- 1). Take virtual tours of the home countries of your students. Have the students explain the geography, culture, economy and customs of their countries to their classmates. Encourage discussion and questions to promote cross-cultural understanding.
- 2). Start an English diary. Use an online translation program, and have students write about their experiences and read their accounts to the class. Although the translation programs may not be perfect -- hence, the reason businesses still use professional translators -- they are fine for student purposes.
- 3). Watch English movies -- both classics like "Gone With the Wind" and the latest Hollywood releases -- and critique the performances. Have the students role-play the films they see and encourage them to act like Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie.
- 4). Find American friends for your students, if you are teaching overseas, and encourage them to talk to them using one of the telephone programs. Emails are also a good way to develop friendships and learn about the respective cultures while strengthening English writing skills.
- 5). Have students do Internet-based research on specific topics, and then teach "how-to" lessons to their classmates. Encourage the students to download examples and prepare materials for their lessons. The innovative approach of turning the students into the teachers encourages them to be responsible for their own learning.
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