We finished our TIE meeting and I wanted to get the information up so that I wouldn't forget what we covered.
Rebecca brought some Wenatchee maps to share with the group. We put the left over maps in the resource room so that you could all have access. She was saying that they needed to be enlarged so that students could read the fine print but that she has had success with teaching how to give directions and practice words like right, left, and straight using these maps.
Stephanie shared some good tips about grammar lessons and her class's homework chart. She said that peer pressure and rewards really work for them.
Chelsey talked about an activity she is going to do with her class using menus to practice ordering and different ways to ask politely in English.
TJ had some new websites ( www.gcflearnfree.org ) for us and ideas of how to use them.
Karyn and Karen put a jigsaw activity together and then we talked about how to make it more effective.
Karyn also showed us how to use music as an activity.
I talked about how to use literature in class, and gave examples of activities that can be used with books. It was decided that reading aloud to your class has multiple benefits but should be joined with pronunciation, vocab and discussion activities.
There was an exchange of ideas about using websites to cover current events and how to get your students to talk about what they know about the events before showing a video or playing an audio report. For most levels, a task should be given before you show the video so that they can be listening for information. This is fairly easy to adjust for level.
It was a terrific TIE meeting. Lots of good ideas and participation (and cookies and grapes). If there is anything you would like covered at a TIE, please let us know. I will try to get it done or find someone else who can do it.
A few more internet sites for your classes. My favorite is the "Voice of America's Special English TV" and "Breaking News English." Let me know if you have any trouble if you look them up. I was just there so I know they work.
I am afraid that my camera skills are not what they should be. I apologize for the loss of some of the good stuff. It does serve as an encouragement for you to come to the meeting and not depend on the videos. :) There is still a lot to learn from what I did get. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/KxyNsJybCT0
We will be hosting Jean Dibble at our January 7th TIE meeting!
Jean has an M.A in TESOL and has taught at Central Washington University and Wenatchee Valley College. Jean will be speaking with us about ways to get your students speaking. We will also talk about adapting her activities to different levels. Please join us here in the Community Center from 1:30 until 2:30.
The larger the attendance, the more interesting the discussion.
This site was noted on Literacy Council of Seattle's website. This is only a taste of the good ideas they have.
Have Students Bring Clippings
While not exactly something you do yourself, having students bring in interesting articles that they have read can be hassle free. Have them write or talk about the article and reach each other’s clippings and discuss the issues involved. Teaching materials don’t have to be crazy expensive. Look for used ones, find lesson plans that are already made up and don’t be afraid to get creative with the items you have around you! For more tips go to: http://bit.ly/1mf5o1h
We had a small but interesting TIE meeting yesterday. We went over the information about using movies and video clips in your classes and went beyond that to new websites and the availability of Rosetta Stone at the North Central Regional Library. I will post the information we went over here and on Facebook for you to peruse at your leisure. The ELL Website Links are from the Whatcom Literacy Council at http://bit.ly/1LT0MTM. The cartoon information comes from a great site called FluentU at http://bit.ly/1LT12C4. The rest is from Busy Teacher at http://busyteacher.org/. Hope you enjoy and use all of it.
On Thursday afternoon, this week, we will have our TIE meeting. I have found some information that I think you will all benefit from.
I subscribe to a site called Busy Teacher and get a lot of ideas from them. This week they were focusing on ways to use movies and DVDs in the classroom. It was great! I think we miss some great opportunities to stimulate discussions if we don't use this medium.
I also found some suggestions for using cartoons. This was in a separate article on the web but great ideas. Cartoons are usually short and they use simple English, spoken clearly (unless it is Elmer Fudd or Donald Duck).
There were a few new ESL website links that I want to share with you also.
Hope I see you there.
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Let me know what you think.
Literacy Council Staff