Tag Archives: writing

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

Posted in Activism, Contributions, Interesting, Lesson Plans, Life on the Net, Materials & Resources, News & Announcements, Phonetics & Phonology, Podcasts, Projects | 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

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

Posted in Exams, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two more!

Changing Roles, by Alicia HG (Y5A, 2013-14) Sports & Health in Teenagers, by Sergio S (Y5CAL, 2013-14) http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/yourstuff/texts/articles/articles.htm

Posted in Activism, Contributions, Sports | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New contributions!! – Writing by Avanzado students (B2)

Four new pieces. Their authors need to have a look, because I made changes they might not agree with. (Sergio, I rearranged the order of the paragraphs to match the outline of points to tackle in letters and then had an … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

March Writing Assignment for Y5’s (inc. Resources)

Please, read B and C of my “How to write a composition” so you can review a few concepts before thinking of your new assignment. Task description: “Can we learn without teachers?” Write an argumentative article/essay for your educational center/centre … Continue reading

Posted in News & Announcements | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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.

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

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)

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

LoM 3 – Reports

Some people did not use headings, so their piece was more like an article. When we ask you to write a report we mean a business report, an informe! Yes, that can be about what you wrote, but adapted in … Continue reading

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

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

“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

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

Descriptions of houses to rent or sell (for websites)

This has been the Feb writing assignment for my Y3’s (Intermediate, B1) and their work has been outstanding! Congratulations! I’d like to comment a few language points in class (e.g., on the ground/first floor, suitable vs not allowed), and have … Continue reading

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

Your contributions! More writings by Avanzado 2 students!

I just published / I’ve just published three articles by Y5 students on Articles – Writing – Your Stuff at talkingpeople.net: The Mayan Riviera: Paradise!, by María José Malpica (Y5B, 2013-14) Paradise Near Málaga, by Carmen de Paz (Y5B, 2013-14) … Continue reading

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

Time clauses (presents or pasts)

Time clauses in the present (about the future) They never take the future! They need to be in the present (present simple, or present perfect) When you get home, call me – not LoM: “When you‘ll get home”!!!I’ll be in … Continue reading

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

Writing Test Practice

Y5A asked for an extension of the Feb writing assignment deadline, but because it’s already been quite a few months together, and we have a writing schedule announced from the beginning of the course, I said they could change this … Continue reading

Posted in Exams, Language Questions, Learning2Learn | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Language Questions | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Learning2Learn, Lesson Plans, Reminders | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two new pages

Writing Reviews and Travel Phrasebook.

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

Because I don’t follow a textbook all the time…

(because at the Advanced level I try to teach grammar depending on your personal needs for you have spent years learning grammar in theory and in silence), because I don’t follow a textbook in all the work we do in … Continue reading

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

LoM: Reviews (proofreading, rel. cl., ago/before, tenses, structure)

List of Mistakes and Proofreading. Some people keep missing mistakes they can fix if their proofreading skill improved, like forgetting the -s of the 3rd person singular, or adding an “l” to adjectives ending in “l” like “wonderful”, or not … Continue reading

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

More contributions!

And more to come! Sorry for the humongous delay! 😀 http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/credits/2013-2014.html Writing Assignments – in a humongous rush!!! I used bold for new corrections, people, see what you think! Stories: Jesús’s disastrous trip! (Y3C, 2013-2014) Job-Application Letters: Alicia’s job application as a … Continue reading

Posted in Contributions, Learning2Learn, Stories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New contributions published on TP!

Two wonderful job-applications letters, by Josefina and Carmen (Y5) and a monologue on jobs: Why I would like to be a farmer, by Carmen (Y5) Sorry for delays! There’s much coming up! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/credits/2013-2014.html

Posted in Contributions, Learning2Learn, News & Announcements | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feedback on my corrections

Today an adorable student told me about her concerns with my corrections. First of all, she thanked me for writing my feedback and corrections in pencil. She said seeing all that in red would probably crush her confidence. This is important: … Continue reading

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

Work just published: application letter and mini sagas

Just published Sara’s job-application letter http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/yourstuff/texts/letters.htm and created the webpage to host Avanzado 2 mini sagas, including three wonderful pieces in it! Anon., Felipe (new) http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/yourstuff/yourtexts.htm These authors are credited in the Thanks section devoted to course 2013-14: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/credits/2013-2014.html Thanks … Continue reading

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

Letter from Ireland – looking after bay bees!

Dear Michelle!! I would like to share with you & my classmates how to look after babies in Northern Ireland. Well due to because my host family is a single parent, we have to be very organized with everything. If not, … Continue reading

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