Posted in 4 skills, efl, ELL, esl, lesson ideas, mapcrunch, web 2.0

MapCrunch for the Class

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Today’s learners are way too visual than us. That’s why we tend to decorate our classes with posters, notes, post-it notes, charts, etc. They are so used to seeing everything by googling that if you try to describe it using words they understand nothing.

I came across with MapCrunch today and I thought it can be very useful with our visual but less verbal students in our tech savvy classes. MapCrunch virtually takes you to a random place in the world. You can find imagery captured by Google in 40 countries.

How to use?

Just click the “GO” button to be taken to a random place in the world. You can choose whether you want to see an urban image or an image of a place. You can click on  the tour button and have a very quick 360 degrees tour around the place.

If you only want to see certain countries, select them on the right hand panel or click the “myMap” option on the top-right of side panel and type the city you want to see particularly and click on “GO” Click on the arrows to tour around the image.

How can you use mapcrunch in the class?

  1. If you are reading a text about a certain place or a story which takes place in one of these 40 countries then show the city to your students just to make them to visualize. We did it for Wales and they loved the idea.
  2. To describe places
  3. To write descriptive essays.
  4. To practise prepositions or modals of deduction.
  5. To compare the place you live to the area on the image.
  6. To write a compare and contrast essay on two different places. The place where you live and the image on the whiteboard.
  7. You can ask your students to write a story which takes place in the area.
  8. To give directions.

 

Posted in 33rd EFL Blog Carnival, efl, esl, esl ell efl blog carnival, lesson ideas, lesson plans, links, song lessons, songs, teaching

33rd ELT Blog Carnival, Using Songs and Music in Class

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Welcome to the 33rd ELT carnival. The theme is Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes and today I’m happy to introduce a wonderful album to you. If you are ready grab a cup of coffee (hot or cold), put the record on and enjoy …

Here we begin

SIDE 1

From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras

The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

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From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras
The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan

A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

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from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan
A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade

The Chris Challenge 

The Chris Challenge
From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade
The Chris Challenge

From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens

Her Morning Elegance

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From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens
Her Morning Elegance

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss

Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

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From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss
Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

From Vicki Hollett’s Business English Teaching and Video by Vicki Hollett

A Business English Sing Along

Vicki Hollett

From A Journey in TEFL by Anna Musielak

Using Songs

Anna Musielak

 

From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka

Hollywood is dead or is it?

From B's Life with English by Baiba Svenka Hollywood is dead or is it?
From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka
Hollywood is dead or is it?

 

SIDE 2

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck

Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

and a bonus Not another Cloze! How else to use songs in EFL classes

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics
From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck
Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

 

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy

Director’s Chair Top 10

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy Director’s Chair Top 10
From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy
Director’s Chair Top 10

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek

Everything at Once – Lenka

and a bonus: Love Street – The Doors

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek Everything at Once - Lenka
From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek
Everything at Once – Lenka

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies
From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan
Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson

Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?
From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson
Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 

From ELThq by Alex Barboza

Stronger: Song Activity To Teach Comparatives

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From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell

20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics

From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell 20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics
From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell
20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics 

From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz

Give me some sunshine!

From Merve Oflaz's blog by Merve Oflaz Give me some sunshine!
From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz
Give me some sunshine!

The 34th ELT Blog Carnival will be held here and the theme is pronunciation!

You can always revisit the previous carnivals to get inspiration for your lessons from The ELT Blog Carnival home page 

If you have a song lesson that you want to share with us, please leave a comment below 🙂

 

Posted in efl, esl, fun, lesson ideas, lesson plans, song lessons, songs, web 2.0 tools

Song Lesson of the Week ~ The Sound of Silence

 

The Sound of Silence is a very powerful song and although it is from a very remote past for our teens, they love it when they hear.

When I do the song in the class, I choose images from the web. Just type ‘silence’ and choose the images you want to use in your lessons.

I chose the following photos;

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A. Discussion Questions

  1. List the words or phrases that come to your mind when you hear the word ‘silence’.
  2. List the antonyms of ‘silence’.
  3. Compare the silence visualized in the pictures.
  4. Have you experienced a situation when there was deadly silence?

B. Guess the meanings of the underlined words:

  1. My brother came home very late and crept into his room so as not to wake dad up.
  2. He killed his victim by stabbing with a kitchen knife.
  3. Don’t dare to come home late again. Your dad will be furious.
  4. He bowed his head when he saw the principal.
  5. The concert didn’t start and the audience became restless.

C. Understanding the song:

  1. The singer says ‘hello darkness, my old friend’ What does he want to say?
  2. Is he alone in his dream? Does that make any difference? Why or why not?
  3. What does silence refer to in this song?
  4. Does the melody help you convey the meaning of the song? How?

D. Follow up:

You have to choose 2 of the tasks.

Write your own poem called ‘The Sound of Silence’

Summarise the song creating a comic. You can use the following comic creators: http://www.creaza.com/frontpage

http://www.toondoo.com

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com

Make a presentation visualizing the song.

You can use powerpoint or glogster or photopeach/animoto.

My students’ responses to the follow-up tasks

 

 

 

 

The Sound of Silence

Posted in easel.ly, efl, ELL, esl, infographics, lesson ideas, lesson plans, project, using info graphics in class, web 2.0 tools

Using Infographics in Language Classroom

Wikipedia defines Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They are great for today’s visual learners.

How can infographics be used in language classes?

Both teachers and students can create it

  • To introduce the writer of a novel or a story.
  • To talk about the era in which the story takes place.
  • To talk about the story or the novel highlighting the important events.
  • To talk about a character’s decision in a story or a novel.
  • To talk about movies.
  • To present a topic.
  • To preteach or teach a new subject.
  • To revise words, prefixes or suffixes.
  • To teach passives. (processing) first cows are milked. Then they are sent to …

I think we can make the list longer according to our needs. Before you start creating the infographic

  • Choose your template
  • Research
  • Choose the relevant information to use in the infographic
  • Use short simple sentences

Some cool infographics on mashables pinterest board for you to follow or get inspiration. 

I’ve just come across with easel.ly a site where you can create an infographic. It is quite easy to use the tool. All you have to do is to sign up, chose vhemes (visual themes), drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas and then create your infographic using the available tools on the site. Once you save the infographic, you can embed it on a blog or download it on your computer.

Here is a very quick example I created.

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Posted in Dido, lesson ideas, listening, narrative tenses, past tenses, song lessons, songs, Thank You, writing

Thank You, another song lesson

 

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I used this song  with my students last year.

I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.

1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I  elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.

2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.

morning

tea

rain

bills

being late for work

home

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3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.

Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.

I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.

4. Understanding the song:

  • What kind of a day did she experience?
  • Why isn’t she unhappy?
  • How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?

5. writing:

Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below

Dear …..

You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–

BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂

6. narrative:

This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.

Grade 11 SD Thank You notes.

Grade 12 follow ups

An animation

GoAnimate.com: Thank+you by anoosheeg_L

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

a summary and a thank you with good old power point