Idea for the ESOL Classroom

Bring in images of various flowers and ask students to discuss

their symbolic significance. For example, in China, carnations

are often a symbol of marriage, and bamboo is symbolic of

longevity. In the U. S. anyone standing under mistletoe can be

kissed. In Catholic traditions, lilies often symbolize purity. For

beginning level students, bring in actual flowers and use them

to introduce descriptive vocabulary as well as symbolic value.

This article first appeared in Field Notes, a publication of SABES.


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