Friday, 25 May 2012

Saint George's Day

Hi everybody,

Some days after my presentation I , at least, have decided to upload my work about Saint George. The first file is a PowerPoint presentation, which shows Saint George in two different ways. The second one is a series of exercises to put in practice what they have learnt and to find out searching in internet.

I hope you like them and find them useful.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

May Day activities

Hi, everybody!

In the last session I presented what I had done with my 1st ESO and 3rd ESO students about May Day. With the 1st ESO I focused on traditional celebrations on May Day, such as Jack in the Green, May Pole dancing, etc., whereas with the 3rd ESO students I introduced the more serious topic of International Workers' Day.

If you want to have a look at the activities, you have to click on the following links:

May Day 1st ESO 
This file was too big to upload, so I had to remove the videos linked to the photos on the fourth page.

May Day 3rd ESO

Hope you find them useful! See you next day!

Elena Luque (IES Maestro Eloy Vaquero, Montalbán)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Will you try SCD with your students?

It was a great laugh dancing Strip the Willow.  I can't claim that I taught it as such (thanks Youtube!), but I enjoyed dancing with you all and I think we all had a lot of fun - this is a "celebrations" course after all. My legs were actually sore the day after - it is supposed to be one of the best forms of exercise apparently...
Has it encouraged you to try it out with students? I've definitely been bitten by the bug and will have another go at it with some classes, although not sure about Strip the Willow with 3 year olds!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Scottish dances and Famous Sports in Britain

This is Neda's slideshow on Scottish Country Dancing and Famous Sports in Britain:

Talking about Scottish Dances, we learnt it ... by doing!!
We really enjoyed dancing "Strip the Willow"

Sports in Britain
Links: Scottish Country Dancing and Sports in Britain

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Get your dancing shoes on for tomorrow

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow we are going to talk about Famous Sports in Britain and Scottish Country Dancing. I have to admit that I am no expert but I'm going to a Scottish wedding next year and there is going to be dancing so I need to start learning. And of course the best way of learning is by....DOING! So, we´ll have a go at dancing Strip the Willow. If you want a preview, there are many videos you can watch, like this one which I think is a fair representation of what our version may look like in the best of cases!

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

St. George's Day

At the beginning of the school year, we decided that April was going to be the "month of English language and culture" in our school (IES Santos Isasa - Montoro). We had exhibitions, lectures given by our language assistant, sport competitions, a typical English breakfast and even a karaoke contest. First, we put up some decorations (two big clocks that represent the Big Ben and the London Eye, striking the English time, and garlands with the English red rose and St. George's flag).

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One of the activities in which all the students in the school took part was called "The most beautiful words in English". The students put up a piece of paper with their favourite words in English. You have the typical words, like "freedom", "peace", etc. but also some unexpected words like "moustache", "disappointment", "never mind" or "myself". (see pictures above).

On the 23rd of April I did the following activity with my 3rd of ESO students. I asked them why April 23rd was a special day and everybody knew about Shakespeare's and Cervantes' death, but few knew about St. George and the legend. I had found a text with one of the versions of St. George's legend on this website, and although it was a bit long and complicated I decided to use it, so that they could learn about the knight and the dragon. I shortened and simplified the text a little bit and after pre-teaching some vocabulary and showing some pictures, I divided the class in several groups and I gave them the story cut in several paragraphs.

The task involved reading the paragraphs to unjumble the story.
After that, we read the story together and the students asked and answer questions about the legend.

Once everybody knew about St. George, I asked them to think and come up with some ideas about how to explain St. George's legend to younger students (1st ESO). This is what one of the groups suggested:
  • They prepared a short, easy to understand power point presentation.

  • They acted out the legend. We had St. George, the dragon, a princess and the speaker. The speaker explained that if the audience wanted St. George to save the princess, they had to answer some questions correctly. In the end, that was what happened and St. George slayed the dragon.