Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Wishes!

Hello all, from everyone at the Language Teacher's Toolbox, we wish you a happy holiday season! We will be back in 2010 where we will begin in earnest with content from every language! Visit us again soon!

Monday, December 14, 2009

ESL/ELT/EFL: Teaching Resources

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

German: Role-Playing Situations

Hello all, Chris here,

today I have a set of simple Role-Playing situations for use in German classes. The situations are broad enough to be easily adaptible for other languages and various levels. Enjoy!

  • You want to buy tickets for a concert. Call the ticket office and ask several questions in order to get the information you need.
  • Your neighbor is going on vacation and has aksed you to take care of things while he/she is away. Ask at least five questions to find out what you need to know.
  • You want to rent an apartment. Talk to the building manager and describe what you want. Ask at least five questions to find out everything you need to know.
  • You are left alone with a friend's grandparent. Make polite conversation with him/her while you wait for your friend.
  • A friend calls and invites you to a party. You need to know more about the details of the party before you accept or decline the invitation. Ask several questions in order to get the information you need.
  • You are looking for an apartment-mate. Ask several questions that will help you to decide if this person will be a good apartment-mate for you.
  • (German) You will be living with a host family in Stuttgart next year. You call the family, introduce yourself, and ask several questions in order to learn more about them.
  • (German) You go to the university's library in Berlin to find book s for a class project. Ask the person at the front desk several questions in order to get the information you may need to use the library.
  • (German) You go to the reception desk of a hotel in Hamburg. Describe the type of room you want. You have a price limit (TBD). Ask at least five questions to get more information about the area.
  • (German) You are in Berlin. You missed your plane to Chicago. Ask the person behind the counter at least five questions to find out what you need to know to get to Chicago quickly.

The above are just a small sample of possible role-playing situations that can be used in the classroom, across multiple languages, and scaled up or down in difficulty depending on the required level. In a future article, I will discuss some advanced role-playing activities and ways in which to expand the above situations with detailed information for the roles of both teachers and students. Questions and comments welcome!

Friday, December 4, 2009

German: Sandra Bullock Speaking German!

Hello all, Chris here, today we have a video of Sandra Bullock at the Bambi awards giving her acceptance speech in German! Enjoy!



Can anyone spot her small mistake?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Japanese: Ashita ga arusa music video

Hi all, Junko here, this is my first post.

Here is a fun Japanese music video.
「明日があるさ(Ashita ga arusa)There is always tomorrow」

Enjoy!

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