Developing your listening skills

Developing your listening skills

Michigan Language Assessment

View a recording of a webinar that presents an overview of the listening skills needed for MET Go! as well as some teaching strategies for developing and practicing these skills in the classroom. See examples of classroom activities for practicing active listening, and learn about available resources.

New Year’s Resolutions 2020

New Year’s Resolutions 2020

New Year’s resolution  :  a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year



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Some New Year’s Resolutions :

  1. I will keep my room clean.
  2. I will keep good grades in school.
  3. I will eat less snacks.
  4. I will have a fruit or veggie with every meal.
  5. I will try new foods.
  6. I will go to bed at a decent hour.
  7. I will exercise for at least a half hour each day.
  8. I will drink less soda and juice and drink more water
  9. I will eat my veggies even if I don’t like them, because I know they’re good for me!
  10. I will be sure to do my homework before anything else after school.
  11. I will take better notes in class.
  12. I will pay better attention to the teacher and less attention to my friends during class time.
  13. I will study my notes after school.
  14. I will help my mom cook dinner at least three times a week.
  15. I will do all of my chores without giving mom trouble.
  16. I will be nicer to my sister and brother.
  17. If I feel like I’m getting mad, I will walk away and calm down.
  18. I will teach my sister how to play soccer.
  19. I will watch less TV.
  20. I will get out and play every sunny day.
  21. I will put things away when I’m done using them.
  22. I will brush my teeth each morning and night.
  23. I will get into good hand washing habits.
  24. I will find a hobby to do on rainy days so I’m not telling mom “I’m bored!”
  25. I’ll be nice to every kid, even the ones that are bullied by others; I’ll be their friend.
  26. I will memorize my address and phone number, and never give these out to strangers!
  27. I will run for school president!
  28. I will find a way to be actively involved in my community, even if it’s simply picking up garbage at the local park on weekends.
  29. I will talk openly about my feelings.
  30. I will resist peer pressure and be a positive influence on my friends.
  31. I won’t talk back to my parents.
  32. I will not tease my little brother.
  33. I will be more organized in everything I do.
  34. If I need help, I will ask for it.
  35. I will read a new book
Try something new for 30 days

Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Why do people make changes in their lives ?

In your opinion, what kinds of changes are difficult to make?

What kinds of changes are easy to make?

Design a 30 day challenge for yourself – here are some ideas :

Health – Run three times a week

Creativity – Take piano lessons

Relationships – Talk to all my neighbours

Choose an idea / one of your own and answer the questions below to plan it :

When will you begin?

How much time do you need each day?

What time of day is best for you to do the activity?

Who can help you with your challenge?

How will you share your challenge with other people?

Present your challenge in class

Explore more :  Learn about other people who have changed their lives  HERE.  Share what you have learned in class

source :  TED Talks
Learning how to fly

Learning how to fly


Learn more about animal conservation and TAKE ACTION HERE

Abandoned by his flock, Bigbird the pelican stumbled ashore after a storm and was taken in by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania. Watch as Bigbird learns to fly for the first time.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video:

He was swimming off the lake after a big storm and he couldn’t fly

He has lost his parents

Come on my boy you are going to go for a fly

Spread your wings, spread your wings

We have actually had to teach him to fly,

By running up and down the beach

Flapping our arms

Open minds see no borders

Open minds see no borders

[let’s open our world]

Do you believe there is hope for the future? The world can be beautiful and open, if we want it. These children from around the world came together and discovered they are more alike than they ever imagined.

In the film “Dear mom and dad”, we document what happens when 48 children from 12 different countries meet at a CISV camp funded by momondo and run by CISV. We asked the children to write to their parents how they see the world in the beginning and the end of the camp. We are proud and honoured to have been able to document the beautiful feelings and thoughts shared by the children.

They don’t come from the same culture, speak the same language or wear the same clothes, but none of that matters: jokes are shared, hearts are opened and friendships across borders are made. READ MORE

To help spread the message beyond the camp, momondo has also created two FREE educational school activities, designed in partnership with CISV and based on activities run in CISV camps, to help children understand the importance of mutual tolerance and respect.  

The CLASSROOM  KITS are also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese (versions in other languages will be available in 2018), and you can download them HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video : 

• To my dear family
• I was terrified of being away from home
• I felt insecure and nervous
• So much more different
• Meet them for the first time
• Getting to know them
• We are more alike
• We all get along
• People from a lot  of different places
• It does not matter how we are outside
• We are all humans
• Respect is the key
• There is hope for the future

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek

Jabuba Films TM /Orquesta de Cámara de Siero

“Ah, if you could just dance all that you’ve just said, then I could understand!”

– Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis

LESSON PLAN for teachers HERE