27 Sep 2011

CH3B- Unit 9

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26 Sep 2011

25 Sep 2011

CH1B- Unit 8

Food: Fruit & Vegetables

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CH1B- Unit 7 - FOOD & DRINKS

CH1B- Unit 7 - FOOD & DRINKS 

Food & Drinks

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Phonics Time - "s" or "z"

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24 Sep 2011


Let's learn the family members

Source: http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/family/

22 Sep 2011

CH3B- Unit 8


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CH3B- Unit 7

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Phonics Time

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21 Sep 2011

JU 2B - Summaries

UNIT 5 – Part 1
Emma was late for the training. Kathy phoned her but she wasn’t at home. Kathy saw her at break yesterday. Emma finally arrived and the girls started to exercise with Andrew. They thought it was really difficult. Andrew told Kathy that she was a natural athlete! Later Emma told David she was tired because she'd exercised for two hours. She did some exercise, ran for an hour, trained at the gym and did press-ups. She complained that Andrew was very rude. He shouted and insulted them. But Kathy likes him and thinks he’s fantastic.

UNIT - 5 Part 2
Jack doesn’t see Mr. Price because he made a scratch on his car on Saturday. Mr. Price didn’t get angry with Jack because he didn’t see it but Kathy is really angry with him. She thinks he was dishonest and she doesn’t like dishonest people. To make the situation worse, Andrew heard Jack saying what he did to Mr. Price’s car.

UNIT 6 - Part 1      
Andrew is a nasty character and he doesn’t like the fact that Jack had to give him his Dunston Bulls basketball to keep Andrew from telling Mr. Price about the scratch on his car. David thinks Andrew’s going to make more problems for Jack. Jack himself must tell Mr. Price about the scratch.

UNIT 6 - Part 2 
Emma and Jessica are really angry with Andrew. He’s rude and bad-tempered. He says they must go to all training sessions, they must go to bed at 10 o’clock every night, they mustn’t go to bed late and they must eat healthy food: they mustn’t eat junk food. They all think that’s ridiculous, except Kathy. Kathy thinks Andrew is great and he likes her. Emma and Jessica think Kathy is mad.

UNIT 7- Part 1
David and Jack are talking about girls. They were training with Andrew at the sports centre yesterday. They train every day but Kathy wasn’t training on Tuesday. She was getting sponsors for the run. Jack is sad because Andrew was with her. He invites David to get some sponsors at the shopping centre. They meet Kathy there but she doesn’t want to talk to Jack. She tells Andrew that Jack is pathetic. Andrew is very happy. He loves making problems for Jack.

UNIT 7- Part 2
The training was terrible for Jessica and Emma. They could do the running but they couldn’t do the press-ups. Emma can’t understand why Andrew is helping them. They don’t like Andrew and Andrew doesn’t like them. Emma thinks he likes Kathy but Jessica tells her that he doesn’t. Andrew was talking to some friends at school and Kathy could hear him. He said he wanted to make problems for Jack and Kathy. Poor Kathy! She really likes Andrew.

UNIT 8 - Part 1
Emma feels they must tell Kathy about Andrew’s real intentions but Jessica doesn’t agree with Emma. She thinks Kathy won’t listen to them and she will be angry. Later Kathy, Emma and Jessica go to the High Street talking to a woman when the girls appear. Kathy tries to get the woman to sponsor their run. Jack is angry because he was talking to the woman before they arrived. They start arguing and make the woman drop all her shopping. The woman thinks they are mad.

UNIT 8 - Part 2
The girls and the boys feel really bad after the incident with the woman on the High Street. They want to understand what’s wrong with them. Emma starts saying that Andrew is responsible for their fights. Kathy gets really angry and sys that Emma is jealous and that they are not her friends anymore. Later Kathy comes back to apologize. She knows they are right about Andrew. They decide to stop fighting. They shouldn’t be separate teams. They should as a team, the Friends United. Kathy apologizes to Jack, too. Jack tells her she’s right about one thing: he should tell Mr. Price about the scratch on his car.

UNIT 9 - Part 1
It’s the day of the run. Jack is not here. Emma and Kathy are worried. If Jack is late, he won’t start the run. What they don’t know is that Jack is at Mr. Price’s house apologizing for the scratch he made on his car. Mr. Price forgives Jack. Andrew starts talking to Kathy. He says Jack is afraid of the run and that he’ll be surprised if Jack finishes the run. Kathy interrupts his nasty comments. She tells him to his face that she knows what he was up to. She tells him to go away. They all get on their marks and the run starts.

UNIT 9 - Part 2
It was a very difficult race. Jessica was tired. She thought she couldn’t finish it. They all supported and encouraged her. About half a mile to go Jack fell off his bike, hurt his leg and he couldn’t walk anymore. Jessica and Kathy helped him. And they did it. They finished the race together, as a team. Congratulations, Friends United!

29 Aug 2011

All For Fun and Fun For All:

                           All For Fun and Fun For All

Ice Breakers, Warmers, Energisers and Fillers

These are some tried and tested favorites. Use them as they are or be ready to adapt them to your particular purpose.
I. Learning one another’s names
1. A circle game.
 Student 1 says “I’m Marcia and I like marshmallow.” Student 2 says “This is Marcia and she likes marshmallow, I’m Kate and I like kiwi.” Student 3 says “This is Marcia and she likes marshmallow, this is Kate and she likes kiwi, I’m Pete and I like peanuts”, etc.  The last person in the circle has the challenge of introducing everyone as well as themselves.
NB. The “like” must start with the same letter as the person’s name. Sts have to find the "secret code".
2. Whose name is it?
 Students write their names on a piece of paper.The papers are collected and redistributed. Everyone walks around the room asking questions and trying to find the person whose name he/she holds. You can extend this by getting students to find out information about the person they are seeking.
3. Alphabetical line
Students arrange themselves in alphabetical order according to their names.
II. Getting to know the class
   Acronyms (What’s in a name?) – Each student writes his/her name vertically down the left-hand side of a sheet of paper, writing each letter separately.  Next, he/she thinks of a word or phrase to match each letter.  The words or phrases must describe this person somehow.  Then, all the students stand up and walk around the room asking one another questions about the information written on their sheets of paper.
     Who Am I? / What am I? New Identity:– The teacher tapes to the back of each student a piece of paper or a sticker with the name of a famous person (or thing) written on it.  The student is not to see what is taped on his/her back.  The teacher tells the class that they have a new identity.  Their task is to find out who they are.  The students are to mill around the room and simultaneously ask each other Yes-No questions. (E.g.: Am I living? Am I a movie star?) If the student receives an affirmative answer, he/she can continue asking that person questions until a negative response is given.  Then, he/she must move to a different classmate and ask another question.  When a student has established his/her new identity, this person is to remove the tag, write his/her name across the top of the paper/sticker and tape the tag to his/her chest. He/she now mills around the room helping the rest of the group discover their identities. Students then say what they have in common with the person on their new identity cards.
       Bingo icebreaker – The teacher writes on the blackboard “I’d like to know if anyone...” and asks students to brainstorm information they would like to discover about their peers individually (e.g.: I’d like to know if anyone smokes/has pets/speaks more than a language/can play a musical instrument/does volunteer work, etc).  Next, the teacher distributes a sheet of paper to each student.  The students are supposed to draw a grid containing 16 squares.  On each square, they should write a piece of information they would like to discover.  If they have brainstormed more than 16 pieces of information, they must choose the ones they are more curious about.  Next, all the students stand up and circulate to find classmates who match the descriptions in the bingo squares.   When a match is found, the player writes the name of the individual in the square.  Different names must be used in each square.  When a player has filled a row with names, he/she yells “Bingo!” (Alternatively, the goal of the game can be to fill the entire card.)
   - If you are a new teacher with an established class, write on the board the answers to some questions about yourself. The students must find the questions to match the answers.
- Students conduct a survey of some kind: e.g. to find out about hobbies, jobs, taste in music.
- “Find someone who…” questionnaires: This can also be useful for practicing question formation of particular grammar structures.
- Students choose between two options. They stand in the middle of the room and choose between, for e.g. sweet things or savory things. Each end of the room represents one choice. They go to the appropriate end of the room and then pair up with students from the other end to discuss their choices.This can be adapted to use the four corners of the room for preferences in seasons, times of the day, types of food, learning styles.
After Holidays/ Monday Morning Activities
The holidays/weekend can be a valuable source of discussion/writing in the EFL classroom. It’s personal, relevant and interesting and everyone should have something to say. It serves as a good first class warmer or a ‘Monday morning’ and gives the students a chance to get into ‘speaking English mode’.
Stand in a circle, make a statement about what you did on your holiday/weekend; ‘I went to the cinema’. Ask; ‘What did you do?’ and throw the ball to one of the students. Repeat until everyone has had a chance to speak.
Chair game/ Change places. Students sit in a circle with the teacher standing in the middle. Teacher says ‘if you went to the cinema, change places’.  Students change places, teacher stays standing. ‘if you had a good weekend, change places.’ Teacher quickly sits down and the students change places, so one of the students is left standing to continue the game.
Weekend/Holidays mine: Students have to mime activities they did during their holidays/at the weekend for the class to guess.
Find someone who…
True/false sentences:
Memory chain. ‘I’m Clare and I went to the cinema’. Student A: ‘She’s Clare and she went to the cinema, I’m John and I went fishing”. Continue.
Students talk to partner for a couple of minutes then present their findings to the class.
Correct 5: Students write five things they did on their holidays on a piece of paper. Fold papers up and them in the middle. Students pick one and read it out and other students have to guess who it was.
Teacher writes about own holiday and uses it as a reading comprehension, vocabulary, exercise, grammar exercise …
Students can draw a picture sequence/cartoon.
Holiday/Weekend alibi. ‘A serious crime was committed during the weekend/holidays and …… are suspects’. Two students go out of the class and work out what they did together. The two are then brought back into the class (one by one) and interrogated. The ‘police investigators’ have to find differences in their alibis.
Crossword composition. Give students an empty grid and in pairs they fill it with vocabulary from their holiday. Black out the empty squares on another grid then students write clues for their words.   HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! ;))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

12 Jul 2011

My "secret" to language learning

Thomas Edison once wisely stated that “success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.” Empirical evidence seems to suggest that success in language learning is somewhat the same. If you are not one of those few lucky gifted learners you might agree with me that success is 10% gift, 20% motivation and 70% perspiration. While gift does improve the outcome of perspiration (or perhaps the other way around!), motivation has a major role not only in success in language acquisition, but in most achievements. Research findings show that there is a circular cause and effect relationship between success and motivation: the more motivated you are, the more you succeed. Success, in turn, leads to still greater motivation!

My secret to language learning was perspiration, really! I always had to be very systematic about what I was to learn: I diligently listened to audio cassettes (if you are old enough to understand what I mean by cassettes) in English and wrote down the tapescript (it must be said that this was not as fun as listening to songs and writing down the lyrics, but just as effective!). I also wrote word lists and illustrated the meaning of the words with pictures and/or sentences and memorized loads of chunks of language. Yes, memorization!!! I memorized lists of vocabulary, phrasal verbs and even interviews in English: questions and looooong answers. I can’t say I enjoyed the memorization process, but when I succeeded, I felt really proud and challenged myself with further memorization. I wasn’t aware of the role of memorization in foreign language learning back then... I was just a teen, but I was able to enjoy its benefits anyway. Today, if asked for advice, I’d certainly say: be systematic about what you learn.

24 Jun 2011

Links for students and teachers



Burcu Akyol's EFL Blog                                                                                           Critical Mass ELT


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29 May 2011

My first PLN love!

My first PLN love!

Earlier this month Brad Patterson @brad5patterson proposed a blog challenge on Twitter. I'm not a real blogger, the only blogging I do is adding some activities for my young learners here, but I liked the idea so much that I decided to take the plunge. So here is the outcome: 
                                An interview with Carla Arena @carlaarena
Some Background:
It was a Sunday, 14 November, 2010, when my life started to change. And it was all Carla's "fault"! Searching the net, I came across Carla’s blog post on elearning speedgeeking and that led me to her twitter account (or was it the other way around?) The truth is, it was then that I fell in love with Carla, who was the first member of my adorable PLN and to whom I owe having become a more engaged and techy teacher. Therefore, my interviewee couldn’t be anyone else, but her. Without further ado, I share, with enormous pleasure,  a bit more of this incredible human being with you.

About Carla
Besides her family, the trio teaching, cooking and photography are part of Carla’s true passions in life. They are all related to magic moments in life, alchemy, creativity. Carla was once  just another government worker working a long day. Her life really turned upside down when she taught her first class in a methodology class at Casa Thomas Jefferson, in Brasilia. From that day on, she became a teacher. And, what a great teacher! From the beginning, she found the power of technology as a connective and transformative tool in the classroom. Nowadays, more than tech in class, she’s excited about the new possibilities of its way beyond the four walls. That's why for the past years she has dedicated herself to the eLearning program at the Casa and to volunteer work in the Electronic Village Online (a TESOL-CALL-IS project) Coordinating Team and as an online moderator of free training sessions for educators.

Carla’s blog: http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com/

The 5 Standard Questions:

If your students were to label you with 3 adjectives, what might they be?

Geeky, loud and all smiley

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Juicy fruits, vegetables, cheese, ham, wine (always!), beer for my husband

If you weren’t a teacher, what might your profession be?

A National Geographic Photographer or a chef?

What has been your most difficult class as a teacher?

The most difficult class for me was when a very dear teenage student died in a car crash. I was devastated, but had the tough task to be the support for all those wonderful, helpless teenagers in class...It was one of the most demanding days in my teaching profession.

What was the last book/movie you read/saw, and what have you seen/read way too many times?

Books? I'm reading three now. Just finished Seth Godin's "Poke the Box". I'm finishing Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers' and just started "Digital Education. Opportunities for Social Collaboration", edited by Michael Thomas.

About my favorite movies of all times? "Cinema Paradiso". It is just a portrait of my own Sicilian family.

Extra Question:

How different is Carla, the mother from Carla, the teacher?

Carla, the mother, is very demanding, but caring. Always alert. Carla, the mother, is as close to her kids as one can be.

As for Carla, the teacher, she's softer, always cheerful, demanding, but not pushy. More understanding.

Both Carlas care for the other, are totally passionate about life, and try to inspire others to do their best, to pursue their dreams.

Ping Pong

Day or night? Both

Salt or sugar?

Air, fire, earth or water? Air

Hot or Cold? Hot

The city or the country?

Modern or Classical? Modern

Film or book? Film and book

Say the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear these prompts:

My family: my balance, my passion

Favourite quote: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." Einstein

A role model: Dennis Oliver, an incredible friend and educator

A dream: democratizing access to education in Brazil

Brazilian Educational System: still has a long way to go. We need transformation.

I hate: injustice

I love:
cooking, traveling and taking photos

My PLN: lifelong learning and connections

Other interviews in the challenge:
@Brad5Patterson         and          @CeciELT

@CeciELT       and      @Shellterrell

@theteacherjames     and       @annamusielak

@seburnt           and       @vickyloras

@bcnpaul1          and         @brad5patterson

@shellterrell     and      @seburnt

@vladkaslniecko        and          @annamusielak

@sandymillin      and       @naomishema

@davidwarr       and          @hoprea

@vladkaslniecko      and       @tarabenwell

@abfromz          and       @evab2001

@vickyloras          and        @esolcourses

18 May 2011

Children 1A Unit 5



25 Apr 2011

Children 3A Unit 4 Games

Learn these means of transportation

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And HERE for a transportation word search

Play a HANGMAN transportation game

Play a MATCHING game

  Study these flash cards 

Play Space Race Click HERE
My score: 55,210 Can you beat it?

Click HERE to learn more means of transportation

And on the links below to play games to check if you've really learned these new words.

Transportation word quiz - trains, plane, truck and more
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Chiew Pang on RSCON3 2011