Archive: Language Alive - ST

Language Alive is a 20-part Virtual Classroom series hosted by elementary school teacher Alexa Usher-Jones which aired every Friday mornings and afternoons from May 8 - June 12, 1998 and February 8 - March 12, 1999. Each session features an interactive lesson on language learning, spelling, writing, story-telling and grammar using video clips, studio props and live phone-ins by students. Each lesson has three stages - writing prompts, main ideas, and a virtual challenge - and ends with a homework assignment.

Episodes

Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 51:10
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J introduces a project she calls the virtual talk show, with an aim to get students ready to develop their own talk show and practice their oral visual communications.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 1:01:47
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J introduces a special guest, writer Kahanni Bahz who reads from his book, Ants? In My Pants? : An Animated Tale.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 57:49
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J introduces the Character Box project and provides tips and writing prompts for ways to create a fun and interesting character for your story.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 53:14
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J continues the Character Box project, with ideas on ways to present your box by writing a story, and showing the contents of your box.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 52:18
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J continues the Character Box project and talks about new ideas and writing tips to help develop characters and character sequences for your story.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 49:09
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J helps celebrate Black History Month with special guests, two story-tellers, and a look at books written by black authors.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 49:04
In this session of Language Alive, Mrs. U-J wraps up the the virtual talk show project, the aim being to get students ready to develop their own talk show and practice their oral visual communications.
Air Date: March 31, 1999 - 54:34
Today's lesson shows video clips of students role playing different scenarios, with students phoning in and posing interview questions to students in studio.