December 2009 – Page 2 – ¡Vámonos!

Month: December 2009

Navidades Wallwisher

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Had a little play around again with Wallwisher and made a wall of Christmas songs in Spanish and Catalan.

Feel free to add your own! Comments, information, ideas etc also welcome!
PS – I know the subtitle says ‘Spanish speaking Christmas’ and a few Catalan carols popped in – I do know!!!

A lovely Christmas song, written by José Luis Perales and performed here by Los Toribianitos, and today brought to my attention by one of my online friends, Francisco Meza in Perú.

The lyrics are below (courtesy of if you’d like to sing along.

Mientras haya en la tierra un niño feliz 
mientras haya una hoguera para compartir 
mientras haya unas manos que trabajen en paz 
mientras haya una estrella, habrá Navidad.  

Mientras haya unos labios que hablen de amor 
mientras haya unas manos cuidando una flor 
mientras haya un futuro hacia donde ir, 
mientras haya ternura, habrá Navidad  

Mientras haya un vencido, dispuesto a olvidar 
mientras haya un caído a quien levantar 
mientras haya una guerra y se duerma un cañón 
mientras cure un herido, habrá Navidad

Fuente: musica.comLetra añadida por el bruno

José Luis Perales

Yo ? Pocoyo

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Given my love of Pocoyo and the imminent festivities, I just had to share this clip with you.


Here’s a lovely Spanish carol I’ve found on Teachertube. it’s originally from the LCF site Babelzone which is a (very reasonably priced I have to say) subscription site, but there are a number of their resources shared on Teachertube too.

and for the French teachers amongst you, here’s an alternative version of the Twelve Days of Christmas in French.

I’m helping the producers of the BBC schools website a bit this week, giving them some suggestions about their Primary French and Spanish pages.

If you haven’t seen them, there are animated characters to help you speak the language, games to practice the vocabulary in each section, and some interesting fact files about the countries, traditions, festivals etc. The sites are quite different in layout and content. for examples, the French site has two sections, 1 and 2 and is hosted by Roller. The Spanish site looks more minimal at first glance but has some interesting sections, not just on vocabulary.
Have a look and let me know what you think –
Which do you prefer?
Do you like the site(s)?
What is your favourite bit?
Wat doesn’t work for you?
What would you like added?
what would be most helpful to you?
which resources are most appealing to you – games, activities, worksheets, quizzes, songs, factfiles, sound files, flashcards, grammar notes, video clips, world language clips??
Leave a comment below or tweet me @lisibo or contact me directly via my email.
Don;t miss your chance – if you dont ask, you don’t get!

Ideas for Christmas

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It’s that time of year again!

I thought I’d remind you of a couple of posts from last Christmas that are still relevant now – Firstly, some ideas of resources for Christmas.
Secondly, I’d like to reintroduce you to my friend, El pequeño petirrojo and introduce his French cousin, Le petit gorge rouge (see below)
Thirdly, some wonderful ideas about using The Snowman
And to highlight some ideas from elsewhere –
Alice Ayel has instructions on making a homemade nativity scene
Mark Purves has put together a quiz using Smartboard for French cultural information.
The BBC Primary Spanish site has a slideshow about events over the Christmas period in Spain.
A few ideas in this thread on the TES Forum and you can always check out resources in the TES Connect Resources area.
That should keep you going!
And a video to finish!


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Earlier today on Yahoo MFL Resources, Jane shared a Powerpoint presentation under the subject – Helping pupils be nice?

So I decided to do just that! I’ve made a couple of alterations and made it into an Animoto video by saving the slides as .jpg files, uploading them to Animoto as images, choosing some suitable music and leaving the rest to Animoto.
Hope you enjoy it and like the message xx

Sadly not as a Blue Peter presenter, but I have recently been involved in some work for the BBC World Class site.

As their website says –
BBC World Class is an initiative bringing the benefits of international school linking to schools across the UK.
World Class also encourages children and schools to get their stories on air and on line across the BBC.

Thanks to a recommendation from Liz Hitchcock of the British Council, I was asked to work with BBC World Class to come up with some resources to link a reading by Michael Morpurgo of his book, This morning I met a whale, to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit via a ‘Share a story’ activity. The idea was that two (or more) partner schools read the book and complete some activities that they can share with one another.

You can download a PDF of the activities and enjoy the beautiful pictures of the Thames and the whale.
I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Morpurgo’s beautifully written story, based on real events in January 2006 when a 15 ft northern bottle nosed whale was found swimming past the Houses of Parliament before getting stranded at Battersea Bridge and sadly dying before it could be returned to open water. In the story, the whale comes with a message for the children (because adults are hard hearted) to pass on the message that we need to look after the planet. A simple story with a powerful message.
Even if you haven’t got a partner school or even a class with whom to do the activities, I’d recommend the book as a good (very quick) read – for children and adults alike. And if you use the activities, well, let me know what you think. They’re not all my work – I just gave ideas, some of which haven’t been used – but I’m obviously interested in views as they have my name on them!!
Perhaps Blue Peter might come calling next…..

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