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Revising – common mistakes & confusing words

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A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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New webpage on the Talking People website

It’s on/in/at the “In class” section, Course 2013-14, direct link: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ra/2013_14.htm I intend to collect in it all the materials I produced this year* There is a new recording for all of you to use this week: Driving in Spain. It’s meant … Continue reading

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Y5 – Writings: Essays (LoM 1)

Thanks for your work. Although I’ve continued checking it at the C1 level, I can notice great improvement. Hopefully, you’ll do a wonderful job in June! 🙂 ❤ List of Mistakes 1  As you know, the most important thing this … 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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Example of a List of Mistakes (LoM)

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Y5’s. Participle clauses & related issues (advanced)

Monica in Y5B asked about participle clauses, so I’m going to write a few posts about this. Participles clauses are about modifying a name, so they are like adjectives. Before examiners, both in oral and written exams, using them indicates … Continue reading

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LoM – verbs – phrases

Use this list to find these structures in your audios and in the sentences you create, list them, and then do an Oral Drilling exercises aloud, to automatize accurate and fluent production! Verbal structures: MAKE + ADJ.: It made me … 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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LoM 2: Proposals & Reports

REGISTER – in formal, semiformal texts, replace “Many” especially when opening a paragraph with “Numerous”. PARTITIVES Again, too many people forgot the -s in the plural part of the partitive: ONE of our proposalS is… One of the major causeS … Continue reading

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List of Mistakes (LoM) 1 – Proposals

In your Writing Test, one of the most important things is that you AVOID MAKING MISTAKES. Your Writing Test without mistakes can give you different marks depending on how well you complied with the communicative and textual requirements, and how … Continue reading

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LoM – Y5’s – Partitives

A common mistake: a lot of people are using “one of” followed by a singular! “one of” + plural!!! One of the PEOPLE in the picture is… One of my siblingS is a musician One of my CHILDREN is … … Continue reading

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Y5: LoM “important” “responsible”

You cannot say: The most important is… You need “thing” or point, idea… depending on what you mean. But if you can’t find a good word and are left with “thing” and don’t feel happy about it because you are … 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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LoM: Past simple or present perfect? (hear)

When we speak, you could say or hear: Did you hear the news? /did iú híer/ Have you heard the news? /hav iú heerd/ The choice of tense will depend in which chunk of time of the day the person … Continue reading

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LoM Dec Writings: no plural “s” in hyphened noun mods.! (Modifiers)

The most common mistake in Y5 on this topic is that people add a plural -s to noun modifiers such as: a six-yearS-old child. Please, don’t. Let’s review some other modifiers, too: Modifiers Something that makes your language range richer … Continue reading

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LoM: Dec Writings. Articles + Titles/headlines, headings

With articles, remember, you need to think about this: where the article is intended to appear (e.g., magazine, brochure/leaflet/guide, newspaper, newsletter — and what kind of magazine: teens, young adults, specialized, for the neighbourhood or school) who the intended readers … Continue reading

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Y3: Using CAN

CAN as a defective verb (be able to) “CAN” when we also need WILL + to-less infinitive ¿Cuándo podrás llegar? / ¿Cuándo crees que llegarás? (asking about your predictions for the future) When will you be able to get here? … Continue reading

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New TP Podcast episodes: relative clauses!

For my Y5 students / for Upper Intermediate/Advanced students (Functional Translation while Oral Drilling!!): Useful Language: Relative Clauses: Consolidation 1 For my Y3 students / for Intermediate students (Listen and Repeat): Useful Language: Relative Clauses: Intro 1  

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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: 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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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: 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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First course writing published!

I have just uploaded Pedro’s informal email on the October Writing Assignment. It includes his brainstorming on language (thinking) before writing, and then his outline, and the task description, of course! 🙂 Informal email asking an old host family to … Continue reading

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All you wanted to know about comparatives! (adjectives)

Just joking! This post is dedicated to my adorable Third Year students, who have just begun the unit devoted to Comparatives. Yesterday I forgot to explain why “slowly” did not take the “-er” suffix, so I have included that in … Continue reading

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Contrast clauses

Although we were late, we managed to get a seat. Even though* we were late, we managed to get a seat. We were late. We managed to get a seat, though. (Spoken English) Despite being late, we managed to get … Continue reading

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“Have to” vs “‘ve got to” (gotta) + “must” questions!

Don’t use the contracted form “have got to” or “‘ve got to” in semiformal and formal language. The safest option is always the full form “have to”. But it is true that when we’re speaking, it’s much more natural to … Continue reading

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LoM: so for result vs. so (that) for purpose

You have to be careful with “so that” because “so that” is only used for purpose, like the Purpose infinitive, “in order to” (for formal and semiformal writing), “so as to”… It was a bit cold, so I didn’t wear … 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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Y5 Mons: The First Time I Had to Give First Aid

JC, in Y5A, sends his story on life-death experiences! I hope you enjoy it. The First Time I Had to Give First Aid, by JC (Y5)

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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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Y5 Mons: Doing an exchange

Here is Allegra’s work: a little individual oral presentation on an exchange she did. Notice her tenses — they’re awesome! Doing an Exchange, by Allegra (Y5)

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This week!

Dear all, sorry for delays answering emails. I don’t seem to find the time to do all the things I’ve got to do in time! 🙂 So bear with me. I’ll be back to you at some point. Promise! This … Continue reading

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About paragraphing, for your LoM’s – Oct Wr

Your outline should help you in visualizing how many paragraphs and what they would be about. Paragraphing is of paramount importance. It’s true that online writing tends to avoid paragraphing. (See example: Carmen’s email from Ireland was one block, and … Continue reading

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