Category Archives: APPS

HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER …(ALL LEVELS)

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ONCE THE FINAL SCORES HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC YOU CAN BREAK UP FOR YHE SUMMER HOLIDAY….LUCKY YOU! SUMMER IS ROUND THE CORNER BUT  I HAVEN´T  FINISHED THE SCHOOL YEAR YET……I´M ABOUT TO START “CERTIFICACIÓN”  AND FEELING A BIT BURNT OUT !!

ANYWAY, I KNOW YOU’RE  TIRED  AFTER THE COURSE BUT THE SUMMER IS LONG AND I DON´T WANT YOU TO FORGET WHAT YOU´VE LEARNED THIS YEAR: “IF YOU DON´T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT”. ALL OF US ENJOY THE SUMMER BUT SOMETIMES WE RELAX SO MUCH THAT WE TEND TO FORGET OUR ENGLISH. IT´S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ENGLISH AND THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN DO IT.

SO…., THE THING IS….WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN SUMMER?

I´M PREPARING A POST WITH SUITABLE ADVICE  BUT CAN YOU HELP ME WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND LINKS? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE DURING THE SUMMER?

MY FIRST TIP THIS YEAR IS:

What is HiNative?

HiNative is a global Q&A (QUESTION & ANSWER) platform that allows you to ask native speakers all your language and culture questions. Forget about a dictionary or doing a web search, there is no better source than a native speaker and with HiNative they are within reach.

Hinative is a give-and-take platform and though you don’t necessarily have to do it, the thing is that I also liked the idea of helping others with questions about my own native language and so the site got me entertained for a long while. You can also download their free app on your mobile phone. Read more…..

MY SECOND TIP IS: 

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Stitcher is a smartphone app that lets you aggregate radio shows and podcasts, stored on your phone for on demand listening or streaming from the web. Read more….

 

MY THIRD TIP IS:

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Meetup is an application on your mobile that brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn.

Fran is using it to practise his English with other foreigners living or staying in Valencia. So,  find or create a group that meets your interests, i.e.LEARNING  FOREIGN LANGUAGES  Why don´t you try?   (  LOOK FOR intercambio inglés/español) Read more…

POST YOUR OWN IDEAS FOR EVERYBODY TO SHARE….

ANY RECOMMENDATION WILL BE WELCOME!!!

 

 

“THE STITCHER LIST”: PODCASTS ON THE GO TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS (1B2)

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Stitcher is a smartphone app that lets you aggregate radio shows and podcasts, stored on your phone for on demand listening or streaming from the web.

Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android or PC -anytime, anywhere

Get the freshest episodes of your favorite podcasts and radio shows streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad – no downloading or syncing. From NPR’s Fresh Air to Adam Carolla, WNYC’s Radiolab to the Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow and more, Stitcher organizes and delivers the world of talk radio fresh daily. Listen whenever and wherever you want.

Create Your Own Radio and Podcast Playlists

“Stitch” together your favorite shows into customized station playlists and save them for easy access. Create a news playlist for your morning commute, and a comedy playlist for the weekends. Browse or search through over 65,000+ different shows, or select a pre-set station from Stitcher’s editors like Top 20 Comedy shows, Top 20 News & Politics shows and much more.

Discover New Radio Shows & Podcasts

Let Stitcher give you personalized recommendations based on your listening preferences. Enjoy This American Life? Stitcher lets you see what other listeners of This American Life also like to listen to – you’ll have new favorites in no time. Let Stitcher help you discover

VALENCIA SEES WINTER OFF WITH A BANG!!!! (LOW B2)

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT SEEING SOMEBODY OFF MEANS?

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FALLAS VOCABULARY

If you want to understand the real sense of Fallas, you should know what these terms mean:

  • La Mascletà – Incredibly noisy fireworks let off during the daytime to make as much noise as possible. The Mascletà held each day at 14:00 in the town hall square is impossible to describe in words – you have to experience it for yourself!
  • El Ninot – A small part of a Fallas sculpture – typically a human figure of breathtaking detail and craftsmanship.
  • La plantà – The installation or ‘planting’ of the Fallas sculptures around the city.
  • La cremà – The last evening of the festival when the monuments are set on fire.
  • La Verbena – street parties, paella cook offs and live music arranged by Falleros from the community of Falleros; normally you need to be invited but there are so many around the streets of Valencia that people wouldn’t notice if you joined in.
  • La Nit de Foc – a spectacular fireworks display on the Paseo de la Alameda

NOW, IF YOU´RE IN THE MOOD TO READ ABOUT “LAS FALLAS” IN ENGLISH, THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING LINK:

http://www.cyberspain.com/life/fallas.htm

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO ON LAS FALLAS.lgupdated_e0

WHY DON´T YOU RECORD THE TEXT YOU DID IN CLASS USING WEVIDEO AS AN INVITATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE FESTIVAL?

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO CREATE A POSTER WITH POSTER MY WALL

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ARE YOU ONE OF THE MANY VALENCIANS GOING AWAY FOR “LAS FALLAS” OR DO YOU JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS?

HAPPY FALLAS TO EVERYONE ANYWAY!! fireworks clipart

“JOOMAG” A TOOL TO CREATE INTERACTIVE MAGAZINES

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Joomag is a free, sophisticated and professional digital magazine creation tool that allows users (students and teachers)  to create beautiful magazines from PDFs or templates provided by the site.

This is an example of a magazine created by a teacher:

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https://www.joomag.com/magazine/inspirational-english-march-2017/0258537001488874097

WEDDING DRAMAS (1B2)

EVERY MINOR FLAW ON A WEDDING DAY FEELS LIKE A CATASTROPHE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM…BUT CAN YOU THINK OF IDEAS THAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING? I´M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD REAL STORIES ABOUT IT

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE CONFETTI WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the CONFETTI BOARD below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. (WHAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING?)
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

 

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FAKEBOOK: CREATING AN IMAGINARY PROFILE & BIOGRAPHY (1B1)

coverWith the rise of social media, more and more teachers engage their students online with projects and assignments. Increasingly, I have seen fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter where students are posting on behalf of a literary character or historical figure.

Thanks to ClassTools, you can engage your students in the creation of fake Facebook profiles  & BIOGRAPHIES without actually using the social media.

ClassTools has developed a program called Fakebook that allows users to easily and quickly create fake Facebook profiles & biographies. It is simple, free, and easy-to-use! Simply plug in information, pictures, friends, and biography data, and then publish with the click of a button. You can also embed the profile into any webpage and download it for offline sharing.

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For more information take a look at these great examples, and check out the screenshot below of an example Fakebook profile for Brigham Young:

Fakebook: Create Fake Facebook Profiles In Your Classroom

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How might we use this in the classroom, you ask? Have students create “Fakebook” profiles and biographies of someone they know who is still alive .  (TASK on page 115/ 125-150 WORDS))

Happy faking, y’all!

THE CITY vs THE COUNTRY (1B2)

NEXT MONDAY WE WIL BE DOING SOME ORAL WORK  ON THE CITY & THE COUNTRY. REMEMBER TO :

  • REVIEW THE VOCABULARY IN THE UNIT
  • REVIEW HOW TO DESCRIBE  A PHOTO
  • DO SOME WORK ON HOW TO KEEP A CONVERATION GOING (with the help of the extra handout)

HOWEVER, BEFORE MONDAY YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE ON THE PADLET BELOW WITH INTERESTING IDEAS TO BE USED IN YOUR CONVERSATIONS.

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THe WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the GREEN  BOARD  below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument based on  what you would miss the most about the country or the city if you had to move from one of the places.
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

 

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HOW EFFECTIVE IS “LANG8” FOR WRITING TASKS? (1B2)

IN A PREVIOUS POST IN NOVEMBER I TOLD YOU ABOUT “LANG8”, A LEARNING PLATFORM WHERE NATIVE SPÈAKERS CORRECT WHAT YOU WRITE. DO YOU REMEMBER?

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bigupdateanimJUAN, one of your 1B2 classmates,  TRIED IT AND WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH THIS TOOL:

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“In my opinion it´s a very interesting and effective tool, considering that when you upload a text people don´t delay in making comments.
However, there are some risks as always on the internet, as the information you get may be right or not depending on the person who has corrected you.
It’s fine in order to have an extra revision, but I’d rather be corrected by someone I trust.
Despite this, It´s worth a try.
I also wanted to warn you that it is addictive! Once you start helping to correct texts in Spanish, written by Japanese, English or German people, you can´t stop!”

I HOPE YOUR WORDS ENCOURAGE SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO TRY IT! THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!!!

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SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES LAST YEAR TRIED IT AND I´VE CHOSEN ONE EXAMPLE OF THE ASSIGNED INFORMAL EMAIL: THE STUDENT´S FIRST DRAFT (IN BLUE) AND THE SAME EMAIL CORRECTED (IN BLACK).

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE CORRECTED VERSION IS NOT 100% PERFECT BUT, ANYWAY….. I´D LIKE YOU TO COMPARE BOTH VERSIONS AND ASSESS THE RESULT. HOW EFFECTIVE AND USEFUL DO YOU THINK IT COULD BE FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE?

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IF YOU REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO GIVE IT A TRY.

GOOGLE DOCS: A GREAT TOOL FOR REAL TIME COLLABORATION (1B2)

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WE´RE GOING TO WORK ON COLLABORATIVE WRITING THESE DAYS. A GREAT TOOL FOR YOU COULD BE GOOGLE docs. TO SHARE DOCUMENTS AND FILES. HAVE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO

The main things students will get from this video are :

  • How to create a Google doc and share it with their peers.
  • How to give editing access to collaborators
  • How to identify what other collaborators have added to the document
  • How to chat with collaborators
  • How to bring other people (non-collaborators) into the conversation

THESE IDEAS COME FROM “EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & MOBILE LEARNING”

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED IT? HAVE YOUR SAY AND MAKE COMMENTS ON THIS SUBJECT

 

WRITING COLLABORATIVE OPINION ARTICLES (1B2)

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An article is usually written for a magazine or newspaper. The main purpose is to engage the reader, so the opening paragraph should catch your reader’s interest. Attracting the reader’s attention can be done in a number of ways

An article is usually factual and includes some comment, recommendation or opinion. It can be formal or informal depending on the target audience.  This is academic writing, so you cannot use contractions, abbreviations, or colloquial language.

An ARTICLE  consists of the following parts:
Opening. It is the general presentation of the topic, in which you also state your opinion clearly.
Body (two or more paragraphs, each presenting a separate viewpoint supported by reasons / examples). The first paragraph should contain the strongest argument or example. The second paragraph the second strongest argument and the third the weakest.You could also include a paragraph giving the opposing viewpoint supported by reasons /examples…
A paragraph consists of several sentences about a certain topic. It has the following parts:

  •  A topic sentence, i.e. an idea.
  •  One or several supporting sentences to expand on the idea.
  • A concluding sentence.

Conclusion. It is the paragraph that summarizes the main idea (using different words) or presents a conclusion, depending on the kind of article you need to write. Some things to bear in mind:

  • It should not bring new ideas.
  • o It shouldn’t be very long.
  • o It can be similar to the opening, but presented in different words.

(BY CRISTINA CABAL. Adapted)        https://tackk.com/jvkmh1

NOW, WE ARE READY TO START A COLLABORATIVE OPINION ARTICLE: “IS TODAY´S TV WORTH WATCHING OR JUST RUBBISH?”

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THe WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the brick  board below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument to be used in an opinion article
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

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Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation