Tag Archives: Tercero

Estadísticas Aptos Junio (better late than never)

Y para que veáis el problema del absentismo en cifras y la alegría de Aptos, aunque creo que siempre deberíamos aspirar a mejorarla! El resumen es: Ejercicios Aprobados sobre Ejercicios Presentados en JUNIO. S (son porcentajes normales, buenos. Yo venía … Continue reading

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About to finish evaluating!

Tomorrow it’ll be our last day giving exams. I’m so exhausted and relieved I can’t believe it! 😀 I’m happy about the results this year. Also because I think that the few cases for September are good ideas, I mean, … Continue reading

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Absentismo, evaluación y estadísticas (edited)

Quisiera ayudar a concienciar sobre el impacto del absentismo en la enseñanza pública no obligatoria de idiomas, ofreciendo los datos de mis grupos en el curso 2013-14 respecto a personas que se han presentado a las Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación … Continue reading

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Keep it up, Thirdlings!!

As I only have one group of Y3’s I’ve been able to check/grade the Reading and Listening Tests. A very high percentage of people passed the Reading, and EVERYBODY passed the Listening! I was sure you’d pass the B1 Listening, … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

Well, today I said my goodbyes to Y5CAL and Y5B and tomorrow it’ll be Y5A and Y3C. Thanks for a wonderful year. I’m hopeful about your results, but, as you know, I don’t really care because I know (for the … Continue reading

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Last Exam Tips: relax & focus on/enjoy the tasks…

Pay attention to the teacher when she/he speaks. Remember you’ve got all the exam info on the English Department Announcement Boards (2nd floor, in the corridor leading to the classrooms). Bring your ID card, water/juice, tissue paper, A WATCH, two/four … Continue reading

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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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Revising – common mistakes & confusing words

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Plans for the last lessons together

3ºC – we’ll continue as usual with time for Speaking Test practice Y5’s: About the textbook, my plan is to do the Self-Help Books listening activity, and then practice Speaking Tests. Then we could do a listening activity I’ll design … Continue reading

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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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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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Intermediate Practice Test (cañero)

Dear all, I designed a very hard Intermediate exam for Exam Practice and I wonder if the Fifths would be able to do the listening in Part 2! It’s designed so you can use the Skeleton of Meaning technique, the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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learning new words: vine

Yesterday, in Y3C, thanks to A., I learned a new word! Vine! — it’s not “vine” as in “grapevine” but probably a different word; otherwise, it would be a new meaning for “vine”. Here, check the first entry with the … 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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Intermediate. Writing Tests. Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación (PUCs) – Interacción Escrita

Here is a kind of summary of what we learned/learnt before the Spring holiday. Print it and if you have questions, ask in class! This doc includes a task description, the writing exam strategies we have been training in (before, … Continue reading

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Y3: About unit 7

We need to finish it in April, but if we take a lesson in May, it’s not too bad. Anyway, it all depends on your work. What do you want to check in class? AND Do you want me to … Continue reading

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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

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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)

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Example of a List of Mistakes (LoM)

michelles2012sampleLoM (5 pages)

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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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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

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About asking for the C1 level…

It seems in previous years you were collecting signatures to request the School included the C1 level. This is just to remind you that you have a more direct channel you can also use: you have the right to hold … Continue reading

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Y3: today and for the spring break

Today we talked about people’s mistakes in the job-application letter, and reviewed Exam Strategies for writing applications, plus their structure. People will improve their work and bring a final version for after the holiday. I gave out a Pack on … Continue reading

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About Columbus & other war mongers…

Today in Y3C Germán asked about the so-called Discovery of America (as it was called in our textbook), or the conquest, or the colonization (funny [= strange] we think of Invasions when that happens to us), and I replied that … 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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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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News

Holy Molly! Today — when I’m finally recovering — tomorrow I’ll be in class (demented laughter) — it’s all good news coming in! It’s like the sun coming out everywhere. When you are ill, it feels so horribly gloomy and hopeless! But … Continue reading

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Australia: extra listening activity for Intermedio!

Today I’ve been in bed, so I had the chance to do quite a bit of listening to audiobooks. The Burlington rep visited and gave me copies of some audiobooks for Baccalaurate students. I asked for them because they have … Continue reading

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Gender Issues and Education in Spain

If you want to learn to speak about this issue, under the Francoist dictatorship and how it evolved till today, read these 12 pages by two Spanish teachers who wrote their paper in English. It focuses on PE, but you … Continue reading

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New house! (Cross your fingers)

Tomorrow is the day! If everything runs smoothly, we’ll become the owners of a place to live! We’re buying a semiattached house with a little plot or garden! I became independent when I was 18 and left my mother’s house. … Continue reading

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May & April Y3 Writing Assignments

Use the number of words for Certificate Exam’s “interactions” https://plansnwhatwedid.wordpress.com/writing-formal-letters/ The biography will be for May.

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