Celebrando nuestro primer curso en el CARLEE

Hemos llagado al final de nuestro primer año de vida aquí en el CARLEE y ¡qué año hemos tenido! Ahora con el trabajo hecho, cuesta un poco recordar cómo empezamos este proyecto en septiembre, con sólo unas aulas recién pintadas y ¡mucha ilusión! Ha sido muy gratificante para todos los miembros del equipo ver cómo el Centro Aragonés de Lenguas Extranjeras para la Educación ha nacido, cómo ha dado sus primeros pasos y cómo ha empezado a funcionar a pleno rendimiento, ayudando a formar profesores de idiomas y profesores de centros bilingües que imparten su asignatura en lengua extranjera. Ahora que se acercan las merecidas vacaciones de verano, hemos querido compartir algunos recuerdos del curso 2016-17 con todos vosotros, y aprovechamos para daros las gracias y desearos un buen verano.

Aquí podéis ver más fotos de algunas de las actividades de formación que hemos realizado durante este curso en el CARLEE.

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How to prepare the English oral exam. / Cómo preparar el examen oral en inglés.

Taking an oral exam in a foreign language is always a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do you have to show off your language skills, but you also have to show that you are a good communicator. And, as those of you who have already had this experience will know, the more nervous you are, the worse you speak!

However, don’t panic – an oral exam can be made a lot less stressful (and therefore more successful) if you prepare it well beforehand. Here is some advice to help you do this:

1. Do some research and know the format of the exam you are going to take.

The official oral exams have many similarities, but they also differ in some ways too, so it is vital to know EXACTLY what you are going to have to do when you sit the exam. Click on the following links to see the structure of the different exams.

Trinity ISE II
Trinity ISE III

Do you need to prepare a topic or a monologue? If you are doing the Trinity exam, then you have plenty of time to do this. Choose something that you are interested in and that you feel comfortable talking about. However, you also need to make sure you choose a topic that can be discussed in some way so don’t choose anything that’s too descriptive. Make sure that you plan and organise your presentation well, with a short introduction, the development of 3 or 4 points or arguments and a brief conclusion that summarises or reinforces the points you have made. Don’t forget to ask the examiner at least one question. 

Practice preparing monologues under pressure for the EOI exam. Using a mind map might help you to organise your ideas clearly. You could watch these videos to see how a native speaker would talk about different topics.

 mind map

2. Make sure that you are familiar with the type of questions that you are likely to be asked. 

What subject areas are you going to have to talk about? Find out and read some articles related to these areas in order to learn useful vocabulary and to build up a resource bank of ideas.

Are you going to have to initiate and maintain the conversation or give your opinion or some advice? Revise language funcions and remember to include them when you are doing the exam.

3. Work on your English in general (it’s never too late)!

  • Get your brain thinking in English and improve your pronunciation by immersing yourself in the language in the run-up to the exam. Perhaps you could watch TV in English, listen to Podcasts (we like 6 minute English) , your favourite songs (take a look at the Lyrics Training website) or the radio (maybe Vaughan radio?).
  • Meet some friends who are also preparing the same exams and chat in English.
  • Find a language exchange partner who’s willing to help you.
  • Why not contact an old Erasmus friend or try using social media sites, such as Italki to practice your speaking skills.
  • There are now lots and lots of apps that can help you improve your vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation. You could make the most of any spare time to brush up on your weaker skills this way.
  • It might sound crazy but talking to your family or pets in English might help to improve your fluency!
  • And there are many, many other ways of preparing yourself for the exams. Take a look at Natalia’s blog for more great tips: preparing B2 / preparing C1

4. Work on your communication skills and general organisation.

It is much easier to listen to a person who speaks in a clear, organised and coherent way. Practice doing this with a range of connectors, even in your mother tongue. Some exams require you to give a monologue or give a presentation. When you do this, good ORGANISATION is VITAL.

5. Don’t forget about your body language

Body language and non-verbal communication, such a eye-contact and facial expressions are also important in exam situations. Listen carefully, show interest in and react and respond to what your partner or the examiner says. To learn more, watch this video of Cambridge examiners talking about what makes a good candidate in the speaking exam.

6. Familiarize yourself with the assesment criteria 

Different exams do sometime value different things, so look at the assessment criteria to get a head start. Some exams place a great deal of importance on the correct use of language functions while others give more importance to fluency and accuracy, so check it out.

7. Watch other people doing the exam 

If you know what to expect, you will feel calmer and it will also give you a good idea of the kind of questions you might be asked.

8. Keep calm 

If you can stay calm and concentrated, your English will be better, so look for ways of dealing with the stress of this situation. A good tactic is to use fillers to give yourself breathing space and time to think. If you make a mistake, then correct yourself. If you can’t find the right word, then talk around it or describe it rather than getting stuck.

You could also try meditation or Mindfulness techniques to help you calm down before you go into the exam.

And remember, if you can stay as cool as a cucumber, the oral exam will be a piece of cake… or a walk in the park!

So… we hope that this information will help you on the big day. Good luck everyone!


If you would like more information you can use the links below:

Watch this video (that we used in class) for some more great tips.

Preparing EOI exams

How to prepare an oral exam in English






RESOLUCIÓN de 18 de abril de 2017, del Director General de Planificación y Formación Profesional, por la que se convocan las pruebas de certificación de nivel C1 de los idiomas alemán, catalán, francés e inglés para candidatos en régimen libre correspondientes al curso académico 2016-2017 en las Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas de la Comunidad Autónoma de Aragón.

Preinscripción en las páginas web de las EE.OO.II. del 1 al 5 de junio de 2017


Blog experiencias aula- dgafprofesorado

El Servicio de Formación del Departamento de Educación, Cultura y Deporte ha lanzado recientemente un blog para permitir a los docentes compartir experiencias de aula y buenas prácticas con la comunidad educativa. Lo podéis visitar en http://dgafprofesorado.blogspot.com.es/.

Desde el CARLEE os animamos a escribir entradas para ese blog, en el que resumáis cualquier experiencia que penséis puede ser interesante para otros profesores, o simplemente dar visibilidad a vuestro trabajo. Puede estar relacionada con la enseñanza de las lenguas extranjeras, la enseñanza bilingüe…o no. Se admiten experiencias sobre cualquier área y nivel.

Igualmente, si habéis puesto en práctica alguna idea, aplicación, o actividad de las que hemos comentado en cualquier actividad de formación del CARLEE, os animamos también a que escribáis sobre vuestra implementación en el aula, para que otros profesores sepan qué tal ha funcionado.

Si escribís alguna entrada para el blog podéis enviarla a natalialzam@gmail.com.

April Fools’ Day- resources and ideas

Yesterday and today we have been centring our activities around the celebration of April Fools Day, which took place on April 1st. Here you may find the resources we used, as well as some extra ones.

April Fools classroom ideas (Edutopia)

Vocabulary to talk about April Fools Day:


Flying Penguins (BBC, 2008):

Spaghetti Harvest (BBC, 1957):

Kahoot about the video

Find someone who activity: with hoaxes taken / adapted from The top 100 April Fools Hoaxes of all time.

10 amazing practical jokes (Quirkology):

Tell the hoaxes and the true stories apart: 

Google Play for pets:

Hallmark-E, your emotional assistant:

Whopper toothpaste:

Lexus Valet Lane:

Virgin trains Tick Ink:

Honda Horn Emojis:

Google Gnome:

Self-driving car planning your vacation:

Why doesn’t America read anymore? 

IKEA transforming their in-store playground, Småland, in favor of sitting pods and tablets.

T-Mobile Onesie

Google wind:

Gmail motion:

Youtube is shutting down:

Gmail Blue:

Jameson Irish Whisky:

Quilted Northern (toilet paper)- uSit app:

This is, in fact, the only video which is NOT a hoax:



Black female profile speaking


  • Introducción a la fonética inglesa (spelling vs pronunciation).
  • Variantes sociales y geográficas del inglés.
  • Fonemas vocálicos.
  • Fonemas consonánticos.
  • Entonación.



PLAZO DE INSCRIPCIÓN : De 17-03-2017 al 26-03-2017 en DOCEO

COMIENZO DEL CURSO: 30.03.17 (16.45)


Nuevo curso en HUESCA – Improving Speaking Skills in the Classroom

english speaking
El CARLEE, en colaboración con el CIFE Ana Abarca de Bolea, organiza esta actividad de formación para el profesorado de / en lengua inglesa, o que se esté formando para ejercer su docencia dentro de programas bilingües.
  • Mejorar la destreza en expresión e interacción oral para el aula de/ en lengua extranjera a través de exposiciones orales, debates sobre temas educativos, entre otros.
  • Mejorar la comprensión oral a través de textos orales y audiovisuales reales, y en la interacción durante las sesiones con una hablante nativa.
  • Lenguaje para tratar situaciones prácticas en el aula.
  • Temas de conversación relacionados con educación.
  • Cultura de los países de habla inglesa.
  • Interacción, colaboración y monólogo.
Dominique Leyva. (CEIP San Vicente, Huesca).
  • Docentes participantes en la actividad de formación “PROGRAMA DE FORMACIÓN EN LENGUAS EXTRANJERAS” en el nivel B2 o nivel C1 en la provincia de Huesca.
  • Docentes de centros publicos que impartan docencia dentro de programas bilingües autorizados en lengua inglesa.
  • Otros docents en centros públicos que estén en posesión de un certificado de nivel B1 en lengua inglesa.
CIFE ANA ABARCA DE BOLEA Calle Sancho Ramírez, 24, 22001 Huesca
Inscripción en la plataforma DOCEO (https://cifes.aragon.es), hasta el día 20 de Marzo.
Más información aquí .