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.


Halloween lesson plan updated 2016

Hello again!

Preparing this year the lesson for Halloween, I decided to update a little the lesson plan of last year (you have here) and introduce new things for my Year 1 students in primary.

First of all, to introduce the vocabulary I prepared a powerpoint presentation, including the sounds, to have all the resources in one place. I found some presentations in the always useful Slideshare, but at the end I decided to make a new one mixing and matching others. Here you have.

I use it to start the class reviewing basic vocabulary. They have the pronunciation sounds for the children to hear and repeat, and with funny pictures to make them laugh.

The following step is linking the end of the pwp to the explanation of the Trick or treat tradition. And then I use the video you know of Disney Trick or treat.

I realised that I am working with the body parts in natural science at the same time, so I use the “Skeleton dance” song to review them using this halloween character:


They like all that is moving and dancing, so they love this video!

You have here a similar video that you can use too.

After that, and if we have enough time, I choose another song to also move and identify the halloween characters, as I used last year: “What are you for halloween?”

Last, with the older ones in year 3 and 4 I used a worksheet to introduce some reading and writing. It is very similar to this one of the British Council web for kids. You have there many different resources to work this festivity.

Complementing all of this, as I just told you in a recent post, this year we are working with plasticine to make a craft in the Arts class. I explained this here. 

And that is all! I hope you find it useful and give more ideas to your class.

Happy Halloween!


Warm-up activities

Warm-up activities are the first activities you do in the class at the very beginning, to facilitate the switching of the language in the children who learn English as a second language. In this way they activate their previous learning vocabulary and also make some review of the topic they are learning.

They can be songs, simple games, simple conversations, remember vocabulary, etc.

Here you have some videos with ideas for these activities for kids:



  • The following are for older children or teenagers:

Halloween pumpkin craft

I am already looking for some mayerial for Halloween. And I think about doing some typical figures with dough. 

I find this video: 


And I started to practice and I have this, because I need to try it before doing it in the classroom. 

I like it very much. There are 4 characters I’ve found: a pumpkin, a bat, a ghost and a spider. I think the spider is the most difficult, and also the ghost for the chain. 

Maybe I choose one different character for every class, or for groups, with the older ones,  we can make all the characters in every group. 
Here you have more videos:




The English Jar

(Del blog dos profes en apuros)


Todos los especialistas de inglés sabemos lo difícil que es que nuestros alumnos produzcan de manera natural, espontánea. Esto se debe a que el inglés no es su lengua materna y tampoco es la lengua en la que se comunica la gente que les rodea, es decir, no es algo que necesiten.

Cuando un niño de fuera viene al cole el proceso de aprender otra lengua es mucho más rápido ya que aunque no sea su lengua materna, los inputs que reciben de su alrededor y de los otros niños con los que necesita comunicarse, sí lo es.

Para entender fácilmente el proceso que siguen los niños (y muchos adultos) para aprender una segunda lengua debemos fijarnos en los bebés. Cuando un bebé nace no habla ni escribe,primero escucha, luego, una vez ha “llenado su cajita” de palabras, empieza a producir, y cuando ya se siente cómodo produciendo y domina la lengua oral es cuando está preparado y maduro para iniciarse en el el proceso de la lectoescritura.

Que mis alumnos se animaran y no tuvieran vergüenza en el momento de producir era algo que me preocupaba ya que en mis clases doy mucha importancia a la expresión oral, mucha más que a la escrita por lo que os he comentado anteriormente. Así que empecé a pensar en cómo conseguir que mis alumnos se animarán a hablar en inglés y hacerlo de forma grupal, que se animaran unos a otros.

Cuando estuve en una escuela bilingüe, en infantil, usamos unos papeles con forma de jarra donde iban poniendo pegatinas cuando hablaban en inglés, pero al tiempo se desmotivaban, así que busqué algo más “real”. Un tarro de cristal y unas bolitas blanditas de colores.The-English-Jar-collage-1024x732


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7 and more ways to practice vocabulary

Hello again! Today I want to share with you some tips and tricks for learning and practicing vocabulary with children and teenagers. Let’s go:

1- PowerPoint presentation: introducing the word with a picture, then the sound and lastly the word written is the most effective way to learn new words. And you can include many varied images and funny gifs.

2- Videos:


Videos are fun, engaging and they can provoke the most exhilarating reactions.

You can read more information about it in this link.

3- Songs: using modern or classic songs always like to children and teenagers. I used incomplete lyrics to make an exercise of filling in the blanks. You can listen twice and they can compare between them. You can make it more interesting if they prepare some work for themselves.

You have interesting links here:

Fluency MC in Youtube

Lyrics training


4- Games: like “Taboo”, using sinonyms, “Scrabble” practicing spelling, or “Pictionary” using expressions or paraphrasing.

5- Wordclouds: you can use these to learn words sinonyms and antonyms, and they can practice to make sentences.

6- Word chain: you have cards with two different words, on one side in english, and on the other side in spanish (or another language you use). Give one to each student. You can start saying aloud one of the words you choose randomly. The student with that word raise the hand or stands up and says it in the other language. Then that student says the word in english of the card. And another student should say it in their language. So you make the chain till the end. You can use these cards by Teaching English by the British Council.

7- Words we know Jar: (By Pro English). An empty plastic jar may be used creatively for vocabulary revision. I made this “Words We Know” label and used double sided sticky tape to stick it onto the jar. Then I filled the jar with mini-flashcards of the words my students know. For older students cards with words and phrases may be used.
How to play:
* A student pulls out a card and names the word/makes a sentence with the word.
* A student pulls out a card and names all the words related to this category that he/she can remember (e.g. if the word is ‘red’, the student names all the colours, etc.)
* Empty the jar onto the desk/carpet and let students sort out all the words into categories like ‘food’, ‘animals’ etc.
* May be used for miming game: A student takes out a card without showing it to the groupmates and mimes it using gestures and face expressions. The other students try to guess the word.
The thing I like is that the more topics you cover – the more filled your jar is and this helps you create the sense of achievment which is so important for your students.


Here there is another interesting link of more ways to revise and learn vocabulary:



Hope you like it!!