Spanish classroom magazines fit for 2014

By Britta

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Check out the covers of our January/February Spanish mags!

With Christmas just gone and New Year’s Eve approaching this seems a good time to look ahead. Instead of fearing January’s grey skies and impending winter blues why not take some positive steps and look around you for things that might actually make you look forward to the coming winter months at school. Sounds impossible?
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First term with Spanish classroom magazines

By Sue

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 13.27.57 Year 9 were very excited to have their important visitor from Mary Glasgow working with them in their Spanish lesson. (Personal profiles by Spanish Year 7/Level 1 students) We had been using The Hunger Games (Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Level 2/Y9 lesson) as a frame for learning about reflexive verbs. Year 9 taught themselves the basics of these verbs, initially using an old PowerPoint of mine printed out onto handouts.  We used the article to become more accustomed to what these verbs looked like and also to fire their imagination.

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Spanish Christmas Song Sing-along

by Britta
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As your last Spanish lesson of 2013 is fast approaching why not have a merry Christmas sing along in class? Traditional Spanish Christmas carols may be a little too difficult (and also perhaps overused) so we like to present you with Mary Glasgow’s very own ¡Ya llega la Navidad !, a classic in the making you will agree.

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Personal profiles by Spanish Year 7/Level 1 students

by Britta

Picture 4Sue’s Y7 students have created PowerPoint Presentations to introduce themselves to Mary Glasgow.

‘Mary Glasgow’ visited them in the shape and form of our Education Design Manager Nicolle Thomas who is currently planning the look and feel and visual user-friendliness of our magazines for the new series 2014/2015.

Nicolle is already working on many new layouts and to road test her ideas with kids and teachers in the classroom she went to see Sue and her students.

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Marché de Noël/Christmas market – lesson-plan

Picture 1There are about 25 notable Christmas markets or Marchés de Noël in France. Among these the traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg is the oldest and one of the largest. It dates back to the 16th century and spreads from the place de la Cathédrale throughout the city.

In our French beginners’ magazine Allons-y !, we have an article about the Christmas market in Strasbourg. It provides a glimpse into the magical world of its market stalls and local produce. It also gives information about the history of the town itself.

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Catching Fire

Our Spanish Hunger Games and Catching Fire lesson plans get a mention in this great post for teaching resources on the trilogy from Linda C. Useful for EFL teachers!

From Surviving to Thriving

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

I am disappointed. I haven’t had a chance to see the new movie, Catching Fire. (Life happens.) But friends and students have shared positive reviews. The trilogy continues to be popular with middle and high school students. My previous post on Resources for Teaching with The Hunger Games continues to be popular, so I decided to share resources for teaching Catching Fire. If there are other free resources you have used or if you have ideas you would like to share please comment below.

Enjoy!

Aim higher in case you fall short.

― Pres. Snow, Catching Fire

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Year 7 looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

by Britta

photo 3Sue’s Y7 students are doing detective work: They are looking for conjugations of “Vivir” in the article ¡Vivimos aquí!

I always thought this is a great starter to learning verbs: familarizing oneself with the way its conjugations look through discovering them in an authentic text.

Additionally, knowing the various ways a verb can look is a great tool for accessing written texts. It’s a fantastic reading tool. See how many conjugations your students can find in our article!

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‘La merienda’ – Tea-time in the Spanish class

By Cecilia

Our young friends, Paloma and Camila.

Our young friends, Paloma and Camila.

Mate y alfajores make the perfect Argentine tea treat. Mate, an infusion made with a leaf native to South America and drunk in a gourd through a shared straw, is quite bitter. Therefore, its taste is perfectly offset by the sweetness of alfajores, a sweet, shortbread-like biscuist which sandwich a layer of caramel (or dulce de leche, the Argentine version, which is much thicker).

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Les ressources Mary Glasgow en cours de FLE

by Céline Mézange
of “T’enseignes-tu?

A translation into English follows.

You'll find this and other news articles on our website

You’ll find this and other news articles on our website

L’enseignant et les ressources

Pour un enseignant, la préparation de cours s’organise autour de différentes activités mais il faut bien avouer que la recherche de documents susceptibles de motiver l’apprentissage, adaptables au niveau des apprenants et/ou en lien avec l’actualité est une activité chronophage parfois.

L’enseignant a le choix entre des documents authentiques (fabriqués par des francophones pour des francophones avec un objectif de communication spécifique) ou des documents pédagogiques (créés, pensés dans un objectif d’enseignement-apprentissage de la langue cible).

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Mary Glasgow Magazines in the ELT Classroom

By Martin Sketchley

We have been receiving the Mary Glasgow Magazines for nearly 12 months now at our school, LTC Eastbourne, and our learners love them. We keep a folder of all the magazines which corresponds to level and they are a great resource for both teachers and learners.

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