Review: GrammarBank.com

Hello fellow teachers.
Today I want to review an awesome resource bank for our lessons: grammarbank.com
This is a website full of useful resources, from worksheets, to multiple choice tests and reading exercises. It gives you the possibility to download printable pdfs.

All of their online exercises, worksheets and handouts are also available in printable version.Teachers can use use GrammarBank content in classrooms, as homework assignments or as testing material and all of it is for free. Check it out and tell us what you think of the website.


Cambridge PET free resources

Hello dear teachers.
Today I prepared a list of useful links where you will find free resources to use in your PET lessons. 
If you can recommend any other, please send it so we can include it here.
Let's get going with the links:

In this website you will find some Practice tests (not the listening part), grammar exercises and activities related to vocabulary topics.

This is a pdf file with all the terms your students will need to manage when sitting for PET.

This is a collaborative website where teachers upload their worksheets and share them with their fellow teachers. It requires registering but it is free. 

Listening sample exercises to use in class. It requires wifi and speakers of course.

Recommended online worksheets to solve in class with a smartboard.




Reading Comprehension samples for FCE

Hello everyone! Today I bring you some pdf mock files that will help your students develop a bit more their reading skills if they are preparing for First Certificate.

The Reading and Use of English paper has seven parts and 52 questions. The paper contains texts totalling approximately 3,000 to 3,500 words and candidates are expected to understand different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines, promotional and informational materials.

For the reading paper, students only have one hour and fifteen minutes. Here are the sample papers with the answer sheets you can download for free and use wisely in your lessonsClick here. 


Learn nouns through apps

Hello dear teachers.
As I have done in a previous opportunity, today I bring an education app that can be installed in tablets and phones. It is called Check Correct English Grammar - Noun List Exercises. With this app, your students will be able to practice Compound and Collective Nouns.

Check it and leave your comments here about it.
Downloads available in free version: iOs App Store.


Tips to estimulate quick learning on your young students

Sometimes learning english can be hard for young learners because they find it boring, because they spend already too much time among school books and whiteboards, or simply because they have amazing auditive memory instead of reading memory. 

What can we do with those students? Encourage them to learn through less conventional ways, through movies and songs. Art is a well defined runway of language learning. The key is to find short clips or trailers that can match your lesson plan. Today with Youtube, that is a piece of cake for good teachers.
Here are some tips that can help you plan a lesson for these particular group of students:

1. Choose an interesting movie
2. Select a movie that matches your current English level. 
3. Movies with subtitles (cc in youtube) are always more encouraging for young learners. 
4. Repeat without subtitles after the kids have been familiarized with the vocabulary and the clauses of the dialogues in the scenes. 
6. Download VLC player, it works with most video formats and has a low crash rate and it's free. 

Now be honest with yourself, who wouldn´t love to learn academic abilities while watching a scene from Star Wars or Harry Potter? Huh?...