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ERASMUS+: La profesora Ana Isabel Rodríguez nos cuenta su experiencia en Brighton, donde ha realizado un curso intensivo de inglés de 12 días. Destacado

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El CEPA CASTILLO DE ALMANSA está inmerso en un Proyecto Erasmus+ por toda Europa, la primera profesora en viajar ha sido Dña. Ana Isabel Rodríguez Gonzálvez, su destino fue Brighton (Inglaterra) y el periodo de realización del curso ha sido del 15 al 27 de octubre de 2017. Muchas han sido las experiencias vividas por Ana, aquí os dejo sus impresionenes y vivencias, acompañadas por fotografías y algún vídeo de esta ejemplar profesora.




1st Day: Monday, 16th. October


Meet and greet session. Introducing ourselves as well as our centres. In second period we had the first Challenge class: We worked on creating powerpoint presentations about our respective schools and, after that, we introduced our centres to our classmates and teacher using the images on the ppt document we had just made.


In the afternoon we were presented some ideas, warmers, fill-in and ice-breaker activities to use in the ESL lessons.




2nd. Day: Tuesday, 17th. October


We discussed the topic of Digital Literacy. The we talked about online safety. On the second sesión we talked about our evaluation criteria. Finally, we were presented the Project Based Learning and the SPRE (Situation, Problem, Response and Evaluation) methods.


Regarding the Social Programme, in the evening, I joined the Brighton Walking Tour around the city. It was a good idea, since I could get to know how to move about the city as well as some History and Art facts.




3rd. Day: Wednesday, 18th. October


This lesson was particularly fruitful for me, due to the fact that I got some input on Listening and Speaking tools, apps and websites to use in my class. On second period we were given some free time to explore them and get started on the different tools and on the final lesson we had a workshop to put everything into practice. This is the list we were given to work out.



Master Resource list (mainly free all web-based) link


Oral skills (Listening and speaking)


Listening (viewing)

$1        http://www.listenaminute.com/

$1        http://www.esl-lab.com/

$1        https://lyricstraining.com/

$1        http://www.listen-and-write.com

$1        https://redacto.co.uk/

$1        http://www.elllo.org/

$1        http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topicsmenu/listening.html

$1        https://www.voicetube.com/

$1        http://youglish.com/

$1        https://www.englishcentral.com/videos

$1        https://learningenglish.voanews.com/

$1        http://www.brainstuffshow.com/

A nice overview text http://www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/stratlisten.htm


A listening about listening (and writing)


Speaking (and being seen)

$1        https://voicethread.com/

$1        http://vocaroo.com/

$1        http://blabberize.com

$1        http://www.fotobabble.com

$1        https://www.chirbit.com/

$1        https://www.youtube.com/

$1        http://www.voki.com/

$1        http://www.voxopop.com/

$1        http://mailvu.com/


Nice teacher development text from British Council


Whole course from BC with classroom obs https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-speaking-unit-1-introductions

Jess’s speaking activity



Pronunciation (and accent)

$1        https://www.pronouncelive.com/

$1        http://accent.gmu.edu/

$1        http://www.manythings.org/pp/

$1        http://www.english-online.org.uk/pronounce/pronounce.htm

$1        http://www.shiporsheep.com/

$1        http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/skills/interactive/pron_animations/index.htm

$1        https://www.youtube.com/user/aoao35044

$1        https://forvo.com/

$1        http://howjsay.com/

$1        http://cueprompter.com/

$1        http://www.freeteleprompter.org/



Oral skills (Listening and speaking)


Listening (and viewing)

  1. https://lyricstraining.com/
  2. http://www.listen-and-write.com
  3. https://www.oneyoungworld.com/gallery
  4. http://www.elllo.org/
  5. https://www.voicetube.com/
  6. http://www.speechinaction.org/
  7. http://youglish.com/
  8. https://www.englishcentral.com/videos
  9. https://learningenglish.voanews.com/
  10. http://www.brainstuffshow.com/
  11. http://www.dialectsarchive.com/  

Complete lessons

$1       http://www.listenaminute.com/

$1       https://ed.ted.com/lessons

$1       http://www.esl-lab.com/

$1       http://myenglishvoice.com/lesson/

$1       http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topicsmenu/listening.html

A listening about listening (3 parts)

Steve Jones describing active listening

A nice overview text

A text about listening and transcribing

Speaking (and being seen)

  1. https://voicethread.com/
  2. http://vocaroo.com/
  3. https://info.flipgrid.com
  4. https://www.chirbit.com/
  5. https://www.youtube.com/
  6. http://www.voki.com/
  7. http://mailvu.com/
  8. https://screencast-o-matic.com

$1       Nice teacher development text  from British Council

$1       Whole course from British Council with classroom observation video - Teaching Speaking

$1       Jess Fyn’s activity from the ELC Youtube channel

$1       Overview text of Speaking skills

$1       Assessing speaking using i-pads by Dave Dodgson


Pronunciation (and accent)

$1        https://www.pronouncelive.com/

$1        http://accent.gmu.edu/

$1        http://www.manythings.org/pp/

$1        http://www.english-online.org.uk/pronounce/pronounce.htm

$1        http://www.shiporsheep.com/

$1        http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/skills/interactive/pron_animations/index.htm

$1        https://www.youtube.com/user/aoao35044

$1        https://forvo.com/

$1        http://howjsay.com/

$1        http://cueprompter.com/

$1        http://www.freeteleprompter.org/




4th. Day Thursday, 19th. October


This day was devoted to Evidence Based Teaching Methodology. First of all, we had a demo lesson and, after the break, we had the unpacking of the lesson and faced with some actual facts. At the end we could debate about our ideas with respect to this new methodology based on the scientific method.


In the evening, I joined a Conversation Club arranged by the school as a part of its social programme. It was lovely to meet some new people from so many different nationalities.




5th. Day Friday, 20th. October


This was a very interesting day as well, since we were given loads of very useful Reading and Writing Resources. As always, we had some time to explore the different links we were offered so we could decide which of them were more suitable for our students. And, after lunch, there was a workshop on the topic.


When we finished our lesson, we could go on an excursion to Devil’s Dycke. It was a nice walk.



Here you are the list of Resources we found out about teaching Writing and Reading:


Writing and reading 



  1. Make a fake text messages screen http://www.fakephonetext.com/
  2. Free online newspaper generator http://newspaper.jaguarpaw.co.uk/
  3. Online collaborative document storage https://docs.google.com
  4. Teacher tool to create your own classroom (needs to register)https://todaysmeet.com/
  5. Kindergarden to 12th. Grade Lesson plans and Resources http://www.readwritethink.org/
  6. Models - http://go.hrw.com/eolang/modbank/
  7. Practice writing and get instant online feedback (free, no register needed) https://writeandimprove.com/
  8. Writing Competition and challenges http://writeordie.com/
  9. Writing stories online with a partner (needs to register) Taleship.me
  10. Writing stories online together (needs to register) https://www.storywars.net/tutorial
  11. Writing a story with the help of pictures and keywords writingsparks.com
  12. Writing stories - pictures and ideas given (needs to register) https://www.writeabout.com


For reference:

 21st century reading and writing 

 Website with a little bit of everything, but very down-to-earth, practical examples and interesting links  Six tools to improve your writing


  1. Speed readerhttps://www.spreeder.com/app.php
  2. Speed readerhttp://www.zapreader.com/
  3. Speed readerhttp://www.readsy.co/
  4. Peer assessment app Peergrade.io
  5. Free reading passages and process-tracking tools for year 5-12 https://www.commonlit.org/themes.html
  6. News same news 3 different level reading+listening https://www.newsinlevels.com/
  7. Graded Reading + Exerciseshttp://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/study-break/graded-reading?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bc-learnenglishteens
  8. Graded Reading+Listening (5 diff speed)+exercises http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/
  9. Up to date news with graded tasks  http://teachingkidsnews.com/
  10. Online or reg. Games about the textshttp://textadventures.co.uk/
  11. Stories and news text + drafts!!!http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html
  12. A glut of reading materials http://dreamreader.net/
  13. Short stories https://commaful.com
  14. Diff. topics reading, listening exercises https://www.gcflearnfree.org/practicereading/
  15. Books for children http://www.magickeys.com/books/


  For reference:

 40 things to do with a reading text

 a framework for reading (and listening lessons with authentic texts)

 Differentiation with reading

 Teaching Reading strategies


Fancy fonts

$1     http://www.dafont.com/

$1     https://www.myfonts.com/


Learning keyboard skills

$1       http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

$1       https://www.typing.com/typinggames

$1       https://www.typingclub.com


New genres

 $1     http://videoforall.eu/life-hacks/ & http://videoforall.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Life-hacks-.pdf


 Bots to chat with

$1     https://www.gomoxie.com/

$1     http://www.eslfast.com/robot/english_tutor.htm

$1     http://drwallace.vhost.pandorabots.com/pandora/talkbot?subid=f2b2e7007e345ca3

$1     http://www.linguo.org/

$1     http://cyberpsych.org/eliza/#.WUvcZ-vysdU

$1     http://www.manifestation.com/neurotoys/eliza.php3


Reading from Eliza to Alice 

 Presentation and Presentation enhancers – audience response / decision making tools

$1     https://prezi.com/

$1     https://www.mentimeter.com

$1     https://dotstorming.com/

$1     http://www.gosoapbox.com/

Mind mapping

$1     https://bubbl.us/

$1     http://www.popplet.com/

$1     https://www.mindomo.com/

Infographic creators

$1       https://infogram.com/

$1       https://www.easel.ly/

$1       https://piktochart.com/

$1       https://www.postermywall.com/

Reference reading:

 Creating infographics

 Animated Digital Comics (some with voice over function)

$1     https://storybird.com/

$1     http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

$1     http://www.toondoo.com/

$1     https://www.powtoon.com

$1     http://www.dvolver.com/moviemaker/make.html

$1     http://www.zimmertwins.com/

$1     https://goanimate.com/

$1     http://www.xtranormal.com/

$1     http://www.wittycomics.com/

 Reading reference:


Link to Graham Stanley IATEFLYL SIG 2011-1


6th. Day Saturday, 21st. October


Day Trip to London


7th. Day Sunday, 22nd. October


Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath


8th. Day Monday, 23rd. October

  We worked on Infographics. First, we could learn how to use some tools and apps. On second period we had to make our own products using one of the resources suggested by our teacher. After lunch break we attended a WEBMINAR by Cambridge University, titled “Using Digital Tools to Encourage Learner Autonomy in the Classroom”. It was the first time I attended a Webminar and I found it very interesting.



9th. Day Tuesday, 24th. October

 This day was devoted to the Teaching of Grammar and Vocabulary through Technology. Our teacher presented the lesson in a way I particularly liked. He used Thinglink.com , this tool allows you to upload a picture and edit it. You can label the picture and create links to different applications. Using a picture, our teacher, introduced many useful resources and tools, such as:

Selected Vocabulary and grammar tools


Word Cloud makers





Special dictionaries

 http://www.wordhippo.com/ (synonyms / antonyms(


 https://forvo.com/ (pronunciation dictionary)

 http://graphwords.com/ (visual dictionary)



Visualizing words and phrases





 Miscellaneous grammar: Gap fill, MCQ or similar




  1. http://www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html
  2. http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/adjectives/
  3. https://www.grammaropolis.com/index.php
  4. http://www.funenglishgames.com/grammargames.html


Advanced Grammar Explanations and activities




  1. http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_language/goforgold.html
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/
  3. http://grammarmancomic.com/
  4. https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/
  5. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/category/handbook/
  6. http://www.chompchomp.com/
  7. https://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/
  8. https://visual.ly/blog/grammar-spelling-infographics/

 Quiz / puzzle makers (vocabulary and grammar review)

$1●     https://quizlet.com/

$1●     https://www.vocabulary.com/ (create a multiple choice from the keywords of a certain text)

$1●     https://create.kahoot.it/

$1●     https://quizizz.com

$1●     https://www.memrise.com

$1●     https://www.repetico.com/welcome

$1●     https://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/


Corpus linguistics / word lists

$1●     https://www.googlefight.co.uk/

$1●     https://books.google.com/ngrams

$1●     https://datagifmaker.withgoogle.com/edit

$1●     https://trends.google.com/trends/

$1●     http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/

$1●     http://corpus.byu.edu/

$1●     http://www.macmillandictionaries.com/features/from-corpus-to-dictionary/

$1●     https://www.online-utility.org/english/readability_test_and_improve.jsp (tool for analysing t

$1●     http://www.textinspector.com (tool for analysing texts)

$1●     http://voyant-tools.org (similar to Visualthesaurus)

$1●     http://vocabkitchen.com/profiler/cefr


After the morning break we were allowed to explore the different websites, so we could get an rough idea about how they can help us in our daily work.


On our last session we had a Challenge Task in which we had to make and present our own work.I did it using a Thinglink photo with labels linked to some of the tools we had learnt in the morning.






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