DadaKids

Dadaism is an artistic movement in modern art that started around World War I. Its purpose was to ridicule (poke fun at) the supposed meaninglessness of the modern world. Its peak was 1916 to 1922, and it influenced surrealismpop art, and punk rock. It favored going against normal social actions. Followers of Dadaism included Antonin Artaud, Max Ernst, and Salvador Dali. A later version, called Neo-Dada, arose in the 1960s. - source:Kiddle

What about teaching English and let kids play with Dadaism and spring flowers?

For this lesson we had 3 Topics: body parts (with focus on face), colours; positive expressions: it’s beautiful; it’s different; it’s awesome; it’s good; it’s not bad. New vocabulary: let’s pick some flowers.

Step 1: Let’s pick some flowers

Step 2: Let’s start the art. Let them draw the faces and bodies on the paper first. Then they start fixing the flowers (glue) and the colouring.

Step 3: During the hole process English will be the language spoken. The teacher will often say: Let’s draw the faces (demonstrate first); Let’s draw the body; ‘what colours do you have?; what colours are the eyes? And the mouth? Do you like it? It’s beautiful? Show me the nose! And the arms! Great!

Step 4: They will dedicate their work to somebody. Eg: To mom or To my friend…

Extreme sports – upper intermediate

Hi! How about getting a bit wild into sports? How many sports can you name. And extreme sports? Have you been doing any sports lately? I have, but at the comfort of home :).

The video

DisneyPlus and NatGeoTv are launching this new series about extreme places on Earth. Will Smith is invited and it’s just fabulous. It’s called Welcome to Earth. I thought it could help us improve our vocabulary about sports. Let’s do some English exercise.

The exercise

Voilà! I like to use Instagram to help us learn some new vocabulary. I made a printable and an online version of the same activity for you. I hope you have fun.

If you prefer doing it online and sending it so I can correct it, click here.

Sue

All I want fot Christmas…

It’s movie and popcorn time!

I have made some activities to do with my kids before, while and after our movie time. I’ll let them here so you can download and maybe use them. Hope you have fun.

Movie trailer
Mes suggestions d’achat sur AmazonFr sont : Christmas Activity Book for Kids et le film All I want for Christmas is you

Before watching

All I want for Christmas is you – song : online activity

While and post watching

After watching

This is a mini-book. It needs to be printed in landscape style, cut and folded correctly. See how to do it here. Read it with the kids and help them write their own letter to Santa. They can follow the pattern ‘All I want for Christmas is… because …

That’s all!

Wish you a lovely Christmas time.

Sue

Enseigner aux enfants: ce que j’ai appris.

Enseigner aux enfants est une tâche professionnelle qui doit être soigneusement et sérieusement préparée. Les enfants sont amusants mais ils sont aussi a grand défi dans le sens où ils sont délicats et surprenants. Voici 5 choses importantes à considérer lorsque vous enseignez aux enfants.

1 Attention

Êtes-vous assez attentif à leurs signes ? Les enfants communiquent avec leurs yeux et leurs actions bien plus qu’on ne le pense. Alors, quand vous entrez dans n’importe quel endroit pour enseigner, peu importe le nombre d’enfants : faites attention ! Faites attention à ce qu’ils font, disent, ou ne font pas ou ne disent pas. Il suffit de regarder leurs yeux et de leur faire remarquer que vous vous souciez de vous.

2 Affection

Les enfants apprennent mieux des gens qu’ils aiment. Ils vous aimeront s’ils sentent que vous pouvez bien les traiter ; si vous êtes fidèle à vos mandants ; si vous êtes cohérent avec vos actions ; si votre non signifie non et votre oui signifie oui ; si vous jouez et riez avec eux.

3 Variété

Vous pouvez enseigner aux enfants si vous avez une variété de façons de leur offrir des occasions d’apprendre. les enfants ont besoin de routine, c’est un fait, mais ils détestent les apprentissages répétitifs et inintéressants. Ils doivent être exposés à la même chose de différentes manières. S’ils doivent apprendre à dire au revoir en anglais, ne laissez pas toute la classe essayer la même chanson ou le même jeu pendant long temps.

4 Temps

Le temps est crucial pour enseigner aux enfants. Ceci est très lié à l’élément ci-dessus. La variation et le temps sont les meilleurs amis. Selon leur âge, les enfants auront besoin de plus ou moins de temps dans une activité. Bien sûr, cela dépend aussi de leur intérêt pour l’activité proposée, mais la plupart du temps 3 à 5 minutes dans la même activité suffisent pour des enfants jusqu’à 6 ans.

5 Famille

Les enfants ont des familles qui les aiment (ou du moins devraient les aimer). C’est pourquoi vous avez probablement reçu ces enfants. Les familles se soucient de leurs enfants. Ils n’ont pas décidé de mettre leurs enfants à apprendre quelque chose avec vous simplement parce qu’ils voulaient du temps libre. C’est très probablement parce qu’ils veulent que leurs enfants soient plus heureux, qu’ils aient de meilleures opportunités de grandir et de devenir de grands adultes ; leurs enfants sont leur trésor le plus précieux. Connectez-vous avec leurs familles. Respectez leur culture et leurs décisions et montrez-leur que vous savez ce que vous faites et que ce que vous faites est bon pour leurs enfants.

Kids Efl room cooking class

Hi! How are things?

I bring great news. Our kids will get together to cook and decorate some delicious gingerbread people and some Christmas motives. It’ll be this Saturday, 20 November at 4 pm here at my Efl room in Draveil. I’m really excited about it. If you’re interested, there are still 3 places available. Just contact me via suelen_viana@suelenviana

There are some vocabulary to learn and exercises to do before we meet. Hope your kids will have fun.

The recipe
The ingredients
A song
A story time and some colouring

Social media – a conversation class

Topic: social media

Conversation strategies: agreeing, disagreeing, stating a point of view, showing doubt, checking understanding

Critical thinking: facts and opinions

Task 1

A) Let’s talk about your online footprint. What social media and search engine do you know and have used?

A digital footprint is a trail of data you create while using the Internet. It includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services. A passive digital footprint is a data trail you unintentionally leave online.

B) Think for a minute and answer: What are your most common digital footprints. Do you use social media? Which of them? Why? Which do you prefer? Why? Do you access them everyday?

Task 2

Taking notes: watch this 13 minutes video on the use of SOCIAL MEDIA. Take notes of important ideas. Take notes of quotes (with reference information). Take notes of your feeling while watching the video.

Task 3

Sharing ideas: after you watch the video (as many times as you can) take some minutes to talk to somebody about it. Use your notes to give some bases to your opinion.

Task 4

How are people around you connected to social media? Which people around you (you included) are the most prone to get into a conversation without looking at their cell phone all the time?

Have a beautiful learning moment
Sue

Self-learning

Household chores. Are you those kinds of rare people who love doing chores? I’m not! I think the only thing I’ll love to do is cooking but only on the weekends and not all the weekends. I mean very rarely. 🙂

Here they are the steps to your guided self-learning of the week

Self-study: watch the videos for pronunciation and read the text for some structure guidance.

… + Ving or To infinitive

  1. I love…
  2. I like…
  3. I hate…

Eg: I hate doing the chores./I hate to do the chores.

How often?

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Seldom
  • Occasionally
  • Sometimes
  • Frequently
  • Usually
  • Always
  • Once/twice/three times a week/month/year
  • Every day/week/month

Eg: I never dust the furniture but I always make the bed.

Ving…

  1. Hanging the clothes out to dry is the worst chore.
  2. Making the bed every morning is the best way to start a routine.
  3. Washing up is tiresome.

Connect the dots – independent practice: do the activities suggested

Articulate: find a way to express your ideas related to that topic. It can be speaking about that to someone, writing a response to a post related anywhere on the internet, or creating any piece of art and exposing it to someone using the target language.

  • Which chores do you hate?
  • Which do you love?
  • Is doing the chores something important for you?
  • How often do you do the chores?

If you want to challenge yourself, film or record yourself answering some of the questions below.

Here is an exemple of what it could be like. Click

That is it!

Self-learning: eating in Europe

Hey guys, how are you doing today? Tell me! Tell me! Are you a foodie? I am. I don’t know how to cook but if there is something I have been learning how to do properly this thing is to eat. I love eating and I do appreciate world food. 🙂

Today’s video will surely help you learn English and culture in a very interesting way.

Rick Steves’ Europe guidebook co-author (and foodie) Cameron Hewitt explains how food is a window into the culture, history, and landscape of a place. I suggest that you watch the video for at least 30 minutes (the first 30 min or the last ones).

Before you watch it:

  • 1 – make a list of your favorite local dishes. The ones that make you happy and that you will eat no matter where you are.
  • 2 – write the names of 3 places you like to eat out. Why are they your favorite ones?
  • 3 – what kind of service do you expect to have when you eat out?

While you watch it:

  • 1 – the video is a bit long, but it’s worth watching. Take a piece of paper where you will be able to write key notes. Try to separate them in country/ food/ service key words.
  • 2 – write in capital letter the words you don’t know.

After watching it

  • 1 – how different are Europe and USA in relation to food and service?
  • 2 – are there any similarities between your first notes in the Before you watch it moment and the things Rick pointed out on the video?
  • 3 – What have you learned? Find somebody to talk abou it?

Sue

Where the wild things are – book

For upper-intermediate to advance learners of English.

Have you ever tried learning or keeping up to a language by reading a children’s book and retelling the story? If not, you should.

Sue

Where the wild things are.

Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak.

"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him 'WILD THING!' and Max said 'I'LL EAT YOU UP!'
WebQuest
  1. Who is Maurice Sendak and why was his book Where the wild things are banned in 1963? Go navigate a bit and find the answer.

The Film x The Book

  1. Watch the film review and then say what the differences between film and book are according to the reviewer.

The book

  1. Listen to a read-aloud session of the book Where the wild things are and prepare to retell the story. Take any necessary notes.
Vocabulary
  • gnashed : gnash means to rub your teeth together really hard (ranger Pt/grincer Fr)
  • mischief: mischief is naughty behaviour. (travessura Pt/bêtise Fr)
  • rumpus: rumpus is a wild party or disturbance.(tumulto Pt/bagarre Fr)

Once upon a time…

2. Record yourself retelling the story. You can use vocaroo.com or any other way of self recording that you know (a podcast, maybe). Find a person to listen and give you feedback.

Action-project

  1. Tell the story to a group of kids learning English. It can be from the school where you are learning English or you can join kids from family. Be creative!

English exercises

Questions to ask the kids . Click here

Conclusion

Would you recommend this book to a child? What about the film? Why?

Sue

avecsue@suelenviana.fr

The Gruffalo

A series of activities that can be used to teach and learn English with The Gruffalo.

Kids N(b)ook

  • Book: The Gruffalo
  • Author Julia Donaldson
  • Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Learning target: animals and body descriptions in English.
  • Age: 5 (not afraid child) on +

The Gruffalo is a rhyming story for children written by the English author Julian Donaldson. You can meet the author here.

The book

The mouse said, “Gruffalo, now you see, everyone is afraid of me! But now my tummy is starting to rumble, and my favourite food is … Gruffalo crumble.

If you want to read the book before you buy it you can have a look at here .

Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcon Donaldson reading aloud of the book. They are so fantastic! 🙂

The film

TheGruffalois a 2009 British-German short computer animated TVfilmbased on the 1999 picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We have…

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