‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore


Twas the Night Before Christmas

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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Earlier I posted a video about the H1N1 flu from BrainPOP, an award winning, curriculum-based site BrainPop, developed by Dr. Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients.  But, I didn’t give you any information about the latest addition to this site.  BrainPOP for ESL is an educational resource featuring games, lesson plans, activities and animated movies currently in BETA form for level one ELLs.  It is designed for K-12, but our adults can benefit as well.  This would be a great site not only for developing English skills but for getting students started on the computer as well.  Language/memory games such as Concentration are perfect for helping the students learn to maneuver the mouse.

BrainPOP ESL focuses on reading, writing, vocabulary building, grammar and pronunciation.  There is an opening video for each of the five lessons with or without closed captions.  The lessons consist of word lists and flashcards, phonetics help, grammar charts, hear it and say it lessons, printing lessons, listening exercises, and comprehension quizzes. There are Teaching Tools to assist the instructor in using this and expanding it in the classroom.

Currently, this only exists for level one students.  Hopefully, more lessons will be added soon.

Have fun with this!  Your students will!

Podcasts for ESL

Lots and lots of ESL Podcasts to review for all levels at http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Listening/Podcasts/