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A Normal Day

December 5, 2012

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“The raw afternoon is the rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest…” –Charles Dickens, Bleak House I write this while sitting next to the pechi, seeking warmth, for it is the only source of heat on this dreary day. Zhuzhuna–my host grandmother, with whom I maintain a love-hate relationship–sits […]

A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

November 29, 2012

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Lesson Plan: I’m Thankful For… Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 4 – 12 English World Textbook Level: None Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Structure: I’m thankful for… Vocabulary: thankful Vocabulary: Things to be thankful for (family, friends, school, home, food, etc.) Materials: Blackboard, student notebooks/paper, pen/pencil, crayons/colored pencils/markers. Brief Description of the Lesson, Activities: […]

Teaching the Present Continuous

October 30, 2012

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Lesson Plan Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 4th-6th English World Textbook Level: 2 Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Students are able to follow directions given in English Students are able to correctly use the present continuous Students understand subject/verb agreement Materials: Blackboard, student notebooks/paper, pen/pencil, action flashcards (found with Blue Book English World II […]

Snail Mail from America

October 24, 2012

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The look on my students’ faces when the director enters through our classroom door and states my name is one of curiosity. As Jamal, the director, doesn’t speak a single English word, it is rare to see the two of us conversing. Perhaps even more rare is Jamal’s frequency in pulling teachers from class. The […]

Creating a Monster: A lesson plan how-to

October 9, 2012

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Lesson Plan: Creating a Monster Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 5th-6th English World Textbook Level: English World II, Unit 6 Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Students are able to follow directions given in English Students are able to name each learned body part Students are able to say “I have, It has, He/She/It has….” […]

Living with the Host Family

October 2, 2012

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“Time to wake up, it’s five-thirty,” the high-pitched, overly excited recorded voice of my alarm bleeps at me. I blindly reach to the floor for both it and my glasses, roll over from my stomach to my back, take a deep breath, and think gotta get up. My bare toes search for my house slippers, […]

New (School) Year’s Resolutions

September 25, 2012

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For this cleverly named post, thanks to one of my fellow blogger’s creativity, I decided to take three of the most common resolutions and put a little spin on them for things that I hope to achieve this year in school. Exercise more: Exercise my mind, that is! Not only do I see my time […]