Film Friday – singing in the classroom

I’ve been teaching singing to my elementary school classes for two years now. I usually teach a new song each month as well as sing the old songs. Singing is great for intonation, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. It’s also fun.

I also teach dancing when we learn a song, this is both fun and helps the students remember the words.

Here is an example of one of our singing sessions.

Cooking terms in English part one

What actions do you when you are cooking? Here is a list of vocabulary for the various actions we take when we cook.

cut, cut the red pepper
slice, slice the cheese
chop, chop the onion
mix, mix the flour, milk and eggs
stir, stir the vegetables and the meat
whisk, whisk the milk and eggs

stir and mix are very similar. Usually we say stir when cooking and mix before cooking. you can use either one.

whisk is when you mix using a whisk

grind, grind the spices using a mortar and pestle
blend, blend the ingredients
knead, knead the dough until smooth
roll, roll out the dough

low heat, turn down to low heat
medium heat, put on medium heat
high heat, heat the pan over high heat
roast, roast the beef on medium heat for two hours
toast, toast the bread
bake, bake the cupcakes for twenty minutes

roast and bake are almost identical in meaning. There is almost no difference between the actions. Roast usually takes a long time. a few hours.

steam, steam the vegetables
boil, boil the water
simmer, simmer for twenty minutes

usually a recipe will ask you to bring to the boil and then simmer this means to boil and then reduce the heat

deep fry, deep fry the potatoes until brown
fry, fry the onions in the pan

the difference between deep fry and fry is the amount of oil you use. deep frying uses more oil.

pour, pour the egg mixture into the pan

pour is often used with in or into e.g. pour the mix into the frying pan.

barbeque, barbeque the meat and vegetables
grill, grill the fish for two minutes

barbeque can also be an action e.g. lets barbeque the steaks

That said the action you are doing on the BBQ is the same action as grill e.g. let’s grill the steaks on the BBQ.

serve, serve the food

Once you are finished cooking you can serve the food.

This has been vocabulary for cooking, next week we will do a vocabulary building blog on ingredients.

The strangest form of transport

Saturday Class November 17th 2018

What is the strangest form of transport you’ve ever seen?

My answer to this question would have to be in Vietnam. The transport wasn’t strange to me but the way it was being used was. In Vietnam a scooter can be a family car.

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It really is amazing how many people they can get on a scooter

It is probably a lot of fun for the children and cheap for the parents. In Vietnam the scooter is the most common form of transport. 

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They are everywhere

One thing I noticed while I was in Vietnam was how few crossings there were. I also noticed that there weren’t many traffic lights. So if you want to cross the road you just cross. Don’t run, don’t stop. Just keep walking straight and you won’t get hit.

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Just keep walking

I found it fascinating although the people I was travelling with thought it was terrifying.

The next step was to do some research. I asked the students to do their own research into unusual forms of transportation using their smart phones. After doing a bit of research they had to answer the following five questions:

Where is it?

Why do people like it?

How much does it cost?

How many people use this kind of transportation?

Would you like to use it? why? why not?

I did some research and found these interesting forms of transport. I’d like to try them all.

All of them show the ingenuity of humans. I personally would love to own a Jeepney.  Not as a job but as a personal treasure.

Today’s topic: How do you describe someone’s personality?

Thursday Adult Class November 15th 2018

(describe means what that person is like)

In groups we came up with a list of adjectives we could use to describe a person.

Here is the list we came up with:

kind a person who is good towards other people
nice a person who makes others feel relaxed and happy around them
funny a person who makes you laugh. it can also be a person who is strange
friendly a person who acts the way a friend would to other people (not just friends of theirs)
positive a person who says nice things about people and situations
optimistic a person who believes good things will happen
shy a person who has difficulty communicating with new people
scary a person who causes other people to be alarmed or surprised
polite a person who has good manners within their culture group
generous a person who often buys presents for people or often gives money to charity
helpful a person who makes other people’s life easier
smart a person who understands new ideas quickly
aggressive a person who is often violent or angry towards other people
boring a person who talks about things that are not interesting
intelligent a person who has high reasoning ability
joyful a person who is often smiling and laughing
brave a person who will challenge themselves to do things others wouldn’t
gentle a person who wouldn’t hurt others
modest a person who doesn’t show off their abilities
humble a person who feels that what they do is insignificant or says they are not significant
curious a person who wants to know how everything works and why
calm a person how is peaceful and regularly relaxed
hard-working a person who can do a lot of work
rude a person who is often impolite, doesn’t respect other’s feelings
romantic a person who wants to travel the world, meet people and have an adventure.

Do you know which worlds are positive personality traits and which ones are negative? 

Categorise the words above into positive, negative, neutral or both.

Can you add more to the list? 

Which personality traits are valued in your country?

Which personality traits would you use to describe

you?

your friend?

your partner?

your boss?

英語のクラスにつて

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幼稚園クラス 40分 4000円

歌を歌うことで、英語の音(発音)に親しみます。自然な発音とイントネーションが身に付きます。
絵本の読み聞かせで語彙を増やします。「走って」「待って」など子どもがよく使う簡単なフレーズから学んでいきます。英語で遊ぶことで、動きながら楽しく学ぶことができます。

小学校クラス 50分 8000円

教室、おもちゃ、家族など身近なテーマにそって語彙を増やします。最初はイメージから英単語を覚えていきます。小学生は文法などの概念がまた分かりにくい年齢なので、フレーズ学習がメインとなります。勉強した語彙を使ったまとまった会話を聞き、英語フレーズを身に付けていきます。ゲームを通して学習した語彙とフレーズを練習します。子どもは特に楽しく覚えたほうが定着しやすいです。たくさん歌うことでネイティブらしい発音も身に付きます。レベルがあがると、フォニックスを通じ英語の読みを学び、そして書く力も訓練していきます。

中学・高校クラス 50分 8000円

学校では英語をたくさん勉強して基礎を作りますが、学校の勉強だけでは英語学習の4技能がアンバランスになります。基礎を踏まえて実際にコミュニケーション英語を学びます。中学生・高校生コースの一番のポイントはお互いに話したり、聞いたりすることです。これらのスキルは、学校では十分に取り組まれていません。コースでは学校で習ったことの理解を深めるので、学校のテストの結果もよくなります。2020年からコミュニケーション力が大学入学試験に加わりますので、今の中学生と高校生にとってコミュニケーション力は必要不可欠です。英語は継続が重要です。継続できる一番いい勉強方法は、楽しく勉強することです。この教室は英語だけでなく、世界中のいろんな国や文化について学べるので実践的かつ知的で楽しいです。