Category Archives: Exams

September’s

Aunque sea asombroso, ha habido gente de intermedio que no se fijó en la prueba PUC convocada a nivel de Comunidad Autónoma era por la mañana. Nos da mucha pena, pero los centros no podemos poner una PUC escrita fuera … Continue reading

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Estadísticas Aptos Junio (better late than never)

Y para que veáis el problema del absentismo en cifras y la alegría de Aptos, aunque creo que siempre deberíamos aspirar a mejorarla! El resumen es: Ejercicios Aprobados sobre Ejercicios Presentados en JUNIO. S (son porcentajes normales, buenos. Yo venía … Continue reading

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Revisión & September

As you know, revisión is not about me explaining why someone failed an exercise, because we are in Evaluation Month, the course is over. In Revisión, you have the right to see that your tests were checked and how they … Continue reading

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About to finish evaluating!

Tomorrow it’ll be our last day giving exams. I’m so exhausted and relieved I can’t believe it! 😀 I’m happy about the results this year. Also because I think that the few cases for September are good ideas, I mean, … Continue reading

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Little hello and requests

I know some of you are nervous about the results, but please don’t send me emails about this topic. We’re working non-stop and many more hours than you can imagine and bearing a lot of tension, from all the exams … Continue reading

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Y5’s – Y5B, ¿falta de confianza? (con posdata)

En los orales de 5ºB me encontré con una sorpresa triste: hubo gente que se puso a hacer cosas que no habíamos dicho que había que hacer: además de sembrar el pánico en lugar de confiar en una/o, en el … Continue reading

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Y5’s, Y3’s: About your numeric results

On the day we publish your results, as you know, you’ll only be able to learn if you passed (Ejercicio Apto) or failed (No Apto). This is enough if you passed, but if you wish to know how many points you … Continue reading

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Absentismo, evaluación y estadísticas (edited)

Quisiera ayudar a concienciar sobre el impacto del absentismo en la enseñanza pública no obligatoria de idiomas, ofreciendo los datos de mis grupos en el curso 2013-14 respecto a personas que se han presentado a las Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación … Continue reading

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Fifthlings! Go for it all! Enjoy your Speaking Test!

Today I graded/checked the Reading & Listening Tests of my 3 groups of Y5. In Y5A one person failed the Reading (I don’t know this person), and one the Listening. In Y5B, nobody failed the Reading, and one person failed … Continue reading

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Keep it up, Thirdlings!!

As I only have one group of Y3’s I’ve been able to check/grade the Reading and Listening Tests. A very high percentage of people passed the Reading, and EVERYBODY passed the Listening! I was sure you’d pass the B1 Listening, … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

Well, today I said my goodbyes to Y5CAL and Y5B and tomorrow it’ll be Y5A and Y3C. Thanks for a wonderful year. I’m hopeful about your results, but, as you know, I don’t really care because I know (for the … Continue reading

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Last Exam Tips: relax & focus on/enjoy the tasks…

Pay attention to the teacher when she/he speaks. Remember you’ve got all the exam info on the English Department Announcement Boards (2nd floor, in the corridor leading to the classrooms). Bring your ID card, water/juice, tissue paper, A WATCH, two/four … Continue reading

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Making Suggestions (Intermedio – Writing, Speaking)

Here you will find 8 examples of letters by Intermedio 2 students in Madrid, who used the language function of making suggestions to write an email to their teacher. Enjoy! By the way, thanks for a lovely lesson! That was … Continue reading

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Intermediate Practice Test (cañero)

Dear all, I designed a very hard Intermediate exam for Exam Practice and I wonder if the Fifths would be able to do the listening in Part 2! It’s designed so you can use the Skeleton of Meaning technique, the … Continue reading

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Weird day but good ending

Last night (this morn!) I had a nightmare, so I woke up feeling sick (meaning, literally, wanting to throw up). I wrote a poem I would have rather not written. I had this nightmare because of the past, not the … Continue reading

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Learn this poem! Wild Geese, & expand your horizons while you’re in rooms!

Telling yourself this amazing poem will soothe you, like a lullaby, and help you get ready to focus before getting your exam papers! (Demented laughter!) 😀 😀 It also helps when you have to stand for hours in a line! … Continue reading

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Are you going to survive the exam or not? (audio)

Listen to this message first! Then read on, if you like! http://vocaroo.com/i/s1bPKUjCcqU6 Sometimes survival is all about understanding a good idea, that allows you to develop the correct attitude. It’s not about competing and cheating, but about focusing and collaborating. … Continue reading

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Common Core Curriculums: Killing teaching/learning processes

Curriculum – Curriculums/Curricula; syllabus – syllabuses/syllabi I just read /red/ I’ve just read /red/ this by Jeff Nguyen, a primary teacher in the USA, where the Common Core curriculum suffocates teaching and learning processes with even more harshness than here … Continue reading

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Info sobre distintos modos de evaluación

Mis estudiantes lo conocen, pero lo posteo aquí por la gente absentista y libres que visitan este blog. Podéis postear preguntas en este tema. http://www.eoifuengirola.es/datos/media/files/admision-2012-2013/matricula_libre/aclaraciones_sobre_los_diferentes_tipos_de_evaluacion.pdf

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English peacelings!: Some episodes at the ESL podcast

Come on! Go for podcasts now! Crush Exams! ❤ This was one of my fav podcasts. The host is not an activist, and for me, he’s rather traditional in his views, but he is not conservative. And he’s a great … Continue reading

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Y5 – Writings: Essays (LoM 1)

Thanks for your work. Although I’ve continued checking it at the C1 level, I can notice great improvement. Hopefully, you’ll do a wonderful job in June! 🙂 ❤ List of Mistakes 1  As you know, the most important thing this … Continue reading

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Exam info – June & School Annoucement Board

For all: The Announcement Board of the English Department, on the 2nd floor, will be updated in Week 3 of May. It will include the info on dates for the First Part of the exam (L, R, W) we published … Continue reading

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June PUCs (certificate exams)

Just for people who haven’t realized yet: on our page here FEBRUARY you can download the new Guía PUC, where everything on the exam is explained (36 pages). You should read it, at some point. The dates for your Escrito, … Continue reading

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Barely over a month to go! Your priorities…

Dear all, just a reminder: You should be listening to English every day (textbook audios, now instead of TV series, focus on radio programs/programmes – podcasts) and preparing weekly monologues, or having conversations with your invisible friend! Collecting Useful Language … Continue reading

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What we did on the first lesson after the break

In Quintos, we reviewed a few Speaking Strategies and language points. This is just a reminder for the people who came. Conversations about the holidays Ice-breaking questions vs Follow-up questions Did you have A good holiday? / How were your … Continue reading

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Intermediate. Writing Tests. Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación (PUCs) – Interacción Escrita

Here is a kind of summary of what we learned/learnt before the Spring holiday. Print it and if you have questions, ask in class! This doc includes a task description, the writing exam strategies we have been training in (before, … Continue reading

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Y5’s. Participle clauses & related issues (advanced)

Monica in Y5B asked about participle clauses, so I’m going to write a few posts about this. Participles clauses are about modifying a name, so they are like adjectives. Before examiners, both in oral and written exams, using them indicates … Continue reading

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Questions in class: exams!

Today an adorable student in fifth /fifz/ grade asked me why I kept telling them to forget about exams but at the same time kept reminding them of the exams! This is a great question, so I wanted to explain … Continue reading

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About Certificate Exams!

Here is the new guide! Everything is carefully explained. Guía Alumnado PUC 2013_14 (36 pdf pages) “SPEAKING” PROPOSAL FOR MY CERTIFICATE GROUPS: Please, every week, have a look at some of the Speaking Tests that have been given in previous … Continue reading

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Descriptions of houses to rent or sell (for websites)

This has been the Feb writing assignment for my Y3’s (Intermediate, B1) and their work has been outstanding! Congratulations! I’d like to comment a few language points in class (e.g., on the ground/first floor, suitable vs not allowed), and have … Continue reading

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Your contributions! More writings by Avanzado 2 students!

I just published / I’ve just published three articles by Y5 students on Articles – Writing – Your Stuff at talkingpeople.net: The Mayan Riviera: Paradise!, by María José Malpica (Y5B, 2013-14) Paradise Near Málaga, by Carmen de Paz (Y5B, 2013-14) … Continue reading

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Y3. Mon., March 3

Deadline for Writing. Checking your homework (unit 5A): we talked about sports, while developing awareness about the use of modals and tenses as we speak and to make our range richer and our dialogues more interactives. Then checked page 45 … Continue reading

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Y5. Presenting May – Your work with textbook

Today and tomorrow our lesson plan… (I’ll update this post after tomorrow’s lesson, supposing something comes up in Y5CAL and Y5B) Your work in unit 2 at home. Any oral work to share, or questions, or requests for us to … Continue reading

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Certificate Exam Practice – Intermedio

April Update: Hey! The broken links are working now!!! (videos)  http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ra/2013_14.htm (audio version) – DON’T PRINT THE PAPER VERSION ON TP YET BECAUSE I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO FIX THAT. THE CORRECTED PAPER VERSION and the KEY are HERE (intermediate … Continue reading

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Writing Test Practice

Y5A asked for an extension of the Feb writing assignment deadline, but because it’s already been quite a few months together, and we have a writing schedule announced from the beginning of the course, I said they could change this … Continue reading

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AUDIO. Technology. Cell phones / Mobiles phones

Here is an example of how you can use again the same text you have worked on for a different purpose (the onion approach for consolidating learning). In this case, I used a cloze test we did in Intermedio (see … Continue reading

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Students’ evaluation of their learning

Last week you evaluated teachers. Thanks for your feedback! This week it’s your turn: you need to meditate on your own role in your learning. Due to cuts, we can’t give you all paper copies of this, but we have … Continue reading

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C1 listening exercise: Movie Reviews

http://talkingpeople.net/tp/hotpot/TPlisteningactivities/l_reviews_reelwomen_scaredsacred.htm

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Two new pages

Writing Reviews and Travel Phrasebook.

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Cloze tests with literature

Online cloze test for Intermediate students. Practice tenses! http://talkingpeople.net/tp/hotpot/cloze_story_leo.htm

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