You get that English in Nature is about teaching and learning in an integrated, experiential way, usually outdoors, but you would still like to know:
Exactly what kinds of topics can you teach using this learning concept, and how does it work?
Well, we are just getting started and so there will be hundreds more coming, but here are some answers for you that will give you an idea. Thirty-six ideas, to be exact!
Many of my personal favorites are activities I’ve been teaching for years, before I’d ever even heard of the concept of CLIL (short for “content and language integrated learning”). Most of the below topics that I’m sharing with you first are ones I’ve taught to native speakers of either German or English in genuine biodiversity & sustainability education programs at various educational institutions, both public and private.
In order to make them suitable for English language learners (ELLs), I have since adapted these activities carefully to match the age and proficiency levels of my learners to integrate the content and language in an experiential format. The hard work that went into this has paid off, as there is no other method that I know of that works better to motivate learners and to help them progress faster or to learn more enjoyably!
Without a doubt, my own excitement and enthusiasm was definitely a big help whenever teaching these topics, because of how infectious that can be. In making the lessons as effective as they can be, this integrated, experiential learning process not just more enjoyable, but so much easier and more natural, when you always choose what you yourself are most excited about teaching. So, if you are even half as excited as I am about teaching any of the topics listed below, then I would say, just go for it! Teach them, and have fun!
Below is a list of 36 of my personal favorites. Feel free the choose one! (If the link is active then it’s ready.) The details of the given lesson will be sent directly to your inbox, free of charge, just by clicking the topic you like best and entering your email.
If you’d like more than one, then you will get a chance to see all the details once you’re opted in and have joined my email list, also free of charge. Beyond these sample lesson plans, you’ll see and have access to tons of lessons still to come, as well as step-by-step courses designed to show you exactly how all this CLIL stuff works in the context of English in Nature, for when you are ready to dive deep. Most important for the moment is to be sure to confirm your address for me, so that you can receive all these sneak-peek items!
Just to be clear: Since we’re just getting to know each other, I want to make these sample lessons available for free right now to my earliest subscribers. Later, they’ll all be going into the member resource library, to which all my earliest subscribers will have free access for life. For those who subscribe later–not to worry! The resources in the library will still be available at incredibly low prices even to those who subscribe after this initial start-up phase in June & July of 2021!
For now, feel free to have a look at the list, choose the one you like and enjoy your free sample!
PLEASE NOTE: All links are planned to be active by the end of June!
- Nature Journal Writing
- Habitat-Mapping & Orienteering
- Nature Shadow Theater: Nature Folk & Fairy Tales
- Treasure Hunt & The Art of Tracking
- 12 Wild Herbs to Identify and Use
- Ecosystem Pond & Stream
- Ecosystem Woodlands & Meadows
- Bees, Butterflies & Other Pollinators
- Creatures of the Night: Bats, Rats, Cats, Moths & Owls
- By Land, By Water: Amphibious Adaptations
- Candle-Making with Beeswax
- Weaving with Willow
- Tree-Free Paper-Making
- Felting with Wool and Other Fibers
- Winter Tree ID & Bud Pushing
- Oh Deer! Natural Jewelry Workshop
- Herbarium: Build A Plant-Press Workshop
- Composting: How to Make Farmer’s Gold
- Starting a Teaching Garden
- Insect Hotel Workshop
- Bird Feeder Workshop
- Bat Box Workshop
- Wild Foods Workshop
- Fire Baker Workshop
- Wacky Woodland Olympics
- The Tiny Seed & The Great Nut (Dispersal)
- Inside Flowers
- Catching Bugs & Making Wishes
- A Year in the Life of a Frog
- Migration Headaches & Nest Building
- Animal Homes: Tireless, Genious Builders
- Nature’s Remedies: Home-made Health- & Homecare
- The Writer’s Quill & Other Uses of a Feather
- Making Earth Art Using Nature’s Palette
- Insect Expedition: Meeting Earth’s Most Numerous Creatures
- Upcycling, Not Downcycling, for Young Engineers
As you’ll see in the samples, the structure of the lessons and some of the methods are noticeably different to those designed for native speakers, even where the content may be exactly the same. Naturally, there are also significant differences between this kind of lessons and conventional language lessons.
I’ll be explaining more and more about the concept of integrated experiential learning of English in Nature and how to use this method in several more posts soon to come. You won’t want to miss a thing. And you don’t have to. Once you’ve joined my weekly newsletter, you will be the first to know about all the updates and new additions, not to mention the occasional very special offers I’ll be making exclusively to my subscribers. Staying in touch is really important to me, too. Like nothing else, it helps me to know how I can best help you, and how best to prioritize the releases of all the rest of the English in Nature resources.
But for starters, again, simply choose whichever topic you like just by clicking on it. If the link is active, then the sample is ready! If the link is not yet active, then I’m still making the final touches. Each new addition will be announed via my newsletter, and occasionally a special announcement will be made between newsletters.
After clicking one of the links, you’ll then be sent automatically to my early opt-in page that allows you to join my email list as an early subscriber. I’ll confirm this with a reply email that should arrive within minutes* to your inbox.
This reply email will include in it a link to your sample lesson. It’s that simple.
* If after 10 to 15 minutes no email from me appears in your inbox, try checking first in your spam folder and, if it’s there, just move my email to your inbox. Problem solved! However, if nothing arrives after an hour or more, please send me a quick note seperately via my contact page and I’ll get it sorted right away!
You are of course welcome to simply join my email list, with or without all these clicks! And you’ll still get all the early subscriber benefits, plus many more to come! You can simply use the sign-up form below.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!