Transport in Spanish

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

Tren¡Buenos días!

We hope you have had a great weekend. Today is Monday and we are all back in the office or back at school! While I was waiting for the bus this morning, I was reading this lovely MGM article, Al polo sur…¡en bicicleta!, and wondering how I could help Spanish students to remember the correct prepositions for means of transport. In order to help you, I have created the following infographic that you can display on your white board and/or classroom blog, which might be handy when explaining this to your students.

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Oona Chaplin article with Year 11 Spanish class

By Sue

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 13.24.34I have never watched Game of Thrones, but reading Facebook as I do and listening to the students, I thought it might be good to use the article. I read the learning outcomes in the teaching resources (download below the cut) and just tweaked them slightly for my group.

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Money in Spanish speaking countries

By Maje

A Spanish version follows.

PesosAs you know, in January, increased fuel bills and tax rises (e.g. transport, electricity and so on) can make life difficult for families, especially after all the money spent during Christmas. In short, January is a month in which many families hardly make it through the month! And this is what we call in Spain la cuesta de enero (the uphill struggle to get to the end of the month).

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Need help convincing children to take GCSE Spanish?

By Britta

Download the article after the cut

Download the article after the cut

As everyone who is involved in language education knows, there are many good reasons why learning a foreign language is important and beneficial to students’ careers, brainpower and social understanding. But again as we all know learning a foreign language takes time and dedication and it can be hard to convince pupils that persevering with it will benefit them in the end – especially when the foreign language has to compete with other subjects over inclusion in students’ GCSE subject lists.

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Clean off Your Desk Day and the Imperative for Year 11

By Maje

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? :)

Am I keeping my desk tidy? What do you think? 🙂

¡Buenas tardes! 🙂

Have you ever heard of the “Clean Off Your Desk Day“? It takes place every 2nd Monday of each year as a way to start the year with a clean and tidy desk.

We have created an infographic with some advice in Spanish on how to keep your desk tidy. You can use it to revise the imperative mode with your students whilst you are telling them how to keep their desks tidy…So I guess this is what we call in Spain ‘matar dos pájaros de un tiro‘ (‘to kill two birds with one stone’-see more Spanish proverbs with animals here). 

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Year 7 using The Hobbit article to describe people

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 09.23.21Sue’s Yr 7 have been writing using The Hobbit article and thoroughly enjoying it too! The article is all about physical description, introducing body features and matching adjectives.

There is a reading  text and a gap fill activity where students complete model sentences of how to describe a person. They then answer questions on the reading material before building sentences with their personal information (download the article below the cut).

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Los Reyes Magos with worksheet on Spanish nouns changing their meaning

By Maje

Maria¡Hola! My name is María Jesús and this is my first day at MGM. So exciting!! I am going to be the new Spanish editor and I hope you enjoy my posts for this amazing blog.

Today we celebrate the Day of Reyes Magos (The 3 Wise Men) in Spain and in South and Central America (even in the Philippines!). Have you ever heard about this tradition? Children receive presents by the three “Reyes Magos” on the morning of January 6 and there is also a type of cake associated with the festival of Reyes Magos: la rosca de Reyes!

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9 Spanish proverbs with animals – activity

By Britta

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 09.49.21Animals feature in many proverbs, idioms  and phrases. Funnily enough for many of these a cultural equivalent exists in other languages.

I have a long standing fascination with proverbs and their translations into other languages.

Below are nine Spanish proverbs featuring animals and I am pretty sure that you will  know most of them from your own culture.

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Spanish classroom magazines fit for 2014

By Britta


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
Picture 4

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.


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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Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Level 2/Yr9 lesson

By Sue

Sue used our magazine article Una Chica en llamas with her Year 9 students to teach daily routine via The Hunger Games. This is her account:

photo 3So, this week I was using the Hunger Games article in Ahora to look at reflexive verbs and daily routine.

I followed the recommended lesson plan from the magazine, and the starter went down a bomb!

From there, I introduced the idea of the diary/blog. They worked cooperatively in groups translating the first part of the text to give them confidence for working with the diary on the following page.  There was lots of Pose, Pause, Pounce, and Bounce to constantly consolidate the language they were using and to reaffirm the patterns in reflexive verbs in their minds.

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What Spanish students say about classroom magazines

By Britta
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As part of our case study with Ormiston Horizon Academy we sent out a student survey (download under the cut). We asked the kids 24 questions about themselves and their Spanish learning:  15% said that Spanish was their favourite subject,  26% said Spanish was their least favourite subject, 66% enjoy learning Spanish and 38% say Spanish lessons are more fun than other lessons

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