Posted on October 23, 2016 by ritasimsan
In keeping with the Halloween season and the body/health posts of recent here on Web 2.0 for ESL, the link below is to a nice little video about “Dem Bones,” which identifies and explains the purposes of the bones and joints. The English will be somewhat difficult for beginning ESL students, but see what “body” vocabulary the students do recognize. You can then sing or play the song and have the students point to the bones. Later, they can sing along with you while pointing to the appropriate bones. Enjoy, and happy Halloween!
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Posted on October 22, 2016 by ritasimsan
Aches and Pains, another Nearpod presentation with audio and interactive activities, is to help your beginning-level ESL students learn to say what hurts. It requires minimal computer experience and will give the students practice using a computer mouse, mouse pad, or tablet/iPad. I suggest that this lesson be presented by the teacher first to demonstrate how to advance the slides, use the audio, and complete the interactive activities, and then assigned to the students to use either individually or in pairs as a study tool.
For additional practice for your students on describing how they feel and responding to others’ feelings, take a look at these online resources: ESL Health Unit, Aches and Pains, Injuries/Parts of the Body, Expressing Pain, Showing Sympathy/Injuries.
Many thanks to the producer of the Body-Parts presentation.
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Posted on October 18, 2016 by ritasimsan
Here is a Nearpod presentation with audio and interactive activities to help your beginning-level ESL students learn the basic parts of human body. It requires minimal computer experience and will give the students practice using a computer mouse, mouse pad, or tablet/iPad. I suggest that this lesson be presented by the teacher first to demonstrate how to advance the slides, use the audio, and complete the interactive activities, and then assigned to the students to use either individually or in pairs as a study tool.
For additional fun practice on the parts of the human body, play this Jeopardy game with your students.
Many thanks to the producer of the Body-Parts presentation and English 101.c0m for the Jeopardy game.
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Posted on September 23, 2016 by ritasimsan
I use this Beatles tune to end my level one classes early in the semester. The students enjoy it, and it loosens us all up a little bit when we’re still a little nervous and shy. Plus, the lyrics give me an opportunity to add a little TPR into the class in a fun way. It’s also a great song to refer back to when we start working on opposites. So, here is the video I use along with the Google Form cloze listening exercise. I hope you and your students enjoy it!
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Posted on September 5, 2016 by ritasimsan
Do your students know why they don’t have classes on Labor Day? They may appreciate their day off more if they know the history of the holiday here in the United States. Unionizing has been in the news a lot in the United States in the past few years. This could be a great discussion topic in your classes. I hope this exercise will help generate that conversation whether it is managed as a classroom activity or assigned to the students individually.
Students working independently should click on this EDpuzzle link to watch the video about Labor Day with the accompanying oral questions. They will have to stop the video from time to time or the oral questions will overlap with the video’s audio. Next, have the students look at the questions and the directions for each on the Google Form below. Then, when they are ready, they should play the video again and answer the oral questions, stopping and starting the video as necessary or as assigned.
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Posted on September 1, 2016 by ritasimsan
Once you have met a True Human Being, let him not disappear from the horizon of your Heart.
Ask your students to explain what this quotation means. Ask them to define what Rumi meant by a “true human being.” Why do they think this picture was chosen to accompany this quotation? Do they agree with the choice of image? Why or why not?
What do your students know about Rumi? Locate where he was from on the map. When did he live? What was the world like during Rumi’s lifetime?
Is there anyone your students could name as an example of a “true human being? Who and why?
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Posted on August 31, 2016 by ritasimsan
This essay, presented via Adobe Spark, is about Mario, a young Italian seventh-grade immigrant whose entry into the American schools made a major impact on my teaching, my career, and my image of the world.
When the link opens, you may have to wait a minute for the presentation to load. Also, there is audio, so you’ll want to adjust your sound. Thanks!
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