Wednesday, 21 March 2018

PBL (Proyect Based Learning)

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I've just finished a very useful training course on PBL, and I have only wonderful words about the different things I've learnt to do.

Although I've already used this type of methodology before, I didn't know exactly how it worked as a whole.

So, I've made a decision and I'm going to make use of this methodology with some of my groups next term.

I've prepared a type of handbook to have all the information close by.

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Friday, 16 March 2018


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Are you tired of preparing test on compulsory readers?

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Every school year I try to think about different ways of assessing my students when working with compulsory readers. 
This time, I've chosen a blend between compulsory reading in the classroom and oral presentation.

Two years ago, I started a new idea, The Reading Corner, you can find the post about it HERE. It's once again putting together succesful results with my students. The only difference this year, is that they don't have to pass a test when they finish their books.

What they have to do is just prepare a digital presentation about the book, and later, they have to explain it to their classmates.

There are some requirements which their presentations have to follow in order to get a good mark:
  • Power points are forbidden.
  • Other digital apps have  to be used, such as GENIAL.LYPADLETCANVAVENNGAGEPREZIPIKTOCHART, etc.
  • The presentations have to contain the following points:
    • Title.
    • Author.
    • Genre.
    • Publisher.
    • Publishing date.
    • Characters.
    • Brief plot (without spoliers).
    • Historical context.
    • Location.
    • Personal opinion and recommendation.
To evaluate their oral presentations I use a rubric which assesses different points, such as, accuracy (communication, use of English), fluency (pronunciation, intonation, volumen, no-hesitation, coherence, appropriateness), ICT resources, and other available resources for the project presentation.

You can find some of my students' presentations on their readers below:

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Thursday, 18 January 2018


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Are you confused when working with modal verbs?
Do you find problems to choose the right one?

Let's see some useful tips to understand how they work:

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  • We use can to ask for or give permission. 
Can I sit here? / You can use my car if you like.
  • We use may or could to ask for or give permission in a more formal context or situation. 
May I come in? / Could you pass me that notebook, please?
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  • We use can't when something is against rurles or norms.
You can't park here, sir.
  • We use mustn't  when the obligation comes from the person who is speaking.
You mustn't speak when the teacher is speaking.
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Need to, must, and have to can be considered synonyms and mean that something is required or necessary. Although there are some slight differences among them:

  • Need to is the one that is more limited in meaning:
1. It is used when an action should be done.

I need to clean my dirty bedroom.

2. When it is very important for someone to do something.

She didn't want to go to the city, but she needed to buy some food.
  • Must and have to have broader meanings, and once again the difference between them is very small.
1. We use have to when the obligation comes from somebody else. The speaker can't change that because it's a law or a rule.

We have to wear an uniform at our school.

She can't come to the party, because she has to travel tomorrow early in the morning.

2. We use must to show that the obligation comes from the speaker. It isn't a rule or a law.

I must call my grandfather tonight.

You must come and visit us the next time you come to Seville.


1. When something is required or neccesary. We must / have to go to the post office.
2. When something is required by law. You must / have to pay your taxes.
3. When something is very probable. It must / has to be 45 degrees here.

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  • We use don't have to when there is no obligation to do something. It means that you can do something if you want, but it is not obligatory.
We don't have to wear an uniform at our school. We can wear it if we want to but it's ok if we don't.

Here there are some websites where you can practice these confusing modals:

Let's finish with some examples of modal verbs in songs. ENJOY IT!!!!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


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Yesterday was a sad day for those who love the songs by Cranberries, the Irish band that enlightened our youth, since we learnt about Dolores O'riordan's death.

All my lessons today have been musicalized by their beautiful songs and Dolores' awesome voice.

I've compiled some interesting links to work these amazing songs with your students and:

Now, let's enjoy this spectacular song by this band, icon of 20th century pop:

Monday, 8 January 2018


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My dear A levels students, you can find some extra vocabulary about travelling, holidays and tourism below, so you can prepare your tests in advanced:

All these sites are for Upper-intermediate level students, that is, those students whose level of English is between B1 and B2.

Song: Wandering by Radical Face.