Posted on December 4, 2016 by ritasimsan
My students this semester are all Christian, celebrate Christmas, and want to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in the United States. This calendar gives me the opportunity to share with them many cultural icons and traditions, also facilitating conversation. The website I used, AdventMyFriend, makes it easy to fill each date with your choice of “gifts,” and gives you some hints as to what you can do to personalize it for your friends, family, or students!
Click on the link to access my calendar, and then click on the dates as the month progresses. https://adventmyfriend.com/20138/62c2a98120/?embed I hope you enjoy it.
Merry Christmas to all!
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Posted on November 19, 2016 by ritasimsan
For beginning level students, a Google Slide presentation of regular verb activities we do to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family. (You might want to add a slide, “We watch football games!) Use the language prompts to generate conversation. (Who cooks at your house? Do you cook? What do you cook? Does your husband cook? What does he cook? Do your children cook, too? What do they cook? What time do you cook? Etc. Don’t forget to have your students ask you questions. (Be sure to include negative questions and responses as well as short answers to the students’ questions.)
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
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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 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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