INAUGURACIÓN “MODERN LANGUAGES CLUB”

Ayer hemos inaugurado el Modern Languages Club. Nuestro equipo directivo y los alumnos/as de Educación Primaria y Educación Secundaria acudieron a la celebración.
El principal objetivo del club de idiomas es crear un espacio multilingüe dentro del colegio, en el que los alumnos/as podrán utilizar los idiomas de forma natural, leer libros, ver la televisión en distintos idiomas, utilizar recursos de manera gratuita, etc.
Les informaremos sobre todas las novedades de nuestro club a través del blog.
A continuación les presentamos a nuestro equipo directivo:

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Nuestros profesores/as y alumnos/as visitando las instalaciones del Modern Languages Club:

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Goldilocks and the three bears in infants

In our M.L.C. classes we are having a lot of fun exploring traditional stories.
One of them is “Goldilocks and the three bears”

First we read the story and the children had a chance to choose a mask of
Goldilocks or Mummy bear, Daddy bear or even baby bear!!
So after choosing their favourite character they were able to ‘act out’ the story.
One of the children volunteered to help the teacher with the narration.

The use of storytelling and role play helps the children to expand their
vocabulary and it also gives them the opportunity to feel comfortable and
confident in using the language in a relaxed and fun way!!

Have you heard the musical version of “The Sleeping Beauty”?

It’s really cute, it’s called ” There was a princess long ago”.

We have been singing the song and acting it out during class,
so why don’t you look it up and maybe share a few musical minutes
with your child?

I can guarantee you’ll have a ball!

FLYERS WITH QUIZ QUIZ TRADE

Flyers´alumni have been working following the Kagan method, based on Cooperative Learning. Without any doubt it has helped the students consolidate different ways of learning, contributing to the development of their social abilities.
The structure we have been using is called “Quiz, quiz, trade”. Each kid has a card, one side of the card has the question and the opposite side has the answer. The students must find a friend to ask and answer the cards they have. Then they will check if their answers were correct, congratulate and thank each other for having played together. After this they will exchange their cards and find new friends to play with.
In our class we have played with “the time” which we have been studying recently, and we had a great time!

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Los alumnos/as de Flyers trabajan en el aula utilizando la estructura Quiz Quiz Trade de la metodología “Aprendizaje cooperativo”. El contenido que han trabajado es: preguntar y responder la hora en idioma inglés.

Fairy tales

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
The next 3 weeks on kids club we are working on Fairy tales and Traditional Stories. I want to give you 7 Reasons Why Fairy Tales Are Essential to Childhood.
1. Fairy tales show kids how to handle problems
3. They give us a common language
4. They cross cultural boundaries
5. The Fairy tales teach story
6. Fairy tales develop a child’s imagination
7. They give parents opportunities to teach critical thinking skills
8. Fairy tales teach lessons

One of the stories on which we are going to work is “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. The main objective of this topic is to work descriptions and adjectives.

You can find the story online on:
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/es/short-stories/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears

Also you can listen and dance with your children a fun song clicking on the link below (they will love it)

TRADITIONAL GAMES

Playing games is not a waste of time; they are a very important for the development of children. The use of games in the learning of a second language is vital, above all as a means of motivating the student.
Now I´ll give you a few examples of how we have adapted these games in MLC class. We are sure that you can also easily have fun playing these games with your children.
A fun way of helping the children to learn English can be as simple as adapting well-known traditional games such as bingo, ,la oca ( snakes and ladders) or veo veo (I spy)

Bingo is one of the most adaptable games that you can play. This game can be used to review absolutely any vocabulary and can be used at all levels. ( from colours to reading words). The following link is a page which generates the bingo grid according to the theme and the vocabulary that you want to work on. http://www.toolsforeducators.com/bingo/

I spy is a great way of practicing vocabulary orally. It is a very simple game which can be used in almost any situation and which can also be adapted to higher levels. The key to the game is to start with “ I spy with my little eye, something the colour… “ and the child will be able to point at something which is the colour or say the word.

La oca- snakes and ladders. We can create many versions of this game from grammar, vocabulary to conversation. By creating questions and the children need to answer correctly to proceed to the next space on the board. The youngest kids love to roll the dice and move the counters around the board.
There are also many games we can play, such as snatch the bacon, hangman wordsearch and crosswords.

ST PATRICK’S DAY

This week we have had lots of fun learning about St Patrick, leprechauns, shamrocks and all things Irish!

We´ve made special glasses which turn us into leprechauns and singing and dancing to traditional Irish dancing! And look at our little leprechauns searching for gold under the rainbow!

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You too can bring the mischief and magic of Leprechauns to your own home with this much loved Irish tradition.

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A Leprechaun´s Visit – Leprechauns are little Irish fairies who keep gold at the bottom of the rainbow. On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, it is tradition for Leprechauns to come out to play . If you find a leprechaun, he will tell you where to find his pot of gold!

Why not play some little tricks or do some silly things that your children will notice in the morning, for example you can leave little gold coins lying around or leave a shamrock under your child´s pillow. Then the child will know the leprechaun has been to visit!

Happy leprechaun hunting!

If you would like to read more about the story of St. Patrick or would like more information about Ireland and its national holiday , visit these sites.

Here you can read the history of St. Patrick life´s story, http://www.discoverireland.com/gb/about-ireland/experience-ireland/st-patricks-day/life-story/

and also follow links to learn about how St. Patrick´s Day is celebrated all over the world.

Fruits and Vegetables

This week we are learning many new words for different types of food. We have noticed that every day we eat many of these foods. We have learned that food can be colourful as well as healthy. We can eat lots of different types of food, but we must make sure our diet is balanced and healthy, with lots of fruits and vegetables. At the MLC we reinforce healthy eating habits and we know that eating fruits and vegetables is more fun if we do it while singing!

The fruits and vegetables song!

This is useful to review the words we already know and learn some new ones!

Our Home

This week in English Fun 2 we have been learning about rooms in the house and furniture. Let’s revise your vocabulary with these fun online games:

 

Rooms in the house

http://www.angles365.com/classroom/fitxers/1r2n/house.swf

 

Decorate my room

http://www.angles365.com/classroom/fitxers/1r2n/room.swf

 

Esta semana en English Fun 2 hemos estado aprendiendo el vocabulario relacionado con las estancias de la casa y los muebles. Revisa tu vocabulario con estos juegos online.

PROFICIENCY

Cambridge:Proficiency

This year, for the first time in the Alameda de Osuna, we have a group of students preparing for the Cambridge: Proficiency exam, the highest level offered by Cambridge English. At this level, students are expected to use English in very sophisticated ways, and many of the exercises we do in class are designed to be challenging, both linguistically and intellectually.

In the exam, the students will have to address diverse subjects in English, and this is reflected in class. So far this year we have worked on topics such as Anthropology, the Environment, Arts and Culture, Psychology and Sociology, as well as increasing their understanding of how the language itself works. My favourite activity to date has been the presentation which each student did about a work of art, describing the context within which it was produced and speaking about some of the techniques used in its creation.

The students are very supportive of each other and face the challenges in the class as a close-knit team, which is helping them to achieve very pleasing results.