April 6, 2010

Hello, 2010!

I’ve been searching for some sounds for an activity dealing with actions and I found this great website, 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!


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: – Easy reading for beginners. The T can have the stories on boar and there is the possibility for LISTENING to the stories. Great choice. – 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:

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

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

this image was borrowed from

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) – 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!

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


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!

Professor Garfield

May 16, 2008

Hi pessoal,

Firstly, thanks to those who in whatever way covered for me while I was off on paternity leave. Really, I need to especially thank Fiona, Daniel and Fernando from the staff for filling in and Steve for organising cover. More pictures of Glorinha can be found at that link from the previous post.

I’m sure most of you will know about Garfield, the most famous cartoon cat in history. I read Garfield in Portuguese to help me with my vocab and Garfield comics are a useful resource in English too. I recently discovered that the creator of Garfield Jim Davis has done some work with literacy in the USA and has created quite a good website with language activities. The website is called Professor Garfield. It would make a great e-lesson to do activities from the site. I haven’t even started finding out all the things that are available to do but I enjoyed creating (with the option of printing) my own Garfield comic yesterday…

The Alphabet Worksheet

April 3, 2008

The Alphabet Worksheet

I hope this works out all right as a file uploaded from my computer. Let me know if it doesn’t.

This is a worksheet to be used with young children as they learn the alphabet.

In my case, I wrote the entire alphabet on the White Board (WB) and sang the alphabet song through once for them to listen. (PRESENT)

We then drilled each letter until they had a pretty good hang of the letters, and sang the song through twice. Then, I drew the different symbols – 1 for each category – on the WB and elicited which category each letter should go in, according to the sound of each – from A to Z. When we finished the whole alphabet, we went back and drilled the letters from each category. To drill once more, we sang the song through all together. (PRACTICE)

Finally, I handed out this worksheet for them to copy the letters (and the lyrics of the song) from the WB (PRODUCTION).