A lapbook about our culture

We just finished our lapbook about our culture .we have been working for an Etwinning project since last school year. We are very proud of developing such projects and our being part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.


Movies about school and education

One of the biggest challenges of teaching in an EFL classroom, is getting students to use English. An activity to encourage English speaking, is watching a movie and comment all about it. Here is some food for thought and discussion.
“The chorus” / “Les choristes” - [2004]

It is a 2004 German-Swiss-French 
drama film directed by Christophe Barratier

“Le maître qui laissait les enfants rêver” [2006]
A great film about Celestin Freinet ‘s life and pedagogy.

“Dead Poets Society” [1989]
 It is a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.
The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

“The class” / “Entre le murs” [2008]
It is a 2008 French drama film directed by Laurent Cantet, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by François Bégaudeau. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau's experiences as a French language and literature teacher in a middle school in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, particularly illuminating his struggles with "problem children": Esmerelda (Esmeralda Ouertani), Khoumba (Rachel Regulier), and Souleymane (Franck Keïta). The film stars Bégaudeau himself in the role of the teacher.

Good Will Hunting
It is a 1997 American drama film, directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon (and with Damon in the title role), the film follows 20-year-old South Boston laborer Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend and himself, facing the significant task of confronting his past and thinking about his future.

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, which is celebrated each year on 26 September,
Eurostat publishes some interesting information and data visualisation
on language learning & language skills in the European Union.

Art in class

Classes of the past
Compare and contrast :
What is/isn’t  there in the classrooms? Is there any special equipment?
Describe the pupils and the teachers
What about their appearance? Do they wear a uniform?
How do they look like?
How do you think they feel (sad, happy, excited, bored)?

STEEN, Ο σχολάρχης1663-65

Σχολική εξέταση Albert Anker 1862

Σχολείο για κορίτσια
Το κρυφό σχολειό – Γύζης 1885
Ο δάσκαλος – Jan Steen 1668
Στο σχολείο του χωριού – Vladimir Makovsky 1883
Διανοητική αριθμητική. Στο Δημοτικό Σχολείο του S.Rachinsky Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky 1895

Η σχολή των ΑΘηνών -Raphael, 1510-1511

Classroom rules

1. No gum
2. Be a good friend
3. Control bodily functions
4. Always follow directions and listen to the teacher
5. No teasing or bullying others
6. Don’t waste time when you leave the room
7. Keep your hands to yourself
8. Respect other learners by not disrupting
9. Supportive when working in groups
10. Leave toys at home
11. Keep cellphones turned off in backpacks
12. Ask for help when you need it
13. Keep your area clean

First day back to school we can use this video to introduce this set of class rules to our students.
We can discuss with the students which of these rules they believe are the most important for our class.
We can add some of our own.
Here's an awesome interactive video quiz for this video .... credits to Peter Laszlo Pergunta .

Drawing in my EFL classroom

As a foreign language teacher, I always use drawing to help students  learn the language. Students love drawing and it is a very motivating tool that I enjoy using every day.
I have most of my students draw pictures in their notebooks beside newly acquired vocabulary.

 I also have them do so on their worksheets, copybooks etc

When children “draw”, I can see them concentrate and relax at the same time.
The mind opens up and language can “pour” in. It really can. 
I assume my children are highly creative (they are!) and I treat them as such.

And even if I don’t feel creative one day, you know the saying—“Fake it till you make it.”

Connection is the key.

Clothes bingo

The last game we played with my 1st graders for this school year was a clothes bingo.
We revised colours and clothes and of course we had fun comparing what we had coloured with what we were wearing.

This is the worksheet we used.