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1 Using Realia & Environmental Assets: EFL for Himalayan Buddhist Nuns

2 Where in the World Are these Nuns?

3 Why English? H.H. Dalai Lama says “It’s All Good”: –Refugee Survival –Sacred Teachings –Global Justice

4 Handicraft Sales: jewelry, weavings, etc. Handicraft Sales: jewelry, weavings, etc. Tourism $$ Tourism $$ Int’l volunteers Int’l volunteers Int’l donation $$ Int’l donation $$ World Buddhist network World Buddhist network Int’l English Opens the Way to:

5 ESP Targets for Nuns Tourism Tourism School Teacher School Teacher Handicrafts Handicrafts Nurse-Midwife Nurse-Midwife Political Action Political Action

6 Where the Convents Are: No Next-Day Deliveries Where the Convents Are: No Next-Day Deliveries In Spiti, Himachal Pradesh (India) In Spiti, Himachal Pradesh (India)

7 Ladakh

8 Nepal Near Mt. Everest Near Mt. Everest Lovely in summer- autumn Lovely in summer- autumn FREEZING in winter! FREEZING in winter!

9 Pema Cho Ling – Summer-time

10 Deboche-Tengboche (Nepal) Winter-time Himal = Snow Himal = Snow Laya = Land Laya = Land

11 Jungle Monasteries India, Bhutan Hot & Steamy Hot & Steamy Built in Caves Built in Caves Snakes, Spiders, Scorpions Snakes, Spiders, Scorpions Books Crumble Books Crumble Ink Runs Ink Runs Chalk Dissolves Chalk Dissolves

12 Himalayan Realia & Environmental Assets No classroom – No classroom – –Where is the space? No paper or pens – No paper or pens – –How to write? No books – No books – –What texts? No materials – No materials – –What to talk about?

13 Where is the learning space? Monastery Grounds Space is cramped inside Space is cramped inside Most EFL happens outside Most EFL happens outside Teacher keeps this space centered Teacher keeps this space centered

14 How to write? On the hillside, in the courtyard ABC’s In dirt, with sticks In dirt, with sticks In mud, with fingers In mud, with fingers In snow, with sticks In snow, with sticks On riverbank, with pebbles On riverbank, with pebbles

15 What are our texts? The Teacher’s Memory Fairy Tales! Cinderella Cinderella Snow White Snow White Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel Your Childhood Favorites Your Childhood Favorites

16 What are our texts? The Teacher’s Memory Songs with Movement! Farmer in the Dell Farmer in the Dell Hokey Pokey Hokey Pokey Your Childhood Favorites Your Childhood Favorites

17 What are our texts? The Teacher’s Memory Poems with Rhythm One Fish Two Fish One Fish Two Fish A.A. Milne A.A. Milne Limericks Limericks Your Childhood Favorites Your Childhood Favorites

18 What are our texts? The Students’ Memories Folktales – can be acted out in simple words Folktales – can be acted out in simple words Himalayan students know DOZENS of folktales! Himalayan students know DOZENS of folktales!

19 What are our texts? Oral Tradition – Memorized Stories

20 What are our texts? The Students’ Memories Songs! Songs! –Students sing one in Tibetan –Teacher sings one in English Learn to Sing Each Others’ Songs! Learn to Sing Each Others’ Songs!

21 Class Materials? Realia: Khukuri’s Knives & scythes Talk about: Talk about: –Cutting animal feed –Cooking –Harvesting grains –Carpentry –House-building –Shearing yak & sheep

22 Class Materials? Realia: Butter-Churn Chang Talk about how to make: Talk about how to make: –Salt-Butter tea –Barley Beer –Rice Beer –Wheat Beer –How Girls Learn to Cook

23 Class Materials? Realia: In the Gompa Talk about: Talk about: –Colors –Room parts: floor, ceiling, wall –Furniture: shelves, tables

24 Class Materials? Current Events = New Vocabulary “Eye Camp” 3 days away “Eye Camp” 3 days away Talk about: Talk about: –Eyes –Cataracts –Blindness –Doctors –Surgery –Health-care

25 Class Materials? Current Events = New Vocabulary “Mani Rimdu” morality play “Mani Rimdu” morality play Talk about: Talk about: –Demons –Protectors –Big Lamas –Guru Rinpoche –Sherpa Stories

26 Materials to Talk About? Realia: They Walk thru Town Yak & Sheep Yak & Sheep Talk about: Talk about: –Where to graze –What they eat –Dairy milk, butter, cheese –How to shear their wool –How to tame a wild yak

27 Class Materials? Realia: Hitched Out Front Pack Animals Pack Animals Talk about: Talk about: –Load size? –What altitude?

28 Class Materials? Assessment: Find A Tourist A fun test to do in the Village: Waylay a Tourist Waylay a Tourist –Teacher requests Tourist to ask a polite English question: – “Where can I drink tea?” –See if students can answer in English! –(or if they get scared & run away!)

29 Will this Tourist help set up our Test?

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31 How about this one?

32 Well OK – Just ask this one!

33 Tashi Delek!

34 Resources: www.tnp.org www.tnp.orgwww.tnp.org - Seattle & Dharamsala - Seattle & Dharamsala www.jamyang.org www.jamyang.orgwww.jamyang.org - San Diego & Zanskar / Spiti (Ladakh) - San Diego & Zanskar / Spiti (Ladakh)

35 Om Mani Peme Hung


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