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Graded readers – Lecturas simplificadas





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


With pictures. You can download the audio and pdf.


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




New in different levels


News in different levels+ Quizzes

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Reading picture – CC0 Public Domain

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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:


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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:


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.


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:

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“Mintonbluefc2” by Minton’s Pottery – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –

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Basic 10 – Unit 4, past continuous





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Basic 10, Unit car parts and driving vocabulary


Car parts

Picture dictionary with listening exercises

Exterior parts

Interior parts

On the road vocabulary:

Driving vocabulary:

Listening and reading practice:


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-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. Chistmas activities vocabulary exercise

Esl Lab Listening actvity Christmas Quiz


Winter celebrations – National Geographic Kids

Winter Solstice Celebrations – Britannica

From Christmas to Diwali – United Planet

Some recipes for the holidays!



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!


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Young entrepreneurs – further reading AD4

Follow up to the lesson


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Present simple exercises – Basic 2

It is a good day to review!

How often do you use the Internet to study?

Do you watch videos or listen to music on youtube?

Try these exercises and get more practice.


Present simple exercises:

conjugate the verb in parenthesis

write Yes/No questions: Do/Does ….?

present simple questions


various exercises on present simple

Unscramble the sentences with frequency adverbs




complete the sentences

Reading from Check out the page for more activities!

Exercises from esl.about:


Mary’s Hobbies and Interests

Tim’s day


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CATWALK! – gait vocabulary

Warriors from Erin Hunter was a book I had attempted to buy at a book fair here in Lima. They were selling the Spanish translation of the first book. So many people had bought the first book and I wasn’t going to buy the second without reading the first! I finally got all the first volume in English from Amazon. Now I am reading  during my commute without getting dizzy which I was never able to do before. This first book inspired me to write about the differences between some verbs about how cats move and their gait – the  manner of walking, stepping, or running.  The word gait is commonly used when refering to any of the ways by which a horse can move by lifting its feet the feet in different order or rhythm. 


It’s the the fastest pace of a horse or other quadruped. In full gallop horses can reach 88 km/h whereas cats can reach 48 km/h. Information from:


Horse 1 by pictures animations


A smooth gait that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot. Forward going at mid-speed allows a controllable walk while trot, canter and gallop and provide some jump.


Horse 25 by pictures animation


Any four-legged animal trots by  running at a slow speed. When people trot somewhere it means they go there in a busy way. A student in the morning turned her walk into a trot as she she realized she may arrive late. Most of the time I trot to the bus stop, too.


Horse trotting by


You’ll be reminded of the word ‘stalker’, someone who follows or observes a person persistently. Animals do this when they track prey by moving slowly and quietly. This is also done this when walking with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait.


“Cat stalking birds” by Forbush, Edward Howe, (1858-1929) – The domestic cat; bird killer, mouser and destroyer of wild life; means of utilizing and controlling it. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –


Playful cats bound by leaping forward or upward. With one effortless bound a cat can jump over a fence. Moreover, they bound to catch prey. Bounding involves running or walking in a series of jumps or leaps


When someone ambles he /she walks at a leisurely and relaxed pace. Perhaps you want to browse around a shopping arcade and amble or you might be focused on your thoughts and amble slowly.

Descriptive Zoopraxography Elephant Ambling Animated 13 retrieved from


This means to run or go quickly, lightly and often playfully. For instance, children scamper in the playground while playing hide and seek or when looking for Easter eggs.


To walk with long steps, especially in a hasty or vigorous way.  Imagine you are on the street and your spouse is angry at you. He or she might stride to leave  you behind. Have you ever done that?
Some links with interesting information:
Horse gaits at Gaits of the horse 
Robinson Visual Science: Walker’s stride
Image library of nature and pets:

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What is your family like? Basic 1

“Family is a link to the past and a bridge to our future”

Alex Haley

Biography in Spanish 

Unscramble the letters

Family relationships

ESL-LAB Family listening with a Peruvian speaker! 

Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension 2 

An American Family reading

Family video, script in the description

Family image