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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Klondike Gold Rush Began On This Day In 1896 – I Show Charlie Chaplin Clips To Introduce It


The Klondike Gold Rush, also known as the Alaska Gold Rush, began on this day in 1896:

I usually show the brief opening scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush to introduce it – seeing the line of climbers is always impressive. I also show the famous cabin dinner scene – not because it teaches much about the Gold Rush, but because it’s fun, it’s a great language-learning opportunity to have students talk and write about what happens in it, and, finally, because it’s a good opportunity to introduce Chaplin to students if they don’t already know about him.

You can also view it on Daily Motion if YouTube is blocked in your district.

August 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Trailer For “Arrival” Movie – Can A Linguist Save The World?

The movie “Arrival” will hit theaters in early November, and its first trailer came out today.

I’m thinking the trailer itself could be useful for Theory of Knowledge classes when we study language – it appears that the focus of the movie is on a linguist who is supposed to save the world by deciphering the aliens’ language.

What do you think?

August 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“What Is Your Hope?” Video – Idea For First Day Of School Activity?


Stephanie Harvey shared this neat video on Twitter today.

I’m thinking asking students to write a one-sentence response to the question “What Is Your Hope?” and have them use it to create a poster and share could have potential as a first or second day of school activity.

I’m adding this video to:

The Best Posts & Videos On “Hope” — Help Me Find More

Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

August 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two New Videos Exploring If We Live In A Computer Simulation

The topic of whether we live in a computer simulation or not fits right into any exploration of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

Here are two new videos about that topic, and I’m adding them to my Theory of Knowledge class blog post that includes “Cave” videos and resources, including many student-created ones.

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