Recursos Digitales

This space is being created for English teachers to find resources for personal and professional growth in the field. Teachers may get tips to improve their linguistic competences, read digital magazines, articles, as well as material to be used in class. Topics are varied and teachers will select the information they find useful according to their interests and needs. 

English teachers are welcome to suggest, via email, sites and links they consider would benefit other colleagues. Let´s get started sharing!

 

List of Resources on line. Find the corresponding links in the table of contents below.

TCU-501 UCR

Busy Teacher

UsingEnglish.com

The ILE Post Monthly Magazine

Resource Site for Primary School New Syllabus

Resourse site for Eighth Grade New Syllabus

Resource Site for Seventh Grade New Syllabus

Cyberlab Teens

Video: Explanation of Body Idioms

Webs and Apps to Learn English

Speaking Activity: Ask-Answer-Add

Video: Sounding like a Native

TED-Talk: "Every Kid Needs a Champion"

eslpod.com

Movie Segments to Assess grammar Goals

Learn English with Songs

Pronunciation: /ə/

Type Description Link
TCU-501 Universidad de Costa Rica
This is the site of TCU-University of Costa Rica, whose puerpose is to design didactic materials and activities to support the teaching and learning of English in public schools.
You will find:
  • Image gallery
  • Activities and handouts for the different units in first and second cycle.
  • Worsheets
  • Audios (short stories, Costa Rican legends)
  • Apps
  • Games and activities
  • Boardgames
  • domino maker
  • Oral activities
  • useful websites for teachers
  • And much more

Busy Teacher

This site offers thousand of  free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English. It also includes articles on how to teach the different skills, warmers and flashcards. It has different filters to find the information.

Using English.com

UsingEnglish.com  is a general English language site specialising in English as a Second Language. It hosts a large collection of tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics, covering the full spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.
The ILE Post
Monthly Magazine
The ILE MAgazine is a great teaching resource designed with the contribution and edition of Professors from the English major of Universidad Tecnica Nacional. This electronic newsletter keeps the university community informed of activities, events, original articles, news, bulletin boards, entertainment, history and more within our Costa Rican context. It enhances the learning and teaching of the language since students and teachers may benefit from it.
Resource Site for Primary school
New Syllabus

This site offers pedagogical resources to enrich the implementation of the new English curriculum in elementary school. It includes videos and audio material to complement the development of all the units in first and second grades.

Resource Site for Eighth Grade
New Syllabus

 

This is a site to help teacher develop learning environments in their classroom, in the context of the new syllabus. There are useful videos with their scripts for phonology. Furthermore, there are audios with their scripts for the differente units.  In order to make your lesson more interesting, motivating and enjoying, you may use the supplementary material section. 
Resource Site for Seventh Grade
New Syllabus

 

If you are teaching seventh grade with the new syllabus, here you will find a kit of resources to use with your students. You will find videos for phonology and audios with their corresponding scripts.

Cyberlab Teens

This website was developed by Dr. Allen Quesada Pacheco, UCR, to practice reading comprehension skills and MEP bachillerato test. It is suitable for high school students who are in tenth and eleventh grades at MEP. It is intended to help students with reading comprehension, vocabulary exercises, and reading strategy exercises.

A major strength of the software is the integration of skills, into the practicing and the learning of reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and English grammar.

 
There are lots of of Reading, Listening and Speaking exercises such as
*Multiple choice
*Fill-in the blanks
*Drag and drop
*Matching
*Listen and speak
*Sequencing
*True-false
*Read and write
*Vocabulary acquisition
*Reading comprehension skills
*Games
Video: Explanation of body idioms This is a video explaining the meaning of six body idioms in English.

Webs and Apps to learn English

These are son Apps and websites, most of them free, to improve grammar and vocabulary.

Speaking Activity:

Ask-Answer-Add

This is a speaking activity to help learners maintain a natural conversation. It works for different levels and it doesn´t require any resources in class.
Video: Sounding like a native In this video, you will be given  some tips on how to sound like a native speaker as well as how to understand what you hear by breaking down expressions into their individual word and sound.

TED Talk

"Every Kid Needs a Champion"
An inspirational talk.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Website:

eslpod.com

On this Web site, you may find hundreds of podcads related to English learning. They are classified according to several themes. It addreses many different topics and explains phrases and vocabulary. It is very useful for teachers and students. Teachers may use it to support their lessons, or they can use it to improve their linguistic competence.

Use of videos:

Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals

 

It contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans and printable worksheets with answer key for each activity. New activities are posted regularly. Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating.

Songs:

Learn English with Songs.

 

Practise your English listening skills and improve your pronunciation with fun song quizzes!

Pronunciation:

 /ə/

 

Remember how to pronounce the schwa in unstressed syllables
     
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