Sounds

April 6, 2010

Hello, 2010!

I’ve been searching for some sounds for an activity dealing with actions and I found this great website http://www.findsounds.com, there you can find sounds for almost everything, try ‘tap dancing’ for example, and there you go!

example of activity:

– Have sts guess what the people are doing as for practicing the Present Continuous Tense.

What other activities can we do? Write them in Comments!

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Short Stories for teenagers!

October 13, 2009

Our Teen sts and Teps will soon face some reading either from books of short stories in order to do their Book reports. For this level I´d rather have then read an online short story, because they can choose at their own pace in an environment they are quite used: the internet. I selected some websites tha t I´ve analysed to check:

http://www.rong-chang.com/easyread/index.html – Easy reading for beginners. The T can have the stories on boar and there is the possibility for LISTENING to the stories. Great choice.

http://www.eslfast.com/ – this works the same way, but for higher levels.

Now if you want to learn more about how to work with short stories for adults, I´d recommend this one, it´s full of ideas and reference: http://www.yourdictionary.com/esl/short-stories.html

Now, if you´re looking for short stories for kids, you could really take a look at these websites:

http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-stories-short.htm

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/childrenindex.html

Come with more suggestions if you have any, and before I forget: HAPPY TEACHERS´DAY! =D

this image was borrowed from http://elsadossantos.wordpress.com/


Internet roundup

May 15, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve found a few useful things which you might like.

1) Wikipedia – the free online encyclopaedia (<spelling?) has launched a Simple English version of its website. They only have 60,000 articles (compared to the many million in the normal version) but for students who feel inspired to read the internet, or for teachers to find a lower level reading this could be the place. Why not create a scavenger hunt on the web. Brilliant!

2) Ted.com – a while ago I mentioned this extraordinary site. Famous and well-known experts talk for about 10 minutes about their ideas. Great listening practice for students! The best thing is – I only noticed this week, most of the videos have an English subtitles option! You can turn it on and off – so see how much students can get for gist first then put the video on again with subtitles. They have 100s of videos so use the search option to find something related to your subject area. Amazing!

3) From time to time I see some fun videos on YouTube that people send me. All of these are to do with sport. The first is an amazing slo-motion video of surfing – it shows what happens to the water when a wave breaks, beautiful.

Another amazing video of a guy riding his bike in the most unusual places in Edinburgh (up trees, along fences etc.)

And finally this one – probably my favourite YouTube video of recent times: Ronaldo (and Lula, Pele and many others!) singing “I will follow him” from Sister Act. It’s a Brazilian video and so helpfully includes subtitles back into Portuguese. Hilarious!


Roleplaying in class

April 17, 2009

Hi everyone, it´s me again (I update this site more then my own :P).

I´ve been seaching for some time a website where we can find roleplaying activities, you know, a PORTAL?  And I DID IT!

http://www.eslflow.com/roleplaysdramatheatregames.html

RolePlaying can be used in many ways, specially to activate that weird topic you found in your book and you don´t know what to do with that. 🙂 

‘Esl flow’ is favorited here and I challenge you to do the same.

Dy.


Story strips

April 11, 2009

I´ve been searching for some activities to do with strips, and a good one I found deals with semi-controlled story trips to fill in:

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/games/story_strips_flash.html

It´s a good idea for passing on to your Sts do at home / in-class activity or lab.

Dy.


Class on photography

March 10, 2009

lego-menHi people,

I’m sorry I post so much on here. I’ve no idea if any of you read this, but this is too much fun to let pass. If you’re ever doing a photography themed class, you could use this set of pictures available on flickr. They’re lego versions of classic photos (like the one above of workers on a skyscraper having lunch). The guy who does them obviously puts a lot of care into getting them just right, and he also explains a bit about how he did it and he links to the original photo (with an explanation about why that photo is famous) so you can see how closely it matches. I’m sure there must be many ways to use this in a lesson – you could put up the lego ones and ask students if they know which picture he is copying, then show the original to check.

Click here to see his album, then click on the album Classics in Le


unbelievable

November 13, 2008

Think on a character, any. Ok? I can´t guess who they are, but this guy can. It´s amazing: he found out my Batman in 11 questions and my Sponge Bob in 9!! Try it out with your sts or to yourself, omg I am SCARED!