Present Your Family Project

Presentation is very important so in week 3, English Teacher Online helps you present your family project. This means it’s time to look back and choose the work you want to publish.

Design Your Family Magazine

You should design and create a 4-page magazine about your family.

What does “family” means to you?

Describe your closest family members.

Include an essay describing a family activity during the long Songkran 2017 school holiday.

Talk about your plans or dreams for the future.

Make sure your teacher has marked the work BEFORE you illustrate your magazine.

Rewrite It With More Detail

During this presentation week, you may want to focus in on the most interesting moment of your long Songkran School Holiday. Rewrite it in great detail, add dialogue or action sounds, express yourself in full. Tell the story from the outside, what was happening – and inside, how you were feeling.

Good writers give up secrets only they know!

Is there a successful person or someone you look up to (admire) in your family? You may also wish to talk about your dreams for the future.

Presentation of Goals

What job do you want to do in the future and why?

What qualifications do you need to do that job?

What are you doing now to help that happen?

Short, medium and long term goals help you plan your learning.

Teacher Steve wants to be a farmer when he leaves school.

In May 2015, I planted 400 trees with my wife Pom on our family farm near Tung Song.

What’s your love in life?

Follow your dreams!

Pres·en·ta·tion [prezənˈtāSH(ə)n]

“The giving of something to someone, especially as part of a formal ceremony.”

Now, you have planned your magazine.

The cover page should include a title and author.

The 3 inside pages must be unique writing and pictures about your family.

Conversation Class

You will give your presentation during conversation class in week 4.

Each presentation should last for 1-2 minutes and you should use your family magazine as a prop, what does family mean to you?

You must NOT read the magazine. Practice and memorize the important parts. Speak with feeling and remember to smile at your audience.

If you have a really good idea for a semester long project, please talk to Teacher Steve or leave a comment.

Now, get creative!

Describe Your Family

How many people are there in your family?

What jobs do they have?

Describe their personalities.

Give examples to explain how they help you.

It’s week 2, English Teacher Online helps you to describe your family. You should start by saying how big your family is and listing the family members you live with. Then you can describe each person one at a time.

Look back at the mini-plan for Owen, and remember to focus on people’s good points – turn any bad characteristics into positives!

Describe Your Family

I am very lucky to have a large, loving family. There are 6 of us, my father, mother, older brother, older sister, younger sister and me.

My father is a businessman. He is hardworking, reliable and loves me very much. My father has sacrificed a lot to raise his family and is a very good person, everybody respects him. He is honest, brave and talented.  He has a good heart and does anything he can to make me happy.

My mother is a doctor. She is loving, caring and hardworking. My mother is so kind and has done so much to raise us. She is very understanding and is one of my best friends. She knows a lot of things and has so many practical skills like cooking, sewing and managing our home.

My older brother is studying at university. He is brave, smart and polite. He is so talented and knows a lot about different things. He taught me how to play piano. He is kind and helpful and always supports me no matter what. He is a good friend and always protects me.

My older sister is in secondary school. She is funny, caring and a good friend. She always makes time for me and helps me with my homework. My sister is supportive, talented and we have lots of good memories together.

My younger sister is the mischievous little one in our family. She has the smile of an angel but often takes my things without asking. She loves art and crafts and is really good at making a mess.

I am also close to my extended family which is very big. I have 6 aunts and uncles plus 10 cousins. My grandparents are very important to me too. They are old and wise, and have taught me so many things. My grandpa is so patient and often takes me fishing at the lake.

A death in the family is never easy but you can try to keep their memory by writing about the things you remember.

Try to write some paragraphs about the 5 closest members of your family. If you’re not sure, you can ask a question in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

Planning Your Songkran Essay

Do you know the 6 ‘W’ question words? (one of them ends in W!)

Can you remember what information they ask for?

They make the questions you need to ask yourself when writing a diary entry, a story or any good descriptive essay.

In week 1, English Teacher Online will help you plan a piece of writing about your 2 month Songkran holiday. We will also play some ice-breaker games using the 6 ‘W’ question words.

So, did you get all 6 ‘W’ question words?

The 6 ‘W’ Question Words Are…

What? The topic, activity or story you want to write about.

When? The time, day, month or year something happened.

Where? Where the topic takes place or where something happens in your story.

Who? The main people or characters in the story. Who you did the activity with.

Why? Reasons why something happened, the because in the story that gives it meaning.

How? The way something happened, including your feelings and emotions. I felt…. It sounded like…. It looked like….  It smelt like…. It tasted like…..

When you plan to answers these 6 questions, your writing will suddenly become more detailed and interesting to the reader. Planning is a good way to get better grades too!

Week 1: Planning Your Songkran Essay

When we plan any piece of writing, it is important to ask the 6 ‘W’ questions.

Your topic (what) usually goes in the middle – then we need to ask the 6 questions again.

As the bubble plan expands, we must keep asking ourselves more and more questions until we see some interesting paths to write our story about.

The bigger your plan the more choices you will have to write a better story.

Look at the mini-plan for Owen (a person).

You can make a mini plan for almost anything you want to write about. Try to make a plan like Owen, for an interesting person, place and event in your Songkran story.

The Plan Helps The Story

Once you have finished your plan, you will need to decide which parts are interesting. Throw away the boring bits and do some more planning to make the best bits even better. Soon you will be ready to start writing your story about the long Songkran holiday.

You may choose to write about all the things that happened during your 2 month holiday – including the best or worst events – however, it is better to write about each activity in great detail.

In our writing lesson on Friday, you will learn how to describe a single activity. Try to tell the story from the outside (what was happening) and from the inside (how you were feeling). You will learn how to use dialogue (words spoken at the time) or thoughts to add impact and make your story more real.

If you can’t describe a single event in great detail, then please do your best and write about your Songkran holiday as a whole.

Remember to write your story in the past tense – except the dialogue, which should be written as it was spoken at the time!

“I understand what to do,” he thought as he finished reading his plan.

Songkran Holiday (Opening Lines)

This long Songkran holiday I did lots of fun things. In March I went …….

In April, I got ready for the Songkran Water Festival and bought a water gun.

You could use these sentences to get you started. Then add details such as, where, what, who how and why to create fun descriptive writing.

Games Using Question Words

In week one, you will play lots of games using the 6 ‘W’ question words to prepare you for writing about your holiday.

The games will help us get to know each other.

Get ready to have fun! But also remember that we only play games to help you learn English.

If you have any questions about your Songkran essay, you can post them in the comment section or email: Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

Be A Great Student Again

You have enjoyed the lazy days of summer and are facing the thought of going back to school. The idea of waking up early, sitting through school all day and then coming home to do homework may seem like the last thing you want to do. So how are you supposed to motivate yourself to go back to school and be a great student again?

For younger students, getting a new backpack may be motivation enough. Older students may want to see their friends again.  Perhaps you just want school to start so you can “get it over with.”

Whatever your motivation for school, English Teacher Online has some useful tips to help you stay positive, focused and happy.

What Makes A Great Student?

Great students have 2 things in common. They show respect to others and they get good grades.

That’s about all you need to do at school, so let’s break it down and help you get it right!

How To Get Good Grades

Effort: A+ grades are not easy to get and there are no short cuts. Working hard is the only thing YOU are in control of so please motivate yourself to work hard from day 1. Don’t get sad if all your grades aren’t A’s. Work hard and make sure your EFFORT = A.

Listen to the teachers: Let the directions and information flow into your brain. Help your friends stay focused and save your questions for the right time.

Don’t complain because it gets you nowhere: This is your only chance to do [Grade 5] so put all your effort into creating positive energy and working hard. Forget all the negatives – or talk them through in the best way with the right people!

Study for tests from day 1: Everything we do is to help you be prepared for the tests. If you get 10 spelling words on Friday (7 days before a quiz) practice them for 10 minutes every day. Learn 3-5 new words each day, or whatever works best for you. Start early and be ready to review the more difficult vocabulary words closer to test time.

Find a study partner: Test your friends at lunch or during free time. “Friends help friends,” is one of the best life lessons you will learn at school. Look at how your teachers work together too!

Catch-Up: If you are sick, then ask your teacher for the missing assignment. Use your homeroom time wisely – go see the teacher if you need extra help.

Get Ahead: If you know you are going to miss school for any reason, ask your teacher for the work before you go! Sometimes parents take students out of school, but we all know you’ll have time to do the work even if you’re absent.

Respect Your Teachers, Parents and Fellow Students

Do your best at everything: Teachers, parents and friends will trust you more if you always try your best.

Be nice: Nobody likes rude, know-it-all people. There’s always a “good side” to everything so stay positive. Good actions attract good responses and good friends. If you aren’t nice to others, then don’t be surprised if bad things happen!

Manners: Closing a door in someone’s face is rude and shows bad manners. Friendly students with good manners tend to make more friends and get more help with team projects. Teachers like polite students with good and helpful manners too. Remember to hold open doors and offer to help carry teachers’ stuff. Even your behaviour is worth a point or two, so showing good manners can sometimes be the difference between an A- and an A.

Don’t swear: Adults should NOT swear in front of children and visa-versa. There are bad words in every language and kids often think they sound cool when they swear. Swearing makes you sound foolish, so please choose better words to express how you feel.

Insecurity: Many students feel that life is out of their control. Do you feel different and is that why you sometimes act in the wrong way? Please ask for help. Teachers want you to be in control of yourself. We want you to enjoy school and be a great student.

Stay positive: Remember that everyone believes in you. We want you to succeed so please ask for help, stay positive and work hard. This is going to be a great year.

Please ask a question, leave a comment or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org if you have an issue that is too personal for the comment section.

If you want to get ready for your new English class, you can review some useful English phrases here.