V. Sainbayar, Ph.D., is head of the foreign language department at Khovd University.
If we use something familiar in our lesson, the process of teaching will be more effective. For example: In Mongolia people educate their children through saying proverbs, and as a result the children know many proverbs. Since long ago proverbs have been used.
I think when we teach the present simple tense, proverbs can be a good example and method. Also, if we teach present simple through proverbs, the material will be most thoroughly and permanently learned by our students.
- Materials: Individual copies of a list of well-known proverbs that are in the present simple tense.
- Procedure: Read through the list of proverbs with the class, clarifying any difficult vocabulary and making sure the meaning of each is understood. Then divide the class into small groups, and ask each group to pick out proverbs they think are untrue or misleading . They should discuss what is wrong with the proverbs, and invent a version that seems better to them. At the end, the class should come together and discuss each proverb and its new version.
- Variations: Students can be asked to learn the proverbs by heart; in the next class you can ask them to recall and write out as many as they can.
Your students can try to organize them into categories based on the proverbs’ subjects. They could also be organized by meaning.
Now let’s look at some examples that can be used for educating students:
- The brave die once
- Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
- A good beginning makes a good ending
- Measure twice and cut once
- Fools have fortune
- One barking dog sets all the street a barking
- Every bird likes its own nest
- Clothes make the man
- Little drops of water make the mighty ocean
- A stitch in time saves nine