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LINC Classroom Activities Language Instruction for Newcomers LINC 4 to Canada Based on Canadian Language Benchmarks 8 Accompanied by online activities Developed…
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LINC Classroom Activities Language Instruction for Newcomers LINC 4 to Canada Based on Canadian Language Benchmarks 8 Accompanied by online activities Developed by: Funded by: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Principal Writers Kathleen Johnson Shelia Morrison Contributing Writer Joyce Lax E-learning Developer Jim Edgar Principal Editors Kathleen Johnson Shelia Morrison Copy Editor Helen Bach Canadian Language Ron Lavoie Benchmarks Editor Audio Production New Media Language Training Inc. (Rob McBride; David Bignell; Christine Doyle) Graphic Design Design Ink of Algonquin College (Karen Young; Graham Ross; Beth Haliburton) Project Coordinator Mavis Spencer The project team would like to thank Sheila McMullin, Nicole Busby and Heather Richmond for their support throughout; Citizenship and Immigration Canada for funding this project; and the following individuals for their generous contribution of time and expertise: Advisory Committee Salome Atandi Nicole Busby Myra Clark Jim Edgar Shirley Graham Anne-Marie Kaskens Ron Lavoie Rob McBride Adonai Rodriguez Ruth Waters Expert Readers Cynthia Clubb Larry Iveson Susan Middlesworth Norbert Molzan Expert Reader: E-resources Susan Middlesworth Copyright © Algonquin College 2009 Published by The Print Shop Creative design by Design Ink of Algonquin College 2009 All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-55323-512-5 NOTES TO READERS Notes to Readers ã This book is a miscellany of language learning activities organized by the twelve themes in the LINC 1-5 Curriculum Guidelines. It is intended as a supplementary resource of self-contained and reproducible activities to complement existing LINC programming. The attached CD ROM contains the book in PDF format. ã The choice and development of activities was determined by a wide range of factors, including: ~ the LINC 1-5 Curriculum Guidelines; ~ a survey of needs of LINC instructors in Ontario; ~ the requirement to adhere to the appropriate Canadian Language Benchmarks; ~ the classroom experience of the writers; ~ a mandate to address the specific needs of women, youth (school-leaving age to twenty-nine years old) and seniors, as identified in the Consultations on the Settlement and Language Training Services Needs of Newcomers in Support of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, 2006. ã Every activity has been assessed by a CLB-trained editor to ensure alignment with the appropriate benchmarks. ã A general methodology is provided for each activity, but it is anticipated that instructors will make modifications based on the needs of their particular classes. ã The book contains a wide range of tasks that can be used as assessment tools. They adhere to the Competency Outcomes outlined in the Canadian Language Benchmarks. ã The activities target the following benchmark levels: LINC 1 LINC 2 LINC 3 LINC 4 Speaking CLB 1 CLB 2 CLB 3,4 CLB 5 Listening CLB 1 CLB 2 CLB 3,4 CLB 5 Reading CLB 1 CLB 2 CLB 3 CLB 4 Writing CLB 1 CLB 2 CLB 3 CLB 4 About the e-Resources What is the purpose of the e-resources? The purpose of the e-resources is to both stimulate and challenge learners using web-based multimedia technologies. Good teaching practice necessitates the use of a variety of learning activities, and these resources give teachers another mode of delivery to enhance learning. Continued on next page. Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada I NOTES TO READERS Who are the e-resources for? These e-resources are appropriate for use by students working independently outside of a LINC class or inside a computer lab facilitated by a classroom instructor. In fact, the e-resources are ideal for use in a computer lab; each learning object has a lead-in page to introduce the background language and any requisite knowledge. What is the best way to introduce students to an e-activity? As with any learning activity, the e-activities will be more meaningful and students will have a greater chance of success if they are introduced to the task.The lead-in page for each activity addresses this by providing suggested discussion questions and a link to a related website, which can extend these discussions.These introductory activities are optional; instructors may use their own introduction or they may use the activities in the print version as the lead-in to the e-activities.This lead-in page also has links to the e-activities, and a link to a password-secured answer key.The password is “lincesl”. Are the online activities the same as the paper-based activities? While some of these e-activities are very similar to the paper-based activities, many are different. Instructors should check before using both the print- and e-activities. What is the role of the teacher using these e-activities? Instructors using this book are encouraged to incorporate the e-activities into their lesson planning using a balanced approach. Generally, with the exception of the communication during the introduction, there is no collaboration in these self-study activities. In addition, because of the limitations of technology in providing feedback on written work, there is little opportunity for students to write, other than completing cloze exercises, correcting errors in texts, and filling in short answer type questions. Instructors should ensure learners have a balanced opportunity to practice all of the language skills, especially writing and speaking. What is the password for the instructor’s answer key on the introduction pages? The password is “lincesl”. Do not give learners the password.They do not need the answer key because all of the activities are self-correcting. Why do I need an answer key if the e-activities are self-correcting? The purpose of the answer key is to help instructors who are facilitating in a computer lab.The answer key is to assist them make more effective use of their time when they are helping students at work stations. What are the technical requirements for using these resources? The e-activities have been tested with the following specifications: ã broadband Internet access ã Windows XP or later; or Mac OS X (v. 10.5) ã Browsers:Windows: Firefox 3.5.5/ Macintosh: Safari 4.0.3 ã Screen resolution: 1024 X 768 (or higher) ã QuickTime Player plug-in (version 7 or higher) ã Adobe Flash Player II Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada CONTENTS LINC 4 Contents WOMEN YOUTH SENIOR ONLINE THEMES & ACTIVITIES AT HOME IN OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD David Suzuki: Environmental Hero ......................................................................... 3 Good Things Come In Recycled Packaging .......................................................... 7 Community Recycling Programs .......................................................................... 11 Enviro News .............................................................................................................. 14 How Big Is Your Footprint? .................................................................................... 17 Personal Acts Of Green ......................................................................................... 20 Earth Friendly Challenge ........................................................................................ 22 The Kobar Family I: Relocating ............................................................................. 27 The Kobar Family II: The Spacious Semi-Detached .......................................... 31 The Kobar Family III: A Great New Place To Live ............................................. 35 BANKING, CUSTOMER SERVICE & TELEPHONE All Our Lines Are Currently Busy ........................................................................ 41 Gimme A Ring ........................................................................................................... 45 What’s The Message? .............................................................................................. 52 Cell Phone Manners ................................................................................................ 56 Stop Bugging Me! ..................................................................................................... 59 National Do Not Call List: FAQs ......................................................................... 64 National Do Not Call List: Filing A Complaint On The Internet .................. 67 Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Application Form .............................................. 70 Monthly Budgets ...................................................................................................... 74 Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada III CONTENTS CANADA Library of Parliament .............................................................................................. 85 The Amazing Rattenbury Story: Part One ......................................................... 95 The Amazing Rattenbury Story: Part Two ........................................................ 101 The Amazing Rattenbury Story: Part Three ..................................................... 110 The Amazing Rattenbury Story: Part Four ....................................................... 115 The Amazing Rattenbury Story: Extensions For Group Discussions ......... 120 Canadian Trivia: Question Formation Review ................................................. 125 Did You Say Saskatchewan? .................................................................................. 134 CANADIAN CULTURE Lovely Winter ......................................................................................................... 141 Would You Like To Come Over? ........................................................................ 146 I Like Your Dress! Giving And Receiving Compliments I ............................. 161 I Like Your Dress! Giving And Receiving Compliments II ............................ 170 Canadian Icons ....................................................................................................... 173 The Greatest Canadian Hero ............................................................................. 186 CANADIAN LAW Legal Vocabulary ..................................................................................................... 197 The Cigar Story ..................................................................................................... 204 The Spanking Case ................................................................................................ 209 Drinking And Driving ............................................................................................ 221 The CopShop Event .............................................................................................. 231 Personal Safety Test ............................................................................................... 240 Who Killed Mr. Green? ........................................................................................ 245 IV Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada CONTENTS COMMERCIAL SERVICES & BUSINESS Product Nutritional Information ........................................................................ 251 It Tastes Good ........................................................................................................ 260 Internet Use Survey .............................................................................................. 265 Shop Online ............................................................................................................ 271 Internet Shopping Role Play ................................................................................ 276 Gifts Online ............................................................................................................ 280 Internet Shopping Cards ...................................................................................... 284 The Electronic Grandmother ............................................................................. 292 COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES Volunteer Applications .......................................................................................... 297 Volunteer Experiences ......................................................................................... 307 Volunteer Ottawa .................................................................................................. 316 2-1-1 Community Services Information ........................................................... 324 2-1-1 Quick Facts .................................................................................................. 334 2-1-1 Role Play ....................................................................................................... 341 Hey Dude ................................................................................................................ 345 EDUCATION Jason’s Email............................................................................................................... 351 Parent-Teacher Interviews ................................................................................... 356 Here Is My Opinion .............................................................................................. 361 Coping Strategies: My Experience ..................................................................... 366 Family Coping Strategies ...................................................................................... 368 How Would You Like to Volunteer? ................................................................... 374 Learning Styles: Which Kind of Learner Are You? ........................................... 379 Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada V CONTENTS EMPLOYMENT Canadian Employers: What Do They Expect? .................................................. 385 Vet Clinic Interview ............................................................................................... 390 Follow-up Letter: Central Veterinary Clinic .................................................... 395 Mock Interview ...................................................................................................... 398 Volunteer Heroes .................................................................................................. 401 Be Positive I ............................................................................................................. 407 Be Positive II ........................................................................................................... 412 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS Family Conflict: The Sleepover Party I .............................................................. 419 Family Conflict: The Sleepover Party II ............................................................. 423 Family Conflict: The Sleepover Party III ............................................................ 430 Childfree By Choice I ........................................................................................... 434 Childfree By Choice II .......................................................................................... 439 It’s Our Choice ...................................................................................................... 442 If I Were In Your Shoes ......................................................................................... 446 HEALTH & SAFETY Canadian Superfoods ............................................................................................ 461 Steps For Buying And Freezing Blueberries ..................................................... 465 Cranberries, A North American Superfruit ..................................................... 468 How To Prepare A Healthy Snack ...................................................................... 475 Nutrition Tables ...................................................................................................... 478 Food And Health Myths ....................................................................................... 487 VI Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada CONTENTS TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION Getting Around Town ........................................................................................... 495 Alternative Transportation ................................................................................... 498 Letter To The Editor .............................................................................................. 502 Confederation Bridge ........................................................................................... 507 A Perfect Day ......................................................................................................... 510 Dream Destination ................................................................................................ 513 A Great Holiday ..................................................................................................... 515 Travel Accommodations Canada ........................................................................ 518 Travelling Experiences .......................................................................................... 522 Safety In Your City ................................................................................................. 528 Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada VII At Home In Our Community LINC 4 and The World Based on Canadian Language Benchmarks AT HOME IN OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD Activity: David Suzuki: Environmental Hero INSTRUCTOR NOTES Areading passage about the environmentalist David Suzuki is followed by comprehension questions. Timing: 45 minutes WARM-UP ã Begin with a class discussion on what it means to be a hero. ã Ask learners who their heroes were at various stages of their lives. ã Ask if anyone has heard of David Suzuki and make an outline on the board of the information they have. ACTIVITY ã Give each learner a copy of the reading David Suzuki: Environmental Hero. ã Learners read the text and answer the questions. FOLLOW-UP ã Learners search online for videos about David Suzuki. ANSWER KEY ã 1. He taught David to think about nature and the environment. 2. He researched the life of fruit flies. 3. answers will vary 4. answers will vary 5. answers will vary FURTHER ã See LINC Curriculum Guidelines, pp. 166-171. REFERENCE VOCABULARY ã environment; environmentalist; hero; scientist; host; broadcast; broadcaster; activist; Order of Canada; Companion of the Order of Canada; biology; zoology; genetics; cause (n.); to make sense; sibling; complex Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada 3 AT HOME IN OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD Activity: David Suzuki: Environmental Hero Joshua Sherurcji David Suzuki is an environmental hero. He loves the planet and he has worked for most of his life to teach us how to take care of it. David Suzuki was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1936. He has a twin sister and two other siblings. When David was growing up, he and his father Kaoru Carr Suzuki often went on fishing and camping trips together. David says his father is his hero because he taught David to think about nature and the environment. David Suzuki is a scientist. He studied in Canada and the United States and has a PhD in zoology. He became very interested in genetics and researched the life of fruit flies. He taught biology, zoology and genetics for many years in universities in Canada and the United States. Suzuki believes it is important to be able to explain science very clearly. 1. Why does David Suzuki say his father is his hero? _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ 4 Level 4 R W AT HOME IN OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD Activity: David Suzuki: Environmental Hero David Suzuki has spent his life trying to focus attention onto our planet and what we can do to improve it. He is very passionate about the world we live in and he g
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