18 September 2014

On the road again!



Summer is over, so here we are again!!
A new school year begins and most of us will have to get used to new timetables, some will teach new students or even work at a new school , but all of us will face new challenges and look forward to achieving new goals, won’t we?
From the ESL Times we just want to welcome you back and wish you the best of lucks for the present year.
We want to keep managing this space in order to make it easy for you to use it, to share your students’ productions or your teaching ideas or just letting us know any news you think might be of interest. We will do our best to spread the word.
So, please, keep tuned; new sections and new features will appear here soon and, as usual, you –and your students- will be the stars!!
Happy back to school!!


27 June 2014

My daily routines



The students at 4th level in Capileira (Granada) tell us what they do all days (Their daily routines)
The activities followed this order:

1º Find and write the verbs you need to explain (present simple).
2º Write the hours
3º Fill this sheet 
4º Write full sentences. Put in order (from morning to night).
5º Record the audio
6º Add a photo
7º Write questions to make an interview
8º Record the interview

We used a wall of Padlet and Ivoox to make this activity.
We hope you like!

23 June 2014

InteRActive Map


From IES Jaime Gil de Biedma in Nava de la Asunción (Segovia), Inmaculada Cuellar, the English teacher show us an interesting experience in class with students at 2nd ESO. They were working with AR (Augmented Reality).

This is a map of the British Isles which decorates the walls of our classroom. But it is not a simple map, it has got a lot of information: culture, geography, literature, history, tourism.... Use your mobile phone to scan the codes or images and you will find out.
We use the following apps: QR-droid and Aurasma in our mobile phones and Unitag and Aurasma Studio in our laptops.




If you look at this map of the UK and the Republic of Ireland you can see QR codes and images; if you scan the codes and the images you can see more than that:
- the green QR codes hide the name of a city and the population of this city.
- the red QR codes hide the name of the capitals and their population.
- the biggest QR codes hide audios telling the experience of some of my students in UK last summer.
- the images hide videos about the monuments, culture, music etc.
And also we have a book of the most important writers in English language, we used Calaméo to transform a powerpoint into a digital book.
Scan this QR and the image with your mobile phone and you find out what is in each one, you will be surprised:






Scan the code with QR-droid. You can see the biography of important writers like: Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Orwell, J.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. 




Scan the image with Aurasma. This is a video of London Tourist Office to promote the London Eye.





We recorded the experience in a  video that has been published in the Revista Digital de la Junta de Castilla y León.




Have a look at the video:


19 June 2014

Thanks, Educalab


Today, we want to say "Thank you" to the  EDUCALAB team who have chosen our blog as their recommended one for the current week in the #Educablog category .
We feel very much pleased and honored with this distinction and would like to say special thanks to our reporters who have contributed to keep this blog alive by sending their ideas, experiences, classroom projects, opinions, etc. 
We are very happy to manage the technical issues as well as try and make the way smoother, but it's you, collaborating teachers, and your students, who have made it possible that we have published some 150 posts and received more than 70,000 visits so far. 
This recognition by EducaLAB gives us energy to go on growing and we hope it will also help you -hesitant reporter-  venture to publish your first entry.
We'll be here, ready to spread YOUR word!!





American life

Students in 2º ESO D have been reading about American life and they have created these glogs about American meals, American sports and famous American places. Nice work!


5 June 2014

We talk freedom


We talk freedom at school because we believe education is one of the best ways to fight against different types of slavery. We would like to take the opportunity to show our rejection towards the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria.



These are the students’ oral presentations of their work on different types of slavery:


THE SALE OF CHILDREN by Elvira, Tania, Marina, Elena and Ángela Solana (2º ESO B):


HUMAN TRAFFIC AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION by Marta, Vero, Berta, Rocío, Ángela Martínez and Mª Isabel (2º ESO B):


FORCED MARRIAGES by Silvia, Celia, Mª José Bermúdez, Mª José Buendía and Raquel (2º ESO B):


CHILDREN AT WAR by Miguel, Gabriel, Pablo Villegas and Pedro Gabarrón (2º ESO B):


CHILD SOLDIERS by Antonio, José Ramón, Fran, Ricardo and Iván (2º ESO B):

HUMAN TRAFFIC AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION by Clemente, Pedro Ayala, José Juan, Pablo Fernández and Carlos (2º ESO B):