Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Off Grid Living

The term "off grid" means only using electricity from renewable sources and living in the forest, building your own home, growing your own food and more. This trend has become very popular in American culture recently, and it is an interesting idea to see if our students would enjoy this type of lifestyle.

Image result for fouch homestead house
Pre Discussion:

  1. What would you do without electricity? How would you feel about it?
  2. Would you have better or worse relationships?
  3. Would you like to grow your own food?
  4. What if you had to build your own house, could you do it?




Post- Discussion:

  1. What were some of the good things that the woman stated about off grid living?
  2. What were some of the challenges?
  3. Do you think they will continue this lifestyle?
  4. After watching, do you think you would have the same challenges, or would you do better than them?
  5. Why do you think the "off grid" trend is becoming so popular with many Americans?





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Growing Up

This is a touching video about what it's like for a parent to watch a child grow up into adulthood. It's  a great way to get students talking about relationships and connections between family members.


Pre-Discussion:

  1. Are you different now than you were as a child? 
  2. What good memories do you have with your family members?
  3. What are some good ways to make memories with family?


Post Discussion:


  1. What was the activity that the father used to connect with the daughter?
  2. Did/Do you have any activity like that in your family?
  3. What do you think the quote "What's Between Us, Connects Us." Means?
  4. Why would a commercial for window cleaners use this video?


Sunday, September 3, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Pets

This is a story about how pets can make our lives better.  It is also a really cool video about learning to deal with challenges and disabilities in one's life.












Pre- Video Discussion:

  1. Have you ever had a pet?
  2. What kind of animals do you think make good pets?
  3. Do you know anyone with an unusual pet?



Post Discussion:

  1. Why do you think the boy didn't like his gift?
  2. Would you have reacted the same way if you had been the boy?
  3. Why do you think the boy changed his mind toward the end?
  4. In your opinion, what is the message behind the video?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

English Idioms Flashcards

Here is a set of 33 idioms for classroom or home practice.  I will be posting more sets of cards as I create them.

Idiom Flashcards

These were compiled by English First, but I have compiled this set for personal use. Here is the link to the English First site. 

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
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