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Hello, my name is Marian and I’m an english teacher in Spain. In this site I would like to show you some of the stuff I use with my 6-11 students.

Moreover, I want to publish and advertise about some web or blogs I find very interesting and useful for me, and I think for you if you want to learn english or you are a teacher like me.

I hope you like it.

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Apps para practicar inglés jugando:Cambridge English FC

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.pocketapp.CamridgeEnglish

Cambridge English FC es una nueva herramienta de aprendizaje de Cambridge English que hace que aprender inglés sea divertido a través del fútbol, el deporte favorito a nivel mundial. 

  

Tú eres el capitán y la estrella del Cambridge FC. ¡Responde preguntas para ayudar a tu equipo a pasar la bola, llegar al área, chutar y marcar!  

 

Preguntas tipo test medirán tus conocimientos de inglés en varias categorías. ¡Intenta no cometer errores o tu entrenador no estará contento! Si respondes equivocadamente a dos preguntas durante un partido, serás sustituido y el juego finalizará. 

  

Hay tres copas en disputa: bronce, plata y oro. Ganando cada torneo podrás acceder a niveles más complicados con preguntas más avanzadas.  ¡Ayuda al Cambridge FC a ganar el trofeo de oro! 

  

Cambridge English provee los certificados para estudiantes y profesores de inglés más reconocidos a nivel mundial. Nuestra experiencia, acumulada durante 100 años de aprendizaje y evaluación en el lenguaje, nos ha llevado a trabajar con instituciones educativas así como con gobiernos locales y regionales en todo el mundo. Las preguntas en este juego se corresponden con los niveles B1, B2 y C1 en el MCER (Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las lenguas).

How to practise English during school holidays

If your child wants to improve their English, they need to practise, practise, practise! Learning ‘little and often’ is more effective than occasionally studying hard.

Encourage your child to do one of our short activities every day. We have lots of free, online activities for younger children and teenagers.

The holidays are also a chance for children to practise the things they learned in school and use them in real-life situations. Educational days out are a fun way to learn and spend time together.

Plan a trip

Ask your child what they enjoyed doing in school. What would they like to learn more about? You could have a different theme each week: dinosaurs, trains, castles, space travel, endangered animals, the water cycle.

Learning tip

At the start of the holidays, encourage your child to make a wish-book. Ask them to put in pictures of things they’d like to do and add labels. Older children could add more details, such as:

  • Why do you want to visit?
  • When is it open?
  • How much does it cost?

Go to the library

Before your day out, encourage your child to read a book related to your theme. If your trip involves a long journey, they might also enjoy listening to an audiobook.

Learning tip

Listen to an audiobook and play a fun game. Ask your child to think of sound effects or actions for certain words. Whenever you hear the word, you must all make the sound or action.

Send a postcard

After your day out, ask your child to write a postcard in English. This practises useful writing skills, such as giving descriptions and expressing opinions.

Learning tip for 5–12 year olds

Encourage your child and their friends to send postcards to each other. It’s important to have real reasons to communicate in English. Ask your child’s school to join Cambridge English Penfriends. Your child can make friends and share postcards with other English learners around the world.

Learning tip for 13–18 year olds

Encourage your child to type their postcard message into Cambridge English Write & Improve. They will receive instant, free feedback, which they can use to improve their writing.

Make a holiday journal

After your trip, make time to reflect on the day. Your child will learn and remember more by recording what they did.

Learning tip for 5–12 year olds

Ask your child to collect holiday ‘souvenirs’: cinema tickets, shells from the beach, photographs, flowers. Ask them to write captions for each item. Ask them to create their own exhibition at the end of the holidays. For example, the exhibition could display their favourite photographs and treasures from their holiday.

Learning tip for 13–18 year olds 

Let your child choose how to record what they’ve done during the holidays. For example, they could write a blog or film themselves talking about their holiday.

Have an indoors holiday

If you have bad weather, no transport or you don’t have many places to visit, have an ‘imagination holiday’ at home. Encourage your child to find out about holiday traditions in other countries such as Anzac Day (Australia), Carnival (Brazil), Holi, the festival of colours (India), Lantern Festival (China) and Mardi Gras (France/USA).

Learning tip for 5–12 year olds 

Look up a recipe in English and make some American pancakes or French crêpes.

Learning tip for 13–18 year olds 

Invite some friends over for a ‘themed’ party with food, decorations and music from a chosen country. For example, have a traditional English garden party with ‘afternoon tea’.

(By Cambridge English Parent Support)

Instructions in the Classroom: Teacher Training Session

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Last Friday, I gave a teacher training session on “Instructions in the Classroom”.  I had been reading an awful lot about instructions and tried to plan a good training session for these two recently qualified CELTA teachers and it was the first time that I covered this area of classroom management.  There was a good selection of blog posts that I had read recently about instruction giving and a highly invaluable blog post written by about preparing an instruction training session.
Here is a breakdown of what happened during the training session:

  1. I introduced the topic of the training session and the usual aims.  I started off the session by giving my teachers some really bad, wordy and poorly designed instructions: “What I would like you to do is stand up … but not yet [they sit back down again] … you need a pen and you both need to go to this side of the room.  Sorry … just one person to this side of the room and you sit down here!  You need a piece of paper … do you have a piece of paper? On this err … this paper … just write down some … err ideas or things about err …” – you get the idea.  I asked the teachers to make a list of good and bad instructions and work together.  Hopefully, my really bad instructions inspired my teachers to create a good list.
  2. The teachers sat down together for about three minutes and noted down some ideas: “Eye contact with students”, “Gestures”, etc.  I then showed some ideas that I had from my PowerPoint (please refer to this below).
  3. I then handed out some coursebook activities (roleplays, listening, speaking, etc) and asked the teachers to prepare their instructions for a minute.  The teachers were recorded by my smartphone and then we listened to this playback and then they each gave each other peer feedback.
  4. After a few turns, I then gave each teacher an activity to prepare instructions on the spot with no prior preparation.  This seemed to work quite well and the teachers were getting into giving instructions to a group of ghost students.
  5. The teachers were then asked to consider ICQs to supplement the instructions and for each activity given previously.  The teachers prepared their ICQs and then peer feedback was given again.
  6. Next, I showed the teachers some advice regarding ICQs (“Always prepare a question where the answer is either x or y”, etc).  They noted this down briefly.
  7. The following activity was looking at gestures in the classroom.  I got the teachers to consider suitable gestures to include for common areas: “Listen to me!”, “Please repeat that”, etc.  They were all standing up and they looked as if they were traffic cops or going through a dance routine.
  8. Finally, I handed out some additional reading and referred to some books to consider looking at in their free time.  Reading included teacher training books as well as blog posts (links are provided below).

The PowerPoint slides are available to view via Slideshare (embedded below)