Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For The Lower Levels: An Activity And A Song

The latest activity and song in the Media Center are designed with lower level students in mind. The source material is authentic and not designed to be used for language instruction, but the tasks for each activity are suitable for a beginning student.

Cooking shows are popular with many of our students, but catching the all the necessary vocabulary (including measurements and amounts) can be a challenge. This short clip offers a chance to do some close listening for that vocabulary.

This classic pop song by Elton John is lyrically very simple, and makes a nice cloze exercise. If your students watch American Idol (which I'm sure some do), you can follow up with this performance from the current season.

The worksheets are available in the usual places: wiki, the binders by the faculty computers, and on the board outside the Media Center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pale Blue Dot by Adam Winnik and Carl Sagan

This is a great little video that's going viral right now. Adam Winnik is the animator, and the narration is done by Carl Sagan, excerpted from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

Pale Blue Dot - Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

I cannot find text for the excerpt in its entirety (since it is taken from a book), but here is a portion of it. This might be useful for a cloze activity, or for reading along with the audio.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Mountain by Terje Sorgjerd

This video has been on the web for 5 days, and it's been watched 1.8m times. There is no language in it at all, but I think it could easily serve as a writing or conversation prompt. Enjoy.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

LiveWire: The April Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

The Wonderful Web: A Recap

Thank you to everyone who came to the workshops on teaching with web content last week. People shared some great teaching insights, and I felt excited about planning new lessons after being able to share with my colleagues.

We plan to conduct this same workshop in the evenings, and we are looking for a date that is convenient for the greatest number of evening teachers. Speak to Abdou or me if you have a date in mind.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The P.S. 22 Chorus

If you use the latest song activity in your class, you might want to share the P.S. 22 Chorus performance with your students, too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Power of Words

Possible fodder for a class discussion.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Wonderful Web: Building Lessons Around Web Content

The web is vast and fascinating, and we spend time searching it to find content for the classroom - and then we are out of time to plan lessons around that content. What to do?

Come to C331 (not the Media Center, but a nearby classroom) on Tuesday, April 12 or Friday, April 15 from 1:00 - 2:00. We'll be sharing ideas and strategies for making web content a successful part of our classes.

Web Activity Flower Graph
Web Activity Flower Graph, by saintbob on Flickr

Faculty Seminars at the Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning has an interesting set of faculty seminars lined up for 2011-2012. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday, April 28. TELC faculty are encouraged to apply! I've had great experiences at CTL seminars, and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about them.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Semester: An Activity And A Song

Welcome back! To kick off the semester, we have a song and an activity ready for students. You can find the activities in the Media Center, on the wiki, or in the binder in the teachers' computer room. Or, you can develop your own lessons with the same content.

The activity is based on a short and funny clip from the show Parks and Recreation. This clip could lead into a class discussion about being the new person, workplace humor, or small town life. Plus, there's a mini horse!

The song is by the English singer-songwriter Adele. The lyrics make use of some common and colorful idioms.