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Duolingo 31-days Challenge accepted!

Rubén (3rd Grade) and Norma (5th grade) have been the two first students to achieve 31+ days stroke playing Duolingo. Congratulations, kids! 

 

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Super Simple Halloween

Super Simple Learning is a website full of fun, lovely videos and other resources for little kids learning English. Let’s have a touch of Halloween here at Cloudy Seaside mood by enjoying two of their most popular Halloween videos:

Happy Halloween!!!

Do you know Duolingo?

Some months ago, actually last summer, I came across an app called Duolingo and I installed it in my iPad as I was looking for a free app to learn another language without the fuss of having to buy course books etc. Then life happened and I absolutely forgot about it.

Last week I saw it in my Resources folder by chance and I decided to give it a go. The results are very satisfying; you only get the exact grammar concept required to have you reading, writing, speaking, repeating and listening from the very first minute you start to play.

And yes, I really meant to say ‘play’ because as you learn you go unlocking levels and earning sort of red thingy prizes, and the point is that you must try to complete each level with all the four lives you were initially given.

It’s a very rewarding game and I plan to use it in the classroom with fast finishers and/or kids in need of extra support from this upcoming second term on.

If you want to give it a try you can sign up here:

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What about you? Have you tried it already? Do you know other free and fun apps to learn languages?

Let’s play Battleship this Christmas!

The kids attending SEP classes have been playing Battleship in order to practise their ABCs and numbers.

Now you can play Battleship too with this grid. I advise you to substitute the typical squares for words: f.i. a five-letter word, a four-letter word, two three-letter words and one two-letter word. At the end of the game your ‘enemy’ can guess what the words were 😉

Have fun!!!

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Battleship

My Christmas presents: Aprende inglés Sila and Forvo

It’s only three days for Christmas holidays and I want to give you not a present, but two! It’s about two sites on the internet that you can use to  improve your English a lot.

The first one, Aprende Inglés Sila, blog para aprender inglés fácil y gratis, is a blog by a Spanish young lady who lived in London for more than five years and now she blogs free and easy English lessons. You can even follow her on Facebook!

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The second present I want to give you is Forvo, a webpage where you can hear people from different countries pronouncing words in English (or in other languages). Just click on the blue arrow on the left of the word you want to hear and presto!

So, can you tell me how many different pronunciations of ‘backstage’ are there? What about ‘cheerio’? And how many for ‘door’? Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂

I guess I’ll have ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ ;-)

Another of my students favs: the deliciously stubborn Sam-I-Am and his odd but yummy menu suggestions 🙂

Dr. Seuss rules!

Playing Blokus online

You can play as a guest (no need to register) or signing in, should you choose to register. Have fun!

:: The time :: El rellotge :: 4th ::

Clic El rellotge 🙂 Remember to play in English 😉

♥ A tribute to the old Lorax ♥

The new The Lorax movie has just brought to my memory the old Lorax cartoon movie.

Here it is for your watching pleasure 🙂

Happy weekend!

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Part 2

Kimani Maruge + pupil = Becky Sharpe + Vanity Fair and The First Grader trailers + free ebook!

An odd title for a quick thought association.

Today I happen to mention William M. Thackeray to my 6th graders. We were correcting some comprehension  activities about the inspirational life story of Kimani Maruge when the meaning and usage of the noun ‘pupil’ somehow ended up in boarding schools, past centuries and social classes, rich and poor people and something too dangerously related to Manichaeism. All of a sudden I envisioned Becky Sharpe and her abrupt leaving Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies, so I couldn’t resist mentioning one of my all-time favourite novels, Vanity Fair, to my students*.

I know a few of them might be interested (I saw how eagerly Martin wrote down everything I said, sorry about the S. instead of M. for ‘Makepeace’!), so I’m bringing here the official trailer of 2004 Vanity Fair as well as the Gutenberg Project free Vanity Fair ebook** and a trailer of The First Grader movie too. Enjoy!

*I didn’t mention Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen or Benito Pérez Galdós to them, (my other passions); enough is enough!

**In English, this book is not suitable for a 6th grade EFL student, but I just haven’t found a free Spanish version, sorry.