Saturday, 28 March 2009

Twitter Poll: A socialnetwork experiment

Howdy! Hope you are all studying for the exams next week. I remind you I'll be away on Wednesday and Thursday, because I'm attending an EEOOII national congress in Las Palmas. Anyway, the reason for this post is that I have just discovered a way of creating polls which can be helpful in class. At the moment it is only an experment, I'm just waiting to see what the outcome is and then I may find a way of introducing them in some lessons: to create discussion groups or viceversa, after a debate we could create a poll and find out what the general opinion about a particular topic is. At the moment I have the first question:

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Some Present Perfect practice

Hello! Here I am again. This time I want to offer you some links which will lead you to some webpages where you will be able to practice a bit more the grammar points we have seen in class. They all include explanations and exercises, just press the link and get started!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Language Exchange via Skype


I have already explained in class that there is a possibility for you to practice your speaking skills with native speakers. All you have to do is log on at The Mixxer, a free website where all those who are learning a foreign language advertise themselves searching for conversation partners. The rules are quite simple: half an hour in your language and another half in the partner's one. Once, you start filling the application form to become a member, they will require a user name for Skype. Do not panic if you do not have any, you will find a link next to the box which will lead you to Skype's website and start the process. Do not fear anything, nobody is going to steel your identity or do anything nasty to you. If you do not like what you see or hear. Turn the skype off and delete the contact. Dead easy!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

New Widget from Google Reader

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I have stopped a minute before I start with mine and decided that it was time to share with you the stuff I come across on my Google Reader. If you take a look to the left you will see there a black box stuffed with headlines, they can be news, audio tracks, videos, TV programs or anything I think it can be useful, interesting or helpful for your English. You cannot complain now about not finding interesting material to read, listen or see in the language you are studying. Looking forward to your comments on the topics you are interested or your requests.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Some (modals of) speculation

This is a post for the students from the intermediate level. I have found a really interesting exercise on the net to practice the use of modal verbs for speculation. The task is made up of five activities each of them suggest a different situation about which you have to speculate. Do at least one and send it to my emai. I'll send it back corrected and commented.

Friday, 6 March 2009

One about Speak Up

Some things lead to different ones! And that is what has happened to me when browsing the blogs of the EOI from Santa María de Guía. All of a sudden I bumped into a link to one of the most loved resources you all have been demanding and using at the school: Speak Up. If you click on the pic at the top of this post it will take you to the italian version of this useful magazin. Fantastic, isn't it!
P.S: Thank you to Laura, Eva, Pilar and Asun for thier great contributions, good luck with the Edublog Competition

More interesting English blogs

Hi there! Just about to start the weekend, isn't it? But before we switch off I would like to introduce you to some good initiatives our colleagues from the EOI in Santa María de Guía have been running for a while and which you may find quite useful and handy. They are three different blogs, each of them devoted to the corresponding level and full of stuff to help you with your English. Below you have the links to each of them, don't miss them!

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