Category Archives: APPS

ENGLISH CONSONANTS (ALL LEVELS)

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THIS IS THE CHART IN YOUR BOOK

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CLICK ON THE WEBPAGE BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTISE:

CONSONANTS

MORE CONSONANTS

REMEMBER:

UNVOICED = “SORDO”

VOICED = SONORO 

YOU CAN ALSO TRY ADRIAN UNDERHILL´S  INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC CHART:

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SOUNDS.

 

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ON YOUR MOBILE / TABLET TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

SOUND FOUNDATIONS: SOUND MACMILLAN (FREE VERSION, NOT PREMIUM)
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ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION
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THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION (BBC Learning English)140924155826_bbcle_new_site-2

OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL

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AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL APP

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NOW YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH THIS LIST OF THE 100  MOST  COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN ENGLISH: 100 mispronounced words

 

 

 

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PENNY LANE (1B2)

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WHERE´S “PENNY LANE”? DOESN´T IT REMIND YOU OF “THE BEATLES?  HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THEM? WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO A LISTENING ACTIVITY ON THE BEATLES STORY?

THE BEATLES STORY (LISTENING)

PENNY LANE  (SONG ACTIVITIES)

WHAT WEBSITES DO YOU USE TO ENJOY MUSIC AND IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH? HAVE YOU TRIED “MULTIMEDIA ENGLISH?

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WHAT ABOUT “LYRICS TRAINING”?

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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES OR MOBILE APPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH WHILE LISTENING TO MUSIC?

BY THE WAY.. “Penny Lane there is a BARBER showing photographs….”

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “BARBER” & “BARBER´S”

WE´LL DISCUSS THIS ON MONDAY BUT REMEMBER TO DO YOUR VOCABULARY WORK ON SHOPS on page 154

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“LANG 8”: AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR WRITING TASKS (1B2)

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I´VE ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT “LANG8”, A LEARNING PLATFORM WHERE NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT WHAT YOU WRITE. DO YOU REMEMBER?

  • CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT
  • POST IN THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU ARE LEARNING
  • NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT YOUR WRITING
  • RETURN THE FAVOUR BY HELPING OTHERS LEARN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

 

ALTHOUGH IT´S NOT 100 % RELIABLE (NATIVE SPEAKERS CAN ALSO MAKE SOME MISTAKES WHEN WRITING), IT´S WORTH A TRY.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LEARNER TRYING TO DESCRIBE A ROOM.

http://lang-8.com/382671/journals/281664988155294839493227654315872872011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (1B2)

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HOW MANY WORDS ARE HIDDEN IN THE PHONEMIC SCRIPT?

HALLOWEEN PHONEMIC SCRIPT

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HALLOWEEN? SO, WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY  AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW:

Halloween History – from National Geographic

  1. What does the narrator mean in the beginning, when he says:
    “From communion with the dead to pumpkins and pranks, Halloween is a patched holiday….”
  2. When did it all begin? What was the celebration for?
  3. Why were bonfires lit?
  4. Explain the meaning of “frown on” in this passage:“… But, as the Catholic Church’s influence grew in Europe, it frowned on the pagan rituals like ´Samhain´”. …
  5. Complete the gaps: (1’25)
    “… Both ______   ____________ holidays had to ________ with the __________________ and about survival after __________________.
    … It was a calculated move on the part of the _______________ to __________ more people ___________  _________ fold.”
  6. How and when did the holiday go to North America?
  7. Which of the bellow were Irish customs mentioned by the narrator?
    * bubbing for apples
    * baking pumpkin pies
    * playing pranks
    * asking for candies
    * playing soccer
    * having costume parties
    * hanging jack-o-lanterns
  8. What happened to the tradition over the years?
    What did store keepers and neighbours do to make the situation better?
  9. What is the holiday greeting nowadays?

Extra ideas: one-to-one students may re-tell the story; the text can also be used to work past tense.

HALLOWEEN TRANSCRIPT

http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/festivals/october/webquest-halloween/552316.article.

WHY DON´T YOU PLAY KAHOOT? HALLOWEEN SUPERSTITIONS & TRADITIONS

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https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/edddd38d-14d9-4025-b0b5-8504d6eab174

RAÚL´S THINGLINK (1B2)

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CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO RAÚL TALKING ABOUT HIS TRICKY PHOTO

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NOW LISTEN TO MY FEEDBACK ON HIS PERFORMANCE.

60 SECONDS ABOUT YOU… WHAT ARE YOU LIKE? (TRAINING COURSE 2B1)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF FLIPGRID? IT is  A NEW WEBSITE AND MOBILE APP TO OPEN UP DEBATES AMONG STUDENTS.  IT CAN BE USED TO FURTHER CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS BY ASSIGNING QUESTIONS AS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

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SO, LET´S HAVE A TRY!

  • I POSTED A QUESTION ON VIDEO.
  • CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW OR ON THE LINK TO WATCH MY VIDEO QUESTION

https://flipgrid.com/f5fc15cc

  • CLICK ON THE GREEN PLUS BUTTON TO RECORD YOUR “Speaking about you for 60 seconds”. (60 seconds long) Introduce yourself and tell us about your family, your personality and interests. Use some of the vocabulary you’ve learnt so far and don’t read anything, you’re supposed to look at the camera and speak spontaneously. Ready, steady, go!
  • YOU CAN ALSO WATCH WHAT OTHER STUDENTS RECORDED

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You can do the activity on your computer, writing the password in the gap below , but you can also do the activity on your mobile after you download this app. It is called FLIPGRID. YOU WILL NEED THE CODE:   f5fc15cc

I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR VIDEO RECORDINGS

COOKERY SHOWS ON TV (2B1)

 

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COOKING IS IN FASHION, THAT´S WHY YOU CAN FIND MANY COOKERY SHOWS ON TV AT THE MOMENT: MASTERCHEF, LOS TORRES, KARLOS ARGUIÑANO…..YOU NAME IT!!! AS YOU KNOW COOKING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOBBIES, THAT´S WHY I ENJOY THIS SORT OF PROGRAMMES .BUT WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE BEST? WHY?

AND NOW LET´S GET DOWN TO WORK…..

Write a recipe of your favourite dish or the dish you cook the best (i.e. “paella”) .

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List the ingredients, and make a small paragraph explaining all the steps to prepare the dish.Be careful! Think that you are writing for an audience that can’t cook so you must explain everything in detail.

After writing the recipe (about 80 – 100 words), go into the kitchen and cook it!!!!!

Record yourself while you are cooking and explain what you are doing, as on a TV cookery show.

When you feel ready, upload the video to Youtube and let me know its URL. Write it here, on the Comments textbox.

I will publish all your recipes on our classroom blog.

And remember: Enjoy!!!!

YOU CAN USE WEVIDEO TO RECORD IT.

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THIS IS AN EXAMPLE FOR INTERMEDIATE / HIGH INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS BUT YOU CAN MAKE IT SIMPLE.

 

 

 

WEAR IT PINK DAY 2018: SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH (ALL LEVELS)

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Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day

On 19 October we will wear pink, raise money and make life-saving research happen.

Why? Because breast cancer is still here. It’s still tearing apart the lives of families and it’s still taking the lives of the women we love on a heartbreaking scale.

We will be wearing it pink in October. Will you join us?

WEAR IT PINK DAY or PINK RIBBON DAY is celebrated every 19th October,

On 19th October 2018, people all around Spain will be turning up to work dressed in pink and doing other pink-themed things, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. The funds go towards improving treatment, and survival rates, for people fighting breast cancer, as well as research into the disease.

When you take part in wear it pink, you join forces with scientists, researchers, supporters and people affected by breast cancer.

Together, we can make real progress in research that saves lives. It’s easy to join in, simply get together with your colleagues, friends and family, pull on something pink and raise money for breast cancer research. We believe everyone who joins the fight is a hero, from people affected by breast cancer, to our scientists and all our amazing fundraisers.

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TAGXEDO  is an application to make word clouds with styles. Look at the heart above, which is a good example. Would you like to try?

READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (1B2)

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? IS IT A WASTE OF TIME?

Among many other benefits “reading aloud can help your pronunciation. Even if you already know how to pronounce the language pretty well, it is hard to fit your mouth and tongue around the foreign sounds. Reading aloud gives your vocal organs the exercise they need to speak without getting tired or stumbling. If you are still fuzzy on pronunciation, use texts with recordings on CD or MP3 files, and repeat after the native speakers. But following along in the book will give you added input over simply listening and repeating. Try to copy the intonation and rhythm as well. You will be using eyes, ears, vocal apparatus, and of course, brain — all at once!”

http://www.ehow.com/how_5528527_use-aloud-learn-foreign-language.html

SOME APPS CAN HELP YOU DO THIS WORK WHENEVER YOU DON´T HAVE THE RECORDING: READINGS ON YOUR TEXTBOOKS, GETTING READY FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS, ETC….

  • DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE WEBSITES OR APPS ?
  • WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
  • CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SIMILAR APPS?

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http://www.acapela-group.com

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TIPS TO IMPROVE PRONUNCIATION WHEN YOU´RE READING ALOUD

(BY my colleague JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI)

Step 1:  Find CONTENT WORDS in the fragment you have chosen and make sure you know how to pronounce them.

  • Even if meaning is different for different speakers, there are certain word categories that are usually more meaningful and therefore commonly stressed. They are often called content words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, negative words, pronouns (demonstrative, possessive –mine, yours…, reflexive –myself, yourself…,  reciprocal –each other, one another , interrogative –who, what…), question words (where, how often, etc), intensifiers (too, much, quite, etc.) and modifiers ( numerals, cardinals, etc.)
  • Pay special attention to those words you are very familiar with. Are you positive you have not made a habit of mispronouncing them?  Check their pronunciation in your print or online dictionary or CD Rom
    • First locate the stressed syllable (long words usually have a secondary stress as well)
    • Then make sure you use weak vowels / Ə / and / I / in unstressed syllables
    • Is there any consonant or vowel sound that you have problems pronouncing?

Step 2: Check the pronunciation of GRAMMAR WORDS (also called function words)

  • Most times grammar words are not stressed. These include articles, determiners (the, some, each), auxiliary and modal verbs (do, have, be, may, will, etc.), one-syllable prepositions and conjunctions (to, from, of, and, but, etc.)   If they have a weak pronunciation form, use it instead of the strong form you might be familiar with (check the pronunciation of these words in your reference chart)

Step 3:  Are there any words you can contract?

  • Remember that contraction is a feature of spoken language. You do not usually contract words in more formal written texts.  If you are reading aloud you should try to contract whenever possible even if you do not see the contraction
  • Revise the most common contractions: in the reference chart your teacher will provide you with.

Step 4: Connect unstressed words to meaningful stressed ones in a logical way

  • First connect words into phrases (noun or prepositional phrases, etc.) in a logical way to avoid reading word to word and stressing every single word. These connected groups of words are often called thought groups
  • Then try and connect phrases into short sentences
  • Contracted forms as well as Word linking (connecting words ending in a consonant with the next word starting in a vowel or else words ending and beginning with vowels) will help us do it.  In British English final “r” will be pronounced if the following word starts with a vowel (linking “r”).
  • As a result the number of words in spelling and pronunciation will be absolutely different.

Step 5:  Make sure you respect punctuation marks: pauses and intonation

  • Periods (full stops) , commas, colons, semi-colons, parenthesis and the kind are realized as pauses in oral speech. These pauses will allow the listener to follow our utterance and ourselves to breathe.  Moreover, if you run over the sentence limit, your utterance will make no sense at all for listeners, for they mark the end of an idea, a piece of explanation or clarification, an example, etc.
  • Question and exclamation marks are realized as intonation patterns. Avoid flat intonation patterns, otherwise it will be difficult to make out your speech intention

RECORDING YOURSELF WOULD BE THE FINAL STEP AND PLAYBACK…. BUT WE´LL TALK ABOUT THIS IN ANOTHER POST…..

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CREATING INTERACTIVE “GETTING-TO- KNOW- ME PHOTOS” WITH “THINGLINK” (1B2)

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF “THINGLINK“?


THINGLINK invites students to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation.  Students will dig deeper into content through research to present knowledge and ideas as they learn, practice and demonstrate digital literacy skills in image creation, selection, content, creativity, tagging and sharing.

INTERACTIVE  “GETTING-TO-KNOW-ME “ PHOTOS

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Use  Thinglink  to create interactive photos.

Students choose a photo on their mobile. Each student should upload his /her image and add tags to help others get to know him or her. For example, create a tag or a link to a photo, video or audio file to describe his / her:

  • favourite subjects
  • hobbies or sports
  • ancestry
  • maps with places they´ve lived or visited
  • favourite song, band or group
  • favourite  TV show, website or game

CLICK ON THIS PHOTO TO HAVE A LOOK AT ONE OF MY  ATTEMPTS …..

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new-2THERE ARE APPS FOR YOUR MOBILE TOO….

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COME ON!! HAVE A GO!! I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR THINGLINKS!!!!

Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity

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

Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity

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