosswords, Sudoku, acrostic, whatever. Puzzles for children for the fashionable summer season. From the New York Times to the Navajo Times, the children’s section displays it. The Navajo Times offers a difficult word search; not surprisingly on reservations where spelling bees are a big event, reported regularly. For all of us, puzzle books abound. They are available, and cheap, in large box stores, dollar stores, etc.
Equipment for building simple stories: blackboard or blackboard, or a large sheet of paper; something to write. And ideas; maybe not that simple. Two can play; three to five or six is best suited. Someone wrote the first sentence. This can be simple: “Fred gets up early”. In whatever order they choose, each player adds a sentence, another when their turn comes again … That can be fancy; any player can start a new paragraph.
The results are very varied. I have seen strange vacation trips, surprise romance, embarrassing meetings, daily life, oddities … Steven King can get a clue.
David and Angela (his wife) have played this game with Second English students. They work for them too.
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