Sábado metodológico: Aprender a pensar en inglés

El CIFE María de Ávila organiza el “Sábado metodológico: Aprender a pensar en inglés”. Se celebrará el sábado 20 de mayo, en la Escuela de Arte de Zaragoza (Avda. María Zambrano, 5).

  • DESTINATARIOS: Docentes de lengua inglesa de todos los niveles educativos
  • FECHA: Sábado 20 de Mayo 2017
  • HORARIO: 9:00 a 18:30
  • LUGAR: Escuela de Arte de Zaragoza (Avda. María Zambrano, 5)
  • INSCRIPCIONES: Hasta el 10 de Mayo a través de este enlace (no DOCEO)
  • programa de la jornada (pdf)

 

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:

Hoaxes:

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:

Sábado metodológico en lengua inglesa

El CARLEE, en colaboración con Trinity College London, organiza una jornada formativa de ámbito autonómico dirigida a docentes de / en lengua inglesa, donde se darán ideas prácticas y recursos para el aula.

Se realizará el 25 de marzo, en horario de 9 a 14.30, en el CARLEE (C/ Eugenio Lucas s/n, 50.018- Zaragoza, IES Parque Goya).

En estos archivos se puede consultar la información referente a los contenidos y talleres de la jornada:

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 6 al 16 de marzo, en el enlace que corresponda según el nivel y materia:

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QR codes in the classroom

For the past few days we’ve been using QR codes in our lessons. They come in very handy when you need to share links, whether in the class or for home use.

QR codes are simply another way of representing a link to a website, video, sound clip, as well as text you input…anything that is hosted on the internet. Instead of providing your students with the usual link, you only share something like this:

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To convert a link into a QR code you simply need to use a QR code generator. There are plenty of free online generators, just google it and you will find lots.

Then, you need to install any free QR code reader app. Again, there’s a great variety of free readers for Android and iOs. You open the app, and point your device camera to the code. It scans the code and automatically takes you to the website. Much easier than having to type a URL.

You can print the codes you need for everyone to scan, either on a handout, or stick them on the wall…

We’ve been using it these days, for example, with our C1 group at the CARLEE, for reading comprehension exercises. Previously, we had listened to five restaurant reviews, and students had to take notes about what they heard. Now, they had to check the written reviews from Time Out London for the very same restaurants. But instead of printing the reviews, the codes were put up on the wall, and then students could stand up and scan them. Then, they read the reviews on their devices, and took notes as well, checking them against the previous radio reviews.

With our B2 groups each code took them to articles related to healthy eating in schools, obesity rates in very young children…They had to read the articles, and summarise the main ideas. Then, there is some extra vocabulary work students can do in their own time.


If you use QR codes in your classes, would you like to share your experience with us? What kind of activities do you do with them?

 

FCE / CAE session-links and resources

On Wednesday 2nd February, information sessions were held at the CARLEE to let our students know about Cambridge English tests for both B2 (FCE) and C1 (CAE) levels.

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You may find related links and resources below:

FCE (B2):

CAE (C1):

CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH ONLINE RESOURCES:

If you’re training for Cambridge tests, you can do these activities for learners. You can filter them by level, skill to be practised…

WRITING:

  •  Write & Improve gives you feedback in seconds. Simply choose a task, write or upload your text and submit your writing for feedback. Then try again and use the feedback to improve.

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LISTENING: Improve your English listening skills with the audio series Virtually Anywhere. The series tells a story about university students Geeta and Paul. They are struggling with their coursework, when a mysterious professor offers to help. Each of the seven episodes comes with B1-B2 level activities to help learners practise the language used in each episode.

SPEAKING: Watch these two sample speaking tests, to know what the speaking part is going to be like (so you know what to expect)- all speaking test videos here

  • FCE:
  • CAE:

You can follow Cambridge English Spain on Twitter at @CambridgeEng, or on Facebook, for updates and further information.

Programa inmersión lingüística MECD Primavera 2017

El MECD convoca ayudas destinadas a alumnos de sexto curso de Educación Primaria y Segundo curso de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria para el desarrollo de un Programa de Inmersión Lingüística.

El programa propone que grupos de entre 20/25 alumnos, procedentes de distintas Comunidades autónomas, coincidan en un centro de inmersión situado en una zona del territorio peninsular distinta a la suya de origen, donde convivirán durante una semana de primavera de 2017.

Plazo de solicitud: 23 enero-6 febrero de 2017

Fuente y más información: http://aragonbilingue.catedu.es/new/2017/01/23/programa-inmersion-linguistica-mecd-primavera-2017/

Para leer un resumen de la actividad descrita por un centro participante en una edición anterior: http://latorredebabelutebo.blogspot.com.es/2014/01/becas-de-inmersion-linguistica-en-ingles.html

ISE II / ISE III Trinity College London- resources

If you are thinking of taking either the ISE II or ISE III tests, these resources might be useful:

ISE II (B2)

ISE III (C1)

Guidelines for the writing module:

  • Guidance on Writing Genres– strongly recommended! (ISE II, ISE III)
  • Preparing the portfolio– it’s a part of the exam that’s no longer required (from 2015), but the guidelines for it may help you to prepare the writing module. (ISE II, ISE III)

One of the keys to success is to be prepared for the particular English language test you are taking- to know what to expect from the exam and what is expected from you. We hope these documents can help you towards your objective.

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Resumen B2 C1 noviembre

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Now that are B2 and C1 language and methodology classes are in full swing, we would like to take the opportunity of telling you about some of the activities that we have been doing in the CARLEE over that last two weeks. We have based our sessions around the topic of ‘Money and Consumerism’, coinciding with dates such as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the run-up to Christmas. Some of the things we have talked about include spending habits, sales, donating to charity, advertising campaigns and the art of complaining. As usual we have used genuine reading and listening texts and have endeavoured to maximize real communication situations, as well as focusing on interesting cultural elements. In our classes we also aim to include useful ICT tools that can be used in bilingual classrooms. This week we have seen how we can use ‘The Green Screen App’ to film advertisements, which we then upload to the educational platform ‘Edmodo’. More information on how to use it here.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend everyone!

Ahora que las clases de lengua y metodología están en plena marcha, nos gustaría aprovechar la oportunidad para contaros algo sobre las actividades que hemos estado realizando en el CARLEE durante las últimas dos semanas. Hemos basado las sesiones alrededor del tema ‘Dinero y Consumismo’, para coincidir con fechas como ‘Acción de Gracias’, ‘Black Friday’ y los días previos a Navidad. Algunos de los temas de conversación han sido los hábitos de gasto, las rebajas, la donación de dinero a organizaciones benéficas, las campañas de publicidad y el arte de reclamar. Como siempre, hemos utilizado textos reales y nos hemos esforzado en maximizar las situaciones reales de comunicación, además de contemplar los elementos culturales más interesantes. En nuestras clases procuramos hacer uso de las herramientas TIC que son útiles en el aula bilingüe. Está semana hemos visto como podemos usar el ‘The Green Screen App’ para gravar anuncios, que luego subiremos a nuestra plataforma educativa ‘Edmodo’.

¡Feliz puente a todos!

Making adverts with the Green Screen App.

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You might also be interested is watching these videos from the British comedy series ‘Fawlty Towers’. We used them to introduce the topic of complaining. Sadly, we’ve only just heard that Andrew Sachs, the actor who played the waiter ‘Manuel’ died a few days ago.