EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Giving Thanks!

This is Autumn Clark sharing a quick idea that she has used to teach students about Thanksgiving and connect them to the spirit of the holiday!


Autumn: Hi! My name is Autumn and I am the Deputy Head of Teacher Training here at Rennert International and it’s November. Here in the US, November is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t happen until the end of the month, but it’s pretty typical for American people to think about what they are thankful for all throughout the month ending in a family dinner on Thanksgiving Day where everyone shares certain things that they are thankful for. So, even if you aren’t teaching in the US, it can be fun to incorporate culture into your classroom and it’s always nice to talk about what you’re thankful for and to recognize how lucky you are in your life. So, during the month of November an activity I often do with my students is every morning we have a check-in and we go around the table and every student says one thing they are thankful for that day. It can be something really simple like, “I’m thankful for this outfit!” or it can be something deeper—thankful for a family member; thankful for some important life event that happened to them…something like that. Now you can do this for the entire month of November, which was something that I usually did, or you could just do it for the week of Thanksgiving which is the last week in November this year or just one week in November to introduce the whole idea of American Thanksgiving or even Canadian Thanksgiving, but that happened before, I think, in October. But it is a nice way to get your students connected to culture and also get them thinking about what they’re thankful for. So, I hope you are able to incorporate this into your classroom and good luck!


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