Are you looking for free images to use? Then , you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together , using Symbaloo, lots of sites that offer links to free stock images and copyright free images. In some of these sites there are some guidelines you need to follow. In most cases, photographers have retained the rights to these photos but they have allowed their use. Needless to say , you need to give credit to its creator if you use them.
This year I am teaching two different levels, the 2nd course in the Elementary Level and the 2nd course in the Intermediate Level. Teaching the last courses within a level means my students will have to ,necessarily ,take the Certificación exam if they want to pass to the next level. The exam has different parts but I know you’ll agree with me if I say that the most stressful one is the Oral test. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea to face a board of two or three teachers listening , very attentively ,to every word you say. Haven’t you always wanted to be centre of attention ?
The oral Exam in the Elementary Level has two parts. The first part is a Role-Play. Here ,the students will have to interact with the teacher . Students will be presented with a situation and they will have to take one role , while the teacher takes the other role.
To prepare my students for these role-plays, I often use PhotoPeach , an online tool which allows you to create a free slide show in seconds.Dying to try my other slideshows with Role-Plays? Click here
This is the last I have uploaded: Renting a House. Prior to this online Role-Play , students, in pairs, have written an advert for a house/flat for rent and from this advert they have written a dialogue , which they have later performed.
I couldn’t just wrap up the school year and kick off the summer holidays without mentioning these two interesting tools I’ll be trying this summer to add to the list of useful tools I have been trying on and off in the flipped classroom setting . The Flipped Classroom Concept is the new trend in education. Classes are flipping all over the world. Well, maybe in Spain, it is not so popular yet but I think it has a great potential in classes where the students are motivated to learn.
The Flipped Classroom is a reversed teaching concept. Basically the teacher, through about 5 minute -created videos, teaches the students at home and then “homework” is moved to the classroom. One of the advantages of this method is that students learn at their pace and while some students might need to watch the video just once to understand the content, weaker students will not feel left behind as they will be able to replay the video as often as they like without feeling they are interfering with the normal pace of the classroom. The student, then, comes to the classroom to work on what was explained in the video and time in the classroom is spent on practising, something the students cannot do at home on their own. There is,obviously, more time for student-teacher interaction.In this flipped classroom setting there are two tools I’m willing to give a try this summer and which I thought I would share with you , in case you want to give the Flipped Classroom a go next year.
The first tool is similar to MyBrainsharkand VoiceThread , which I have been using for two years. It’s called Narrableand it allows you to upload photographs and record yourself or upload an audio file narrating your photo.When you sign up you only get 5 free narrables but you can get more free narrables if you don’t mind sharing them in facebook.
The other one is a bit more complicated and demanding on the teacher’s side and if you are camera shy , like me, maybe not so appealing but , anyway I’m willing to try it.
It’s called Movenote and it helps you record a video of yourself teaching accompanied by slides .First of all, you have to upload your images or presentations ( it supports pdfs, excel,.. and many more) and then you record yourself using your webcam while you explain your images. There is also the possibility of uploading a previously recorded video and synchronising it with the slides. It’s free , you only need to sign up to an account . The only thing I don’t like is that you share via an url but it doesn’t seem to offer the possibility of embedding it in a blog or website.
“When I grow up I’m going to be a flight attendant” I used to tell my parents when I was in primary school. That was really my dream! I used to dream of going to far away countries , meeting amazing people and learning to speak different languages . I dreamed of holidaying in Indonesia and swimming in the Pacific Ocean … but my parents never liked it and very soon tried to put me off the idea by telling me flight attendants were just waitresses in a plane , but still… I dreamed!
Even now, if someone should ask me if I ever wanted to be a teacher , my brain automatically associates ” wanting to be” with “being a flight attendant”. For better or for worse , I’ve got a friend who is a flight attendant and when she tells us about her travels I always turn green with envy. I cannot help it but that’s called rubbing salt into wounds, isn’t it?
Anyway, this is the question I asked my students and these were their answers. I thought it could be fun to take their picture now so that, in the future ,they can look back and see if their dreams came true.I hope so!
This is a very simple activity to do some speaking about films I intend to try with my Elementary students. Nothing too complicated but I guess they’ll love to see how film titles are translated into English . Who, in the name of God,translated the film DIE HARD starring Bruce Willis into LA JUNGLA DE CRISTAL or SOME LIKE IT HOT starring Marylin Monroe into CON FALDAS A LO LOCO. Was it Google Translator???
Anyways,there is a whole lesson plan about films ( complete with vocabulary, listening, reading and writing) that I created some time ago, if you feel like doing some more practice ( Click on the picture if you are such a hardworking student) ,otherwise and for the time being we will just focus on speaking.
The game is easy: the class is divided into two groups. In turns , one member from each group sits on the Hot Chair facing away from the whiteboard. The members of their group have -like one minute- to describe , without mentioning the title ( that goes without saying , but just in case, I’m saying it), the film being displayed .
They will need to talk about.
Kind of film/ Nationality of the film/ director/ plot/
♥The film ‘_______’ is a(n) _______ film which takes place in _______.
♥The film is set in __(ancient Greece)__.
♥The story is based on __(a popular novel)__.
♥The film is directed by _______.
♥The main character(s) in the film is/are _______.
♥_______ is a character who _______.
♥__(Johnny Depp)__ stars as __(Captain Sparks)__.
♥In the film , __(Jack Black)__ plays __(a rock guitarist)The story is about _______
♥The best scene of the film is_____
I have discovered this amazing site to work with slides that I cannot wait to share with you. It is just amazing the variety it offers to create slides , choosing from a variety of skins, borders, glitters , backgrounds…etc. The only thing you need to do is upload your pictures and have fun. It is also possible, as you have probably noticed to embed your slides.
How am I going to use it in my classes? Nothing to write home about really; my students are working with TV programmes so I thought to find images from different Spanish programmes and do some speaking. The instructions are in the form of a slide too, so that they can do this exercise at home again and do some more practice before exams.
Happy Thursday to everybody! Yes, Ok, in Asturias we have rain, clouds, and cold but I’m trying to keep my spirits up!
Next week I’ll be focusing on Reported Speech and I thought this could be a good way of getting their attention. I have chosen a few quotes from some famous people , created a Power Point Presentation and uploaded it to Empressr. Hope it’s helpful!!
Visit my Intermediate Section for more exercises on reported Speech and also read another article (Reported Speech: questions and Orders) I published some time ago with more ideas here
So, once again , here we are , working with items of clothing and talking about fashion!
Though I cannot consider myself a shopaholic , I wouldn’t be completely honest with you if I didn’t tell you that, once a week, I leave husband and kids at home and I……. burn plastic!!!! Well, I reckon I deserve a treat or two from time to time,don’t you think so?
Now this is the activity I’m going to do with my fourth-year students (Pre-intermediate).I hope you find it useful!
The main activity will be displaying a video of a catwalk where students will have to be the commentators , describing what the models on the catwalk are wearing. A video such as this one … or maybe the one below it… to add more variety.
They have previously worked with patterns and materials (striped, checked, plain, silk, leather…etc) but I used some pictures from my ipad, so this vocabulary has already been covered.
Though I hate to say it, most of my students will know “trousers and shoes” but They will probably need some help with some other less common items of clothing. That’s why I’ve prepared these slides about clothes, divided into Elementary and Intermediate .
SlideRocket is an online presentation tool that helps you create , manage and share your presentations. With this tool you can create better slideshows more quickly from within any browser.You can also upload your PowerPoints or Google Docs presentations. Presentations are stored on SlideRocket’s servers and can be accessed from any device that is connected to the internet. For casual users , it’s free.
I have used SlideRocket to teach my students how to write an informal email. I hope you find it helpful , too.
I am dying to tell you about my new project , but first things first! and first is telling you about this very interesting site I’ve used for my little project. Everybody knows how difficult it is to build a professional looking website but with wix , it’s one of the easiest things in life. It creates a Flash website without any knowledge of Flash.
And now , about my little project
Some time ago we bought the ruins of an ancient house, Investing a lot of time, a lot of effort and, why not say it, a lot of money we have finally finished . It is in the North of Spain and we have decided to rent it during the summer holidays. So , if you want to come to Spain and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the clean sandy beaches of the North , this might be your house.