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!

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