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How to Tell the Time in English
Students study English vocabulary related to time. In this EFL/ESL telling time lesson, students practice phrasing of time in English using a clock with a moveable face. Students make clocks. Students play a teacher made game called snakes and ladders.
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Major Regional Dialects
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect. They trace historical events that have shaped the current major regional dialects.
The Story of 'True'
The history of the English language is a long and winding road, forsooth. Here’s a short video that traces the truth about the history of the world true, from its Old English origins to modern usages. Consider generating a list of words for class members to investigate. Etymology at its finest.
“Double Double Speak Speak”
Bilateral suborbital hematoma? Call an audible? 404? Have fun with “the twittering or warbling of birds,” or as 14th century French speakers would say, have fun with “jargon.” Groups match specialized jargon with plain speech, decode elevated jargon (Coruscate, coruscate, minuscule nuclear explosion/How I ponder the nature of your existence) or translate song lyrics into standard English. The final discussion focuses on the advantages of using slang or jargon.
Biomanufacturing: An Inquiry Lesson in Growing Cells
Biomanufacturing and genetic engineering are very common practices around the world, but what exactly does it entail? Young geneticists find out through a series of labs, a discussion, and an in-class presentation to report their findings. There are lab procedures and a PowerPoint presentation included in the materials; although the PowerPoint is called Biotechnology in North Carolina Today, it is very general and could be used in any state. The materials included with the lesson plan are very text-heavy, so they may need some modification for English learners or students with special needs.
Linguistic Diversity. Languages in Canada - Elementary
Create a language mosaic to reveal the linguistic diversity in your community. Pupils interview a person with a home language other than English and contribute to a bulletin board display representing the variety of languages spoken. The activity is part of the 1996 Canadian Census Results Teacher’s Kit. A link to other activities and materials is provided. Although the background information and statistics are based on Canadian census data, the concepts could be applied to any country or area
Perspectives on Written & Spoken English
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.
Keep Your English Up to Date: Bog Standard
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.
D'Nealian Handwriting: English & Spanish Numbers 1-15
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.
Spanish Words in Written and Spoken English
Learners 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.
Differences Between American and British English
In this resource worksheet, students examine the differences between American and British English. They look at the use of things such as the present perfect, possessives, vocabulary, and the verb, "got." There are no questions associated with this resource.
The Story of English
Explore the history and scope of the English language with this presentation. With discussion points on the roots of English, its various forms around the world, and its status as a global language, this slide show would be a good resource for your linguistics class or any lecture that studies the foundations of the English language. It is based on The Story of English by Robery McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil.
English History 1066 - 1500 Timeline
In this English history timeline worksheet, students explore major historical events that occurred in Great Britain between 1066 and 1500.
The English Monarchy
For this English Monarchy worksheet, students read a 2 page article on the history if the English Monarchy, answer 3 questions with multiple choice answers, fill in 4 blanks to complete 4 facts and determine if 3 statements are true or false.
In this English worksheet, students complete short answer questions on the stereotypes of English people. Students complete 20 questions.
English Cognates in Various Indo-European Languages
Studying the history, influences, and cognates of the English language, this presentation provides students in linguistics and language classes with several charts of information on cognates from languages around the world. The slideshow compares many common words in English as well as comparing English names with names in other languages. A discussion on English as a global language is interesting and informative as well.
An English-Speaking World
An overview of the development of English as a global language fills out these slides. Beginning with statistics regarding how much of the world speaks English and to what capacity, a brief history is then given mostly pertaining to WWII and the spread of American English. Interesting points are made, though some references are not explained. Use in addition to a conversation about globalized English and language development.
'Hastings' and the English Language
Follow the development of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon roots. Various Germanic, Roman, and French words helped form our English vocabulary and are incorporated into this quiz. See how well you know the beginnings of English words with 10 multiple-choice questions.
Creating an Environment where Writing is the Bridge to English Mastery
This language learning instructional activity presents several different reading and writing techniques to expand your learner's English knowledge. Young writers complete mini writing lessons while developing comfort in a writing environment. Included are links to great resources designed especially for English Language Learners.