Tag Archives: 5CAL

Second Childhood Memory on our video channel!

Thanks, Josefina! If there’s anything you don’t like, please, let me know — I can fix it! No problem! Advertisements

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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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For Y5CAL, with love!

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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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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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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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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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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 (Nov Writing): Thinking about time, tense, time phrases & language functions

This sentence was wrong: Nowadays I am teaching science at a secondary school since 1998. “Nowadays,” sounds more informal so for a job application cover letter I would use “Currently,” Currently, I am teaching science at a secondary school. Alternative: … 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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LoM – Capitalization & job-application letters

Like in Spanish the modern tendency in English is to try to capitalize/capitalise the least. But there is great confusion about capitalization, also among adults, and there’s the issue of the different countries and traditions… Check this page for fundamental … Continue reading

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November Writing: LoM & UL 1 (EFL: job-application letters)

Use varied tenses: how many tenses (including modals) can you use? List them. No contractions (except CV) Remember to… —mention where you found the info of the job opening. The mention to the CV/résumé attached is usually next, but it’s … Continue reading

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November Writing – LoM: Where to place “also”

First, “Also,” is not “also.” “Also,” means, “Moreover,” and “also” means “, too.” and “as well.” Generally speaking, “also” is placed like Frequency Adverbs (always, often, usually, hardly ever / rarely /seldom, never, ever; sometimes*) “also” meaning “too” is placed… … 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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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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About bilingual schools & Useful Classroom Language

Today I learned/learnt that teachers in bilingual schools (Spanish-English) in this region do not get a Resource Pack with Useful Classroom Language, general and by subject. I cannot believe it! Even if teachers spoke English fluently, the language used in … Continue reading

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Y5 stories: Working from Home – A first-hand experience

Listen to Miguel’s mon on the Work topic! And please, check out his outline. Outlines for oral presentations are not necessarily like outlines with key topic words, i.e. to study a topic. See what I mean: Working from Home – … Continue reading

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Narratives, time & tense

One of the most common mistakes in narratives, whether written or told, happens when students mix up their presents and pasts. They’re telling a story in the past, for instance, and suddenly they find themselves using a present! Sometimes this … 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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The Good Things about Travel(l)ing

Listen to this story: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1oUWUHVu7RG Until the 1990s I sort of travel(l)ed the world. When I was 10 I was sent to Australia for a year. While I was at high school sometimes I disappeared: if I had enough money … Continue reading

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