A Bollywood Style Song Lesson

chart24[1]

Nowadays there is a TV commercial of a fizzy drink that we talk a lot about. The dances used in the commercial is Bollywood style and we have just come across the original song on YouTube and it was not a surprise to find out that the song was from a Bollywood movie. The lyrics are in English but when I first listened I thought they were in Indian. Only when I focused, I caught the words. Then the idea emerged in my mind. Alas, it’s the end of year. I will not be able to use it this year but for the coming academic year, the song is on my list. 

You can use the Soup Song to

1. teach pronunciation, comparing the British or the American pronunciation with the one in the song.

2. talk about English as a Lingua Franca, even conduct a discussion on different pronunciations of English.

3. talk about different accents.

You can try Lyric Race with your class. It will be fun.

If you think moving in the class will be difficult because you have a big class, then maybe you can try the following activity with them

1. Prepare a gap fill activity with the lyrics. On slips of papers, preferably on a colored paper, write the omitted words.

2. Divide your class into teams.

3. Give them the handouts and the omitted words. Tell students to lay all the words open on the desk before you start the song.

4. Play the song and ask them to fill in the gaps with the omitted words. 

5. The winner is the one who finishes first.

Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 3.40.35 PM

I’d like to hear about your thoughts about the lesson and if you use it before I can use, I’ll be happy to hear how your lesson went.

April is for EdTechIst

edtechist_logo_newss

 

In my previous post, I mentioned that in Istanbul, there would be great events for teachers who believe in professional development this spring. The first one is over and the second one is about to happen. I’ll present at this conference and I’ll also blog about the sessions. Yes, I’m talking about EdTechIst, which will take place on April 18th-19th 2015.

Actually the conference is a three-day event. On the pre-conference day, the participants will get the chance to attend full day workshops with the experts.

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 9.20.48 PM

On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have the chance to do some deep learning with the experts and the sessions will be both on Saturday and Sunday so we’ll have the opportunity to focus on two main areas and have a broader view on them. These workshops will last for three days. In the afternoon, we’ll listen to some inspirational sessions, which will be delivered by the teachers, instructors, trainers who are using, integrating technology in their lessons. Even this format or the feature of this conference makes me eager to attend it.

The surprises of the conference are not over. There’ll be a TeachMeet, which is an organised but informal meeting for teachers to share practical tips and best practices. This will give the participants a great opportunity to share, network and learn with and from their peers in an informal setting. The Edtechist TeachMeet will take place from 4.30pm on Saturday 18th April, 2015.

You can follow the conference on social media with the hashtag #Edtechist or an twitter as @Edtechist

For more information about the speakers and sessions, please check the conference website and hope we’ll meet there.

A quick Lesson for Valentine’s Day

 

FullSizeRender

AGE: ALL

LEVEL: A1, BEGINNER

MATERIALS: HEART SHAPED PAPER CUT-OUTS

Using paper, prepare heart-shaped cut-outs, as shown below.

IMG_5426

Give students the handout. Ask them to complete the categories with the given words, phrases. Or you can prepare your own categories according to your students’ likes.

A piece of cake, a piece of chocolate, a piece of apple pie, a slice of pizza, a big hamburger, a parrot, a tiny kitten, a friendly dog, goldfish, sister, brother, grandmother, friend, cousin, a cup of hot chocolate, a cup of tea, a glass of fruit juice, sea, mountain, lake, river, city, town

Food People Pets Drinks Places
         
         
         
         

Then give them heart-shaped cut-outs and tell them they are going to create their heart-shaped books. On each heart they will write

Love is …

and continue with the phrases from the categories or they can add their own words or phrases. Tell them to illustrate and colour their books.

#ETZ Summit to Shape The Future of Education

logo

Istanbul will host great events this spring. One of them is Educational Technology Summit, which aims to bring together educators, institutions, parents, students and teachers to discuss and learn about updates about technology.

Things which will be discussed at the summit are

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.51.18 AM

and why should you attend

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.53.05 AM

And check the summit website to see the speakers and be ready to be surprised and inspired.

The summit will take place at Bahcesehir University, on March 14th 2015.

 

 

#Bett2015 Picks; #1 Creaza and Mindomo

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 1.03.58 AM

 

One of the stands I loved visiting at Bett was the Norwegian Classroom. It was fun to see the tools I love using in class. Creaza was a tool I suggested my students to create projects. At Bett, visiting their stand I noticed that they have added new features, updated the tool and it is really very cool for teachers and students now. Creaza consists of four tools; Mindomo – Cartoonist – MovieEditor – AudioEditorIn addition, it is available in nine different languages.

Today I want to write about Mindomo- a very versatile mind mapping tool which can also be used to create presentations. You can signup Mindomo going to its website or just activating your Creaza account you can also have the right to create your mind maps. Mindomo is not just a simple mind mapping tool, it is a great tool for flipped classroom that a teacher can create courses and assign them to students. It’s wonderful for Project Based Learning where students can work on a subject and collaborate on the same map.

It is very easy to use. All you have to do is to activate your account, go to Mindomo, and start creating your mind map on the topic you have to work. To make your work more colorful and energetic, you can add videos and images, clicking on the icons on the left hand corner of your screen. Once you finish your mind map, you can export it as pdf, jpg or png. You can print it out if you want to use it as posters in your classroom walls. You can keep it private or public and share your work with the link or embed it to your blog if you choose to make it public.

1 2 3 66