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Reading Activites (during reading) / The Tell-Tale Heart
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:01:15 PM »
For this excellent short story, I designed several activities that can be used in-class. Students will be reading the story in-class together, and then doing the activities to make sure that they understand the content and will be able to have a further discussion. Doing the reading in class makes students to follow up the story and then share their ideas with classmates immediately. It's a rather efficient way for the students who are not likely to be self motivated in reading.

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I just found a really interesting app, which might be really helpful for learning vocabularies by drawing, and it's a fun game!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/draw-something-by-omgpop/id488627858?mt=8


If you have iphone, ipod...etc, you can download it and also suggest your students download it, too (I think it's also available for android system users). The vocabularies showed up in the game mostly are popular and common used vocabularies, some of them are more like slang or popular acronym. I think it's very useful both from the perspective of linguistic competence and socilcultural competence to ESL learners.
(But be careful, you might be addicted to it easily!)

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Vocabulary / Cool Word Generator!
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:35:58 AM »
After introducing the creative games website  http://creativitygames.net/ , which  has a really useful word generator (and interesting games!), I had been thinking about how to fix the problem if the teacher wants to choose specific word class to match students' level. Fortunately I found this cool website:
http://www.wordlistgenerator.net/


You can choose the word length, the number of syllables, forms, or even the initial sound of the word, and then create your own word list for your students! For Example, if your students are at the beginning level, you might choose the words with shorter length or less syllables. You can also choose how many commonly used words you want to include into your list by selecting Dolch words or Fry words. Anyways, there are many things that you can use in this website, I hope you enjoy creating your own word list!

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The flashback activity can help students to come up with interesting ideas, especially for the paper focusing on literature. By finding out the back story of the reading materials, the students can approach to the materials in different ways. There's a great "back story" being published based on Jane Eyre : Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. This book used a different perspective of the same character in Jane Eyre. So of you are interested in the production of the flashback, please take a look to these two books :)





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General Reading Links / Teaching with visual aids
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:58:44 PM »
Teaching with visual aids can actually make the class more interesting, especially to children. Children are easy to be attracted by what comes to their eyes (especially vivid images or cartoons). Here's the link I found about the idea that how to use visual aids to help students with their learning process:  https://audio-visual-ebooks.wikispaces.com/The+Uses+of+Audio-Visual+Aids+in+Teaching


Here's the link I found on Youtube: [size=78%]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3ZfiVj4DBQ&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL98D896F906C4392A[/size]
This series has many interesting and useful video about how to teach children with strong visual aids!

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Harry Potter Lessons! / Harry Potter-Draw with Words
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:06:31 PM »
Group Exercise:
Make students to be a group of three or four, and each group will get a paragraph from Harry Potter randomly. According to the depiction from the paragraph, students have to draw a picture of their assigned paragraph. Once every group gets done with their pictures, ask the students to describe their pictures and then try to put the pieces of stories together. In this exercise, students have to focus on the narrative and depictive representation. In addition, they have to pay more attention on how the words are being used, and how the sentences are being structured, which they might skip a lot while they are reading.

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