CHRISTINE TARTAGLIA, 2008-9
Some teaching tips
- I did a lesson about different dialects and accents in English and found some really great sound samples here http://web.ku.edu/idea/ The kids loved it and we had great conversations also about the dialects and accents of Italy.
- I also did a lesson on music, which I thought may have been my best yet. The kids loved it and they learned a lot; I've become a strong believer in using music to help learn english because it's fun and easy to learn the flow of the language. I use this website for materials http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/
- Another lessons I've done involved American government (I dusiussed the functions of different branches and the history of the constitution and declaration of independence). I liked this one because many students asked me about Obama and issues related to America and I thought it was important to learn the basic workings of the government before they could judge things related to American governing.
- Other great lessons I've done had to do with Stereotypes, Idioms/Proverbs and Carnevale vs. Mardi Gras. The topics were very interesting for the kids and they learned a alot about American culture as well. I don't usually make formal lesson plans because the teachers at my school want me to do more conversation than anything so I basically just think of a topic and prepare myself with information about it then go into class with some discussion questions. The students are very good at English so I tend to challenge them a lot and they enjoy the hard work. Also we do activities and games often so as to keep their attention, you know how high schoolers can be!