The Simple Future (Grammar Guide)

4 Jun

To continue with what I started doing some months ago, here there is another of the Grammar Guides that I have created during my 13 years of teaching.

–> These grammar notes can be used in two different ways:

  • Guide notes to be followed by the teacher when explaining the “Simple Future” to the students.
  • Class notes to be given to the students

 –> In these grammar notes you can find the explanation for the 4 forms of “Simple Future” that are usually studied:

  • Will 
  • Going to
  • – ING
  • Shall

 

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– Click on the images to download the original document –

Is it possible to self-learn a language? YES, it is!!!

9 May

Many of you may already know Tim Doner, but I just came across his video explaining how and why he has managed to self-learn 20 languages!! That is amazing, right?

For a while I self-learned Italian because it is quite similar to my mother tongue (Catalan). I watched films, listened to music and tried to practice it with real speakers. Now, I am able to understand Italian quite well!!! However, I am not a fluent speaker… I need to improve that 🙂

I really like the main reasons why Tim Doner enjoys learning languages, and I share them with him! Speaking other languages opens your mind to different ways of seeing the world and understanding it. Isn’t that wonderful?

Comparatives & Superlatives – Grammar guide

19 Mar

As I have previously done in older posts, I would like to share once more some of the grammar guides I wrote during my time as an English teacher for adults. I don’t use them anymore since I only work with children at the moment, I think it is nice if someone else can make a good use 🙂

This time, I am sharing a grammar guide for Comparatives and Superlatives:

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Click on the image to open the downloadable file

\\British Wildlife// Teamwork Research

27 Feb

Some months ago, I published the first wixsite I created so my 3rd grade students could investigate and learn about the British culture working on their own. This time, I would like to share the second one I created, which is focused on British wildlife. In general, children like learning facts about animals so I thought this would be an engaging topic.

In this wixsite, the main goal is to discover the differences and characteristics of the vertebrate animals: amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. As you can see in the snapshot below, there are 3 sections:

  • home page (the cover of the site)
  • British wild animals (info and pictures about the animals)
  • activities material (resources to solve the activities)

Click on the image to visit the site

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Investigating is one of the best ways for learning because the students see it as a puzzle they have to solve. Besides, it gives them a real reason for having to read, comprehend and finally produce.

The most important objective of this wixsite is to help the children improve their English by using it for reasons other than just the language itself.

This is the Activity Dossier that goes with the wixsite. Click on the image to see the 4 pages:

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How LANGUAGE shapes the way we THINK

11 Feb

As I was watching the video I was thinking to myself “that’s true, depending on the language I am speaking I have to adapt to it”. I speak 3 latin languages and 1 germanic language, and the biggest difference always comes when speaking the latter. However, I also have to adapt the way I say certain things when talking one of the latin languages since each one has got its own particularities.

Languages are so magic and I am so grateful to be able to speak more than one! They do broaden your mind a lot 🙂

// Collaborative Learning \\

31 Jan

 

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So I was on Twitter this morning and I saw this great article by Edutopia. Why did it catch my attention? Well, as I was reading I felt very related to most of what it says about certain schools that have left behind the traditional method. I am very lucky to work in a school very similar to the ones mentioned in the article and it is amazing to see how your students get involved in their own learning process.

If your school is trying to find new ways to engage your students and actually see them learn by doing, this article is perfect for you!

 

click on the image to read the whole article

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10 LANGUAGE mistakes that drive British CRAZY

21 Jan

When we speak a foreign language, we always try to speak it the best we can to avoid sounding unnatural. However, when we speak our mother language sometimes we relax a bit more and end up making mistakes. Does this happen to you?

I found this video where Lucy tells us 10 mistakes British people make when speaking in English. This made me think of what mistakes I may make when speaking in my mother language and probably I am not aware of!

The grammar guide to Present Tenses

29 Dec

I wrote these grammar notes years back when I was teaching English privately. They were aimed to adults but I think young adults could also understand them 🙂

Anyway, I thought it was about time I shared them in here so more people can benefit from them.

–> These grammar notes can be used in two different ways:

  • Guide notes to be followed by the teacher when explaining the “Present Tenses” to the students.
  • Class notes to be given to the students

 –> In these grammar notes you can find the explanation for the 4 types of “Present Tenses” that are usually studied:

  • The Present Simple
  • The Present Continuous
  • The Present Perfect
  • The Present Perfect Continuous

 –> Each explanation follows the same pattern:

  • Forms
  • Uses
  • Examples

In order to download the word document, you simply click on the image and you will be redirected to https://en.islcollective.com where I upload most of my creations 🙂
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10 MODERN English words YOU should know

18 Nov

Thanks to globalization, the English language is now being spoken all around the world. That means English is more alive and evolving faster than ever.

New English words are everywhere now. Our vocabulary is constantly growing, becoming more colorful and more diverse. Some new English words are ones which have existed for a very long time, but are now used in unique combinations or have developed completely new meanings. Other new English words appear out of nowhere, being invented by creative people or being modified by other languages. Even more new English words are coming from the Internet, which is a powerful force for communication and creation.

1. Earworm

A song or tune that, once you’ve heard it, is stuck in your head.

Use it: “That new Taylor Swift song is such an earworm!”

2. Staycation

Spending your holiday in your hometown rather than travelling abroad. Often spent relaxing around the house or doing activities in the local area.

Use it: “I’m having a staycation this summer, as I’m trying to save money.”

3. Webisode

An episode or series created exclusively for online viewing. This can be part of a web series or used to promote a television series.

Use it: “There’s a new Breaking Bad webisode online, have you seen it?”

4. Crowdfunding

Funding a project or business venture by asking a large number of people (typically online) to invest a small amount of money – usually via websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Use it: “We raised enough money to launch our business using crowdfunding.”

5. Glamping

Glamorous camping! Avoiding any rough conditions with luxurious facilities and accommodation, such as a yurt or cabin.

Use it: “We’re going to be glamping at Glastonbury this year.”

6. Lookalike

Something or someone that closely resembles something else, often used to describe someone who looks very similar to a celebrity.

Use it: “Have you seen the Prince William and Kate Middleton lookalikes over there?”

7. Handover

This word has a more political significance, in terms of gaining land or ownership. However, its modern usage is commonly in the workplace: The act of passing over control or responsibility to another person while you are off work on holiday or leaving a job.

Use it: “I’ll send my notes in a handover email so you can continue the project while I’m away.”

8. Meh

When something is a little uninspiring or dull. Also a word you could use to describe your lack of interest or indifference. It’s basically a verbal shrug.

Use it: “The film was a bit meh.”

9. Binge-watch

Watching multiple episodes of a TV show, one after another, in a single sitting. Usually with a DVD box set or using online streaming.

Use it: “I’m planning to binge-watch the entire series of Game of Thrones this weekend!”

10. Bae

An affectionate term for a girlfriend or boyfriend, short for babe or baby. Some say it’s an acronym for ‘before anyone else’.

Use it: “See you later, bae.”

INFORMATION TAKEN FROM: WWW.ENGLISH.COM

animal-themed BAREFOOT BOOKS worksheets

7 Oct

I created these worksheets a couple of years ago and shared them on TeacherPayTeachers. However, it seems they are not very popular on there! So I thought I would share them in here hoping someone finds them useful 🙂

I love Barefoot singalong books. They are catchy, nicely illustrated and great for young EFL learners. I use some of their books/songs in my lessons, mainly the animal-themed ones. That’s why I created these collection of worksheets so my pupils would have a little task to work on the lyrics.

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By clicking on the image you will be directed to the TpT website where you can preview and download the worksheets for free 🙂

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