Category Archives: Language Questions

free ebook: Stories from My Teacher

Our first ebook, in case you are into stories told by teachers in class! 🙂 ❤ Stories from My Teacher. On the English Language, Lifelong Learning & Our r.evoL.ution! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ebooks.htm

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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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Phew! At last!

I found how to fix a few thing on the new site for the CAL Project. Have a look now! https://sites.google.com/site/audiowebeoifuengirola/english/y5cal_2013_14 Here’s a nightmare poem on English pronunciation. Thanks to Rachel for reminding me of it nightmarish existence!! (Demented laughter) http://www.learnenglish.de/pronunciation/pronunciationpoem.htmlContinue reading

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FAQ – Speaking Test & Pics in Monolog(ue)

Today Sara (Y5B, guest student at the Y5A lesson today) asked me about the pictures under the instructions for your monologue. She had the pictures of three kinds of buildings and didn’t know how to call each kind of house. … Continue reading

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Y5CAL-Uploaded part of the project and 4 audios

Check it out! Couldn’t manage the site better. If anyone knows how to manage google sites, I need to talk to this person. Got tons of questions! https://sites.google.com/site/audiowebeoifuengirola/english/y5cal_2013_14

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Y5’s – Change of plans!

As you remember, at the beginning of the course I announced we would be working with three documentaries but we only managed one, the one about how our senses deceive us, and now we were going to do the second, and … Continue reading

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Y5-Answers to the Matching Exercises

I’m posting this so you can do the exercises at home and then check. Please, write down your results, and your questions for me, if you wish to comment your mistakes, in case I can help you in terms of … Continue reading

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Revising – common mistakes & confusing words

Revising_int-avan (1 page)

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New video on One Crazy Summer!

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A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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The verb “Suggest” in structures (Avanzado – writing, speaking)

Here is the explanation I’ve been giving lately in my Fifths. I couldn’t find it on talking people.net and then remembered I might’ve posted it on the blog I had last year for my Intermedio 2’s and Avanzado 2’s in … 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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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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For CAL students! Our project on Useful Classroom Language!

Dear CAL students! I have just published a Page where I have included the Useful Classroom Language I have collected from you all so far (black navbar above, first line) *CAL – The Useful Language Project! (Page here) Please, check … Continue reading

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Indirect Speech (Advanced)

Today I was presenting Indirect Speech in my Intermediate group. Although we focused on reporting verbs in the past, I explained that reporting can happen in the same chunk of time where we find the message we wish to report. … Continue reading

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New webpage on the Talking People website

It’s on/in/at the “In class” section, Course 2013-14, direct link: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ra/2013_14.htm I intend to collect in it all the materials I produced this year* There is a new recording for all of you to use this week: Driving in Spain. It’s meant … Continue reading

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Language & Violence (edited)

When we think of violence we think of a very specific kind of violence, that [this is not a relative pron.] of murder and torture, of physically hurting people. Traditionally, this violence could only be exerted by men, only them … Continue reading

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Which new words or uses do you accept and which do you reject? (Edited)

The discovery of this new word, vine (videos), has made me think of how prejudiced we are when we select the words we’ll be using. We’ve got no problem adopting a really alien word as CD, or wasapp, or wifi, … Continue reading

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learning new words: vine

Yesterday, in Y3C, thanks to A., I learned a new word! Vine! — it’s not “vine” as in “grapevine” but probably a different word; otherwise, it would be a new meaning for “vine”. Here, check the first entry with the … 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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About cleaning – Un poquito de por favor!!

I would like to recommend an article I used in class with Advanced students some years, ” So You Wanna Clean Your Apartment? (2 pages) Check out Speaking for housing issues” For a few decades I shared an apartment/flat with … Continue reading

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Celebrating Book Day

Dear all, next Wednesday, April 25 (International Book Day) and Thursday April 26, I’ll be raffling a few books, to celebrate World Book Day! I created the video My Bedside Table This Winter so that you all can watch it. … Continue reading

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The Best Exotic Marigol Hotel – Discussing the movie

Today and tomorrow students will be using their English for the real purpose of discussing this movie and topics that come up in it! What language did you learn? What did you learn about India and Britain? What topics were … Continue reading

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Our Crazy Summer – Creating a Ten Point Plan

Classroom activities after reading the novel. 5A is opening this way! ❤ TenPoints (3 Word pages, but I’ll print 1 & 2 in one page to give out as a handout) – for Quinto A today.

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Thinking about the meaning of verbs (tenses, modals) in Conditional Sentences

For reading in class, and thinking about it (Intermediate, with a final note on Advanced – mixed conditionals). I’ll print it in class. conditionals (1 Word page)

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Example of a List of Mistakes (LoM)

michelles2012sampleLoM (5 pages)

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Published! But in Spanish…

Anyway, people coming to class will understand this article well, esp. Y5B!!! 😀 Mejorar la comunicación humana a través del aprendizaje de idiomas (parte 1 de 2) – Improving human communication through language learning http://www.mujerpalabra.net/pensamiento/educacion/2014mejorarcomunicacion.htm

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My Bedside Table This Winter

I hope it inspires you to practice speaking at home! — and prepare presentations for class! (mybedsidetablethiswinter)

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Hope & Wish

This year I’ve been telling you “hope + present or future” and “wish + pasts” meaning that “hope” is used to talk about hopes for the present and future and “wish” is used to talk about future events we think … Continue reading

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New video: another childhood memory, the Indian Mountain!

It includes a list of items that make María José’s language range rich.

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Y5CAL: Have a lovely holiday!

Make it English, too! Listen intensively! You can revise the grammar by visualizing it as you listen! And you can also kind of forget about the grammar, and just enjoy trying to understand spoken English. Remember our first lesson back … 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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I’m gonna keep you with me next year!!

So don’t you worry about the Speaking Test. You won’t have a chance! (Demented laughter) Being nervous is no excuse! Apart from English, I’ve been teaching you to be resourceful,so if you don’t manage to pull your shit together and … Continue reading

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Gender Issues and Education in Spain

If you want to learn to speak about this issue, under the Francoist dictatorship and how it evolved till today, read these 12 pages by two Spanish teachers who wrote their paper in English. It focuses on PE, but you … Continue reading

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May & April Y3 Writing Assignments

Use the number of words for Certificate Exam’s “interactions” https://plansnwhatwedid.wordpress.com/writing-formal-letters/ The biography will be for May.

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Y3’s. Worksheet on the Passive with link to audios

Please, download it, so you can click on the links and download the recordings, and then printed it to bring to class next week. ThePassiveforB1 (2 pdf pages)

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LoM 3 – Reports

Some people did not use headings, so their piece was more like an article. When we ask you to write a report we mean a business report, an informe! Yes, that can be about what you wrote, but adapted in … Continue reading

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Understanding functional grammar

Here is an example. This will improve your use of modals! http://talkingpeople.net/tp/func_gram/gramwebs/modals_nLangFunc1.html

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LoM – verbs – phrases

Use this list to find these structures in your audios and in the sentences you create, list them, and then do an Oral Drilling exercises aloud, to automatize accurate and fluent production! Verbal structures: MAKE + ADJ.: It made me … Continue reading

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