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[GenZ-er Lessons] Foods of Tomorrow

Nati is my teenage student, a GenZ-er born during the 21st-century technology revolution. Although the internet, cellular technology, social media, and You Tube are the staples of any GenZ-er’s world, Nati still believes in the power of books and would not trade a book for its brief 3-minute summary video. She loves tongue twisters in English, as well as languages other than her native Polish. Whenever she reads out a new English word with a difficult pronunciation, she is happy to take on the challenge and get it right. As soon as she does, she is proud to acknowledge that she mastered another “tongue twister.” Learning can be so much fun, love working with GenZ-ers! 

Paris Worldwide 24_2018_ParisAt our latest lesson, I introduced Nati to the Paris Worldwide Magazine, the March/April 2018 edition that I picked up at an airport in Paris. Both in French and in English, the magazine has lots of interesting articles with plenty of “tongue twister” challenges for a GenZ teenager and, no surprise, is available online. You can try it with any learner generation, as the audience can be all ages.

Here’s what I chose to focus on with Nati: the article What Will We Eat Tomorrow on page 78.

Before diving into reading and tackling the new words, our “tongue twister” challenge, I asked Nati to brainstorm and write down any thoughts around the foods of tomorrow for two minutes and a half. Then we moved on to reading the first pages of the article (78 to 83). As we went through the article reading out and explaining the context and meaning of different words, we referred back to her brainstormed ideas and marked any thoughts in common. There were many!AIRGATE 2_2018_Krakow

Using airport magazines to curate lesson materials is a great idea. Any big city airport has one. Krakow makes no exception either. Here’s the latest one, the 2nd issue of 2018 of AIRGATE. 

Check out the Dubai questionnaire on page 12.

Choosing a current issue of an airport magazine makes interacting with a text in English very profitable for any learner generation.

What fun English learning resources have you discovered lately?

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