Tag Archives: language functions

Y5CAL-Uploaded part of the project and 4 audios

Check it out! Couldn’t manage the site better. If anyone knows how to manage google sites, I need to talk to this person. Got tons of questions! https://sites.google.com/site/audiowebeoifuengirola/english/y5cal_2013_14 Advertisements

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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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The verb “Suggest” in structures (Avanzado – writing, speaking)

Here is the explanation I’ve been giving lately in my Fifths. I couldn’t find it on talking people.net and then remembered I might’ve posted it on the blog I had last year for my Intermedio 2’s and Avanzado 2’s in … Continue reading

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Making Suggestions (Intermedio – Writing, Speaking)

Here you will find 8 examples of letters by Intermedio 2 students in Madrid, who used the language function of making suggestions to write an email to their teacher. Enjoy! By the way, thanks for a lovely lesson! That was … Continue reading

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Indirect Speech (Advanced)

Today I was presenting Indirect Speech in my Intermediate group. Although we focused on reporting verbs in the past, I explained that reporting can happen in the same chunk of time where we find the message we wish to report. … Continue reading

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FAQ: Is the feminist language proposal to say “poeto”?

No. This is a (somewhat cruel) trivialization of the feminist concern for adapting language to a new reality, to a juster reality — that which says women have a right to be named. Is the feminist concern with language about … Continue reading

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Language & Violence (edited)

When we think of violence we think of a very specific kind of violence, that [this is not a relative pron.] of murder and torture, of physically hurting people. Traditionally, this violence could only be exerted by men, only them … Continue reading

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Y3’s. Worksheet on the Passive with link to audios

Please, download it, so you can click on the links and download the recordings, and then printed it to bring to class next week. ThePassiveforB1 (2 pdf pages)

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Understanding functional grammar

Here is an example. This will improve your use of modals! http://talkingpeople.net/tp/func_gram/gramwebs/modals_nLangFunc1.html

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Speaking Common Mistakes

SAY/TELL: you have to be accurate in this. Avoid “said to” because you need to practice “tell + sb” If you mention the person who was told something, you need to use TELL, e.g., I told you! He told her … Continue reading

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“Forget” + ing/gerund!

In Avanzado 2, this week we’ve been consolidating students’ use of the infinitive and gerund with certain verbs. This is just a note on “forget”, because I avoided to comment “forget + gerund” for the truth is it is not … Continue reading

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Certificate Exam Practice – Intermedio

April Update: Hey! The broken links are working now!!! (videos)  http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ra/2013_14.htm (audio version) – DON’T PRINT THE PAPER VERSION ON TP YET BECAUSE I HAVEN’T HAD TIME TO FIX THAT. THE CORRECTED PAPER VERSION and the KEY are HERE (intermediate … Continue reading

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Y5. Test Your Reported & Reporting Speech

(Y3’s: this comes up in unit 8, so don’t do it now if you have enough work with what we are doing now.) How good are you at understanding & using indirect speech? An online B1 test (Intermedio) on indirect … Continue reading

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AUDIOS. Used to / Usually

Video + audio sentences with used to, be used to, get used to for past habits (not anymore) and usually (present habits) http://www.jdaenglish.com/usually-and-used-to/

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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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Without language, not our revolution

I have just translated a cyberpostcard we share at mujerpalabra.net about the importance of language – how it shapes what we think and how we relate. Social movements posed this idea in the May 68 movement, for instance, the connection … Continue reading

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Y3: More on “Can”: possibility, proposal

“CAN” is a modal connected to different language functions, as we have seen. On my previous post on this, we tackled present and past ability (can, could, am/are/is able to, was/were able to) and here we’re going to review other … 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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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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Modals: Using “Must”

Must for obligation. The first thing you should know is this: be careful with using “You must.” Unfortunately, textbooks teach “must” using traffic signals (prohibitions, unavoidable obligation), which read “You must” or “You mustn’t.” But people don’t word obligation like … 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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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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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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Doing things for people & Asking sb to do you a favor/favour

This language point on Modals and Language Functions came up today in 5ºA, so I’m sharing it here for their Class Diary of what we did and for the other Y5’s (remind me to explain it in your groups, if … Continue reading

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