Hey all! The blog will be a little quiet this week (as well as last week…it was spring break!) because I’m heading to Seattle to attend TESOL 2017. I’m looking forward to a lot of good presentations and some time hanging out in a new city! If you’re also heading to TESOL, I hope you have a wonderful time! I’m planning on doing a presentation round-up and summary next week, so be on the look out for that!
Happy International Women’s Day to all my fellow female ESL teachers out there! Below you’ll find a few news articles related to International Women’s Day. I hope you are able to use them in your ESL reading classes to begin an important discussion about gender and equality!
- A Brief But Fascinating History of International Women’s Day
- International Women’s Day: Meet the Grannies Who Go to School
- Calls to Action, Words of Praise and Rallies
- 5 Women Changing Their World for the Better
- 16 Stories that Will Expand Your Mind on International Women’s Day
- Snapchat adds famous women to its selfie lenses for International Women’s Day
- Pakistan’s Invisible Female Workers Celebrate New Legal Status
- Giving Power to Women in Ghana
- 7 Reasons to be Optimistic this International Women’s Day
- Women’s Strike “A Day Without Women” Events Take Place Worldwide
- For domestic workers forced to sit out the women’s strike, existence is resistance
If you have a wonderful woman in your life, make sure to thank her today for all of the hard work (visible and invisible) that she does every day!
Hey all! Here’s my current events lesson plan for this week! It’s based off of this article from NPR, and I thought it was an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking topic. I know that my students are constantly on social media (even when we’re in class…grrr), so this is a worthwhile topic for students to contemplate. This lesson is best suited for intermediate or advanced students – it’s not a long article, but some of the vocabulary is difficult (even after editing it for readability).
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Sorry all! I’m a bit behind on current events this week – it’s almost midterms in my department and I’m in charge of a few different projects, and basically it’s been a little crazy!
One of the biggest events this past week was the Oscars, so here are a few articles related to the Oscars. Most of these articles are a little on the long side, so be wary if you teach lower level students!
- A Shocking Ending Caps a Big Oscar Night for ‘Moonlight’
- An Oscars Photographer’s Pictures Reveal a Historic Blunder in Progress
- Why 2017 could be the most political year of the Academy Awards
- ‘Moonlight’, ‘La La Land’, and Everything Else that Happened at the Oscars
- Has the Academy Awards Turned a Page on #OscarsSoWhite?
- Syrian Cinematographer Blocked From Attending Academy Awards
- Here’s Why the Academy Awards are Nicknamed ‘the Oscars’
- Buoyed By Oscars, ‘Moonlight’ Is Moving into 1500 Theaters
- Iranians Celebrate 2nd Oscars Win for Farhadi
- The Oscars set a diversity record, but that’s not enough
Happy Friday to everyone!
Hey all! Sorry about the lack of updating this week and last – my department is coming up on midterm exams (plus, I just bought a house!), so I’ve been extra super busy! Look for an upcoming lesson on the Oscars, though!