Toys in culture - ESL adult cross culture conversation lesson

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This presentation contains a 40 slide PowerPoint lesson in editable PPT format and teacher鈥檚 notes.

Toys have always reflected the world that children are being prepared to enter, and by extension its belief systems, with the active support of the adults who make or buy them.

This lesson discusses the reason for the success of certain toys, the reflection of history in toys and the connection between toys and culture.

It includes:

路 Which toys are made to last?

路 The most successful toys in the world

路 How do toys reflect history?

路 How do toys reflect social change?

路 Should toys be gender neutral?

路 The relationship between toys and culture

路 Strange toys from around the world

toys are fun, no matter how old you are! this lesson was fascinating to create, I really learned a lot. It was a great success with my classes, I hope you and your students enjoy it as well.

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This download is appropriate for high school for students in Life skills classes, young students of ESL and adult ESL cultural and conversational classes.


Keywords: ESL, ELL, Vocabulary, Discussion, Language Skills, Communication, conversation, Describing, debate class, cultural lessons, commercials, kids, adaptable, toys, children, friends, research, social media, children, relationship, friendship, history, rivalry, culture, adults, happy, social skills, family, education


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The products in this shop are all produces by me, a dyslexic teacher (hence the name).

I鈥檓 painfully aware of what seems to be very poor judgment of career choice on my part, and to be honest, a large part of this choice was to stick it to Mrs. Jacobson that said that there鈥檚 no place for the likes of me with my 鈥減retend excuses鈥 for misspelling every third word, in any self-respecting educational institution, so naturally I had to become a teacher.

For more than 25 years I鈥檝e been teaching ESL adult classes and cross culture business classes, and much like other challenged individuals who go through life with one hand tied behind their backs, I try to make up for what I lack in the spelling department with hours of research, high quality graphics, humour, passion and love for what I do.

The fact that I can actually do this job is first and foremost a testimony of open mindedness (or desperation brought on by the long economic recession) of the schools that hired me over the years despite my very evident drawback, by the parents that tolerated grammar mishaps and most of all by my beautiful students who have learned to 鈥渁lways double check their teacher鈥 and have come up with the sweetest, most heart-warming and diplomatic ways of pointing out my spelling errors (putting to great use their newly acquired conditional capacity: 鈥淚鈥檓 not sure, but, I think I might have spotted鈥︹)

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For all you tree hugging, open-minded individuals, who are looking for challenging, original material for your conversation classes and can see beyond the possible grammar errors (maybe even use it as a teaching opportunity 鈥淎n extra point for the first student who can spot the obvious grammar error that I always tell you never to make鈥. Plus, you know that wonderful, warm, superior feeling you get when you catch a colleague鈥檚 error - well these moments are included with the product 鈥 no extra charge)


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Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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