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!


Straight from Going Webby course

September 28, 2009

I planned two activities based on some “Going Webby course” ideas. The first one was an online activity which the sts wouls create their own cartoons. You read it well guys, the is an awesome website for alowing sts to use reading and writing skills. This activity was designed for my tep 2 and tep 4 groups but you can use for adults as well. There goes the email I sent to my sts (you can borrow it as you please).

Hello everyone!
This is our first online activity and it will take you about 40 minutes to do it:

Zimmer Twins and their cat ’13’ need your help to continue their stories, so  I am inviting you to do it!
Time needed: 40 minutes (minimum).
1- You click on this link here: and go to “JOIN THE SITE”. There you fill in (preencha) with some information and you will receive a PASSWORD. Use your password to log in the website.
2- Logged in? GREAT! Now you can make your own cartoon! Watch the video I made: and watch some others if you want.
3- Now it´s the best part: please click on MAKE A MOVIE and in the page click on HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE. Watch a small video teaching how you can make a movie.
4- go back to MAKE A MOVIE page and end up (termine) a story you choose (the YOU DECIDE ones).
5- after finishing your story, please copy the link where your movie is and send it as an email to your teacher or to all your classmates (click ‘responder à todos’).

You will have 1 point for this activity and the best movie will have a prize. 🙂
Thank you kids and have fun!
Dyego Saraiva.

The next is a project in which can take the whole semester. We (my sts and me) had a survey about what was the best way to keep sts producing written texts online. They voted for a group in Google groups ( so I did. Here goes the project:

Any suggestions? improvements? ideas? Just let me know. 🙂

Title: Our first webgroup
Aim: By the end of the semester Sts will have:

–       practised off-class activities related to reading and writing.

–       had opportunities for developing creativity through various activities.

Time: the whole semester
Age group: Teenagers to adults
Level: Pre-intermediate levels to upper levels
Syllabus links: The activities will be connected to the topics of every lesson
Instructions: –       The T will decide with sts their online server for their webgroup: exs: ning, google groups etc;

–       The T will create an account in one of the servers they chose, make a welcome page and the first activity will be an introductory page where sts will write about themselves;

–       The written activities can be for all the group at once or for a group of sts (like producing a text in group so the others will have the chance to comment);

–       Some tasks will make sts get used to the webgroup, such as creating a new topic, giving a reply or adding a new link;

–       The activities can include forum discussions around a polemical topic, webquests, the T can put a quotation so sts can discuss about it, etc.

–       There should be a page for sts suggestions for websites, youtube videos, etc.

Materials: –       Internet available (for the T and for the Sts);

–       Multimedia center for the sts who do not have computers;

–       An account created in any webgroups available online.

Additional comments: –       For this project it feels the necessity of discussing some nettiquete attitudes, as well as how sts will be benefited from these online activities.

An overview on “Teaching English”

September 10, 2009

When I think I´ve found all the best things on the internet I discover “Teaching English”, a website by the British Council. It was introduced to me by Ana Falcão through her lovely course “Going Webby” and I am inviting you do a “Test Drive” with me:

– The Interface:

The interface is simple and intuitive. The Opening page leads you to the highlights for the ones who do not have time to waste. In some clicks you can find what you want!

– Going deeper:

Ok, you enjoyed the website and would like to be part of the community: Go for it and Join in! But remember: This is web 2.0, pals, so once a member, you are invited to contribute with the website as long as it was made by and for teachers, just like our WEBLOG!

– Try:

I can say that here we can find the ‘hands’ of the website. in ‘try’ session the user will find useful production from other users and try them in class to give some feedback. It is the most pragmatic session of the website.


In ‘Think’ the user is invited to reflect upon the methodologies and practices; It´s the ‘brain’ of the website.

– Talk:

In “Talk” the user joins in blogs, forums and polls to discuss the various topics related to efl; It´s the ‘mouth’.

– Transform:

In ‘transform’ the user will get to know how to develop as a professional or help others to; It´s the ‘soul’.

There  are many other features in this website, just take your time and join in this community which has a huge potential.

Logic puzzles

May 19, 2009

Just a quick post about logic puzzles. If you’re teaching the language of deduction (must / may / might / can’t ) or if you’re teaching quantifiers (all / every / none / any / both / either / neither / or / nor) as I will be later today than a logic puzzle is a good way to get students using the language. A very simple and popular one is Mastermind. Here is an online version of the game which you could fire up on the old E-board…

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!

Efl geeks and vintage ads

April 30, 2009

Today I have 3 websites to share with you:

– EFL GEEKS is a good website for the ones connected to this new era of 30-megabyte-speed-internet full of gadgets for learning and teaching. It is full of good links to browse and the recent ideas on efl.

This post is for people like Fernando, like Dave, like Steve, like Ercília, like myself: GEEKS.

– Vintage/ old ads!

Old ads are good resource of many topics for efl. You can, for example, ask sts to talk about life in the past; or you can take sts to the lab and they will find car ads and compare these cars; etc. 

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!

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.