Category Archives: APPS

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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http://www.naturalreaders.com

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

THIS IDEA IS NOT MINE. I HAVE YO THANK THE BLOG “STOP & LEARN ENGLISH”

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!!!!

CREATE A ONE-MINUTE VOKI TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE CLASS (1B1)

WHAT IS A “VOKI”?

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Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create  talking characters by using their own voice.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO LISTEN TO AN EXAMPLE FROM A STUDENT:

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YOU JUST HAVE TO….

  • DOWNLOAD THE APP ON YOUR MOBILE (APPLE STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY) IT´S FREE & YOU DON´T HAVE TO REGISTER
  • SELECT AN AVATAR
  • CUSTOMIZE IT
  • ADD YOUR VOICE ( LIMITED TO 1 MINUTE) SPEAKING ABOUT YOURSELF
  • PICK UP A BACKGROUND
  • PUBLISH & SHARE ( by emailing it tome so that it can be published on my blog)

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I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR VOKIS!!

 

https://mcargobe.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/yolanda-valeros-voki-1b1/

http://www.voki.com/site/app

 

LET´S TALK ABOUT ME (ALL LEVELS)

WHO IS YOUR TEACHER THIS YEAR? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ME? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

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“EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY” AND AS “A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS“…..ALL THE PHOTOS BELOW CONTAIN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ME. WHAT´S  THE LINK IS BETWEEN THE PHOTOS AND MY LIFE? AM I 29 YEARS OLD? DID I MARRY TWICE?…ETC….

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS YEAR´S UPDATED AND INTERACTIVE PREZI PRESENTATION. UNFORTUNATELY I CAN NOT EMBED IT DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH WORDPRESS.

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1B2 (QUESTIONS & ANSWERS)

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1B1 (QUESTIONS & ANSWERS)

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http://www.classtools.net/QR/questions_list.php?fold=5&fname=beaQJ&diff=0

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH QR CODES AS I MENTIONED IN A PREVIOUS POST?

CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO SCAN ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT MATCH THE ANSWERS OF MY PREZI SLIDE

PRESENTATION. (LET´S TALK ABOUT ME 2017-18)

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GETTING TO KNOW….. YOUR TEACHER (1B2)

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WHO IS YOUR TEACHER THIS YEAR? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ME? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

NOW, LET´S TALK ABOUT ME! IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW ME, WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU ASK ME? WRITE SUITABLE, CORRECT QUESTIONS  IN ENGLISH.   WHY DON´T YOU CREATE YOUR OWN PODCAST WITH AUDIOBOOM or SOUNDCLOUD? WHAT IS “AUDIOBOOM“?

SO, TO GET YOUR “AUDIOBOOM PODCAST” POSTED YOU JUST HAVE TO

  • DOWNLOAD THE APP (ON YOUR MOBILE, IPAD OR TABLET) IT´S AVAILABLE  BOTH FOR IOS AND ANDROID
  • RECORD YOUR PODCAST, SAVE IT  AND …
  • SHARE IT  BY EMAILING IT TO ME SO THAT I CAN POST IT ON MY BLOG AND SHARE IT WITH ALL YOUR CLASSMATES.

WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A GO?

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CAN YOU GET THE MESSAGE? (1B2 & 1B1)

WHAT´S THIS?
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IT´S CALLED A QR CODE AND THE ONE ABOVE IS ACTUALLY LINKED  TO MY BLOG (SEE IF IT WORKS!!!)HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THEM?

HERE´S AN INTERESTING VIDEO WHICH ILLUSTRATES HOW QR CODES WORK:

ALL YOU NEED IS DOWNLOAD A QR READER (e.g. I-Nigma | NeoReader | Kaywa) ONTO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE. SO, SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE OR IPHONE AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET THE MESSAGE. CAN YOU GET THE MESSAGE?

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DO YOU THINK OR CODES CAN BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM?

I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR COMMENTS. HOWEVER, IN THE MEANTIME ENJOY THIS SPOT AND HAVE FUN!! AREN´T YOU CURIOUS ABOUT IT?

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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?

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“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

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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