lunes, 29 de febrero de 2016

Film & ESL

The Academy Awards, or Oscars, is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in filmaking from the previous year. The first Academy Awards were distributed in 1929. The last one (the 88th ceremony) was held recently, on February 28.

For those who think that film is not just a form of entertainment but a powerful learning tool in the educational process, a tool with many possibilities, some links to a number of sites containing a variety of views, information and resources on cinema and English teaching and learning:

Film English
Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA)
Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals
LearnEnglish Teens (British Council)

jueves, 25 de febrero de 2016

Sounds of English

This website is a collaboration between Sharon Widmayer, Ph.D, and Holly Gray, ESL teachers and curriculum developers for over 20 years. 

It's primary goal is to offer language schools, trainers and students tools that make the learning-teaching process easier and more efficient in the field of English sounds and pronunciation.

It includes sections on vowels, consonants and stress and intonation. It also provides with some lessons and activities.

lunes, 22 de febrero de 2016

Grammar posters

Posters are helpful learning tools for visual learners in order to reinforce, among others, grammatical concepts. They provide an awesome teaching resource that can act as a reference for pupils. They can inspire or help provide examples of usage norms, vocabulary and structures covered in class.

What follows is a series of links to other websites you may find of interest if you want to decorate your walls with grammatical content that will encourage, assist and motivate your students.

domingo, 21 de febrero de 2016


Quill is an open source literacy tool built by a community of educators and developers that provides writing, grammar, and vocabulary activities to middle and high schools students.

Quill Proofreader gives students passages that have grammatical errors placed in them.

Quill Grammar teaches grammatical concepts through sentence writing exercises.

Quill Writer is a two-player activity where students take turns writing a passage together from a shared list of words.

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jueves, 11 de febrero de 2016

International Day of Women and Girls in Science #WomenInSTEM

In December 2015 the UN passed a resolution to recognise on February 11 each year women's contributions to this field, so today is first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is an international celebration of the work of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)

Take a look at this video by Chelsea Ziadie on underrepresentation of Women in STEM. Is it fair? What can we do about it? Surely that is a good debate that is worth having in our classrooms.

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

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