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American English Resources

What’s New from American English?

CONTENT SPOTLIGHT: Did you know that today, December 5th, is International Volunteer Day? This month’s Content Spotlight celebrates the spirit of this day with a classroom writing activity centered on social issues and volunteerism. http://go.usa.gov/6qSB

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: This year’s Create Your Own Board Game competition brought us many fantastic board games. Check out the winning board game for each category – and the board game that encouraged us to create a new category, for innovative use of technology. http://go.usa.gov/AP7V

Online Courses

MOOC: The new Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC will begin January 5th with two separate 5-week sessions separated by a two week break. The free program is an opportunity for current and future educators of English as a Foreign Language to improve the quality of their teaching methods. Enroll now for course 1. http://go.usa.gov/Hdph

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Content Spotlight

Want to discuss social issues in your classroom in a productive way? Check out this month’s Content Spotlight with a writing activity promoting volunteerism—just in time for International Volunteer Day on December 5th. http://go.usa.gov/6qSB

Dec 5 is #IVD2014. Teach about volunteerism in your classroom with our new Content Spotlight. http://go.usa.gov/6qSB

Create Your Own Board Game competition

The winners of the Create Your Own Board Game competition have been selected. Congratulate the winners on our Facebook page and check out their winning board games on our website. http://go.usa.gov/AP7V

Winning board games of the CYOBG competition have been selected. Check them out on the #AmericanEnglish website. http://go.usa.gov/AP7V

· This is the final classroom activity for The Gift of the Magi. In “After Twenty Years,” two friends, Bob and Jimmy, agree to meet at Big Joe Brady’s restaurant in New York twenty years from the present date. Twenty years later, Bob is waiting for Jimmy to arrive. Does Jimmy show up? Read and find out! http://1.usa.gov/14EAFlK

· The newest Guess What? game is Part of Speech. In this game, the teacher gives the players a specific pattern to use, and students use Word Bricks to create sentences that follow the given pattern. This activity provides scaffolding to help students create a correct sentence. http://1.usa.gov/1t1xfit

· In celebration of International Games Day and International Education Week this month, the Office of English Language Programs is having a Create Your Own Board Game Competition for teachers. Deadline for submissions: November 25th.

Online Courses

Webinar

Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar “Let’s Play Ball: Using Cultural Themes to Teach English” is on Wednesday, November 19th at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

Webchat

In celebration of International Education Week, our first webchat for English language learners is November 20th at 8:00 a.m. EST. In the webchat "Learn English with US! 15 Fun Tips with American English,” we will share 15 different approaches to learning English.


To join: Go to http://bit.ly/learnAE. Select "Enter as guest" and type your first name + country (example: Jenny USA) Note: You will be able to log in on the day of the webchat.

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Gift of the Magi

Would you make a date to meet someone 20 years in the future? That’s what happens in “After Twenty Years” in The Gift of the Magi. Do the two friends keep their promise to meet? Read and find out! http://1.usa.gov/14EAFlK

Do 2 friends keep their promise to meet 20 years in the future? Read and find out in #GiftOfTheMagi! http://1.usa.gov/14EAFlK

Guess What?

Do your students need to practice a specific sentence structure? Have them play “Part of Speech,” one of the Guess What? games. Teachers give a specific pattern to use, and students must follow this pattern using their Word Bricks. http://1.usa.gov/1t1xfit

Want your students to practice sentence structure? Play Part of Speech with your students. http://1.usa.gov/1t1xfit

Webinar

Learn how to use cultural themes in your classroom! Watch the “Let’s Play Ball: Using Cultural Themes to Teach English” webinar LIVE at http://bit.ly/AEYouTube on November 19th from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST.

Teachers! Watch the “Let’s Play Ball: Using Cultural Themes to Teach English” webinar Nov 19th at 8:00 & 1:00 EST.

http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

Webchat

Are you looking for tips on how to learn English? Participate in our webchat (“Learn English with US! 15 Fun Tips from American English”) during International Education Week! On Thursday, November 20th at 8:00 a.m. EST, we will share 15 different approaches to learning English. Join us! #AmericanEnglish #IEW2014 http://bit.ly/learnAE

Learning English? Join “Learn English with US! 15 Fun Tips from #American English” webchat Nov. 20th 8am EST http://bit.ly/learnAE #IEW2014

CYOBG Competition

Teachers, do you have a fantastic board game that you use in your English language classroom? Enter our Create Your Own Board Game Competition! Winning board games will be highlighted on the American English at State website! Instructions to enter at http://go.usa.gov/AP7V

Enter our Create Your Own Board Game Competition! Winning games posted on #AmericanEnglish website. Deadline Nov25th. http://go.usa.gov/AP7V


International Education Week 2014: November 17-21
International Education Week (IEW) is an annual, week-long event celebrated during the third week of November by over 85 countries around the world. Please find some interesting links about international education week and international education:
http://www.utoledo.edu/cisp/iew/
http://iew.state.gov/
http://www.edu-abroad.com.ua/
http://www.ciee.org/

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November 16, the annual International Day of Tolerance. 

In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited member states to observe the International Day for Tolerance each year with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public. The International Day for Tolerance is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others. It is also a time of reflection and debate on the negative effects of intolerance. 

For those of you in the classroom, the following website has several activities that you can use with your students to promote awareness of these issues and mark this day. Please share with us your stories. http://www.tolerance.org/activities

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American English Resources

· November 15th is International Games Day. Celebrate the power and fun of games in your classroom with the help of our November Content Spotlight. http://go.usa.gov/7HZz

· Check out the latest learner poems based on the theme “family and friends.” These poems were written by English language learners from around the world. http://go.usa.gov/Gnd4

· Did you miss a Shaping the Way We Teach English webinar that you had wanted to watch? No problem! We continually add past webinars to our website. http://go.usa.gov/7p7B

Opportunity to Get Published

· Get published! English Teaching Forum is launching a new section called “Teaching Techniques,” featuring short articles on practical teaching activities. Find out how to submit an article: http://go.usa.gov/f5mB

Online Courses

Webinars

Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar “Using Comics in the EFL Classroom” is on Wednesday, November 5th at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

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Content Spotlight

English Teachers: International Games Day is November 15th! Check out these ideas for using EFL games from American English at State. Tell us how you use games to motivate students, build communication skills, and foster teamwork. http://go.usa.gov/7HZz

#EFL students of all ages learn by playing games. Celebrate International Games Day in November w/ #AmericanEnglish: http://go.usa.gov/7HZz

Learner Poetry

English language learners from around the world wrote poetry about family and friends. Check out their poems on the American English website. http://go.usa.gov/Gnd4

New #EFL learner poems are on the #AmericanEnglish website. This month’s theme: family & friends.

http://go.usa.gov/Gnd4

Webinars

Watch the “Using Comics in the EFL Classroom”webinar LIVE at http://bit.ly/AEYouTube on November 5th from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST.

“Using Comics in the EFL Classroom” webinar November 5th at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST.

http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

American English Resources

· The latest English Teaching Forum magazine is available! Dogs are the subject of the feature article, classroom activities, and The Lighter Side of this issue. http://go.usa.gov/f5EJ

· The October classroom activity for O’Henry’s “Mammon and the Archer” is now available. In this story, Anthony Rockwall, a retired soap manufacturer and self-made millionaire, thinks the power of his money can carry his son Richard into the exclusive New York social world. http://go.usa.gov/f5yh

· Guess what? There’s a new Guess What? game! In Guess the Topic, the Describer says the six words below the topic, slowly, one at a time. The Guessers try to guess the topic after each word is read. http://go.usa.gov/f5pC

Opportunity to Get Published

· Get published! English Teaching Forum is launching a new section called “Teaching Techniques,” featuring short articles on practical teaching activities. To find out how to submit an article, see: http://go.usa.gov/f5mB

Online Courses

Webinars

Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar “Practical Activities for Balanced Learning Instruction” is on Wednesday, October 22nd at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EDT. http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

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Forum

Is a dog really a person’s best friend? In this issue of English Teaching Forum, dogs are the subject of the feature article, classroom activities, and The Lighter Side. http://go.usa.gov/f5EJ

The latest issue of English Teaching Forum is available. Check out the classroom activities and more! http://go.usa.gov/f5EJ

Guess What?

Looking for a new game? Try Guess What? Guess the Topic! In this game, the Describer says the six words below the topic, slowly, one at a time. The Guessers try to guess the topic after each word is read.

http://go.usa.gov/f5pC

In Guess the Topic, the Describer says the words below the topic, and the Guessers try to guess the topic after each word.

http://go.usa.gov/f5pC

Gift of the Magi

“I’ll bet my money on money every time,” says Anthony Rockwall, a retired soap manufacturer and self-made who thinks money can buy anything. Find out if he is right in O’Henry’s short story “Mammon and the Archer.” The new classroom activity is now available. http://go.usa.gov/f5yh

The new classroom activity for O’Henry’s “Mammon and the Archer” is now available. Find out if money really can buy anything!

http://go.usa.gov/f5yh

Webinars

Watch the “Practical Activities for Balanced Learning Instruction” webinar LIVE at http://bit.ly/AEYouTube on October 22nd from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT.

“Practical Activities for Balanced Learning Instruction” webinar October 22nd at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EDT.

http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

·         Did you know there is a day that celebrates smiles? Each year, on the first Friday of October, World Smile Day® celebrates smiles and kind acts around the world. This month's Content Spotlight features an activity for learners to write letters of gratitude.

 

·         Check out the newly added nature poems written by English language learners from around the globe. These poems’ topics include stars, clouds, plants, flowers, and a green parrot!

 

·         Looking for some ready-made graphics that explain grammar points, teach idioms and phrasal verbs, and illustrate verb forms? Check out the American English infographics on our Facebook page.

 

Online Courses

 

Webinars

Want to bring some change to your classroom? How about some climate change? Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar “Strange Weather: Climate Change Activities for the English Classroom” is on Wednesday, October 8th at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate climate change activities into your classroom!   http://bit.ly/AEYouTube 

 

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  • Check out these nature poems that were recently added to our website. These poems, written by English language learners from around the globe, are about stars, clouds, plants, flowers, and a green parrot -- just to name a few of the topics!  http://go.usa.gov/v82w
  • Ready. Set. Smile! October 3rd is World Smile Day®. Each year, on the first Friday of October, World Smile Day® celebrates smiles and kind acts around the world. Check out this month's Content Spotlight that features an activity for learners to write letters of gratitude.  http://go.usa.gov/vXm9
  • Learn how to incorporate climate change activities into your English language classroom! Watch the Strange Weather: Climate Change Activities for the English Classroom” webinar LIVE at http://bit.ly/AEYouTube on October 8th from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT.

eLibraryUSA

http://elibraryusa.state.gov/

eLibraryUSA has a broad range of resources about American history and culture, science, business, and more.

You can request an eLibraryUSA account at Information Resource Centers. You must be an individual who is member of the Information Resource Center to get an account. Institutions and non-members of Information Resource Centers cannot request eLibraryUSA accounts. Contact ircmoscow@state.gov to register.


Smithsonian Quests

http://smithsonianquests.org/

Inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!

The primary goal is to inspire youth to explore their own interests through a series of online activities and related incentive badges. Many of these badges are integrated with content from online education conferences, which highlight a variety of different topics.


American English Resources


· Check out the latest Guess What? game from Activate that encourages students to find alternative sentences and descriptions – an excellent activity for vocabulary and fluency practice. In the game You Don’t Say, one player describes the topic on a Guess What? card without using any of the words on the card. The goal is for the Guessers to guess the topic of the card (rather than the words).

· The rest of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual is available on the American English website. Check out the teacher resources available for Chapters 6 and 7, as well as the appendices.

· The Gift of the Magi monthly classroom activity and answer key are available now for download on the American English website. This month’s story, “A Retrieved Reformation,” is about Jimmy Valentine, a safe burglar recently released from prison. After robbing a few more safes, he decides to abandon his old life in favor of becoming a better citizen.

Online Courses

Webinars

Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar “Supporting Language Learning Using Smithsonian Online Museum Resources” is on September 24th at both 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EDT. Learn how to make use of the Smithsonian’s great online resources! http://bit.ly/AEYouTube

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Activate

Improve your vocabulary and fluency by playing the fun game of You Don’t Say. In this game, players take turns describing a topic on a word card without stating any of the words on the card. Other students guess the topic. http://go.usa.gov/p4Xh

You Don’t Say – a fun game where students describe a topic on the card for others to guess – without saying any words on the card! http://go.usa.gov/p4Xh

Trace Effects

The rest of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual is available on the American English website! Check out the resources for Chapters 6 and 7, and then take a look at the appendices. http://go.usa.gov/p45G

Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with Chapters 6 and 7 of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual. http://go.usa.gov/p45G

Gift of the Magi

What happens when a bank robber falls in love? Find out in the O. Henry short story "A Retrieved Reformation"! Download the story and classroom activities for FREE from the American English at State website. http://go.usa.gov/p4Nd

Gift of the Magi monthly classroom activity now available for the story "A Retrieved Reformation,” about a bank robber turned good.

http://go.usa.gov/p4Nd

Webinars

Learn how to make use of the Smithsonian’s fantastic online resources to support language learning! Watch the “Supporting Language Learning Using Smithsonian Online Museum Resources” webinar LIVE at http://bit.ly/AEYouTube on September 24th from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT.

“Supporting Language Learning Using Smithsonian Online Museum Resources” webinar on September 24th at 8:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. EDT. http://bit.ly/AEYouTube


· Check out new ideas for using Chapter 5 of Trace Effects in the classroom with the next installment of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual.

· Listen to three awesome songs by RELO Kevin McCaughey. Students wrote poems for National Poetry Month in April, and three of their poems were recently made into songs.

· Read about love and deception in the short storyThe Count and the Wedding Guest” by O. Henry, and then check out these classroom activities!

· Check out the latest game from Activate that encourages student speaking. In the game of Yes, No, Maybe!, a Describer tells the Guessers the topic on the card, and the Guessers then ask yes or no questions until they know what the words on the Guess What? Cards are.

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The Count and the Wedding Guest

Be sure to check out “The Count and the Wedding Guest” – the next instalment of The Gift of the Magi – and the related classroom activities. http://go.usa.gov/EsTR

Be sure to check out “The Count and the Wedding Guest” – the next instalment of The Gift of the Magi! http://go.usa.gov/EsTR

Trace Effects Teachers Manual

Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Chapter 5! http://go.usa.gov/Esxw

Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with Chapter 5 of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual. http://go.usa.gov/Esxw

Activate: Guess What?

Improve your speaking skills by playing the fun game of Yes, No, Maybe! In this game, the Describer tells the Guessers the topic on the card. Then, the Guessers must ask yes or no questions until they discover the words on the Guess What? cards. http://go.usa.gov/EsaH

Yes, No, Maybe! – a fun game where students use their speaking skills and ask yes/no questions to figure out the words on a card. http://go.usa.gov/EsaH

Student Poems Made into Songs

English language learners from around the world wrote poems and sent them to us for National Poetry Month in April, and three of these poems have recently been made into songs. Read the poems and listen to the songs! http://go.usa.gov/Esa5

Be sure to check out the student poems that were made into songs! http://go.usa.gov/Esa5

New American English Resources

· Race against the clock with Sentence Race, a new fun game using Word Bricks from Activate: Games for Learning American English

· What do I have in my hand? Find out with Guess What? – a new game using Guess What games from Activate: Games for Learning American English

· And on the American English YouTube channel, Jenny Hodgson and Kevin McCaughey demonstrate how to bring these games into the classroom in the “Activate Games Part 2” webinar.


Useful link on women's empowerment


· Learn how to teach with Chapter 2 of Trace Effects with the next installment of the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual.

· Check out these classroom activities for The Cabby’s Seat by O. Henry.

· EL Fellow Bryce Smedley meets Secretary of State John Kerry . Read more about it!

E-Learning

· “Easy Reading Activities to Engage Students” will be the next Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar on Wednesday, May 28 th .

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From the Cabby's Seat

Be sure to check out From the Cabby's Seat- the next instalment of The Gift of the Magi! http://1.usa.gov/1hY3ZDy Be sure to check out From the Cabby's Seat- the next instalment of The Gift of the Magi! http://1.usa.gov/1hY3ZDy Trace Effects Teachers Manual Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Introduction. Each month we’ll add a new chapter! http://1.usa.gov/1gHDLut Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Introduction. Each month we’ll add a new chapter! http://1.usa.gov/1gHDLut Pass It On!

Pass It On, a game where students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story, is now available! For beginner and intermediate learners. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9 Pass It On, a game where students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story, is now available! http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9 Wordscapes Wordscapes is a collection of ten full-color illustrations of American landscapes, including the forest, plains, desert, and more. Hidden in each of the illustrations are words identifying the flora, fauna and other elements of each environment depicted. Teachers, be sure to check out the teacher’s guide and suggestions for classroom use. http://1.usa.gov/1grxzRR Check out Wordscapes, ten full-color illustrations of American landscapes-forests, plains, deserts, and more! http://1.usa.gov/1grxzRR


New American English Resources:

· Play a new game and practices forming questions with Activate: Picture This – Simple Switches

· Check out these ideas for using chapter 1 of Trace Effects in the classroom with the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Chapter 1

· Read about lost love and memories in Gift of the Magi: The Furnished Room then check out these classroom activities!

· Art on the go! Create to Communicate ePubs and Kindle files are now available!

· A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. That goes double for the latest bird-themed issue of English Teaching Forum 52/1!

· Join NASA’s virtual field trip to Mars on April 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 EDT.

E-learning:

· Registration now open for Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course 13. The course begins April 30!

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In the Loop

Check out In the Loop, a reference guide to American English idioms. This resource is for intermediate and advanced learners. http://1.usa.gov/1iK5gPV

Check out In the Loop, a reference guide to American English idioms, for intermediate and advanced learners. http://1.usa.gov/1iK5gPV

American History Classroom

Teachers, be sure to check out these articles (and audio versions) with lesson plans on American history, produced by the Voice of America. There are two levels - level 1 for beginners and level 2 for more advanced learners. http://1.usa.gov/1lYkBPw

Teacher, be sure to check out these VOA articles with lesson plans on US history! http://1.usa.gov/1lYkBPw

White House Easter Egg Roll

Today, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” Read more about the White House tradition here! http://1.usa.gov/1lbiDKM

Today, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Read more about the tradition here! http://1.usa.gov/1lbiDKM

Activate: Pass it on

Pass It On, a game where students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story, is now available! For beginner and intermediate learners. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9

Pass It On, a game where students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story, is now available! http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9

English Language Fellows

Are you a U.S. EFL Educator interested in teaching overseas? Learn more about the English Language Fellow and Specialist Programs. http://elprograms.org/apply-now/

Are you a U.S. EFL Educator interested in teaching overseas? Learn more about the English Language Fellow and Specialist Programs. http://elprograms.org/apply-now/

English Enhancement Activities for All


New American English Resources:

· Learn how to adapt Trace Effects as a teaching resource for your classroom with the Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Introduction. Each month we’ll add a new chapter!

· Activate: Picture This - Paraphrase It! is now available.

· Be creative with language and use your imagination to create a story with Picture This – Pass it On

· All work and no play? See what happens when you work too hard with the Gift of the Magi: The Romance of a Busy Broker classroom activities

· Our NEW training manual Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action based on full length videos of real classrooms is now available!

· Get your mobile devices ready! About the U.S.A. is now available in ePub and Mobi format.

· Take these FREE online professional development courses for teachers of English as a Second Language created by the U.S. Department of Education.

· Have a local or regional event coming up? Let us know about it and we’ll promote it on AE Community.

· It’s National Poetry Month! Read more about it and learn how to write poetry!

E-learning:

· Registration is NOW OPEN for Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course 13 and the course will begin April 30. All registration takes place through Regional English Language Officers. Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course 12 concluded on March, 26th and was the highest attended course to date!

· The Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC course is now open for registration and will begin April 7.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

This ESL blog post explains the expression “April showers bring May flowers,” a popular rhyme to say and hear around the springtime. It means that it will rain a lot in April and there will be many flowers in May because of the rain. Read more about the meaning and new vocabulary here! http://bit.ly/1mnbLdF

“April showers bring May flowers” is a popular rhyme to hear around the springtime. Read more about its meaning here: http://bit.ly/1mnbLdF

National Parks

It's a perfect time to visit a national park as the weather warms up. This feature article on national parks offers vivid photos and describes the history of national parks, their creation, management, and expansion. The author discusses features of parks from different regions of the country. http://1.usa.gov/1oQ7FfO

It's a perfect time to visit a national park as the weather warms up. Read about national parks across the country! http://1.usa.gov/1oQ7FfO

Cherry Blossoms

For over 100 years, the cherry blossoms have made springtime magical in Washington, D.C. They are in full bloom at this time of year. The Japanese, who gave the first cherry trees as a gift to the United States, call the flowering cherry tree "Sakura." Read more on the history of the cherry trees. http://1.usa.gov/1cXDHz8

The cherry trees in DC are in full bloom! Read about the history of its journey from Japan to the U.S. http://1.usa.gov/1cXDHz8

OU MOOC

Free online class alert! The U.S. Department of State & American English At State with the University of Oregon, have partnered with Coursera to launch “Shaping The Way We Teach English,” a brand-new online course for teachers of English as a 2nd or foreign language. http://goo.gl/QASXDS

New #MOOC alert! @StateDept, @Univ_Of_Oregon & @coursera partner to launch "Shaping The Way We Teach English" http://goo.gl/QASXDS


Activate - Games for Learning American English:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/activate-games-learning-american-english

Create to Communicate: Art Activities for the EFL Classroom:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/create-communicate-art-activities-efl-classroom

Sing Out Loud Children's Songs :
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/sing-out-loud-childrens-songs

Posters and Classroom Activities are also included

Activities: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/complete_cs_songbook-web.pdf

Example Poster: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/01-alphabetsong.pdf

Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/sing-out-loud-traditional-songs
Posters and Classroom Activities are also included

Activities: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/traditional_songs_general_activities.pdf

Example Poster: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/01_ive_been_working_on_the_railroad.pdf

American Rhythms:

http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/american-rhythms
Classroom Activities are also included

Example Classroom Activity: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/song_5_a_lot_of_days_are_gone.pdf

About the U.S.A.:

http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/about-usa

Bright Ideas: A Teacher’s Resource Manual:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/bright-ideas-teachers-resource-manual

Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A.:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/celebrate-holidays-usa

Creative Classroom Activities:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/creative-classroom-activities

Design for Drama: Short Plays from American Literature:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/design-drama-short-plays-american-literature

Developing Writing:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/developing-writing

In the Loop:

http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/loop

The Lighter Side of TEFL:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/lighter-side-tefl

Mary and Her Little Lamb:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/mary-and-her-little-lamb

Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/shaping-way-we-teach-english-observation-action

Videos are available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BlTIDdOgZKXgMkfUsDGoFp5HH97TP_8

Shaping the Way We Teach English: Successful Practices Around the World:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/shaping-way-we-teach-english-successful-practices-around-world
Videos are available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BlTIDdOgZJXYuDJmqC_4B3i1WdCfLQt

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/adventures-huckleberry-finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/adventures-tom-sawyer

The Autobiography of Mark Twain:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/autobiography-mark-twain

Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/edgar-allan-poe-storyteller

The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/gift-magi-and-other-stories
Activities are also included

Example: http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/gift_of_the_magi-instructions.pdf

Raggedy Ann Stories:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/raggedy-ann-stories

The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/red-badge-courage-and-other-stories

To Build a Fire and Other Stories:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/build-fire-and-other-stories

The Color Vowel Chart:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/color-vowel-chart

Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinars:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/shaping-way-we-teach-english-webinars

Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual

http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/trace-effects-teachers-manual

American English App

http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/american-english-mobile-app



· Picture This – Mix it Fix it! – A new activity to go with the printable Picture This discussion cards
· Design for Drama – Collection of short plays for increasing reading proficiency. Now available in PDF, Epub, and Kindle Files
· Content Spotlight for March is Read Across America. March is Read Across America Month. Download activities and a lesson plan for Reader’s Theater.
· Sing Out Loud! Traditional Songs - Classroom Activities – Full activity book (69 pages!)
E-learning:
· Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar on Wednesday, March 12 is “There’s an Elephant in my Lesson! Animal Conservationism in the English Class” by RELOs Kevin McCaughey & Micah Risher. Scuttlebutt says these guys are good! Non-registered participants can watch on our YouTube Channel.
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Check out More Women Are Needed in Technology Fields, an interactive activity for learning English. Listen to the article and read along. Then test your vocabulary with activities and exercises. http://1.usa.gov/1pK057TCheck out this activity for learning English: More Women Are Needed in Technology Fields. List and read along. http://1.usa.gov/1pK057T
Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader and feminist who played a key role in the 19th century women's rights movement in the United States. She remained active until her death on March 13, 1906. http://bit.ly/1pK8zflSusan B. Anthony played a key role in the 19th century women's rights movement in the United States. http://bit.ly/1pK8zfl
Mix It, Fix It! allows students to practice creating well-formed questions. First, one player scrambles a question from the Picture This card, and the remaining players work together to unscramble it. Try out this game in small groups. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9Try this new game, Mix It, Fix It! which allows students to practice creating well-formed questions. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9


This webinar "Teaching Today's Learners: Oral Error Correction and Writing Effective Assessments" gives practical tips and strategies for how and when to
correct oral errors. The webinar also demonstrates how to write effective multiple choice questions. Download the online webinar recording and presentation and resources here! http://1.usa.gov/1kLIN6Y
Check out the webinar "Teaching Today's Learners: Oral Error Correction and Writing Effective Assessments" at http://1.usa.gov/1kLIN6Y
Activate: Games for Learning American English is a collection of games for the language classroom. The games in Activate offer interactive English language practice in a learner-centered, low-stress environment.
Picture This cards are a set of cards that can be used for a variety of conversation and word games in English classes. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9
Picture This games offer interactive English language practice in a learner-centered, low-stress environment. http://1.usa.gov/1e51lx9
The board game "What Someone Does" gives students a chance to talk about what people do in certain situations. Try it in your classroom!
http://1.usa.gov/1hC4YLF
The board game "What Someone Does" gives students a chance to talk about what people do in certain situations. http://1.usa.gov/1hC4YLF
The song, "We Dig Worms," invites listeners to appreciate all of the things on the Earth that support nature’s ecosystem, such as worms, insects, birds,
plants, the sun, and clean air and water.
We Dig Worms is part of an environmental education project called Nature Jams that inspire people through upbeat music promoting good health, natural
living, and friendship. http://1.usa.gov/1h2e43n
Listen to the folk song We Dig Worms, which reminds listeners of the importance of all creatures in nature. http://1.usa.gov/1h2e43n