Super-Blog Octubre

Buenas amigos,

Me gustaría abrir una NUEVA SECCIÓN en este blog titulada “el super-blog del mes”. A todos nos gusta que nuestros proyectos no solo se conozcan y reconozcan, sino que también se compartan, se valoren, resulten de ayuda. A fin de cuentas, ¡QUE GUSTEN!

Por desgracia, a veces estamos demasiado centrados en nuestro propio trabajo que no echamos un vistacillo a ver si hay alguien que ya haya hecho algo parecido que nos pueda nutrir de nuevas ideas. A veces nos olvidamos de que hay millones de personas que ya han hecho lo mismo que nosotros y que, con suerte, lo habrán compartido en la red. ¡Utilicemos lo que la comunidad educativa comparte! No desperdiciemos los trabajos de compañeros que han invertido tiempo y esfuerzo. Dediquemos el tiempo a mejorar y crear cosas nuevas, pero no más de lo mismo. Dinamicemos nuestro tiempo; invertámoslo, no lo derrochemos, amigos.

Por ello, he decidido compartir un blog al mes que -bajo mi punto de vista- pueda añadir un “plus” a nuestro trabajo.

El SUPER-BLOG  del mes se llama Acercando Aulas:

En este blog comparten proyectos etwinning. Pero, ¿¿qué proyecto es este??

eTwinning es la comunidad de centros escolares de Europa. Ofrece una plataforma a los equipos educativos (profesores, directores, bibliotecarios, etc.) de los centros escolares de alguno de los países europeos participantes, para comunicarse, colaborar, desarrollar proyectos o lo que es lo mismo, sentirse y formar parte de la comunidad educativa más atractiva de Europa.



Una vez que ya sabemos en qué consiste eTwinning, volvamos al SUPER-BLOG.

He elegido este blog porque a parte de formar parte de un proyecto innovador (del que seguro que muchos habréis oído hablar por primera vez aquí, en este post) e internacional, está pensado para todos los públicos, tanto para alumnos de primaria, como de secundaria y bachillerato. Por no hablar de la oferta de formación del profesorado. Además, los campos que trabajan, como la inteligencia emocional y la creatividad, son fundamentales en la enseñanza del S. XXI. Entonces, ¿a qué estáis esperando para “bichear” un poco e indagar un poco más en el mundo eTwinning y sus propuestas?


Irregular Verbs Card Game

When explaining something in a language, I find necessary to classify things so students could learn things faster and easily rather than if those things are unconnected between them. That idea made me to group the irregular verbs in 4 columns:

  1. bewas/werebeen (when the 3 forms of the verb are different)
  2. becomebecamebecome (when the PRESENT and the PAST PARTICIPLE look like the same and the PAST is the only one which is different) 
  3. beatbeatbeaten (when the PRESENT and the PAST forms are similar and the different one is the PAST PARTICIPLE)
  4. putputput (when all are the written in the same way)

*NOTE: we have to clarify that although the verbs look like the same, and they are written the same, that’s only refer to the looking. Deeply, they are completely different since they are different tenses. So just keep this in mind when reading my classification.

On this basis, I’ve been recentlyhaving a look to several educational blogs and webs to find some Irregular Verbs game which didn’t look like neither ‘force’ game to practice the verbs nor useless.

After a while, I found SLAP IT! [Irregular Past Tense Verbs Game] in Deceptively Educational blog. It’s been created by an apassionate mum as well as a committed teacher. I couldn’t skip the post that I’ve just shared then. That’s why I decided that her work deserves a corner in my blog today.


The description of the rules are taken from the blog I mentioned above:

Keep the decks of cards separated and shuffle each well. The game is played like slap jack.

Set a timer for 6-10 minutes (or longer).

Turn the top card on the present tense deck (black and white cards) over so each player can read it. Leave it face up.

Now begin turning the colored (present tense) cards over one at a time, forming a pile. The player to spot the past tense version (e.g. left) of the present tense verb (e.g. leave) and slap the card first gets to take all the cards underneath.

The player counts those cards and the number is written down on a makeshift scorecard. The colored cards won by the player are combined with any remaining colored cards and a new present tense card is flipped over; play continues.

When the timer goes off, tally each player’s score. Whoever has the highest number wins!



Taking into account this fantastic game, I decided to create a whole card deck so the rest of the most common irregular verbs could be also part of the game. In addition, I haven’t only created the past forms, but also the past PARTICIPLE forms of the verbs.


Be – Cut

Do – Go

Hang – Mean

Meet – Shoot

Show – Think

Throw – Write

*NOTE: the verbs left behind are the ones which are in the blog I previously mentioned

Conditionals in English

For Beginners and Intermediate Learners, these four might be enough…


(Source: Teejr: Learn how to use English conditionals)

However, Advance Learners should not forget that they have to go a bit further and work on MIXED conditionals:

> 3rd + 2nd conditional:

if.pngyou hadn’t stayed up to watch up the film last night, you wouldn’t be so tired now


WHEN? to speculate about how a different situation in the past might have had different results in the present


 > 2nd + 3rd conditional:

if I knew anything about computers, I would have applied for a website design job


WHEN? to speculate about how changes to a present situation might have influenced the past.

(Sources: O’Connell, 1992; O’Dell & Broadhead, 2008; Norris & French, 2008)


Other possible and more complex explanations can be found here.


When studying the conditionals, Advance Learners should get also familiar with



(Source: Unreal Conditionals)

To find further information about wishes, regrets and preferences visite the following link.


The beginning of something

Being this post my first dealing with English Teaching, I’ll just give a further explanation of why I’ve chosen to write either in English or Spanish depending on the content of the post.

The Spanish posts will be on Spanish Teaching Sources and the English ones on English Teaching Sources.

Once everything is clear, from now on I’ll share some good teaching aids for your English classes, as there are a lot which has already been created -…

…-but not filtered.



My objective is to check and select the best ones for a specific purpose. One per post. And labelled all under the same name.

No soy bilingüe, It’s not necessary


It’s been a while since I wrote the last post. This blog was supposed to be a co-work together with the rest of Spanish Teachers among the world who teach Spanish for Foreign Learners. But I’ll let you know why I’ve changed my mind:

First: I studied English Language and Literature to be an AMAZING ENGLISH TEACHER for whoever wants to listen to me, ask me for help to learn this gorgeous language, attend my classes or hire me.

Second: It doesn’t really matter whether you choose to learn how to teach English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish… or German. You can use any teaching source in any language. It might be necessary to adapt the content, since no language has exactly the same rules as other language; but everything counts.

Third: You don’t need to be bilingual to be a good Language Teacher. You just need to be a GREAT teacher. That’s it. You can explain everything, and be understood, and not being bilingual. Isn’t it true that a Native Speaker of whichever their First Language is don’t know about technical / specific words of fields of study that they have never been taught about? What about medical terms, or indrustrial ones?

IT’S TIME to stop these absurd statements about Non-Native Speaker Teachers. We are in the century of COMMUNICATION. Have some of you misunderstood any single sentence, or idea, of this writing. I guess ‘no’. That is what we need. To understand and to be understood.




Revista Comunicar

post 28 julio

Comentamos hoy el artículo “Usos de Internet y éxito académico en
estudiantes universitarios”, escrito por Juan Carlos Torres, Héctor Gómez, Isidro Marín y Verónica Segarra, todos de Loja (Ecuador) y además Josep Duart de Barcelona.

Que el uso de la tecnología provoca cambios sociales, ya no es discutible. También en el ámbito universitario, donde se está modificando la forma de ejercer la docencia y de aprender. Hoy en día tenemos que conocer el efecto del uso de la tecnología sobre el rendimiento del alumnado.

En el trabajo que presenta el artículo, se investigó la incidencia del uso de Internet sobre el éxito académico del alumnado de cinco universidades de Ecuador. Se utilizó una muestra aleatoria de 4.697 personas y se las categorizó en perfiles de uso de Internet para actividades académicas y para entretenimiento, utilizando análisis factorial y análisis clúster. Las categorías resultantes se utilizaron como variables independientes en modelos…

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