Monday, 27 October 2014

Natural History Museum, online

Our first online journey this school year let the students discover about a very beautiful place of interest in London, the Natural History Museum. A few exercises were designed so that they could browse the Museum's website in order to find out key information about how to get there and opening times; about its history and architecture; and about its exhibits

Choosing the right answers; true or false statements; answering questions and matching items in two columns were the tasks that the pupils had to perform. The activity allowed them to improve their reading and writing skills, to learn a lot of new words and phrases, and to develop their ability to browse English webpages. 

Finally, the students described the picture above, which depicts Undergrounding London's mascot, Uly, in front of the Museum's building, also known as the Waterhouse building after Alfred Waterhouse, the young architect from Liverpool who designed it.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Mind Mapping London 2

The 1st workshop within the project Workshop Undergrounding London is Introducing London. The students at 4th year ESO find out lots of interesting facts about the capital city of the UK while doing a wide range of activities, from a starting quiz on the city to planning a young couple's honeymoon trip in London.

For the second year in a row the students have also worked in teams in order to make mind maps on London. They have used several resources to visually outline all kinds of ideas on the city. 

First the pupils placed its topic in the centre of the map -the name of the city, a picture which identifies it, or both-. Then, they drew branches off the topic, each one displaying a main idea, in a different colour and with its own visual representation. Finally, every main branch expanded in sub-branches, adding more ideas and concepts to the mind map.

Once the mind maps were finished the students presented them in class: they did not only speak about London but also told their classmates how their maps had been created and what resources they had chosen to make them.

Browse our Flicker page for a few pics of the mind maps in progress and complete. I'm sure you will like them!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Our friend Pilar Torres

Workshop Undergrounding London is so lucky to have wonderful friends across Spain and in England alike. Current and old students; teachers and teacher trainers; curators and other museum staff; or traditional and graphic artists, they are all lovely people whom we have met and shared with nice journeys towards new and better ELT approaches. And we just love posting on these friends. The post today is meant to be a name day greeting to Pilar Torres, one of our best friends.

We met Pilar in April 2012 when our workshop was invited to hold a session at CETA English Teaching Conference at the University of Córdoba. She was then working at Córdoba's CEP Luisa Revuelta, successfully leading all kinds of activities aimed at improving the level of language classes and teaching. Pilar has kept in touch ever since: her views and encouragement always fostering our vision and projects.

After 8 years at Córdoba's CEP Pilar is now back in the classroom: an English teacher at Ángel de Saavedra High School in Córdoba. We are sure she is doing a wonderful job, helping her students develop all learning skills into their best. Just like the motto on her blog reads, sometimes teaching, always learning, Pilar is an evolving teacher whose style we should definitely all follow.

Pilar, we hope you have a wonderful day with your family and close friends. Happy Name Day from Workshop Undergrounding London!