Discover facts

Discover facts

lunes, 31 de marzo de 2008

Questions based on videoclips

Dear students
We are going to finish our course soon. So let´s we have a review of some of the topics covered in class.

Please watch the 9 video clips indicated below from the English bites website .
Write the answers and have them ready for next Monday April 7th (group 413) and Tuesday April 8th (group 403).

1. Read the questions you have to answer.
2. Watch the video clips completely at least 2 times.
3. Watch the clips again and take notes to answer the questions.

Write 4 possible answers mentioned in the video clips to the following questions
1. Do you like the weather?
2. What do you like about the market?
3. What do you study?
4. What is your name? Where do you live?
5. What do you like?

6.a. How do you get to uni (university)?
6.b. How long does it take to get to uni?

7. What is Emma´s occupation?
8. How much is that?
9.What are you doing?

Give me a surprise and show at leat two of the video clips in your cell phone.
Have lots of fun.

miércoles, 26 de marzo de 2008

Past tense verbs

Dear students,
After having looked at the cartoon you will continue practising the past tense.
This time you will use the game
Blast the Rocket.

Also, during the weekend I will post the tutorial for dowloading podcasts . If you already know how to download a podcast go to the main page of

English bites
and look for the download video now in the section "Video to take away and play"

Start you video library.
have fun

martes, 18 de marzo de 2008

Practise the past tense

Dear students
I hope you enjoy the activity.
Please answer the questions shown in the following clip.
Write the questions and the answers in your notebooks.
We will check them on the first week of April.

domingo, 9 de marzo de 2008

Exam cards, computer tutor and your schedule

Dear students,
This week you will have exam with your cards on each unit of the textbook.
Some will be taking the exam and others will got to the self access center (mediateca) to do the following activities:

1. Complete your daily schedule in Study guides and Strategies and print the page when you finish.
2. Then do your weekly schedule and print it too.

3, Solve the activities in Daily Schedule (Activity II, and III)

4. Finally use the tutorial Computer tutor.
Activate the subtitles to read the and listen to the instructions.

Have fun

lunes, 3 de marzo de 2008

Compare your descriptions.

Dear students,
A friend of mine from the USA ( Hank) described the same pictures you saw in the previous posting. He has a great sense of humor. Please read his descriptions . I hope you enjoy them.

2 of 14: This appears to be a a young girl who has lost her head while performing the floor exercise. Hope she is alright.
3 or 14: A picture of a shirtless man, and someone is holding up some money in front of his face so that the face on the money matches the size of his head, giving the illusion that it is part of his face. Someone has too much time on their hands.
4 of 14: Clever picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with a man posed in front of it. It looks like he's making it lean, but guess what?
5 of 14: A man washing his left foot. Optical illusion makes it appear like it's a third leg. No jokes please!
6 of 14: A statue of former Russion leader, Lenin, appearing to "shoot the rock". Nothin' but net!
7 of 14: Either this cat has a long neck , or this is two cats.
8 of 14: A girl holds a magazine in front of her face, and the picture on the magazine just happens to be the same size and proportion to her face.
9 of 14: Very impressive "stream". The guy obviously had not prostate problems. Maybe he shouldn't wait so long next time?
10 of 14: Big mouth and a long arm! Maybe he should be playing basketball instead of soccer.
11 of 14: Very interesting picture, with the reflection making it appear that you can see the left arm through the "glass" and at the same time the head is gone. The glass is actually not glass and not translucent. Picture appears to be very old.
12 of 14: Oriental girl getting acquainted with the locals. Neat picture from Egypt involving the Sphinx. Looks like the Sphinx still gets around.
13 of 14: I can't tell if the white stuff is ice or salt. The kid is mimicking the snorting of cocaine. He seems to have some knowledge of the technique, making me wonder if he has had actual experience. It has nothing to do with this, but it reminds me of something (when we were kids) we used to say to one another; "up your nose with a rubber hose". This is a one of many variations of the "up yours" insults.
14 of 14: Somebody has had way too much chili and beans.

martes, 26 de febrero de 2008

fun pictures

Just for fun

Choose one of the pictures above and describe it.

jueves, 21 de febrero de 2008

Telling time

Dear students,

In the unit for this week we are reviewing "Telling time"

Practise using the following video dictations.

Have fun.

domingo, 10 de febrero de 2008

Valentine´s day

Dear students
We have a wonderful day to celebrate this week. Valentine`s day.
Create an e card using the application below. Listen and follow the instructions

Valentine card creator
Send a card to any of your classmates.
Enjoy it.

jueves, 7 de febrero de 2008

Animal Trivia

Congratulations on your brochures. They are awesome.
I love your creativity.
Now we are ready for the second part.

1. In groups of four , use the information on your brochures to make 20 questions about animals that can be answered "Yes" or "No"
For example: Can an elephant swim in a lake?
Answer the following Trivia to have clear idea of your task.
2. Write the answer key in the back of the page , so that the team can score their answers.
3 Write the question in a word document and bring 2 copies to class.

Trivias will be exchanged and answered by different teams.

To learn more about animals play the following games.
African safari
Artic Adventure
Chimp Champ
Chameleon Rescue

Have you learned the names of animals?
Find out with the following activity

miércoles, 30 de enero de 2008

Meet the Awesome New Animals

Well it is time for more fun.

You are the news reporter at an animal park. The park has 5 new animals and wants the public to come and meet them.

Your task:

Create a brochure inviting people to come and meet the new Animals in the Park
Your brochure must include
  • The name of your park. (E.g. African Odyssey, Namibian Safari Park)
  • A sentence that clearly shows the purpose of the brochure ( to attract visitors).Be creative. For example: You have new friends . Come and meet them! or Have a great day at Odyssey Park with the new animals!
  • The names of the new animals with a photograph and 4 facts about them. Try to use the auxiliary "can" in at east one of the facts.
Step 1. Get information about animals . You can explore the following sites :
  1. National Geograhic for kids
  2. Discoveryschool
  3. San Diego Zoo Don´t miss the video clips.
  4. Ology at the American museum of National History

Step 2. When you look at the sites have these questions in mind:
1. What are your 5 most favorite animals? (select a picture for each)
2. What interesting facts about them can you include?
Select 3 or 4 facts. For example:

Extraordinary animal!

"Lucy" is our new elephant. She uses her trunk for many different things, like drinking, smelling, grabbing, and even “hugging.”

Lucy can eat 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in one day.

Step 3. Make the brochure. You can use Brochure maker
or any other program you may have such as Publisher.

Step 4. Print your brochure.
You will present it in class February 5th (group 403), February 6th (group 413)

Have fun and enjoy the activity.

miércoles, 2 de enero de 2008

First project: Your Christmas holidays.

Welcome back

Yes, we are about to begin classes again. I hope you had a great holiday and are ready to continue working and learning . In January we will have three major activities

1. A project where you describe your Christmas holiday.
2. An independent study session using internet to practise telling the time and talking about the weather
3. An exam using your cards.

For the first week you need to create a powerpoint presentation with 6 to 10 pictures with a short text describing your Christmas holidays.
Highlight in a contrasting color the verbs in past tense in the text.
Publish your slides using slideshare and embed it in your blog.
The deadline is January 12th.

To get some ideas listen to the following segments from Fred in Canada. Click begin and activate the view text (on) to listen and read.
Fred´s routine
Fred's Gifts

You can also look at the following example I prepared for you.

Datos personales

Mi foto

I am an English language teacher in k-12 in Mexico.
I believe in the power of technology to better education.
I love playing tennis and outdoor activities.