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GLOGSTER

glogster

Glogster is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. A “Glog”, short for “graphics blog”, is an interactive multimedia image. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content.

I certainly recommend to use Glogster with Primary Education students. It is quite straightforward to learn how to use it, and I think it may be very motivating for children to create posters taking into account their interests.

We’ve experimented how Glogster works, and these are the results:

Ireland Glogster

My five senses Glogster

My last summer Glogster

I hope you enjoy them all, and try to do one by yourself, it’s easy and fun!

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Fun activities to promote writing skills

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Hello world!

We have not written anything for a while, but we’re back with an interesting website where you can find some advices to promote writing skills on learners. They can be very useful and may help you to dispel any doubt you have.

We hope you find it helpful and interesting.

 

(María Gómez)

English Exercises!

Hello everyone! Today we bring you a new web page including lots of exercises for your future/present classes. They can be also used for your own professional developement, so don’t miss this chance and have a look at Englishexercises.org .

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Here you can find interactive and varied exercises from  elementary to advance levels and years from 3 to 100! You and your students are now able to practice a big amount of vocabulary and grammar with just a clicl. It counts with a good searching tool to look for the activities, and it’s a really easy web page to use.

We hope this could be useful for you! thanks for reading, and don’t forget to post!.

(Félix)

TPR

Total Physical Response (TPR) was developed by Dr. James J. Asher. This method helps in the learning of second languages by means of movement. When language is followed by a physical response, it is easier retained.

Some of its advantages are: high-speed understanding of any target language, long-term retention, and no stress! Also, TPR classes are enjoyable for teachers as well as students.

The method attracted the attention of some teachers and became popular in the 1970s, but it hasn’t received much support from mainstream teachers.

In my opinion, teachers should pay more attention to this method, as it is a powerful way of teaching. The students have a great time practising it, they experience immediate understanding thanks to the gestures and movements and they aren’t forced to produce the target language, they will just do it when they feel like they want to, so the learning atmosphere is free from anxiety.

You can find more information about TPR on James J. Asher’s official website: http://www.tpr-world.com

Helena Coín

Body Parts

Body Parts Board is an interactive game where children will have fun as the same time they learn. It’s very similar to the Goose Game, and a very amusing practice!

Playing this game, learners practice the listening skill, besides they increase their vocabulary knowledge and they can remember what they learnt previously, in the case of using it as a tool for revising.

Let’s play and learn!

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/body-parts-board-game-for-esl-practice/

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Practicing english at home!

My own experience tells me that learning and improving English is easier than it seems. 

ImagenHere I give you some tips to practice your second language without moving from home!

1- Listen to your favourite music carefully.

You will surprise yourselves understanding the lyrics of the English music, as long as you pay attention to the voices and pronunciation. Take one specific song each week and hear it daily- at least three times a week-. In the weekend, google the lyrics and listen it again with it in front of you. It works!

2- Read a book in English for second time.

Look for a book you have already read in Spanish and read it again in English.  It would be a great resource of vocabulary, and the main ideas of the book will be internalized yet, so the reading process won´t be that hard.
You can also try with newspaper, magazines, etc.

3- ALWAYS watch series and films in Original Version.

This is the most important step. Everybody likes watching series and films, and they are a great resource of English input.  You will realise how good is hearing the real comments from the actors. Films and series will win in quality and cartoons will be much more funnier. In addition, you will learn in an unconscious way. Try using subtitles at the very beginning  but don’t be afraid of avoiding them whenever you can. You can also watch films that you have watched in Spanish or repeat some series chapter. THIS WILL WORK!

I strongly recommend this link: http://www.mejorenvo.com/

That’s it. Easy, isn’t it? Comment your progresses if you want to try!

(Félix)

Listening activities

Today we bring you some links to different learning activities we have found in the totally recomended website: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org .

They will be part of your own collection of activities and resources for future learners you have, and could help you practicing the creation of your own listening activities.

Enjoy!

Félix: I have choosen this sons that will help learners to learn about to basic topics: animals and dental care. Good values and nice oral imput for an entertaning learning process.

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/old-macdonald-had-farm

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/brush-bus

Maggie:

This is a video in which Pocoyó and his friends  show us their bedrooms. It’s very interesting because children can learn the vocabulary related: bedroom, bed, wardrobe,  lamp, toy box, sofa and table. They put special emphasis on these objects. At the end of the video, there’s a song in which they review these concepts. We think this can be an effective skill to improve their speech and their listening ability. Let’s watch it!

http://bcove.me/p5c0pq0x

The second one is about animals, Lily talks to us about her hamster. Moreover, she tell us what’s her pet like, what’s her favourite animal and what’s her least favourite animal. This may be useful for the beginning of an activity to improve their English learning.

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/kids-talk/lily-talks-about-animals

Helena: I picked these two activities.

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/chocolate-cake

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/word-games/hangman/fruit

The first one starts with a matching activity, and then there is a catchy song about fruit. The lyrics are transcripted, which will help students learn new vocabulary easily, and also review the vocabulary they already know.

The second one is the typical hangman and the topic is fruit. It’s a simple game, but I think it can be appealing for children as it is a funny game and the vocabulary asked is not difficult.