Mary Glasgow’s Website as Tool for English, Spanish, French and German Language Learning

Mary Glasgow’s Website as a Didactical Tool for English, Spanish, French and German Language Learning

What is Mary Glasgow Plus?

Mary Glasgow’s website is as a didactical and pedagogical Tool for English, Spanish, French and German Language Learning. This week I explored Mary Glasgow Plus’s website which provides the teacher and the students with online didactical tools, material, syllabus, videos, magazine articles, audio, images, worksheets, outlines, news and a research tool resources alphabetically or topically organized.

Mary Glasgow website will definitely be helpful during my teaching experience in primary, secondary and college level as the levels are divided from novice to advanced.

How would I use Mary Glasgow Plus in the classroom? http://maryglasgowplus.com/

As I am firstly a Spanish teacher I could use my subscription for both English and Spanish. Each magazine is linked to the website activity, audio, worksheet and they come with CD audio that can contain songs, interview and real-life or authentic input.

For example if I want to have students working on an online recipe book I could use Mary Glasgow website to introduce and activity on healthy food and fruit and vegetable vocabulary. So for the vocabulary I could use these 2 activity sheets called:

“Fruit and vegetable

A worksheet to practise fruit and vegetable vocabulary and a food diary for recording what fruit and vegetables you eat in a week.

• This resource is for subscribers only

•Vocabulary

•Elementary (A1) and Pre-intermediate (A2)

Health Vocabulary

An activity for practising vocabulary related to staying healthy.

• This resource is for subscribers only

•Vocabulary

•Elementary (A1)

Then, I could use the activity “you are what you eat” to have them become more conscious about the fact that choosing a recipe is directly linked to choosing to be healthy” (1)

Afterwards, I would use the Mary Glasgow videos instead of the YouTube videos as they are already conceived for a determined group of age and proficiency level.“The videos are modern and well done and my students enjoy them and are not frustrated because the language level is overly difficult. The transcripts are very useful to support the viewing activities as well as creating assessments for the viewing activities.”

As for example there is a video called: Culture Crew: Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day. So I could use it to have student use the same roles of chief and head chief, learn the steps of a recipe presentation and learn how to use the specific vocabulary with respect to nutrition and cooking.

Furthermore, I also would use Mary Glasgow for all the special event of the year as they have cultural video and visual /didactic activity that wakes the student’s imagination up and have him understand other culture and customs by studying the beliefs and social imagination and symbols linked to any holydays. It is true that “Mary Glasgow resources are fantastic to complement your lessons and to engage your students about current topics” (3).  For example it is a good resource to better understand the Halloween in USA (more superficial) ,  the Day of the Death in Mexico  (more spiritual and religious) and the Danse of the Death ( in the Medieval History).

What is my opinion about Mary Glasgow’s Plus?

I definitely think that Mary Glasgow is pertinent to approach the development of literacy skills in English as a second language. I thing that the visual and audio aids provided on their website is fruitful to trigger the pupil imagination and interest as well as to engage the student in an authentic learning situation.

What do I like the most about Mary Glasgow? The authentic and interactive material.

For the teacher one the great feature is the access to an online folder or classification of material: “I also love that I can save my materials into my online dossier for easy access. The site is extremely user-friendly!”

Mary Glasgow even offer to subscribe for the online magazine for 15 pounds a year. The book is a part of the scholastic publisher and distributor. “Mary Glasgow Magazines have been established for 50 years. The English magazines are graded as follows: Click = Beginner level English (A1),Crown = Pre-intermediate level English (A2), Team = Intermediate level English (B1) , Club = Upper-Intermadiate level English(B1/B2), Current = Advanced level English (B2/C1).The magazines contain information on current and contemporary issues, as well as games for interactive learning. They also provide magazines for French, German and Spanish learners; see our ‘pml resources’ section for more information”

“There are 4 issues per year, plus 2 multi-format CDs. Each issue contains 12 pages of full-colour A4, plus a black and white 4-page pull-out section (called the ‘Language Passport’) to store vocabulary. Each issue comes with Teachers’ Notes along with transcripts of the CD” (2)

Mary Glasgow website will definitely be helpful during my teaching experience in primary, secondary and college level as the levels are divided from novice to advanced.

How would I use Mary Glasgow Plus in the classroom? http://maryglasgowplus.com/

As I am firstly a Spanish teacher I could use my subscription for both English and Spanish. Each magazine is linked to the website activity, audio, worksheet and they come with CD audio that can contain songs, interview and real-life or authentic input.

For example if I want to have students working on an online recipe book I could use Mary Glasgow website to introduce and activity on healthy food and fruit and vegetable vocabulary. So for the vocabulary I could use these 2 activity sheets called:

“Fruit and vegetable A worksheet to practise fruit and vegetable vocabulary and a food diary for recording what fruit and vegetables you eat in a week.

• This resource is for subscribers only

•Vocabulary

•Elementary (A1) and Pre-intermediate (A2)

Health Vocabulary

An activity for practising vocabulary related to staying healthy.

• This resource is for subscribers only

•Vocabulary

•Elementary (A1)

Then, I could use the activity “you are what you eat” to have them become more conscious about the fact that choosing a recipe is directly linked to choosing to be healthy”

Afterwards, I would use the Mary Glasgow videos instead of the YouTube videos as they are already conceived for a determined group of age and proficiency level.“The videos are modern and well done and my students enjoy them and are not frustrated because the language level is overly difficult. The transcripts are very useful to support the viewing activities as well as creating assessments for the viewing activities.”

As for example there is a video called: Culture Crew: Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day. So I could use it to have student use the same roles of chief and head chief, learn the steps of a recipe presentation and learn how to use the specific vocabulary with respect to nutrition and cooking.

Furthermore, I also would use Mary Glasgow for all the special event of the year as they have cultural video and visual /didactic activity that wakes the student’s imagination up and have him understand other culture and customs by studying the beliefs and social imagination and symbols linked to any holydays. It is true that “Mary Glasgow resources are fantastic to complement your lessons and to engage your students about current topics” (3).  For example it is a good resource to better understand the Halloween in USA (more superficial) ,  the Day of the Death in Mexico  (more spiritual and religious) and the Danse of the Death ( in the Medieval History).

What is my opinion about Mary Glasgow’s Plus?

I definitely think that Mary Glasgow is pertinent to approach the development of literacy skills in English as a second language. I thing that the visual and audio aids provided on their website is fruitful to trigger the pupil imagination and interest as well as to engage the student in an authentic learning situation.

What do I like the most about Mary Glasgow? The authentic and interactive material.

For the teacher one the great feature is the access to an online folder or classification of material: I also love that I can save my materials into my online dossier for easy access. The site is extremely user-friendly!

Mary Glasgow even offer to subscribe for the online magazine for 15 pounds a year. The book is a part of the scholastic publisher and distributor. “Mary Glasgow Magazines have been established for 50 years. The English magazines are graded as follows: Click = Beginner level English (A1),Crown = Pre-intermediate level English (A2), Team = Intermediate level English (B1) , Club = Upper-Intermadiate level English(B1/B2), Current = Advanced level English (B2/C1).The magazines contain information on current and contemporary issues, as well as games for interactive learning. They also provide magazines for French, German and Spanish learners; see our ‘pml resources’ section for more information”

“There are 4 issues per year, plus 2 multi-format CDs. Each issue contains 12 pages of full-colour A4, plus a black and white 4-page pull-out section (called the ‘Language Passport’) to store vocabulary. Each issue comes with Teachers’ Notes along with transcripts of the CD”

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