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Teaching Grammar with Nature and the Bible

Motivating students to learn grammar can be tricky, but teaching it in context helps. As I teach grammar, there are five steps that I find helpful. One method that has worked well in my classroom is to integrate the five steps and God’s two books: the Bible and nature.

 

First is the lead-in. Students enter the class with many distractions from the outside world. We need to catch their attention and hook them on the topic. The lead-in is a good place to present a Bible story. The teacher may show a short film, perform a role play, or share stories, anecdotes, analogies, questions, or songs.

 

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Second is elicitation. Eliciting means gathering as much information as possible from the students. We can gauge how much our students already know about the topic and how much time and effort we will need to put in. One of the most common approaches to elicit information is to ask questions. These can be direct questions or indirect questions, and time should be given for reflection before we select a student to respond.

 

The third is the presentation. This phase will focus on the grammar concepts being covered. The Bible provides many examples of figures of speech and parts of speech that can be useful for this. The examples can be sentences extracted from the parables of Jesus, the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments or other biblical verses, depending on the target lesson.

 

It is not necessary for the teacher to give the presentation independently; a student volunteer can provide input or interaction. The teacher may put picture prompts on the board or show a Power Point presentation. Drawing timelines, arrows, and even using our fingers can be very useful to illustrate how to form the grammatical structure. Ideally, the presentation should guide students to relate the new structures to their prior knowledge and life experiences. The teacher can also use controlled practice to model examples of what to expect in the next stage.

 

The fourth step is connecting the grammar concepts to God’s book of nature. Students can do an activity like a scavenger hunt for adjectives, writing their impressions of what they see, or doing a walk filling in prepositions to describe their movements. They should follow the teacher’s instruction or models carefully.  These activities can combine repetitive drills with the creativity and freedom that comes with being in nature.

 

Finally, the communicative practice allows students to smoothly transition from what the students learned in class, to the actual application in real life situations.  The students can answer questions about their reactions to the topic and the activity, using the things they have learned to compose their responses.

 

Getting students interested in grammar can be a challenge, but if we teach each stage focusing on creativity and variety, coupled with nature and Bible teachings as examples, we can increase the likelihood of engaging our students and encourage their understanding of God and of biblical truths as well.

 

Tess Belarmino

Tess Belarmino

Teresita G. Belarmino, MAED, Ed. D. candidate, and TEFL/TESOL certified teacher, is an English instructor at the Adventist University of the Philippines. She has been an English teacher for 12 years, and has also served as a Language Center Coordinator, Spanish teacher, resource speaker, professional development coordinator, Sabbath School teacher and community extension worker.
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41 comments

  • | 1 year ago

    Great contribution. Blending language study with biblical truths and creation…a good mix for ESL learners

    • | 9 months ago

      Thank you, Sir, Rey. You inspired me a lot to write for God’s purpose.

  • | 1 year ago

    Praise God for the wonderful gift God hath given you, may you continue to do your ministry for the children in Gods leading guidance. God bless and praying for you…..

  • | 1 year ago

    Oh, after I read this article, I found that it was useful for both students and teachers. These five steps could attract students to learn or to focus. It was a fantastic contribution.

  • | 1 year ago

    . This is a very good aim to help student to grow , learn , and have fun. So I wish you would keep having this aim to teach students.

  • | 1 year ago

    in HKAA, i learn so many things, and i love to learn here

  • | 1 year ago

    It was really good and I learned a lot. You’re a nice teacher

  • | 1 year ago

    This is the best article I’ve read on the blog. I love it. thank you for this article.

  • | 1 year ago

    Teaching Grammar with Nature and the Bible. That’s a good idea! I believe that it can bring great benefits to teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.
    Thank you for sharing this great idea with us! May God continue to bless your work!

  • | 1 year ago

    I am a student from Hong Kong Adventist Academy.I learn a lot of things in this article.I am so glad that this article give me a lot of useful tips . I agree that we should learn grammar in nature and with bible . It will be a lot more easier to understand.You are the best teacher I’ve ever meet.I will always remember you.

  • | 1 year ago

    Innovative.
    Practical.
    Evangelistic, bringing the students back to the Source of all knowledge, Creator God Himself….. and to His Word, the Holy Bible.
    Carry on, teacher Tess!

    • | 9 months ago

      Dear Dr.Doris A. Mendoza,

      Thank you so much for knowing you as one of our great pillars, who did a remarkable contribution to our College of Medicine.

      I always look upon you as one of my living examples who emulates Jesus’ love and compassion for His learners.

      Again, thank you for your kind support.

      Sincerely,
      Tess B.

  • | 9 months ago

    In my view, this is outstanding. Based on the research by the University of Texas on the learning experience of children, the Triangle of Learning posits that learners remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they hear and see, 70% of what they say and 90% of what they say and do. Secondly, the use of the great book of nature in learning emulates the Great Teachers of Religions including, particularly Jesus Christ (in His parables). They used nature as object lessons. The reason is why this method stands out is that lessons from nature address the emotions.

    • | 9 months ago

      Dear Mahlon Juma,

      I give back the glory, honor, and praises to God!
      As if my heart couldn’t contain the joy of the kind words you shared.
      I feel even more motivated to write and give Him back the glory.

      Thank you so much, and God bless you always.

      Sincerely,
      Tess B.

  • | 9 months ago

    Dear Sir,

    Your comments give me more insights into my passion for teaching. More so, your confirmation is based on research.

    Thank you so much, and God bless.

  • | 9 months ago

    I find these five steps helpful specially for me and also for my fellow students, it will help us to improve our grammar also our communication skills. Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea.

  • | 8 months ago

    Being a student of yours and having these 5 steps integrated into my learning experience has significantly impacted my life; it has influenced my student nursing life and my relationship with God. Grammar truly is an important aspect to our lives because without it, what will communication become? How will we interact with one another?
    I am thankful to God for allowing me to be your student in our special class. You have been blessed by God with the talent of teaching grammar and proper English techniques and I could not have asked a better teacher. I hope and pray that I may apply these teachings into my life and ultimately use them for God. He is such a magnificent God!

    Let us remember to praise Him through this verse:

    “…too branches out of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
    John 12:13

  • | 5 months ago

    In this institution, within in 5 steps in between the nature and the bible. God giving for this wonderful significant concepts to our fellow students. We learn something of many figures using by the fingers and to illustrate on how to form grammatically correct a form of any structures.
    For being a son of God, don’t stop preaching the gospel along the ministry, your skills, talents. And do it whatever you do it.
    God will provide for us…
    And may God continue to bless us all…!!

    • | 5 months ago

      This writing is really useful and beneficial for the readers. It really has a good spiritual value that encourages the readers to always apply God’s words in everything we do. Always include Bible especially in the method of teaching. As a student, I really love this method of teaching! Thankyou for the article, keep it up Maam! God bless✨

  • | 5 months ago

    Its very effective method to students and teachers.. Very useful

  • | 5 months ago

    Great article! Indeed full of useful information.
    Trully, teaching grammar can be tricky. Personally, I strongly agree to the five steps used here that can help us students.
    Involving students in the teaching method is a good way of getting their attention and interest in a certain topic. As a student, I would like to get involved in and share my inputs as much as possible for a good flow of discussion.
    During presentation, we students can gain confidence when facing the class. It can help us interact and share knowledge. Presentation is a very good key in learning gramar. Also, because of this we can show our creativity and showcase different forms of style in presenting something in the class which makes it more interesting.
    God has used so many instruments including our professor/s in giving us learnings as well as teaching us our lessons.
    God bless us! 😊

    • | 5 months ago

      Thank you for your comment! Good ideas.
      God bless you!

  • | 5 months ago

    It is indeed true that proper grammar usage and learning is not just hard; it’s complicated because of the very confusing standard of englisg grammar. However, in this article entitled, “Teaching Grammar with Nature and the Bible”, the writer did not just stick on how should the students be taught but emphasizes that motivation is a must as well.
              The author herself made her article realiabe in a way that she included true-to-life and all life-based experiences. But what made this article more reliable and interesring is that it’s content is not all about the knowledge of one’s self needed but alse extenqaded the context linked to the spirituality.
              This thought-provoking writing of Belarmino has stated 5 steps on how to effectively teach grammar which were the following; leading-in, elicitation, presentation, connecting to God’s book of nature and communicative practice.
              The article is very much useful for the people who eant to engage or to teach students the complexity of grammar. So why is it helpful? Because as stated, grammar is very tricky and complex and needs effort to be exerted upon.
              It is amazing how a writer such as Tess Belarmino taught of writing something like this that could help teachers, mentors, advisers, instructors and educators to teach and educate the students all about the grammar physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and most of all, spiritually, engaging both their mind and soul.

  • | 5 months ago

    The article was very informative. One of the strategies that is very important is to create an article that is short but contains a precise ideas about the subject matter which this article clearly have. It passes the 7 standards of literature because the informations and knowledges were properly discussed and in order. Spiritual value is involve in the process of correlating both the subject grammar and the Bible. Grammar is extremely important in our society because correct grammars would lead you to understanding people and at the same time being understood correctly by others.
    The style that was used in this article in giving out information was in order which first, second, third, to the very last was used which avoided confusions and mixtures of ideas. This article had made an impact to the minds of its readers because it speaks about a very important matter. Articles like this is aimed to make people understand the importance of knowledge that is not just about delivering thoughts, ideas, and informations but instead knowing how to deliver it properly by learning correct grammars and right use of words.

    • | 4 months ago

      This article is really amazing, Ma’am! Because I can clearly see the Seven Literary Standards that you had taught us in Philippine Literature. I can see the universality in this article because this literature appeals to everyone, not only to those teachers who wants to help their students in their grammar but also to those students who wants to become a teacher because it helps them to have ideas on how to motivate their students someday. There’s also artistry in this article because I can see aesthetic appeal and sense of beauty especially when you talked about the activities with the nature and other activities like power point presentation, drawing, using fingers to illustrate and many more. Intellectual value is also clearly stated here because as a teacher, you should know the mental intelligence of the student and you stated in this article that there will be class participation and discussion for the student so that you will know their mental and physical activity and ability. I also see suggestiveness here because using these steps, the students will have the power to evoke their visions above and beyond the plane of their life and experiences by expressing their ideas about the nature and God’s words. They can also share their experiences if they can relate to a bible verse given to them. Spiritual value is very important in writing an article and I found that this article has the power to motivate and inspire everyone who reads it. When I read this article, it elevates my spirit and my soul because I realized that I should thank God in all of the knowledge that He keeps on giving me and in return, I should inspire others and motivate them just like what you did, Ma’am Belarmino, by writing an article like this to share your knowledge to inspire others and to share your ideas in teaching. This article has permanence because it is not only for the teachers and students for this year but it can help the future generations if they will read this for this article is timeless! And Lastly, I can see the style that you did here, Ma’am. You just gave five steps so that it will be easier for us to remember it and you did not make the article long because nowadays the students don’t want to read long articles because it seems boring to them and it is easy to understand every detail of it. You just did a great example of making an article, Ma’am! Thank you for sharing it to us. May God bless you more!

  • | 5 months ago

    It is true that learning grammar is hard and it is good to know that there are ways to be effective to students and also to teachers. We can share this too, to other people. Ma’am Tess is so thoughtful that she made this methods to help students and teachers as well. She made 5 steps and one of those methods worked well and that is the Bible and nature.
    In her first step which is called lead-in. Ma’am Tess is strategic in capturing the student’s attention. She uses meaningfull and yet educational activities such as role play, short film, creative short stories, anecdotes, analogies and beautiful songs.
    In the second step is elicitation that examine the students, wether they really understand what they are reporting. The fourth step might be easy or tricky depending on what will the teacher give. But still it is helpful in gaining knowledge about God. And this is going to be a test in following instructions. And the last step will be the application of what the students learned by asking question to their classmates. I really do appreciate how Ma’am Tess would want us to learn not only about literature but also the word of God by using it in making figure of speech. Because of this we may be able to have time in school works as well as time for Him.

  • | 5 months ago

    This is absolutely a good way of introducing God and the biblical truths to students. Grammar skills are useful in every aspect of life from education to management and social life to employment opportunities. I can say that the author’s idea of integrating those 5 steps with nature and bible is brilliant. Catching the attention of students to learn in class is not easy neither teaching grammar but with this helpful tips, many students will enjoy their learning of English grammar as they find it easy and interesting. I really appreciate the creativity of the idea of Ms. Tess Belarmino. I hope that every teacher/mentor can apply this teaching method to encourage students understanding of God’s word.

  • | 4 months ago

    This is a beautifully written article which has covered all the standards of literature which makes the learning of grammar here very effective. The article appeals to everyone and anybody who is going to read it despite of their age, sex, gender or race and in this case it can be for every teacher and student as well. This shows a standard of universality in the writing. As we read on the article, we realize that Ma’am Tess came up with a unique way in which her students can learn and thats from the 5 steps that she has given and also the idea that students can learn through the Bible and Nature. This brings out the artistry of the article. Ma’am has put a great effort in this being an intellectually valuable writing, students and the teacher get to benefit intellectually. We also see suggestiveness in this article because in using the steps Ma’am came up with, the students will have the power to bring to their mind visions that go far beyond just their life and experiences and can relate that to the bible. It is clear that there is a spiritual value in this article more that anything else by just the idea of learning from the bible and nature. This writing shows that it will be there and effective as well for a long period of time thus, the permanence standard covered. We can see how the writer sees life through this article and thats realizing that even the things that seem simple can be tricky which in this case is learning grammar. This shows the style of the article. Ma’am Tess really put great work in her writing.

  • | 4 months ago

    This article is full of information. The things that i like in this article is that Maam Belarmino include the Bible and the nature which one of God’s creation as a tool of teaching for the student. It is good to learn first fron the word God, the one who gave us widom and from nature which is really helpful for the student. those five steps are very useful not only for me but also for every teacher who wants their students to improve their grammar. Communication is one of the best way to learn grammar, participate in any activities like reflecting from the class discussio. it is right to have a visual presentation, because some student, like me learn almost from it. Your article maam is reaaly true, specially the first step which is the lead-in, the student cannot focus or they cannot learn from the lesson if they dont seek the Lord first. i hope that all teacher who read this article will choose this as a guide to teach grammar for their student.
    God Bless you Maam.

  • | 4 months ago

    This article is very useful and educational when it comes to handling students and teaching them with grammar and Biblical aspects. It will be easier if you recognize your students’ ability before you teach them. First, encourage them in order to learn and lead a prayer before you start because God is the main source of knowledge and wisdom. Second, integrate their skills and know what they are capable of. And third, acknowledge their efforts and hardwork as they learn and gain from it.
    According to Martin Luther’s understanding about the importance of language in the relationship between God and man. He said that “It was a special gift of God that was given to all man for through the Word, and not by force, wisdom governs…” In my own opinion, speech/grammar makes people know the Word of God and through His Word, people are enlightened about the truth and feel blessed. It is one of the most essential intrument that God has given to mankind and bring us together with His love. Therefore, language is a very powerful tool that reaches people’s hearts as they live and dwell with truth that sets them free.
    So, mam thank you so much for this article and I really learned a lot. May God Bless you more!

  • | 4 months ago

    This article is an effective guide that can help students improve their grammar. It is also helpful and significant because it appeals to instructors and students. The concept of activities can stimulate students mental capabilities. Not only it contains ways on how to enrich usage of grammar but it also involves the learning of the word of God. Training students how to speak a language eloquently as well as teaching them with the Bible fulfills the philosophy of Christians, to restore the lost image of God with the work of education and the work of redemption.

  • | 4 months ago

    Ma’am, this article is an effective guide that can help students improve their grammar it is also really helpful because and significant because it appeals to instructors and students. The concept of activities can stimulate students mental processes because it involves activities that appeal to one’s mental capabilities. Not only it contains ways on how to enrich usage of grammar but it also involves the learning of the word of God. Training students how to speak a language eloquently as well as teaching them with the Bible fulfills the philosophy of SDAs, to restore the lost image of God with the work of education and the work of redemption.

  • | 4 months ago

    That’s my prof!!This article is great. Very informative and it gives us, the readers motivation. Teaching grammar is not that quite easy but it is tricky and challenging. Learning literature is nothing without learning the word of God in using figure of speech. This article does not only inspired us students but also can give inspiration and lesson to teachers,mentors and other people and they can use this as motivation.God has used so many instruments for example our professors in giving us learnings as well as teaching us our lessons. Very worth of my time, I learned a lot. Thank you maam!

  • | 4 months ago

    It can help so many people to learn about grammar, it can help you to make easier to understand why grammar is important. This blog can motivate everyone and inspire. Thank you for sharing us this article. God Bless you

  • | 4 months ago

    This is really great. It is true that as a student we sometimes find it difficult to study grammar especially when the teacher just uses pure words to explain them. Motivating us to learn grammar needs effort and I think the 5 steps discussed in this article can help the teacher a lot. From the title itself, it has its own uniqueness and style. I couldn’t even imagine that it is possible to use nature and bible to teach grammar. Letting the students to watch short films, perform role plays. or sing a song gives an idea that any artistic works can help the student to widen their imagination as they learn and understand grammar. If a teacher just explain grammar word by word, the lessons discussed will not last. Having activities like question and answer portion before and after the lesson can increase brain activities. This is universal. Of course everyone needs to study grammar. Providing samples from the bible can be beneficial. we cannot only get spiritual values from it but also knowledge and wisdom ’cause as what the bible says, ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, (Proverbs 9:10). Thanks Ma’am. for the suggestions and methods. Not only the teachers can get benefits from this article but the students as well

  • | 4 months ago

    This article gives ways of teaching grammar with nature and the bible. It really shows how important teaching grammar and teaching bible can be related to find new ways of educating students. I can feel the motivation in it, by connecting grammar with bible studies which can really inspired students to learn more of it. I believe as that this kind of article can be long lasting due to the content that can inspire many instructors to based their teaching with God and nature. This writing is good for every type of reader like me as a student I can say that this article gives me different method of teaching grammar and ways of learning. The gives an idea and also stated about challenges in learning and teaching grammar. In conclusion this article give techniques and method of teaching English grammar by using bible to make grammar more interesting.

  • | 4 months ago

    It’s great. Other people will learn many things about it.

  • | 4 months ago

    The article is very much interesting for it teaches grammar with the use of the bible, where different other lessons could be given to a student such as moral lessons and also inspiration. This tickles the mind of the teache and the student to analyze the given literature in all kinds of view such as cultural, social and also spiritual. This Article opens the mind of teachers to be resourceful and creative on how they would deliver the grammar teaching to the students. The Bible is very timeless with it’s moral lessons and inspirational content, and so is the study of grammar that is needed to be learned by all kinds of people from different walks of life. This Article helps on how to effectively teach and impart to the students with the use of the Bible.

  • | 4 months ago

    Its a very good thing to teach about God’s creation while teaching grammar. Because students may lose their concentration sometimes. So to grab their attention and keep their mind in the class by telling God and nature is a blessing. And it’s better when the teacher shows movies or let the students perform the roleplay and etc. Maam is doing a good job by keeping the students busy which is keeping them away from distraction. May God bless you Ma’am.

  • | 4 months ago

    Hello , i’m an adventist student from Indonesia and i had read this article shared by my college instructor like a couple weeks ago and to be frank english is not our national language . So, learning grammar is not an easy task to do but since english is a worldwide official international language then it is a must ” have knowledge ” so we can communicate with others without problem and trouble .I’v found this writing’s very informative and beatifully written with rich knowledge contents that had been compressed to this article , the article also have all of the literature standards which makes the article more interesting and more fun to learn grammar . Moving on to the five steps that are being introduce with the bible and the nature as the inspirational ideas by the author ,it is indeed a very nice way to learn grammar and to introduce God & the biblical truths to the student . Because people nowadays tend to forget about God’s presence , by knowing about the article’s contents let’s try to apply it in real life so that we can restore the lost image of God step by step with english as the tool to reach people’s heart and also to share information we have to others to Glorify God’s name . Ma’am thank you very much to share this article to your class , God bless you more ma’am .

  • | 4 months ago

    When im reading this article i fell bless because this article was relate to the bible and i learn a lot especially the technique that you use i hope that every person that we read this article are appreaciate your effort to create this wonderfull article..

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