Humanistic Approach: Activities

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Humanistic Education and TPR Seminar

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Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Lesson: Using context to infer word meanings!

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners TV series.

During this class, I asked a psychology student what topic interests her. She said OCD interests here so we found a show from England, which allowed her to practice listening to different accents then American English! The show involved Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners going to the homes of hoarders to clean! As the TV show gave statistics, I would occasionally stop it and ask her questions about what was said. If she didn’t understand, I’d explain what happened and have her listen for it again. The teacher can occasionally stop the video to ask comprehension questions as well.

Teaching students how to understand words by listening to the context of words that they do understand. For instance there would be the word harsh, dusty or dirty, three words the student didn’t know. I’d repeat the phrases, by emphasising the words that she did understand. I’d then does the word harsh, sound positive or negative in the context. She’d say negative, and I’d say exactly!

For exams such as the TOEFL, listening comprehension and understanding at least the general meaning of a word is essential for such exams. Teaching students these kinds of critical thinking skills is essential, rather than just memorising word meaning, knowing how to use the phrases that come before or after a word that you don’t understand, allows the listener/reading to at least infer about potential meanings!

Here were the two videos we watched from the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners TV series. I then asked the students to write a short resume of what they learned and what happened.

Comparing Brazilian and American National Expenditures

Please write an overview comparing Brazil and the USA’s expenditures on Education, National Security and Health Care.
Please write a short reflection comparing the percentage they spend on various topics?


Send me your story and I will edit it and then we can post it on the blog!!

Obituary past tense story telling

Hand out a series of pictures of people, and students need to describe a biography of that person and how they died, based on how a traditional Obituary is written!

Send me the story when you’re done and I can edit it for you and share it on the blog!



Obituary by Edeval Miranda 
They are Jose and John. They had two children each. They live in São Paulo.
They are 30 and 36 years old when they became firefighters. They everyday
go to work happily. One day, they were called to stop the fire when there
was an explosion and they died in an instant. They were 40 and 46 years old
when they died. Rest in peace their souls.
Obituary by Hallyson César
Mary was 20 years old when she started a conversation with her best friend, suzy, at the local restaurant. They were eating ice cream and talking about their lives. Mary and Suzan were living in São Paulo for many ears studying gastronomy, but their relationship was not so good recently. They started a discussion about who’s the best cook. Mary was very nervous and she started screaming at Suzy. She made Suzy eat all the ice cream in the store. Suzy died happily with a cherry on her mouth. She was 23 years old when she died. Rest in Peace his soul.

Reflecting on the World Cup and Fifa in Brazil


Watch this video about FIFA’s World Cup in Brazil, and write an opinion response to it. Even though we don’t have physical class, every week I will post one interesting fun work assignment for those who want to continue practicing English.

Do you agree or disagree with the video? What do you like and not like about it? What do you personally think of the World Cup, FIFA and Brazil? List two or three new things you learned from the video. It doesn’t need to be a long essay, it can be a short paragraph as well! I look forward to hear your reactions!

You can send me what you write up or you can type up your response and post it directly to the comments section of this blog under the title!

Have a great break, and GOOOOO BRAZIL!

Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs


Transitive Verbs:

are verbs that must be followed by an object.


Transitive Verbs Examples:

bring Please bring me a glass of water. buy Do not buy hamburgers at that restaurant.
cost My coat cost a lot of money. get My children get good grades in school.
give Our family gives gifts at Christmas. leave I leave home at 8:00 in the morning.
lend Could you please lend me five dollars? make Did you make coffee this morning?
offer My boss offered me a great new job. owe I owe you ten dollars.
pass All the students passed the test. pay Don’t forget to pay the phone bill.
play Jennifer loves playing the piano. promise She promised me she would come to the party.
read They read the newspaper every day. refuse The customs officers refused to let me enter the country.
send My girlfriend sends me an e-mail message every day. show My neighbour showed me her garden yesterday.
sing Muriel sings songs at karaoke every Sunday night. take Travellers take planes or trains to their destinations.
teach Our parents teach us to be kind. tell The author tells a good story.
write Tommy writes short stories about the South.

The Intransitive Verb

Recognize an intransitive verb when you see one.

An intransitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like arrivegoliesneezesitdie, etc. Second, unlike a transitive verb, it will not have a direct object receiving the action.

Here are some examples of intransitive verbs:

Huffing and puffing, we arrived at the classroom door with only seven seconds to spare.

Arrived = intransitive verb.

James went to the campus cafe for a steaming bowl of squid eyeball stew.

Went = intransitive verb.

To escape the midday sun, the cats lie in the shade under our cars.

Lie = intransitive verb.

Around fresh ground pepper, Sheryl sneezes with violence.

Sneezes = intransitive verb.

In the evenings, Glenda sits on the front porch to admire her immaculate lawn.

Sits = intransitive verb.

Flipped on its back, the beetle that Clara soaked with insecticide dies under the refrigerator.

Dies = intransitive verb.

Some Intransitive Verbs

These verbs do not occur with objects, so they cannot be used in the passive voice.







consist of












knock (sound)


lie (recline or tell untruth)



last (endure)













Famous Person Guessing Game



FUNWORK: Students will choose one famous person, alive or dead. They must research major historical facts about that person and remember them. They should know essential information such as their age, what they did during their life, why they are famous, where they are from? The other students must ask interrogative questions about the famous person, to try an guess who the famous person is.