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Saturday, April 18, 2009

ESL Teacher Blog: Spring Is in the Air and in the Classroom Too

Seasonal changes are hard to ignore even if following a strict curriculum. And they mustn’t be because they spark up the interest, make learning memorable and bring spontaneity as a welcome break from the classroom routines. Be it the first snow, thunderstorm or field of dandelions observable from the classroom window, students will always appreciate the time dedicated to express the changes they see and experience in a foreign language.

How do we know that the spring has arrived? Brainstorm the answers and then expand. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach and review vocabulary that otherwise will need picture dictionaries or visuals. An approximate list is below. What are the signs of spring in your students’ home countries?

Top ten signs of spring:

1. Crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils have pushed through the ground.
2. Garden centers are open.
3. Pussy willows are sold in flower shops.
4. Trees are starting to bud.
5. Restaurant and cafe patios are teeming with customers.
6. Kids are swarming the playgrounds.
7. During the weekend walk, everyone seems to bike, rollerblade or ride a scooter. 
8. Women wear open-toe sandals or flip-floes showing off their pedicure.
9. House-for-sale signs are popping up on every street.
10. People are driving their convertibles with an open roof. Don’t they mind the pollution?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:27 PM
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