Category Archives: Reminders

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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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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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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Updates

I have updated your Diaries, dear students, but I have not included links to all the stuff I’ve been posting, so make sure you watch the videos by students at least! Check the blog out, come on! Tercero: you should’ve … 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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Y3: today and for the spring break

Today we talked about people’s mistakes in the job-application letter, and reviewed Exam Strategies for writing applications, plus their structure. People will improve their work and bring a final version for after the holiday. I gave out a Pack on … Continue reading

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Interviewing Y5B about the wasapp group & two messages for people

Dear Quinto B, thanks for accepting my proposal of the interview. I’ll bring my digital recording machine (though also the video recorder, in case you finally agree!!), so you can tell me which. But I’ll do that in two weeks, … Continue reading

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Msg to students! Please read (edited)

Dear students, I’m still working on Writings to publish and on audios to turn into videos with your pics. This last mission is really time-consuming but it is certainly worth it! Soon-ish I’ll be publishing these videos: A trip, another Book … 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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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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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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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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January Writings: Reviews

January: Reviews in Tercero and Quinto. Learn to write them using your textbook Writing unit and Successful Writing if you have it. For word limit, see Welcome Handout (expresión). Reminder: Task description! Please!!! Do it right. I will reject your … 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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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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Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

Dear students! Welcome back! I hope this second part of the course is of your interest, and that you intensify your work, to consolidate your learning and learn much more! I’m preparing an orgasmic Exam Practice Month for February! So … 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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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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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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Y5’s – Dec Writing Assignment

Task Description: (After having a look at the Writing section in unit 2, and other resources to learn to write articles — see bottom page link on Writing File), Write an article (include info on who for and topic) in … Continue reading

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Important Reminders

Dear students, remember to bring your December Writing (Tercero, Quinto) and your Term Self-Evaluation Sheet (the last one on this page) the last day you come to class before the winter holidays.

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Friday lesson for Y5A

Just a reminder: tomorrow Friday we’ll have our Friday lesson. We’ll listen to people’s monolog(ue)s and we’ll practice dialog(ue)s and I might even explain what’s important about Timed Interactions in Speaking Tests, if you like. Next week we need to … Continue reading

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Y5: Writings – !!

You don’t need to know the deadline for handing in your Writing to start working on your next assignment, because I published a Course Writing Proposal (Page: Y5 Course Plan) weeks ago with the list of all the kinds of … Continue reading

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November Writing for Y3C

I’m sorry I made a mistake. Your assignment for next November 25th is the Writing exercise in unit 3: an article about transport in your town, in 175-200 words. You need to do this exercise in 45-55 minutes. Write down … Continue reading

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For students – please, read!

For students doing this year’s course again. This week I learned that some of you are doing this year’s course for a second or third time. I would like to talk to you, to know why you failed your exams, … Continue reading

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Y5 Updating Lesson Plans

By the end of this week, we should’ve dealt with 1A and 1B. Small Groups should’ve checked: Grammar Bank 1A Vocabulary Bank: Work [Optional if you did it at home: Reading aloud and discussing People We Admire, pages 4, 5] … Continue reading

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Y3! A very busy week!

Dear students, Please check out your Class Diary, where I have updated the plans for this week. It’s a busy week, so please, try your best to do your homework, OK? See you soon in class!

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Self-Assessment & Self-Evaluation

Hiya! I have just finished working on and updating the Page called Self-Assessment, so have a look (Quintos, Tercero). I have included the exercises you need to jot down you did in unit 3, so you know before hand. I … Continue reading

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Feedback 4 Oct Writings & Nov Assignment (sorry, edited)

On the importance of complying with requirements: most people have not complied with my requirements. I know I gave enough information on this (several times) because a few people have. I even wrote it all on the Internet!: Online reminder: … Continue reading

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Y5’s: starting the C1 textbook

Draft LESSON PLANS for Unit 1 You should try to have done at home all the Reading + Vocabulary + Grammar activities whose answers Teams can check later in class. In class, we’ll do the Listening (you should never do … Continue reading

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October Speaking Activities for Y3

By the end of this month, Y3 students should be good at (should have worked on) the following (minimums): Monolog(ue): after listening and listening and listening and reading, you should have put together a 2 or 3-minute monolog(ue) on Danielle … Continue reading

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In case it helps…

Perhaps the problem a few people are having with understanding what the Speaking and Writing activities are about relates to their approach (enfoque). You see, we’re using the Speaking and Writing tasks to LEARN. We’re not using them to evaluate/assess … Continue reading

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Blog Updates for my students

I’ve just updated (UK) / I just updated (US) the Diaries for all groups, including links to some posts and news on meetings with our underaged parents. PLUS: There are TWO new Pages: Y5 COURSE PLAN, so that Quintos can … Continue reading

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