Friday, February 27, 2015

TELC Weighs In On #TheDress

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Some students, teachers, and staff spent Friday morning talking about the phenomenon of #TheDress. Some teachers shared this article and video at Time that explored the virality of the phenomenon, and we looked at the science behind our conflicting perceptions in this Wired article.

The results of our poll are above! As you can see from the Instagram comments, people have very strong feelings about this blue and black dress.

Friday, February 13, 2015

TELC Literary Magazine: Call For Submissions

Writing teachers, please be sure to mention this in class! For more information, see the flier that was put in your mailbox earlier this week. Nursen and Wayne are the faculty contacts.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Teacher Ideas: Johnny T

Are you familiar with Glove and Boots? It's a web series on YouTube...starring puppets. Johnny T is one of the more entertaining characters in the Glove and Boots repertoire, and Neil has created lessons to accompany two of the most popular Johnny T videos. The language and humor are on the colorful side, so be forewarned. Thanks, Neil!

The activities to support Johnny T's NYC Tourist Tips include previewing discussion questions, vocabulary matching, and comprehension questions. This video addresses the controversial topic of "best pizza", so here's your chance to evangelize for your favorite.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Playing Cards, Learning Grammar

When is the last time you played cards in class? Over at Deceptively Educational (a great blog featuring after school activities for young learners), I came across two very creative card games for drilling some challenging features of English grammar: Irregular Plurals and Irregular Past Tense Verbs. The plurals game works a lot like Go Fish, and the past tense game is a speed/slap game. The creator shared printable templates for making your own decks - if you're feeling crafty, give it a try!

(Photo by Daniel Paras, shared under a Creative Commons license)