convocatoria inmersión lingüística en inglés Otoño 2017- 1º y 2º ESO

Resolución de 7 de septiembre de 2017 de la secretaría de estado de educación, formación profesional y universidades por la que se convocan ayudas destinadas a alumnos de primero y segundo curso de educación secundaria obligatoria para el desarrollo de un prorama de inmersión lingüística para otoño 2017.

Pronunciation studio: tips on how to improve your English pronunciation

If you’re interested in improving your English pronunciation, or are into phonetics and pronunciation, this website may be useful to you. Pronunciation Studio is a school in Central London which specialises in teaching “standard” British pronunciation to Speakers of Other Languages, aiming at “accent reduction”. They offer a free sample to download from their e-textbook, as well as a free taster lesson in their premises, which I recommend, should you ever happen to be in London and have an hour and a half to spare.

Additionally, they keep a very resourceful blog, where they deal with the pronunciation of different sounds in isolation, place names, onomatopoeias; they write comments on different accents of British English…All the posts include written explanations and audio files, to actually hear from native speakers the point being discussed.

If you’re a CLIL teacher and would like to know a bit about phonetics (as a means to improve your pronunciation for your teaching practice), you may also register for an induction course on phonetics and pronunciation that will open in early September 2017 at CARLEE in Zaragoza. It will be announced both here and at the CARLEE blog

SoundHound: music discovery, lyrics finder…

For quite some time, Musixmatch was one of my favourite apps, as it allowed you to play a song on a mobile device and display the lyrics to it (more about it here). Sadly, with the passing of time, the free version of the app lost many of its functionalities (although the extension for YouTube still works, and I still recommend it). Fortunately, I have found something which might replace Musixmatch, and add something extra.

The free app SoundHound (iOs, Android, Windows, Blackberry) is a mixture of the popular app Shazam + Musixmatch…with an extra twist. Just like Shazam, if you want to know what song is playing, you need to tap on the app and it will yield information about singer, song title, and album (in most cases, anyway).

The extra feature that SoundHound offers compared to Shazam is that you can also sing or even hum the song you’re looking for. The likelihood of the app recognising the song may depend on the user’s singing voice, maybe even pronunciation, and the degree of accuracy may not be as high as that of the original, granted, but it is well worth a try (even as a challenge or a competition among friends / students?).

Once the song has been identified, you can choose to play the song from Apple Music / Google Play, if you have a subscription; from Spotify, if you are a Premium user; or go to good old free YouTube (this can be set as the default option in the settings). As the song starts playing, the lyrics will come up, so you can listen and read.

I have tested it using songs in English, French and Spanish, and it seems to work. You can try it for free, anyway, for your own personal use, or as a recommendation to students. If you try it out, why not review it by leaving a comment below?

year 1- tips and recommendations for summer

If you want to revise what we have done this year, or do any of the activities again, you can visit this section in my blog: https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/category/ies-parque-goya-students/british-year-1/

READING:

you can choose a book, online newspapers, magazines… Some useful links may be:

Some books you may read are:

  • Dahl, Roald. Boy (Tales of Childhood). (available at the school’s library)
  • Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Dahl, Roald. The Witches (available at the school’s library)
  • Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. (available at the school’s library)
  • Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery
  • Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
  • Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke’s Kingdom.
  • Kerr, Judith. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
  • Wilson, Jacqueline. The Story of Tracy Beaker.
  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Enz, Tammy. Batman Science: The RealWorld Science Behind Batman’s Gear (Capstone Young Readers) 
  • Peet, Mal. Keeper (Paul Faustino 1) (about football)

WRITING:

  • Write a diary of your favourite 7 days of your summer holidays. Choose days when something exciting or different happened and explain how you felt. Write the date each day you write and use the past simple. You can include some drawings or pictures.
  • If you like creative writing, go to http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/fantasy-writing-prompts/. Choose grade 4-6th.

LISTENING:

Try to watch television in English; you can also watch short videos on the Internet… Some useful links:

Listen to music and practice with the lyrics. You can use www.lyricstraining.com or any video with lyrics you find on youtube. You can also download Musixmatch (as an app for mobile devices or an extension to Chrome) to play your favourite music and have the lyrics to it, as if it was karaoke.

When you watch something, please pay attention to pronunciation!

GRAMMAR:

Practise the grammatical structures we’ve learnt this year. Especially the verbal tenses and how to form the affirmative, negative and interrogative form. You can use this website to revise online and do some exercises: http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/

Other websites:

VOCABULARY:

Visit my blog to revise the vocabulary we’ve dealt with this year. 

You can also practise some vocabulary here:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/vocabulary-exercises

As a game, you can test yourself: How many words do you know in English? http://testyourvocab.com/

literary classics year 1: step 2- infographics about books

The next step in our project is to get to know the basic elements of the book in hand (genre, themes, plot summary, characters), and to be able to summarise them in an infographic. These are two of the examples made by students (click on the picture for full size):

 

literary classics-year 1: plot summary

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe:

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift:

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley:

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott:

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding:

literary classics- year 1 project. Step 1: biography

The last project of the year has to do with literature. I wanted students to get to know a bit about canonical works of fiction in British and American literature. These are the novels we are working on:

  • Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe.
  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
  • Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.
  • Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter saga. (at one of my students’ insistence, and it’s a classic by now anyway, so…)

The first step in our literature project was to find out about the writers’ biographies. So, every group had to search for information to fill in a graphic organiser. I pre-selected some websites I wanted them to visit (to avoid Wikipedia), and I shared the links using QR codes for those groups using mobile devices, or shortened links to the only group who are using my laptop.

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Then, they had to explain their findings to the rest of the class using Explain Everything. Their explanation was recorded. You can find  two examples below: