I writitng today to summaruize my most recent experiences while visiting New Dehli, India. I am very impressed by the work conducted by the AAM Foundation (AAMF.org). Essentially, the organization provides free ESL classes for students in the New Dehli area in roughly 50 centers. The creative thought process has enabled the organization to lauch an ambitious initiative to create 100 centers across the city.
Today we discussed the possibility of utilizing poetry, music, emotional intelligence, and meta-cognitive training for teachers to build upon the program. Therefore, tomorrow we are going to introduce the song We are the World to a class, coupled with the lyrics. Students will delve into to the structure, word association, and deep analysis of the thought process established in creating the song. We will challenge students to think about the time the song was written (1995), and ask them to rewrite any portion as it relates to 2013. Our goal is to initiate a meaningful task as it relates to the lives of students and build on their understanding of the English language. This will be an interesting project to launch tomorrow morning.