Las vacaciones están casi llegando a su fin y reflexionando sobre el comienzo de este nuevo año lectivo recordé que allá lejos y hace tiempo había dejado un blog de clase abandonado (gracias @emapey por hacerme acordar jajajaj). No se que curso me tocará este año en el cole Saint Exupery, pero de algo estoy segura… ese curso tendrá un blog que lo esté esperando para comenzar a trabajar. ¿Por qué? Porque este blog superó mis expectativas. Las razones por las cuales comenzó las podemos leer en esta carta escrita a los padres de los alumnos:

“Este blog comenzó a partir de la necesidad de los alumnos de aprender a comunicarse de forma escrita. Había que fortalecer la práctica y muchos de ellos estaban reticentes a entregar las composiciones. La idea fue buscar una forma de que la escritura se vuelva significativa, que realmente haya un destinatario de lo que ellos producían para que se motivaran y les diera ganas de escribir. El blog se convirtió en una herramienta de comunicación real donde los chicos se focalizaron en el mensaje que querían transmitir y se “olvidaron” de que de esa manera estaban practicando inglés. Escribían para ser leídos por sus compañeros y todos estaban interesados por leer lo que escribieron los demás. De esta manera seguían estando expuestos al idioma. Más allá de que los chicos contaban con pocas herramientas lingüísticas para transmitir sus mensajes, lo importante era hacerse entender con lo que sabían hasta ese momento. Se les comunicó que no se daría tanta importancia a los errores gramaticales cometidos, sino al hecho de poder hacerse entender. En clase, se trabajó sobre los errores que se repetían en varias composiciones y que era importante afianzar.”

No se cuáles serán las necesidades de mis futuros alumnos pero seguramente el blog seguirá siendo un espacio de colaboración donde podamos compartir nuestras opiniones, pensamientos, sentimientos y muchísimas cosas más que seguro en este momento no me puedo ni siquiera llegar a imaginar. Los espero ansiosa!

As you all may know we have been nominated for the Edublog Awards 2009. We are very honoured because the blogs that have been nominated with us  were just  FANTASTIC! We would like to congratulate the winners for their great job. Even though we haven’t won, we are extremely happy for having taking part in the awards and also because we haven’t done that bad in the final results. We are in position 6th. A big thank to all those who have supported us: teachers, students, parents, friends and especially to Eduardo Peirano (@emapey) and Lorena Zanola (@enpatagoniasur) for their great motivation and hard work.

We are very honoured because we have been nominated for the best class blog in the Edublog Awards 2009.

There are lots of excellent blogs nominated with us. You may have a look at all of them here. Select your favorite class blog from the list  and click Vote OR scroll down the page to check out all blogs nominated in this category!

A big thank to all those who have motivated us to start and continue with this blog, and especially to Eduardo Peirano (@emapey), who was the person who nominated us for the contest. Classes have ended here in Argentina so we will continue working in this blog with the students in March, after a reinvigorating summer holiday. We all deserve it!

imagesHi my dear students! In class we’ve been making lots of predictions, so why not telling the world about them and see whether they become true or not?

1) Enter the page Nostradamical.

2) Click on login and enter the following information:

E-mail address (login):
Password: exupery

3) Click on create a new prediction

4) Select a category

5) Write your prediction. NOTE: Your prediction should end in the next 4 years. It should be specific and be verifiable by the public.

For Example: Argentina will win the 2010 football world cup.

6) Then, you can add your opinion about the prediction, photos, interesting links and whatever you feel like it to support your opinion.

Here you can have a look at my prediction. Looking forward to yours. Let’s see which ones are considered the most likely to occur. See you next week.

Hi dear all! In class we’ve been talking about comparatives and superlatives and we have arranged to choose a topic to talk about. Here are some ideas:

– Three members of your family

-Three singers / groups

– Three sport stars

– Three TV or film stars

– Three countries.

– Three subjects.

Hello again my dear students! This week in class we have been talking about dreams, nightmares, daydreaming. Today we have seen two scenes from the film “The Unborn” and we have discussed about nightmares. If you are curious about the film, here you can see the trailer. If you happen to watch the movie, please tell us your opinion.

So today we will have a new contest. This time please tell us one of your dreams. It can be funny, scary, strange, or just a dream you like. Next week we will vote on the best dream. You can use these questions as a guide…

1) Where were you? Describe the place.

2) What did you see?

3) What did you do?

4) What happened next?

5) How did you feel?

Looking forward to your dreams…

imagesHi dear all,
In class we’ve been talking about music so… why not creating our own playlist to be played in class while we are doing some grammar exercises? I’m sure it will be great fun. The idea is that you share in the comment section a link to a you tube video of your favourite song. It would be better if it is in English. You can also tell us:
– Why do you like that song?
– Who is the singer?
– Who is the songwriter?
– What’s the story behind the song (if there’s any)?
– What do you know about the singer or band?
and whatever you’d like to share. Looking forward to your songs. I’d love to listen to them.

Here you can vote on the funniest anecdote. Don’t be shy and cast your vote!

“We only know the things that we tame, said the fox. People no longer have the time to know anything. They buy things already made for peddlers. But since there are no peddlers of friends, they no longer have friends. If you want a friend, tame me!
Goodbye, said the fox. Here’s my secret; it’s very simple: we see well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.” (The Little Prince by Saint Exupéry)

Hello my dear students! As you all know, in class we have been talking about friendship, so today I have a proposal for all of you. Let’s share funny  anecdotes with our friends. Why don’t you leave in the comment section a retelling of  the funniest anecdote you have with one or some of your friends? It would be a good idea, if you can also share how and when you met them, what you often do with them and whatever comes to your mind. On Tuesday we can vote on the FUNNIEST ANECDOTE! Let’s see who the winner is.

Well, and now let’s finish with a song about friendship. It’s a karaoke song so why don’t we sing along? Stand by me (quedate a mi lado) by Timon and Pumba:

Well, we all know that English is a crazy language. Why don’t they follow a rule and that’s it? Here you have a funny poem about the inconsistencies of irregular verbs and at the bottom you will find lots of exercises to revise for Tuesday’s test.

Verbs is Funny

A boy who swims may say he swum,
But milk is skimmed and seldom skum,
And nails you trim; they are not trum.

When words you speak, these words are spoken,
But a nose is tweaked and can’t be twoken.
And what you seek is seldom soken.

If we forget, then we’ve forgotten,
But things we wet are never wotten,
And houses let cannot be lotten.

The things one sells are always sold,
But fog dispelled are not dispold,
And what you smell is never smold.

When young, a top you oft saw spun,
But did you see a grin ever grun,
Or a potato neatly skun?

Hope you like it…And here comes the serious work. Remember that the topics for the test are: was/ were and Past Simple: regular and irregular verbs (affirmative, negative and interrogative). I will leave a list of links to some online exercises for you to revise:

– Animated grammar tutorials: Past tense yes / no questions , past tense negatives

EGO4U. To find the exercises scroll down.

Past Simple Boy. A story and some exercises.

Esl Blues. To find the appropriate exercises go to Past Simple list.


Hope you find it useful. Study hard. See you on Tuesday.