Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

May you have the best of Christmas this year and all your dreams come true. Wish you lots of love, joy and happiness
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


TeensVoices! A collaborative Project

We have just started a collaborative project called "teensvoices" where students from different language levels are discussing and investigating several topics, such as: friends, entertainment, tv, celebrations, sports, eating habits, etc.
Students are participating actively in the wiki we have opened for the project.

We have chosen "teens voices" as the name of our project because we think that the best way of learning about teens around the world, is listening to different voices from different people, different countries and different cultures.

We would like to share this experience with students from different parts of the world. Students from all over the world are welcomed! If you are interested in participating send us an e-mail to challengeeducation@gmail.com


Pronunciation Workshop

First Certificate students have been attending a Pronunciation Workshop for two months.
Adriana Muñiz, a specialist in the field, gave students some pronunciation tips to help them improve their speaking skill.


"I think that the workshop that we had with Adriana was really very useful. She has taught us how to speak better and how to pronounce the words in their different uses. This was a different experience for me and I realise how important pronunciation is." Victoria

"I think that the workshop with Adriana was very useful because most of us speak with a Spanish tone, so with her help and her tips we could improve our pronunciation and also our tones. Now we are more carefull when reading and speaking and we try to do it with the best pronunciation." Anotnella

"I felt great in the workshop with Adriana. I think it helped us and we could improve our way of speaking. We learnt new words and a lot of things and now, we have a better idea of the intonation of sentences and questions." Eliana

"I think that the workshop we did with Adriana was really an interesting activity and helped us in many situations, for example, to "act" some dialogues really helped us to sound more natural when we have to express ourselves. We worked in groups all the time and it was really a good and interesting way of practising our speaking." Erica

"I felt really comfortable studying with Adriana, she is an excellent teacher. It was very useful for us to learn different tips for pronunciation and many other things we didn't know."

"For me the workshop was a really useful opportunity for us to improve our speaking because we could compare different intonations and the way we speak. She reminded me of the way British actresses speak." Juan Manuel


Young learners and their stories!

After reading "Lemons are not red", students created their own stories and assembled beautiful books to share with their friends.

Children enjoyed reading their stories aloud using voicethread in the class.

Would you like to listen to them?






"Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."


Mind Mapping

The web 2.0 offers many free mind mapping tools that are really very useful for:

* Organizing Ideas
* Summarizing information;
* Taking Notes;
* Consolidating information from different research sources;
* Thinking through complex problems;
* Presenting information;
* Storing and recalling information.

Tone Buzan believes mind mapping techniques are a powerful thinking tool and in the video he explains why.

We have been using mind mapping tools with students to summarize different texts and increase and consolidate contextualized vocabulary.
In this opportunity we decided to use Bubbl.us as it proved to be a very easy tool to use and it helped students experienced collaborative online editing.
"Mapping provides a learning framework in which all the areas of language skill, speaking, listening, reading and writing, can be used in meaningful ways." Robert Fisher.

Reference: Robert Fisher, Teaching Children to Learn, Nelson Thornes Ltd 1995


Stories for young learners

I learnt about Lookybook reading Lissa Harrison's blog.
Lookbook is a great place to discover and share beautiful stories.
Young learners loved this story and they enjoyed the artwork!!!

Tip: Click on the eyeballs of the embed to view a larger version.

Students and their teacher Karina are now creating their own stories!!!



Young learners recycled old boxes and other cardboard packaging. They had great and imaginative ideas to bring something old and used back to life.


Earth Day!

This is just a quick reminder about the upcoming Earth Day webcast on 22 April 2008.



April 22nd 2008 - Earth Day!

Earth Day is next Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008. It is time to celebrate, reflect, encourage action and promote environmental citizenship.

We want Earth Day to be everyday because our planet needs protection.
In order to develop a sense of environmental responsibility students at Challenge Education will get involved in many activities and projects.

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb


Spicing up your personal Profiles! Second Part

Here we have the first three comics created by students who accepted the challenge and introduced themselves using a web 2.0 tool.

Sabrina, Vanina and Patricio! Congratulations!

Description of Sabry from sabry on Comiqs

My Description from pachuu on Comiqs

My friend Vany from vany on Comiqs

And, of course, I also created my own comiq:

Introductions from saa on Comiqs


Spicing up your personal profile!

Over the past few days the School Network has been growing very fast and, as a student, you are now deciding the appearance of your personal page, choosing a photo, writing your personal profile and starting to communicate with your friends.

It is interesting to see how motivated and enthusiastic we all are. The Network is giving us another opportunity to use the language for real purposes and develop our spontaneous communication skills.

In the next weeks we will be analyzing different strategies to spice up our personal profiles.

One of the websites we will work on is "Comiqs" because it will let us turn photos into a sort of comic strip.

The idea is to create a comic strip with a funny introduction of yourself. In order to do this, you will have to choose some characters that will introduce you by telling us about your likes/dislikes, hobbies, any special skill, personal goals, topics you like talking about, etc.

Ready to accept this new challenge?


Welcome Back!

All courses are starting this week. We wish all students, teachers, parents and staff the best of luck on the beginning of the new academic year.

Challenge Education goes ONLINE!
Challenge Language School has a new place to interact. We have opened a social network on Ning, providing a place for members to share "ideas", debate, talk about themselves, show pictures and videos, participate in different interactive projects and enjoy learning English.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable and meaningful learning experience.
...working together to build community.


Learning new Vocabulary

Learning new vocabulary is always a great challenge for foreign language students that need a wide array of target language words to be able to communicate successfully.

Today, I want to show you a website that will help you expand your vocabulary knowledge.
Visuwords is one of my favourite web-based tools.

* It is is an online graphical dictionary that shows the relationships between words.
* It is a powerful tool that allows you to increase and enrich your vocabulary.
* It is a dictionary and a thesaurus!

How it works.
Type a word into the search space and see how the word is connected to other words!

Experience the site by yourself and tell us you opinion.


The Barbershop

Classes are just around the corner. Everybody is organizing the academic year.
But before we start, I wanted to share something with you.
Last year a student suggested that I should see a video called “The Barbershop”. He told me it was best heard with earphones and closed eyes. He was intriguing and I am very curious.
Imagine what I did as soon as I could... Yes, “youtube” and … “the barbershop”!!!

It was really impressive! Amazing! So realistic!
It was like I was in the room with the barber!

Check it out, you'll be amazed!
But please, remember to put you headphones on, turn the volume up, and last but not least, don’t forget to close your eyes!

Extremely life like three dimensional audio recording.

How is it recorded?
Dummy head recording (also known as artificial head or Kunstkopf) is a method used to make binaural recordings, It allows a listener wearing head phones to perceive the directionality and the room acoustics of single or multiple sources.

Do you know any other example of holophonics (3D audio recording) that you would like to share? Leave a comment with your suggestions!


Great News! KET - PET - FCE

Great News!
We have just received the results of the December Cambridge exams for KET, PET and FIRST CERTIFICATE.
Congratulations to all the students who have passed!
Jennifer Shirly, María Belén, Natalia, Gabriela, Miriam, Florencia, Karina, Rodrigo, Pablo, María Florencia, Alexis, Lucas, Jennifer Solange, Brenda, Daniela, Andrés, Vanina, Marilina.
We know you worked very hard and we are really very proud of you!

General English Certificates.

The Cambridge ESOL General English suite of exams has a wide choice of certificates reflecting the very different needs and abilities of people.
The certificates are recognized by universities, companies, and educational authorities in many countries around the world, and the exams are administered in more than 130 countries.

KET is Cambridge ESOL's exam which recognises the ability to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a basic level.

PET is an exam for people who can use everyday written and spoken English at an intermediate level. It covers all four language skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. Preparing for the exam is a popular way to develop and improve your language skills because it provides practical language practice in a variety of everyday work, study and leisure situations.

FCE is an exam for people who can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level. It is an ideal exam for people who want to use English for work or study purposes.

CAE is an exam for advanced users of English. This exam is aimed at people who can use written and spoken English for most professional and social purposes. It is widely recognised work or study purposes.

FCE and CAE have recently undergone a review and the examinations have been updated. The first session of the updated FCE and CAE exams will take place in December 2008.

English for the workplace - The Business English Certificates
The Business English Certificates(BEC) are internationally recognised qualifications that show to employers what skills the test taker has for using English in the workplace.
BEC is an ideal English language exam if you are preparing for a career in business. There are three different levels of BEC: BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage and BEC Higher.


Still on summer holidays?

Most of you are still on summer holidays! That’s great.

Are you familiar with the TV Serie “Lost”? We are sure you are!
Do you like it? Do you have a favourite character? Do you have your own theory?

Lost is a serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Each episode typically features a primary storyline on the island as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character's life.

Here is a selection of songs that have been featured on the first three seasons.

The fourth season of Lost began airing on Thursday, January 31, 2008. For those who want a very short summary of the previous three seasons, here is an 8.15 minute video.

We found several interesting sites that we want to share with you:

Characters’ connections.

Who is your favourite character? How is he/she connected to other characters?
Discover it visiting this interactive place.

Find 815 – Interactive Story.
Sam’s fiancé was abroad Flight 815. When he sets out to find answers, Sam is taken to a place he never imagined.
Complete these puzzles and join in the search for missing Oceanic Flight 815. If successful you'll be able to access exclusive LOST Season 4 clues on FIND815.COM where you can join Sam Thomas on his quest for answers.

Do You love Video Games?
If you are ready to survive the island and find your way home, visit this site and download the game. (release date: February 2008)

Your theory.
Does everything happen for a reason? What's happening to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815? Who are the Others? What is the Island and where is everybody?

Think you've got it figured out? Share your theories here, rate those of other fans and see how yours measure up.
What's your theory?

Why don’t you leave us a comment and tell us if you like “Lost” and why?
If you find an interesting related site let us know!