jueves, 13 de julio de 2017

Clothing

If you happen to teach clothing items in class and you don't know how to deal with the topic, I will give some tips that I usually use and they work wonderfully.

  • In the first three lessons (two periods of 50 min per week) I introduce a book that I love: Winnie in Winter. It is a very useful resource and so enjoyable. I remember that when I was a kid my teacher used to tell us stories of Winnie and I have never forgotten them. I returned from school and re-read them over and over again. It's great to work clothing, seasons, furniture and parts of the house. We talk about What's Winnie wearing in winter? What is she wearing in summer? So that you introduce the verb wear. I normally ask the students to elicit some vocabulary related to Winnie's clothes in winter and then make the comparison with Winnie's clothes in summer. Seasons help them to make connections. (I implemented this activity with second and third graders)
  • If you happen to teach in kinder, as I do, you may also introduce this topic with a guided role-play of Little Red Riding Hood. I picked up some clothes at home (a red cloak, a shirt, glasses, a scarf and a head-band with pointed-ears) I played the role of the wolf. Some students played the roles of mum, grandma and the hunter. Before starting, we got dressed. As we were dressing up, I named the clothing items. After this, I just helped them with the dialogues which were very short and simple. We enjoyed it so much!!! After doing the role-play, we played "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?": The children sing this song while the wolf listens in the other corner of the classroom. After singing, they ask: "Mr. Wolf! Are you ready?" and the wolf answers: "No! I'm putting on my socks!" When the wolf is all dressed up, he is going to answer "Yes!" and try to catch some children who are going to be wolfs with the big bad wolf. They just LOVED it. It was really funny. You can also do this in primary. They're going to love it.
Well, that's all. I hope you find them as useful and funny as I did. See you around! :) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShE27Hst_NM (this is the link of the song "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?")

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mi茅rcoles, 5 de julio de 2017

Vocabulary games

Hi there! Last week i found this page about games for practicing new vocabulary. I found it really useful. Besides, students enjoyed playing them so much! So hope you find it useful too. Link below 馃槉

http://m.busyteacher.org/13612-7-best-games-for-vocabulary-class.html

martes, 27 de junio de 2017

EXAM SITUATIONS

I think that the best strategy is to prepare the exam with your classmates. At least it works wonderfully to me. We all have different ideas and information and maybe I have some value information that my classmate doesn't and viceversa. Besides, we can correct and assess eachother. 

Another useful strategy is to practice your answers on a sheet of paper. Make questions and write the answers in your own words in order to check understanding.

As regards strategies to handle stress, I have none. I get so nervous and stressed. I just hate exam situations. I think that there are so many ways to assess students. It is not necessary to go through these stressful situations. However, I love studying and I get quite happy when I get good marks. It motivates me a lot.

viernes, 2 de junio de 2017

FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Noam Chomsky
He is an American linguistphilosophercognitive scientisthistoriansocial critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics". He is credited as the creator or co-creator of the universal grammar theory, the generative grammar theory, the Chomsky hierarchy, and the minimalist program. Chomsky also played a pivotal role in the decline of behaviorism, being particularly critical of the work of B. F. Skinner.

I happened to hear of his theory two years ago in the teacher training college and since then I just wanted to know more and more about first language acquisition. For me it is a facsinating topic! So much interesting! 


video

domingo, 14 de mayo de 2017

Perfect - Ed Sheeran


I thought it would be nice to share this beautiful song with you. Next Saturday I will have the opportunity to listen to it on live. Enjoy it :)

jueves, 4 de mayo de 2017

Instructional sequence for introducing tasks



Step 1
Look at some images about food. Identify new words. Elicit some ideas and vocabulary.

Step 2
Students are going to watch a short video about the consequences of eating too much junk food and the benefits of eating healthily and keeping fit.

Step 3
They will skim a text with the information given in the video to have a general idea. Then, they will make a true or false to check comprehension. After this, they will scan the text to look for particular information (percentages and pieces of advice)

Step 4
In groups, they will make a chart with the different percentages given in the text. (E.g. 60% of teenagers are suffering from some kind of eating disorder). After this, they will discuss about the critical standards and how to deal with them at home (advice)

Step 5
They will listen to an interview of a famous athlete paying special attention to questions.
Elicit the questions done by the interviewer.

Step 6
Group work: Quiz: Student A plays the part of the interviewer. Student B plays the part of the athlete. Student A will have to make a series of questions in order to check how healthy this student is. Student C plays the role of the doctor who is going to give the student some piece of advice.

mi茅rcoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

PEDAGOGICAL TASKS
Theme: The Restaurant



Tasks
Macrofunctions
Microfunctions
Grammar
Think of the restaurants in your town. Which is the best? Which is the cheapest? Describe and compare them in order to have a review from each one
Exchanging goods and services
Making comparisons
Comparisons with adjectives
Have/has got
Students will have to deliver a presentation in which they will have to talk about their opinions and to give advice about the restaurants in their town. The other students can make questions.
Socializing
Exchanging information
Giving advice
Comparisons with adjectives
Modal verbs for giving advice
Have/has got