Do you know that every 14 days an indigenous language is lost somewhere in the world?
Click on the title link above and follow a documentary by Aimee Broustra following a group of teenagers in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The teenagers are involved in learning Tewa, a pueblo language to help in creating a film due to be showcased in Albuquerque, New Mexico tomorrow (Friday 12th October, 2012).
The title documentary link describes the work of the ‘Young Ancestors’ and Laura Kay Eagles (a 7th grade literature teacher) at Santa Fe Preparatory School in New Mexico.
- Read the documentary link above about the learning and preservation of the Tewa language and culture.
- Watch the video of the trailer of the film on the same page.
Read this quote taken directly from the Young Ancestors website.
“This is a story that needs to be shared and supported to ensure that the era of globalisation does not become synonymous with the tyranny of English language and American culture, of endless strip malls and BP spills.
Without a multiplicity of languages and cultures, we risk living in a country and in a world in which everything has become homogenised, and white washed, a place in which uniqueness and diversity have ceased to exist”
Discuss and debate the case for speaking globalised languages such as English, Spanish, Mandarin and the case for preserving local indigenous languages and cultures.
Activities suitable for Upper Intermediate Learners.
An excellent film about men serving ‘life sentences’ and their lives inside a US prison.
Click on the title link and listen to Morgan Freeman’s speech about ‘rehabilitation’.
Check out the meaning of the words in ‘italics’ using these online dictionary links.
- In your own words, explain what a ‘life sentence’ is.
- What does a ‘rehabilitation programme’ involve?
- Find out what are your friends, colleagues, teachers and relatives views on ‘life sentences’, ‘prisons’ and ‘rehabilitation’?
- Do you think that a life sentence should mean that the sentence lasts for life or is there ever a case for ‘early release on the grounds of good behaviour’?
- Do you agree with the ‘death penalty’? Explain your reasons.
- What crimes do you think ‘warrant’ life sentences and what crimes do not? Complete two lists.
Click on the title link and think again about Morgan Freeman’s response to the question of whether he thinks he has rehabilitated.
- Do you think prison rehabilitates a person? Or do you think a person can feel that ‘remorse’ for himself or herself in his own time?
- Does prison have other purposes such as a punishment, isolation …….? Discuss with your colleagues, family and friends.
Finally, think about the phrase ‘prisoner of war’. What does it mean?
“A famous prisoner of war was François Mitterrand. He was a French president who was captured during the Second World War in 1940″.
How many times do you think he escaped before arriving home in December 1941?
From the Big Cat Reserve,
Kruger National Park, South Africa
5 short and unusual clips of lion battles in the Big Cat Reserve of the Kruger National Park. Watch the videos they are interesting in themselves. If you like write a simple report (a few sentences) about each one or describe the scene to a friend or colleague in English.
You can then go onto do some of your own research on the internet. There is a template to use if you would like to assemble your findings in a fact sheet.
Go to TEFL Global Resources Communication Activities
Famous Argentinian People, Places and Events
A TEFL Global Resource which allows you to find out about famous Argentinian people.
Study events and places in Buenos Aires from videos, slideshows, photographs and web pages. Present what you have learnt in a short descriptive piece of writing.
Finally, test your knowledge in a quiz to see how much you have learnt.
TEFL Global Resources – Communicative Page
I have developed and am in the process of publishing TEFL Global Resources based on ‘La Boca’ neighbourhood, Buenos Aires.
Today, here is some basic information about the region, the origins of the Argentinian Tango and the Festival of Tango currently occurring. There are reading, writing, speaking and listening activities to do; you can also learn the dance with a friend and there is also some information about choosing a piece of music suitable for the dance.
TEFL Global Resources Communication Activities
TEFL Vocabulary, Grammar and Communicative Skills for Beginners.
If you are a beginner (A2 CEFR level) these British Council Podcasts are excellent for getting you started. As the week progresses I will post up other related work which will be appropriate for different levels of student ability. If you are an Intermediate level of student you may want to use this resource to revise and then extend your knowledge. Advanced students may just want to dip into the additional and other resources added during the week.
Download and do the exercises.
Main Contents of Podcast This Week
- Is that a new shirt that you are wearing?
- What famous person would you like to meet and why? Jonathon Ive
- Vocabulary quiz – colours
- South Africa – football matches and the Vuvuzuela
- Expressing an opinion – Why don’t more people watch women’s football?
- Dialogue of Carolina from Venezuela at lost luggage and in the underground.
- Telling/retelling a joke
Here is a summary of the main language points of the podcast. Try to get more practise with these language points during the week if you can:
- use of ‘could you’ to make a request in a more polite way
- pronunciation – silent letters and linking of sounds
- friendly gestures from older people – ‘love’ and ‘dear’
- phrasal verbs – to look at, to look for, to look after, to look forward to
- use of ‘the’ with the names of musical instruments
I will follow up with work that is related through the week. This work will be graded for different levels of student ability.
free English resources for TEFL teachers and students