Saturday, July 9, 2016

July Social Clubs

It has been a difficult period mainly because when you think things cannot go any worse... they do! yet, my job has given me the strenght to overcome this situation.

This month social clubs are:

Poetry workshop  (Waystage and up)
Have you ever been inspired enough to let the words speak freely through you? How about doing it using English as vehicle? I bet you will find it rather amusing.

Grammar Doctor  (one for S, W, UW & T)
Students bring up their questions about grammar so we learn together.

Holiday Pictionary  (Survivals and Waystage)
It’s time to train our memory through pictures!

WSE Penpals (Survivals)  Activity planned with other centers if possible, otherwise it can be done in two schedules, one in the afternoon and one in the morning so both groups share their ideas asynchronously.
Our students have been learning with us for a while, but not all of them know how other students feel like being a survival student. It is time to share experiences through one of the most releasing experiences: writing.

Traveling around the world (Survivals and Waystage)
What is China like? What is India like? What is to travel around the world like? It is time to find it out; there is no need to physically leave the classroom to imagine how travel is like.

Origami Session (All levels)
Students will learn how to fold paper in the most creative ways possible.

God Save the Queen!  (Upperwaystage and up)
Reading club were we will learn and discuss interesting facts about the UK, Australia, part of Canada and every other place where UK’s sovereignty has spread.

Sci-fi Basics (Upper Waystage and up)

Star wars, Star trek, Star Gate SG1, The X-Files… what do they have in common? How come do some people like this so controversial genre? Maybe you are a fan and you want to share what you think about the subject, or maybe you are just a curious person who would like to know more about this unknown world. Either way you are welcome to join.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

May... let's receive my birthday with hardwork!

Special classes for our students in the brand new branch (my new job in the same family!!! which I am so greatful for!! My birthday is on May 7th... let's receive my 29th year on this earth with hardwork!!

Social Club: Internet language (all levels)
Internet has become part of our lives, we use a variety of tools which use internet, but how good are with at using those resources in English? Social Networks, web language, popular memes, searching tools… they don´t have to be a mystery anymore.

Grammar Workshop S: Parts of the speech/ possessives
Parts of the speech,  object pronouns, possessive adjectives, possessive pronouns.

Grammar Workshop W: Parts of the speech/ Gerunds and Infinitives
Parts of the speech, What is a gerund? Uses of gerunds, verbs with gerunds and/or infinitives.  

Grammar workshop UW and T: Parts of the speech / Word Families
Parts of the speech, word families:  common prefixes and  suffixes.

Social Club: Shakespearean Rhapsody  ( W, UW & T)

Shakespeare is the father on English language… but why? We will find it out during this class through a series of vocabulary games and a rap song.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Down with love xD

Well, this beginning of the year has been hectic. Having gone through eye-opening situations has given me the strength to move on, although these situations have not been so pleasant.
Anyway, time to go to the point! This month I start classes in a new center, yesterday was my very first day and let me tell you this place is awesome. It would be great to keep working there for a longer period, however, only time will tell. My proposal for the monthly activities of the center was:


American & British English Basics

Which word is correct: organise or organize? Center or centre? Neighbor or neighbour? What if I tell you that both are correct? Why? It is time to find it out in this social club. Having awareness of such details make us stronger English learners and understanding the basics of America & British English will take us a step forward.

Everlasting Couples: Love Fest

Love has been one of the strongest forces running our lives. From fantasy couples who have taught us what love is supposed to feel like, to our own experience… we all have our definition of romantic love. In this Social Club, we will learn how to express this feeling through practical language in some cases and poetic language in others. Be prepared to celebrate beauty, freedom, truth and love.

Grammar Games for survivals

In-on-at… aren’t they confusing sometimes? How about possessives? When to use the verb “to be” and when “Do”? My friends, this grammar games are for you. Let’s have fun while we learn!

The black sheep of the family

You love and know your family, don’t you? Let’s introduce your family to the class and tell us who the black sheep is. Is it your nephew? Is it your granny? Is it your dad? Maybe it is you! (Social club about family vocabulary)

How to use new vocabulary in our daily practice

Have you ever felt that you know and recognize lots of words in texts you read, when people talk to you in English, when you listen to music... BUT you don't use those words in your daily English practice? Well, it happens to us all. Let's learn some tips and exercises about how to use vocabulary we know in unexpected ways.



Let´s see how it turns!!! :D
2016... interesting beginning indeed.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

May the force be with you, write down your new year's resolutions!

I had so much fun preparing this class for the next year... this piece belongs to another worksheet I created from the scratch. The world of teaching is a vast ground where everything is possible; it's great to try new things with my students. I hope they enjoy it!
Star Wars has been an engaging sphere I just discovered, eventhough it has been there for quite a while. Aaaaanyways, here is this piece. Thanx for reading.

May the force be with you!

LAIN DE CRAVEN
New year´s resolutions by Fernanda/ Lain

Monday, December 28, 2015

January 2016 Vocabulary Calendar

Learning a language is not only about grammar and vocabulary but also understanding that a language is about culture; a global culture where we all are linked. This calendar intends to increase our vocabulary range by reading texts which are interesting to us; they don't necessarily have to be long books but texts related to topics we enjoy the most e.g.: A facebook post, a blog entry, an interesting tweet which could be read in your mother tongue or in an English text. In order to learn a foreign language we have to know our own. There is a lot of information out there and a proper reaction is the key.

January 2016 Vocabulary Calenday by Fernanda/Lain



This calendar has three key points for each day:
  1. Word of the day in our mother tongue and/or in English. This point is directly linked to the following ones, mainly because this section intends to rise awareness of unknown meanings by connecting them with a context, a meaningful context to you.
  2. Article of the day. This is developed by being constant, I would like to share what I do on my own in order to increase my vocabulary. Try to read a random article about a topic you are interested in.
  3. Quote of the day. Have you ever read a phrase or quote on FB, twitter or any other social network where you might have saved the image and where you might have forgotten it for good? My friend... it is time to do something else with those words, bring them to life! Write them on your calendar so you can remember its meaning through the days.
I added a TO DO LIST section, it is up to you what you decide to write there. Hopefully it is useful.

Print it in an A3 format by the way.

If you print it, let me know! It would be great to read other's experiences with this format. I shall post February as well when the time comes.