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ESL (English as a Second Language)

In this section you will find different resources related to ESL, English as a Second Language.

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Hello everybody!

Today I would like to share with you this listening comprehension activity that I have created for my ESL students, level B2 (advanced). We are studying a unit that deals with the way the brain Works and the learning processes, so I figured out watching an interesting video on the topic would be perfect.

The video TED Talk "You can grow new brain cells" by Sandrine Thuret, which you can find in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_tjKYvEziI , deals with neurogenesis, the process by which neuro cells are generated. In the printable you will find two activities: one about elements which increase or decrease neurogenesis, and another about the aspects that help produce neuro cells.

I do the activity before watching the TED Talk for three reasons: to know how familiar my students are with the topic, to raise their interest and to help my students scan for some specific information while we watch the video.

I hope you find it useful and interesting !!





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Learn how to write great writings and essays in 5 easy steps with this video that has been very useful for my students that are learning English. Whatever your level of English is, here you will find 5 clues to lead you to wonderful writings.


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In English we basically use the simple present to talk about habits, universal truths, true in the present or routines and for future timetables ... quite easy, isn't it ?

Hope you find it useful and always have fun!!



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Hello everybody!!

The order of adjectives in English is very strict and precise. Here you have a grid with the things you have to take into account when deciding on the order of two or three adjectives you want to use for a single noun. Basically the idea is that the more precise the adjective is, the closer it will be to the noun, and the more generic it is, the farther it will be placed.

But in practical terms, this rule is very difficult to apply when putting our English into practice, so I think it is better that use this grid where adjectives are organized according to the meaning they provide.

Hope you like it and always... have fun with English!!





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English Proverb Game: Cut, Search and Glue

This is an activity that my students love to learn proverbs in context:

First they have to match the proverb, with the right definition and the photograph.

Secondly, all the class shares their answers and we make sure everybody has understood the meaning of the proverb.

Thirdly, the teacher shows the students the flashcard and students remember the proverb it refered to.

Finally, a speaking activity is generated in small groups with questions related to proverbs and everyday life.

This pack includes the following elements:
1- Proverbs
4-Speaking activity
5- Flashcards with bigger images
6- Answer keys

PS Sometimes I prefer to cut it out myself, laminate it and put everything in an envelope so that they just search for the right option... every teacher works in a different way !!




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Learn about the old British tradition of butlers with this informative video !!




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Happiness Speaking Flashcards

Talking about happiness is something all of us enjoy talking, that is why I designed these two flashcards to discuss about this topic in pairs first, and later share with the rest of the classroom.

Here you have them so that you can have also a good time with your students / fellow mates.

Enjoy !!





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Animal Similes 




Many of the most common similes compare people to animals. Fill in the blanks with the animal most commonly used for that simile. It is not always obvious!


dog, bee, ox, mouse, lamb, mule, bat, snail, eel, lark, bunny, owl


(1) I can’t talk right now. I’m as busy as a ________________.


(2) I couldn’t grab it. It’s as slippery as an ________________.


(3) Look at her go! She’s as quick as a ________________.


(4) He can’t see a thing. He’s as blind as a ________________.


(5) She’ll know the answer.  She’s as wise as an ________________.


(6) She’s in good spirits today. She’s as happy as a ________________.


(7) This computer is terrible. It’s as slow as a ________________.


(8) He’ll never change his mind. He’s as stubborn as a ______________.


(9) Don’t worry about him. He’s as gentle as a ________________.


(10) I can’t hear you. You are as quiet as a ________________.


(11) Get him to lift it. He’s as strong as an ________________.


(12) I can’t go to school today. I’m as sick as a ________________.


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The 4As of the Audience


What do you think are the most essential elements for people speaking in front of any audience ? Here you have the 4As of the Audience !!


Allow the speaker to perform his or her speaking / lectura by keeping quiet and still so that not only you but all the audience can stay focus and appreciate everything that is been said.


Attend with all your senses. Keep your eyes and ears on the performers.


Appreciate speaking in front of any group isn't easy at all, so notice all the skills, efforts and previous preparation required to be in fron of the audience.


Applaud and clap your hands to show how much you have enjoyed it !!


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