Thanksgiving activities

Thanksgiving vocabulary   THE HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING Thanksgiving is an important celebration in the United States, in which families and friends cook and share a great meal. Turkey is the star of the menu, and other typical dishes are mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common activity at Thanksgiving, and people…

Learning to read and write with Jolly Phonics

In It’s a piece of cake we use Jolly Phonics to teach children aged  5 to 8.  and     Jolly Phonics is a child centred approach to teaching writing and reading skills, developped by UK teachers. Children learn the 42 letter sounds in a specific order, not alphabetically, so they are able to build words easier and faster….

Dyslexia in the English as a foreign language classroom

DYSLEXIA, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Dyslexia is a reading disability caused by a defect in the brain’s processing of graphic symbols, but it is not an illness and it is not rare. A lot of people have dyslexia, and not only children. Many kids with dyslexia worry that there is something wrong with them, they can…

Grammatical Awareness Activities

1. Colour parsing Language: Present Simple/ general questions Materials: coloured chalk, coloured pencils Time: 20-30 min Four colours are needed: red for verbs (‘like’, ’love’, ’hate’); blue for subject pronouns (‘I’, ’you’, ’she’, ’he’, ’etc’.); yellow for auxiliary verbs (‘do’, ‘does’) and green for nouns for food (‘pizza’, ‘coffee’, ‘tea’, ‘bananas’, ‘tomatoes’). The teacher divides…

Orthographic Awareness Activities

1. Magic “e” The teacher draws a chart on the board with the words ‘mad’, ‘win’, ‘hop’ and ‘cut’ on the first column. The teacher and the students read the words together, paying attention to the vowel sounds. Then the teacher asks the students to write these words again adding the ‘e’ at the end…

Rhythm and rhyme

Author: Rebecca Place  Rebecca Place is a teacher of Young Learners at the British Council in Bilbao. She has trained teachers in Synthetic Phonics and has spoken about rhythm and rhyme at various Macmillan Teachers’ Days around Spain. In this article Rebecca discusses how chants, rhymes and songs can help to develop young learners’ communicative…

Idiom: “It’s a piece of cake”

¿Qué es un “idiom”? Un “idiom” es una expresión idiomática, es decir, una frase hecha propia de una cultura, que normalmente no puede traducirse de manera literal, ni deducirse su significado aunque se conozca el significado individual de cada palabra que lo compone. What’s an idiom? An idiom is a phrase or group of words…