Remember, remember the fifth of November…

This Sunday (November 5th), the skies all over England will be lit up by exploding fireworks and the bright glow of burning bonfires. If you would like to learn more about this celebration, why not read the same text that some of our C1 level students worked on during this week’s language and methodology classes? It’s quite a complex text, so you might have to think hard about some of the lexis, especially the phrasal verbs and unusual expressions.

When you finish, you could also have a go at the same vocabulary extension exercise that our students completed in groups. We have used the website to turn this exercise into a self-correcting quiz. If you do all of this, then you should be able to retell the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot to your own pupils and show them how English children celebrate this event by playing with sparklers and building a Guy to burn on their bonfires.

This ad contains some of this vocabulary related to Bonfire night:

You can also listen to this clip from a BBC Radio 4 show, where the speaker recalls how they used to celebrate Bonfire Night in his village in Wales when he was a child. There’s a self-grading google form you can use to check your listening comprehension. You can also read the transcript here.

As a final activity, you could try to learn the famous folk verse, ‘The Fifth of November’ and work on using the correct word stress and intonation. Listen to the verse being recited in the film ‘V for Vendetta’  and take a look at the slide from the class to make sure you stress the correct words.


We will be continuing with this theme next week and we will look at ways of using this historical story to create real communication situations in class, encourage critical thinking skills, and help our pupils understand present-day events that affect the world around them.  We will explore the details of the conspiracy and look at different perspectives using a hot seat activity.

If you would like to introduce this topic in your classes, here are some ideas and resources:

So relevant is Bonfire Night that it features in popular culture products, both on film, as shown before, and on TV. One of the episodes in Sherlock (BBC), for example, has the Gunpowder plot and Bonfire Night as a running theme all along the episode:

Last but not least, in the last few weeks, the BBC has also been showing the three-part drama Gunpowder, based on the Gunpowder plot and the conspirators. It stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Liv Tyler (ArmageddonLord of the Rings) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock):


posibles cursos estructurados en el extranjero para profesores

Compartimos una serie de enlaces y buscadores, relacionados con cursos de formación en el extranjero.


NOTA: En esta entrada simplemente recogemos buscadores de cursos, ofertas de cursos que nos han hecho llegar, hemos conocido a través de internet, o a través de recomendaciones de profesores, para facilitar la búsqueda a los centros interesados, o dar ideas sobre posibles temáticas; pero no nos responsabilizamos del contenido, ni debe entenderse en ningún caso que se hace propaganda de ninguno de estos cursos. 


Como punto de partida, os recomendamos el buscador de cursos de School Education Gateway, buscador de la comisión europea para el programa Erasmus+ e eTwinning. Es muy completo, y permite filtrar la búsqueda por tema, país de celebración, fechas…

School Education Gateway- Cómo seleccionar un curso en el extranjero

Si buscáis formación en lengua inglesa, podéis utilizar estos buscadores:

  • Buscadores de cursos (lenguas extranjeras, metodología relacionada enseñanza lenguas, CLIL…):

Además, podéis buscar también en estos centros:

Cursos sobre lenguas extranjeras, metodología relacionada enseñanza lenguas, CLIL…:
  • Francia:

Cursos para profesores de STEM (Science, Mathematics, IT)…en Reino Unido:

Synthetic phonics training / literacy (Reino Unido):

Cursos sobre coaching, liderazgo, desarrollo organizativo:

Cursos sobre TIC en lengua inglesa:

¡Qué tiempo más… British!


Today’s weather could be a talking point in your classes – it will be in ours! You might like to watch the following video to learn about why the weather in Britain is so wet. This is a good resource for Science and Geography teachers, as well as for anyone wanting to practise their English.

The Truth About British Rain

Future Learn: plataforma MOOCs profesores inglés / CLIL

Si os interesa realizar o al menos probar algún MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) gratuito relacionado con el aprendizaje de idiomas, la historia, las ciencias…entre otros temas, podéis entrar en la plataforma Universidades británicas cuelgan allí sus cursos, a los que te puedes inscribir de manera gratuita.

En este momento, os recomendamos el curso de Cambridge “Teaching your subject in English“, destinado a profesores que vayan a impartir / ya imparten su asignatura en inglés, que comienza el 31 de octubre. Pero podéis encontrar muchos cursos a lo largo del año, que puedes realizar a tu ritmo. Hace unos meses, por ejemplo, yo seguí un curso sobre film literacy, que me sirvió para recordar conceptos de lectura de la imagen, y cómo aplicarla al aula.

Si os estáis preparando para presentaros a exámenes de inglés, hay regularmente cursos de Cambridge o el British Council sobre cómo preparar las distintas pruebas del IELTS. Aunque no os vayáis a presentar a ese examen, como forma de trabajar el idioma os puede venir bien.