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Τρίτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

The Olympic Games Ideals

This is a lesson about the OLYMPIC GAMES IDEALS

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...
fair play
friendship
honour
glory
peace
moral integrity
mix of mind, body and spirit 


VS 

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.
Associations
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  •  Now Visit the site and discuss the vision and the mission of these important people
http://www.olympicspirit.org/mission.php

 

  •    Ask your sts to prepare their own Little Book of Olympic Spirit either with quotes of famous people or with stories of inspirational athletes, representing each one of these ideals. 
  • This is an end product to be finished upon completion of the whole project entitled "Olympic Games"  of which this lesson is only the introduction.

Τρίτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

Am I on the right track? : Getting Feedback from my Students

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!

Harris, A. (2003) Behind the classroom door: the challenge of organizational and pedagogical change. Journal of Educational Change Volume 4, 4, 369-382
http://www.springerlink.com/content/rj140q7068385638/


http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/transform/teachers/teacher-development-tools/action-research

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/continuing-professional-development-intro


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