Tag Archives: Quinto

Fifthlings! Go for it all! Enjoy your Speaking Test!

Today I graded/checked the Reading & Listening Tests of my 3 groups of Y5. In Y5A one person failed the Reading (I don’t know this person), and one the Listening. In Y5B, nobody failed the Reading, and one person failed … Continue reading

Posted in Exams | Tagged | Leave a comment

Y5’s – Change of plans!

As you remember, at the beginning of the course I announced we would be working with three documentaries but we only managed one, the one about how our senses deceive us, and now we were going to do the second, and … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Language Questions, News & Announcements, Politics, Thoughts, Videos | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Y5-Answers to the Matching Exercises

I’m posting this so you can do the exercises at home and then check. Please, write down your results, and your questions for me, if you wish to comment your mistakes, in case I can help you in terms of … Continue reading

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Revising – common mistakes & confusing words

Revising_int-avan (1 page)

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New video on One Crazy Summer!

Posted in Culture, Interesting, Language Questions, Literature, Politics, Stories, Videos | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activism, Art, Culture, Interesting, Language Questions, Learning2Learn, Literature, Music, Nature, Poetry, Politics, Science, Sports, Stories, Thoughts, Travel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fifths: Three projects underway

5A is working on a 10-point Manifesto — peeps, I need someone to send me the text once you finish. 5CAL is working on the audio project of Useful Classroom Language — I’ll try to upload the checked sentences asap, … Continue reading

Posted in Lesson Plans, News & Announcements, Projects | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weird day but good ending

Last night (this morn!) I had a nightmare, so I woke up feeling sick (meaning, literally, wanting to throw up). I wrote a poem I would have rather not written. I had this nightmare because of the past, not the … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, Stories, Thoughts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hilma af Klint, a pioneer of abstract art, by Teresa (Y5CAL)

Go to our youtube channel to read the info on this video, if you like! ❤

Posted in Art, Interesting, Materials & Resources, Projects, Videos | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Follow-up for the Writing Assignment on Life Without Teachers

The reason why I gave you, my fifths, this writing assignment is because I had just read this lovely story by Isaac Asimov, The Fun They Had. Enjoy! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tppodcast/2014/05/06/stories-the-fun-they-had-by-isaac-asimov/

Posted in Literature, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learn this poem! Wild Geese, & expand your horizons while you’re in rooms!

Telling yourself this amazing poem will soothe you, like a lullaby, and help you get ready to focus before getting your exam papers! (Demented laughter!) 😀 😀 It also helps when you have to stand for hours in a line! … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, Literature, Poetry | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Are you going to survive the exam or not? (audio)

Listen to this message first! Then read on, if you like! http://vocaroo.com/i/s1bPKUjCcqU6 Sometimes survival is all about understanding a good idea, that allows you to develop the correct attitude. It’s not about competing and cheating, but about focusing and collaborating. … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, Interesting, Politics, Reminders, Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Language Questions, Learning2Learn | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Y5! Very important!

Dear Fifths, The authorities have told us we have to create a C1 group for next year!!! SO… YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL FOR A STUDENTS’ MEETING TO WRITE A REQUEST FOR THIS ANYMORE! Congratulations! ❤ The bad news is … Continue reading

Posted in News & Announcements | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Language Questions, Materials & Resources, News & Announcements | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

English peacelings!: Some episodes at the ESL podcast

Come on! Go for podcasts now! Crush Exams! ❤ This was one of my fav podcasts. The host is not an activist, and for me, he’s rather traditional in his views, but he is not conservative. And he’s a great … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Exams | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Activism, Exams, Lesson Plans, Videos | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

On Speciesism

Earthlings – watch this documentary! (1hour 30 min) Watch at least the first 7 minutes (the intro). You could use that for a re-telling or a monologue! If it stops and you hear a kind of Error beep, just try … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Learning2Learn, Life on the Net, Thoughts, Videos | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Exam info – June & School Annoucement Board

For all: The Announcement Board of the English Department, on the 2nd floor, will be updated in Week 3 of May. It will include the info on dates for the First Part of the exam (L, R, W) we published … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, News & Announcements | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Listening to the news: Child soldiers

African English. After listening a few times, read the transcript and see how well you did! UNICEF: 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central Africa Republic

Posted in Activism | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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.  

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Plans for today and next week

Y5A: Today: doing the money recordings. We could use the second lesson next week to work on the Ten-Point Plan from the novel and on your own Ten-Point Plan! Next week: Y3C: we’ll start the next unit. Hopefull, people will … Continue reading

Posted in Lesson Plans | Tagged , | Leave a comment

June PUCs (certificate exams)

Just for people who haven’t realized yet: on our page here FEBRUARY you can download the new Guía PUC, where everything on the exam is explained (36 pages). You should read it, at some point. The dates for your Escrito, … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, News & Announcements, Reminders | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Barely over a month to go! Your priorities…

Dear all, just a reminder: You should be listening to English every day (textbook audios, now instead of TV series, focus on radio programs/programmes – podcasts) and preparing weekly monologues, or having conversations with your invisible friend! Collecting Useful Language … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, Learning2Learn, Materials & Resources, Reminders | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Exams, Language Questions, Learning2Learn, Reminders | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

About cleaning – Un poquito de por favor!!

I would like to recommend an article I used in class with Advanced students some years, ” So You Wanna Clean Your Apartment? (2 pages) Check out Speaking for housing issues” For a few decades I shared an apartment/flat with … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Language Questions, Materials & Resources, Stories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Clip-supporters’ sabotage?

I’m checking your writings, and this time I’m finding it really difficult to read what some of you wrote because of the stapling! Please, try to read your work after your stapling, once I give it back to you. Walk … Continue reading

Posted in Learning2Learn, Thoughts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Celebrating Book Day

Dear all, next Wednesday, April 25 (International Book Day) and Thursday April 26, I’ll be raffling a few books, to celebrate World Book Day! I created the video My Bedside Table This Winter so that you all can watch it. … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Art, Language Questions, Lesson Plans, Literature, Materials & Resources, Poetry, Politics, Projects, Science, Stories, Thoughts, Travel, Videos | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Updates

I have updated your Diaries, dear students, but I have not included links to all the stuff I’ve been posting, so make sure you watch the videos by students at least! Check the blog out, come on! Tercero: you should’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Contributions, Lesson Plans, Materials & Resources, News & Announcements, Projects, Reminders | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Best Exotic Marigol Hotel – Discussing the movie

Today and tomorrow students will be using their English for the real purpose of discussing this movie and topics that come up in it! What language did you learn? What did you learn about India and Britain? What topics were … Continue reading

Posted in Language Questions, Learning2Learn, Lesson Plans, Literature, Materials & Resources, Projects, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Crazy Summer – Creating a Ten Point Plan

Classroom activities after reading the novel. 5A is opening this way! ❤ TenPoints (3 Word pages, but I’ll print 1 & 2 in one page to give out as a handout) – for Quinto A today.

Posted in Activism, Language Questions, Lesson Plans, Materials & Resources, Poetry, Politics, Projects, Stories, Thoughts, Travel | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thinking about the meaning of verbs (tenses, modals) in Conditional Sentences

For reading in class, and thinking about it (Intermediate, with a final note on Advanced – mixed conditionals). I’ll print it in class. conditionals (1 Word page)

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

Posted in Activism, Life on the Net, Materials & Resources, Videos | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Example of a List of Mistakes (LoM)

michelles2012sampleLoM (5 pages)

Posted in Language Questions, Learning2Learn, Materials & Resources, News & Announcements, Reminders | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Published! But in Spanish…

Anyway, people coming to class will understand this article well, esp. Y5B!!! 😀 Mejorar la comunicación humana a través del aprendizaje de idiomas (parte 1 de 2) – Improving human communication through language learning http://www.mujerpalabra.net/pensamiento/educacion/2014mejorarcomunicacion.htm

Posted in Activism, Language Questions, Learning2Learn, Materials & Resources, Reminders, Thoughts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Chapter 4 – Story of the Internet, by CAL students!

At the end you will find the cards that explain what the Audiobook Project is and why it’s so good for students’ English! Enjoy! Thanks, Mar, for sending your graphic notes! ❤

Posted in Contributions, Life on the Net, Materials & Resources, News & Announcements, Videos | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hope & Wish

This year I’ve been telling you “hope + present or future” and “wish + pasts” meaning that “hope” is used to talk about hopes for the present and future and “wish” is used to talk about future events we think … Continue reading

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Movies in Class! Playing 2 scenes! New video

Posted in News & Announcements, Projects, Videos | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment