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Author:  mesmark [ Thu May 07, 2009 10:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Thematic Units

Listen to the show.

Matt has added some new simple easy songs for 1-3 year old classes to Dream English.com. Please check those out if you get a chance.

Mark and Matt cover creating thematic units. This show goes over what a thematic unit is, what the goals of a thematic unit should be, and what you need to get your thematic unit off the ground.

Mark talks about the city, food and animals as examples of thematic units and we hope that gives you some ideas for introducing vocabulary, working in target language, and working in role-plays. There is also some discussion on the benefits and reasons behind why a thematic unit is beneficial.

If you have some ideas to add or questions about the show, please post your questions and comments. We'd love to hear from you.


Game of the Week: a Shopping Game

This is a game that can be worked into thematic units such as shopping! Using flashcards or slips of paper with items written on the cards and play money, students have to buy and sell items using language centered around shopping and bargaining.

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