martes, 9 de febrero de 2016

Child soldiers. Educational resources

The 12th of February is observed as International Day against the use of Child Soldiers.

According to the UN, thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and armed groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world. 

They fight on the front lines, take part in suicide missions, act as spies, messengers, or lookouts. Many girl child soldiers are sexually abused and awarded to male combatants as sex slaves.

Some resources for addressing this topic in the classroom:

miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2016

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching #MOOC

Free online course developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council. The course takes place over four weeks and explores second language learning. It considers language classrooms and how teaching affects language learning. Also, it looks at the use of technology in teaching, and its benefits and challenges for language learning.

No prior knowledge is required to take part in the course.

You can buy a State of Participation for this course.

Stay informed on Twitter: #FLlanguage

lunes, 1 de febrero de 2016


Free to use resource organized according to various levels (from Elementary to Adavanced) where you find ESL audios and videos with English transcript.. It is updated regularly. It can be a very interesting site if you want to improve your listening skills. It offers podcast, audiobooks and videos

On Google+
On Facebook
On YouTube

jueves, 28 de enero de 2016

Games to learn English

Website for students of English as a foreign language as a resource to study or review language. It was created by Owen, an English teacher at a university in Anhui province, China.

The site is very easy to use. It uses Wordpress and all the game content (pay attention to it) is made using Flash.

miércoles, 27 de enero de 2016

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. This genocide resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 2 million Gipsies, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. On 27 January 1945 Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp was liberated.

This International day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005. (Source: Wikipedia)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day and education:

UNESCO. International Day

UNESCO. Some resources:

Centre for Holocaust Educational

Holocaust Educational Trust

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Resources for Educators
YouTube. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

domingo, 24 de enero de 2016

Poetry by Heart

Poetry is often among the topics which get dismissed as unimportant. However, it is a powerful instructional tool, and a relevant art to study at any age. Poetry enables teachers to teach their students how to write, read, and understand any text.

Poetry by Heart is a great resource for learning poets at primary schools. Most poems have an audio of the poet reading their poems.

lunes, 18 de enero de 2016


Challenging game that helps you increase your vocabulary by testing your ability to match definitions to words. You are given a definition the first letter of the word it is referring to, and 1 minute to solve it.

If you guess the correct word you will move on to the next puzzle. Every correct answer gives 20 points and 5 seconds to you. Be careful! You can also lose points.

viernes, 15 de enero de 2016

5 Minute English

5 Minute English has been designed to give you short and easy explanations and exercises. 

You can find answers to questions that other students have had about confusing things in English under the Questions and Answers section. You can also have access to articles on ESL topics.

5 Minute English includes ESL lessons on grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation and slang/ idioms.

miércoles, 13 de enero de 2016

Great video sites with CLIL content by Russell Stannard

Looking for content for your CLIL class in English? This video by Russell Stannard (from Teacher Training Videos) can be very useful for you.

viernes, 8 de enero de 2016

BITS English Language Learning

Useful page for audio stories with listening activities created by Skip Reske. The purpose of this collection of ESL resources is to help students improve their listening and reading comprehension of the English language.

In many of the podcast you can choose two listening speeds according to your level.

lunes, 28 de diciembre de 2015

A Healthy Meal

Recurso útil en el aprendizaje integrado de lenguas y contenidos (AICLE/ CLIL) en el campo de la nutrición. Se trata de un recursos interactivo en el que se ha de adaptar la alimentación conveniente a distintos tipos de personas en función de sus características.

Un tema para tener en cuenta en estos días de excesos ;-)

jueves, 24 de diciembre de 2015


This site, originally created for some teachers in a local school, offers information and educational resources about Christmas (traditions and customs, Christmas around the world, the Christmas story and Christmas fun and activities for children.
A good topic for today, isn't it?

martes, 22 de diciembre de 2015

National Science Digital Library

Have you ever heard of the National Science Digital Library? If you teach subjects such as science or math to students through English, you may find this service helpful.

The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings.

Searches by subject, education level, resource type and standards are available. You can also browse by provider and by collection shared with the NSDL.

viernes, 18 de diciembre de 2015

Oferta de formación del CEFIRE para el próximo trimestre (inglés)

Recientemente se ha publicado la oferta formativa del CEFIRE de Elda para el próximo trimestre. Se ha difundido tanto a través de la página web como por medio del envío a los centros de carteles para su exposición en áreas comunes.

Con esta entrada os invitamos a conocer las dos actividades directamente relacionadas con la lengua inglesa.

La primera de ellas es la reedición del curso presencial Recursos para trabajar el inglés en edades tempranas (16EL76EI001), que Juan Rubio, llevará a cabo entre el 20 de enero y el 23 de marzo. Sabemos que cada vez resulta más complicado acudir a cursos presenciales pero la experiencia y el buen hacer de Juan compensa sobradamente el esfuerzo. El curso se desarrolla en Elda pero nos gustaría invitar a profesorado de infantil y primeros cursos de primaria de toda la zona a esta interesantísima formación.

En segundo lugar, un curso online: Project Based Learning for English High School Teachers (16EL76IS003). Cambiamos de etapa educativa y de modalidad formativa, sin embargo esta propuesta representa otra oportunidad en la medida en que auna dos elementos de gran actualidad como la aplicación del aprendizaje basado en proyectos y la enseñanza del inglés. Juan Tomás García Asensi y M. Elena Ruiz Aranda tutorizan este curso que se desarrollará entre el 25 de enero y el 4 de marzo.

Nos encantaría que os pudierais beneficiar de esta oferta y que contribuyera tanto a la mejora de vuestra competencia docente como a la calidad de aprendizaje de vuestro alumnado.

lunes, 14 de diciembre de 2015

Climate change and education

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December. The conference reached its objective, to for the first time achieve a global agreement on reduction of climate change in the Paris Agreement, which was adopted with acclamation by nearly all states. This agreement was the culmination of decades of international attempts under the UN to forge collective action on this problem.

Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. In fact, education for sustainable development, both formal and non-formal, was afforded an entire thematic day as part of the conference on December 4.

(Source Wikipedia and UNESCO)

The following list includes some student and educators resources related to global climate change. Don't forget that sustainability starts in school!

miércoles, 9 de diciembre de 2015

Study Zone (ELC-University of Victoria)

Interesting web with lessons and practice exercices for students of the English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria

The site is designed for their adult English language learners, but all are welcome to read the lessons and use the exercises.

First, you choose your level. Then, choose a topic. Finally, choose a lesson. Each level has language topics. Each topic has lessons. Lessons include exercises to help you improve your English.

jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2015

Science Snacks

The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California, makes available for public use Science Snacks, hand-on science activities that can be built at home or in the classroom using cheap and easy to procure materials.  

These activities provide step-by-step directions, photos, video, lists of materials, assembly instructions, etc. They also indicate if adult help is needed and in many cases offer additional information about the explorations. 

You can search for activities alphabetically or by subject.

lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year since 1988. This is one of the eight official global campaigns marked by the World Health Organization and an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and mourn those who have died of the disease.

Education plays a crucial role to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. You can find here a list of resources on AIDS that can be useful for the ESL/ EFL classroom.

UNAIDS Factsheet (2015):

UNAIDS Infographics:


Education Scotland:


Larry Ferlazzo:

HIV/AIDS Educational awareness:

CATIE Talking to Kids about HIV/AIDS (booklet)
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