{March 30, 2009}   Syllabication

My students usually ask me about syllabication in English. Since they frequently do this in Spanish, they want to learn how to do it in English. In search for some theory on the topic, I came across this useful link you may profit from.

Syllabication rules


{March 30, 2009}   Back for good!

I’ve finally come back! I organized my daily agenda so I could do some research to share with all of you!

Just as a “warmer” I’ll recommend two sites where you can find different cartoons you can use in your classes or just share with your students to have some fun when they finish working.  If you have Internet connection in your classroom, then leave these two sites on your bookmarks and students will have lots of fun, specially when talking about teens and young adults! (Be sure to read the policies of the sites if you want to re-use the images!)

Today, as I was doing some paper work, I couldn’t stop thinking about a story I read long ago. The way up to heaven was written by Roal Dahl and was first published in the February 1954 issue of The New Yorker.
I did a quick search in youtube, and I came across this terrific version of the story acted out by a group of German students of English.

In case you are interested in working with this story, you can check here a very nice set of reading comprehension exercises.

Plot Summary

{March 30, 2009}   Personal Question

What’s the use of doing a 5-years university career on language teaching if you end up working with people who just “learnt English” somewhere and just like teaching? (When, really, the truth is that they have NO IDEA on how to teach a language and they believe that teaching a language is just as easy as to teach any other subject)

{March 28, 2009}   Curiosities

Have you ever paid attention to the way your students grasp pencils? If not, take a look at the different ways they can grasp their pencils here.

{March 25, 2009}   ABC for Child’s Day

If you work with children, you surely are working with the alphabet. Some days ago, I came across a beautiful poem that is really suitable for children all ages! Hope you like it!

{March 25, 2009}   Working with stories

As I was checking files on my pc, I came across a guide I compiled last year to work with The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Most of the activities were found on the Internet, in different educational sites).

I found it really useful to hand it in to my students to complete some activities at home after we read the story and worked with it in class orally. Some of the activities were also carried out in class, and the students had lots of fun with them!

If you want to check the work we did in class, please go to 1stChildren2008

You can download the guide here. Hope you find it useful!


{March 16, 2009}   Want some?

{March 15, 2009}   Brain Gym

brain-gym-exercises1Have you ever heard about brain gym? It can enhance learning and “activate the brain for optimal storage and retrieval of information”. If you want to learn more about it, some recommended sites are:

BrainGym – in Spanish



{March 15, 2009}   10 days later… here I am!

Hey! I’ve been kind of away from my pc these last weeks, because of too much work I’m afraid. Have you ever had to plan every single class you give? I have always done so, but this year planning is something challenging for me, since we were introduced to a new way of planning classes.

How do you plan your classes?

Do you create mindmaps? Do you brainstorm? Do you keep a file with every single activity you give to your students and the way you teach it?

I used to keep different planning records according to the place the plans are for. Private lesson plannings stay in a folder in my pc as well as Special Purpose Classes (since I don’t work so much with ESP nowadays). Then, private institute planning is made by keeping a record of all activities done, explained beforehand on a folder similar to those kids use. School planning, the hardest one to prepare, is done neatly in Word format and printed to be kept in a binding folder so as to be organized.

This year, I am discovering new templates of class planning, and I’m struggling to male my old way of planning fit in the new one. It seems difficult, but I’ll do it. 🙂


et cetera