In my teaching career, there were situations when students knew grammar well and did grammar exercises correctly, but still ignored all learned grammar rules in their speech. And it didn’t matter what language they had been learning – Russian or English. Teachers often encounter this problem, so let’s figure out what we can do to cope with it. I suggest taking three steps.
I’m often asked which cartoon I can recommend to kids that learn Russian.
The answer is: The one that corresponds to their language level. It means that if your students follow the curriculum of the Soroka course, which is for beginners, then the cartoon should be of the same level. That way, it will make sense!
To give you a better understanding of why level-matching is important, I suggest that you conduct an experiment.
Is taking one hour a week of Russian language enough or not?
To answer this question, I invite you to learn how our memory works. Let’s view the forgetting curve. It is the result of experiments conducted by the German scientist Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885. Here we see the following:
All students make mistakes in class — take it easy, this is part of life.
When there are no mistakes, it means that the student knows everything and no longer needs a teacher.
Personally, I love when my students make the mistakes. I listen to them carefully and analyze them. We need mistakes. Mistakes help us understand where to go next. We see what material has been well-learned and what material still needs to be worked on.
A modern grandmother is not a little old lady in a headscarf. A modern grandmother seeks recipes on the Internet, watches films on YouTube, drives a personal car to do the shopping, and sends messages to her grandsons while dying her hair at a hairdressers’ or getting a pedicure. A 21st-century grandmother can also wear a headscarf, anytime she wants — as a turban on her head, for instance.
Everyone loves interesting stories, especially kids.
When we first start learning Russian, we also want to read something interesting. But our level of language is not yet good enough to read interesting books. Stories in pictures come to the rescue — comics.