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Farm Workers’ Rights Presentation (March 15 2011)

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

Claire and I presented on Farm Workers’ Rights.  This was particularly interesting because of the IWP panel “Who Picks your Local Foods?: The role of Labor in the Food Movement.”
Here is our outline for our presentation:
85% of fruits and vegetables are hand picked (really hard work!)
Almost 90% of farm workers are primarily Spanish speakers.
75% of [...]

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ESL class on May 7

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

I was unable to teach ESL this Saturday because I had a paper due on Monday and my sisters were visiting me.  However, I planned the lesson with Claire so she could teach it alone.  We decided we wanted to return to the past tense because we had discussed it earlier, but it became to [...]

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ESL Class on Physical Appearance (April 30 2011)

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

We were finally able to do the lesson on physical appearance because the class was a decent size.
Here is the lesson plan, though we modified it as we went along.
Go over homework
Introduce vocabulary

Physical

Give out pictures

Have them describe the pictures through writing

Game

Think of a famous person

o   Write it on a sheet of paper a famous person’s [...]

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ESL Class on April 23

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today’s class had only 3 students (and there were 3 teachers!).  So instead of doing the lesson plan on physical appearance, we used Cyndi’s beginner lesson plan on prepositions.  We did a lot of worksheets that helped the students practice using prepositions in sentences.  Many of the sheets had pictures with an object that the [...]

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ESL Class on April 16

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

I was unable to teach class this Saturday because I was in Washington, D.C. for the Powershift Conference.  When I came back from Powershift Claire told me that the class was very small and she had saved the lesson plan for next week, so my absence wasn’t a problem.

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ESL Class on the House (March 26 2011)

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today’s class was on the House, focusing mainly on vocabulary and speaking skills.  We first started with a game students were given multiple pictures of household objects and had to describe the object without saying its name while the rest of the class guessed.  This was really fun and really helpful.  What’s important about teaching [...]

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ESL Class on Health (April 4 2011)

June 1st, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Our class on health was less successful than our previous lessons. The class was small, with only four people, which made the activities harder to do and less effective.  We can’t seem to tackle the issue of vocabulary.  In our classes, Claire and I often list out the vocabulary for the lesson, but we go [...]

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Final Reflection

May 22nd, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

This private reading was one of the most interesting and important things that I participated in at my time at Oberlin thus far.  The structure of the class, of the weekly meetings where we learned about immigration issues and teaching ESL, was ideologically and practically really great. I truly believe in experiential learning and it [...]

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IWP Panel for local foods week (March 8 2011)

May 22nd, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

I went to the IWP panel for food week on migrant labor in Ohio. It was extremely interesting.  The panel featured Jeff Stuart, the head of IWP, Melvin Rios, an organizer for IWP and a man from Nicaragua.  The panel discussed the state of immigration today, the affects and problems of immigration law and enforcement [...]

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ESL Class on Transportation (March 12 2011)

May 22nd, 2011 by Julienne Hoffman · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here is our lesson plan:
Homework:
-       read aloud stories,
-       go over stories, correct them
Theme: Transportation and directions
Go over vocabulary and verbs
Write 4-5 sentences about a trip you took in the past.
-       where you went
-       how you got there
-       what you did there
Check sentences
Conversation topics: groups of 2
•                Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
•                Do you drive [...]

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