GAME-BASED LEARNING IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

Playing games in a classroom  is something that many of us have been implementing for years or decades with surely outstanding results in terms of motivation and language acquisition. But, what about using Games as a learning method while teaching subjects such as History, Literacy or Arts in the English classroom? Actually the game I’m about … Continue reading

SPECIAL NEEDS IN THE BILINGUAL CLASSROOM

How to deal with Special needs in the bilingual classroom? What to do in order to ensure that all students have the same opportunity to grow and increase their learning experience? A situation that turns out to be challenging even in a context in which all or most students learn in their own language. Here … Continue reading

LEGOLAND PARK ZARAGOZA: Students taking over

Legoland Park Zaragoza is a genuine PBL project that combines active methodologies with the teaching & learning of the English language in a bilingual classroom. It also provides young children with the amazing experience of implementing robotics and using social media within a meaningful context. The project allows students to show great motivation through all … Continue reading

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY, MATE! : A cross-curricular project in the bilingual classroom

Happy Australia day is a cross-curricular and PBL ( Problem based learning ) project that sparks the children’s curiosity to learn about the history , culture & life in Australia. 8/9 year old Spanish children inmerse themselves in this amazing adventure of discovering and learning with a purpose: celebrating the Australia day in our Bilingual … Continue reading

BILINGUAL EDUCATION TRAINING: WHO NEEDS CLIL ?

Once again I had the great pleasure to run a 3-day training course in Milan with Italian Primary teachers coming from different bilingual schools in the region as the main protagonists. I have to confess that it was a fantastic challenge for me to show some of the work I do as a Bilingual teacher … Continue reading

STUDENTS AS TEACHERS THROUGH SHOW & TELL SESSIONS IN THE BILINGUAL CLASSROOM

All those teachers who have ever implemented this classroom practice successfully would agree that show and tell activities provide countless opportunities for both fun and learning. These sessions let students share their experiences and introduce children to the different perceptions, environments and interests of their fellow classmates. And what’s more, it can be a very … Continue reading

TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE BEYOND CLIL

I’d like to start writing this post by sharing some of the questions an Italian colleague asked me a few weeks ago as a result of a conference I recently gave at Zaragoza University on language competence. “What’s the relationship between CLIL and BEP ( Bilingual education projects)? Is CLIL theorical and BEP more practical? … Continue reading

A LONDON GUIDE FOR KIDS: A PBL PROJECT IN THE BILINGUAL CLASSROOM

After presenting our History project on the great fire of London children showed great interest about the city which ended up leading to a final question, “Shall we go to London one day?”. That was the starting point for our new PBL project. “Maybe, but first we should find out and get information about what … Continue reading