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Marc, Bárbara, Aina, Albert, Guillem, Arnau and me wish you Merry Christmas!

Following the instructions, the first grade students wanted to decorate the classroom painting the Christmas tree at the same time they learnt the Christmas decoration and reviewed the colors.

They are really hard-workers and good students, so I’m sure that the Three Wise Men will bring them lots of presents! 🙂

First of all, Happy New Year! 🙂

Then, let me introduce myself, so you know more about me and my experience with English and how it can be related to the English classes.

I’m Alba Esteban. I’m in the last year of my degree, I’m studying to be an English teacher. My hobbies are traveling and reading, learning a lot in terms of knowledge and experiences, but basically experiences.

During all this month, my first month, I had the opportunity to develop myself as an English teacher.  It’s a great experience which I’ve enjoyed a lot doing the sessions and preparing them. I’m sure that the children have enjoyed it too.

I’m satisfied with the really quick progress of the first grade students, it’s fantastic! They want to learn, they ask questions, they participate in all the activities in a really active way, and, the most important thing, they understand and produce English according to their level.

 

He who learns, teaches. – Ethiopian proverb

 

Christmas has arrived to Lockhart Academy.

We can see that from the very moment we stand outside the door to the academy. A nice little Santa welcomes us to a time of magic and fun.

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Last week we celebrated Halloween in Lockhart Academy!

We did a lot of wonderful activities, where they learned new vocabulary, but also we did arts and crafts!

First graders did an amazing broom with a stick and black paper!

They played with Mr.Cat and they learned a lot of scary things!

If you ask them for the pumpkin song… they will dance and sing it!

 

About third graders, we celebrated Halloween with a very nice party! Every one came with something to eat or drink! ( thank you all the parents!) Also they finished the halloween bags(You can see in the picture)

As you can see students came wearing scary costumes!

Our students in Lockhart Academy have learned a lot of things during the Halloween sessions, without books, without writting… HAVING FUN AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH!

AMAZING, ISN’T IT?

Yes, boys and girls, men and women… Halloween has arrived to Lockhart Academy.

Not only our students are doing arts & crafts about halloween, a lot of the activities deal with this yearly party. Rumours even say that next Tuesday there’s going to be a party and some of the learners are going to come dressed up in costumes! It’s going to be terrific! Read more

During the last two weeks in Lockhart Academy, our children have done two amazing Works!

I know they like arts and crafts, so we’ve done a lot of English, but using scissors, glue, cardboards, magazines…

With 1st graders, we were working fruits and vegetables, so now they know something about Arcimboldo; a special artist. His paintings are special because there are a lot of fruits and vegetables. At the beginning they had to find out some fruits and vegetables in a picture, this way they learn some of new vocabulary.After that they’ve started doing their own Arcimboldo face with magazines! Mr Cat gets angry sometimes because they want to play all the time, but when he is sleeping, they have to be quiet! Read more

We yesterday launched a new collaborative project with Servicios Lingüísticos Lockhart in Navarra. The project is called Lockhart Professional Immersion Courses (LPIC) and its aim is to do immersion courses oriented to professionals from very varied sectors.

We started the project with a web and with a facebook page. There is not too much information yet, but we will soon start updating it.

One of the first things we will include is a very appealing offer to make the most of the public examinations for teachers in La Rioja. We will offer a 3 weekend course, 90 on-site hours, with 30 on-line hours. In this training course we will train primary school English teachers so they can sit the exams with the best possible preparation.

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This week is a very important week for me, because I have done my first classes in Lockhart Academy and also my first classes as an English teacher! I have to say that it has been a very especial experience, I have enjoyed all sessions, children have had a lot of fun, and I think they are going to learn a lot!

Both sessions have been amazing, and we have done a lot of funny and active activities. I felt very happy doing the classes.

With 3rd graders; Pablo, Magí and Jaime we worked with the Magic Box. Inside this Magic Box, they drew their favorite animals. Also they learned and talked about things we usually do in summer.  One of their favorite games was “Iris says”, and we played twice during the first session. Another activity they really enjoyed was “The Magic Drawing”. In this activity they had to paint very quickly while they followed the instructions. This game works like a race, and they learned a lot of new vocabulary.

About 1rst graders (Albert, Aina, Jana, Maria, Ian, Rubén, Joan, Teo and Adrià): We worked and had fun with Mr. Cat. He is our pet, and really likes English. To start the class, they helped me find him: “Mr. Cat where are you?”.  We also did a mouse puppet, and then we used it with the gestures-story. One interesting activity is “The Magic Train”. During this activity, they are like a train, one behind the other, and they have to represent the animal the first one of the train says. This way they learn animal vocabulary, playing a funny game.

I’m sure they are going to learn a lot, but me too. The truth is that they are amazing and I’m very happy being their teacher. I have to say thank you to them, to the parents and also to Edward who gives me this especial and important opportunity.

Today I was lucky enough to attend the first class of the year for Lockhart Academy. In fact, it was also the first class for Iris with us!

It was a 2 hour session with the third graders. Only 3 out of 7 started now, but even so, it was a fantastic session full of fun and full of interesting activities.

Now I’m going to try and show you some of the examples of these activities:

In this picture, we can see the students working in their “Magic Box”. They were drawing their favourite animals inside the magic box.

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Today is a very special day for us. Not only we started the new year with our new teacher Iris, but we are also opening the new classrooms!

Further now you’ll be able to see some pictures of these classrooms. We hope you like them as much as we do.

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