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Spring 2021 Edutainment Lesson Plans
(Let's have fun learning English!)

Lessons on this page are optional and not part of your grade, but if you take the time to do them, they will not only improve your overall English communication skills, but will also broaden your cultural horizons to help you become a more successful international citizen in today's global society! smiley Bonus points will be offered on some assignments.

Week 2, beginning April 15, 2021:

CNN10 Weekly Newsquiz - Watch the news story starting at the 6:36 min. mark in this video and name the city and country where a new record-breaking roller coaster is being built [click on the "CC" button for English subtitles]. Write your answer at the bottom of your homework form for bonus points.

Let's Learn English, Lesson 2 - Watch the short video, try out a few of the other exercises on the page, and then take the short quiz to check your comprehension.

English in a Minute - If you can imagine living in an English-speaking country, think of a situation where you could use this week's popular American idiom: Tie the knot

We are the World! - If you've never heard of freestyle soccer, don't feel bad. Neither had I before one of my English students several years ago brought his soccer ball to class one day and asked if he could demo his freestyle soccer skills. Wow, check out this video:
Freestyle soccer demo by Kazuya

Teacher humor - OK, I KNOW this is an English class, smiley but this week you get to challenge your knowledge of Japanese kanji characters. So can you guess the name of your teacher's original kanji character below?







If you need a hint, click here: Hint 1

If you need a 2nd hint, click here: Hint 2

Finally... The Answer!



Week 1, beginning April 8, 2021:

CNN10 Weekly Newsquiz - Formerly called "CNN Student News," this short commerical-free broadcast highlights news stories of interest to American students. Watch the first news story at the beginning of this video and name the U.S. university that has 3 main campuses, enrolls more than 70,000 students, and says it will require most of them to have had Covid-19 vaccinations by this fall. [click on the "CC" button for English subtitles]

Let's Learn English, Lesson 1 - an online lesson with video showing the lives of young Americans. Watch the short video, try out a few of the other exercises on the page, and then take the short quiz to check your comprehension. [Intermediate learners may find the first few lessons a little easy, but with language learning, sometimes a quick review of the English expressions you already know is vital for long-term retention of your language skills!]

English in a Minute - a short video explaining a popular idiom used in everyday American English conversation. If you can imagine living in an English-speaking country, think of a situation where you could use this week's American idiom: Two Heads Are Better Than One

We are the World! - pictures or videos of interesting things happening in Japan and other parts of the world. For the first week, check out the teacher's favorite English word spoken by his favorite cartoon character, Tony the Tiger. Students who often use this word in this semester's course work will receive bonus points! smiley [Don't miss the last 2 TV commercials in the video which are in Japanese (日本語で).]

Frosted Flakes Japanese
トニー・ザ・タイガー

Homework Assignments: 

In general, you will have one week to turn in homework assignments from the day they are assigned. Homework assignments more than one week late will receive an automatic 20% deduction. Assignments more than 2 weeks late will not be accepted and will receive a ZERO on the assignment.


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