A Christmas lesson plan that discusses the American Santa Claus and his counterparts in other parts of the world. Since I teach in the post-Soviet Union, where Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost, brings presents on New Year’s Day and has some other differences, I thought a comparison of Kazakhstan’s holiday traditions and American traditions was a good introduction to Christmas. But of course, you could compare American Santa Claus and Sinterklass or other variations in your students’ cultures.
This is one of those activities I stumble on in my files and think, "Surely, I've posted on this before." That's because this is such a productive way to review vocabulary--students have to think about the meaning, the part of speech, and how to use it. And it's an activity that produces something you can … Continue Reading ››
Have a good laugh at all the horrible things we CAN’T say in class. This post is 100% tongue-in-cheek of course, but isn’t it sometimes tempting to use risque material in class?
I discovered in my boxes of lesson plans this nice little dictogloss that I used to use when teaching English to children or to beginners that introduces the present perfect in contrast to the past tense. Specifically, it demonstrates the present perfect as used for unfinished time i.e. things that I have already done today … Continue Reading ››
A reading lesson plan on the famous editorial about the existence of Santa Claus, “Yes, Virgina, There is a Santa Claus”. Students discuss whether they believe in Santa Claus and what Santa Claus symbolizes. It’s great for introducing Santa and the spirit of Christmas and it definitely crosses cultural boundaries as every culture has imaginary characters.
We all want to teach our students critical thinking skills. The best way to do that is to help them formulate questions, collect evidence for both sides of the question, weight that evidence, and come to a conclusion. That involves teaching them to be comfortable with ambiguity as they read, process and critically analyze a reading … Continue Reading ››