Do you think you´re not going to learn English language in your life? Do you think it is complicated and boring? Do you prefer to watch a good movie in your mother tongue to watch it in English language and without subtitles? I assure you it´s not complicated and I recommend you watch many movies in original version, because on the contrary to what you think, you´re not going to loose the course of the movie, but you are going to make up for its essence and your comprehension level will be on the increase. Are not you sure? Read on...
UNESCO has celebrated World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April for 17 years. As every year, UNESCO Member States around the world celebrate the power of literature to transmit the culture of peoples.
This year, the city of Bangkok is “World Book Capital 2013” in recognition of its programme to promote reading among young people and underprivileged sections of the population, hence the cover picture as a tribute.
Having said which, here you are our own activity because of this so special day. And I say “our” because two students of 5th and 6th grade of Primary School have provided their voices and ideas. You just listen to them and test your reading comprehension if you are a student or put into practice something like this in the classroom if you are a teacher. Are you ready to listen to them? Read on!
What makes someone famous? That is the perfect excuse to exercise your students´ conversation. As you know, they need an interesting topic enough to talk and invite their classmates to the discussion. On the way, they are going to learn useful vocabulary, expressions and grammar to put into practice in speaking tests. This activity could be implemented in upper CSE. Well, let´s talk!
I introduced Suggestions a few months ago. Do you remember it? Well, this time I would like to talk about TED-Ed, in a beta phase yet. You can create your TED.com account and create your own activities. You just need to choose a You Tube video (Watch phase), formulate until five quick questions (Quick Quiz phase), suggest three more questions to lead everyone to think about the topic (Think phase) and finally, make a list of additional resources for your students to explore and ask for them a comparison o deeper study about a more specific topic taking into account all of them (Dig Deeper).
But, what´s the objective? It´s very easy: Transform any YouTube video into a lesson worth sharing as its motto says. What else? Find out!
Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died on April 23rd and in the same year of 1616. This is also the date of birth or death of many writers. Because of this, UNESCO´s General Conference decided to pay tribute to the book and to the writer on this date, encouraging everyone to discover the pleasure of reading and protect intellectual property through copyright. The year 2012 also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum, a list of books translated in the world... Do you want to know more about this topic? Perfect, keep reading!
Nowadays, many subjects are taught and studied in English language in most non-English-speaking countries. Because of this, I propose this activity based on The alphabet game TV show. It would be designed for the students in the last courses of Primary School who are studying Natural Science in this language. Have a look and adapt it to your students´ level!