Wednesday, 24 April 2019

A2 Flyers - Exam information

A2 Flyers is the third of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners. These tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English.

Test format

A2 Flyers is made up of three papers developed to encourage and motivate young learners. You can see exactly what’s in each paper below. 
(about 25 minutes) 
5 parts/ 25 questions a maximum of five shields 
Reading and Writing
(40 minutes) 
7 parts/ 44 questions 
a maximum of five shields
(7–9 minutes) 
4 partsa maximum of five shields

At a glance

Word List and Word List Picture Book

The colourful A2 Flyers Word List Picture Book has many of the words children have to learn for the A2 Flyers test. 
The A2 Flyers classroom activities book will help children get better at English and learn new words. 

Download the A2 Flyers classroom activities book
The A2 Flyers progress charts for students and teachers will help motivate learners. 

Download the A2 Flyers progress charts

Speaking test videos with examiners' commentary

This video will help your students understand what happens during a speaking test. You can also download examiner comments for each video.

Free: Paper-based sample test

You can download the Listening sample tests from the introduction page of the sample papers.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Impact of Technology on Teaching. G Suite for Education and Google Classroom.

Think about the impact of technology on your life. Has technology saved you time and made you more efficient? How it might affect or is actually already affecting your teaching.
The role of rote learning has decreased as students have instant access to the world’s knowledge. Students can take ownership of their learning. Additionally, technology helps cater to individual student needs: resources can be personalized for students and teachers can offer digital feedback. Accordingly, technology is a tool to support teachers in their efforts to increase student learning.
G Suite for Education is a suite of tools that can help you increase opportunities for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, all while supporting the learning objectives that you have for your students. These tools are free, ad-free, reliable, and secure. They are already used by millions of students in schools around the world. Of course, free is great, but the best thing is that these tools are relevant to students, easy to use, and open doors to many new ways to learn.
G Suite for Education also includes a number of Google products that promote collaboration among students and with their teachers. Students can work together, in class or at home, to complete assignments and group projects. All of their work is auto-saved, and they can even edit without WiFi.
  • Google Docs: documents come to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from thousands of fonts, plus add links, images, drawings, and tables
  • Google Sheets: spreadsheets for analyzing, visualizing, and charting data
  • Google Forms: quick & easy surveys to gather information
  • Google Slides: a presentation tool that makes it easy to tell stories
  • Google Drawings: Graphics and flowchart creation with shapes, text, and images
Additionally G Suite for Education includes tools that can be used to save you time and increase student engagement. These include:
  • Gmail: Email, contacts, tasks, and communications
  • Google Calendar: Scheduling, calendars, and appointments
  • Google Hangouts: Live video conferencing and messaging
  • Google Sites: Webpage creation and publishing
  • Google Groups: Group communication and web forums
Most educators dread using printers and photocopiers, but they’re necessary when you need to make class copies of your documents. All this changes when you use the G Suite for Education. The great advantage is the concept of a live document: there is only one version of it and edits are made in real-time. When you (or someone you are collaborating with) make a change to the document those changes are all saved in the same place for everyone to see.
Communicating information to all members of your classroom community – students, parents and other teachers – is one of the most important yet time-consuming tasks you face as a teacher.
For help, click the icons below.
What Skills Will You Need?
You’re likely already sharing your students’ work with the wider community whether through parent / teacher nights or a display of student artwork on the walls. Communicating to this wider audience is not only important to keep them informed of the success you’re having in your classroom, but it also makes the students’ work more authentic and important:
You can create a Google Site by clicking NEW in Google Drive and then selecting More then Google Sites. Give your new file a name and it is automatically saved in your Drive. You can also visit the Sites homepage and click the red + in the bottom right corner.
Google Classroom is perfect for copying and sharing docs with your class. You can also use it to distribute and collect assignments effortlessly. Google Classroom saves you time, keeps you organized and helps you communicate with your students. Get started today, with resources, tips and tricks from educators like you.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Pruebas BEDA-MOCK EXAM for Young Learners

Estas pruebas son simulacros de examen de Cambridge Assessment English. Servirán como entrenamiento y preparación de sus exámenes oficiales y como excelente indicador del nivel de dominio del inglés de nuestros alumnos. Este curso se van a evaluar dos destrezas: “Reading & Writing” y “Listening”. En su aplicación y corrección van a participar los Coordinadores BEDA y los profesores del centro.

Estas pruebas servirán en los centros como indicador del nivel del Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas (MCERL) que tienen los alumnos y como preparación para afrontar con seguridad los exámenes de Cambridge English.

Las fechas para la realización de los exámenes, en todos los niveles, serían las siguientes:
  • 29 de enero de 2019: PRUEBA BEDA BEGINNER (equivalente nivel previo A1)
  • 30 de enero de 2019: PRUEBA BEDA JUNIOR (equivalente nivel A1).

                En cualquier caso, las pruebas BEDA no son sustitutivas de la evaluación externa de Cambridge, habida cuenta de las condiciones y características más completas de esta última.  De hecho, las pruebas BEDA pueden y deben servir como preparación para los exámenes y orientación acerca de los alumnos/as que deben someterse a la evaluación externa. 

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Vocabulary Challenge

British Council Vocabulary Challenge is still open and a really worthwhile activity to encourage students, family members and friends to do as we get ready for the holidays.  
The research project aims to find out which of 7,000 of the most common English words Spanish, German or Chinese learners of the English language know.
For every word attempted the British Council will make a donation to UNICEF.
¡Animo! and take the challenge here 

¿Te has preguntado alguna vez cuántas palabras conoces en inglés? ¿Si eres un estudiante, estás aprendiendo inglés tambien en tu tiempo libre o usas el inglés como parte de tu diversión y aprendizaje? Si es así, ¡puedes intentar el Vocabulary Challenge del British Council para probar tu conocimiento de palabras en inglés!

Realiza el Vocabulary Challenge y ser parte de este proyecto internacional.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Twinkle twinkle little star .... Sweet dreams

How you wish somebody goodnight can make a lot of difference to that person. So, how about some innovative ways of saying goodnight?

- Wash your face and wash your feet!
Now it's time to fall asleep.
Your eyes are weak and mouth can't speak.
So hope this night shall be nice and sweet.
Good night, sweetie!
Good night stars Good night air Good night noises everywhere

- The day is over, the night has come. Today is gone, what's done is done. Embrace your dreams, through the night. Sleep well, sleep tight.

Other Ways of Saying "GOOD NIGHT":

  • Nighty Night
  • Sweet dreams!
  • Sleep well
  • Have a good sleep
  • Dream about me!
  • Go to bed, you sleepy head!
  • Sleep tight!
  • Time to ride the rainbow to dreamland!
  • Don’t forget to say your prayers!
  • Goodnight, the little love of my life!
  • Night Night.
  • Lights out!
  • See ya’ in the mornin’!
  • I’ll be right here in the morning.
  • I’ll be dreaming of you!
  • Dream of Mama/Papa!
  • Sleep well, my little prince/princess!
  • Jesus loves you, and so do I!
  • Sleep snug as a bug in a rug!
  • Dream of me
  • Until tomorrow.
  • Always and forever!
  • I’ll be dreaming of your face!
  • I’m so lucky to have you Sweetheart!
  • I love you to the stars and back!
  • I’ll dream of you tonight and see you tomorrow, my love.
  • I can’t imagine myself with anyone else!
  • If you need me, you know where to find me.
  • Goodnight, the love of my life!
  • Can’t wait to wake up next to you!

Saturday, 27 October 2018

What's the weather like? Videos about the weather

Dividiremos los videos sobre el aprendizaje del tiempo en inglés en tres apartados:
A- Videos de Vocabulario y Expresiones sobre el Tiempo.
B- Videos sobre el Tiempo para niños.
C- Videos de partes meteorológicos (para practicar la comprensión auditiva).

A- Videos de Vocabulario y Expresiones sobre el Tiempo:

1- El mejor video para aprender vocabulario y expresiones sobre el tiempo es el video (exclusivamente en inglés) de Oxford Online English: Talking About the Weather in English - Spoken English Lesson.
Divide las diferentes expresiones en estos apartados: cold weather, rain, bad weather, hot weather, y wintry weather.

2- Vocabulario: Weather - Clase de inglés - el tiempo, de Amigos Ingleses. 14:15
Video con explicaciones en castellano, en el que se van sucediendo diferentes frases relativas al tiempo: What's the weather like today? The weather' great/terrible. It's raining: It's spitting. It's drizzling. It's pouring with rain. It's pissing it down. It's bucketing it down ...

3- Vocabulario Inglés: El Tiempo (The Weather), de Sherton English. (2:40)
Se presenta el vocabulario atmosférico junto con fotografías y/o dibujos, repitiéndose cada expresión para reforzar la pronunciación.

B- Videos sobre el Tiempo para niños:

4- El Tiempo en inglés y español - Vocabulario clima y meteorología para niños, de Baby Nenes (10:27)
Vocabulario del tiempo meteorológico en inglés y español para niños, incluyendo muchas palabras relacionadas con el clima y la meteorología, en forma de video bilingüe que incluye la escritura y pronunciación de las palabras en ambos idiomas.

5- Los climas en ingles y algunos países en ingles, de Camila González.
También para niños, presenta, con audición exclusivamente en inglés, los distintos tipos de tiempo en diferentes países.

C- Videos de partes meteorológicos (para practicar la comprensión auditiva):

6- Clase de inglés. Weather forecast. El tiempo, de MasterD.
Video para practicar la comprensión auditiva ante un parte o previsión metereológica, similar a la de un informativo en una cadena de televisión en inglés.

7- English Listening Comprehension - Listening to a English Weather Forecast, de Learn English with
Ante una audición en inglés sobre el tiempo en una semana, hay que elegir de qué semana se trata entre 4 opciones.

Se trata de un auténtico programa de pronóstico del tiempo en inglés, acompañado de un ejercicio de Listening.

More activities about the weather:

Friday, 21 September 2018

Cambridge English Qualifications for young learners

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Children between the ages of 6 and 12 can take the Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers and A2 Flyers exams to develop their language skills in a fun, practical and progressive way.

 A boy holding his Cambridge English: starters certificate

Pre A1 Starters, formerly known as Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters), is one of  Cambridge English Qualifications. It is the start of a child’s language learning journey.

Pre A1 Starters test format (2018 update)

A1 Movers is the next step in a child’s English language learning. A1 Movers can help the student: understand basic instructions or take part in simple conversations and complete basic forms and write notes, including times, dates and places.

A1 Movers test format (2018 update)

A2 Flyers is the third of these fun activity-based English tests for children. The tests are written around familiar topics and focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing. With the A2 Flyers tests, the student will be able to: understand simple written English, communicate in familiar situations and use basic phrases and expressions and interact with English speakers who talk slowly and clearly.

A2 Flyers test format (2018 update)

A girl holding her Cambridge English: Flyers certificate