Sing Songs while you learn English

I am back again and I have missed this little blog and you all! I didn’t realize how much this little space on the internet actually meant to me until I kept apart for weeks. I felt a little guilty not posting more frequently and although I cannot find a good enough excuse, I have to say that It has been a busy few weeks. This post is to encourage you as well as me to undertake new projects to learn and teach second languages.
To begin with I would like to start very energetic and courageous with this quote: “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can: positive thinking is half the work …”

Having said that, I would like to show you a new free on-line language learning tool that is particularly useful for students of foreign languages who want a fun and entertaining way to learn the correct pronunciation of words and it will improve their listening skills as students must identify words from a song. One of the best ways to learn English or any language is music. If you would like to know what the lyrics of your favourite songs say and, moreover, improve your English, playing Lyrics Training is a good alternative.

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In LyricsTraining you can choose from a wide selection of songs and try to complete their letter while watching video clips. LyricsTraining also has a special Karaoke mode that lets you sing and enjoy the full lyrics.

There are three levels of difficulty Lyrics Training: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Depending on your choice, you have to hit a single word or directly the full track.

LyricsTraining helps you to learn new vocabulary and expressions, and reinforce grammar concepts through continuous exercise of writing the missing words.

But above all, LyricsTraining helps you train your ear to improve your capacity to recognize sounds and words of a foreign language in a very short time, training your brain almost unconsciously, whether you know the meaning of all the words or not.

Just try it and let me know your experience in this web application that allows you to read and listen to the lyrics from music videos and can be used as a fun and interactive way for language teachers and trainers to introduce new vocabulary and grammar to their students in a classroom setting.

Please write your comments or leave me a reply.

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Disfrutar del inglés en verano. Gaudir de l’anglès a l’estiu. Enjoy English in summer

Durant els mesos de les vacances d’estiu els xiquets han de descansar i fer activitats acords a aquesta època, gaudint en família o amb amics.

No obstant això, és important mantenir, encara que de manera més distesa, l’hàbit d’estudi. Respecte a l’anglès, una desconnexió total afecta indubtablement al seu progrés. Hi ha diferents formes de repassar i practicar aquest idioma d’una manera amena i divertida. Unes hores a la setmana ajuden en gran mesura a mantenir i desenvolupar l’aprenentatge en els més petits i ho agrairan tant ells com vosaltres durant el proper curs.

Us presente alguns suggeriments per realitzar activitats en anglès aquest estiu: NOU: Frank’s class

Per al més menuts:

Cançons on-line:

Do you like…?

Sweater, jacket…

Down on the farm

How Many? (práctica de los números)

The Alphabet

Cuentos on-line:

            Oxford Owl 

BBC Stories

The Twins Story (un cuento de la BBC en You Tube)

 

Juegos on-line:

Puzzles de Animales (BBC)

Juegos on-line para niños (BBC)

Fichas on-line:

Páginas y fichas para colorear (The Color)

Páginas para colorear (Free Coloring)

Fichas en inglés de CEIP Cervantes en Murcia

ACTIVITIES BY TOPICS

1. CLOTHES

2. WEATHER

The weather

The 4 seasons

The Seasons Of The Year

3. HOBBIES

Sports

Sports 1

4. PARTS OF THE BODY

OUR BODY

My body

5. NUMBERS

Numbers to 10

Numbers from 1 to 10

Word search numbers 11-20

Crossword numbers 11-20

6. HOUSE

Parts of the house

The House – Furniture, Appliances and Accessories

Furniturre and appliances

7. SCHOOL

School objects

Classroom objects

8. COLOURS

The colours

Colours

9. ALPHABET

ABC

The alphabet

10. ANIMALS

Animal Flashcards

Animals (Eduardo Connolly)

11. NATIONALITIES

Nationalities

Countries and nationalities

12. JOBS

Jobs

13. THE TIME

The time

Telling time

Telling time 1

Days of the week

14. FOODS AND DRINKS

Foods and drinks

Foods croosword

Activities on line

15. DESCRIBING PEOPLE

What are they like?

Adjetives (strong, weak. tall, short, slow, fast, heavy, light, pretty, ugly, boring, fun, big, small)  spelling,  word searchesfree writing,

Adjetives 1 (full, empty, high, low, wet, dry, close, far, long, short, new, old, easy, hard, dark, light, clean, dirty)spelling,  word searchesfree writing,

Recursos adicionales:

Página para padres en inglés de Oxford University Press  

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/index.html

www.englishexercises.org

www.cambridge.org

Have a nice holiday!

English is Fun with Sitcoms

English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently online video clips from Youtube. A situation comedy, often shortened to sitcom, is a genre of comedy that features characters sharing the same common environment, such as a home or workplace, with often humorous dialogue. Such programs originated in radio, but today, sitcoms are found mostly on television. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number of reasons:

  • Watching TV shows and films in English is a wonderful way of improving your listening skills and pronunciation.
  • Sitcoms provide us with authentic English in all its guises. The situations that the “sit” refers to are often situations that are universal.
  • Sitcoms are full of cultural references.
  • Students love watching videos that reflect Britishness. They like to see how British people live, what they eat, how they spend their free time. They love seeing typical British homes and institutions, British countryside and British weather. Our students like to confirm their perceptions of British stereotypes and they like to be surprised by aspects of British culture that they didn’t know about before.
  • Sitcoms are funny and everybody enjoys laughing. Watching a humorous video clip in class can be rewarding for students and helps to create a positive classroom atmosphere. After all, English is fun especially through films and TV shows.

One of my favourite TV Shows is Friends. I’m sure many of you have heard of and watched the American sitcom. It ran in the US from 1994 until 2004. My favourite characters was Joey Tribbiani played by Matt Le Blanc. He always played the slightly stupid guy, but he also had some fabulous sketches. Here is one of my favourites:

In this sketch, Joey (a native English speaker) follows a beautiful woman into a beginner’s ESL class (English as a Second Language), and tells the teacher he is in the right place. Trying to impress the girl, he competes with beginning English learners to prove that his English is the best. Enjoy!
Funny! Basil gives Manuel a language lesson – Fawlty Towers – BBC. Basil and Manuel have a conversation about how to dress the breakfast trays. 

Go to http://uktv.co.uk/gold/homepage/sid/5527 and click on a sitcom

For a comprehensive list of UK sitcoms go to http://www.sitcom.co.uk/list_top.shtml

What is “Fawlty Towers: The sitcom”?

Extract from: English is Fun Especially with Friends

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/sitcoms-a-tool-elt