A Brief History of ESL Methods and Approaches via Twitter

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Listening Activity: Theme Song from the Movie “Titanic”

Here is a listening activity for my ESL students based on Céline Dion’s multiple platinum hit, “My Heart Will Go On.” We are reading about the sinking of the Titanic, and I simply thought this would be an enjoyable listening activity for the students, and a way for them to sing along with this very popular song. I hope your students enjoy it, too.

Watch the YouTube video, and then select the correct missing lyrics.

 

Listening Activity: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s Frozen

Watch the YouTube clip from Disney’s movie, Frozen. Then, play the video again and, on the form below the video, select the words that are missing from the song lyrics. Be sure to submit your answers when you finish. If you have a question or a comment, please let me know at the bottom of this blog post! Thank you. I hope you enjoy this exercise! Don’t forget to check your work when you finish!

See also the listening exercise from Frozen, “Let It Go!”

 

My Thanksgiving Tribute to Technology

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I am grateful for…

  1. …Facebook, Skype, email and instant messaging which have made communication with my friends and family wherever they are fun, cheap, and easy. No more goodbyes but rather “talk to you soon!”
  2. …Google for giving me access to all the information I could possibly need or want, and for making it easier and easier to find the answers to my questions.
  3. …storage clouds like Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive for helping me to keep my computer clean and share information with family and colleagues easily.
  4. …iTunes, Pandora, and YouTube for free access to my musical life support.
  5. …Snapchat for showing me the silly side of my adult children.
  6. …iMovie for helping me make movies I am proud of without a great deal of technical knowledge.
  7. …iPhone for letting me carry my computer and data with me wherever I go, and for waking me up on time!
  8. …Prezi and Power Point for being the tools I use most for my presentations, and Pear Deck and Nearpod for making my presentations more accessible and interactive for my students.
  9. …Twitter and my ever-growing and ever-changing PLN for being constant sources of information and professional development.
  10. And lastly, I am grateful for my family and their patience and encouragement as I learn to use the new technologies and share what I learn with my local and global colleagues and students.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!        happy_thankskigiving_5

Wallflowers in the Online Classroom Via Facultyfocus.com

The study found that visits to discussion boards correlated with student success. But the students didn’t have to post—they just needed to spend time there.

Source: Wallflowers in the Online Classroom

Teaching the history of Thanksgiving with Pear Deck

Click on the picture for a very complete lesson from Pear Deck, which teaches the history of Thanksgiving while developing all the major language skills. Many of the writing exercises could be done orally individually or with partners.

 

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