Scottish girl does Spain!

Hi all!

My name is Alyson and I am doing my internship with the CARLEE here in Zaragoza. I also did an interview which was posted on the 29th of September if you wish to have a look and learn a little bit more about me!

Saturday the 28th of October marked the sixth week since my arrival in Spain! It has been a hugely rewarding, exciting and busy six weeks working for the CARLEE and exploring the wonderful city of Zaragoza, I feel blessed to still have another 6 weeks to go!

I have been working within IES High School in Parque Goya delivering a series of Scottish Culture workshops to the teenagers here and the classes seem to be enjoyable and informative for all involved.

Wednesday the 18th of October was also an important day for me as I delivered the first week of a six-week workshop focusing on communication and language from a Scottish perspective! I am very pleased to see that so many teachers have signed up for this and I am confident that we are going to learn a few new ways to make classes not only informative but fun!!

¡Hasta luego!
(Or as we Scottish say – Bye for noo!)

Alyson x


Communication workshops for teachers to improve their speaking skills


La formación continua y actualización de los conocimientos lingüísticos, metodológicos y culturales son imprescindibles para profesores de inglés de todos los niveles. El CARLEE organiza unos nuevos cursos para profesores de/en lengua inglesa que tienen un buen nivel de idioma (niveles B2 y C1/C1+) y que quieren seguir mejorando sus destrezas orales y sus prácticas metodológicas en el aula.


  • Practicar la producción y comprensión oral en lengua inglesa.
  • Ampliar conocimientos de la cultura anglosajona.


  1. Lenguaje para tratar temas de conversación relacionados con educación y con situaciones prácticas en el aula.
  2. Temas de actualidad relacionados con la cultura de países angloparlantes.
  3. Ideas para desarrollar las destrezas orales en el aula de lengua inglesa.


  • Este curso se desarrollará de manera práctica y activa, en lengua inglesa, y  con ponente nativa.

GRUPOS: (Haz clic en los enlaces para ver toda la información de los cursos)

Nivel B2: martes 19.00-20.45 o jueves 17.15-19.00 en el CARLEE (IES Parque Goya)

Nivel C1/C1+: martes 17.15-19.00 o jueves 19.00-20.45 en el CARLEE (IES Parque Goya)

Nivel C1/C1+: (Especialistas en lengua inglesa del cuerpo de E.O.I o de E. secundaria) miércoles 10-11.45 en el CIFE Juan de Lanuza

INSCRIPCIÓN Y PLAZO: En la plataforma DOCEO (, del 25/09/17 al 06/10/17

Nivel B2: martes 19.00-20.45               jueves 17.15-19.00

Nivel C1/C1+: martes 17.15-19.00       jueves 19.00-20.45

Nivel C1&C1+ (EOI y E. Sec) : miércoles 10-11.45

Admitidos: Se consultará en DOCEO (introduciendo el NIF en “admisión de actividades”, en la página de inicio), a partir del 10/10/17.

Come on and sign up! What are you waiting for? We’re looking forward to talking to you!

¡Próximamente se abrirá la inscripción para cursos similares en francés!


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:


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:


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:


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.



You may find related links and resources below:

FCE (B2):

CAE (C1):

Exam centres- Aragón:


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


  •  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.


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:

Para leer un resumen de la actividad descrita por un centro participante en una edición anterior:

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:



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.