A new page called Easy Read Career Series has been added to the English Blog’s Reading section. It has many workbooks that have valuable reading selections and activities that can be selectively used to supplement job related lessons.
Workbooks range from how to pick a job that fits your interests and skills, to making resumes, to workplace safety. Check it out!
Please take a moment and check out our new page “American English Resources” under the Teaching Ideas category. It is highlighting the US Dept of State website dedicated to teachers and learners of American English. Books, webinars, journals, tons of classroom activities are just a few things that this site has.
Are you planning your health unit lessons? Be sure to check out our new page “Health Lessons from External Sites” under Lesson Planning. There are very detailed health units that can be instantly used in your class.
Today’s post is about food idioms. It focuses on materials you can use in the classroom for some of the common food idioms that we use in the United States. It is structured to be used in combination with the food idioms post on the English Language blog (http://eslblogs.waketech.edu/esl-english/)which has information and practice for students! Use them together and save lesson planning time! Scroll to the bottom of the page to find quizzes.
In celebration of the TESOL Convention in Baltimore, MD this year, I thought it would be interesting to highlight some of the professional organizations that serve ESL teachers. TThere are quite a few of them, each with a special niche in education.
What do these organizations do? They work to provide information and services related to:
Its mission is “enhancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy. Every year they sponsor an international conference with key speakers, workshops, and trade shows.”
http://www.cal.org/caela/ The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition was created to help states support their adult English language learners.
www.cal.org The Center for Applied Linguistics’ mission is to” promote language learning and cultural understanding by servicing as a trusted source for research, resources and policy analysis.”
http://www.ncte.org/ National Council of Teachers of English is “devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.”
http://www.nabe.org/ The National Association of Bilingual Education is “a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.”
http://carolinatesol.shuttlepod.org/ Carolina TESOL “is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of education for English language learners and to promote effective intercultural communication and understanding.”
What professional organizations are you a member of, and why?
Today’s post focuses on schools, parents, and parent/teacher conferences. The resources in this post address the following topics:
Types of schools in the USA
Places in the community (including transportation around town)
Wake County Public Schools Parent Academy
VOA Special English on youtube.com This video gives an overview of the types of schools in the United States. It’s in a “read along” format, with each word highlighted so students get both the audio and visual of the word.
Many Things.com This site includes a drop down list of activities to use with the vocabulary list. You can practice these as a group or individually in a computer lab or with the i-pads.
Parents and Their Children: Parent Teacher Conferences Students always seem to want information about how to have a successful parent/teacher conference! Here are a few resources to consider, which you can modify for NC.
Parent Toolkit. A comprehensive toolkit for any parent. An ESL teacher could use the information from the toolkit to help prep students for the conference, all the while working on new vocabulary and grammar, not to mention American culture. This document is rich with resources and possibilities. The material is presented by grade level, and includes checklists and questions to ask the teacher. It’s produced by Education Nation and NBC. http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=CDD7B950-20A0-11E3-8EC10050569A5318
Color in Colorado. Relevant and informative. A complete lesson plan on parent-teacher conferences is included.
Wake County Public Schools Parent Academy. Although this isn’t a place in the community, per se, it’s full of info that our students are interested in. There are workshops “to provide families with strategies that have a positive effect on the education of children”. Information on the site is in both English and Spanish. Super informative! http://www.wcpss.net/parent-academy
Back in1956, Benjamin Bloom, along with other psychologists and educators, created a system of categorizing educational goals. Updated in 2001, this framework, consisting of six categories, has been applied by teachers and college instructors for decades now. It is organized from simple to complex, and concrete to abstract. It helps the teacher see where the student is, and what the expectations are for the next level. Bloom’s can help you, the teacher, write learning objectives and assess student learning.
Now, imagine connecting Bloom’s Taxonomy with modern day apps, websites, and technology! It has been done, and it’s called The Padagogy Wheel! And, it’s a beautiful thing! The Padagogy Wheel links apps/technology to these five categories:
Welcome back to the Teachers Resources blog. This week we are looking at emergencies: who to call, what to do, and where to go. You can also visit http://eslblogs.waketech.edu/esl-civics/ for information and practice for your students.
We are posting links to multiple lessons. You can just “click” and print! These are all time savers!
The American Red Cross has pictures of different types of emergencies on one page. Click on the picture and it takes you to an information page on how to prepare for the emergency. This information is excellent and can modified for most levels. Great pictures, safety checklists, and specific recommendations for how to prepare for and deal with all types of emergencies. http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies
The United States government also has a comprehensive page on preparing for any kind of emergency. It also includes what to do if a disaster occurs, and how the government may be able to help. https://www.usa.gov/prepare-for-disasters
Electronic communication is the default mode of communication for many, however “snail mail” is still widely used for lots of things. There are a variety of resources available for both students and teachers. Here are a few of them you can use in the classroom, or with lesson planning.
Additionally, Youtube has some videos that model typical post office conversations.
For a student focused lesson on mailing a letter and using the post office, please go to Beth’s Civics and Community blog and read her “How to Send Mail” post! It’s super informative and has lots of good practice on it!