What’s in the Bag?
The other day I was lucky enough to go and see one of our teachers, Rahaf, in action, teaching a small group of upper-intermediate learners of Arabic. There were lots of really nice activities in the lesson and I particularly liked this guessing game that she played at the beginning and that I managed to record.
The idea is incredibly simple. The teacher takes in a bag of objects and the learners try to guess what’s in the bag. Of course in order to do this there’s a lot of natural, spoken Arabic being produced by both the teacher and the learners. What I really like about this activity though is that makes the learners think; it challenges them to scan through their mental lexicons and to come up with suitable things to say. We place a lot of emphasis on these kind of brainstorming activities in our classes at Sharek because they’re a great way to make learning happen. As you can see in the video they also tend to promote laughter which is a very good thing to have in a language class.
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