Category Archives: Learning2Learn

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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Y3. Lesson Plans, Your Work at Home (unit 5 & Revising 1-4)

Here is a reminder of how we are scheduling our work: Textbook: Unit 5 was scheduled for February, but because we had Exam Practice — I presented techniques, we have practiced with two different exams — and because the last … Continue reading

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Audios. Básico 1

http://blogforbasico1.wordpress.com/episodes-for-basico-at-the-talking-people-podcast/

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Webpages at TP which we checked out briefly in class

Prepositions (because of the cloze test in the R. C.): I need to include AT + AGE. US/UK Englishes: if you check “Spelling” (mostly) out, don’t try to learn it all. Try to consolidate what you know first, and jot … Continue reading

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Because I don’t follow a textbook all the time…

(because at the Advanced level I try to teach grammar depending on your personal needs for you have spent years learning grammar in theory and in silence), because I don’t follow a textbook in all the work we do in … Continue reading

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LoM: Reviews (proofreading, rel. cl., ago/before, tenses, structure)

List of Mistakes and Proofreading. Some people keep missing mistakes they can fix if their proofreading skill improved, like forgetting the -s of the 3rd person singular, or adding an “l” to adjectives ending in “l” like “wonderful”, or not … Continue reading

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About the February Page here & Your Work at Home

The February Page: As some of you know, I added a link to TAGS: Exam Practice Month, so that you can find all the individual posts I have been posting and will post hereafter for extra Exam Practice. (In case … Continue reading

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The Movie Project – Reminder and script!

Just a post to remind you that in our last February lesson in the third Feb week you should be talking about the movie you’ve been watching at home for the past months. You should be sharing your fav scenes, … Continue reading

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We’re going to crush the Exam!

So don’t you worry! 😉 No exam on earth is going to destroy our enjoying learning English!! Have a lovely English-speaking weekend! ❤

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About Avanzado Certificate Exams

Dear students, learning to survive exams entails getting a broader picture and knowing where and when to focus. It also involves we can assess what our knowledge and skills are, which our strong and weak points are, regardless exams themselves. … Continue reading

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More contributions!

And more to come! Sorry for the humongous delay! 😀 http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/credits/2013-2014.html Writing Assignments – in a humongous rush!!! I used bold for new corrections, people, see what you think! Stories: Jesús’s disastrous trip! (Y3C, 2013-2014) Job-Application Letters: Alicia’s job application as a … Continue reading

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New contributions published on TP!

Two wonderful job-applications letters, by Josefina and Carmen (Y5) and a monologue on jobs: Why I would like to be a farmer, by Carmen (Y5) Sorry for delays! There’s much coming up! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/credits/2013-2014.html

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Dos posdatas

Cuando hablo de absentismo no pienso en personas concretas, aunque me disparen cosas concretas. Pienso en un problema que tenemos el profesorado en la pública: la falta de consciencia que hay sobre el valor del trabajo del profesorado en la … Continue reading

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Are you listening to English every day?

Hiya there! Just a reminder. There is no way you can learn to speak a language well if you don’t listen to it as part of your everyday life. There’s an extra bonus: you won’t feel that kind of paralizing … Continue reading

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Audios for your conversations (dials)

Check this out (link to Useful Language on talkingpeople.net), in case you want to do some Listen&Repeat to improve your fluency and avoid making silly grammar or pronunciation mistakes!

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For Y5CAL, with love!

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Your Projects. Y5B has a plan now! One Crazy Summer

As you can see in our schedule for January, we’re having the a lesson for projects at the end of this month. 5CAL has decided they will just do the Audiobook Project, consolidation stage, and then if time allows I’ll … Continue reading

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Feedback on my corrections

Today an adorable student told me about her concerns with my corrections. First of all, she thanked me for writing my feedback and corrections in pencil. She said seeing all that in red would probably crush her confidence. This is important: … Continue reading

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Letter from Ireland – looking after bay bees!

Dear Michelle!! I would like to share with you & my classmates how to look after babies in Northern Ireland. Well due to because my host family is a single parent, we have to be very organized with everything. If not, … Continue reading

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Y5: LoM (Modals) Examples about the importance of modals

What would you choose to mean? Because men were the only ones who could earn a living Because men were the only ones who were able to earn a living Because men were the only ones who were allowed to … Continue reading

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Writings. LoM: Complying with the requirements

I can’t believe some people are still having trouble with complying with the requirement of THEM writing (deciding on) the TASK DESCRIPTION. I say: you need to write an article (a type of text) in … words (exam format word … Continue reading

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Info on women & feminism to help you avoid mainstream ignorance

Edited bits in purple It’s been a pleasure to read your work, people, and a special treat to read the compos on Changing Roles and Women. We are changing! Finally! ❤ 🙂 As I’m a veteran feminist thinker and activist, … Continue reading

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Problem-solving: Do life activities live up to your expectations?

When we feel let down by activities we do (studies, work, family), we tend to focus on criticizing people and avoid doing some constructive analysis that can help us change what we can actually change — for instance, because it … Continue reading

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January School Announcements

At the state-run adult language school where I work there are two announcements students need to learn about! Fire Drill: some day in the month the fire alarm will set off so we can practice how to get out to … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Nov Writing: CVs/resumes (Education)

Dear students, one thing I cannot “check” in your CVs/resumés is the name of the certificates you have. You should understand that we don’t have ONE CV/resumé and that’s it. We tailor our CVs/resumés to each job! In terms of … Continue reading

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Working to turn English learning into a true like or a passion!

Summary of my Intro to 2nd half of the course in our first lesson of the year! Listening to English every day should now be a habit you have acquired in the first half of the course, and something you … Continue reading

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Reminder Winter Hols & Draft Lesson Plans for January

Over your winter hols you should be listening to English every day (podcasts, videos, textbook audios, last year’s textbook audios – these are especially important to automatize fluent and accurate production). If you find time for more, remember consolidate: practice … Continue reading

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With love, for a better world

Gender Issues: Discussing the Gender Learnings in the Patriarchal System for the ebook I’m preparing with other teachers… with infinite sadness but also with loving fury! Printer-friendly version: genderissuesforebookHANDOUT (3 pages, pdf)

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Feminist materials to discuss gender issues

Connecting things to better chances for good analyses than those offered by materials in textbooks. Thinking is Action. Communication is r-EvoLutionary! genderissuessexistquotes (6 pages)

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Delusions of Gender. How our Minds, Society and Neurosexism Create the difference of Gender

by a brilliant thinker, Cordelia Fine.  ❤ Thanks, Cordelia Fine! 🙂 In Spanish, Cuestión de sexos. A great gift for parents, teachers, people interested in the development of human minds and gender issues.

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Books Matter (Love books, they matter)

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How to tell a story

We need to learn to listen. We need to do tons of listening. Listen to this. (Turn “Spanish subtitles” OFF by clicking in “Spanish”, scrolling to the top and clicking OFF!) http://www.ted.com/playlists/62/how_to_tell_a_story.html

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The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

Dear students, please remember to turn off the subtitles in Spanish. Go to where it says Spanish, click to open the menu, scroll to the top and you’ll find the SUBTITLES OFF. Subtitles are about reading, not about training your … Continue reading

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New contest for Y5’s!!

After the contest of you spotting my mistakes on the blog (congratulations, Big Jesús in Y5B and JC in Y5A!), I’ve come up with another idea. If you are interested in getting a copy of The Vagina Monologues here is … Continue reading

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Y3. Homework for the winter holidays

Next Wednesday is our last lesson together this year! How time flies! But here is your homework, in case you want to do part of it this week. (For people who missed the December lessons, we have done three writings, … Continue reading

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New TP Podcast episodes: relative clauses!

For my Y5 students / for Upper Intermediate/Advanced students (Functional Translation while Oral Drilling!!): Useful Language: Relative Clauses: Consolidation 1 For my Y3 students / for Intermediate students (Listen and Repeat): Useful Language: Relative Clauses: Intro 1  

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A very happy teacher… (a thank you all!)

Today has been the third day listening to people who learned one page in their audiobook by ear, by heart. It’s been impressive. I have to thank you all because the truth is that this has been the first time … Continue reading

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Y3C – Consolidation: speaking & grammar

Considering the trouble people had holding 5-minute dialogues the other day, I’ve put together a consolidation pack! You need to read (and complete9 the sentences at home, many times, till you know how to say them, and then come to … Continue reading

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Exciting plans for your winter holidays!

Teresa, in 5CAL, told me today she had BEEN TO the Hilma af Klint exhibition in Málaga, and that she had taken a brochure in English, so as to do the exercise I designed for you all all! The timed … Continue reading

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Y5B: preparing a Discussion on a Sensitive Issue for next January!

Dear all, today some people asked about the discussion on languages in Spain. Wow! How happy that made me! I thought it would be forgotten! (except for David’s mon on that). Well, after talking, we’ve come up with a few oral … Continue reading

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