With the summer holidays upon us, many parents will want to know how their children and keep practicing their English. Aside from the usual, keep a diary and read a book there are a few other tasks students can do during the long summer break.
Using the idea of lists, students can keep their own list journal, to continue to build on sentence structure and vocabulary. Provide students with a scaffold like so:
Today I: Went to the market
More information: with my brother
Next students can add in information about what they saw:
Today I saw: some apples or some red and green apples.
Students can continue keeping the list of things they saw and did and fill this in day-by-day.
For students who are visiting an English speaking country, or staying here in England (in my case) ask students to complete another list entry of English words they see when they are out and about. For example:
Where? On a road sign
If your students really want to have fun with this, ask them to take photos using their smart phones or camera and send snapchats to their friends, or peers in their class.
My students love listening to songs so why not ask them to keep a music journal during the summer holidays.
Ask students to write the name of the song and the group/singer. Then ask them to write any new words they find and draw a picture of what they can imagine from listening to the lyrics, or create a story board. They can also write an explanation of the song and state why they like it.
Students can present this as a blog or as a booklet. The same idea can be adapted to a book, a film, a poem, a recipe or even a website.
These are just some of the ideas your students could do this summer.