You can contribute to the campaign for the United Nations International
Year of Water Cooperation 2013 by participating in the slogan contest:
your submission could become the official slogan! The winner will be
invited to the kickoff meeting of the United Nations International Year
of Water Cooperation 2013 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, in
January 2013. The prize includes airfare to Paris and accommodation for
Reflections is a 1970 album composed by Manos Hadjidakis.
The album was originally composed in New York City where Manos Hadjidakis was living since 1966 for the band New York Rock & Roll Ensemble and the lyrics were in English.
In 1993 the album was re-released with new lyrics in Greek which were
written by Nikos Gatsos and performed by Aliki Kagialoglou.
In 2005 an adaptation of the album by the Greek band Raining Pleasure was released. Album Songs
Radio Shows have always fascinated children and teenagers!
A wide range of possibilities, from discussing a particular topic
on occasion of a special day to picking your own music,
gives teachers the chance to organise projects integrating all skills
and students the pleasure of releasing their creativity.
The audio files can then be posted at the class' blog or at platforms
with school radio shows. Here are some tools you can use for this purpose:
Students are always attracted by image and sound. Making a short video
could also serve as a stimulus for meaningful written tasks.
However, how many of us, language teachers, know how to produce a short movie or video?
Few I guess..there is an alternative though suitable for classroom purposes.
Stop motion videos! What are they?
Have you ever drawn pictures in the corners of old books? Drawing pictures slightly differently from one page to the next then flipping through them with your thumb makes the images animate. This is the concept on the basis of which these videos are made.
Have a look at such a video created at a workshop, by teachers..
And a video with instructions:
A rather clumsy first attempt, to prove how easy it is to produce such a video:
A refreshing and relaxing summer is over and the new school year
is lying ahead! I have thus decided to make a collection of the 10 web tools
that will help me design and implement interesting and fruitful projects
with my students.
1. AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATION
Real communication is an absolute must for children and teenagers.
My e-twinning experience has taught me that this is first and foremost
the reason why students decide to get engaged in such projects! So
let's give them the chance to meet their peers face-to-face and use the foreign
language to discuss, to exchange ideas and experiences, to have fun by using Skype for classrooms!
This is a blog created by my students. All the texts and materials are produced by A, B and C Class students from NEO SOULI, a village near Serres. I was only the administrator. Although it was created only a month ago, it is being updated regularly and the kids really enjoy it and have become more motivated! They name is their choice!And of course parents are satisfied, being able to watch their children's achievements!
I totally recommend it to all of you to try something similar in your English classes!
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminationis celebrated on 21 March each year. In our school we devoted a whole day of activities, such as video projection, drama activities, traditional dances and food, a photo and a drawing exhibition, to sensitise students and teachers.
I had heard of Jamie Keddie and his lesson plans in www.lessonstream.org in the past, but I attended one of his seminars for the first time a couple of weeks ago, in the TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Convention, in Thessaloniki.
I was impressed by his liveliness and energy, the way he used his body as a resource in the classroom, trying not simply to “deliver” the material as a postman (this was the topic of his presentation there) but to demonstrate how we, teachers, can actually mediate between the teaching content and the learner. In addition I had always been interested in teaching with multiple modalities and I was fascinated by the way he integrated visual prompts in the EFL classroom so as to teach lexis and pronunciation in the most motivating way.
So, as soon as I traced his IATEFL interview with Nick Peachey and Kirsteen Donaghy I wanted to hear him talk..His interview revolved around two main topics: Video story telling and quality Teacher Talking Time.
Video story telling is a way of bringing together traditional story telling and videos by deconstructing them. Jamie’s presentation focuses on the idea of Courage and putting your life in danger, by using a video regarding a rugby team of disabled people in wheel chairs, who are getting ready for the Paralympics.
Two are the main issues discussed: the content on one hand and the medium on the other. Content wise, the teacher can explore stereotypical representations of disabled people as objects of pity as well as introduce and practice topic-related vocabulary. The question raised by N. Peachy is to what extent there is a place in the language classroom for such issues. Well, “language works in multiple levels, not just the lexical one”, Jamie claims; therefore not only is there space for such topics but also children can be helped to develop critical thinking in a stimulating way. However, we, as teachers, should be careful when dealing with such matters.
Regarding the use of the video itself, Jamie claims that motivation increases due to the fact that none of the students has seen the video, which is delivered through the medium of the teacher himself. Also teachers are given the opportunity to grade their material and adapt it according to the age and level of their students, modifying, simplifying it or changing the focus. The magic of it is that the pictures stay the same but the language changes!
Jamie’s next topic is how to make teacher talking time more valuable for the learners. Teachers are often reluctant to talk too much in the classroom for fear of conducting monologues. What Jamie suggests is constructed dialogues, well prepared in advance, which are rather beneficial for their learners as along as they include talking with and not to our students. Teacher talking Time should not be kept to a minimum as long as it is quality time!
You can enjoy the full interview in the video above!
Getting our students (B1 level) ready for the Dickens drama workshop..also it could be used as a stimulus for a CLIL lesson..
Look at the book cover, describe it and discuss it. What information does the title and picture give you about the historic period and the country where this story takes place? What could its main theme be about?
Now watch these two videos and take some notes:
Who are the main characters?
When and Where is the story taking place?
A brief summary of the plot (no more than 150w)
What are the main ideas discussed in this story?
3. This is a quote from the first chapter of the book. What do you know about
the historical era when the story takes place? Can you find any similarities to the present?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book 1, Chapter 1
Η ετήσια Διάσκεψη του eTwinning θα λάβει χώρα στο. Βερολίνο στις 29, 30 και 31 Μαρτίου 2012 Στη διάρκεια της διάσκεψης θα βραβευθούν Ευρωπαϊκά έργα και θα συγκεντρωθούν περισσότεροι από 500 εκπαιδευτικοί από ολόκληρη την ήπειρο, για να συζητήσουν τρόπους ανάδειξης και ενίσχυσης των σχολικών ομάδων.
Follow up activity (Unit 5 / Lesson 2 / Think Teen 1 Αρχάριοι)
Watch the video and list 10 extreme sports that you can see on the video
suggested answers: white water rafting, snowboarding, scaling, canoeing, BMX, rock climbing, parachuting, mountain biking, abseiling, paragliding, skydiving, cliff jumping, parkour, skateboard,
The students can watch this video that contains a beautiful record of all posters from 1896 onwards and get inspired to create their own poster so as to participate in the "English for the Games" competition organised by the British Council. Enjoy!
Level: Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Age: Teenagers Time: 60' Aim: To raise awareness and warm up sts regarding the topic of Olympic Games; to practise speaking skills; to practise relevant vocabulary
Ask your students to comment the following quotes by Pierre de Coubertin:
“The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags... this is a true international emblem.”
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
Continue with a brainstorming activity on "Olympic Games Ideals". We can use a tool such as http://www.mindomo.com/
by Paschalis T.
Some of them might be...
glory peace moral integrity mix of mind, body and spirit
corruption, commercialism, doping terrorism and war
Watch this stop motion film OLYMPIC SPIRIT created for the International Olympic Committee.
Ask them to write down some key words while watching the film. Show it twice. Then try to associate these simple words with the Ideals discussed earlier.
It has been argued that ‘real’ school improvement takes place when emphasis is put on the classroom level with a strong focus upon pedagogy and learning (Harris, 2003). Modification of classroom practice is one of the conditions that guarantee effective educational development and enhanced pedagogical outcomes.
Teacher development, collaborative ways of working and classroom research are the means to achieve this goal. One of the methodology tools that can be used in classroom research is learner feedback.
Here is a questionnaire I created for my teenage students. The benefit of online questionnaires is that the data are analysed automatically, so teachers can save valuable time!
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel Adams
Because pictures succeed where words fail.
Because it's authentic, motivating, fun and engaging for teenagers.
Because teachers thus cater for multiple intelligences.
Because it is one of the most stimulating kinds of homework.
Because songs contain lexis and grammar aspects for which further practice is needed.
The simplest way would be to produce Powerpoint Presentations including
text and pictures. However, posters containing sts' drawings are also acceptable.
Windows Movie Maker could be used by sts with advanced digital skills.
Thus even learning challenged students can get actively involved using their imagination
and creating their own files.
What songs do I choose?
You can select a variety according to their topic, grammar focus, time of year etc.
Alternatively you can choose them according to the skill you would like to focus on, eg. pick a song with beautiful imagery (eg "What a wonderful world") to practice listening comprehension and create files containing only photos and drawings.
If you want to focus on reading comprehension for instance, choose one like "Hurricane" (Bob Dylan) and
check the sts' understanding first in a non-verbal context. Then they can even produce their own stories, first visually, then in written.
You may also wish to go the other way around and show your students a visualisation without lyrics as a prompt to produce their own song, poem and practice writing/speaking.
The possibilities are endless..
Here you can have a look at my students' work while exploring the theme of love and forgiveness