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Colaboración Collage 25 años!

Queridas y queridos Old estudiantes, he enviado a algunas personas este email, porque he pensado que podrían querer escribir, pero os lo copio por si más gente se apunta. Podéis entregarlo en el centro hasta diciembre 2016, o si queréis … Continue reading

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Coeducación – Developing a feminist intelligence!

https://coeducacioninteligenciafeminista.wordpress.com/

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My new blogs for

Course 2016-17 For Básico, same as below For C1, https://c1coursebymf2016.wordpress.com/about/course-basics/ https://c1materials.wordpress.com/ Course 2014-15 For Básico 1, http://blogforbasico1.wordpress.com/ For the C1 level, http://c1coursebymf.wordpress.com/ News – Blogging: Annual Report 2014 Still in use! https://plansnwhatwedid.wordpress.com/2014/annual-report/ Summary: This blog was viewed about 24,000 times … Continue reading

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About sex (video)

http://time.com/3144566/heres-what-a-100-year-old-sex-therapist-thinks-is-wrong-with-sex-today/

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About the C1 course

There’s hope! Some people did not come to confirm their registration, so there might be movement in the Waiting List next September! 🙂 ❤ I’ve been working on preparing the course, but I’m moving next week, so I’ll leave it … Continue reading

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Your feedback starting to come in!

Thanks! Wonderful! Very useful and mostly encouraging! 🙂 It’s also important when you tell me what you would improve or what you didn’t like because then 1) I can do something to improve, or 2) I  realize I need to … Continue reading

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Lousy News

Although we teachers are literally exhausted, today we had another heavy and hectic day of work. As I was rushing into my classroom — where I was holding a meeting with teachers — and out, I could see a hive … Continue reading

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Y5 Listening – The True or False Handout

True or False (1 page) – this is the handout of listening exercises we’ve been using in class, with links to the audios, so you can do the exercises in British English at home, use the website I used to … Continue reading

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About Baby Human

Dear all, bad news: the documentary Baby Human. Geniuses in Diapers, on the development of human intelligence from 0 to 2 years old, is out of print. I wanted to get two copies, for Raquel and Iratxe, as a “Welcome, … Continue reading

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Y5: About your writing test

Dear all, consider I’ve been very demanding throughout the year, and that your Writing Test is not a C1 test, but a B2 or Upper Intermediate test. Play it safe, and then in the proofreading enrich! 😀 For people who … Continue reading

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And the Mississippi and AfroAmerican struggle… Old Man River

performed by Paul Robeson in the movie Ol’ Man River Hardship: You and me, we sweat and strain… Tired of living, scared of dying… but Ol’ Man River he just keeps rolling along!

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Solicitar plaza para C1

Bien, aunque por email, ya hemos hablado el profesorado. La situación es ésta para las y los estudiantes de quinto oficiales: El año que viene vamos a crear un grupo de C1 al que podéis optar, pero no como Estudiantes … Continue reading

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Y5: Deadline for Complaint!

May 12, May 13. You can also give me a writing of your choice (schedule), but the deadline would be (sorry about that) on May 19th, and 20th.  

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Y5CAL: Useful Language

Maths – Mathematics Look what I found! In case it’s useful for your project. Table 1: Mathematical words and homophonic partner Mathematical term – Homophonic partner arc – ark chord – cord mode – mowed pi – pie plane – … Continue reading

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An empowering initiative by the UN!

Be a rebel! http://24hoursofhappiness.com/ Amazing: years ago I wrote a poem, “I have a house” and in this song they say, “if you feel like a room without a roof”! Amazing!

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New House Party from Hell!!

If you want to come to my party, you should comply with my requirements! (Demented laughter!) 😀 😀 😀 Hiya dear all! Today we had a laugh about this crazy idea of having a New House Party for students. I … Continue reading

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Writing. Tables with UL for Intermediate

If you print these two pages, you will have a quick table with linkers sorted out by language function and useful language for beginnings and endings in letters, in different registers: informal, semiformal and formal, and also sorted out by … Continue reading

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About your next writing assignment

Dear people, I’m happy you are impatient to do the next assignment, but I haven’t finished checking Y5B’s, so please, bear with me. Your priority now is starting unit 3 (don’t do the listening on noise pollution, please) and mostly, … Continue reading

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Utilities, amenities, facilities, premises, venues, establishments, and “local”

Some confusing words you may find in ads, brochures, websites offering services by michelle (2014) — some definitions and examples from different dictionaries and websites Utilities: (servicios que se pagan en las casas): items /áitmz/ and services /sÉrvisis/ needed to … Continue reading

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About the January textbook unit

Avanzado: As you know, this year we’re just doing half of the C1 textbook because you need to become fluent and accurate in your productive skills, and not so much reach an academic C1 level. Here is the Y5 Course … Continue reading

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Dialog(ue)s – audios

Listen to dialog(ue)s here! A visitor from abroad!

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LoM: “due to” is not the formal version of “because”

In the November writing a few students have used “due to” [caused by, attributable to, resulting from] instead of “because” [the reason why] since/as/because they found it was more formal. Well… Apart from the problem in meaning — “due to” means “caused … Continue reading

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LoM (Nov Wr): “a” Aaah! (indefinite article)

Consistently, people forget to use “a/an” when they mention their occupations. Below is my collection of sentences where students made this mistake but first let me include more case where “a/an” is required — human groups: I’m not a vegetarian … Continue reading

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LoM (Nov Wr): modals and language functions (can/could)

You have written a job-application letter and you say this: I am a responsible person with special ability to organize/organise group activities because I joined the Girl Scouts when I was six years old [isn’t this detail is too much?]. … Continue reading

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LoM: “internet,” “website,” “email” & numbers

More things that are changing, or hard to get! I used to teach you should write “the Internet” because the Net is one — the analogy is what happened in the past with the Sun and the Moon! But today … 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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NEW DRAFT: LESSON PLANS

lessonplanstilljan (1 Wordpage)

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Juanma!!! (Y3)

Get well soon! We miss you!

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Y3: Speaking activities in unit 3

Speaking (Unit 3) Dialogue: you should be able to speak with tourists about transport (Communication ex on page 25) Monologue: you should prepare a mon. with 2.5 and the info on p. 27, on Dangerous Driving. Dialogue: you should be … Continue reading

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Old and new homework for Tercero

OLD TEXTBOOK HOMEWORK Last/This week you should’ve finished 1B (except the listening we did today, and listening to my grammar explanations on tenses). NEXT WEEK you will check your work in SMALL GROUPS. You will have to check the two … Continue reading

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Reminder: Quinto A has a Friday lesson this week

I have just updated your online Diary, so you know what we will be doing! (I got mixed up and included it yesterday in the Y5B online diary, but that’s fixed now!)

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Change of Plans! We’re going to the movies!

Today in 5ºCAL Carmen told us about a movie that is on called The Butler. Apparently, there is some connection with issues that are coming up in our novel, Our Crazy Summer. In 5ºB Ana had also heard about this … Continue reading

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Lesson Plans for Tercero

Lesson Plans for the week – the more you prepare things at home, the better we can work in class, ok? You should be learning to hold conversations about food and related topics, and also giving your opinion on statements. … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie is going electronic!

American Indian writer Sherman Alexie — who I have read lots because I find he’s an amazing story-teller, and who I have also recommended my students — is going electronic! (link to the Sherman Alexie webpage on Talking People) http://www.openroadmedia.com/sherman-alexie

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Would you like to record an audio for Talking People?

It would be great to add an mp3 audio for these website pages! Spelling emails Phone numbers and Quantities Comparative Structures Possession with “a” and Double genitives Infinitive or Gerund? Imitate me in my episodes on Useful Language, like this … Continue reading

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Life’s Third Act

A most interesting talk by Jane Fonda on growing old.

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