Teach housing vocabulary using this Housing Pinterest board or create your own board.
Apartments, bungalows and townhouses
Federation Houses, Victorian Houses and more
Insightful Edudemic article on what it means to be a learner today and the role of the educator within the learning process.
“21st century learning to me means that students are connected to other learners and resources throughout the world preparing them to become problem solvers and communicators. They construct their learning and have relevant, authentic work and assessments. Students are comfortable collaborating with others in and out of their classroom. They have good digital citizenship and know how to use multiple technology resources. Students also show creativity, problem solving and leadership. 21st century students know how to explore, have curiosity about the world, are accountable and know how to take initiative. “Thanks to technology and the Internet, all children now are children of the globe, not just children of the neighborhood where they live.” (Jacobs 2010 p. 107) My definition of 21st century learning evolved through my own educational experience, professional readings and research.”
Workflow lesson for describing celebrations – beginners to advanced
Objective: To develop a cross-cultural understanding of celebrations and the oral and written language to describe it so that it leads to a written simple description or report. The level of text complexity depends on the students intermediate or advanced language skills.
eLearning tools: Pinterest, Interactive Quiz, YouTube, online teaching and learning websites
Teaching and Learning Cycle
Building the context and vocabulary
These activities can engage students in conversations about the topic.
- Brainstorm and elicit kinds of celebrations learners have experienced.
- Elicit vocabulary from the Englishinsider Pinterest Celebrations board.
- Watch videos or documentaries of celebrations, take notes of vocabulary and describe what is happening. Videos on New Years Eve, Chinese New Year etc can be easily found on YouTube.
- Complete Celebrations Vocabulary Interactive Quiz 1 either together as a class, in pairs or individually.
- Elicit a discussion on how people celebrate birthdays in different countries, what the milestone birthdays are and what are appropriate gifts for different ages.
- Elicit a discussion on how people celebrate the New Year in different countries and compare similarities and differences.
- Draw a chart on board under country and gifts to compare the differences and similarities that come up during the conversation.
Modelling the report genre
These activities can be teacher centred if the students require full support for developing their understanding of reports.
Joint construction of a report
These activities can be done in pairs so students support each other in developing the language together.
- Find images on Pinterest or Google images on different types of celebrations. Organise images on a board according to type of celebration.
- Complete the Interactive Quizzes on Gift Giving and/or Reports in pairs.
- Orally describe a festival or celebration students have experienced. Write a list of questions they can ask each other or have students write their questions and answers.
- Research and write a description of a celebration in pairs.
- For advanced learners, complete the Festival Cloze Reading and Speaking activity from the Worksheets page.
Independent construction of a report
- Write a report on a festival.
- Post report on a class blog, wiki or Moodle or share on this site on Holidays and Celebrations.
This teaching and learning cycle is useful for teachers in planning a lesson. It helps you think through how to approach teaching a text or resource and how learners may experience the learning process progressively working up to independent construction. It was first developed by Rothery as part of a literacy teaching project in Sydney. For more comprehensive information about this pedagogy see this online paper at Design Literacy Pedagogy (pdf).
I’ve used this as the basis for developing new workflow lessons which integrate elearning tools, social media tools and ESL activities.
I’ve just published a new quiz on reports describing Milestone Birthdays and New Year Celebrations across different cultures.
The two cross-cultural reports in this quiz build vocabulary and knowledge of the structure and language features of reports. Each report begins with a vocabulary check activity and then the multiple choice quiz. Questions are shuffled each time the learner attempts the quiz. The questions ask learners to choose the correct vocabulary to complete a sentence and to check their comprehension of the text. Overall, there are 28 questions in the quiz.
- The Milestones Birthday report gives information about what the coming of age and milestone birthdays are in different countries. It has 12 multiple choice questions.
- The New Year Celebrations report describes New Year Celebrations in English-speaking countries, Latin-American countries and Asian countries including Chinese New Year. It has 14 multiple choice questions.
This quiz is a nice follow up from the Celebrations Vocabulary and Gift Giving quizzes or as a stand alone quiz.
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