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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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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:

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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:

ETpedia

 

Hope you like it!!

Flashcards: classroom language

(Del blog Take the pen)

Aquí están las famosas flashcards. Se pueden utilizar con niños de cualquier edad. Cuélgalas en las clase a la vista de todos. No es necesario mostrar todas las  flashcards a la vez. Se puede empezar en primero de primaria con 3 o 4, y así, ir  añadiendo progresivamente, a lo largo de los cursos, o durante el mismo.

Cada frase va acompañada de un dibujo que clarifica su significado sin necesidad de  traducir.

Si es el primer contacto con este tipo de  vocabulario, les costará pronunciarlo y acordarse de las mismas. Al principio mirarán la  tarjeta con el ceño fruncido cada vez que necesiten pronunciarla, pero te sorprenderás como en unos meses, los ninos han memorizado todas las frases sin necesidad de explicación, ni traducción.

 

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Podéis ver el resto de imágenes de la entrada original aquí.

Course planning

(In the web Teaching English by the British Council)

Being able to plan well is one of the key skills that a teacher needs to have.  It involves being able to imagine what is going to happen in the classroom, and to make choices based on this imagined experience.  Planning also involves the ability to zoom out, to see the bigger picture and know how a 2 hour lesson fits into a 100 hour course, but it also involves the ability to zoom in, and work out the mechanics of how a 15 minute activity will work best.

Pre-service teacher training courses typically focus on the detailed planning of a 40 minute or 60 minute lesson and don’t focus attention on how to go about planning a much longer scheme of work.  This is also an important area to consider though, because most teachers are involved in teaching courses, which may typically last anywhere between 30 and 120 hours.

The aim of this article is to share some of the conclusions of a recent project I was part of, with the hope that it might enable other teachers to plan a little faster too!

Why do we plan our lessons?

I think that most teachers plan lessons in order to feel more confident in the class itself.  If we know what we’re trying to achieve in the lesson, we are freed up to spend more time with the learners rather than worrying about our next step.

The aim of planning is also to map out learning activities in a coherent, logical way, in order to help students understand, learn and practice concepts and skills which will develop their abilities in English.

When it comes to planning a whole scheme of work, it is important to ensure there is a balance of different skills work over the course.  We might also want to map out the areas of grammar and vocabulary that we intend to teach over the year, and plan a rough timetable for when we will introduce these concepts.

 

(You can follow reading the whole article here) 

Lesson plans – less is more

(Written by Katherine Bilsborough in the web of Teaching English by the British Council)

 

Writing a lesson plan before a class is a bit like writing a list before packing for a trip.

You can travel without a list of course but you will avoid a few problems if you spend a bit of time planning – not a whole week though. That would be silly. A few minutes should be enough. Pre-empting problems will bring peace of mind and when it comes to teaching, this is a major defence against burnout and work stress.

New teachers who have had training will have been evaluated and assessed on their lesson plans. They will spend hours preparing a 45-minute lesson. Plans include things like class, time, materials and aims as well as notes about each stage of the lesson and lots of extras. These teachers understand that a substitute teacher should be able to pick up their lesson plan, walk into the classroom and teach the lesson without any problems. You can find lots of lesson plans like this (complete with downloadable materials) on the Teachingenglish website. Here’s an example:https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/mingling-terry%E2%80%99s-trip

You can find lesson plan templates on the Internet too – that you can fill out yourself for your own classes. Here’s a typical one in a word document that you can change to suit your needs.

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/Lesson_plan_template.pdf

More experienced teachers tend to spend less time on lesson planning. They know what they have to do in the lesson. And if they ever get it wrong, it doesn’t matter because they are armed for most eventualities and have a mental library of Plan Bs.

But what the wise teachers have in common – whether they are new or more experienced – is that they understand the importance of lesson planning but are 100% practical in their approach. A 45-minute lesson should warrant around 5 to 10 minutes planning time. And the plan should be simple and always follow the same format so that it becomes second nature and end up almost writing itself. I’ve managed to reduce my prep time by around 90% since I started teaching – granted that’s quite a long period of time – but there really is no need to be a slave to lesson planning. Save your energy for the classroom – that’s where you’ll need it most.

No more burnout – a simple guide to successful and time-efficient lesson planning

  1. Gather everything you need (course book, teacher’s book, class register, timetable, etc.) and make a cup of tea.
  2. Look at the pages in the course book that you are going to be using. Then look at the corresponding teacher’s book pages. This is where you’ll find ideas for warmers and coolers, extra activities, tips and ideas, photocopiable worksheets … you don’t need to re-invent the wheel. An experienced materials writer has done the job for YOU.
  3. Think back to the last lesson when you start planning the next. If possible, do the planning immediately after the previous lesson. This ‘coherence will be appreciated by the students – even though some might not notice. Look at things like:
  • Where did we get up to in the book?
  • Is there any marking to do?
  • Did they learn any new vocabulary? (To recycle at the beginning of the next lesson)

Finally, here’s an example of one of my lesson plans – and YES! I write my lesson plans on a post-it. If the plan doesn’t fit, then I’m being over ambitious, I’ll fail and feel bad.

Classic english stories in video

In Youtube you can find a lot of resources for the english class, normally songs and videos,  but also there are many english classic stories you can use in class to storytelling.

As some ideas to work with, you can read them aloud, explained first the pictures, make the students guess what is happening, making questions and answering students questions, playing roles, etc.

Here you have some of them I like very much:

 

 

 

 

Teaching for Success online conference

Teacher development

The British Council’s first online CPD conference for teachers and teacher educators. You can register for the conference by visitinghttp://teachingforsuccess.eventbrite.com

 

With over 60 scheduled talks by speakers from around the world and panel discussions taking place between Wednesday 5 October and Sunday 9 October 2016, the Teaching for Success Online Conference promises to deliver a wide range of engaging and insightful presentations covering all aspects of professional development for teachers in all contexts. Talks on each of the five days will focus on distinct themes related to the different Professional Practices that make up the British Council’s new CPD framework for teachers and CPD framework for teacher educators.

Cambridge activities for young learners

The web of Cambridge english has got an special space dedicated to different activities to improve the learning of young learners and teenagers. There are activities to improve reading skills, listening or writing for example, and all of them divided by levels based on CEFR, and with an attractive and dynamic style. I highly recommend this web for teachers and parents.

Here is the link

 

The Magic Glasses

(De Carlota, del blog dos profes en apuros)

Esta semana quiero compartir con vosotr@s un recurso que va conmigo allí donde voy, (al menos mientras siga siendo especialista de inglés) son mis “Magic Glasses“.

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¿Cómo empezó?

Hace dos cursos empecé a trabajar en un colegio donde el inglés se trabajaba por inmersión, hasta tal punto que los niños tenían media jornada una tutora inglesa y la otra media una catalana. En este caso yo era la inglesa y en ocasiones sentía la necesidad de usar el lenguaje materno del niño o niña para atender, sobretodo, las necesidades emocionales propias de la edad y los conflictos del día a día, por eso surgió el “Magic Hat”, un sombrero con el que al ponérmelo hablaba catalán, era un momento mágico.

Del “Magic Hat” a las “Magic Glasses”

Por lo que he vivido, creo que la inmersión es la mejor manera de aprender un idioma, por eso decidí buscar un objeto algo menos aparatoso que un sombrero, que pudiera llevar conmigo y ponérmelo y quitármelo con facilidad. Se me ocurrió que unas gafas eran la mejor opción. Tenía unas de sol muy ralladas a las que le quité los cristales y ya tenía nuevo objeto mágico que podía llevar conmigo en todo momento, bien en el bolsillo de la camiseta o en la cabeza.

¿Cómo introducirlo?

Las “Magic Glasses” es algo que no suele aparecer en la primera clase a no ser que sea estrictamente necesario ya que la primera clase suele ser fácil presentarse y tener el primer contacto sin recurrir a otro idioma.

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Teacher planners and why I love them!

As in every new beginning of the school year, I am preparing my materials and looking for a good planner that can help me to be organized and keep all my important documents together and ordered.

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Throughout the years I have learnt as a teacher that I need a planner to have all the basic things I need for my classes, and all together if it is possible. A place where I can find the names and lists of my students, their marks, and also the daily plan I’m following. Weekly I actualize this plan for the next week and programme the activities I’m going to use in every class for every day. This help me to realize about the time I need, to order the resources I use, to no repeat the same things again, and to be prepared for possible surprises. I consider this is a tool every teacher should have, in paper or digital support, but is necessary to be organized and have quickly the comprehension of your style of teaching and also to be easily better coordinated with the other teachers.

Last year, I bought this school planner from Additio (link here) but in the middle of the course I  decided to personalize more and I take 2 blocs in blank we have kept, and I put together with the rest of the planner, in order to have in one bloc two differentiated parts: one with the marks and the lists of my students of all my classes ( last year I teach 4 different groups and 10 different subjects), and on the other part I had the daily planner of what I was teaching each day.

This year, I have recently bought this planner from the same brand (link here), and I hope it will be more definitive than the other one.

So, if you also need this tool, here you have some types of planners that I recommend to you:

And all the other webs, blogs etc where you can download and print, or buy one already made, etc.

I hope you can use all this information to be more organized and a best teacher!!