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 🙂

Classroom Tips for new ESL teachers

28 Aug

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Some of you are already back to school, others like me are enjoying our last holiday days. Which means I am getting mentally ready for “La Rentrée” by organizing my own thoughts.

Next, there are some tips I would like to share with those starting this adventurous career.

1- Classroom rules:

It’s a good idea in the first class to establish the ground rules. The key to this is being consistent and fair. For instance, it is a good idea to set up a points system with a reward for the winning team (for example at the end of term). You can allocate points for winning games, being active, speaking in English, behaving well, etc. By putting students into groups for this, students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their classmates’ behaviour as well as their own – thus relieving some of the pressure on the teacher!

2- Dealing with fast finishers:

It’s always good to have supplementary materials at hand such as crosswords, word searches and general vocabulary exercises, such as matching words to pictures etc. This way your students won’t be wasting time doing nothing, or worse still disrupting others. Another option I really like (and they seem to like it, too) is to let them help other classmates, it works very well!

3- Group work and pair work:

It is important to use a mixture of pair work and group work. Your students may proclaim that they are too tired to move and that they would prefer to stay in groups with their friends. However, getting students to work with different people not only helps to improve their English, but it also keeps things interesting. You may choose to put stronger students with weaker students and at other times you may wish to put the stronger students into a group so you can work with the weaker students more closely. Be aware of the dynamics of your group and take note of who works well with whom. Sometimes it is necessary to keep some students apart if their personalities clash!

4- Using their L1 and English:

At an elementary level, students will of course need to use some of their own language in the classroom in general. However, in controlled practice activities and freer practice activities, students should be using only English. You will therefore need to make it clear to students that in these activities they must only use English. It is a good idea here to implement the points system whereby students can lose points for their team if they don’t use English (you could appoint some monitors to help you catch naughty students out).

5- Giving instructions:

One of the biggest challenges of teaching elementary students lies in setting up activities. As students know barely any English, giving instructions becomes a difficult task! It’s a good idea to demonstrate activities with one pair/group first (choose strong students to do this). Also getting the students to repeat directions back to you is a good way of checking students’ understanding.

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