English Lessons from a Different Angle


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Kinneret Girvitz and Keren Frayman
In this workshop we intend to introduce some ideas that we have been using to help keep English interesting for our students. We will demonstrate various types of debate techniques for more comfortable speakers. We will also show how drama lightens up a class while polishing language skills. We would like to share and demonstrate how guided speaking is one way that we have learned to help less confident speakers participate in class without feeling pressured or embarrassed. In addition, we will introduce a personal and interesting technique to inspire students to write and share their ideas.

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English Lessons from a Different Angle

  1. 1. KINNERET GIRVITZ KEREN FRAYMAN English from a Different Angle ETAI - 2010
  2. 2. Getting Started <ul><li>“ The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. &quot;Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?&quot; he asked. &quot;Begin at the beginning,&quot; the King said gravely, &quot;and go on till you come to the end: then stop.&quot; (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 12 ) ” </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Environment in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>-Classroom setup </li></ul><ul><li>-Hebrew in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>-Answers or prompts? </li></ul><ul><li>-Group work and peer feedback </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ How can I know what I think ‘till I see what I say?” _E.M.Forester </li></ul><ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><li>Warm up Exercise – pen to paper </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to a text: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-word association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-poem or story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-picture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peer sharing and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher / staff response and participation </li></ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is mandatory </li></ul><ul><li>No evaluative responses (Thank you) </li></ul><ul><li>You are required to share only what you have written </li></ul>Thinking and Writing Workshop Incorporating Reading, Writing, and Speaking in the first 10 minutes of every lesson
  4. 4. The Bird <ul><li>The bird you captured is dead. </li></ul><ul><li>I told you it would die </li></ul><ul><li>But you would not learn </li></ul><ul><li>From my telling. You wanted </li></ul><ul><li>To cage a bird in your hands </li></ul><ul><li>And learn to fly. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen again. </li></ul><ul><li>You must not handle birds. </li></ul><ul><li>They cannot fly through your fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>You are not a nest </li></ul><ul><li>And a feather is </li></ul><ul><li>Not made of blood and bone. </li></ul><ul><li>Only words </li></ul><ul><li>Can fly for you like birds </li></ul><ul><li>On the wall of the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>A bird is a poem </li></ul><ul><li>That talks of the end of cages. </li></ul><ul><li>By Patrick Lane </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Benefits of Using Music in the Classroom <ul><li>“ Music is the electrical soil in which the sprit lives, thinks and invents.” –Ludwig van Beethoven </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mURZQNpKiLQ&feature=related </li></ul><ul><li>Certain music creates a welcoming atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Effects the student’s attitude and motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates creativity and encourages personal reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Songs, poems and raps will improve memory through rhyme, rhythm and melody. </li></ul><ul><li>Music stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms which helps the student focus* </li></ul>*Music and Learning by Chris Boyd Brewer
  6. 6. Music in the classroom cont. A Grammar Lesson <ul><li>Ex: Using music to teach grammar: </li></ul><ul><li>Hypothetical Situations –Second Conditional </li></ul><ul><li>Real Life Situations – Present Perfect Simple and Reported Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar Games and Competitions </li></ul><ul><li>Fiddler on the Roof to teach the Second Conditional: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cooperative Controversy* <ul><ul><li>Prepare positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perspective reversal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Benefits to a regular debate include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on listening and responding in turn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role reversal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis of ideas to form a policy proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exercise before: Connectors </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise after: Opinion essays </li></ul>* Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (1989). Cooperation and competition: Theory and research . Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company .
  8. 8. Motivating Finales <ul><li>Reading: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book project presentations and feast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current events - Haiti </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spelling: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling bee contest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentation Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speech contest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvisation and drama games (The School Play) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pop Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From The Simpsons to Lady Gaga </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>YOU CAN CONTACT US AT: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>THANK YOU!