Monthly Archives: July 2009

How to make worksheets in a flash!

As we all know the best way of  improving our or our learners’ vocabulary is through fun activities. And if these activities required less than 5 minutes preparation even better.  So here I will introduce you to “a dream come true”:  Vocabulary Worksheet Factory. Many thanks to my friend Ceci who told me about it.

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Vocabulary Worksheet Factory includes a database with loads of activity templates such as crosswords, anagrams, word soups, and so on and so forth. You can personalise the worksheets and create your own wordlists for each of your classes. Finally, you can print it with just one click. It is an excellent tool and you can get it for free in www.englishtips.org or download it from this rapidshare link. Hope you find it useful!

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My First Online Exercise

You might be surprised at this! A great lover of the net has never prepared an online exercise. Well, it is said that there is a first time for everything and here’s my first experience!

Before sharing with you my first creation, I would like to introduce you to the webpage where I have placed my exercise. ESL printables is a great website created by Víctor Gayol an English language teacher in Spain. In his website English language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans,  activities, etc. Their collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions. I have found wonderful material there, and of course I have made my own contributions too. I strongly recommend it.

And here goes MY online exercise. The episode of  “Shaun the sheep” called “Still Life” is a great video to use with kids. It is mute, but they can practise farm animals, colours, numbers, parts of the day, sad, happy, angry. Hope you like it. Have a look at it and please leave your comments. All your opinions are  welcomed!

BBC World News Podcast for Children.

imagesHi! It’s been a long time since my last post. I’m sorry but I’ve been quite busy. I’ll try to update more often from now on. At the moment I’m teaching online because schools are close here in Argentina due to the swine flue. For that reason, I will have more time to spend in front of the computer.

Well, let’s go to the important thing.  The bbc has created a great and extremely accurate podcast about breaking news. It is a great tool we can use for practising listening with our kids, teens and why not, with our adult students too. It consists of a 4 minute weekday news bulletin for 7-14 year olds.  The accompanying scripts are available on the BBC World Class website. Hope you find it useful.  See you soon.