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 ...

















Friday, 23 June 2017

FAREWELL MY DEAR STUDENTS

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Here we are. ESO it's over.

We've talked too much and about different things through these years, in which I've had the privilege of being your English teacher, and here we are, in the present, now, at the beginning of your new adventure.

Firstly, I'd like to thank you to allow me to participate in your education, to make me grow as a human being, to let me teach you and above all learn from you.

Now, it's your turn. Now, it's you the one who has to start making responsible decisions about your future. Decisions which will guide you to the person you want to be, to the place you want to stay.

We've commented on this many times at school, we're here once, just once, and this is why you're responsible of each step you take, each fall, but above all, of getting up, of making progress, you know, 

NEVER TAKE A STEP BACK, NOT EVEN TO GAIN MOMENTUM ...

Please, be and love yourself, enjoy each moment in life, live, and especially, fly, fly away so high as you can, because walls and borders are built by yourself.

There's a whole world waiting for you. 

Be happy and good luck my dear students.





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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

ENJOY ANIMAL WORLD!!!!

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3rd Yr group is working about animals and they have to prepare oral presentations about their favourite animals and their most characteristic features.

What best that a funny song to finish the lesson?????


After watching the video, students maybe will want to record a similar video in different disguises!!!!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

LET'S MAKE OUR OWN MOBILE PHONE!!!!


This term, students of the 3rd year group are working in a project in collaboration with the subject of technology.

We are learning new vocabulary about technologies, apps and appliances through different texts in our English classroom, so we thought it'd be a good idea to create something in order to put in practice these new concepts.
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After sharing our ideas with our technology mate, we decided to make a project in which our students will invent their own mobile phones at the same time they study and practice vocabulary and expressions about this topic.


Students will work with different materials and they'll have to improve a basic mobile model with apps and tools which will be invented or created. This part of the project will be developed in the technology classroom. The teacher will help students along the whole process.

Once they have finished their designs, they'll show them to their classmates together with a brief oral exposition about their functions and apps.

Then, students will produce a piece of writing in which they'll explain the whole process and basic information about the invention of the mobile phone, which they have previously searched in the Internet.

These two last tasks will be part of the evaluation which will be done according to the following rubric:

ORAL EXPRESSION
AREASITEMSDESCRIPTIONAlwaysSometimesNever

APPROPRIACY
CommunicationUse their L2 knowledge to be understandable210
Interaction
Understand the questions and answer coherently. Provide and extend the information required.

2
1
0

ACCURACY
GrammarUse the grammar structures with precision. (adj, past, future, etc.)210
VocabularyShow varied vocabulary and use it appropriately 210
FLUENCY
Pronunciation
Intonation
Volume
Clarity, intonation, and appropriate volumen. 10.50
FluencyThey express themselves without hesitation, in a coherent and appropriate way according to the communicative situation. 10.50

WRITTEN EXPRESSION
AREASITEMSAlwaysSometimesNever
HANDWRITING
Clarity to facilitate reading
2
1
0
GRAMMAR
Word Order10.50
Verbal Tenses10.50
Appropriate use of pronouns,
prepositions, auxiliary verbs, etc.
10.50
Appropriate use of linking words10.50
SPELLING
Correct spelling in words
2
1
0
PUNCTUATION
Appropriate use of punctuation signs
1
0.5
0
Appropriate separation in sentences
and paragraphs
1
0.5
0

With this cooperative project we have managed to work within interdisciplinarity and motivate students. Moreover, they have acquired the specific contents and achieved the main objectives in both subjects.