speaking test- revising common mistakes

To revise some of the mistakes some of you have made in your speaking tests, you can go to join.quizizz.com:

1. Open https://join.quizizz.com in your browser
2. You can play two games: Enter the 6-digit game code 241099 , and click “Proceed”. This is the game I created. If you want to play the game YOU created, enter the code 489472.
3. Now enter your real name and click “Join Game!”
4. You will get an avatar, and then see a “Start Game” button. Click it to begin!

You can play both games until June 1st, at 11.30pm. The students who score the most points for either game will get Class Dojo points.

Using a green screen in the classroom

For quite some time I had been toying with the idea of using a green screen for some activity, or for the end product of a project. And finally I’ve had the chance to do it both with my year 1 students and with some of the teachers learning English at CARLEE.

I bought a reasonably priced green screen from a well-known online retailer. I have some trouble getting it to stick to the frame, but until I come up with a better option, good old duct tape will have to do. It’s not the smartest of setups, I should have ironed the screen, I know, but I get by.

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Then, I bought the Green Screen app by Do Ink (not too expensive anyway, but I’m sure there must be others, and for other platforms as well). Then, it’s as easy as A,B,C. You simply record the video with the “actors” playing their roles in front of the green screen with the usual camera (in my case, of my ipad). Then, students have to choose up to three pictures to be used as their background. Of course, these pictures need to be related to the product they’re creating. You may even trim the video or the pictures a bit, or resize the video in case some parts outside the chroma key were recorded. Then, you mix the two elements, and there you have it! A lovely video! It’s a good excuse to foster speaking, creativity…

M5-U1: Multiculturalism and Globalisation

  • Speaking activities: click here to download
  • Writing assignment- you may choose ONE of these: either p.15, exercise 6, p.17, ex.8. or p.18, ex.6
  • Extra listening practice:

If the world were 100 people (some facts and figures):

Multiculturalism in food: 

You may watch this promotional video about Borough Market, one of the oldest and largest food markets in London, and probably the most renowned food market in Britain. There you might find stalls offering cuisine samples from all over the world. Try to take short notes of the different opinions reasons to visit the market expressed in the video.

You may also watch this British Council Learn English video about the market, which includes some self-check exercises.

#LondonIsOpen campaign: 

Sadiq Khan, the current and first Muslim mayor of London, has launched a campaign to emphasise that London is open and welcoming, no matter what happens after Brexit. You may watch some videos that show how multicultural London is here.

Fillers para exámenes orales de inglés

En el discurso espontáneo de los hablantes nativos británicos muchas veces se utilizan algunos discourse markers (como now then, well…) que ayudan a organizar la estructura del discurso. Junto a estos, hay otros discourse markers que son más bien fillers, “muletillas”, o expresiones que se repiten, sin que tengan a veces significado ni otra función en la frase, más que la de ganar tiempo mientras piensas qué vas a decir después. En un discurso “correcto” no es apropiado abusar de ellas; pero en un examen oral de inglés, siempre con mesura, pueden venir bien, para dar una apariencia más natural a tu producción, y ayudarte a pensar cómo sigues.

Algunos de estos fillers incluyen you know, I mean, o el más juvenil like. 

Si queréis escuchar a hablantes nativos abusando de estos fillers podéis escuchar esta entrevista a Victoria Beckham (click en la imagen para ver el vídeo subtitulado en inglés, y en lugar de “captions disabled, seleccionad “English”)…[visto en http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es/2011/01/victoria-beckham-proud-to-be-british.html]

(también aqui)

…o podéis escuchar a este oyente que llamó a la BBC de Londres para expresar su opinión sobre los jóvenes de hoy en día: oir clip (27 Mayo 2015).

Más sobre exámenes orales de inglés:

WhatsApp chat group insulting students lands teachers in trouble

Read this piece of news about a group of teachers who expressed their true opinions about their students and their families in a whatsapp group (in a non-PC way), and were caught red-handed, after the comments in the group were leaked to the educational authorities.

Then, discuss:

  • To what extent is whatsapp a private tool? Are opinions and comments on whatsapp within the public or the private sphere?
  • Are the measures taken appropriate for their action?
  • What would happen if students’ comments about their teachers on their whatsapp groups were read? What about parents’ comments about teachers, or their children’s schoolmates?