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Adult Literacy / Learn English Through Movies
« on: April 27, 2021, 02:58:53 AM »

"Learn English With TV Series" is a great YouTube channel that I recently discovered. The purpose of the channel is to help students learn about American culture and insults while increasing their vocabulary and pronunciation through watching the guided popular TV show clips. Some of their popular videos are "funny English with Friends (TV show)),  learning about 13 difficult words in English by watching the corresponding TV show clip...etc.
I think this is a great tool for audit English learners to use, because not only they can learn English words in context, but they'll also get to the learn the "real" English and are able to hear how things are said in daily context. Indeed, both their pronunciation skill and listening skill will be improved.
I would mostly use this as a homework resource, where I'll ask students to watch 1-2 videos a week and self-reflect on their improvements. Indeed, I think learning English through movies can also largely boosts students' engagement towards language learning.

Getting to Know You Activities / 20 Icebreaker Activities
« on: April 27, 2021, 02:39:46 AM »

This website contains some great icebreaker activities that can easily accomplished in an ESL classroom. For instance not only it include some traditional activities like ball toss, 2 truths and a lie or the name game, but there are also some great and unique icebreaker activities that haven't been done very much.
Besides, not only this website provides 20 icebreaker activities with very detailed explanations. but it also include some guidelines on what makes a good ESL icebreaker. Indeed, when reading through the icebreaker activities, the
continue the story" activity caught my eye. This activity is really simple, in which teachers only have to come up with some fun story starters and ask students to work together to finish it ( each student has to write on sentence and pass it along to the next student). I think this activity is really unique, and it can be a great icebreaker activity to use, especially in an ESL writing course.


This website provides a great recourse for beginning readers when teaching fables or fairytales to them. This website contains story genres  like "Greek Myths", "Folk Tales" and "Chinese Fables", and within each section, it usually contains 6-7 "interactive" stories where some may requires the students to complete certain task within the story in order for them to continue reading. For instance, "The Maze" fable within the "Greek Myths" genre asks students  to help the main character find a way out of the maze through an interactive game, after doing so, they can then read the rest of the story.
I highly recommend educators to try this website because not only it includes a lot of interactive activities within each story that perfectly match the plot, but it can also largely enhance students' motivation towards reading the story. Indeed, since the targeted audience for this website is beginning readers, therefore, not only each story contains vivid pictures and graphics, but all of them also include audio segments where students can easily click it and it will read the paragraph for them. Hence, it's very obvious that this website has maximize the student's comprehension towards these stories by providing all of the support above. 
There are many ways to use this website in a fable class, teachers can use it as the textbook/reading source if there is a story on the website that the teacher wish to go over in the class. Teachers can also assign this as homework or in-class activities in which they can ask their students to explorer the website, find the story that interest them and read along with the audio & graphics.

This can be a great website for teaching reading skills in elementary classrooms or when teaching beginners to intermediate learners. What I loved about this website is that it has a variety of reading books/novels that were separated into different reading levels. There are 29 total reading levels, and it ranges from aa( lowest level) to Z2 (highest level). Since students within one ESL class tend to have different reading levels, and in order to keep every student engaged, it’s very important for them to read developmentally appropriate books that fit their reading levels. Thus, this website can be a great tool to use while teaching/practicing reading in an ESL classroom.  Moreover, this website is also free and students can access it any time they want, so that they can easily practice their reading comprehension and fluency even if they do not have access to the school library.
For me, when using the website, I’ll first estimate students’ reading level based on their daily performance, then test it by asking the students to read a book at that level. If it seems to be too difficult to accomplish or too easy to accomplish, then I’ll adjust their reading level accordingly and ask them to read again in the new reading level until they find the right reading level for that student. Besides, after assigning the correct reading level to each student, I now can easily ask students to practice their reading and fluency during reading time.

This is an amazing website for ESL teachers who are looking for lesson plans or activities for their students. Indeed, this website not only provides very diverse teaching resources, but all of these teaching resources were also well organized and were written in high quality. What I loved about this website is that you can find a variety of lesson plans or activity plans on this website. For instance, it has 26 different categories and it ranges from Ice Breaker Activities to Business English, and within each category, you can view pages of detailed lesson plans/ activities guides that were written by ESL teachers all across the globe. Although some of the lesson plans/ activities guides might be shorter than you expected, however, there is no doubt that all of the activities were well structured and have been successfully practiced in many ESL classrooms. Indeed, within the well-organized website, you can find all the materials that you are looking for very easily. Besides, all of the lesson plans/activities guides also have a brief description of the lesson goals and information like the student level that the lesson plan/activity guide should be using. In fact, the website is also being constantly updated because every ESL teacher is free to post or add their lesson plan/activity guide on the site.
Further, like previously mentioned, every lesson plan or activity guide that you find on this website can be easily applied to your lesson. For instance, if I’m teaching business English, I could open the website and find the “business English” category, then choosing an activity that I think fits my instruction the best. For example, the activity guide that I find called “bulls and bears” provides the phone call activity for teachers to use in their classroom in order to help their students improve their skill on given numbers through the telephone.
Hope you’ll enjoy this website!

Group: Zaima ( pre), Stephanie ( during), Morgan ( post)

Evaluating- After reading the article, compare your predictions that you did in pre-reading activities, and compare the differences/ similarities between them.
Creating- Reviewing the unfamiliar vocabularies and the terminology that they selected during reading, assign an equal number of vocabularies to each group, and ask them to make a picture dictionary on these terms.
Creating- take a field trip to a space center, reflect on the materials they learned through the article and new topics that they discovered at the space center. Write a short reflection.

I think the link above provides a very detailed lesson plan. In this document, it provides many structured activities, such as controlled practice for understanding the deep meaning/ moral behind the story and for comprehension/ detail check. Besides, it also includes activities that allow students to use their imaginations and creativity to explore more about the story. For instance, the worksheet provides a certain situation or timing in the story, and asks students to draw the character during that specific timing. It also has several “what if…” questions for students to think creatively and make their own plot of the story. Indeed, it also has a reflection section, where students can reflect on the central idea/moral of the story and apply it to themselves. Lastly, it also includes a crosswords worksheet that can be used for vocabulary practices. Although this worksheet is specifically designed for the fable “The Miller, His Son, and Their Donkey”, however, as a teacher, I can still use the overall structure in many of my classes. For instance, having a controlled practice is always a good exercise for comprehension/ detail check, and it can allow educators to know how much their students understand the plot. Further, I think it can also be a great activity for educators to ask “what if…” questions and ask students to make their own plot or ending. The vocabulary crossword activity at the end can also be used widely when teaching fables, which not only can enhance students' understanding of certain vocabularies, but it can also enhance student engagement.
After browsing the website, this is the activity that caught my eye. In this activity, 8 story prompts were introduced/ invented for writing fables. The prompts were all very detailed, in which it gives the main character, the setting and it also asked students to end their writing with morals. If I were using this activity guide in my class, I would first put students in groups and assign each group with one of the prompts, then I would give them time and ask them to brainstorm and write the story that they created using the prompts that were given to them. Then, I would also ask each group to share their stories, and students from other groups can provide feedback or suggestions if they want. Lastly, if have more class time, asking students to act out the scenes that they created would also be a great activity to do.

Fables, Fairytales, and Myths / Three website for Fables/ Fairytales
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:27:02 PM »
This FairyTalez website claims to be the largest collection of fairy tales, folk tales, and fables online. On this website, you’re able to find fables and fairytales from different regions ( such as Maori, Rhodesian, Scandinavian, and many more). Indeed, some of these stories also provide pictures that allow students to develop a more in-depth understanding of the context.
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[/size]This Myths and Legends podcast shares different myths and legends from across the world. It can be a great resource for language learners to learn about different cultures while listening to the story. Indeed, the podcast format can also help learners to use their time on the go and still express to some very engaging stories that can further help them with their language practice.
[/size]This SurLaLune website features 49 annotated fairy tales, in which within each annotated fairy tales, it not only includes illustrations and background histories of it, but it also includes some modern interpretations as well as a more detailed explanation on words/phrase that may be hard to understand. Besides, it also contains about 5,000 folktales & fairy tales from around the world

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