El CARLEE organiza el curso “IT IN THE ENGLISH AND CLIL CLASSROOM (SECONDARY)”, dirigido a docentes de secundaria, EOI y educación de adultos especialistas de inglés o que imparten su área en lengua inglesa. En él se trabajarán formas prácticas de integrar los dispositivos móviles y las herramientas online en el aula de/ en lengua inglesa.

La inscripción se realiza a través de DOCEO, y estará abierta del 28 de marzo al 5 de abril. En este archivo se puede descargar la información completa.


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?


Unrequited love letter

The exercise below was created as part of our sessions on love and relationships. The objective of this particular exercise was twofold: first, we wanted to show our students that pop songs can be an excellent way to improve your vocabulary. So we came up with this “love letter”.

Besides, it can be done and self-checked by students on their own, in case they’re not able to come to class on that day, or want to do it again some time later to revise vocabulary. The quiz has been created using GoConqr, which teachers can use for their own classes, whatever their subject may be.

Click on the picture. Then, drag and drop the words to the suitable gaps to complete this love letter.

Most of the expressions have been taken from pop songs, which goes to show how useful they can be when learning English. Most of the songs can be found on the playlists in this post.


Resumen B2 C1 noviembre


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.