Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teacher Ideas: Gift Giving Etiquette

Here's a timely lesson for the holiday season! Milena created a lesson on the etiquette of gift giving, including tasks which focus on vocabulary, close listening, grammar, and writing. Her materials supplement two videos - How Do I Choose The Right Gift and Do I Have To Give A Gift To Everyone Who Gives One To Me - and include an adapted exercise from the Speaking Of Values text.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teacher Ideas: Inocente

Inocente Official Trailer from Shine Global on Vimeo.
Inocente is a film that won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. At its center is a teenage girl named Inocente, a passionate and creative artist. Inocente and her family are homeless, and her art is a way for her to guard her spirit.

At only 40 minutes long, the film is ideal for showing in the classroom, and Neil has created some materials to use along with it. His materials include previewing conversation questions, an exercise for idioms and phrasal verbs in the film, and questions for comprehension. Thank you, Neil!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Culture Shock

Teachers, please mention this in class! All students are welcome.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Reminder: No Morning Or Afternoon Classes On Thursday!

We hope to see teachers at Professional Development Day instead! (Followed by Victoria's retirement luncheon, of course...)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Teacher Ideas: Malala Yousafzai

Photo from Time Magazine
Malala Yousafzai recently became the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize, and Kevin Lathrop created some lesson materials that help to explain the significance of her work for our students. He says:
The following is a timely lesson on 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. The focus is her wonderful 2012 speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday ("Malala Day").  It incorporates all four skills and can extend across several class sessions.

There are six parts. How or whether each is used is, of course, up to the individual teacher. The materials are meant to be adapted as needs dictate.
Part A is for web research of people and institutions Malala refers to in her speech. Part B is for discussion of women's rights in the U.S. and in students' countries. Part C is web research on gender equality (and lack thereof) across the globe. Part D gives a link to an article about the global struggle for girls' education and questions. Part E is an answer key with the answers out of order; students are tasked with matching them to questions. Part F is the text of Malala's United Nations speech and a link to the 17 minute video.
You can find all six parts of the lesson here. You can also print this table to give to students if you choose to have them do the web research in Part A. I've included the video of Malala's speech at the United Nations Youth Assembly below. Thanks, Kevin, for creating such timely and relevant materials!