Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Teaching Speaking

Y cómo los hago hablar? Y de qué? No se me ocurre ningún temaaaaa!!!

Se puede enseñar "speaking"?

Por experiencia puedo decir que un alumno adquiere fluency y vocabulario con tiempo pero siempre que el tema a hablar les sea interesante y tenga que ver con sus vidas o intereses.

No sirve de nada tirarle cualquier tema para que hable y hable y hable.

Y también es muy importante que la teacher se interese en lo que el alumno esté diciendo, por ejemplo, haciendo preguntas, sonriendo, haciendo eye contact, sobre todo...

Demás está decir que interrumpir para corregir no es una buena idea si lo que queremos es que nuestros alumnos se "suelten" a hablar.

Cuando los alumnos son de un nivel inicial, no esperemos que se sientan con mucha confianza para hablar. Una buena idea es hacerlos hablar en base a algún juego, en base a una lectura que hayan tenido, así pueden usar vocabulario y estructuras que ya vieron.

Teaching Speaking links:

Un poco de teoría y tips: aquí, y aquí para nivel avanzado. Y aquí, genial, unas muy interesantes preguntas para hacernos pensar.

Conversation lesson plans para todo nivel, clickear aquí. Acá también hay una lista interesante de lesson plans.

Una lista de ideas muy prácticas aquí.

Aquí encontrarán unos videos interesantes, se ve diferentes estrategias para enseñar speaking, cómo desenvolverse en la clase, etc.

Para beginners/ elementary o children, divino este sitio donde tiene board games listos para imprimir y jugar, con personajes, counters, etc., a todo color!

También les invito pasar por aquí, un post del año pasado con recursos e ideas para el primero día.

Espero que los links les sirvan y desde ya les deseo buen comienzo de clases!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Classic TV Shows Songs

A mí me encantaba ver series cuando era chica, allá por los setenta. Y mi favorita era La Mujer Maravilla.

Más aquí en el tiempo, mi serie favorita, la que no me canso de ver nunca es Friends y The Nanny.

Y las de ustedes ? Cuáles son sus series favoritas? Las de ahora o las que veían de pequeños?

Aquí les dejo los videos de la presentación de algunas y las letras de las canciones.

Sing along and enjoy!


So no one told you life was going to be this way.
Your job's a joke, you're broke, you're love life's DOA.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear,
Well, it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I'll be there for you, like I've been there before.
I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too.

You're still in bed at ten, the work began at eight.
You've burned your breakfast, so far, things are going great.
Your mother warned you there'd be days like these,
But she didn't tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees.

That, I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I'll be there for you, like I've been there before.
I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too.

Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

Think of all the animals you've ever heard about
like rhinoc'ruses and tigers cats and mink
There are lots of funny animals in all this world
But have you ever seen a panther that is pink?


A panther that is positively pink,

Well here he is, the pink panther,
The rinky-dink panther,
Isn't he a panther ever so pink?

He really is a groovy cat,
and what a gentleman, a scholar, what an acrobat !

He's in the pink - the pink panther
The rinky-dink panther,
and it's as plain as your nose,
that he's the one and only, truly original,
Panther-pink (panther) from head to toes !

Mr Ed

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse
He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse.
He's always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.

Gilligan's Island

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligans Isle.

So this is the talel of the castways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castways,
Here on "Gilligan's Isle."

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned on you.
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fall,
Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.

The Nanny

She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do, where was she to go
She was out on her fanny.

So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield's door,
She was there to sell make up but the father saw more,
She had style, she had flair, she was there,
That's how she became the Nanny.

Who would have guessed that the girl we described
was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?

Now, the father finds her beguiling, watch out C.C.,
The kids are actually smiling, such joie de vivre
She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran.
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