Tuesday, 21 November 2017

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

poster made by students at IES Ilipa Magna (Alcalá del Río)

My students of 3rd and 4th ESO at IES Ilipa Magna (Alcalá del Río, Seville) have made a big poster with different images taken from campaigns carried out in several Spanish-speaking countries. They have also translated into English some of the sentences as a message in this relevant day.

pics of the translations made by students

pics of the translations made by students

pics of the translations made by students


The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is November 25 because that day in 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal,

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were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the ruler Rafael Trujillo. 

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These three brave women fought hard to end Trujillo's dictatorship, and since they were killed for standing up for their rights as free citizens, they became a symbol for activists on women's right since 1981. 

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November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly on December 17, 1999. Since then, many different events are organized around the world to eradicate this social scourge.

However, all of us have the responsability to respect equality between sexes and act accordingly to that basic principle.

To fulfill this aim we need to know some facts about that day:

WHAT DOES "VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN" MEAN:

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It means any act of gender-based violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occuring in public or private life. (source: https://marciokenobi.wordpress.com).

BUT WHAT ELSE IS "VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN":

IT IS:

  • a human rights violation.
  • a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
IT ALSO IMPEDES:
  • progress in many areas, including
                      * poverty eradication
                      * combating HIV/AIDS.
  • peace.
  • security.

IT IS NOT INEVITABLE, BECAUSE PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE AND ESSENTIAL.

IT IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, SINCE UP TO 70 PER CENT OF WOMEN EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE IN THEIR LIFETIME.

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UP TO NOVEMBER, 44 WOMEN HAVE BEEN ASSESSINATED BY MEN IN SPAIN.













Saturday, 11 November 2017

INDEFINITE PRONOUNS IN ENGLISH (COMPOUNDS)

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WHEN AND HOW DO WE USE INDEFINITE PRONOUNS?











Indefinite Pronouns de Cristina14


WHAT ABOUT SOME SONGS WITH INDEFINITE PRONOUNS?








Monday, 30 October 2017

HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!

A TERRIFYING CEMETERY



4th ESO Students, IES Ilipa Magna, Alcalá del Río, have built an original graveyard celebrating the most famous British and American celebrities who passed away in the past.

Maybe, they all are going to party tomorrow night!!!!!!






Saturday, 30 September 2017

THE FUTURE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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Do you know how to use all the future tenses in English?

Let's clear up some doubts...


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

WORKING ON OUR BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!!


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Are you ready to back to work? 

When starting a new school year we, as teachers, are always willing to prepare new lessons so our students can understand and finally love Shakespeare's language.

I've begun to think of new ways of getting my students attention and look for new resources to be used in classroom.

Here you can find some interesting sites with amazing and funny lessons and ideas for the very first days in classroom:

Click HERE to find a site I especially like , because it presents vocabulary in a funny way and with different types of levels and activities. It is very useful when using the DB in the classroom.

Click HERE to visit a site I've used many times to prepare lessons, and you can find different worksheets on this specific post for the first lessons of the year.

Click HERE to see this SITE which has got many lessons for the new school year including plans for icebreakers, business basics, and absolute beginners.


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Anyway, if it's too much work for ending holidays and starting the new school year, here you have some available lessons on my blog that, maybe, can help you to prepare the first day:





And now, 
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

FLIPPING A GRAMMAR LESSON

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Some days ago I posted an infography on how flipped classroom can improve our teaching. I received some colleagues' comments on how it can be done. So, since a promise is a promise, here we go with some examples of how to do that in our English classrooms.

This sample post is about flipping a grammar lesson, but you can use it and adapt it whatever lesson you are teaching.

Let's say you are about to teach and explain your students the passive voice. 

First thing to do is to get them exposed to some examples of the grammar structure through some reading activity or any other you find appropriate to this aim.

As homework, they will be asked to watch some tutorials, videos or any digital resource you can think of. These digital contents have to be available on the net, or you can posted them on your blog, website or any digital device you use for your classroom. Sharing it by e-mail, Edmodo, etc., with your students can be also a good option.

Here you have two different tutorial examples you can find on YOUTUBE on passive voice:


LOWER LEVEL STUDENTS



HIGHER LEVEL STUDENTS

One of the fantastic and useful things of flipping the classroom is that you can load or post videos / tutorials which can match the different levels you have in classroom. Therefore, you can attend to diversity within the group, and students can set whatever pace they are comfortable with. For example, lower level students can view materials multiple times and higher level students can breeze through everything more quickly.

Next lesson will be used to check if they have understood how the passive voice (or any topic you are teaching) works. Once in the classroom you can form groups of 3/4 (click here to know about grouping in the classroom) whose members will help each other understand the grammatical structure. 

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Each group will designate a chairperson and they will discuss for some minutes about the tutorial they watched at home, what they understood and misunderstood. All chairpersons will explain to the classroom their conclusions and the teacher will only listen to them without interrupting. 


Then, the teacher, or any student who wants to participate, will clear up all the doubts, using always examples as visual as possible in order to make the classroom more motivating. This activity allows teachers to see exactly where students struggle and adjust the explanation accordingly.

One of the resources that can be used to clarify questions about the grammatical structure is this kind of video



where students, still in groups, try to identify and understand the structure used in different popular TV shows.

Now it's time to start working with practice in the classroom. There will be different activities to work in groups, so students with different levels will help each other. In a traditional classroom, students of various level all have to follow the same pace set by the teacher and this is less than ideal for many of them.

The teacher goes round the classroom and try to help students do the activities, so they can finally understand how the passive voice works through practice.

There are different types of activities which are appropriate for this group work in the classroom

Exercises on line which the teacher can show on the digital board or students can do with their own electronic devices:



Games on line:



Speaking games and Worksheets:




Songs:






You can also used traditional worksheets or workbooks which can be graded according to the levels in your classroom:




For ESL/EFL classes, the flipped classroom approach is essential because it mazimizes the amount of time students speak English in class and minimizes the amount of teacher talk time.

So let's get it started ...