I’ve learned that…

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Inspired by Henrick’s post about creating the right conditions for learning, here is a language plant of Maya Angelou’s lovely quotation. Maya Angelou is an American author and poet, highly respected for her work on black civil rights.

Suggested activity:

Who makes you feel happy?
Who makes you feel scared?
When? Why?

Can you work out the quotation?

“I’ve learned that
people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.”

Kind words

October 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

“Kind words are short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910 – 1997

Mother Teresa was a nun from Albania with Indian citizenship. She worked with the poor and helpless in the streets of Calcutta, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Suggested activity:

Can one of you be an echo for another learner? One “shout”, the other make the echo.

When was the last time someone said something nice to you? What was it?

When was the last time you said something nice to someone? Go on! Say something nice to your partner. And all the other learners. And don’t forget your poor, overworked teacher!

What does “echoes” mean here?

I stand here…

October 18, 2010 § 5 Comments

Suggested activity:

Who do you think said this? When?
Why do you think this?
What is the actual quotation?

“I stand here today,
humbled by the task before us,
grateful for the trust you have bestowed,
mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.”

Barack Obama, 2009
The first words of his inaugural speech
as President of The United States of America.

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Within the heart…

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Suggested activity:

What beautiful things are there in the world?
Which ones can you touch? See? Or hear?

Try to work out this quotation by Helen Keller, who was a deaf blind American author.

Copy the quotation in your books.

Using the language plant, try to make variations of the quotation.

“The best and most beautiful things in life
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt within the heart.”

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Walk beside me

October 16, 2010 § 7 Comments

Suggested activity:

Do you have a best friend? Why do you like them?

Try to work out this quotation about friendship.

It is by Albert Camus a French Algerian author and philosopher, 1913 – 1960.

“Don’t walk in front of me: I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind be; I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

Can you act this out and include dialogue to represent this quotation?


October 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Here is a lovely quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 -1962, wife of the US President, Franklin Roosevelt, and celebrated author and civil rights activist.

Suggested activity:

Elementary+ Learners work in pairs. Try to work out what the quotation is.

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is mystery,
today is a gift;
that is why we call it the present.”

Points to consider:

The two meanings of “present”.
The different spellings of “mystEry” and “histOry”

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