Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Warmers and a comprehension strategy

A warmer is an activity at the start of the class to warm up the learners. They tend to be short, dynamic activities. They also work as anticipatory strategies to create a learning atmosphere and foster eagerness to learn more on the topic. Here are just a few examples that may be very easily prepared and  put into practice like games:
By the way, in case we don't know how to pronounce an English word, particularly a proper name, we may listen to the pronunciation of that word with this pronunciation dictionary.
In addition to that here is a so called "canned" strategy from SIOP that may be very useful to analyse different types of questions students must learn to ask in order to learn a given topic.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

CLIL at IES Frederic Mompou de Sant Vicenç del Horts

This High School has been implementing  Science and Music in English for several years.  Their lesson plans include the teaching objectives as well as the outcomes they expect from students.  For each of the units they have developed a variety of tasks accompanied by timing, necessary  resources and assessment clues.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Samples of Rubrics and Checklists for Assessment

Here is Sheila Toth's oral presentation rubric. I think it is clear and simple so that students can also use it to assess their peers. This collaboration rubric may be very useful to assess the projectwork process: at the beginning: how far students are participating, sharing responsabilities; and while they are working on their projects: having conversations, reviewing each other's work, etc. Finally, this is a sample of power point presentation assessment sheet that you may find useful too.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Music in English

Here you have Mª Jesús Camino Rentería's blog. There you'll be able to get activities and good ideas to help students improve their musical skills in English.