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

1 December 2014

Play phrases and practise your pronunciation

PlayPhrase.me offers you the possibility to improve English pronunciation and patterns of intonation with your favourite phrases out of famous scenes of TV shows and movies.


Just key in the phrase or chunk of text you would like to practise and the tool will come back to you with the bits where the phrase was uttered by various actors and actresses at various films or TV shows. You will then be ready to drill the phrase as if it were a karaoke machine, as the phrase rolls down, highlighted below the sliding scenes out of which it has been singled out.



Quite a dynamic enjoyable way to keep your English intonation and pronunciation up. Enjoy it!




17 November 2014

Guy Fawkes

From Archena (Murcia), the students at 1st ESO in IES Vicente Medina, have been working about a character from history called Guy Fawkes. Here you can know him.
Thanks to Inmaculada López and their pupils. A great work!

Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes
“Remember Remember the 5th of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot”
Four hundred years ago, the 5th of November 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes and a group of friends tried to kill the King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. At that time the main religion was the Protestant religion. Guy Fawkes was a catholic and he wanted more rights for catholics, but James I didn’t want to give them any more rights.
Guy Fawkes didn’t succeed so nowadays people celebrate that Guy Fawkes didn’t kill the king with bonfires and fireworks on the 5th of November. They make “Guys” to burn them on the bonfires.
This is what 1º ESO students have prepared to celebrate Guy Fawkes. Thanks a lot to all of them for their great work:
Jesús Rojo
Jesús Rojo, Isabel, Inés, José Luis and Alejandro Rojo
David Valero, María Candel and Mónica
David Valero, María Candel and Mónica
Mireya, Alexia, Gabriela and Laura María
Mireya, Alexia, Gabriela and Laura María
Ana Isabel, Ana María and Maribel
Ana Isabel, Ana María and Maribel
Jesús Torrano, Pablo Prieto
Jesús Torrano, Pablo Prieto
Rodrigo Ayala
Rodrigo Ayala
Elena Clara, Laura Verdú, Patricia, Aida and Andrea
Elena Clara, Laura Verdú, Patricia, Aida and Andrea

10 November 2014

Graffities and progress

The students 3rd ESO at IES Vicente Medina in Archena (Murcia) share with everyone a new work in English Classroom.Great!. Congratulations!
Inmaculada López, the English teacher tell us:

As the first task for our project “Moving forward with 3º ESO” students were asked to prepare presentations using graffities and explaining why those graffities meant or didn’t mean progress to them. They also presented their work orally to the class. They did a great job as you can see in the following presentations:
Iván, Ricardo, Fran, José Ramón and Antonio
Iván, Ricardo, Fran, José Ramón and Antonio
Pablo F, Fran and Maksym
Pablo F, Fran and Maksym
José Juan, Clemente and Pedro Ayala
José Juan, Clemente and Pedro Ayala
Alejandro M, José Antonio, Carlos, Pedro Gabarrón and Pedro Serna
Alejandro M, José Antonio, Carlos, Pedro Gabarrón and Pedro Serna
Marina, Celia Campuzano, Raquel, Myriam, Melissa and Elvira
Marina, Celia Campuzano, Raquel, Myriam, Melissa and Elvira
Berta, Marta, Rocío and Vero
Berta, Marta, Rocío and Vero
Cecilia, Yaiza, Laura and Nerea
Cecilia, Yaiza, Laura and Nerea
Jesús, Ricardo, Jaime, Máximo, Alejandro García and José Ismael
Jesús, Ricardo, Jaime, Máximo, Alejandro García and José Ismael
Silvia, Ángela Solana, Mª Isabel, Mª José Buendía and Mª José Bermúdez
Silvia, Ángela Solana, Mª Isabel, Mª José Buendía and Mª José Bermúdez
Miguel
Miguel
Gabriel and Andrés (3C)
Gabriel and Andrés

4 November 2014

Traditional Halloween Games

Find it all about how CEIP San Miguel in Armilla celebrated Halloween. Thanks to Yolanda Egea.


Halloween is a great time to celebrate with different activities the topics about witches, ghosts and fairies at school. Every year the classrooms are open to new ideas to create the best environment to have fun with kids.

Our music teacher Lucía Trujillo and PE teacher Cristina Morales took the best ideas about working Halloween through parades and corners, so the children from 5th and 6th levels had the opportunity to rotate in different stopping places and enjoy.

Have a look at the video to watch how much fun the children can have just in one day at school.



Corners:
PIN THE TAIL
THE WALKING DEAD
APPLE PASS ALONG
MUMMY WRAP RELAY
NUTS & SPOON
APPLE ON STRINGS
BOBBING FOR APPLES