Sunday, December 30, 2012

Photo Collage for Interactive Tasks

 Guessing game: "What's my job?"

Each student is given images of 3-4 different occupations and writes them down.
Students then describe clues to the other students to guess each of the occupations. 
  1. Tell your partner where you work: “I often work in/at ______________”
  2. Tell your partner activities you do: “I usually  _____________”
  3. The your partner what you wear: “I typically wear____________”
  4. Tell your partner whom you work with: “I sometimes work with____________”
  5. Tell your partner what you see at work: “I always see _______________”

Frequency adverbs/present simple focus:

  1. I admire ____________because they always ...
  2. ____________have the most interesting job because they typically...
  3. ______________have the most difficult job because they never...
  4. _____________have the most fun job because they usually....
  5. I would like to be a _____________because they never....
  6. I would not like to be a ______________because they rarely...

Other interactive tasks:

Mime - students act out activities typical of the job to the partner/group to elicit name of vocation. 
Role play - students work in pairs/groups to create a short dialog (patient/doctor, policeman/citizen).

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Microteaching Rotation 1 - Module 6 and 7 (Gori)

From the Gori participants, here are two pairs presenting their microteaching lessons for Module 7.
(NB: The first segment's focus is on Module 6.)

Scaffolding for the Seasons Lesson - verbs, vocabulary for seasons and weather (young learners)

 Verbs, grammar and modeling for the seasons lesson worksheet.

Seasons and the Weather (from the Basic Vocabulary Builder, Unit 27) excellent complement to the seasons lesson; good scaffolding to get to the seasons lesson (voting). This can also be found on page 110-111, 114 of the first Macmillan book (seasons and the weather), and page 80 (seasons and months) of the second Macmillan book.  

verbs: to see, to be, to fall
grammar: noun and adjective form

spring, summer, fall/autumn, winter
rain (rainy), snow (snowy), wind (windy), sun (sunny), cloud (cloudy), star, moon, lightning, ice, storm, to be hot, to be cold, leaf/leaves

 Find pictures and then point to the pictures (or have students draw pictures for each season):
1. It is spring (summer, fall, winter). There is a cloud (moon, star...). I am cold (hot).
2. In the summer, it is _____ (hot, rainy, etc.). In winter, it is _____ (cold, snowy, etc.). In spring, it is_____. In fall, it is _______.
3. In a storm, it is ________ (rainy, windy, etc). I see the ________ at night (stars, moon, etc.).

Comprehension questions: What is the weather today? When is it cold? When is it hot? What months are in spring, summer, fall, winter? Do you like snow? Do you like the sun? When do you see the moon? When do you see the stars? When do leaves fall? When do leaves grow?

Once students have this vocabulary, it's easy to move into the seasons lesson (choosing which season is the best by voting).

Monday, December 17, 2012

ELCE - End of Rotaton II (Zugdidi and Batumi)

Zugdidi and Batumi held a joint final module to promote team-teaching and networking.  50 participants and friends of ELCE joined together for a closing ceremony and celebration at the Batumi Radisson Blu. Many, many thanks to ETAG, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi Center for Civic Engagement, friends in the Peace Corps, the Radisson Blu and the US Embassy, Tbilisi.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Active Citizens in Samegrelo

When the village of Oktomberi (Samegrelo) teacher Irma Qiria asked her students to be active citizens and write a letter to the local government explaining the condition of their school, the need for assistance and the potential benefit to the community - the students took action. They compiled together a letter on their own which was later edited by their teacher, and again re-written by students. The students took photographs and attached them with as many signatures of students from their village as they could add to the petition. It is an example of active citizenry - students organizing and submitting their combined effort with the goal of making a change in their community. Thus far, there have been much appreciated donors from Norway, U.S. and the local government.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gov. Systems, Irma Qiria, Oktomberi (Zugdidi)

Gov. Systems (Irma Qiria, Oktomberi School Zugdidi)

Natia Kvaratskhelia, (Zugdidi 10) Lesson Plan/Powerpoint

Rubric for Student Participation in Task Work

Overall Objective: Students will recognize and differentiate between different models of government (Monarchy v Democracy)
Language Objective: Students will be able to discuss different forms of government (monarchy, democracy) and write about the main principles related to the topic
Class context and needs: secondary students
Materials: several handouts (see powerpoint); projector
Activities: (see powerpoint below): warm up, pair reading, group task, role play, writing and presentation.
Assessment: rubrics for assessing group work; writing a sentence (individual-pair share-present): 
I, as the President/King of Georgia will…

Monday, December 10, 2012

2013 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators and Administrators

The US embassy has announced the 2013 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators and Administrators.  30 multinational teachers and administrators will be sent to the United States.  Two Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, one with a focus on classroom teachers and the other with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.  Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and a two week integrated study tour (six-week tour).
This is an excellent opportunity for ELCE teachers to participate in a professional development exchange programs.  PH International will be pleased to provide recommendation letters in support of the applications they submit.
Please submit your application forms to Sophie Bzishvili, Educational Programs Coordinator no later than December 28, 2012. Applications need to be sent by e-mail to
For any questions, please call 227 71 47/48/ 599 507 326.

ELCE Gives Technology To Georgia and Broadens Its Media Reach

The ELCE program has brought computers to English departments around Georgia.  Watch fantastic footage  of our program and ELTT Peter Bohan in Samegrelo.

ELCE Coverage on "Odishi" / Samegrelo regional TV

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Disney and Sexism

Using Read-Alouds to Build Critical Literacy (K-3)

Effective management skills for K-3 grade teachers in using read-alouds to develop critical literacy and thinking. Using Read-Alouds

Atalanta - A Modern Fairy Tale for Girls (that's really ancient!)

A doll! A doll! William wants a doll!

After creating a word bank about toys, Have your students question why they want certain toys, and which toys are parents give us.

Are you building 21st-century learners?

Natia Kvaratskhelia Critical Literacy

What is critical literacy? From Natia Kvaratskhelia, Zugdidi

Extracurricular activities - What and How (Zugdidi)

Active Citizens are Heroes

Famous Quotes: Importance of Being an Active Citizen

  1. Which quote do you admire most? (Each student receives several quotes)
  2. Write in your own words why it is your favorite quote. 
  3. Share which quote you chose as favorite with 3 other students.


American Holidays for Young Learners and Lower-Level

American Holidays for Teenagers and Higher-level learners