What if we could get kids excited about English? This was my thought when one of the 5th grade homeroom teachers approached my partner and I about homework help in English for her class. My partner, being very awesome, but also extremely busy, asked if I could help them out. To tell the truth, I’ve missed working with kids, since my background is in primary education and I only have a few classes with them now, so I gladly said yes, but asked if we could expand it to include all of the interested 5th graders. And our Cerc de Engleza* (English Circle) was born.
Each Wednesday we meet for 45 minutes after school have fun practicing grammar. Yeah, you read that right. The idea is to take whatever grammar point (or sometimes vocabulary) they have been working with in class and find engaging games and activities to practice that point. For example, the photos on this page show a team game of Online Hangman to review the names of animals, and a board game to practice irregular past tense verbs. As you can see in the photos, it’s working! The kids love it! And I look forward every week to “playing” with them! 😉
*approximate pronunciation: “cherck day en-glay-zah”