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Sunday, April 11, 2010

ESL Teacher Blog: 30th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope

Terry Fox, a young Canadian diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that resulted in an amputation of his right leg above the knee, has touched the hearts of millions of people. Determined to raise money for cancer research and awareness, he sat out to run across Canada and began what he called Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980. His courage and selflessness have since become an inspiration to people worldwide.
Although he didn’t make it across Canada, he raised millions of dollars, surpassing his original goal of raising one dollar for each of the 24 million residents of Canada.
Today, his heroic perseverance is commemorated through an annual fundraising run held by the Terry Fox Foundation, hundreds of cancer research grants and awards, and numerous physical facilities (schools, trails, streets) named after him.
Read more about his legacy and impact on Canada as a nation here.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:11 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Sunday, April 04, 2010

ESL Teacher Blog: Post-Easter Classroom Activities

This year, coincidentally, major spring-related holidays celebrated by different cultures roughly fell around the same time. So if you were busy talking about Nowruz or Passover, and didn’t quite focus on Easter,  a ‘post-holiday’ activity or two would still be in place. The following may also serve as a come-back-after-holiday warm-up or sum-up of the main Easter traditions:
1. Talk about egg dishes - this topic always stimulates curiosity and appetite, too!

2. To consolidate knowledge on  eating and cooking eggs, let you students practice relevant collocations.

3. Brainstorm the topic of traditional Easter breads: from British hot cross buns to Russian kulich to Ukranian babka and to Italian pane di pasqua, there’s plenty of  ingredients and methods of shaping (e.g.: round, braided) to discuss.

4. Do a solid vocabulary workout. Encourage to provide family words:
resurrect, resurrection
crucify, crucifixion, crucifix
worship, worshipers
fertile/infertile, fertility
Christian, Christianity
Assign groups to produce sentences with each ‘family’.
5. Have fun working on Easter-related tongue twisters. Encourage repeating without stumbling and mispronouncing.
Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs.
Busy bunnies bring blue baskets.
Each Easter, Eddie eats eighty eggs.
Run, Red Rabbit, run!
Jogging jellybeans joke and giggle, jogging jellybeans jump and jiggle.
6. Did your students dye eggs over the weekend?
Challenge to spell the word ‘dye’ in all forms and compare with its homonym ‘die’.
7. As extension, refer your more advanced students to the Top 10 Surprising Facts About the World’s Oldest Bible. Follow with information questions on the reading.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:36 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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