My 3-2-1 Intro

I’d never done one of these before but I did this one for the EVO session on Crafting an Ebook which it looks like will be a lot of fun and very educational. I went with Windows Movie Maker for mine but it was a great way to explore video and animation tools and it makes a nice ice breaker for the first day of class. Obviously for my students I would have them present this on the first day. Or they could do physical posters that you then hang up!

Goal 19: Update and Increase Your Digital Footprint

This has been a goal of mine since I started freelancing–to increase my digital presence and spend more time blogging. Having a FB page and a Twitter account and an online resume are all necessary ways to get attention and thus potential jobs. My blog really helps me reflect on teaching and also share activities and lesson plans and get feedback. At the same time, more and more I am using my blog as a database of lessons for myself. So I really want to add to it more and more so I can refer to it instead of having some stuff on my computer, some on my flash drive and some printed out in that big file box on the bookshelf.

So here are some things I’ve done and am doing toward the goal of increasing and updating my digital footprint.

Goal 10: My Book Print

So Goal 8: Extend the Conversation is a bit hard to do outside the classroom. And Goal 9: Send a Future Message will take some time and thought. So I thought I would jump straight to Goal 10: My Book Print, which according to the original suggester is:

“A list of books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become”

Having just moved two months ago, I have had the privilege of going through all my books again  and at least glance at them and remember them. The ones that left an indelible mark are easy to identify because they are the ones I touched or smiled at or even flipped through before putting them on the shelves. Here’s a handful, none of the ELS-related.

Robert Parker opened me up to a genre I had never been into, the macho noirish detective but I love the way he recreated the genre with humor and flair and thoughtfulness.
Shakespeare’s words and quotes and characterizations are simply classics. Those posters about how many proverbs or metaphors or whatever came from Shakespeare never surprise me.
Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents stays with me because it summed up the problem of the individual and society in a novel and I think very true way.
God Knows tells a beautiful and sad story and it taught me how to expand from source material and make it your own. Although so did the Mountain Goats.
And The Princess Bride is just a wonderful story. Very funny. Very clever. Two lessons: Life isn’t fair and everybody is secretly saying, “I love you.”

ConnTESOL Here We Come

I am very proud to say that my proposal for a workshop, along with my colleague Murray, at ConnTESOL has been accepted! It’s especially exciting because Stephen Krashen is speaking!!!!

Now we just have to put together the actual workshop beyond the topic and the organization!

Market Watch

I was insanely pleased to learn that I took third place in a ‘Professional English Online’ lesson plan competition sponsored by IATEFL BESIG and Cambridge University Press.

As of yet, they haven’t sent me the edited version of my lesson plan, but this is what I sent them: Market Watch

It’s designed to tackle an area I know many learners have issues with, the difference between the present continuous and the present perfect. Especially in business where you talk about changing numbers a lot, it’s important to recognize and use these verb tenses. So my lesson gives a short article, something like market report, to test students’ ability to passively understand nuances in meaning. I owe something to Scott Thornbury and Uncovering Grammar for part of the idea here.

And I owe quite a bit to my blogophobic, brilliant, beneficent, bad-ass colleague (who I assume would prefer to remain anonymous but it was his/her idea to call the Twitter homepage a “nest”!) for ripping it to shreds and editing every inch of the lesson plan.

EDIT: The official winner’s site is up where you can download the winner’s and second place winner’s lessons, if you are a member of IAFTEL. If not, Stephen Greene (of Tailor Made English fame)’s winning lesson can be downloaded here.