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

IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING WITH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

You may have ever heard of this free global community for teachers. If so, you may have ever considered the possibility of planning different ways to use it in your classroom. These were precisely the kind of thoughts I had before I actually made up my mind. The tool was there, knocking on my class door. BUT, how … 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

LEARNING ENGLISH THROUGH HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

I’ve always been fond of hands-on activities in class. They encourage such a lifelong love of learning. A way for young students to learn and understand by doing instead of just retaining information by reading or being exposed to lecture classes. So, why not trying when teaching English in the bilingual classroom? English Language Learners … Continue reading

WHY TEACHING LITERACY IN BILINGUAL SCHOOLS? PART 1

The answer might seem quite obvious but, as a matter of fact, not so many schools running Bilingual Education programmes show a clear understanding of the benefits of a well-designed whole-school Literacy policy in Bilingual schools. Actually, most of these schools I’m collaborating with wonder what’s the point in teaching Literacy if CLIL sessions have … 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

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

HAY QUE FORMAR EN LA UNIVERSIDAD, NO EN LOS COLEGIOS BILINGÜES

El pasado día 15 de Mayo fui invitado por el Heraldo de Aragón a participar en un encuentro digital sobre Educación bilingüe. Como profesor/ asesor linguístico, coordinador y formador del programa bilingüe del MEC-BRITISH COUNCIL, resulto ser todo un reto contestar a las preguntas que los lectores@ hicieron ya que fueron numerosas y muy variadas. Acudí porque sentí la … 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