Welcome to HAVE FUN WITH ENGLISH

I would like to welcome all students at the EOI Pontevedra to a blog where they will find a lot of information about the school together with a wide range of activities to practise and improve their English. I´m sure most of them will find the activities in the blog both amusing and enjoyable! Hope you learn a lot... and please, let me know if there is anything you want me to include!!

Sunday, 9 January 2022

LET'S TURN OVER A NEW LEAF!

2022 has arrived and tomorrow we are kicking off a new term full of unexpectedness and, of course, restrictions. This pandemic does not seem to come to an end and teachers need to go on pulling up their socks to reinvent themselves for their first January lessons. Motivation is key! So, let us uncover some!

As usual at this time of the year, I have been cudgeling my brain to figure out how to welcome students as we arrive in class tomorrow morning. I have even been scanning previous posts looking for a flash of sheer inspiration. And I have been lucky enough to bump into it! I am going to re-use the activity here to re-think the classic new year´s resolutions idea and build it around the concept of language learning in a more realistic and manageable way. 

Hopefully, my students will be able to put together different ways that can help them progress in their learning over the next twelve months. Although it looks like a long time... time does fly! So, let's get ready to give the new year our best shot!

And just in case the video above does not do the trick, I will definitely put the cherry on top by playing a game on idioms that might come in handy to ring in the new year. 

Happy 2022, everyone!

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

PLAYING TRIVIA: CAN STUDENTS BE THE PROTAGONISTS?

Whether the subject at hand is movies, geography, or '80s ballads, playing a trivia game is always a fun way to spice up your lessons so that the class community can bond and compete over shared knowledge in a motivating environment. However, I had been struggling for ages to come up with some sort of new version of the game that had a greater impact on language learning than just that of  "You got the wrong answer". Luckily, I came up with a clever idea when I found the @simplificamates template on Twitter. It was just the perfect game to give my class trivia a new twist. 

It is true that the template @genially_es provides is great for the classic "correct vs incorrect" feedback type. However, David´s template goes the extra mile! If you use his template (he has been generous enough so as to share it on Twitter馃檹), students will not be able to know whether their guesses are right until the end of the game. So, if they fail any of the questions, they have to go back to start and play again. What a nightmare, or is it?

As there is no other way to get positive feedback than playing until the end, the debate is guaranteed as students strive to get all the right answers! No wonder they will hate starting from scratch! On top of that, once they get all their correct guesses (hopefully, it will not take them too long!), you may add very interesting feedback or even follow-up questions, which really worked out for me.



I have been using this template with the forums of my blended learning courses, bringing students' contributions and comments into our at-school lesson. I must admit it did the trick. Students got actively involved and their work at home paid off! You may give it a try below... even though answers were based on the students' posts onto Moodle, they should not be too hard to guess. Up for a challenge?

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

SCHOOL LIBRARY ACTIVITIES: COME AND JOIN US!

Our school library is now involved in planning two activities that will definitely provide our students with great opportunities to foster a culture of extensive reading and knowledge. You may have a look at these two links below to get informed:

I hope you find the occasion to take part in any of these!

See you all at our school library for more reading experiences!


Monday, 18 October 2021

FIND YOUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT SCHOOL!

Opportunity is calling! Free volunteering is a wonderful way to see the world, learn new skills and help others. So, get informed about the school library initiative to offer students new opportunities to grow up in our community. 

As usual, at the beginning of the school year, the school library is opening up its volunteer programme. Would you like to join and support our school? We need you!! Take part in this rewarding experience and assist others in your community by volunteering now.

For more information about the programme at the library have a look at the school website.

By becoming a volunteer you are making a valuable contribution to school! The gift of your time is priceless!





Thursday, 7 October 2021

LET'S GIVE OUR TEACHER ASSISTANT A WARM WELCOME!

I am glad to inform you that our English Department has just been appointed a new foreign language assistant for the school year 2021-2022.  Her name is Nasly. She is from New York and she will presumably be involved with conversation classes. This is her first time in Pontevedra and is really looking forward to working at our school community. We just can't wait to meet Nasly. Please, let's get ready to greet her with open arms!!

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY IS BACK!

Our school library has just opened its doors and we want to celebrate! You are all welcome to take the school library quiz. Just visit the library and have a look at all the books and amazing things on offer. Fill in the quiz you will find on one of the tables and cross your fingers! You might get a stroke of luck and become our big winner. 

Have a look at the school library blog for more info.





Sunday, 19 September 2021

OFF TO A FRESH START!

It is that time of the year again... September is about to finish soon and school children are already used to getting up early every weekday and grabbing their school bag in a rush so as not to miss the bus that will take them to their well-settled routine. Our summer blues has definitely vanished, hasn't it?


However, even though both primary and secondary school teachers have already plunged into the school curriculum, we - of course, EOI teachers - are still struggling with the preparatory work for school year 21-22: enrolment periods, virtual classroom management, getting to know each other lesson plans, ice breakers... we are set to start in just a few days! As usual, it often depends on the Autonomous Community we live in or even our local Education Authorities. But for better or worse, it is that time of the year again for EOIs...


I have already been designing the new beginning. This year I will be teaching C1.2 again but the school course comes with an extra bonus: a Blended C1.1 English course I just can't wait to teach!


No wonder I am preparing a plethora of resources I will be sharing with my school community. Here is one I am particularly proud of: my @wakelet compilation of online dictionaries, translators and corpus dictionaries. I hope my blended course students find it useful. I will definitely devote some time to providing the right instructions on how to make the most of them. I love collocation dictionaries and expanding my students' knowledge on how to sound more natural. It is most likely this will help. Wish me luck and all the best for the new EOI school year!!