Category Archives: APPS

WRITING INSTANT OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS IN CLASS (1B2)

THANKS TO MY DEAR COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL I´VE HEARD OF A VERY USEFUL TOOL CALLED MENTIMETER

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  • YOU JUST HAVE TO GO TO mentimeter.com
  • ENTER THE CODE TO VOTE (your teacher will give you the code number)
  • WRITE A QUESTION RELATED TO THE COUNTRY & SUBMIT IT
  • IT WILL BE DISPLAYED ON THE BOARD IN A MATTER OF SECONDS

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SO, LET´S GET ON WITH IT!

WATCHING FILMS & SERIES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES (1B2)

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After a long, long wait, the American video streaming site HBO has finally arrived in Spain, offering Spaniards access to the streaming service that not only provides all seasons of HBO’s content, but also content from Disney and Nickelodeon.HBO España, a brand new broadband streaming service, offers a subscription video on demand service providing premium content directly to consumers via hboespaña.com. The launch was first announced last January, set to compete with Netflix. But what about ORORO.TV?

This brings us to the question: Is HBO actually better than NETFLIX or ORORO.TV to watch films and series in English with subtitles? What are the main differences?What is the best choice for students of English?

Here, I would recommend ororo.tv. What can ororo.tv do to help you improve your English? What will you find on this website? An amazing number of TV shows and films in their original versions and with subtitles in English. Surely you’ll find attractive alternatives here to suit every taste and mood.

https://www.bloomsbury-international.com/blog/2013/10/04/how-to-improve-your-english-with-movies/

I CREATED A WALL  ON PADLET FOR ALL MY STUDENTS TO WRITE A CONTRIBUTION BUT NOW YOU DON´T NEED TO GO TO PADLET AS THE WALL IS AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED BY CLICKING ON IT(BY CLICKING ON THE BLUE BOARD WALL BELOW)

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  • Click on the blueboard (on the PLUS pink sign), a box will pop-up, please add your name
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be a brief comment based on your own experience
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

Made with Padlet

 

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING (1 B2)

NEXT  WEEK WE´LL DO A WRITING IN CLASS , AS I TOLD YOU TODAY. HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING, WISELY WRITTEN BY MY COLLEAGUE JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI.

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IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WRITING AND CORRECTION, HAVE YOU HEARD OF LANG8?

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http://lang-8.com

WRITING A COLLABORATIVE FOR & AGAINST ARTICLE (1B2)

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THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE PROS & CONS OF “FREEGANISM” BUT HOW DO YOU WRITE A “FOR & AGAINST” ARTICLE FOR A MAGAZINE?

USEFUL LANGUAGE

Introduction

We can find both advantages and disadvantages …
Nowadays…

ARGUMENTS For

On the one hand, there are many reasons why …

On the one hand, those who are in favour of (tend) to claim that …

On the one hand, those who believe that … say that …

People who prefer … say that …

There are several arguments in support of …

There are many advantages to + gerund

Some people argue that …

Those in favour of …

ARGUMENTS Against

On the other hand, there are many reasons why …

On the other hand, those who are against (tend) to say that …

A major disadvantage is that …

On the other hand, those who believe that … say that …

On the other hand, the arguments against … are convincing

On the other hand, there are some/many disadvantages.

Conclusion

It is clear that there are both advantages and disadvantages to …

In conclusion…

To sum up…

All in all…

Although there strong arguments in favour of/ against, I think that … It is obvious that …

On balance, I think that …

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NOW, WE ARE READY TO START A COLLABORATIVE  FOR & AGAINST ARTICLE: “SHOULD CHILDREN UNDER 13 OWN THEIR OWN MOBILE PHONE?”

  • GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE BROWNISH BOARD WALL BELOW)
  • Click on the board, a box will pop-up, please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument for or an argument against.

FOR:

AGAINST:

  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

Made with Padlet

 

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POST ONE ARGUMENT FOR OR ONE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE TOPIC ABOVE
DO THE EXERCISE ON FOR & AGAINST ARTICLES ON THE HANDOUT

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USING YOUR DICTIONARY (1 B2)

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Reasons for using a dictionary

A dictionary is a very important tool for anyone who is learning a new language. With a good dictionary you can do the following:

  • look up the meaning of an English word you see or hear (DEFINITIONS)
  • find out how to say or pronounce a word (PRONUNCIATION)
  • check the spelling of a word
  • check the part of speech of a word (noun, adjective, adverb etc….)
  • find other grammatical information about a word (plural, irregular past tense, countable or uncountable etc…)
  • find the synonym or antonym of a word
  • look up the collocations of a word
  • find out about the register of a word (FORMAL/INFORMAL /SLANG/COLLOQUIAL/TECHNICAL…….)
  • find out about the variety of English (British / American…etc..)
  • find examples of the use of a word in natural language

WHAT DICTIONARIES DO YOU USUALLY USE? ARE THEY MONOLINGUAL, BILINGUAL OR BOTH?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF WORD HIPPO?

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IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT WORD HIPPO HAS TO OFFER, CLICK ON THIS LINK AND YOU CAN READ WHAT MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL SAYS ABOUT IT.

THERE´S ALSO AN APP FOR ANDROID DEVICES (MOBILES AND TABLETS)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF……?

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http://www.yourdictionary.com

“The SEE IN A SENTENCE tool  IS REALLY USEFUL because very often, to understand the meaning of a word you need more than the definition. Seeing how the word is used in a sentence, seeing how the word is used in a context is a great help for the non-native speaker”. THANKS, CRISTINA CABAL!!

HOW TO….. LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (by Sandra Mahiques) (1 B2)

LOOK AT THIS PRESENTATION ON TIPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (BY SANDRA MAHIQUES)

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW, PLEASE.

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GREAT JOB, SANDRA! CONGRATULATIONS!!

WHAT´S POWTOON? (1B2)

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WHAT´S POWTOON?

PowToon is a free web app (OR A WEBSITE www.powtoon.com))  that lets you easily create presentations and animated videos, often with a cartoon look and feel.

Have a look at the one I created to give tips for a job interview

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

PowToon can be used in many ways in the classroom. Students can actually…..:

  • Act out a section of a story they are reading, or an alternate way the story could have gone.
  • Re-enact a historical event, or make a pretend meeting and conversation between famous people in history.
  • Make a short comic to explain a vocabulary word from class or a concept being covered in their current unit.
  • Or it can simply be used as a fun and easy alternative to PowerPoint, Google Slides, and other multimedia slide show programs for any sort of presentations your students (or you) need to make.

WHY DON´T YOU TRY SOMETHING SIMILAR?

CHOOSE A TOPIC,  MAKE NOTES OF ANY GOOD IDEAS  IDEAS AND PRESENT YOUR  USEFUL SET OF TIPS

RECORD YOURSELF ON VIDEO TOGETHER WITH YOUR BOOK PRESENTATION (1B2)

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN´T SIGN UP FOR  THE ORAL PRESENTATION THIS WEEK AND ARE STILL INTERESTED……WHY DON´T YOU RECORD YOURSELF ON VIDEO TOGETHER WITH YOUR PRESENTATION?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF SLIDE PRESENTER  ( CALLED “PRESENT.ME” BEFORE? OR SCREENCAST-O-MATIC?

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PresentMe

This tool allows you to upload your PowerPoint /Prezi or Google presentation and then record yourself doing the presentation and even include your webcam. Then anyone can access it on the internet and watch and listen to you presenting. Great for your students to get them practising their presentations and great for language teachers as you can get your students to make presentations and practise their language. Of course, it´s not the same as talking in front of an audience but it might be pretty similar….. you are video recorded looking at your computer screen…NOT READING….

https://present.me/content/

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/video-youtube/present-me.html

 

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE MADE BY A TEACHER

THIS IS ME USING SCREEN-O-CAST:

WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A GO AT IT?

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“CUE PROMPTER” A TOOL TO REHEARSE YOUR SPEECHES (1B2)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL LIKE A FAMOUS TV STAR?

This little tool is a cueprompter. My students need to give a speech  and I find this little tool can help them a lot monitor the time it takes them to give their speech as it has adjustable speed features.
How to use it
♥Copy/paste the text into the prompter text window
♥You can set screen size, font size and colour
♥Start the prompter and adjust the speed
♥ Use the Space Bar to stop/start the cueprompter

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IT´S AS IF YOU WERE WORKING ON TV AS A NEWSREADER!! BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST FOR REHEARSING AT HOME: YOU CAN´T USE IT DURING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS.

THIS POST IS FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!

TUTORIAL

ORAL PRESENTATIONS BASED ON BOOKS FOR 1B2 STUDENTS (1B2)

AS YOU MUST BE READING YOUR FIRST BOOK AND GETTING READY FOR YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS IN DECEMBER, DO YOU HAVE IN MIND ANY TOOL TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATION MORE ATTRACTIVE?

GLOGSTER, SMORE  AND PREZI ARE MY FAVORITE ONES .

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

http://s018.marisadedios.edu.glogster.com/memoirs-of-a-geisha-nadias-glog/

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

https://www.smore.com/94j7

  • PREZI 

A BOOK PRESENTATION WITH PREZI

DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER TOOLS THAT COULD BE EFFECTIVE?

remindericon-pngc200THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU TODAY IN CLASS WITH ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS CAN ALSO BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY DROPBOX.

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Smart Up Your English

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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