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FAQ – Speaking Test & Pics in Monolog(ue)

Today Sara (Y5B, guest student at the Y5A lesson today) asked me about the pictures under the instructions for your monologue. She had the pictures of three kinds of buildings and didn’t know how to call each kind of house. … Continue reading

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New video on One Crazy Summer!

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For CAL students! Zokorro! :D

Dear students, I’ve been gathering the General Useful Classroom Language everybody sent in, but my eyes are sore after 10 pages and I’m not sure it’s ready for publication and recording, so here’s what. If you find some time, can … 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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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

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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/

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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

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Very Important: 2 Reminders!

Reminder 1: in the FIRST 3 lessons in May I’ll jot down the names of people who know who they want to take their Speaking test with. (The rest will be summoned to the oral, too, of course. No worries. … Continue reading

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For CAL students! Our project on Useful Classroom Language!

Dear CAL students! I have just published a Page where I have included the Useful Classroom Language I have collected from you all so far (black navbar above, first line) *CAL – The Useful Language Project! (Page here) Please, check … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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Games. If that person were a colo(u)r, what colo(u)r would he or she be?

Today we were practicing/practising conditional sentences in Y3 and I remembered a game I used to play with friends which was a favo(u)rite of mine! Imagine you are a group of friends. One leaves the room. The rest choose /chus/ … Continue reading

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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

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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

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The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

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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

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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! ❤

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Movies in Class! Playing 2 scenes! New video

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New video: Audiobook Project by 5CAL!

Chapter 8, enjoy!

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New video: another childhood memory, the Indian Mountain!

It includes a list of items that make María José’s language range rich.

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New video: Trip to Denmark!

Enjoy!

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About the videos

The reason why I’m taking so long with the videos (pending: Y5CAL’s Audio Project, for instance!) is because I’m not managing with the machines! I have some trouble with transferring the videos from the camera to my computer, and I’m … Continue reading

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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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Textual Structure is not about school, it’s about life

Today I was trying to explain to an adorable student who thinks he is not capable of learning how to write different kinds of texts why I disagree with him. Human life is all about texts, both oral and written. … Continue reading

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About Certificate Exams!

Here is the new guide! Everything is carefully explained. Guía Alumnado PUC 2013_14 (36 pdf pages) “SPEAKING” PROPOSAL FOR MY CERTIFICATE GROUPS: Please, every week, have a look at some of the Speaking Tests that have been given in previous … Continue reading

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Star signs (wot?!)

When I was a teenager, at home, we had great fun reading a very thick red book by Linda Goodman, where she depicted “How to recognize” people having whichever star sign. I do not believe in astrology (for we are … Continue reading

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Why I am not moved by people saying they were nervous (edited)

I’m not moved when I have to certify that students have reached a level and they can’t show they have the level because “they were nervous”. Everybody is nervous in a speaking test, forgodssake! But some manage, and some don’t. … Continue reading

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I’m gonna keep you with me next year!!

So don’t you worry about the Speaking Test. You won’t have a chance! (Demented laughter) Being nervous is no excuse! Apart from English, I’ve been teaching you to be resourceful,so if you don’t manage to pull your shit together and … Continue reading

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Another childhood memory!!

Listen to this. It’s wonderful! At the end I mention the 3 mistakes Sergio makes, and also assess his performance. Enjoy!

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Msg to students! Please read (edited)

Dear students, I’m still working on Writings to publish and on audios to turn into videos with your pics. This last mission is really time-consuming but it is certainly worth it! Soon-ish I’ll be publishing these videos: A trip, another Book … 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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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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As part of your daily listening to English…

Download the Dialogues and the Useful Language episodes (especially the 3 episodes called Communicative Strategies for conversations) here on the Talking People podcast and make sure every day you listen and repeat to some. When you finish, start again, consolidate! … Continue reading

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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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Handouts this week!

Improving your fluency and accuracy by using Communicative Strategies (Oral drilling) I’ve given all my groups (Quinto, Tercero) the doc here called: What’s the word for…? For Y3’s this is very interesting because you will consolidate your relative clauses. For … Continue reading

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customer and client

Both can get goods or services, but — One is a “customer” at grocery stores / shops, at malls / shopping centres, at restaurants… and when skilled tradespeople give you a service, like carpenters, plumbers, electricians… Now, if you are … Continue reading

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