Class Diary 3ºC (B1)

Tercero is an Intermediate EFL course. The Common European Framework of Reference for the Teaching and the Learning of Languages (CEFR for short) calls this level a B1 level. Intermediate EOI students take a Final Exam at the end of the course (PUC, Prueba Unificada de Certificación), in June, which certifies they have reached the intermediate or B1 level in their use of the language.
About this lesson plan: The plans will necessarily change, depending on our actual (=real) work in class. If you work on your English at home, we’ll manage to comply with this initial plan, or at least you will have learned/learnt English, but if you don’t work at home, it’ll be impossible plus you won’t have learned/learnt English! It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish the textbook, if we’ve been speaking and listening and learning! Anyway, I’ll try to skip things if we need more time for speaking activities, which are our priority! SO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE DIARY (IN BLACK) INSTEAD OF THE LESSON PLAN (IN GREY) IF YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING. Just be clear about our priorities: at home weekly monsbased on textbook audios, + extra audio work with TV series and audiobook and movies/films; monthly writing to learn about different kinds of texts; and then as much as you can of doing stuff in the textbook.  In class: doing speaking and listening activities and Small Groups checking Readings and Grammar.

Last Writings: Deadline for Complaint, last week in April, deadline for last Writing but you can also hand in the last writing in the textbook (this is, the two last), mid-May.

On May 5, 7, 12, 13, students will have the chance to register for the Speaking Exam. People who do not register will be summoned as usual.

May 5 on (next week): we agreed people would finish 8A  (the Reading) and then that they would take the Reading test I designed last February, after printing the 6 pages, which include the Listening test. But we agreed we would take the listening test in class on May 7th. So remember to print the test and do the Reading Test!!! LISTENING TO ENGLISH EVERY DAY: If you have extra time, please use the textbook recordings of the Practical English sections we have already finished, or any other recording you find interesting to learn to speak. Remember you can also listen and read (the transcript) while underlining Useful Language for your conversations!

  • February (remember you should be starting unit 5 and practicing your speaking based on the textbook audios)

Over the weekend: please read the Guide for students, on Certificate Exams, so you can bring your questions to class next week.

Monday Jan 27: Fire Drill! (done!) Deadline for your Writing Assignment (you can hand in next day if you didn’t today). We finished unit 4, so your homework is the Revise&Check + the Reading comprehension in the following page. Don’t do the listening exercise, we’ll do it in class. Practice speaking by listening and repeating to the language in your audios, and also here: Audios for your conversations (dials)

Monday Jan 20: We had a timed dialogue, and did the Reading on pages 36 and 37. Language items: phone language and reviewing nationalities/languages, the use of tenses and modals. Banned language, too. Homework: for next day, you should be good at speaking the language in 2.41, 2.47, and you should read and do p. 139. More: list three polite things in Spain. For the weekend: your dialogues and do pages 40 and 42.

Wednesday Jan 15:  We did the listening activity 2.40 + transcript and practiced conversations on learning experiences, including past experiences and tips for learning. Homework for the rest of the week including the weekend: listen to your audios (esp. 2.40, pick one story to learn by ear by heart!), practice a 3-minute monologue on learning experiences, and do in 4B, page 38, ex 1 a, b, c + Grammar Bank 4B. Deadline extended for your Writing, to Jan 27th. Bring your questions about this.

Monday Jan 13: Announcements: school name + fire drill. 4A: We checked people’s answers to exercises in 4A (3 pages + Gr Bank) and people practiced mons and dials on learning experiences for next day. Homework: speaking activities based in 4A. I announced the January Writing: a Review in 175-200 words (45 minutes, with a Before and an After, at home). It can be on a movie, a book, a place you like. Deadline Jan 20.

Wed. Jan. 8, 2014: About our 2nd half of the course together. I explained the grammar in 4A.

Monday, Dec 16: we worked on Speaking using the Practical English audios in unit 3, reviewed -ed/-ing adjectives, and a few more language points, and then I explained relative clauses (unit 10). Next day people will tell us the Useful Language they collected from the audios in Practical English: Giving opinions, A surprise for Kerri, and they’ll do dialogues where they give opinions comparing this town to a big city. We’ll also listen to the people who prepared the Audiobook Project, and to the people who worked on monologues!

Next Monday Dec 2: In pairs, people practiced timed dialogues on gender issues, as planned, then we checked the Grammar Bank 3B and we did the listening 2.15  + 7 Speaking, on pages 26-27 Dangerous Driving. Next day (Dec 11) we’ll do the Practical English section and listen to dialogues and mons on Dangerous Driving.
THERE WON’T BE A LESSON ON WED. DEC 4 and DEC 9 is a holiday, SO PLEASE USE THIS TIME TO LISTEN TO ENGLISH AND PRACTICE SPEAKING. You can review all the previous lesson or do this pending work: listen to audio 2.15 and do speaking activity on p. 27, to learn to speak about Dangerous Driving, and then come to class and do the monologue on this, or send it by email. On Wednesday Dec 11 we’ll listen to you and start unit 4.

For Wednesday: need to check Gr Bank 3B, listen to dials and mons on gender issues, do the speaking on page 31, and start preparing the mon on dangerous driving (page 27)

Homework for this week: Mon Nov 25-Thurs Nov 28: Do the complete page 30

Wednesday, November 20: We practiced/practised mons or dials to review units 1 and 2 and then we started unit 3 but most people had not done their homework, so I used the audios in the second page to teach “get on/off” and “get in/out-off” in different means of transport(ation). I also presented the main grammar point in 3A: comparatives. Then people did the communication exercise and finally we read those sentences and did some funcional translation, as applied to Fuengirola! Oh, we also learned/learnt to explain cultural information like “sitiazo”. Next week‘s dialog(ue) is the communication exercise, so prepare it so you can do it with different people in class. Prepare also a monolog(ue) based on the unit audios. Finally, make sure you’ve done the first exercise in the third page of unit 3A and its Grammar Bank.

Next week: I forgot C-Day! + READ ME!: Dear Tercero C

Wednesday, Nov 20: Your oral work – mons and dials. + Starting unit 3. If you did your Reading hmwk (pages 24 – 25), checking ex. c on p. 25 and answering your questions. Then we’ll prepare the Mon. Dangerous Driving: If time allows, we’ll do audio 2.15 adn then go through the Speaking exercise on p. 27.

Monday, Nov 18: Your oral work – mons and dials. + C-Day (bring your list of mistakes and your writing!). Homework: unit 3 pages 24 – 25, ex. c on p. 25

Wednesday, November 13: C-Day: your List of Mistakes and questions. Doing R&C page 23 in class and check it: a Reading Comprehension Technique. Collecting your Assessment Sheets for units 1&2. Doing Can you SAY THIS…? / audios 2.9 and 2.10 and preparing the Speaking exercise: Communication – Dialogue with Tourists, so you can work at home, too. Homework: the Reading on pages 24, 25. MOST IMPORTANTLY: You should also catch up with your oral work and practice dialogues and/or monologues! (I’ll soon ask you to do some dials in class! – Unit 3 Oral Work: The Tourist Dialogue, the Dangerous Driving Monologue, for instance)

  • speaking exams (moved to December)

Monday, November 11: We check pending exercises and I answer your questions. We checked R&C p. 22. You fill in your TerceroSelfAssessment1&2. (Remember to make a copy of it to hand it in on Wednesday, so I can see and give you feedback.) Mons/Dials, if time allows. If not, remember to volunteer any day! Homework: Start Unit 3: Please, read the story on pages 24 and 25 and answer the questions in execise c, on p. 25. [We’ll start next day with the audios 2.9 and 2.10 and the Speaking exercise: Communication – Tourists.] Also, work on your List of Mistakes for C-Day next day. Bring your questions.

Wednesday, November 6: We doublechecked Gr. Bank 2b and reviewed the uses of the Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous. We reviewed some typical questions in these tenses, using the Speaking exercise on p. 19. Small groups checked pages 20 & 21 (exercise 5 and 6) but instead of questions on this we checked the letter on page 114. We had no Monologues or Dialogues but please remember that you can always volunteer to do that in class! I gave back most Writings so that people can work on their LoM for CD next week. Homework: page 22 of the Revise and Check 1&2 (20 minutes). Don’t do page 23, because we’ll do that in class. + Practice your mons and dials! (Wed, Thurs, Frid, weekend) [[+ do the 4 Grammar exercise on page 26 + its Grammar Bank 3A (Sunday evening!)]]

Monday, November 4: We had three mons! Great! Listening 1.45 and 1.46. Small Groups check p. 19, the Grammar Bank 2B (and if time allows, the page I’ll be skipping: p.17, if you did it — I can also write the answers on the whiteboard). Dialogues based on p. 19 (and again page 16, to consolidate). Meanwhile, people come to me to tell me their mons and dials. Homework: pages 20 & 21, please + listenings to be able to improvise dialogs.

Wednesday, October 30: Mons and dials but there was just one. People promised they would do mons (e.g., based on audio 1.40) and dialogs (e.g., based on audio 1.41) next week. We did page 16 and we checked the Grammar Bank 2A. (Did you see this new Page: GRAMMAR ORAL Practice? It’s got audios and grammar, to help you consolidate). Homework: DON’T DO 1.45, 1.46 (page 18). Do complete page 19 (yes, practice the Speaking at home before you practice in class with a classmate) and Grammar Bank 2B. Listen and listen to (at least) audios 1.40 and 1.41.

Monday, October 28: Deadline for Writing. No monologs, but we practiced responding to comments in dialogs. Listenings on page 13 + speaking Communication (back pages) + do together in class audio 1.40. Reading aloud page 15 and half of the vocabulary bank on Money. Homework: do pages 16 & 17 including back page: Grammar Bank 2A. Monologue: spender or saver? audio 1.40.

Wednesday, October 23: I explained the Writing Process in the month and at home for each student. We listened to two wonderful monologs on Family and Personality. Finally, we worked on the Listenings on page 12 in Practical English. Homework you can be working on this week: 2A = page 15 except audio 1.40 + pages 16 & 17 + back pages. Monologue on audio 1.27 and learning by ear by heart audio 1.30. If you didn’t hand in your Writing you can hand it in next day.

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Monday, October 21: Small Groups check the Grammar Banks. + Plenary for questions and doublechecking. We do listening 1.16. Small Groups check the Reading on page 10. We work on List of Useful Classroom Language. Next day: don’t do Practical English, please, skip it! You should’ve prepared a monolog, so practice it till it’s perfect! and say it in class next day or send it in. Start 2A for next week. It’s 4 pages + any back pages. Don’t do listening 1.40.

Wednesday, October 9: people elected their Students’ Reps! We had some stories about the weekend. I gave out a handout with the info on Writing Assignments that you can find here on Your Writing File. Then we did the Reading on the second page in 1A to practice pronunciation and intonation, like you should be doing with your Audiobook! And then we worked on the listenings on the next page, plus the Speaking activity, by Listening and Repeating it all, so that people can be good at conversations on Food and Cooking. We didn’t have enough time for Small Groups to check the Grammar and Vocabulary banks, but we’ll do that next day. Most importantly, as homework, you should practice Questions and Answers about food and cooking (with your audios and by reading aloud) and have a look at the two first pages of 1B, plus then do the Reading in the next 1 and a half pages. Try to find time to practice a 2-minute or 3-minute monolog(ue) on food and cooking, and your eating out habits.

  • Two messages posted and linked from Your Writing File. Please, read if you are missing a lesson.

Wednesday, October 2: we didn’t have time to chose /chus/ the Students’ Reps, so we’ll do that next Wednesday, as Monday is a holiday. I explained the Self-assessment sheet for October (see below) and we started unit 1. We worked on page 4, including audio 1.6, and the Vocabulary Bank. Because Monday is a holiday your homework is: do everything in 1A + back pages (read the Speaking exercise, you’ll do them in class with your classmates and you’ll be better if you read them aloud at home first), except the listening activities on page 6. Remember to learn by ear audio 1.6! (method: listen a few times, then listen and repeat, then listen while reading transcript, then listen again and then say it all!) Have a lovely weel till we meet again!

Monday, September 30: we listened to some adorable people sharing lines and stories, we finally managed to do the Spelling and Number handout, and while having a look at our textbook, I explained the sections and the methodology we would follow, or how we will work in each lesson. Next day: you need to get familiar with your textbook materials, and at least read the 3 first pages. Don’t do the listenings (I will explain the underlining technique for listening exercises), but do the Reading and Grammar exercises.

Wednesday, September 25: We practiced / practised spelling. We were reviewing Questions for people we don’t know and explaining things as they came up: the difference in use between What do you do? and What are you doing? The difference between I’m wearing (sun) glasses, and I wear glasses. Write it down / Spell it. To make sb a question. What’s the day/date? (listen and repeat) The use of Say (sth) and Tell (sb) – and avoid using Say to sb this year. We reviewed Giving Directions: Where’s …? How can I get to…? Can you tell me the way to…? Go straight on, turn left, take the second on your rightOpposite / In front of. Go to sleep / Go to bed. Go to bed/prison/hospital/school/market/church… / Go to the bed/prison/hospital/school/market/church…. I recommended people to listen to Everyday Language episode 1 to see what I mean when I say they should fish language (lines) from watching the TV series. Some people brought their copies of Friends, btw. Homework: listen to English! And share what you learn in class next day!

Monday, September 23: Most people have the new textbook, so we arranged to start learning about how to use it next Monday. We talked about people’s listening activities in previous /prívies/ days. Unfortunately, too many people did NOT listen to English every day for a minimum of 15 mintues, which is bad for their English. Luckily a few did! Some people listened to the Spelling episodes on the Talking People Podcast, and learned/learnt to spell! Others listened to some other episodes on this podcast. We talked about Friends, too. I explained they should watch episode 1 of season 1 at least once a week (20 minutes) without using subtitles /sáb-taitls/ and BEING PATIENT. Write all the listening activities you do at home in your Listening Diary. Gradually, try to learn by eart a line or a few lines and then share them in class. We practiced/practised pronouncing ch and sh, too; and m’s and n’s! Finally, people practiced spelling their names, emails and website addresses. Next day I’ll bring this copy, so we can continue practicing/practising and I hope to listen to people speaking English! A LISTENING A DAY KEEPS YOUR ENGLISH IN SHAPE! COME ON!

Plan for next week: bring the new textbook if you can! We’ll start with Spelling and Numbers, and your stories or Useful Language and then with the textbook!

September 18: From The Welcome Handout we read the beginning and the point about the Reading Aloud Project, to get this information and to practice pronunciation. We worked on a List of Mistakes (LoM) with fossilized pronunciation mistakes, and learned/learnt the difference between “It’s very comfortable” and “It’s very convenient”

September 16: information about levels and certificates, and course materials including textbook. Handout on Developing your Oral Skills (learning to listen and speak). Ficha para estadísticas del centro. Información sobre centro en web del centro. Round of What do you do? and comments about pronunciation and the -ed ending. Homework: start listening to English every day: 15 minutes of listening to audios at the Pre-Intermediate / Elementary level (e.g. use your past textbook and learn by ear as much as you can, this is, listen several times to a same audio, then listen and repeat, then listen and then re-tell.) You can also use my Elementary/Pre-intermediate episodes at the Talking People Podcast.

If we start Unit 3 on Nov 11, we have 5’5 lessons to finish it. We should try our best! Then, we would have 5 lessons in December for unit 4 + the last December lesson for your Audiobook! (I’ll ask you in November who wants to prepare which chapter with other students)
January would be for unit 5February for unit 6 BUT — as we’re going to be learning about Exam Format, this month you’ll have to do most of the textbook at home and we need to save time checking your work in class, to allow for extra time for Exam Practice. I mean, I really need you to work hard in February at home. We could do unit 7 in March8 in April and 9 in May, but I’d also explain the grammar point of relative clauses (in unit 10) some day.
As you can see there is no chance we can finish the textbook, and there is a chance we don’t manage to stick to the plan of one unit a month, because our priority is speaking in class, and that takes time. But that’s where you learn most, too.
One of the worst things for me is that in the past we had 2 weeks in September to prepare the course, and today we don’t! So we have to start the course without having prepared it!! And this is bad for me and for you, because we’re always behind. In any case, if we work together we can make up for this situation. We don’t need to finish the textbook. You can learn English anyway if we work as much as we can at home and in class. And that’s what we’re up to! ❤

5 Responses to Class Diary 3ºC (B1)

  1. nicolas says:

    Hello Teacher,I’m NICOLAS,a student´s of yours.I’m writing to tell you that unfortunately I can´t attend your classes,because I’m attending the CONSERVATORIO PROFESIONAL DE MUSICA in the evenings (+ second year of bachillerato,in the mornings) and have no time. In any case, I hope to improve my four skills to do exams in June. Regards.Nicolas.

  2. MF says:

    Dear Nicolás,
    Thanks for your post. It’s a pity you signed up for this course if you can’t come. You could’ve taken the Exam as a Libre. But anyway, I appreciate you got in touch. I hope you make the most of your Music course! Music is something beautiful!
    Kind regards

    PS: I deleted your family name because this is public, OK?

  3. Alberto says:

    Hey Michelle, I’m Alberto, to 3º. I haven’t gone class this week for different reasons. I’ve read the posts that you explain the develope to the group. I’m not sure what i have to do. When you write “3 first pages”, do you mind to student’s book?. And the grammar and reading exercises, are these in the workbook or in the same book?.

    Thanks. I try to study this weekend and do the exercises.


  4. MF says:

    Hiya, Alberto!
    Yes, I mean the textbook, not the workbook, OK?
    You should do the complete 1A lesson, except some listening activities:
    From the diary:
    “Because Monday is a holiday your homework is: do everything in 1A + back pages (read the Speaking exercise, you’ll do them in class with your classmates and you’ll be better if you read them aloud at home first), except the listening activities on page 6. Remember to learn by ear audio 1.6! ”
    I hope this is useful.
    See you around!

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