Hi. Are you an English teacher who has difficulty to guide students to write a short room description. Are you also a student who have difficulties to write a short room description? Please don’t worry about teaching or learning about writing the text. Here are tips you can use to write a short room description easily.
First, Understand What Descriptive Text Is.
In learning English, a descriptive text is one of the texts used to describe someone or or something. So, if we want to write a room description in our house, our text must provide an overview of the room in the house and its details, whether it is a living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or garage. Begin your room description text with a brief identification in the text. For example:
- This is Miss Anna’s living room.
- Maggie is a chef. Her bathroom is very comfortable.
In English class, an English teacher can help students develop their writing by letting them first identify and write down what can be found in the room. Regarding the low level of English proficiency, the teacher can apply Community Language Learning.
Second, Enrich Vocabulary.
The problem that often arises related to English vocabulary is the lack of mastery of new words in English. It is caused by the condition of learning English. For example generally students in Indonesia study English as a foreign language. Begin with asking students to mention things in a living room. If they only mention a few, the teacher can enrich their vocabulary by presenting attractive audio-visual learning media.
Display a picture of a dining room in front of the class and guide them to name and remember. Make sure the dining room details that will be presented to students attract learning interest. The best way to help your students’ vocabulary is to provide your audio visual media about things in a house can be used in the classroom or accessed by their smartphones. Based on the study, 65% humans are visual learners and they will become faster respondents to visual information. Visuals are key to capture English learning in the community. Did you know 90% information absorbed to brain is visual and processed 60.000 x faster than text.
We also provide a number of audio visual medias like this in a smartphone as seen on the video. We believe the students are more likely to maintain their smartphone than a note book. So it takes a little extra work to transfer files from the teacher’s laptop to their smartphones.
Third, Mind The Text Characters.
Not only nouns, students must master the use of relating verbs (copulative verbs). Relating verbs are one of the characters of descriptive text. The most prominent thing is the mastery of am, is and are. In usage, relating verbs are words that are positioned into verbs to connect the subject of the sentence and the description of the subject. Example:
- Maggie is a chef.
- Her bathroom is very comfortable.
- This is Miss Sullivan’s living room.
If it is further developed, the teacher can introduce how to connect the copulative verb in a sentence pattern : There is … or There are … These sentence patterns are useful to refer to the existence or presence of objects in the room. You can prove for yourself so many objects are found in a room at home. Example:
- There are sink, faucet and a handy soap set to wash hands inside.
- In Miss Anna’s bedroom, there are a pair of desks completed with lamps, a pair of pillows, a bolster and a bed.
- There are a set of sofa, an arm chair, a clock, a TV set and some books.
How difficult someone to connect subjects with copulative verbs must be considered too. Grammar lessons are boring but if you have a good creating mind, you will definitely overcome the boredom of students by presenting an interesting design for learning in the explanation. The other relating verbs can be used in descriptive text such as have, has, seem, appear, look, become and many more.
The mastery of the preposition of place is a must. You cannot only find so many things in a room but also so many different positions of things inside. It is not surprising that in a descriptive text has some prepositions of place in each paragraph to describe the existence of objects. Remember, the preposition of place is part of the characteristics of a descriptive text, such as:
- The electric kettle is next to red mug.
- The clock is above the door.
- The bolster is in front of the pillows.
The other characteristic of a descriptive text is the use of the simple present tense. It can be seen from the use of relating verbs such as is and action verbs in the simple present tense to describe human and animals, such as run, walk, see, listen, eat, and many more.
Don’t forget adjectives are also used in room descriptive text to describe objects in a house, such as red, comfortable, cozy, expensive, electric and some more. These adjectives can also be used as noun modifier. The use of adjectives is one of characters of descriptive text. Let’s say:
- Her bathroom is very comfortable.
- They are very expensive.
- The electric kettle is next to red mug.
Fourth, Think What You Want To Write.
If you have mastered some characters of the descriptive text, it’s time to think you what you want to write. In English class, a teacher can start asking students to write parts of the room description of the text. The teacher usually presents an incomplete room descriptive text to match with the choice then he gives instructions to fill in the blanks with some words provided to students in a discussion. This are part of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) learning model.
PBL is a learning model designed so that students are able to gain important knowledge. It is proficient at solving problems both individually and in teams. This learning process uses a systemic approach to solving problems including the stage of directing students to problems, organizing students and guiding individual and group investigations, analyzing and evaluating the problem-solving process so that students can develop and present their work.
Let students first investigate themselves in the discussion to solve the problem of fill the blanks in the room description. By discussing in class the students will help each other to understand a material more quickly. In a warm discussion atmosphere the students will exchange ideas with non-injurious communication. If done regularly in learning, discussion becomes a moment so that students are more courageous and eager to express their opinions. In short words, discuss what you want to write with your friends is important. You can prove yourself in this video how discussion has more value for completing writing material. Our video is also available in Bahasa Indonesia.
Fifth, End By Presenting An Appropriate Descriptive Text Structure.
After writing parts of the room description text correctly, students can finish it by presenting the descriptive text structure. A descriptive text consists of two main parts, namely identification and description. The identification section is positioned in the first paragraph to identify the object being discussed, while the description section is in the next paragraphs to describe the characteristics of the objects that have been identified at the beginning of the paragraph. Perform interesting visualizations so that students can understand and practice how to write room descriptions well.
Sixth, Make Sure You Learn It Easily.
To ensure that the learning material for room description is mastered by students, usually the teacher needs to know that students have summarized the learning material. Instead of giving too much homework, teachers can also design audio-visual learning media that can be accessed by students’ smartphones. In this digital era, students’ daily lives are always attached to their smartphones. So, if learning media can be stored and carried everywhere on a smartphone, we are sure they will take their time to study in a place where they like. Just download our media file and take it everywhere you want to study without internet connection. Not only in PC, All in one smartphone. Contact us and discuss how to get the files free.