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High schoolers examine the history of Spanish in what is now the United States. They examine the current language status of the Hispanic population. Students are able to characterize Spanglish and Chicano English. They examine some features of Chicano English.
How are British English and American English different? Start by watching the rap battle video (attached). It is truly funny, and your kids are sure to enjoy the humor. Then, included in the packet are several short activities to build vocabulary. A transcript of the rap is also included. Don't worry, it is entirely appropriate for your middle schoolers!
An interesting quiz awaits your English Language Learners. In it, they answer ten questions pertaining to why they are learning English, and how they think they can best learn the language. Some thought-provoking discussion should ensue when everyone shares their thoughts.
Language is a fluid and ever-changing entity! Take a week to cover the changing English expressions and slang as related to the word "wannabe." Go through vocabulary, spelling, worksheets, and quizzes on the topics with your class.
In this English Schools worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about English schools in Japan. Students complete 10 activities total.
Did you know that in Japan you can drink "Poccari Sweat"? Ever heard of "Intervocalic fricatives become contrastive?" Sure. All this and more in a presentation that traces the history of English before England, in England including Old English, Middle English, Modern English, and English as a world language. Great fun for a college-level study of the history of the English language.
Take a look at linguistics and stereotypes in Great Britian with a word study of "chav." Learners find out what terms are pejoratives and what they are meant to convey. Geared toward British culture, study the ever-changing English language with your class. Vocabulary, spelling, and quiz exercises are all included.
Students investigate economic growth in China. In this current events instructional activity, students review a news report about the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and the push for young people in China to learn the English language. An activity worksheet is included with the instructional activity.
How have inventions and events changed the English language? Learners create posters showing specific words and language changes that resulted from an event, discovery, or cultural change. The class develops their vocabulary by discussing technological and scientific events and their impact on the English language.
Making simple changes in the classroom will allow for effective, sheltered instruction for English Language Learners.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Ondaatje's The English Patient. Students may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students explore all the avenues of why its important to use a dictionary to find out what a word means. The functions of a dictionary is discussed in depth within this lesson plan. They create a Spanish/English Picture Dictionary to illustrate the important use of a dictionary.
Ninth graders brainstorm different situations in which formal English is used. Individually, they describe how people would act if they were invited to the White House for dinner and what they would do. To end the lesson, they role play different scenerios to practice how they should act in different situations.
Students determine how to convert measurement. In this English Measurement lesson, students discover interesting facts about the history of measurement. Students study formulas and practice using them.
Whether you are teaching British Literature, British History, or are simply interested in the history of English politics, this presentation takes the viewer on a journey through 600 years of England's royal and political upheavals. Providing first the background, and then the implementation of English Parliament, the slides show the effects and difficulties surrounding England's most prominant rebellions and allegiances.
High schoolers explore issues surrounding language norms, including the distinction between prescriptive and descriptive norms, the differences between norms for spoken English and those for written English, how word meanings change, and whether e-mail and instant messaging are influencing written language.
In this D'Nealian handwriting: English and Spanish numbers 1-15 worksheet, students say the number, trace the numeral and the number word and write the number word in English and Spanish from 1-15.
Students identify Spanish words used in English, study the definitions of these words, and develop an understanding about the inclusion of words from foreign languages into spoken and written English.
Explore the tendency of the English language to change by reviewing the British idiom "bog standard." An audio talk is accessible via hyperlink and questions and worksheets are included for learners. The lesson is a good way to work on idioms and colloquialisms in your language arts class.