Mardi Gras

Before you say, “HAPPY MARDI GRAS” or celebrate ‘Carnaval’ ‘Fat Tuesday’ ‘Karneval’, etc.. Learn a little about what it is!

There are heaps of resources out there for you to find, so instead of just posting a bunch on information here,  I wanted to provide some of the full resources for you to check out. Some are ESL lessons, others news documents, so you’ll have quite the variety to read about and practice some English skills! You’ll even learn a little local and international culture!

Tell me a bit about how you’re celebrating today, too!

ESL Lessons

http://www.elcivics.com/mardi-gras-1.html

http://www.eslpod.com/eslpod_blog/2008/02/06/mardi-gras-ash-wednesday-lunar-new-year/

http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/02/mardi_gras.html

News

http://www.10news.com/news/how-mardi-gras-is-celebrated-around-the-world-03032014

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4750000/newsid_4752800/4752882.stm

Other Information

History:  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras/videos/history-of-mardi-gras#history-of-mardi-gras

Reading & Quiz: http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/cc/vp_gle/3rd/ss/interactive/unit3/mardigras/mardigras_quiz.htm

What are your favorite memories of this holiday?

Happy Studying!♥

Free Friday: Cultural Differences

Since this blog is viewed all over the world, I think discussing cultural differences is a great way to get people involved and connected with one another. This is a post I’ll really encourage conversation and discussion, and the best way to do that is through the comment section below. Something so important to remember during a topic like ‘cultural differences’ is RESPECT. Different doesn’t mean bad, and we should all remember that no one would intentionally mean to hurt another person when expressing differences of opinions here… at least I’d hope so!

This lesson was created by me, but powered by TEDed, an excellent resource for any teacher (or student) out there interested in turning videos into engaging lessons online. You can access the full lesson by visiting:

http://ed.ted.com/on/1DUt7fWC

The lesson includes listening comprehension [to be answered online], vocabulary [answers here], and opportunities for discussion and connection [to answer in the comment section here]. Questions? Shoot me a comment, and I’ll hopefully clear it up for you!

Scroll below for the vocabulary answers.

Discussion Questions:

*Did you learn anything new in this lesson about cultures?
*Do cultural differences make a country “better” than another? Why or Why not?
*What are issues with comparing countries as “better” or “worse”?
*What country seems to be the most different to yours? The most similar?
*Would you change anything about your country?
*How can people learn more about your culture/country, and others?



Interested in more culture expansion? Check out how to travel and learn about the world for your own home…HERE.



Vocabulary Answers:

1. f        2. d         3. e         4. c          5. a         6. g         7. b
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