Tag Archives: resources

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 –

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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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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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 🙂

ESL CLASSROOM LANGUAGE

2 Aug

Many years ago I found these friendly images and I decided to scan them to transform them into posters. I used them to decorate the “English corner” I had in the classrooms of the school I first worked at.

 If you have an English classroom or an English corner in the classroom where you teach ESL, these posters are useful to help your pupils remember the most common classroom language.

At the beginning of the scholar year I used to ask my pupils to help me decorate them. This way, since they have been involved they tend to remember and use them better.

Another option is to print them out in a smaller size and make a mini book for each of your pupils. My pupils love making mini books, specially when I let them staple the pages together 😀

DOWNLOAD POSTERS HERE

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* Plants & Flowers in the ESL class *

27 May

It’s Spring time, the moment when flowers blossom and everything looks more colourful and pretty thanks to them. Who doesn’t like flowers? I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t.

Using the flowers as a catch, I transform my ESL lessons into Science lessons without my pupils really noticing any difference.

To introduce the subject, we watch an episode of Peep and the big wide world called “Peep plants a seed”. It is adorable!

This episode gives us the chance to start talking a little bit about who has got plants or flowers in their homes, who takes care of them, etc.

Also, Peep teaches us what a plant needs to grow. In order to practice what we just learnt through the episode, there is this perfect online game where we need to help Calliou grow a garden

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Besides, I found a great song called “The planting song” with a fantastic video that reinforces understanding the process of how to grow a plant. I’m in love with this song, it is so catchy!

 

Something quite exciting to do, if you’re school has got a garden, is to do what Peep does in the episode and plant some seeds and see what happens. Now that we know what a plant needs to grow it should be ok! Every day, some pupils can go and check the evolution of the seed and keep a record by taking a photo and writing down what’s in there.

A nice worksheet to work on what they are doing is this one you can see below. On the left there is the task to do and on the right the images to be printed out and laminated so you can use them as an example when explaining the activity.

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Since we are in the process of taking care of our own garden, it is a good moment to learn a chant about it. It is called “My Garden”. I hope you like my tutorial 🙂

This is the worksheet I made to work on the lyrics of the chant:

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