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Graded readers – Lecturas simplificadas

 

 

 

1.http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/index.htm

Listen and Read activities tell their stories through words, images, and sound.

2. http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

With pictures. You can download the audio and pdf.

3. http://english-e-books.net/the-lady-in-the-lake-raymond-chandler/

Find books by level. You can read online and download audiobooks and the ebooks.

 

 

4. http://www.newsinlevels.com/#

New in different levels

5. https://newsela.com/articles/#/rule/latest-library

News in different levels+ Quizzes

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featured image:

 

Reading picture – CC0 Public Domain

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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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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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Test your English level!

If you are not sure about your English level, why not take a free placement test online? Perhaps taking one will help you ascertain your knowledge or it will make you realize you need some more practice. Whichever your reasons are, it can serve as a review or as a reminder that we need to keep learning.

You will find the following descritptions for different levels in the tests:
Basic Speaker
A1  beginner
A2  elementary

Independent Speaker
B1  intermediate
B2 upper intermediate

Proficient Speaker
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency

 

I. 15 questions to check how well you understand English that you read. You obtain a percentage at then end and you can check your level:

https://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/levels-test-wc.htm

II.Oxford University Press –  Diagnostic Test: A diagnostic test is a test that helps the teacher and learners identify problems that they have with the language.

Questions by level: https://elt.oup.com/student/practicegrammar/test?cc=pe&selLanguage=en

III. 25 multiple-choice questions. Without time limit:

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/

IV. Check your level with these two level tests: Grammar & vocabulary level test and Listening level test. Questions get easier or harder according to how well you do. If your English is very good you will answer more difficult questions than someone whose English is not as good.

http://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/

V. The number of questions displayed on the following test depends on your level:

http://www.learn4good.com/languages/english_level.htm

Test picture by Geralt retrieved from www.pixabay.com


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Health problems – Basic 4

Doctor by DarkoStojanovic  - picture retrieved from pixabay

Doctor by DarkoStojanovic – picture retrieved from pixabay

VOCABULARY:

  1. AILMENT: a bodily disorder or chronic disease.
  2. REMEDY: a medicine or treatment that relieves pain or cures a usually minor illness. *relieve:  to make (a problem) less serious.
  3. INJURY: harm or damage.

 

Free online Picture Dictionary for Kids:  At the hospital

*orderly: a person who works in a hospital and does various jobs (such as moving patients or cleaning)

 

LINKS TO EXERCISES:

  1. Marshall Adult Education: Look at the pictures and choose the correct option
  2. Jerome Bluingez: Look and match
  3. Learning apps: Drag and match
  4. Web ESL.com: Listen and complete

 

HEALTH PROBLEMS AND TREATMENTS

various exercises

  1. http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2640
  2. http://www.learningchocolate.com/content/whats-wrong

 


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WARM GREETINGS!

-Christmas is a season for kindling the

December is a time for celebrations around the world. Independantly from your beliefs, this holiday season is a great time to share with family and friends.  Moreover, we can learn a bit about culture.

iteslj.org Chistmas activities

Learnenglishfeelgood.com vocabulary exercise

Esl Lab Listening actvity

About.com Christmas Quiz

READ ABOUT CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD:

Winter celebrations – National Geographic Kids

Winter Solstice Celebrations – Britannica

From Christmas to Diwali – United Planet

Some recipes for the holidays!

http://veganrecipeclub.org.uk/christmas

http://ohsheglows.com/categories/recipes-2/holiday/food-christmas/

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegan-christmas

VEG(ETARIAN)AN FOOD IN LIMA:

Delivery:

http://limadelivery.info/Comida-Vegetariana

https://es-es.facebook.com/LimaVegetariana

http://www.pacchamama.com/

Vegetarian Chifa

5 vegan friendly restaurants

My husband usually does the cooking and we sometimes go out to eat. When looking for options to link in this post I also discovered more places to try!

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!


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CAE Writing samples

Made with Canva.com Angela Sato

Made with Canva.com

No matter how you feel about your writing skills, reading samples will help you have a clearer understanding of how to fulfill the expectations of the task. Even though we proofread, we tend to  overlook mistakes or we are unable to recognize that the language we have used is does not suit the purpose. Consequently, comparing your drafts with the following examples will result in obtaining better writing skills.

http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/cae/students/writing/makeover/archive.htm

“Get advice from exam writing expert Fiona Joseph with her weekly CAE writing task. See corrected answers submitted by students in our ‘Makeover’ page. Plus: vocabulary and grammar exercises to help you develop your writing skills!”
Flo-Joe CAE Writing Class

Writing Tasks from the CAE Handbook – Cambridge ESOL Russia

http://www.esolexams.ru/content/files/cae/cae_writing.pdf

 


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Young entrepreneurs – further reading AD4

Follow up to the lesson

http://cainesarcade.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nirvan-mullick/2-years-after-caines-arca_b_5121133.html

http://www.ted.com/speakers/adora_svitak

 


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How do you say ___ in English?

Students are usually filled with questions and they always enjoy discoverying vocabulary that relates to their daily lives, especially slang. There are some words I have been asked about many a time. Below I have listed them with their meaning and an example sentence.

namesake (tocayo/a)

someone or something that has the same name as another person or thing.

One of my school teachers’ first name was Graciela which is my middle name. Sadly, we didn’t get along and I didn’t want people to know she was my namesake.

craving (antojo)

a very strong desire for something.

Honestly, I am unable to recollect if I had cravings during my pregnancy. It is said that pregnant women have  intense and unpredictable cravings.

sore loser, informal (Perú: picón/a)

someone who doesn’t take defeat well, especially one who complains. 

Several people dislike losing. Problems arise when some do not want to accept they have  lost. If you lose, don’t become a sore loser . Try to have fun!

hit man/ contract killer (sicario/a)

a person who is paid to kill someone.

It a pity this term is here. Some months ago there was news about contract killers or hit men murdering politicians or diverse victims of mafias.

henpecked, informal (pisado)

a man dominated by a woman, especially his wife

I believe that the use of this term is more than often unfair. When in a relationship,  both parts must make some sacrifices and spend quality time together. Agreeing with your wife’s or girlfriend’s requests isn’t a manifestation of domination. A henpecked man is dependent and easily controlled by his wife.

To my mind, people should stop using sexist terms as this one. Wives who are victims of violence or psychological abuse by their husbands can even put their lives in risk. It is a serious issue to bring under discussion. On the contrary, when the opposite happens –  a man being harassed by his spouse – it isn’t taken seriously.

capricious (caprichoso/a)

not logical or reasonable : based on an idea, desire, etc., that is not possible to predict.

As a teen I could be very capricious and change my mind suddenly. Like small children who might want something even if it’s bad for them, such as lots of candy.

Tupperware ® container

containers from a brand of plastic containers used for storing food.

I have just started taking my lunch to work in a plastic container. In Spanish we call this type of food storage boxes tappers. The name comes from Earl Tupper’s plastic products. Nowadays Tupperware is a brand name people use as a generic name for food storage boxes.

Notice that Rubbermaid doesn’t address its products as Tupperware ones.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/Category.aspx?CatName=FoodStorage

Mischief, uncountable noun  (travesura)

All Children make mischief without bad intentions. My daughter draws on the wall or uses the shampoo to blow bubbles and makes mischief out of curiosity and fun.

Since my students are Spanish speakers it’s inevitable they notice similarities between both languages. At times they just opt for constructing nouns, adjectives or verbs as if they were cognates -words that have  the same origin or roots and the same meaning. For instance, the word animal which differs in pronunciation or invitation which is written similar to invitación. It’s so common for beginners to substitute the  -ción ending for –tion in an attempt to speak more fluently but then they get some funny words or words that actually exist but with a different meaning from one language to another. In other words, false cognates or false friends.

The most recurrent in my classes are:

Question, verb (cuestionar)

to express doubt about.

A number of learners ask whether they can question me when they mean ask.  

Actually  (en realidad)

Numerous people believe I am Chinese. Actually, I am Peruvian with a Japanese background.

You will find tons of information on false friends online. Therefore, my main interest was writing in regard to other frequently asked vocabulary.

A simplet quizlet set to review and check pronunciation:

http://quizlet.com/_u71dc

Related links:

http://spanishcognates.org/

http://spanish.about.com/cs/vocabulary/a/obviouswrong.htm

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57195/50-spanish-english-false-friend-words

It’s enjoyable to learn some new words, but you must be careful how you use them.