23 February 2015

The 30 Goals Challenge is back!

The 30 Goals Challenge is back to inspire teachers and learners worldwide all along its sixth cycle in 2015.

Lead by stunning Shelly Terrell, this new cycle takes a step forward and encourages us all to accomplish 1 to 30 goals and use those accomplishments to inspire other teachers and students.















Find it all about this inspiring project at The 30 Goals Challenge and join the movement!

19 February 2015

Join #twima2

After the success of The World is My Audience in 2014, we are ready to jump into The World is My Audience 2 - Dreams around the world.


#twima, The World Is My Audience, was a first attempt at gathering the world's classrooms for a collaborative poetry project.  It was a huge success, not in numbers of downloads (yet), but in the impact it had on teachers and students making connections with classrooms worldwide.

#twima2 is the follow-up project.  Again, the goal is to collaborate with the world's classrooms on a writing project.

So, fill in the application form, and get ready to dream and connect with the world!

TWIMA2

Follow the project site: www.thetwimaproject.weebly.com. 
Like its Facebook page: facebook.com/twima
Stay tuned at Twitter: #twima2





17 February 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 in Nava de la Asunción

From IES Jaime Gil de Biedma in Nava de la Asunción (Segovia), we share a excellent work that they have done while were celebrating "The safer Internet Day 2015".

It's a book with the title "Super Dylan, an Internet heroe". I hope you like it.



12 February 2015

"Romeo and Juliet" 4 centuries later

Today we publish a new work from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). The students 3ºESO C have done an amazing activity basad on the classic story "Romero and Juliet". 

Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:

No doubt “Romeo and Juliet” would have been a completely different story if it had been written nowadays. In 3º ESO students have tried to reflect how much things have changed since the 16th century, especially and luckily for women, at least in the most developed countries.
After reading the play, students from 3º ESO C had to choose their favourite scene and adapt it to modern times. It has been a long process, but, on the whole, the experience has been valued very positively by the students and their teacher, and most importantly“Romeo and Juliet” will never be forgotten (students’ words). Obviously, this makes the teacher feel  over the moon and Jupiter :-)
The first step was to write the script of their scene in a google document and share it with their teacher:
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The second step was to record their video and upload it to either Youtube or vimeo. Here are the results. Congratulations to all of them. They’ve done a great job:





22 January 2015

Join The International Writing Exchange EVO 15

The International Writing Exchange is a collaborative writing project for EFL teachers and their students.

The goal of IWE is for students to learn about other cultures and improve their writing using Moodle.





Target audience:
EFL teachers who teach English for academic or special purposes.  
Learning Environments:
  • Moodle course area where the International Writing Exchange will take place with the teachers and their students. Moodle is a password-protected area where teachers and students can work privately.
  • WizIQ course area for the content and live online events for public viewing.
Session objectives:
By the end of the session (5 weeks), participants will have:
  • discussed diversity and culture in the EFL class
  • planned, implemented and evaluated writing activities using rubrics
  • created a unit for an IWE class on Moodle
  • used technology tools to showcase their unit
  • reflected on the session activities and IWE 
This session is part of the Electronic Village Online 2015 (EVO15).







Do not miss this opportunity to connect with other ESL teachers and their students worldwide and join!


19 January 2015

Places in the UK

Here we published an interesting activity from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). It's a great work about some cities of UK, using Google Maps.




Music has been an important part of our subject this term, so I thought it would be nice to start this post with a track by The Jam, one of the most emblematic British bands from the 70s. Why this song? Check out these lyrics:
“In the city there’s a thousand faces all shining bright
And those golden faces are under 25
They wanna say, they gonna tell ya
About the young idea
You better listen now you’ve said your bit-a”

“In the city, in the city, in the city there’s thousand things I want to say to you”…. as it happens it’s 1º Bachillerato C who have been telling me lots of interesting facts about different cities in the UK. Here is the work they created. Thanks a lot, guys:
Oxford by María García, Lidia and Pilar.
Oxford by María García, Lidia and Pilar.
Oxford by Nuria, Patricia, Selena and Celia.
Oxford by Nuria, Patricia, Selena and Celia.
York by Selena, Nuria, Celia and Patricia.
York by Selena, Nuria, Celia and Patricia.
Manchester by Otmán, Aurora, Estela, Fran and Alicia.
Manchester by Otmán, Aurora, Estela, Fran and Alicia.
Liverpool by María Atenza, Natacha, Isabel, Mª Carmen and Paula.
Liverpool by María Atenza, Natacha, Isabel, Mª Carmen and Paula.
London by Sandra, Diana, Estefanía, Mª José and Luciana.




15 January 2015

Juliet Capulet and Malala Yousafzai

Today we share an excellent English activity from IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia). Inmaculada López, the teacher tells us:
Students from 3º ESO B and C have been working on “Romeo and Juliet” for the last two months. We decided we weren’t going to do an exam for this reading because we have come to the conclusion that reading and exam are two enemy words (just like Capulets and Montagues). So how would we evaluate this reading? Easy! Thinking of tasks which could be evaluated by the whole class, not just by the teacher and concentrating mainly on emotions and the role of women in the 16th century and how this role has changed in the last 4 centuries…or hasn’t it?
10th October, 2014 is an important date in the development of our task. Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for a quality education for everybody. Call it coincidence or whatever but straight away we see a connection between Juliet’s story and Malala’s. Besides, we agree that this brave girl deserves a little homage from us. We start listening to her words on finding out she’s been given the prize:


After listening to her, we decide to record a radio programme in which students have to work in groups and assign roles to interview Malala, asking her a series of questions to see the connection between Shakespeare’s play and her story.
You can access the whole process of the task step by step by clicking here.
I strongly recommend you to listen to these radio programmes. Simply awesome work ;-)
Malala iVoox Channel
Malala iVoox Channel