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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

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The # 1 ........ textbook lesson

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1.

Nosy Neighbors - Jill Hadfield, "Elementary Communication Games!"

This is in response to Lindsay Clandfield's recent "6 things" blog post about textbooks. He has nice lists but I still think they are too long! Let's keep it to the best!

Jill Hadfield is a teacher's teacher (and I don't throw that around, she has earned it). Her textbook/photocopiables are very basic but strongly productive activities for students to practice and learn English. The BEST!

Nosy Neighbours is a simple sheet and cards (I've made picture cards). You get hours of activity with one simple sheet, can be used with all tenses and all kinds of target language and it's about gossip. And let's face it - that's about as strong a built in methodology for language learning as you'll ever get. Read my description and lesson run down here. (lesson 83 - Lessons in a Can).

Without a doubt, the #1 all time textbook/book lesson! (and it is ooooooold).

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 9, 2009 at 5:25am
This brings me back to my first days as a teacher, teaching newly arrived Hmong teenagers out in the portable at Roosevelt High School... 1980.

I used to draw little pictures and photocopy them. The woods, the park, the playground. The bird is over the cloud. The squirrel is in the tree. The dog is under the tree. The rabbit is next to the hole.

We played "duck duck goose" out in the field and when we learned a word, found all the other words that could rhyme with it (or kind of rhyme) and try to make stories out of it. Sand, land, man, can, hand. More pictures, more drawing.

I had no idea how to teach English. I was 20, got a job as an aide, and because of practical matters, was put in a portable with 15 of my own students on my second day. Teach them English, to read, and do math. Here is a Laubach book (it was a series used to teach illiterate adults how to read- it was very good for teaching basic reading).

It was the most tender and spiritual teaching time of my life- like a first love. I learned everything I know for sure about teaching from the Hmong.

Gentle, gentle, give up control, become part of the group... take turns : ) make sure no one feels left out or afraid.

I was so shy to show my teaching outside of that group.

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