Posted in ESO 1

My favourite book- ESO 1

You want to give the class an idea for a book to read. Work individually.

Follow this plan:

1 Choose a book you enjoyed reading. The book can be in English or in your own language.

2. Think about what happens in the book and why you enjoyed it. Make notes.

3. Make a poster to make other people want to read your book. Include text, an illustration and a picture of the front cover.

4. Print your poster to put it on the classroom wall. Publish the poster in your English portfolio (blog).

5. Look at all the posters. Choose at least one that you want to read. You can ask the person who made the poster to tell you more about the book before you decide.

6. Find the book and read it!

Here is an example of one of my favourite books:

SPRINGTIME

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Posted in ESO 2

School Trip Abroad

1. Preface

Students will be given a set budget of 500-600€ on the basis of a one-week holiday (1000€ if they are travelling outside Europe). Criteria should include: travel arrangements, places to visit, accommodation, food and drink, schedule, etc. At the end of the project students will put forward their proposal to the rest of their classmates. Students can ask questions, which will award them with extra marks.

2. The Project

 

2.1. The context

The goal of this project is to learn and use English in an informative and communicative way. At the same time that students enjoy the activity, they will raise their awareness of the need to use English for a purpose. By doing a motivating project, students  will somehow realise that English is a necessary tool to find out about the world, and the things they are interested in. Students will understand the importance of English for travel purposes, both as a tourist or as someone working in tourism.

Timing: 12  sessions

     2.2. Main objectives

    The main objectives/ competences tackled in this project are the following:

  • Target language input when they have to find information.
  • Appropriate research to fulfill the task criteria.
  • Learn to learn.
  • Digital competence.
  • Reading, listening, speaking and writing for a purpose.
  • Learning culture from English-speaking countries.
  • Practise their speaking, reading and listening skills.
  • Develop their communicative competence.

 

      2.3. Activities

     1)

NAME OF THE ACTIVITY: How to get there and travel around

TIMING: 4 sessions (3 sessions for research + 1 session prepare presentation)

2nd A: 13th Feb., 20th Feb., 27th Feb., 6th March.

2nd B: 13th Feb.*, 19th Feb., 26th Feb., 5th March.

RESOURCES: internet, guidebooks, travel magazines, travel agencies, etc.

      PROCEDURE

  • The teacher will give them the name of the country they have to talk about.
  • Find the best means of transport to travel to their destination, and justify their reasons bearing in mind the budget, timing, amount of people travelling, etc.
  • Find the best transport to move around.
  • Begin designing the first part of the presentation.

DYNAMICS:  pair work

 

2)

NAME OF THE ACTIVITY: Accommodation

TIMING: 3 sessions (2 sessions for research + 1 session prepare presentation)

2nd A: 13th March, 20th March, 10th April.

2nd B: 12th March, 19th March, 9th April.

RESOURCES: internet, guidebooks, travel magazines, travel agencies, etc.

PROCEDURE:

  • Research different types of accommodation available in their destination.
  • Decide which is the best option for their trip bearing in mind costs, location, accessibility, amount of people.
  • Write the relevant information about accommodation in their presentation.

DYNAMICS: pair work.

 

3)

NAME OF THE ACTIVITY: Tourist attractions

TIMING: 4 sessions (3 for research + 1 to prepare the presentation)

2nd A:17th April, 24th April, 8th May, 15th May.

2nd B: 16th April, 23rd April, 7th May, 14th May.

RESOURCES:internet, guidebooks, travel magazines, travel agencies, etc.

             PROCEDURE:

  • Search for interesting tourist attractions in the area. Find our prices, opening times, location and some basic information.
  • Decide which tourist attractions you could visit, the order in the planning of your trip, how to get there, etc.

DYNAMICS:  pair work

4)

NAME OF THE ACTIVITY: Oral presentations

TIMING: 4 sessions

2nd A: 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th May.

2nd B: 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th May.

RESOURCES: Internet, youtube, audio.

PROCEDURE:

  • Put forward the idea for your school trip to the rest of your classmates with the aid of your slide presentations presentation.
  • After the presentation, other students can make questions. Both the questions and the answers given will be taken into account for the final grade of the project.

DYNAMICS:  pair work
  

 2.4. Evaluation

     PROCESS: Students working on the activities (20%)

     PRODUCTS:

  1. How to get there and travel around (20%)
  2. Accommodation (20%)
  3. Tourist attractions (20%)
  4. Oral presentations (20%)
Posted in ESO 1

ESO 1: An announcement

Write an announcement for a new club at your school. The club can be for any free-time activity. In your announcement, include this information: (120-150 words)

  • Where you meet.
  • When you meet.
  • What you do.
  • How you can get more information.
  • Photographs or images related to the club.

You have an example of a text in Gateway underneath using Canva, but feel free to use any other tool you are familiar with. You can find other examples and tips on useful language in announcements on page 49 in your Student’s Book.

are-you-mad-about-music-if-the-answer-is-yes-marks-music-club-is-the-place-for-youwe-usually-meet-on-friday-at-6pm-at-marks-house-bring-your-favourite-cds-and-introduce-us-to-your-favourite-gro

Posted in ESO 1

This is me (ESO 1)

ESO 1

Let me remind you of the different sections your presentation should have:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Family + talk about one member of your family
  3. Friends + talk about one of them
  4. Things you hate
  5. Things you like

Remember that in the last section you will have to show us all a ‘How to…’ video explaining how to do something you like doing or you know how to do well. That will be your chance to show how well you can talk when you’re not nervous in front of a live audience.

This is the example I played in class using WeVideo:

https://www.wevideo.com/view/560810762

You can use any video tools you already know or try one of these: creaza, dvolver, goanimate, zimmertwins, toondo, animoto, WeVideo, toontastic…

Remember that the power point presentation is only meant to help you remember what you want to say, but you won’t be able to read!!! It’s an oral presentation to prove how well you speak English, not how well you can read!

I’m looking forward to hearing your presentations!!! Have fun!

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Posted in ESO 2

The creation of a band -(ESO2) PBL #1

Welcome back ESO2!

As you learnt the first day of class, this year we have an extra class of English every week. On the extra fourth day, we will work on a project from the ICT room. This is called Project-Based Learning or PBL for short.

When we begin a project I will give you instructions on what you are expected to do and give you some guidance, advice and examples. You will have to publish everything you do in your own personal eportfolio (so go back to last year’s diary and find your username and password!).

For every new project, you have to create a journal where you write the date of the PBL session and what you have done during the session so that I can keep track of your work; to do so, you’ll need to create a new category in your personal blog called ‘PBL journal’. Also, every time you complete a task, you will need to publish it in your personal blog so that I can assess your work. Your PBL grades will be value 3 in procedures and attitude.

I will assess your progress at the end of each month and give you a grade which will be published in Alexia for you and your parents to see. That means that the final product will be as important as the production process, as I will bear in mind every step of the way. Save the last five minutes of each session to fill in the entry in your journal before finishing the class.

The first project is called ‘Creation of a band’. Click on the following link to see a presentation of the project: Creation of a band- presentation

As you have seen above, when we work on a project you will be asked to complete a number of tasks in order to get a final product. Let me list again the different tasks you have to complete in your first PBL:

  • Pre-activity: Creation of a journal called ‘Creation of a band- journal’. Create a post and create a new category (on your left when you are writing your post). The title of every entry you make under  this category should be the date of the session you are writing about.
  • Activity 1: The making up of a new band. Group work (3-4) .Create a blog for the project where you will have to keep a record of the work you do in each session.
    • Create 5 tags or categories in the menu: band’s presentation, biography, songs and videos.
    • Personalize your site and write a presentation of the band using an infographic (piccollage, esally or canva are tools you may want to check).
    • You will need to find a name for your band, decide on the type of music you play, members of the band, origin of members and band (obviously, all members come from English-speaking countries), etc.
    • Be as creative as you like and feel free to include images, videos, music, logos, etc.

 

  • Activity 2:Timeline of the band. You need to create a biography for each member of the band and for the band itself and create a timeline. You can use any tool  available online to create your timeline (timetoast, dipity, capzles, etc).
    • Include the biography of each individual member of the band (each member should write his/her own biography), the coming together of the band, their beginnings, first works and career up to the present.
    • Insert at least one video, 5 photos and 5 images.
    • Include a link to the band’s presentation in your blog.
    • Here is the link to an example by some students: Slix Timeline

 

  • Activity 3:Radio interview. Record a radio interview using an application for creating podcasts like Vocaroo, Audioboom, etc. Bear in mind that if you record your interview in mp3 you’ll need to upload the audio file such as SoundCloud  in order to add a link to your interview in your blog.
    • You will have to write and practise your interview.
    • Find someone who volunteers as your interviewer when you record the interview.
    • All members of the band need to speak at some point during the interview.
    • Talk about where you are from, how the members met, song and albums, anecdotes, gossip about their personal lives, etc.
    • Bear in mind what an actual radio interview is like, you just don’t hear people talking, but you have background music, you listen to part of the song, you have a presentation, you may have a break with ads, etc. Be creative and have fun!
    • Don’t forget that language involves more than vocabulary and grammar! You need to pay attention to pronunciation, intonation, tone, etc.
    •  Adam Levine interview This is a real example, but there are tones of examples out there for you to hear. Listen to some and get ideas for your interview.
    • Create a post in your blog with a link to your interview.
  • Activity 4: Songwriting. It’s time to create your hit!
    • Choose a song you already know that you like. Don’t make it too complicated, before choosing keep on reading to find out what you will have to do (you may not want a rap or such).
    • Find the instrumental version of the song (maybe in youtube as a karaoke or instrumental version) and invent new lyrics for your song. Decide on what part of the song will be sung individually and sing the chorus together as a band.
    • Create a music video or lyrics video for your song using any web tool you know. This is an example using Powtoon.com. And this is another example by other students.

 

EVALUATION: 

  • Process: (attitude, collaboration, group work, journal…) 20%
  • Creation of the blog: 10%
  • Infographic presenting the band: 10%
  • Band’s timeline and biography: 10%
  • Individual members’ biography (each member shall get a grade for his own biography): 10%
  • Radio interview: 10%
  • Songwriting: 15 %
  • Video: 15%

 

Posted in ESO 1

Welcome aboard ESO 1! – #1

Welcome aboard!

 

Well done! You have already found my site and the section intended for you. We’ll try to do the rest step by step so that you have no doubts about what to do.

 

As you are a new ESO 1 student the first thing I need you to do is to create your own e-portfolio, a blog where you will publish all the assignments for your English classes throughout all four years you’ll be in ESO. Hopefully, at the end of each year and, especially, when you finish fourth grade, you will be able to see proof of your progress.

 

Are you ready?  Let’s create your own site!

 

Before you start, make sure you’ve got an email account you have got access to, and that you know both your email and your password. If you don’t have it, you’ll need to create one – I highly recommend to do this at home with your parents, bearing in mind only adults can create and own email accounts. Let me remind you that you have a student account associated to Maristes you can use for all your school work, as well.

  1. Open your browser (Chrome, Explorer or any other) and type the address http://www.wordpress.com/classrooms or click on this link wordpress.com/classrooms.
  2. Click on GET STARTED.
  3. Once you’ve clicked on ‘Get started’ you will be asked to enter a domain. That is, the name people will type to visit your site. For example, the domain for this site is karolortizsimon. That means that your site address will be decided right at this moment.(Your site address will be the word you choose followed by wordpress.com).
  4. When you enter the word or phrase that you choose as your domain, you will be given a list of options. That’s because the word you chose is not available. You can decide to use one of the options offered, or try a new domain that you’ll find easier to remember. Choose the option that you like best and click on ‘select‘. Do not click on an option that says ‘upgrade’, because that option is not free and we’ll be using the free version.
  5. After that, you have to pick a plan. Choose the first one: 0€ / Free. Click on ‘Select Free’.
  6. Next step is create your account. Write your email address, username (same as domain, if possible) and password. Keep your diary nearby and write down all the information you use in this step as a reminder (domain, email, username and password). It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have access to your email account, otherwise you will not be able to finish the process and will be unable to publish your tasks. Once you have filled in all the boxes and you have written down all the information in your diary for future reference, you can click on ‘create my account’.
  7. We’re not finished yet!!! If you read all the infomation on the screen, you’ll see that in order to be able to publish anything you need to complete the creation of your account. How? Open your email account and you’ll find an email from wordpress which contains a button you have to click onto in order to finish the process. From that moment, you are the proud owner of a blog! Congratulations!
  8. Now it’s time to personalize your blog. It’s up to you to keep it just as it is, or choose a theme, images, layout, fonts, menus, etcetera. Don’t rush, as you can make changes anytime you want in the section ‘personalize’.
  9. One more thing! Find the section ‘Reader‘ at the top of your site and click on ‘Manage followed sites’. Enter http://www.karolortizsimon.wordpress.com and click on follow. Once you do that I will know what your site address is and will be able to follow you, which is very important as I will need to assess all the work you publish in your blog. Also, from that moment on, when you click on reader, you will find my posts and won’t need to type the address of my blog every time you want to check on a task.

 

DON’T FORGET!

  • Every time you want to access your account you need to type http://www.wordpress.com/classrooms. Click on ‘Log in‘ and enter your username or email and your password.
  • When you’re done don’t forget to sign out! Click on the circle at the right-hand top corner and then click on ‘sign out‘. It’s very important that you don’t forget to do so when you work from school or any other shared computer, if you didn’t, someone else could publish pretending to be you.
  • There is an app available for free for wordpress which you may  find useful if you have access to a mobile device. You will be able to work and publish from the app.
  • Feel free to follow your classmates or school mates blogs, as well as any others you may find interesting.
Posted in ESO 2, I proudly present...

Our very first Marist Mag!

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Some of many interesting articles our 2nd ESO students have written. Thank you guys for allowing me to use them in our first Marist Mag!

Believe me, there are many other great articles which couldn’t be included for various reasons, so if you get the chance, have a look at some of my pupils’ blogs to check out their personal magazines!