Friday, May 29, 2015

Remind Your Students!

Remind your students to register early for summer to save $25! This offer is good for all programs and courses at The English Language Center, and is open to both new and returning students.

Monday, May 18, 2015

TELC World Cup 2015: Next Meeting

We will be coming into classes in the next few days to announce this meeting. Time to generate buzz!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Ideas: Four Choices

Thank you to Kevin for another installment in the Teacher Ideas series - submissions always welcome! This time he reminds us of the importance of student choice in communication.

Four Stories, by Kevin Lathrop

Students use English to say what they like and don’t like, to make choices, that is, to exercise powers of expression, act freely. Students in Saturday Level 4 brought to class stories they rather than someone else had chosen. Groups in turn selected the ones they thought the best. The reasons for the choices matter.

Janet provided the first story. It is from less than ten years ago, when she took her son to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She went with a friend who has a son close in age to hers. They discovered that at the end of every ride there is a store at which you can buy souvenirs. Realizing this, Janet told her son, “Okay, after each ride, you can buy something for not more than ten dollars.” 

“If there were ten or twenty rides, it would be a lot,” Janet explained. “At the time, my son was crazy about dinosaurs, possibly very expensive.”

Monday, May 4, 2015

May The Fourth Be With You

Attila Volgyi/Xinhua /Landov
Since Star Wars is a global phenomenon, why don't you show this picture and ask your class these questions.
  1. What is today's date?
  2. How does it relate to this picture?
At the very least, this is a great /s/ vs. /th/ lesson! NPR has a great roundup of some of today's #MayThe4thBeWithYou activity from around the web. You could also poll the class and ask them how many of them have seen Star Wars - the original trilogy or the prequels - and see how global this phenomenon really is. And, just for fun, watch this: