Having a bad cold is really no excuse. If you want to build readership of a blog, you need to stick to the promised schedule and post regularly. So I apologize.
The fact is that I had hoped to publish a post about tackling pronunciation in the ESL classroom, but the post grew so long that I'll now have to publish it in two instalments. I'm still working on it. In the meantime, why don't I just tell you what I taught this past week and which resources I found most useful?
My morning class asked to learn how to shop online. I used the English for Financial Literacy documents by the Toronto Catholic District School Board found on the Settlement.org wiki. The volume for CLB 3-5 was VERY helpful.
I also found a presentation on Decoda.ca called Shopping and Banking Safely Online, which fit our needs perfectly.
One student began using Amazon.ca as a result of what we learned during this week-long unit. However, they chose to get into a different (though connected) topic next: how to get and use a credit card.
My afternoon (LINC Literacy) class had just finished a week of learning some language to R/W/L and speak about food staples. Our second week of the FOOD unit was spent setting up the classroom just like Food Basics--our only supermarket in the downtown core. After learning shopping vocabulary such as shopping bag, shopping cart, list, aisle, frozen, canned, fresh, dairy, meat and produce, we practiced short dialogues.
For example, this was a chain drill that snaked around the class, with A holding a plastic bag and B holding a reusable bag.
A: Do you need a bag?
B: No, thank you. I have a bag.
We also practiced:
A: Excuse me, where is the _______?
B: It's on aisle ____. (Or: It's at the back; it's in dairy; it's next to the milk; it's at the front, etc.)
B: No problem.
After a tour of the store, students set off in teams of three to complete a scavenger hunt. Each team had a different set of items and prices to find. The T.A. and I took pictures of the field trip so as to be able to put the photos into a Language Experience Approach booklet. The students will add the language then learn to read it fluently over the course of a week.
I am really looking forward to the week preceding Thanksgiving. We will use the items we purchased at the supermarket to make a pumpkin pie. Yum!
What did you do with your class(es) this week?