Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spanish Video: El Sol y el Viento del Norte



Hello everyone, Claudia here again with a fun video I found for fellow Spanish teachers and learners. This one is called El Soly y el Viento del Norte! This is an animated video about 10 minutes in length and is essentially a children's story. Nevertheless, it provides good listening comprehension practice especially for vocabulary. Enjoy!




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Monday, January 28, 2013

Conferences: 2013 OFLA Conference




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Sunday, January 27, 2013

German: 2013 Einstein Calendar


Chris here again with a cool resource for fellow German teachers and learners. About.com has a bilingual German/English 2013 Einstein calendar which is available as a free pdf via the link below:

http://www.aboutgerman.net/agn_Kalender.htm

In addition to monthly quotations by Albert Einstein, the 2013 calendar also features the birthdays of more than 160 notable German-speaking personalities. The words of Einstein, who was at various times a citizen of Germany, Switzerland and the USA – when he wasn't a stateless person, are in the original German with English translations. This is truly a great resource for teachers and learners alike!
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German: Buddy vs. DJ The Wave - Ab in den Süden (song)




Here is Christina with a funny German beach song that will help you get through these frosty winter days: the summer hit "Ab in den Süden" by Buddy vs. DJ The Wave.




The lyrics might not be a masterpiece of poetic eloquence but they will definitely make you smile!



AB IN DEN SÜDEN - Deutsch

Oh willkommen, willkommen, willkommen Sonnenschein!
Wir packen unsre sieben Sachen in den Flieger rein.
Ja wir kommen, wir kommen, wir kommen,
macht euch bereit,
reif für die Insel, Sommer, Sonne,
Strand und Zärtlichkeit.

Raus aus dem Regen,
ins Leben,
ab in den Süden,
der Sonne entgegen,
was erleben,
einen heben,
und dann Bikinis erleben.
Jetzt kommt es dick Mann!
Ich rette den Tag,
ich sag, ab geht die Party,
und die Party geht ab.

Und ich sag:
Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.
Ja ich sag:
Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.

Sommer, Sonne, Sonnenschein,
Sommer, Sommer, So So So...

Oh, wir kommen, wir kommen,
wir kommen Sonnenschein!
Den ganzen Tag am Strand
ziehn wir uns die Melonen rein.
Ja Tequila, Tequila, Tequila, Wonderbra,
und heute Nacht
machen wir noch die ganze Insel klar.

Raus aus dem Regen,
ins Leben,
ab in den Süden,
der Sonne entgegen,
was erleben,
einen heben,
und dann Bikinis erleben.
Jetzt kommt es dick Mann!
Ich rette den Tag,
ich sag, ab geht die Party,
und die Party geht ab.

Und ich sag:
Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.
Ja ich sag:
Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.

One two two,
two two, two
two three three,
three three.
Three four four,
four four fo-four,
four, three, two, one!

Nananananana...
One two two,
two two, two
two three three,
three.
Three, four four,
four fo-four,
four, three,
one two three four!

Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.
Ja ich sag:
Eeeeeeeeey, ab in den Süden,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht,
der Sonne hinterher,
ey jo, was geht.

Nananananana...
Naaa nananana!
DOWN TO THE SOUTH - English

Hey welcome, welcome, welcome
sunshine!
We store our belongings in the jet.
Yes, we're coming, we're coming, we're coming,
get ready,
We are ready for the island, summer, sun,
beach and tenderness.

Out of the rain,
into life,
down to the south,
towards the sun,
have a ball,

have a drink,
and then experience bikinis.
It's gonna be fat!
I save the day,
I say, the party will get cooking,
and the party gets cooking.

And I say:
Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.
Yeah I say:
Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.

Summer, sun, sunshine,
summer, summer, su su su...

Oh, we come, we come,
we come sunshine!
All the day at the beach
we check out the melons
Yeah Tequila, Tequila, Tequila, Wonderbra,
and this very night
we'll pick up the whole island.

Out of the rain,
into life,
down to the south,
towards the sun,
have a ball,
have a drink,
and then experience bikinis.
It's gonna be phat!
I make the day,
I say, the party will get cooking,
and the party gets cooking.

And I say:
Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.
Yeah I say:
Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.

One two two,
two two, two
two three three,
three three.
Three four four,
four four fo-four,
four, three, two, one!

Nananananana...
One two two,
two two, two
two three three,
three.
Three, four four,
four fo-four,
four, three,
one two three four!

Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.
Yeah I say:
Eeeeeeeeey, down to the south,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up,
follow the sun,
ey jo, what's up.

Nananananana...
Naaa nananana!


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Verb of the Week: essen (01/27/13)




Hallo alle zusammen! Here is Christina with your weekly German verb.
This time: essen / to eat


Principal parts: essen / aß / gegessen
Helping verb: haben
Type: irregular verb


Examples:
Was isst du gerne? / What do you like to eat?
Ich esse gerne frisches Obst. / I like to eat fresh fruit.


Präsens

ich esse
du isst
er isst
wir essen
ihr isst
sie essen


Perfekt

ich habe gegessen
du hast gegessen
er hat gegessen
wir haben gegessen
ihr habt gegessen
sie haben gegessen


Präteritum

ich aß
du aßest
er
wir aßen
ihr aßt
sie aßen 


Plusquamperfekt

ich hatte gegessen
du hattest gegessen
er hatte gegessen
wir hatten gegessen
ihr hattet gegessen
sie hatten gegessen


Futur I

ich werde essen
du wirst essen
er wird essen
wir werden essen
ihr werdet essen
sie werden essen


Futur II

ich werde gegessen haben
du wirst gegessen haben
er wird gegessen haben
wir werden gegessen haben
ihr werdet gegessen haben
sie werden gegessen haben


Präsens Konditional

ich würde essen
du würdest essen
er würde essen
wir würden essen
ihr würdet essen
sie würden essen


Perfekt Konditional

ich würde gegessen haben
du würdest gegessen haben
er würde gegessen haben
wir würden gegessen haben
ihr würdet gegessen haben
sie würden gegessen haben


Präsens Konjunktiv
ich esse
du essest
er esse
wir essen
ihr esset
sie essen


Perfekt Konjunktiv

ich habe gegessen
du habest gegessen
er habe gegessen
wir haben gegessen
ihr habet gegessen
sie haben gegessen


Präteritum Konjunktiv


ich äße
du äßest
er äße
wir äßen
ihr äßet
sie äßen


Plusquamperfekt Konjunktiv


ich hätte gegessen
du hättest gegessen
er hätte gegessen
wir hätten gegessen
ihr hättet gegessen
sie hätten gegessen


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Spanish Video: Mandatos



Here's a fun commercial you can use in your class to teach or review commands.
You can have your students fill in the blanks.

¡Despierta! ¡Desayuna! 
Por la 1.____, ¡ponte las pilas! 
¡Despierta! ¡2.____! ¡Cómete el mundo! ¡Muévete! 
¡Despierta! ¡Desayuna! ¡Come 3.____! ¡Y muévete! 
Gobierno de 4.____.



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Spanish Video: ABC



Hello all, here are two videos to learn the alphabet in Spanish. It's interesting to see the dialectal differences when singing the ABCs!






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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Balloons? Yes please!


Who doesn't love balloons? Well, my sister is actually afraid of them (Random fact: globophobia is the fear of balloons) 

Other than my sister though balloons are fun! They make us think of parties and other get-togethers. How can you bring the excitement of balloons into the class?

Games
  • My college courses often play a review game where they blow up balloons and then divide the class into two groups. The students each take turns coming to the class and popping balloons different randomly selected ways. "Pop the balloon with your butt, against someone else, with your chest, with your hands, etc" Once they did that, they could run to the board and answer a question. If they answer the question correctly their team gets a point. As a teacher I thought it was a waste of time (all the balloon popping really doesn't have much of an educational aspect), but my students loved it! They got SO involved in the class I think it was worth it. I added another aspect, if anyone spoke any language other than English their team lost a 1 point.
  • There's a great game on reviewing categories with balloons here Essentially balloons are treated as whiteboards and students have to fill them with different vocabulary words. There's a similar game involving balloons without helium here (it is essentially a volleyball game).
Visuals
  • If you are reading from a book or having them listen to a tape script where students may be confused about who says what use balloons to distinguish. Write the names on the different colored balloons and hold the appropriate balloon up when the appropriate person is talking.
  • Learning emotions? Draw faces on balloons! Students LOVE it :-)
  • Add some fun to group work! When checking multiple choice quizzes have students review their answers in a group and then hold up a colored balloon to indicate their choice (A-red, B-yellow, C-orange, D-white)

News: Persuasive lessons planned for English Language Learners




In a recent blog post, Lesli Maxwell writes about middle school students with a moderate understanding of the English language that soon will be taught persuasive writing as part of a test unit that uses complex works, such as the Gettysburg Address. 

Developed over several months in 2012 by Stanford University's Understanding Language team, the unit is expected to determine the resources, teacher knowledge and instructional supports required to teach a rigorous, Common Core State Standards-based curriculum to English learners. The unit will be tested by nearly 10 teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., Chicago, and Denver school districts.

According to Gabriela Uro, a member of the Understanding Language team and the director of ELL policy and research for the Council of the Great City Schools, the pilot unit will reveal "what it really takes" in terms of resources, teacher knowledge, and instructional support to implement such a rigorous unit. You can read more about this development via the blog post linked below:

Common Core & ELLs: Reading/Writing Persuasion

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News: Foreign language skills honored


Averill Park High School in New York recently praised the accomplishments of three former students by placing them in the Averill Park Language Other Than English Hall of Fame. While the three graduates all chose different professions -- language education, international aid work and diplomacy -- all mastered a foreign language and applied it to their professional careers. You can read more of their inspiring stories via the article linked below:

Foreign language skills honored

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jobs: German Private Teacher Needed - Sandusky, OH‏




Our client will be moving to Mannheim, Germany in March. We are interested
in providing him with private German lessons to cover some basic survival
language skills before he leaves:

. Student: Beginner adult male, who would like to focus on basic daily
communication skills. Up to 100 hours of language training approved
. Location: Sandusky, Ohio
. Schedule: Monday or Friday sessions during the lunch hour, or on the
weekend.

Position requirements:
. Experience teaching German to adults
. Native German speaker preferred
. Must live in or near Sandusky, or able to conduct lessons in Sandusky

Interested and available candidates please contact Katie Hamilton for
further details:
Katie@techworldinc.com
248.288.5900 ext 15

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French Video: Les Trois Inventeurs

Hello everyone, Claudia here,

Here's a cute video you can use in your French classes. I'll post the script as well so you can write some questions for it. You can also ask students questions about what they see in the video, for instance, what inventions are made? or ask them to rewrite the ending. Enjoy!





Les Trois Inventeurs

Il était une fois un grand inventeur, une grande inventrice et une petite inventrice. 
Ils habitaient tous trois une grande maison qu'ils avaient construite eux-mêmes et peu à peu agrandie et perfectionnée car tous trois passaient leurs journées à inventer, à travailler à leurs rêves et à ceux des autres qui étaient les mêmes. 
… 
mais les gens ne comprenaient pas à quoi tout cela servait et certains notables disaient que les inventeurs troublaient l'ordre public.

D'autres notables affirmaient que les inventeurs travaillaient contre le peuple.

D'autres notables encore assuraient que les inventeurs, par leurs divertissements, transgressaient les lois du Seigneur.


Un jour, le grand inventeur, la grande inventrice et la petite inventrice décidèrent d'aller montrer aux gens de la ville une nouvelle invention qui permettait de se déplacer sans se fatiguer mais un homme les arrêta en leur disant qu'ici, on n'aimait pas les gens inutiles et qu'ils avaient intérêt à retourner dans leur taudis.

- Qu'y a-t-il ?
- C'est encore eux
- C'est toujours eux
- Oh le malheureux, il faut faire quelque chose. C'est intolérable.
- Il faut le venger. Tout est de leur faute.
- Ne perdons plus de temps.
- Ils doivent disparaître:les inventeurs, les malfaiteurs, les criminels.
- (la foule) En avant ! A mort ! A mort ! Tous à l’échafaud ! A bas les inventeurs ! On en a assez des inventeurs ! A mort ! Allez ! A bas les inventeurs ! A mort ! Pendons-les ! A mort ! On va les tuer ! Pendons-les !
- L'ordre public doit être rétabli à tout prix
- Que la volonté du seigneur soit faite.
- Le peuple a toujours raison
- Non. Arrêtez. Pas ça.
- C'est fini.

Non, ce n'est pas vrai, ce n'est pas vraiment arrivé. Ça ne peut pas arriver. Je vous assure. Vous voyez bien, c'est du cinéma.



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Jobs: Middle School, Short Term Sub (German)




German Teacher - Middle School - Short Term Substitute (Beginning
Approximately 1/28/13)

Posted 1/23/13
Posting #210-MSWL-50-2 and 230-MSWL-50-1
Carmel Middle School & Creekside Middle School  Contacts:  Lila Jay/Tom
Harmas, Principals  (317) 846-7331 & (317) 733-6420

Candidates will have to get a criminal history check completed and it is a
full-time position traveling between the two middle schools.  If anyone
needs more information or has any questions, they can contact myself at
jpruiett@ccs.k12.in.us or Betsy Boleman (World Language Dept Chair @ Carmel
Middle) bboleman@ccs.k12.in.us.  

Interested candidates would need to go to the following website
http://myccs.ccs.k12.in.us/district/employment and click on Apply Online and
from there they will be able to fill in the online application and upload
resumes.


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News: Visit from pro hockey player inspires French students




Chris here again with your language learning news. Today I would like to share a cool article I came across that French teachers and learners will like. Guillaume Desbiens, a player from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, recently visited Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill., to engage in a Q&A session with students in French. The visit was part of the National Hockey League's (NHL's) outreach program.


A Quebec native, Desbien fielded questions in front of an audience of about 130 students, giving them a chance to practice their language skills. "At first I was intimidated by him speaking French, but then it was cool to be around someone who fluently speaks it," sophomore Layne Thresh said. 

You can read more about Desbien's visit via the article linked below:

http://trib.in/10SotdL

This visit brings up an interesting point for language programs/classes/teachers. How beneficial would such visits be and would it be possible to work in classroom visits by native speakers?  It goes without saying that having a celebrity or pro athlete who speaks whichever language you are teaching come to visit is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, this could be a great avenue to pursue for language programs in this time of budget crises. Comments welcome!

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Conferences: Congreso CELE 2013



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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

News: 10 Things You Should Know Before Learning a Language


Chris here again. Today I would like to share an excellent article I came across which languages all language learners, from prospective learners to those already learning a language can find useful. The article details 10 Things You Should Know Before Learning A New Langauge. There are many useful tips here that can help you customize your learning experience. Teachers should take note as well so that they can better meet their students' needs.

10 Things you should know before learning a language

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Thanks to +Emilia Carrillo for sharing!

Also check out  +OpenLanguage and drop them a comment!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Conferences: 2013 FLENJ Conference



FLENJ Spring Conference Early Bird deadline is January 31!

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German: Funny Ipad salesman


Chris here again. Today I have a funny German video to share. We have a salesman performing various illusions to convince people to buy iPads. Enjoy!

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German: Herbert Grönemeyer - Der Weg (song)




Here is Christina with one of the most beautiful and sad German songs ever written. Herbert Grönemeyer wrote "Der Weg" after he lost his wife, Anna Henkel. She died in 1998 of breast cancer.





The lyrics are stunningly poetic. My favorite line is "haben den Regen gebogen" (bent the rain), a brilliant world play on the German noun "Regenbogen" (rainbow).



DER WEG - Deutsch


Ich kann nicht mehr seh'n
Trau nicht mehr meinen Augen
Kann kaum noch glauben
Gefühle haben sich gedreht

Ich bin viel zu träge
Um aufzugeben
Es wär auch zu früh
Weil immer was geht

Wir waren verschworen
Wären für einander gestorben
Haben den Regen gebogen
Uns Vertrauen geliehen

Wir haben versucht
Auf der Schussfahrt zu wenden
Nichts war zu spät
Aber vieles zu früh

Wir haben uns geschoben
Durch alle Gezeiten
Haben uns verzettelt
Und verzweifelt geliebt

Wir haben die Wahrheit
So gut es ging verlogen
Es war ein Stück vom Himmel
Dass es dich gibt

Du hast jeden Raum
Mit Sonne geflutet
Hast jeden Verdruss
Ins Gegenteil verkehrt

Nordisch nobel
Deine sanftmütige Güte
Dein unbändiger Stolz
Das Leben ist nicht fair

Den Film getanzt
In einem silbernen Raum
Vom goldenen Balkon
Die Unendlichkeit bestaunt

Heillos versunken, trunken
Und alles war erlaubt
Zusammen im Zeitraffer
Mittsommernachtstraum

Du hast jeden Raum
Mit Sonne geflutet
Hast jeden Verdruss
Ins Gegenteil verkehrt

Nordisch nobel
Deine sanftmütige Güte
Dein unbändiger Stolz
Das Leben ist nicht fair

Dein sicherer Gang
Deine wahren Gedichte
Deine heitere Würde
Dein unerschütterliches Geschick

Du hast der Fügung
Deine Stirn geboten
Hast ihn nie verraten
Deinen Plan vom Glück

Ich geh hier nicht weg
Hab meine Frist verlängert
Neue Zeitreise
Offene Welt

Habe dich sicher
In meiner Seele
Ich trag dich bei mir
Bis der Vorhang fällt

Ich trag dich bei mir
Bis der Vorhang fällt

THE WAY - English

I can no longer see
Don't believe my eyes any more
Can hardly believe
Feelings all turned around

I'm much too lazy
To give up
Besides it would be too soon
Because there's always a way

We were bound together
Would have died for each other
Bent the rain into a bow
Lent each other our trust

We tried to
Turn while schussing
Nothing was too late
But much was too soon

We have shoved each other
Through all the tides
We got sidetracked together
Loved desperately

We denied the truth
The best we could
It was a piece of heaven
That you exist

Every room you
Flooded with sun
Every frustration
You turned around

Nordic noble
Your gentle goodness
Your untamed pride
Life isn't fair

Danced the movie
In a silver room
From a golden balcony
We stood in awe of eternity

Helplessly sunken, drunken
And everything was allowed
Together in time-lapse
Midsummer-Night's Dream

Every room you
Flooded with sun
Every frustration
You turned around

Nordic noble
Your gentle goodness
Your untamed pride
Life isn't fair

Your confident stride
Your true poetry
Your serene dignity
Your unshakeable grace

Your destiny
You defied
You never betrayed
Your plan for happiness

I'm not leaving here
I've extended my stay
New time travel
Open world

I have you safe
Inside my soul
I'll carry you with me
Until the curtain falls

I'll carry you with me
Until the curtain falls




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German: Verb of the week - arbeiten (01/20/13)


 

Hallo alle zusammen! Here is Christina with your weekly German verb.
This time: arbeiten / to work


Principal parts: arbeiten / arbeitete / gearbeitet
Helping verb: haben
Type: regular verb; -tet ending


Examples:
Arbeitest du viel? / Do you work a lot?
Ja, ich arbeite viel. / Yes, I work a lot.


Präsens

ich arbeite
du arbeitest
er arbeitet
wir arbeiten
ihr arbeitet
sie arbeiten


Perfekt

ich habe gearbeitet
du hast gearbeitet
er hat gearbeitet
wir haben gearbeitet
ihr habt gearbeitet
sie haben gearbeitet


Präteritum

ich arbeitete
du arbeitetest
er arbeitete
wir arbeiteten
ihr arbeitetet
sie arbeiteten


Plusquamperfekt

ich hatte gearbeitet
du hattest gearbeitet
er hatte gearbeitet
wir hatten gearbeitet
ihr hattet gearbeitet
sie hatten gearbeitet


Futur I

ich werde arbeiten
du wirst arbeiten
er wird arbeiten
wir werden arbeiten
ihr werdet arbeiten
sie werden arbeiten


Futur II

ich werde gearbeitet haben
du wirst gearbeitet haben
er wird gearbeitet haben
wir werden gearbeitet haben
ihr werdet gearbeitet haben
sie werden gearbeitet haben


Präsens Konditional

ich würde arbeiten
du würdest arbeiten
er würde arbeiten
wir würden arbeiten
ihr würdet arbeiten
sie würden arbeiten


Perfekt Konditional

ich würde gearbeitet haben
du würdest gearbeitet haben
er würde gearbeitet haben
wir würden gearbeitet haben
ihr würdet gearbeitet haben
sie würden gearbeitet haben


Präsens Konjunktiv

ich arbeite
du arbeitest
er arbeite
wir arbeiten
ihr arbeitet
sie arbeiten


Perfekt Konjunktiv

ich habe gearbeitet
du habest gearbeitet
er habe gearbeitet
wir haben gearbeitet
ihr habet gearbeitet
sie haben gearbeitet


Präteritum Konjunktiv


ich arbeitete
du arbeitetest
er arbeitete
wir arbeiteten
ihr arbeitetet
sie arbeiteten


Plusquamperfekt Konjunktiv


ich hätte gearbeitet
du hättest gearbeitet
er hätte gearbeitet
wir hätten gearbeitet
ihr hättet gearbeitet
sie hätten gearbeitet

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Friday, January 18, 2013

German: It is easier than you think!



Do you think learning German is difficult? Take a look at the picture below from the Goethe-Institut to see how simple some things can be! Enjoy!




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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ed-Tech: China vs. U.S. Ed-Tech Showdown (infographic)


How does the use of educational technology differ in the U.S. and China?

Chris here again with an an infographic brought to us via braintrack.com. The focus is exactly on these differences ed-tech between the U.S. and China and the data might surprise you. Take a look at the graphic below and then share your thoughts on educational technology and students' needs by commenting below or on our Twitter.


China vs. The U.S.: Meeting Students’ Technology Needs

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jobs: German Teacher Needed at French American School of Princeton, NJ‏



We are very pleased to announce the opening of a new German-American track
of the 5th, 6th and 7th grades, in September 2013. We currently offer a dual
language French American track, challenging students while consolidating
their language skills. Teachers are certified, native speakers and are
highly qualified.

Our goal is to open multiple language tracks, within our international
school. Our impressive campus is shared by three schools: the American
Boychoir School, the Wilberforce School, and the French American School of
Princeton. In September 2013, the International Middle School of Princeton
will become part of this project.

We are currently looking for a teacher who will be teaching Language Arts
and Social Studies in German to our middle school students. She/he should
have at least a 3 year teaching experience. Her/his native language should
be German. A teaching certificate is required.

For further information, please contact me by e-mail at
corinne.gungor@ecoleprinceton.org

Corinne Gungor
Head of School - Directrice
French American School of Princeton
Ecole franco-américaine de Princeton
Tel 609 430 3001
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Using your hands to gain attention (TPR)


Often in class, especially with younger students, there comes a time when you need to reign in attention.

There are a lot of different methods teachers employ.

When I was younger my third grade teacher said she had a magic word she would write on the board and by the time she finished everyone would be quiet. When the class got rowdy she turned and began writing in large letters MAGIC. Sure enough by the time she finished our class was always quiet.

Another teacher flicked the lights on and off until we were quiet.

My Korean co-teacher had some sort of clapping game.

My mother would do the chant, "One, two, three, eyes on me" and the students wouldn't respond, "One, Two eyes on you!"

I prefer a different method. I don't say anything. I just slowly start putting my hands on my head. Then my ears. Then my hips. Then one hand on my ear and the other on my shoulder. Slowly the students will one by one start copying me. Once I have a few, I'll start doing the "Open them, shut them" song without singing, just the hand motions. By the time I get the entire class doing it we will sing one round of the song and BAM everyone is ready to focus on the lesson again.

For those of you unfamiliar with the "open them shut them" song check it out here:


It has TONS of uses in an foreign language environment.

What's your favorite way to regain classroom control?

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Monday, January 14, 2013

German: Fettes Brot - The Grosser (song)



Christina here with a great song by the German hip hop old schoolers Fettes Brot! "The Grosser" is a remake of the famous song "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band.



 It is fun and a good exercise to compare the German lyrics of the cover to the English original:


Fettes Brot
The Grosser

Manche nennen mich den Weltraum-Cowboy,
Die andern' nennen mich den Gangster der Liebe,
Wiederum andere nennen mich Boris,
Denn ich sag wie die Dinge wirklich sind

Die Leute reden über mich, Babe,
Sagen ich tu' dir weh, tu' dir weh,
Doch mach dir keine Sorgen, nein, nein, nein,
Weil ich ohne dich, ohne dich nirgendwohin geh'

Ich bin n' Grosser,
Ich bin n' Spinner,
Ich häng als Poster,
In deinem Zimmer,
Meine Lieder hört man laut,
Ich bin n' Grosser,
Ich bin n' Penner,
In aller Herren Länder,
Weil sich sonst wieder keiner traut

Du bist die schönste Frau die ich jemals sah,
Du und ich zusammen
meinst du geht das klar?
So viel Liebe, Liebe, Liebe, Liebe, Liebe, Liebe,
bist du bereit?
Trau mir, Baby, ich zeig dir 'ne super Zeit

Denn, ich bin n' Grosser,
Ich bin n' Spinner,
Ich hänge das Poster,
In dein Zimmer,
Meine Lieder hört man laut,
Ich bin n' Grosser,
Ich bin n' Penner,
In aller Herren Länder,
Weil sich sonst wieder keiner traut

Die Leute reden immer noch über mich, Baby,
Sagen ich tu' dir weh, tu' dir weh,
Mach dir keine Sorgen, Mama,
Weil ich ohne dich nirgendwohin geh
Steve Miller
The Joker

Some people call me the space cowboy
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause' I speak of the pompetous of love

People talk about me baby
Say I'm doin' you wrong, doin' you wrong
But don't you worry baby don't worry
Cause' I'm right here at home

Cause' I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
playin' my music in the sun
I'm a joker
I'm a smoker
I'm a mid-night toker
I get my lovin' on the run

You're the cutest thing that I ever did see
I really love your peaches
Want to shake your tree
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey
all the time
Ooh wee baby, I sure show you a good time

Cause' I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
playin' my music in the sun
I'm a joker
I'm a smoker
I'm a mid-night toker
I sure don´t want to hurt no one

People keep talkin' about me baby
Say I'm doin' you wrong
Well don't you worry, don't worry mama
Cause' I'm right here at home



The song is a real "Ohrwurm"! You will not get it out of your head.

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