Tag Archives: 5B

Makes me wanna holler!

Today, during our Exam Practice session, David, in Y5B, reminded us of the verb “holler” that people learned/learnt at the beginning of the course thanks to a wonderful song by Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues (Makes me wanna holler).” Enjoy! … 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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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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Yeepee!! Our First Video by a student!! Childhood Memories

Plus learn to make your language range richer (BoL, Brainstorm on Language) Thanks, Jaceline! We love you! ❤ Jaceline is NOT reading her mon. She knows it by heart because she has practiced saying it so many times! That’s what … Continue reading

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Rearranging Lesson Plans Y5’s

Last lesson this week: Small Groups finish checking pending homework: Grammar Bank 2B + 2A Handout, + if time allows, p. 21, p. 25 (vocabulary). Plenary for doublechecking answers and language questions. Orals on childhood and multitasking (Y5A also this … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Y5: Unit 2 – New Lesson Plans (updating the Draft)

You can replace the day for the One Crazy Summer Project Day with the Audiobook Project, if you like. It depends on how many people want to contribute things and which kind. That’s what depends on your decisions. Lesson 1. … 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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Letter from Ireland! – My red scarf!

Dear Michelle, How are you ? Well to begin, I would like to give you many thanks for correcting my previous email and postING it ON your blog. I appreciate it. I know CREATING paragraphs IS very important in a … Continue reading

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Two exciting contributions

Today Cirenia said her page of the Audiobook The Story of the Internet BEAUTIFULLY. Perfect pronunciation, amazing intonation, above-average fluency! (and if she/you keep at it, for instance, because you want to record it for publication, 😉 , you’ll improve that … Continue reading

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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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Y5B: Please, bring your handout on the Jerusalem listening!

Today people asked we did it in class, so please, bring it along, to check your answers or to do it in class. If you lost your copy, it’s here: HoE_april2007_womenjerusalem_part1-3 (1 page)

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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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charities, NGOs, non-profits, volunteer, grassroots, trade unions, Politics

Remember when I explained that in Britain people used “charity” in the way we use “NGO” — non-governmental organization? Well, today I remembered another word, non-profit! In Spanish, “charity” sounds like an organization which is religious and does not strive … Continue reading

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LoM: outlines for job-application letters

Unless the task description in the exam (ad, whatever) requires you include personal information (name?? — that’s in the signature and contact info –, age?! — why should that be relevant? What counts is training and experience! That’s as bad … 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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Y5’s – Sample Speaking Cards & Listening Work

Unit 1 – Please, use 1.12 and 1.13 to learn to listen and to speak. You should read as you listen, too, so as to underline Useful Language you can use to tackle those issues in a monologue or conversation. … Continue reading

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About your emails to me

I haven’t been able to reply to everybody yet. But I will. Bear with me. I’m glad I see oral work and other stuff, which I presume it’s for publication… Please, remember to tell me if it’s for publication because … Continue reading

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Y5’s: first December lessons

Monday, Dec 2 / Tuesday Dec 3 (except for Y5CAL — they’ll have the Thursday lesson — there won’t be a lesson on Wednesday and Thursday; plus, next Mon Dec 9 is a holiday, so make sure you use this … Continue reading

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Quintos: first Dec week

Remember to use the two audio interviews in 1C and all the texts to learn to speak and to list topics or questions to discuss in a timed dialogue on language learning and English. Practice explaining your opinion on those … Continue reading

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Languages in Spain

In Spain about 14 languages are spoken — some are in danger of becoming extinct, like Aranese. Basque has finally survived thanks to language revitalization policies, that were needed after the 40-year dictatorship in Spain, when Basque — and all … Continue reading

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Why should we hold a discussion on a sensitive issue?

(Edited later on, sorry.) To learn. To learn about wording our ideas, feelings, experience and knowledge in ways which allow a dialogue to take place, in ways which make it possible for a group of people to share their views … Continue reading

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Y5 stories: A Traffic Accident

Here is Mª Jesús’s life-death story! Hope you enjoy it! A Traffic Accident – My Life-death Experience, by Mª Jesús (Y5)

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A story in Spanish

The other day in Y5B I was telling stories and remembered a story I had told before but not as I told it this day, with such depth. As you grow older, you become less shy, it seems! 🙂 Not … Continue reading

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Cecilia’s goodbye and cyberhello!

Cecilia, an adorable student in Y5B, has written to say she has had to quit our course. She had far too much on. The good news is that she has started a blog! So make sure you check it out! … Continue reading

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Jaceline’s monolog published on TP!

I am happy to announce that I managed some time to prepare some pages on talkingpeople.net for the publication of people’s work. I updated the Thanks section, to include a link to the list of this year’s contributors. In it … Continue reading

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About the theater outing

I just learned that if there are underaged in Y5B who are not coming to the theater, they should come to the School anyway and stay in a room doing homework for the duration of their lesson (!). The ones … Continue reading

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Analyzing the use of tenses (in UK Eng also Analysing)

Time is something that happens to us. We have the present and the past and the future. Tense belongs to the realm of grammar and verbs, and verbs do not always express the time they’re supposed to express! Identify the … Continue reading

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About your Writing Assignments

This week we should try to fill in/out the TABLE on the back page of your Welcome Handout. I need you all to have a look at the Writings you did last year, and tell me in class which you … Continue reading

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Activities on Stereotypes

At home people should have listened to audios on stereotypes and collected Useful Language or practiced pronouncing useful chunks of language. Use YouTube too, if you’re curious about what English-speakers think about this. (Read Going through unit 2 if you haven’t! … Continue reading

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Y5’s – Going through unit 2

My proposal this time is that you use the audios in unit 2 (especially those with a transcript) to collect Useful Language for two monologs you can work on next week: (National) Stereotypes and Story-telling (airports, flights… – use the … Continue reading

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Why I Never Go Out with Students

Listen to the story: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1qeXs1wcTj1 As a teacher, I have two rules and one is I never go out with students — till they have passed their finals. This little rule makes my inner life easier, because human relationships are … Continue reading

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