jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014


Stories have an incredible educational value due to the their influence on memory, but also because they allow to face a wide variety of topics and contexts. Of course, this is very interesting when learning a new language.

On this page you will find a nice selection of tales and fables to read in English. The collection contains also audios and videos.

App available on the AppStore: 
Android App: 

martes, 16 de diciembre de 2014


Didapages is a very useful tool for course authors. This software provides many opportunities, such as adding text, images, audio and video to create your own interactive book. It can be very interesting for self-study or distance learning, especially, I would say, for language learning.

Here you can see a selection of Didapages based resources to learn English:

As Christmas approaches...

On vocabulary (French resource): 

Symbaloo webmix on vocabulary and grammar:

jueves, 11 de diciembre de 2014

ChronoZoom. Visualize time from the Big Bang to the present day

ChronoZoom is a free open source project owned by the Outercurve Foundation that visualizes time on the broadest possible scale from the Big Bang to the present day. Conceived by Walter Alvarez and Roland Saekow, this project has been funded and supported by Microsoft Research Connections in collaboration with University California at Berkeley, Moscow State University and University of Washington Information School (iSchool), and The Center for Web and Data Science (WDS) departments.

ChronoZoom is inspired by the study of Big History, and it approaches the documentation and visualization of time and history in the same way that Google Earth deals with geography.

ChronoZoom allows users to see the true scale of time over cosmic, geologic, biological and social periods.

(From Wikipedia “ChronoZoom”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChronoZoom

miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2014

History Teachers

Simply awesome! An approach to teaching History by reworking lyrics to popular songs. The videoclips are entertaining and instructive.

Amy Burvall teacher of Le Jardin Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii and Herb Mahelona, also a teacher, have narrated some of the greatest events in History by rewriting pop songs.

Webpage (lyrics available): http://historyteacherz.com/
Amy Burvall: @amyburvall
Herb Mahelona: @HerbMahelona

An example:

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Sesame Street. Sesame Playlists

Sesame Playlists are a collection of fun and educational games and videos organized around a curricular theme. Each playlist includes seven games and videos. You can choose a topic and age range in order to use this resource in a more individualised way.

Grammar Lessons With Food

Let’s learn a few important grammar lessons with the help of yummy, delicious food by Jeff Wysaski. More funny stuff on: http://www.pleated-jeans.com/

domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. It is observed on 1 December every year. This day is dedicated to raise awareness of the AIDS. As part of this effort, Education on AIDS prevention and control plays a fundamental role.

Visit these and other resources on AIDS and education available on the Internet:

Avert AIDS and HIV Education: 
Students Stop AIDS Campaign:
HIV/AIDS Education/Awareness:
Schools and Health:

jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Thanksgiving Day

Language is more than just the code. There is a fundamental relationship between language and culture. Maybe the best way to learn English is to be in frequent contact with English speakers' culture and learn to understand not only the code but the cultural significance.

Let me just take an example. We have seen in movies and on television how Thanksgiving Day is celebrated but, what do you know about this? How can we get the most out of it when teaching English?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. It is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Although several other places around the world observe similar celebrations, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (by the way, it is TODAY!!!) in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Its historical roots are religious but it is nowadays celebrated in a secular manner as well. (Source Wikipedia: Thanksgiving)

Here you have some Pinterest boards on Thanksgiving Day:

The Story of Thanksgiving (video on YouTube): 

sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2014


ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. Over 800,000 educators use ReadWorks' research-based curriculum to improve their students' reading comprehension

The ReadWorks curriculum is based on the most highly regarded, proven research on reading instruction, and includes:

You can follow ReadWorks:

The following video shows how to effectively use ReadWorks' research-based lessons and passages.

viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2014

The Story of Stuff

Very interesting video on the consequences of our economic practices and their impact in environment. In English (subtitled in Spanish). A good proposal to encourage debate in the classroom


jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

Profesores Visitantes en Estados Unidos y Canadá 2015-2016

El pasado martes 11 se publicó en el BOE la Resolución de 30 de octubre de 2014, de la Secretaría de Estado de Educación, Formación Profesional y Universidades, por la que se convocan plazas para profesores visitantes en centros educativos de Estados Unidos de América y Canadá para el curso académico 2015-2016. 

Toda la información necesaria para solicitar plazas (requisitos, preguntas frecuentes, texto de la resolución, guías sobre los distintos destinos, procesos de selección y fases de la convocatoria...) la podéis encontrar a través del siguiente enlace:

El plazo de solicitudes está abierto hasta el día 26 de noviembre.

miércoles, 12 de noviembre de 2014

The English Alley (revisited)

In May 2013 we published a post on The English Alley, a 100% free website designed to help improve your English vocabulary. Here you can find plenty of drawings that show the different vocabulary terms. Everything is organized in themes (house, park, school...) and when you put the cursor over the drawings you will hear the pronunciation of the words, and if you click on many of them it will give you access to a new vocabulary page.

TheEnglish Alley has since developed new contents and has become an amazing resource for teaching and learning ESL by means of an easy navigation and a very visually-pleasing interface.

domingo, 9 de noviembre de 2014

NASA Kid’s Club

NASA Kid’s Club offers information and resources about space science to the kids. It has activities and safe and funny educational games from the space agency. The website doesn’t require children to register or email address to post comment. 

Children can learn about math and science by playing and doing space-related games and activities. 

This webpage includes a section for educators with game descriptions and information about National Education Standards. 

viernes, 31 de octubre de 2014

Useful Expressions in English

List of commonly used English expressions available for free to beginners up to advanced users by IH Bristol. 

Expressions to use in speaking and writing and how to use them properly.

jueves, 30 de octubre de 2014

Supersimplelearning.com. Halloween

Enjoy Halloween at your school on Supersimplelearning.com: songs, games, ideas, lesson plans and resources to help you make Halloween fun and educational.

viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014


Very interesting collection with hundreds of structured and organized videos, tagged by educational standards and wrapped in interactive tools. You can also assign video lessons to your students and follow their progress and viewing habits.

jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

Recursos y propuestas para trabajar el inglés en infantil

Desde el pasado martes y hasta hoy se celebran en el CEIP El Romeral de Alcoi las jornadas Recursos y propuestas para trabajar el inglés en infantil.

La primera sesión estuvo protagonizada por Daniel Verdú, maestro del CEIP Doctor Calatayud de Aspe y por Isabel Coloma, del CEIP Costa Blanca de Alicante. Daniel ofreció una conferencia dinámica que desde un marco teórico propuso y ejemplificó numerosas actividades para motivar, enseñar y aprender inglés en edades tempranas. Isabel abordó el tema de la conciencia fonológica y el camino hacia la lectoescritura y aportó su amplia experiencia en la gestión de la clase de inglés de infantil.

Durante la segunda jornada contamos con Daniel Martínez, del CEIP Alfonso X de Novelda y con Jenny Davidson, estudiante de Filología hispánica y catalana de la Universidad de Sheffield y lectora de infantil en dicho colegio. Daniel cuestionó a las y los participantes a través de su reflexión sobre modelos de aprendizaje y adquisición de lenguas extranjeras. Se ofrecieron interesantes pistas para conseguir libros en inglés y recursos efectivos para la motivación y el comportamiento adecuado en el aula como Class Dojo además de algunos otros recursos interesantes: El blog de Espe, Englishtips.org, etc. Jenny comentó su experiencia como lectora y algunas diferencias entre los sistemas educativos en Inglaterra y en la Comunidad Valenciana.

El último día participaremos como ponentes Juan Rubio del Colegio Sagrada Familia de Elda y yo desde mi asesoría de plurilingüismo del CEFIRE de Elda. Por mi parte, presentaré algunos de los recursos interesantes para el profesorado de inglés de infantil que pueden encontrarse en la red, muchos reflejados en este blog, y Juan, después de sentar unos fundamentos y directrices sobre el aprendizaje del inglés en la etapa, mostrará diversos aspectos de su práctica en el aula.

domingo, 19 de octubre de 2014

Grammar.cl by Woodward

www.grammar.cl was created by Woodward Chile. The purpose of this site is to help English language students from around the world to improve their English for free.

It includes the following categories:

- Grammar rules.
- Grammar games.
- Student section (with notes, games, printable English exercises...).
- Teacher section (The resources are quite limited and not always free)
- Useful resources.
- English vocabulary.

On Twitter: 
On Facebook: 
On Pinterest:

jueves, 16 de octubre de 2014

Arcademic Skill Builders

Originally born as a side project in the research department of the University of Kansas School of Education, Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary and thinking skills.

You can browse games by subject of by grade.

Also available
on Itunes: 

on Google Play: 
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