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Alphabear: Word it out!

 

Word games are perhaps not as popular as other bright 3D strategy games flooding Playstore and Istore. Nonetheless, Alphabear is a quite popular app. Basically, you have to spell words by selecting letters on a grid. Not only that, you must also prioritize your letter choices. Leaving letters unused for many turns makes them turn into bricks which take away space from the board which doesn’t let the bears that appear on it expand. The bigger the bears, the higher your score.

The game is free and you can play offline, too. Besides, it has adorable minimalst kawaii-style bears you can win if you score the necessary points. I have read many people (and that includes me) get hooked on it and it gets incredibly challenging as they progress through the game. This might just make you try harder and feel like looking up words.  I definitely think it’s worth giving it a try and checking your vocabulary. You might find new words when  trying to sort them out. Play and learn!

Check out the developer’s website,  Spryfox.com, to watch Alphabear’s trailer!

 

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Basic 7 – irrgular verbs

video and exercises

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/past-simple-irregular-verbs

It’s also important to check the pronunciation of irregular verbs in simple past.

tips and pronunciation

http://www.espressoenglish.net/tips-for-learning-irregular-verbs-in-english/

 

more exercises

https://elt.oup.com/student/solutions/elementary/grammar/grammar_07_012e?cc=pe&selLanguage=en

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2550

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/irpast.htm

games

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/irregular_verbs/crossword_simple_past.htm

http://www.mes-games.com/past1.php

http://www.englishmedialab.com/GrammarGames/New_Snakes_%20Ladders/Past_simple_tense.html

story

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-5183.php


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Niños básico 10

Estimados padres, madre y alumnos:

Aquí les dejo unos links para que puedan repasar la gramática de la primera unidad del ciclo

1.http://www.agendaweb.org/verbs/present-simple/index.html

opción múltiple. escoger la conjugación correcta.

2.http://www.agendaweb.org/exercises/verbs/present-forms.htm

unir el sujeto con la conjugación correcta.

3.http://baladre.info/english/sedaviwebfront/dodontinterview.htm

completar con do o don’t.

4.http://www.english-grammar-lessons.com/presentsimple/exercise2.swf

completar las oraciones y preguntas con el verbo auxiliar: do, does, don’t o doesn’t.

5.http://www.1-language.com/englishcourse/unit4_grammar_exs2.htm

escribir la oración en negativo.

 

6.http://www.montsemorales.com/gramatica/PresSimpShortAns.htm

completar las respuestas

7.http://www.english-area.com/paginas/presentesimplequestionsnegative.htm

escoger la opción correcta para completar las oraciones y preguntas.

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Crafts for storytelling

Upon completion of Aesop’s fables online course I thought it would be a nice idea to use his fables for storytelling and acting out in children classes.  I have had to teach a theatre class for children once and what took me longer was the part of material development.In addition, when taking their masks home, some parents made completely new masks. I would rather have kids use things created completely on their own.  That is why, I am sharing links that can help you as a teacher to have students develop their own materials quickly and in an affordable way.

Printables

Black and white/color:

color:

Simple DIY crafts for a simple lesson:

More fantastic ideas for storytelling crafts:

Featured image: puppet

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Advanced 5 – Participle clauses

 

 

Type the type of participle clause you are asked:

https://english.lingolia.com/en/grammar/sentences/participle-clauses/exercises

Reduced Relative Clauses

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/participle-clauses-exercise-1.html

 

Multiple choice

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-89900.php

http://www.kubbu.com/student/?i=1&a=7222_participle_clauses (If you choose the wrong answer an explanation will be provided)

Type using the correct forms

https://elt.oup.com/student/solutions/int/grammar/grammar_10_012e?cc=pe&selLanguage=en

http://www.grammarbank.com/participle-clauses-exercise.html

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/participles/exercises?11

 

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Is it free? Is it legal to use?

As you might have noticed I have been making changes in the images and/or adding information in my posts. After a bit of more than a year with this blog I think I have understood which pictures I can legally use here. I will explain what I have found out in a simple way. Now I make an effort to use public domain images.

Public domain pictures are images you can copy, modify, distribute and use even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. Therefore, you should avoid using images where identifiable people, logos and trademarks appear to avoid complaints or legal actions against you.

Read further:

http://www.teachingcopyright.org/handout/public-domain-faq

https://pixabay.com/en/blog/posts/public-domain-images-what-is-allowed-and-what-is-4/

 

Pay attention to the stock photos, the ones that have a watermark. They appear in all the webpages that state they offer free images. These are photos that you can use after making a payment. They are labeled as Royalty Free stock photos but Royalty Free (RF) doesn’t mean you can  download them for free. You can use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or quantity sold, or period of use. In other words, pay just once to the licensor.

The following are some sites where you can download public domain images:

https://pixabay.com/

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/

http://publicdomainreview.org/

http://es.freeimages.com/

http://www.picturesanimations.com/

 

 


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Amazing blog with teacher resources!

I found a great blog with lots of teacher resources.  It’s name is Tecknologic and its author is an English teacher in Japan. It was chosen as Featured Blog of the Month in April this year by British Council. It has  downloadable templates for activities and games, videos and tips and tricks. Everything is explained in detail.

Definitely worth checking out!

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Exploring English – Free MOOC

Futurelearn is offering a free MOOC (massive open online course)  from British Council (“UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities”) for people interested in learning more about the  British culture and improving their English language skills. The date hasn’t been announced yet, but I will inform you through my blog or you can register in Futurelearn and register you interest so they can  send you an email when the course opens.

This course is suggested for people with an intermediate or higher level of English. You will be able to watch videos and download them. Moreover, you will find quizzes and discussions to evaluate your understanding. The course also involves writing about your feelings and experiences about each week’s topic. However, it’s up to you to participate actively or to take the course and just watch and read other people’s comments.

The course lasts 6 weeks and it takes about 2 hours per week to cover each week’s tasks. You can get a cerftificate from Futuelearn at the end of the course or buy a Statement of Participation.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more!

Read more here:

EXPLORING ENGLISH: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

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Intermediate 5, Unit 2, Lesson 2: Noun clauses

The lesson about noun clauses contained a lot of information that might be condusing at first. You can try with the exercises first until you feel more confident. After that, I suggest you read more examples and explanation if you still have doubts.

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Aesop’s fables free online course at ALISON

I really enjoy free online courses and this time I have found a course that might be considered attractive to many since it is about Aesop. I have read and heard many of Aesop’s fables as a child. However, I hadn’t researched about the author. Do you remember reading his fables? Perhaps some of the most famous are The Crow and the Fox and The Lion and the Mouse.

This free online course teaches about him and  it aims to remind us of the lessons in the fables and to reflect on how we can apply them on our everyday life. What is more, you can work on your vocabulary and reading skills.

It is free (no regisration fees are applied), self-paced (you can start and continue anytime you want) and it has quizzes you can retake if your answers were wrong. You will find nice artwork, too. Moreover, you can get certified. Here is part of the course description:

CERTIFICATION

To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. A link to your Diploma certificate will then appear under the My Certificates heading of your My Account page.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this course you will have read 60 Aesop’s fables and you will be able to identify and, demonstrate an understanding of, the moral or lesson that applies to a selection of those fables.

Link to the course:

https://alison.com/courses/Aesops-Fables

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