Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 2 Activities

This week we will begin our "Speaking with the Stars" project. For this assignment, students will choose a movie clip and be videotaped reciting the script of a short scene from the clip by our CLC librarian/videographer Richard Ma. Students will get feedback on their pronunciation, stress, intonation, volume, etc., over the coming weeks as they perfect their roles.

Then they will be post-videotaped in a few weeks. Special prizes will be awarded to the students who show most improved speaking skills.

Here are the video clips to view, listen to, and practice with:

“Mi Corazon” scene from Beverly Hills Chihuahua
“G’day, mate” scene from Dumb and Dumber
“Chucho and father fight” scene from Mi Famila *Warning: Scene contains strong language.
“I’ll be back” from Terminator
“Empty Seat” scene from Spider Man 2
“There’s a Hero in all of Us” scene from Spider Man
“Take Care of our Kids” scene from War of the Worlds
“Yu” scene from Rush Hour 3

Students will practice the scripts, available (with more information about the project) at
Video Projects to Teach Oral Skills.

For grammar, we will focus on past tense. Below is the PowerPoint for practicing pronunciation of regular verbs in past. Also is the PowerPoint of some of the most common irregular verbs in past tense.

Here are links to online exercises for practicing past tense:

Games / English practice:
In the coming weeks, we will be preparing for the EL Civics assessments on reporting crimes and accidents and safety/hazard and crime prevention in the home.

What do you know about reporting emergencies?
Click here and write your answers to each question (37 total)
And then click here to check your answers:
Answers for EL Civics Emergencies Quiz

Listening: Police Interrogation and 911 Call

Other Games:
Here is a game to test your memory skills (related to being a witness of a crime): What was there?

…and, for fun and English practice, here are online mystery, crime solving, detective, witness games:

How good are your detective skills? (witness game)
Inspector Wombat. Game
Madame Fate Game (good to practice vocabulary!)
Special Investigations Unit Game
Detective Grimoire Game
Found Lost Game
Prissy Has Gone Missing Game

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