martes, 26 de julio de 2016

Created by librarians, teachers, and other education stakeholders, is a friendly Google custom search engine and web site directory for students in grades K-4. All web sites have been checked thoroughly and recommended by teachers, librarians or educational consortia, so you get reliable, age appropriate reources in your search results.

You can find Kidtopia on:

jueves, 21 de julio de 2016

ELSA English Language Speech Assistant

ELSA, which stands for English Language Speech Assistant, is a mobile application that functions as a personal pronunciation coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently. Interesting resource to practice pronunciation regularly and effectively.

ELSA Blog with interesting and fun reads on pronunciation practices:

domingo, 17 de julio de 2016

Recursos para trabajar el inglés en edades tempranas (curso)

La oferta de formación para el primer trimestre del curso 2016-2017, como seguramente sabréis, se ha publicado recientemente en la página del CEFIRE de Elda.

Directamente relacionada con la didáctica del inglés en edades tempranas, tenemos el gusto de presentaros una nueva edición del curso con Juan Rubio, docente de cuya experiencia y valía conoceréis muchas y muchos docentes de nuestra zona.

Si tenéis interés en esta propuesta, está disponible en la página:

Los objetivos específicos del curso son los siguientes:
  • Reconocer los factores que influyen en el proceso de adquisición de la lengua extranjera a edades tempranas.
  • Disponer de conocimientos sobre los diferentes métodos y enfoques didácticos orientados a este fin.
  • Saber utilizar materiales y recursos conducentes a la mejor adquisición de la lengua extranjera a edades tempranas.

Sus contenidos:
  • Factores que influyen en el proceso de adquisición de la lengua extranjera a edades tempranas.
  • Métodos y enfoques didácticos.
  • Uso de materiales y recursos.
  • Contextos significativos en el marco de un enfoque comunicativo.

No os lo perdáis.

viernes, 15 de julio de 2016

Music in the English Class

Music is one of the best and most motivating resources in the ESL/ EFL classroom. Music is the universal language of mankind. This makes it an amazing teaching tool which connects cultures and languages. 

Studies have shown that music improves concentration and memory. It relaxes people, makes learning fun and constitutes a shared learning environment regardless of the age, background, sex… of the learner.

The following educational resource by M.Àngels Araujo, Isabel Clara Moll, Josep Perez-Prior and Laura Rocamora provides a very interesting example of good practice in this regard.

jueves, 7 de julio de 2016


SmartyReader is an eReader platform that aims to improve student’s critical reading skills. It cultivates reading and independent critical thinking.

SmartyReader has multiple tools:
Smarticles (Modular reading comprehension exercises. Articles from real times news so a student can improve his reading and grammar skills).
Flashcard Stack (It allows you to go back to words that you did not understand while reading a Smarticle).
VocabCompanion (It allows you to improve your vocabulary by providing preselected words that you have to match with their correct definitions).

SmartyReader is functional on any device that has a web browser. It offers a monthly suscription to a limitless supply of Smarticles.

Ian Siegel (SmartyReader founder) on SmartyReader:

martes, 5 de julio de 2016

#Brexit and #Bregret

On June 23rd a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. As you probably know, leave won by 52% to 48%.

This Padlet summarizes some significant reactions on Brexit in social media, and gives you an opportunity to learn about this subject and to practice your reading in a real-life context.

jueves, 30 de junio de 2016

ENABLE  (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments)

ENABLE (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) is an EU-funded project (supported by a Think Tank of 12 international experts and implemented by 6 core partners in five countries) whose aim is to combat bullying and contribute to the well-being of young people aged 11-14 through social and emotional development and peer education.

Their resources are designed to support the development of social-emotional learning skills and promote peer advocacy.

martes, 28 de junio de 2016


VocabSushi is an online vocabulary building service that helps you learn new vocabulary words through the context of real-world sentences from recent news articles.

Conceived and created by Jeff Novich, an SAT tutor in New York City, it is interesting for students studying for standardized tests, and is also perfect for anyone looking to expand his or her vocabulary to communicate more precisely.

You can sign up for free. A pro (paid) service for teachers is also available (video).

viernes, 24 de junio de 2016

Created in 2012 by Paul Adams, is an interesting ESL & EFL teaching resources website. 

Teachers can download many teaching materials for use in the classroom: activities, lessons, worksheets, articles, games and ideas to help students improve their language skills.

Some resources are free. You can also purchase it and get the entire collection.

martes, 21 de junio de 2016


Audio books have become increasingly popular in recent years, as there are many benefits to listening to literature. Storynory can be a good resource to develop listening and reading skills. In case of ESL students, they will also benefit from hearing clear pronunciation and native speech patterns.

Storynory is a free website with a collection of stories sorted in categories such as fairytales, educational stories, junior stories, myths and world stories, classic audio books, and music and poems. It was founded in 1995 by Hugh Fraser and Matthew Lynn.

All their stories come with an HTML5 audio player that should work on most devices in use today. Users can read the text and/ or listen to the story.

sábado, 18 de junio de 2016

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is a free (the computer version), award-winning series of games. The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. There are three Teach Your Monster to Read games to play, covering 2 years of the reading journey.

All of the games will run on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs). Additionally for tablet users, our first game Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps is now available on iPad.

viernes, 17 de junio de 2016

eTwinning ESL Group

If you would like to get involved in projects to improve your students’ English language skills, or get advice on teaching ESL from teachers from across Europe, visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) group on eTwinning. This group provides English teachers with a space for inspiration, collaboration, professional development and modernising ESL education through the use of ICT.

viernes, 10 de junio de 2016

English on the Rocks

Si tienes interés por trabajar recursos y ejercicios prácticos en inglés relacionados con la gramática, el léxico (vocabulario, falsos amigos, diferencias entre inglés americano y británico, slang...), curiosidades sobre la lengua y hasta un repertorio de canciones esta página podría responder a tus necesidades a través de sus muy diversos materiales, especialmente orientados al público de habla castellana.

miércoles, 8 de junio de 2016

The Origins of the English Language

The following TED-Ed Lesson by Claire Bowern, a linguistics professor at Yale, explores the origins of the English language in a very visual way.

Additional resources for classroom use (guided discussions, multiple choice and open answer questions) are available on

miércoles, 1 de junio de 2016

Developed by Misha Wagner, with the help of Joe Groocock and based on an idea by Hoagy Cunningham, uses data from Wikipedia and Dbpedia to show the location of over 20,000 historical events on an interactive 3D globe. 

You can search for events by date and by key words. More detailed information on Wikipedia is also provided, 

This resource lets you explore the history of the world in a very visual way. Very interesting tool for History teachers in CLIL programmes. 

martes, 31 de mayo de 2016

Improve your Writing (University of Bristol)

Interesting resource with explanations and exercises intended to form a comprehensive guide to using English grammar and avoiding common writing mistakes.

Each point of grammar has an explanation and a related exercise or exercises. The explanation sections contain several examples.

The website also includes a section about ways of improving your writing style.

sábado, 28 de mayo de 2016

The Academic Phrasebank

Designed primarily for academic and scientific writers who are non-native speakers of English, the Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers provided by the University of Manchester. It aims to offer examples of some useful phrases which might kick start your writing and thinking.

The phrases are mostly content neutral and generic. They are organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation (Referring to Sources, Describing Methods, Reporting Results, Discussing Findings, Writing Conclusions).

Other phrases are listed under the more general communicative functions of academic writing (Being Critical, Being Cautious, Classifying and Listing, Compare and Contrast, Defining Terms, Describing Trends, Describing Quantities, Explaining Causality, Giving Examples, Signalling Transition, and Writing about the Past).

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

Energy Kids. All about energy in English

Energy Kids is a student-friendly website hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The site includes a variety of information and activities about energy organized in several main categories: What is Energy?, Sources of Energy, Using & Saving Energy, History of Energy, Games and Activities, for Teachers, Related Links, Energy Calculators, and a Glossary.

It also includes a teacher guide which provides energy lessons that use the website as a resource. The guide provides Language, Arts, Math, Performing Arts, Science and Social Studies extension activities by age levels.

(Source: Energy Kids)

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sábado, 21 de mayo de 2016


Writefull is an app that provides feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of correct language. The databases used are Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News, and Google Web. 

You can use Writefull in any writing tool from MS Word to Gmail. Simply select a piece of text, hit the short-key to activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its options. 



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