Forgetfulness – Billy Collins Animated Poetry

This clip which I borrowed from TEFL Clips is recommended as a conversation prompt for adult students. The website gives a lesson plan which includes vocabulary words and phrases pulled from the poem. The video poem lends itself to many possible extension activities which could include student performance or graphic renditions of comparable poems for publication.

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Using VoiceThread for Monday’s Meeting of the Minds

Tomorrow is the first of the Advanced Oral Communications classes’ weekly “Monday Meeting of the Minds” during which students will discuss issues and events of American families and society.  VoiceThread will be used to facilitate the discussions.  Topics will center on issues that many of us in this culture are dealing with such as health care, unemployment, high cost of living, caring for children and aging parents, crime and such.

Often our ELLs are confused about the way American society runs, and with how Americans deal with issues.  They have questions they want to ask but aren’t sure how.  They have opinions they would like to express, but lack the necessary background or vocabulary.  This will be an opportunity for them to share their thoughts through technology, and at the same time learn to make themselves heard appropriately.

I think this will be an interesting exercise for all of us, and a great opportunity to share thoughts, experiences, and information.  I look forward to helping the students with their English language and technology tools, and to learning a lot from them and what they bring from the their broad base of experiences and diverse cultures.

Top Ten of Everything!

On Bloggled, see the top ten of everything!  Great piece for conversation in the classroom.  Very interesting!