Wednesday, 24 February 2016

MARCH 8th 2016: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY





The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.
The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality,  women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

How can we step it up? In my view, there are very simple and effective ways in which we can help our teenagers to build the emotional skills for healthy relationships based on equality, respect and trust. Allow me to contribute by sharing with you a  simple lesson plan that you can carry out based on The Hunger Games. 

I hope that by incorporating activities that foster  classroom discussion on the topic, you will succeed at  raising students' awareness of the fact that everyone has a role to play to make gender equality a true reality by 2030.


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

TEACHING LITERATURE TO ESL STUDENTS


Resultado de imagen de books literature in the classroom

2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare; this special anniversary year is a truly unique opportunity to work on his work with our sudents. The British Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company have created this pack of resources to help teachers make students see how Shakespeare  was a writer who  still speaks for all people and nations, addressing big questions and themes about the human experience which have no deadline.

Besides, the British Council has launched a competition on Shakespeare for students of Secondary 4 which is worthwhile trying: students have a maximum of three minutes to act out a monologue  on any issue related to Shakespeare. Recordings should be sent between February 1st and March 14th. The prizes are really tempting so I hope you will take the chance.

Apart from encouraging you to commemorate  one of the greatest playwrights of all times, I would like to provide you with a series of questions you can use to start talking about Literature with your students. I suggest that you should use these questions to warm students up to the topic of books and literature.  Once you know what your students'  previous experience about Literature is, you can start introducing poems, short stories and novels or even try  a first approach to Shakespeare through a rap on Othello. The following video will demonstrate what I am saying:



If  you want your students to follow what they are saying, you can find the lyrics here.

Finally I would like to contribute to your Literature classes by sharing my favourite web resources on Literature for Secondary  students.  I hope they will be useful for your school contexts.