Category Archives: Learning2Learn

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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What happened when she started a feminist society at school

http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2013/jun/20/why-i-started-a-feminist-society

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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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Beautiful teaching/learning idea!

My dearest sister Carol sends me this video you might all enjoy! ❤ Can you understand it all? Let me know! Over here, there were two teachers who took part in a similar experience, but face-to-face. The project ended last … 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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How to learn Math

The truth is the first pieces of advice are relevant also for language learning. I’d give that advice to some of my students! “1. Show up for class. When you miss class, you have to learn the concepts either from … Continue reading

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On Speciesism

Earthlings – watch this documentary! (1hour 30 min) Watch at least the first 7 minutes (the intro). You could use that for a re-telling or a monologue! If it stops and you hear a kind of Error beep, just try … Continue reading

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How many women writers have you read? /red/

Feminist World Book Day – because it makes sense! ❤ I’m inviting you to post the names of the women writers you have read, and if those are far too many, your favorites/favourites! I’m also inviting you all to make … 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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Clip-supporters’ sabotage?

I’m checking your writings, and this time I’m finding it really difficult to read what some of you wrote because of the stapling! Please, try to read your work after your stapling, once I give it back to you. Walk … 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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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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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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About asking for the C1 level…

It seems in previous years you were collecting signatures to request the School included the C1 level. This is just to remind you that you have a more direct channel you can also use: you have the right to hold … Continue reading

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April 8 – International Roma Day

With love, keep safe! Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to invite some roma friends to class, when we speak about oppressed peoples in this planet… Let’s fight our prejudices. Who is exerting violence against whom? http://www.mujerpalabra.net/activismo/pacifismo/poblaciones/pueblogitano.htm

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International Pacifist Conference in South Africa this summer!

http://www.wri-irg.org/SARegistrationOpen http://wri-irg.org/seminars/registrations/southafrica2014

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About Columbus & other war mongers…

Today in Y3C Germán asked about the so-called Discovery of America (as it was called in our textbook), or the conquest, or the colonization (funny [= strange] we think of Invasions when that happens to us), and I replied that … Continue reading

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Textual Structure is not about school, it’s about life

Today I was trying to explain to an adorable student who thinks he is not capable of learning how to write different kinds of texts why I disagree with him. Human life is all about texts, both oral and written. … 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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Star signs (wot?!)

When I was a teenager, at home, we had great fun reading a very thick red book by Linda Goodman, where she depicted “How to recognize” people having whichever star sign. I do not believe in astrology (for we are … Continue reading

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Why I am not moved by people saying they were nervous (edited)

I’m not moved when I have to certify that students have reached a level and they can’t show they have the level because “they were nervous”. Everybody is nervous in a speaking test, forgodssake! But some manage, and some don’t. … 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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Australia: extra listening activity for Intermedio!

Today I’ve been in bed, so I had the chance to do quite a bit of listening to audiobooks. The Burlington rep visited and gave me copies of some audiobooks for Baccalaurate students. I asked for them because they have … Continue reading

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Sourcess of weakness, sources of strength

Sadness makes me weak, so although I know that sometimes one is sad and blue, I try to leave that mood as soon as I manage it, and mostly thanks to a love for life and living. Life is hard, … Continue reading

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Reminder: How to work with your List of Mistakes

I would like to see your LoM (a final clean copy after all of these months) to give you some feedback. Your LoM should be based on your mistakes in writing and speaking exercises. It includes writing down the mistake … Continue reading

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As part of your daily listening to English…

Download the Dialogues and the Useful Language episodes (especially the 3 episodes called Communicative Strategies for conversations) here on the Talking People podcast and make sure every day you listen and repeat to some. When you finish, start again, consolidate! … Continue reading

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Handouts this week!

Improving your fluency and accuracy by using Communicative Strategies (Oral drilling) I’ve given all my groups (Quinto, Tercero) the doc here called: What’s the word for…? For Y3’s this is very interesting because you will consolidate your relative clauses. For … Continue reading

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Y3. Intensive listening!

In Tercero, we have used February to train in Exam Format exercise, except for the last lesson in the month. In January, I had suggested students work on unit 5 throughout February at home, because Exam Practice Month gave you lots … 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 self-evaluation

Remember that on the Page here with Eval Worksheets you’ll find the link to the School’s website, where you’ll find a downloadable document so you can assess your work and learning. Remember I’m interested in getting a copy, for the … 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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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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Y5. Test Your Reported & Reporting Speech

(Y3’s: this comes up in unit 8, so don’t do it now if you have enough work with what we are doing now.) How good are you at understanding & using indirect speech? An online B1 test (Intermedio) on indirect … 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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AUDIOS. Used to / Usually

Video + audio sentences with used to, be used to, get used to for past habits (not anymore) and usually (present habits) http://www.jdaenglish.com/usually-and-used-to/

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(edited) For my students: about the movie project and this blog

Couldn’t find the link, today in class, to the Movie Project explanation, and it was in your CLASS DIARIES!! Do you ever check them out? 😀 😀 😀 One thing I’m wondering is if I should put more time and … Continue reading

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AUDIOS. Y5. Speaking about environmental issues

Here are the answers to your close test (reading comprehension exercise) “The Living Planet”. Use the audio to learn to speak about environmental issues! Remember to download the audios to your computer. The Living Planet 1: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1C7gTRitkei The Living Planet 2: http://vocaroo.com/i/s0L2fP5o7VXH … Continue reading

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