Friday, 29 August 2008


LOE in English

Balearic Island Curriculum

Primary English syllabus of the Balearic Islands

European Language Portfolio

I'm really fond of the European Language Portfolio proejctor ELP -PEL, as we say in Catalan or Spanish.

There is a lot to say about it and a load of information on the Internet. So, let's check some of the most interesting sites about it.

The ELP was born as a project to promote language learning throughout Europe.
ELP- Council of Europe

Then, each country has developed its own specific ELP student material.
ELP- Spain

One of the most important documents written about ELP is the ELP guide for teachers and teacher trainers by David Little and Radka Perclová.

In this site you can find all the main documents about ELP, the Recommendations of the Council of Europe and important essays on how to use it as a teacher.

Another site with lots of documents about ELP.

Daniel Cassany has also been researching the implementation and advantatges of ELP in our schools. Here you can see one of his ppt presentations about this topic.

Finally, it should be said that we ought to have started talking about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (Council of Europe, 2001). It is the main theoretical framenwork for all those people who are studying or learning a language. Therefore, the ELP has to be considered as part or at least as the practical part of all what the Common European Framework means.

Daniel Cassany

Daniel Cassany is probably one of the best authors in the world about teaching languages. His work is focused on teaching both a mother tongue and a second language, and is especially aimed at teaching writing skills.

He is also one of the best investigators in the European Language Portfolio.

Look at his web and enjoy learning how to teach languages. You will be able to apply any of his articles, books and research to your lessons.

You can start by reading a bit of his essays. For example, this on-line article about writing compositions.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Great paintings

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Great paintings video

Do you remember Sir Ken Robinson's speech? Do you agree with him? Do schools really kill children's creativity?

If you watch this video you'll see a great way of enhancing our children's creativity. Have you ever thought of integrating Art and paintings in your lessons? Have you ever thought about how a great painting could improve your teaching? In which subject of the Primary curriculum could you do a lesson like the one in the video? What aims would you have if you did a lesson like this one? What kind of activity would you ask your pupils to do?

Integrating ICT

Look at this video, in

Do you know what our schools are doing about ICT? Are we integrating ICT into all subjects of the curriculum? Are our Primary students learning ICT by using them in all lessons? Or, are they learning how to use ICT in specific subjects on ICT?

What do you think? Do you think that it is necessary to have a ICT as a subject? Or do you think, that using ICT in all subjects it is enough to learn how to use it too? Or, could be that both standpoints are complementary?