Snow Day Reading

After over 24 hours of continual snow fall with more than 10 inches accumulating in some areas of the metro, administrative offices at Webster KC re-opened Wednesday at 9:30am, but evening classes were cancelled two nights in a row.

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Whether you spend the time shoveling, sledding, resting, or lesson planning, here are some images we know you can relate to. ʺWinter Scenesʺ, a series of photos with captions suggested for use as writing or discussion prompts, is available for download at the American English website of the Office of English Language Programs in Washington, D.C. The site is robust with resources for teachers and students.

With over 100 lesson plans (searchable by audience, skills, content, and theme) and links to resources from the Smithsonian, NASA, the White House, and the U.S. Mint, there is something for everyone. Download songs from the album American Rhythms for classes of teens and young adults or chapters from the book Celebrate! Holdays in the U.S.A. highlighting major holidays including Chinese New Year and celebratory months such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. The website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.

From the 50th anniversary series of the Office of English Language Program’s quarterly journal English Teaching Forum (all eleven articles free), “Ten Characteristics of a Good Teacher” is perfect reading for an evening by the fire. Affective qualities like encouragement, humor, interest in the student, and availability top the list of ten characteristics that make teachers in our ESOL certification program some of the best. Enjoy!


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