Tuesday, April 18, 2017

English Prefix and Word Roots Quizlet Flash Cards

For all who want to practice some prefixes and word roots in English to increase reading skills, I have made this quizlet flash card deck. There are almost fifty word roots and prefixes for you to practice to enhance your reading skills.  Quizlet  also offers a lot of fun games with which to practice your vocabulary or prefixes/roots. Have fun!

https://quizlet.com/_3cldej

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Fear

This short film is for those who like a mystery and a bit scary for some, but it has great English listening practice at a slow pace. The narrator speaks very clearly and slowly, which keeps the story very interesting and understandable.



Pre-Discussion: Key Word - Phobia (Very Strong Fear of Something)

  1. What makes you the most afraid? 
  2. Did anything cause you to have those fears?
  3. What happens when you feel afraid? What do you do? 



Post Discussion:

  1. Why did Francis go out  into the lake?
  2. What would you have done if you were Francis in the middle of the lake? 
  3. What do you think happened to Francis? 
  4. What did the writing in the journal mean?


Monday, February 20, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - True Love

This a sweet story that shows the meaning of true love. It is narrated with a poem that should make it easier for English learners, and I highly recommend it.



  1. What do you think true love is?
  2. How do people in your family show love to each other?
  3. What would you do to show someone you love him or her?


The Man at the Counter from Brian McAllister on Vimeo.

Post-Discussion:
  1. Why did the boy ask about the sugar?
  2. Do you agree with the boy asking the question about the sugar? Why or why not?
  3. What emotion did the boy feel after asking the question of the old man?
  4. How did the story show true love?
  5. What was the man who was speaking doing at the end of the video?
  6. Do you think this action was romantic?




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Grief and Loss

This is a moving video dealing with loss and grief. The poem that is read could be a great listening activity for students.



Pre-Discussion: (You may just want to skip straight to the video to avoid spoilers, and then use these questions after as well.) Click this link for the CLASSROOM DISCUSSION SHEET.

  1. How do people honor loved ones who have passed away around the world?
  2. What is a common way to remember loved ones?
  3. How do people cope with grief in different cultures?
NEW: CLOZE for prepositions. Download THIS WORKSHEET to have students practice listening for prepositions. Or, if you are a student, just write in the answers as you listen to the video.




Post discussion:

  1. Why was the man carrying the bag?
  2. Why did he go to very old places with his brother?
  3. What was in the bag?
  4. What did he do at the end? 
  5. Is this similar or different to what happens in your culture?Do you agree or disagree with the way they ended the story?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Emotions and Communication


This is a cute short film about love and trying to communicate your feelings. It uses a bit of the southern accent and a song format, but it can be a great way to discuss cultural norms of communicating emotions.


Pre -Discussion:
  1. Do you like to communicate your feelings to others? Why or why not?
  2. What is the easiest emotion for you to express while communicating? Happiness? Sadness? Anger?
  3. Has there ever been a time in your life when you wish you would have shown your emotions better?
  4. How do people communicate love in your culture?
Keywords: Billboard (An advertisement on a high pole)


Love in the Time of Advertising from Love in the Time of Advertising on Vimeo.

Post - Discussion:

  1. What did the man use to communicate his love for the woman?
  2. What result did that form of communication have on the woman?
  3. Why do you think he just didn't come down from the billboard to talk to her?
  4. What would you have done if you were the man in the film? Why?
  5. What if you were the woman?  Why?








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