Thursday, 26 November 2009

Material for Teaching Children provided by the British Council

In the story "Circus Escape" an elephant escapes from the circus and runs off into town. The elephant meets Billy and saves him from a fire. The story is aimed at learners who already have a basic knowledge of English, and practises narrative tenses in a story context. Circus Escape is an online flash-animated story for young learners on the British Council's site for young learners LearnEnglish Kids.

In the classroom there are many ways of exploiting activities to   help children practise their English whilst developing their creativity and imagination by writing poems, stories, reviews, etc. You can find them HERE

Thursday, 19 November 2009

5 Free Online Resources for Young English Language Learners

Learning a new language can be a fun and exciting experience, especially for younger children. The key is to keep them interested in what they are learning. Fortunately, the Internet provides many free games, flashcards, songs, books, and other resources that can entertain, engage, and educate young English language learners. Here are 15 resources worth exploring:

  • provides worksheets, flashcards, games, and songs that children can use to learn English. The site also features an In Class section that demonstrates how to use these resources. 
  • Starfall  With this fun interactive English game site, beginning students can practice their ABCs and reading. Starfall is primarily for first grade children but works well for pre-K to second graders. 
  • BarryFunEnglish is an elementary student English learning site. Through this site, you will find worksheets, games, vocabulary builders, flashcards, listening and PowerPoint presentations. The PowerPoint presentations offer a fun, interactive way to practice vocabulary. Students should get registered to have access to the activities.
  • Wacky Web Tales website offers younger learners silly fill-in-the-blank stories that are designed to teach young learners about sentence structure and grammar. 
  • The International Children’s Digital Library features a huge online collection of books for children. and teenagers learning ESL. The library allows you to read books in English that pertain to different cultures. The books are easily searched through illustrated buttons or text. The website may be also used to understand how an online library is organized. Use your creativity to explote this site!
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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Social Networking has finished or has just started?

Last Sunday, Social Networking Congress 2009  finished its first session with great success. Abotu 699 participants from all over the world met on line to listen to ICT specialists and participate in MOODLE forums.

The organizing team worked hard and as a testimony of this work you can have all the information about what happened in this event in a MOODLE platform, forums where to interchange knowledge and experience, and a blog. If you were not able to attend the sessions, do not worry. The videoconferences were recorded and and available at

Personally, I was very pleased working with so good professionals and warm people. I learned a lot about how to organize  and moderate an online event. I hope ARCALL and AVEALMEC will continue working together in projects like this one.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Social Networking Congress 2009

Yesterday Social Networking Congress started with enthusiasm and a very good response from the audience. Around 40 people per session attended the 4 videoconferences the very first day. The speakers were Nicky Hockly, Riza Zinstejer, Paula Ledesma, George Simens and Carla Arena.

I would like to point out the energy moderators have and excellent work they did. Evelyn Izquierdo (Venezuela) moderated all sessions!!!!

Today, Friday 6th November at 18.30 GMT , Vance Stevens' presentation  will take place. It is titled "Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities and Networks". I will have the pleasure to introduce him. Vance is Webhead's creator and inspiration of many teachers around the world. Thanks to his dedication and support ARCALL was created. Don´t  miss it!!!

Abstract of the Session: Modelling Social Media in Groups, Communities and Networks
This presentation intertwines two threads:
(1) an examination of social networking as practiced distinctly in groups, communities, and networks.

Drawing from experience coordinating a teachers' community of practice for the past decade, I will illustrate the evolution of what was initially a group into a community of practice, and how social media enables one CoP to interact with others to become part of a distributed learning network.
(2) the notion that teachers must be trained not only IN the use of social media, but THROUGH its use.

Recidivism is a problem in technology training for education; teachers can be shown how to use social media, but unless they use it themselves they unlikely to change their practices. There is evidence that teachers trained in programs where their instructors used social media (modelled it) are more comfortable with technology than when their instructors did not themselves use these tools. This presentation suggests how teachers can interact with numerous communities of practice and distributed learning networks where other participants are modelling to and learning from one another optimal ways of using social media in teaching.

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

ARCALL first Online Congress

After nearly two months of work , ARCALL is proud to announce the opening of its first online Congress together with AVEALMEC.

The organizing team has worked very hard: preparing the material, website, MOODLE platform content, WiziQ sessions.

Today the forums have been opened. I will be moderating the forum about Commuties of Practice together with my dearest friend and colleague Evelyn Izquierdo.

I hope you will enjoy the experience.