“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
A New Year’s resolution is a commitment to improve yourself in the coming year. Have you thought about your new year’s resolutions yet? It isn’t too late, here is a quick worksheet that will get you practicing your English and get you thinking.
The beautifully animated film ‘The Snowman‘ formed the basis of several groups’ final Christmas and Winter themed lessons. We firstly learnt some warm winter clothing nouns, then we had fun either trying them on or winter dressing a live ‘snowman’.
We then watched the film, in full or in part, naming things and animals as we went along. Our next step was to create snowmen for ourselves, so out came our scissors, glue and colours. 🙂
However, what is a winter without Christmas? So, over the final lessons we played with Christmas words, outlined Santa’s tasks, and sang Christmas songs. And to top it off we created funny old Father Christmases of our very own.
The older classes in Križ and I managed to finish our Gruffalo project together before the closing of 2012. We watched the entire BBC Animated adventure over a period of several sessions, mixed in with readings from the adorable picture book.
We continued with descriptive worksheets of the forest scenes; Mouse meets Fox; Mouse meets Owl; and Mouse meets Snake. And Mouse’s descriptions of the Gruffalo; his description to Fox; his description to Owl; and his description to Snake.
All of which was interspaced with autumn activities, Gruffalo word games and paper crafts. 🙂
In our final lesson we brought the unit to an end with a dose of reality by looking at which real animals share the Gruffalo’s various features.
We only scratched the surface of what the book has to offer, but thankfully the children are eager to hear all about ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’. 🙂
The final Sveti Ivan primary school project of 2012 was a two week project concerning robots.
We began our first session with a look at the distinction between real and make-believe robots by watching some wall-e shorts and the Honda Asimo commercial. Then we started working with some humanoid robotic worksheets to learn the names of humanoid body parts. We began by looking at the head, then we continued to the basic body nouns, and finished off with naming our main movable joints.
At the end of our first session we got funky, and got up from our chairs to dance robotic Gangnam style. It was fantastic.
The second session of the project was also ‘Christmas week’, so we had a robotic Christmas session. I first attempted to amaze the young learners with a look at icub.
It worked! 🙂 So, as a class we took the opportunity to translate the video’s key verbs into Italian and Slovenian.
We next looked at some Christmas vocabulary with the help of some internet generated worksheets and then got robotically funky again with Electronic Santa Claus.
The kids loved that one! We finished up the lesson with a little creativity, as the children drew their own Electronic Santas. 🙂
I haven’t posted about any of my adult groups for so long, but I am glad to say that they are still very much active. 🙂
The intimate conversation clubs in Barcola, Prebeneg and in Trieste city centre are going beautifully, our recent conversation topics include James Bond, hurricane Sandy, house chores, newly coined words, the Euro crisis, and even adult only airplanes.
With the festive season upon us, you can imagine what the next topics will be about.:-)