martes, 20 de noviembre de 2012

Turkey Day

Turkey Day or Thanksgiving: you do know what we are talking about, don´t you? If you don´t, watch this first video:

Here is an activity to commemorate Thanksgiving; I got it from a page called Community.EFL Classroom so it has been designed with students in mind. I think it is very good for self-study, here´s what you can do:
  1. watch the episode trying to understand as much as possible
  2. pay attention to the culture aspects of Thanksgiving (or Turkey Day) - food, for instance. Here is a list of typical Thanksgiving food: stuffing, cranberrry sauce, turkey, Brussel sprouts, green bean casserole, marshmallow sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, pie, turduken. Do you know what all those things are? Click here to find out.
  3. the episode is divided into parts; after each part of the episode, click here. You will be linked to a pdf. document with different activities for this episode: 

  • the transcript (reading)
  • information about specific aspects of Thanksgiving in US life
  • definition of vocabulary that is used by the different characters in the          episode
  • grammar activities related to grammar points emphasized in the episode

This TV series came out in the 1990s in the US; I am sure you´ll notice the difference in everyday life then and now: the way people dressed, the way they related within the family (grandparents, parents and grandchildren), their language... but the pace of their speaking is not at all fast so this will be a very useful activity for those of you who have an "intermediate" level of English.

Happy Turkey Day!

And here are other activities related to this celebration: 

  1. You are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving is an interactive exploration of the facts and myths associated with the story of the First Thanksgiving. Students can explore the facts and myths through the eyes of a Native American child or through the eyes of a female Pilgrim. Through the eyes of each character students discover the culture of giving thanks in the Native American and English cultures. My favorite part of the investigation is "The Path to 1621" in which students hear the perspectives of Native Americans and Pligrims about events prior to 1621. 
  2. Thanksgiving game: click here
  3. Thanksgiving vocabulary game: click here
  4. Do you like cooking? Would you like to learn how to make a pumpkin pie? Rachel is a teacher of American English who focuses on pronunciation in her videos and blog, called Rachel´s English

  5. And after a heavy meal, people need to do some exercises so what about "the gratitude dance" following The Gratitudes. Here´s how they introduce themselves and their dance: 

We started the Gratitude Dance out of moment of celebration at a coffee shop in Victoria, BC while writing our book on Manifesting Awesomeness. Out of this little jig came the idea to film it and put it on Youtube. Little did we know that it was just the beginning of our journey of understanding the power of gratitude and the power it has had on our lives.We are Matthew Ashdown and Brad Morris, known globally as "The GratiDudes" hanks to a guy who gifted us with this name. We are the originators of the silly Gratitude Dance that's spreading across the world!   

Mathew and Brad are thankful for: 

My Friends and Family, music, the Ocean, every penny I have, Law of Attraction, a wonderful world of opportunities, dancing, delicious food, the roof over my head, my health, my freedom, my talents and gifts, the Sun, Moon and the Stars, LOVE, the experiences that make me who I am, Learning new things, my bright future, Peace, Magic, Giving and Receiving, Energy, my Life, Rain Forests, Meditation, the Universe, Hugs and Kisses, my Coaches and Mentors, ME, books, computers, wisdom, smiling, entertainment, Planet Earth, and the Gratitude Dance!

What are you thankful for?

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