What do ANIMALS SOUND like around the world?

19 Nov

Did you know that animal sounds are different depending on the language you are speaking? When I first heard of that I didn’t want to believe it, it was too odd for me. Now I find it quite amusing 😀

My favourite one is the Rooster, its sound changes so much!

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The 60 Most Useful English Idioms

14 Nov

They say that when you are able to joke or use idioms in a foreign language that is the sign that you are fluent at it.

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tired-of-idiom1.Beat around the bush: It is used when you avoid the main topic.

2.Cry over spilt milk: It is used when you complain about a loss from the past.

3.Take with a grain of salt: It is used when you don’t take what someone says too seriously.

4. Cut Corners:  It is used when you do something bad to save money

5. Devil’s Advocate: It is used when you present a counter argument

6. The Best of Both Worlds:  It is used when you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

7. Speak of the devil: It is used when you are speaking about somebody and that person turns up at the moment.

8. Once in a blue moon: It is used when an event doesn’t happen too often

9. When Pigs fly: It is used when something will never…

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Famous people who HAD TO learn English

12 Nov

I always tell my ESL students how useful learning English is going to be for their future. Here there are some clear examples of how learning English helped some celebrities.
Thank you for this interesting post Aiyshah 🙂

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Though many ESL students are not that familiar with the western celebrity scene, I’d like to put forward some of our well known American celebrities today just as a motivator that even the rich and famous needed to learn English to get ahead.

These stories have been taken from different website and the sites are recorded below for more information go to those sites.

1. Jackie Chan (originally from China)

Possibly the best thing about laughter is that it reads the same in every language! Known for making everyone laugh in too many comedy films to count, Jackie Chan was actually a movie star in China long before he made his way to America. Born and raised in China, it makes sense that Chinese is his first language. Mr. Chan is another celebrity who spent time learning English, which he is fluent in today.

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An Augmented Reality Halloween

4 Nov

Yesterday, with my 5 year old groups we did the final Halloween related activity after a whole week of celebrations. Using the Quiver App we designed our own Halloween Pumpkins and made them come to life. It was quite cool to see our creations alive even if it was for a few seconds!

Here you can see some examples 🙂

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This is the worksheet you have to print from the Quiver website:

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A part from being able to take screenshots while your Pumpkin is alive, it is also possible to record the screen of your device. Here you can see an example of how a Pumpkin comes to life. It is great that you can even see the inside of your Pumpkin!

PUMPKIN… PUMPKIN!!

22 Oct

IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!

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Pumpkins are a very common Autumny fruit. Besides, they are one of the main Halloween symbols!

There are many activities that could be done related to Pumpkins and that would keep children motived and eager to learn.

Next, there is a collection of resources that I have gathered together to work on Pumpkins with the little ones in Primary level:

To start with, I have selected a book of Splat the Cat, who I adore! (click on the image to hear the read aloud).

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Once the pumpkins have been intoduced through the story, there are many different activities to learn some facts about them. A possible one is to learn its Lifr Cycle and its parts:

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I have made a video tutorial for a a song about a pumpkin named “I’m a little pumpkin” 

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To have some extra fun, there are some pumpkin crafts that could be done, as…

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AUTUMN IS HERE! (Lesson Plan)

3 Oct

Autumn is here, a wonderful season for many reasons. Whenever I ask my pupils what they like the most of this time of the year they usually say: “to see the leaves fall and be able to play with them”. Isn’t that magic?

This lesson plan I am about to share is focused on some aspects related to Autumn. First of all, using a “magic bag” I present some flashcards with autumny vocabulary: food, animals and colours. Next, there is a sample:

Once we discover all the flashcards, we classify them in groups by type and we play some TPR games with them so the children get familiar with their names.

The story about Autumn that I like telling is the one called “Leafy, the leaf who wouldn’t leave”. It is based on a video story but I adapted it for my pupils and made a powerpoint:

My pupils always love Leafy and it is a good way to start a conversation about the tree leaves and why they fall. After they give me their opinions, we watch this video to help them understand well:

To continue with the leaves topic, we sing and dance this catchy song called “Falling leaves”. It is so catchy that I always find myself singing it while doing other things 😀

One of the main reasons why I like including this song in the lesson plan, is because of  its focus on the 4 autumny colours. I made this simple fill in the gaps worksheet where pupils have to write the four colours sang in the song:Sense títol

I always like including some sort of craft or game that my pupils can take home with them after using it in class. This time, I made a memory game with some autumny food and animals. Each pair of cards has got one with only the image and its matching card has got the image plus its name:

 

Where do NEW WORDS come from?

10 Sep

I think I might be one of the “Geeks” they mention in the video… Whenever I see there is a video related to languages or words history I cannot resist to watch it 😀 I consider myself a History Geek and I am proud of it! After teaching English I would have liked to become a History and Geography teacher 🙂

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