Hoy después de curro y médicos he bajado a nadar al mar, fresco y no frío, toda la playa vacía de turistas, el mar como una balsa, con ondas. Cuando estaba panza arriba flotando a la deriva, pensando en cómo la gente tiene como adicción a generar tensiones sin que gane nada o haya necesidad, de pronto CAÍ EN QUE ¡ESTE AÑO FUE EXCEPCIONAL profesionalmente para mí!
*C1 Resource Pack y la tercera generación del grupo de C1 en mi Escuela: publiqué mis apuntes de 30 años de enseñanza comunicativa, transformativa, cooperativa, independiente, aplicados al nivel avanzado de Inglés. En las estadísticas de mi C1 creí que repetirían 4 personas, lo que ya sería unos resultados muy muy buenos (porque en EOI hay mucho absentismo). Pero ocurrió un sueño realmente: por primera vez en mi carrera en la pública de un grupo de 25, sólo una persona no siguió…
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Class of 2017 will be remembered for a smashing result at Certificate Exams. In the C1 half, there were 15 students registered, and 14 followed the course and took the exam, and passed in June or in the September resit! The one who failed never came to class or took the exams. In the C1 CAL half, the 10 students in our list followed the course and also took the exams and passed. I wanted to congratulate you all and celebrate it here! Thanks so much for your work. Hopefully, the people who just reached the level this year (considering an advanced level requires two years of hard and joyful work, mostly developing the habit of using English in different ways, with original materials) should try to keep up their good work now, as resourceful and independent lifelong learners of English! ❤
You’re welcome to use all of our materials and volunteer OPs in class or contributions for talkingpeople.net!
Remember to re-read the C1 Resource Pack, for you may find it even more useful now! 🙂
Have a lovely bilingual life! ❤
2017-18 course blog: https://c1coursebymf2017.wordpress.com/
This is just a reminder for people needing to resit part of their June PUC.
The exam will be in class (Room 1). It starts at 9.00 am and will last till 14.30.
Bring your ID, water, tissues, and some energetic drink or food! No mobiles or the like. Bring a wrist watch.
You just need to come to the part you flunked. Times for that:
I hope you feel curious about taking the test, and happy to do so. Try not to suffer. If you flunked, we could work together again next year! ❤ Here is the new blog for next year: https://c1coursebymf2017.wordpress.com/ I have been working hard on trying to improve how to manage things while protecting people’s freedom to choose! 😀
Big hug! See you around! ❤
For videos I create for classroom use or as support outside the classroom. I’m staring with videos I created around Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale (dystopia).
MF’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv-hLAVmGoPIYqrEXIc1IpQ/featured
Remember I’ve got another video channel on vimeo: EOI Teacher Sharing C1 Work – with my videos on How-to’s and Sts’ exam training orals, and that I created a video channel on youtube for our School, called EFL Learners Speaking English, with playlists for the different levels. Up to course 2016-17, all the videos in the Básico 1, Avanzado 2 and C1 playlists are by my students.
I’m really critical of what patriachal cultures have done to love. And in some ways, this thinker is exploring in a similar sense.
Some of the most important things in life are complicated in fact, but that’s because we don’t learn to deal with the complex. Complex doesn’t necessarily mean complicated, really. And love, well, that can be an amazing beautifully complex experience far from war, torture, suffering… Perhaps learning to love is one of the most important things we can learn in life! 🙂 ❤
More Listening work: About the book she mentions on metaphors (Metaphors We Live By), there’s a very interesting episode on the Talking People Podcast, around the patriarchal metaphor that equals discussing things to war.
And some reading: here’s an interesting article on constructive things that can be done To Stay in Love
Last, reading and listening: To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This!
Recordatorio: ver las fechas de septiembre y horas, que estarán publicadas en julio en el Tablón de Inglés del centro.
El Escrito ya lo sacó la Junta cuando salieron las fechas de junio y os copié aquí también, o sea, creo que ya lo sabéis. For the flies, os lo comento es que es un lunes por la mañana a las 9.00 (pero comprobadlo si eso).
El Oral creo recordar que lo pusimos en el Departamento para dos días después con convocatoria única a las 16.00, pero igual, miradlo en el Tablón del centro porque Jefatura de Estudios repasa lo que entregamos y puede hacer ajustes y en principio saca la versión suya para que pueda consultarse en julio. Puede que avisen por la web, pero de esto no estoy segura.
One is for Cristina R, and it seems other people might be interested. I bought the Bedtime stories here. It’s got a 50% discount now. With shipping it’d be about 15 euros, without it’s 9 pounds, about 10 euros.
This one is for Romina and Desi, but you might be interested. It’s a poem I wrote when the heirs of June Jordan’s told me I could not share my translation of one of her poems and articles on mujerpalabra.net unless I paid them some money. I had written to them to offer them what I thought was a present, because the author is amazing and she’s not been translated into Spanish. When I explained why I thought they should not do that, they told me I was barking up the wrong tree, so I wrote this:
Mr Wrong Tree (copyright repression)
ARTISTS: PROTECT YOUR WORK FROM HEIRS
Mr Wrong Tree,
I’m not barking
It’s called ‘dialog’
It comes from caring
It’s wholly human
Sorry it’s so disturbing
Human, not like the money
you’re asking for: Ugly,
for all the rights it kills
for all the love it denies
for all the crimes it makes up
Hope you earn a living using her words
Your rights more vital than her work
for humanity — after all, you’re still alive
Still, we’ll mourn the silence you impose
and cry against it — and hope she survives
your suffocating love and protection
Your murderous enforcement of law & order, Mr Wrong
Well, tomorrow your results will be published. I already told you what I thought about your levels, and you must surely have a feel of what your level is, considering my opinion and your own and what you know about our work together and how people speak English.
I think the results are good. You know I don’t believe in the exam system as a reliable source to learn about people’s achievement and abilities, but I’m OK with the results. I wish people published their statistics, so we could learn about results elsewhere, but I would say that we are above average. About half of the group has passed the tests on the four skills in June, and 6 people have to do a resit for one of the skills, which is actually good news, because it gives them the chance to grow stronger in that skill this summer. The other overall fail marks are very few people with just two skills to resit in September. So there’ll be more vacancies for more people to sign up for this course. There are 97 applications and we register up to 27 students each year, but well, my prediction was that half of the people could be taking this course again next year (yes, I was exaggerating, but I prefer to be cautious) and that won’t be the case. I think we might have a maximum of three + 1 absentist staying for the new course.
Well, I hope no one gets an unpleasant surprise!
See you in “Revisión” if you failed any of the parts and/or at the dinner you all organized. And/Or have a lovely summer! Don’t forget to keep you level up and also to keep learning!
Well, years ago, when the author was young and lost, she wrote this story, after learning about the Higgs Boson. She simply couldn’t believe it! There WAS an explanation, after all! 😀
The bad thing — the story’s in Spanish! So don’t feel obliged, I understand! ❤
Find the info in this post! ❤
Best of luck tomorrow! ❤ Today, the tests for Intermedio were so interesting and lovely! and people were generally really happy! And everything was so well organized! 🙂 I’ve tidied up class, too! 😀 ❤
En este post, toda la información!
Teacher donates Zinn books to schools
The bound-to-be-formed DIF Working Group (Grupo de trabajo Desarrollando inteligencia feminista) is going to meet on June 29 or the 30th (Thurs. or Friday), in the afternoon or evening, depending on people’s preferences. Coming to this informal meeting doesn’t oblige you, so if you are curious or would like to join in, please, send an email to inteligenciafeminista AT gmail DOT com as soon as you can, so we can agree on a date and time! Thanks
Here’s the newly update Announcement Board, which you can actually read by clicking on the pic and using the magnifying glass! 😀
Social change and gender in India. Movie industry
Just finished. It was Assange in English, Gabilondo in Spanish, on TV, but here there’s simultaneous translation, so if you find it as in the original, please, post the link!
My notes on two ideas Assange mentions:
Assange, interviewed by Gabilondo
G: Fear of going to prison being accused of major crimes?
A: Perhaps at the beginning, but then he thinks and feels it would be exciting – a new world, lots to learn
His fear is that of not being engaged
Dystopias are more unlikely than utopías
Look. The C2 is not, as you can see, about General English. The top level in General English is the C1, advanced. The C2 is for specialized courses, monográficos in Spanish. However, I’m fearing the authorities have in mind using the C2 level as if it were the C1.2, which would be a gross mistake.
The C1 should be two years, in General English, I mean. And then we could have amazing C2 courses on things like this:
- Women Writers
- Native American Literature
- Learning to Listen
- Writing Workshop
- Speaking in Public
- Fundraising & Employment Workshop
- Language Workshop
- The Travel Workshop
- Our World in English
Well, today we just had two people doing the Speaking Test Practice, Desi and Romina, and they did great, and Maria José kindly videoshot them, so now we have a video example of a real speaking test (in terms of format). Thanks!
We started the lesson with María José’s Listening activity on Who Owns our Data, which was a challenge, but people did quite well. It was interesting too, and we had some comments by students.
I read out the summonings to orals, and thought they had been published on the second floor but it turns out not yet! I suppose it’ll happen soon. I stuck my copy on the entrance door, inside, for your information, anyway.
At the beginning of the lesson we also talked a bit about wordformation in English, and Lucía showed us her work gathering examples of what she had read! If next day people fail to come to do their oral practice, we might scratch some time off for this!
Next day is our last lesson together. We’ll read stories if we manage it, and I’ll invite you to join me in an end-of-month informal meeting in June, to see if you would like to volunteer some time for Education to Equality! I’ll give everybody our Coeducación brochure, anyway. I’m also interested in your contributions to English projects, once you pass and leave!
En la web de la EOI Fuengirola – Novedades (link debajo de foto de portada), toda la info de exámenes en junio.
En la web de Coeducación, un cuestionario por si queréis rellenarlo y entregarlo en algún momento antes del fin del curso. Nos ayudaría mucho!
If you missed Eulàlia’s conference, now you can enjoy it! It will probably be a transformative inner experience. If you are lucky, something inside will click and your view on language will become wiser, this is, it will help you trash lots of common misconceptions and unconscious prejudice!
If you wish to read my statement, in Spanish, it’s here, below the graphic:
Perhaps next Monday we can play exams in this way:
to tackle the problem mentioned today by Soluna, about interactions being unbalancing, really, when one role is that of having to explain things and the other of making questions.
My idea is: why don’t some of you prepare a situation of that kind and on Monday you give me the role of the one that needs to ask, or answer, when the other needs to give explanations? I’d like to show you how we can try and balance the amount of language each can offer.
Perhaps Soluna could play today’s role and I could take Lorena’s, or any of you could make a different proposal. Whatever!
The word docs will not open here. check your downloads!
Inversions after negative adverbials (1 page)
Here are some of the verbs we talked about today:
Infinitive or Gerund? 4 (1 page)
Subjunctive: Suggest (1)
Suggest, advice and recommend:
Today we reviewed some language points, and I said I’d post examples on “suggest” and check “recommend”, “advice”… I will. Soon-ish!
We had to rearrange plans, as Dolores told us her classmates were not coming. So we moved that performance for our last lesson together, when after listening to them, and giving them feedback, we’ll celebrate the end of the course read each of us a story from an amazing book I just bought online. I’ll also give you a brochure of our courageous proyect Desarrollando inteligencia feminista.
So today we listened to Lucía, Karen & Sergio, who did really well! ❤ And there were very funny parts too! Next day I’ll comment mistakes so you all see what we notice most. They would probably pass, the three of them, but Lucía and Karen made some mistakes I think they could avoid next time!
Then we listened to Soluna and Lorena, who made interesting mistakes now they will probably avoid when taking the exam, which is good news! ❤ Soluna would probably pass, but she needs to be more aware of balance in the amount of language each of them offers, and Lorena could pass but she needs to speak more, finish her sentences, and avoid mistakes.
Avoiding mistakes takes lots of monitoring one’s production, so I recommend you practice listening to yourselves, and use my edited videos, because they will help you develop this skill. As you watch the videos and read my notes on mistakes, jot down whatever is useful for your own monitoring.
Speaking Exam Summonings: I reviewed my draft document, trying to find a solution to the situation of us having more people come in June to the oral. Just now, I’ve written to Lourdes, to see if she’s coming. And I’ll send an email to Mario, too. But the idea is to have Sergio and Mario together. The thing is I can’t put them together because Mario has not registered for the oral and I need to see if he comes in “Convocatoria única” to assign him a time and a partner.
Last, we did not manage to read the intro to the lexical creativity workshop, so please, read it, print it all and have a look. If we don’t manage to read it in class, anyway, I’d like you all to create words in English next Monday. So work on this this week. It’ll help you with wordformation, which is interesting for whenever we don’t understand a word, for instance.
I gave some writings back, and there are more to go. You can’t hand in writings next week, so keep this in mind! If I don’t manage to finish (today I need to write out my defence for the sanctions for going on a strike last March 8 because tomorrow is my deadline! And I have so much work to do I’m not sure I’ll manage it all for Wed), you’ll all get your work back next Monday for sure.
Please, read the C1 Resource Pack on Speaking, to consolidate things we’re considering these days: not speaking Spanish or explaining what it means, balanced turn-taking, balanced production (as balanced as possible), having an intro and an ending, asking, making comments, follow-up language…
As Lucía enjoyed it, I’m reblogging it!
When I was a teenager, at high school, I was very lucky, because I discovered a game I love, “Si fuera…”. In those days, Franco had just died and high schools were wonderful places, at least my high school was, a public school where teachers were putting into practice what they couldn’t do during the dictatorship. High schools were better places than today because they were not prisons for teachers and students. During the break we could simply walk out of the school to go to a nearby bakery to buy our morning snack, “una palmera, un cuerno de chocolate”. When a teacher was ill, he or she had the right to stay home and get his or her salary anyway (not like today), and we, the students, had the chance to have a free hour! We learned/learnt to be free in…
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Post your questions or comments!
14. Look what bag I made. I made it myself. I’m really/very proud of myself.
15. Look what bag I made (for) myself.
Note: by myself, on my own, alone = physicall alone
16. How do you do that? (thinking in terms of a general truth) or How can you do that? (thinking in terms of ability)
Note: You = impersonal; How is that made? = only if it’s not an action, but something you create, so to speak.
17. One never knows. (You never know)
18. He was arrested
Note: when “they” is uninteresting, obvious (boring, like here), unknown, in English the passive is a most likely option.
19. We were told you were away
20. We’re not on speaking terms / We don’t talk to each other / We don’t talk to one another any more
21. There used to be a cinema / movie theater over here
22. It’s close / It’s nearby / It’s near here
23. Probably, she won’t agree / She’ll probably disagree / She’s likely not to agree / It’s likely that she won’t agree
24. Instead (of that), hand me the stapler, please / Instead, pass me the stapler, please
25 Let’s hail/stop/get a taxi. Otherwise, we’ll never get there
Note: call a taxi (phone, or in/on the street)
Aquí está el tercer tramo de la celebración, tras las conferencias feministas que tuvimos la suerte de poder ofreceros. Fiesta el 19, con talleres en todas las aulas y entrada libre, claro, y cena final (pero había que apuntarse, preguntad hoy si se os pasó). Se presenta además la revista en la que hemos estado trabajando todo el año, que es multimedia y accesible online. Esperamos que lo disfrutéis.
Más info sobre la Exposición Biblioteca Feminista aquí: https://coeducacioninteligenciafeminista.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/19-mayo-taller-biblioteca-feminista-para-celebrar-el-25-aniversario/
I’m so happy about having found this article! It tells you so many things I’ve discovered in life and tried to facilitate learning in class! Please, read. It will help you see what I mean when I urge you to destroy Exam Culture by developing curiosity, improving your self-assessment, and developing a more positive approach to learning, more connected to learning about yourselves and others, through language, developing habits that will bring enjoyment and lifelong learning. This is why our C1 course (state-run education for adults in Spain) is all about transformative, collaborative & meaningful learning on top of being communicative learning of course. (Did you read our Programación? It’s on talkingpeople.net – Enter – In Class – C1)
- c1_articles_learningtolearn (4 Word pages)
Lucía enjoyed this post on the 2015-2016 C1 course year, so I’m reblogging it for you all! Thanks, Lucía!
Tip about Making your Language Range Richer. I was thinking that the key for identifiying C1’s is not so much we use a specific C1 itembut that we use VARIED language items, that’s why I mentioned varied tenses, varied modals, modifiers, different kinds of clauses, possessives, plurals, all the diversity that C1 users of a language can produce quite naturally. And paraphrasing is typical in natives, right? I mean, we say something and then say it again in a different way. Just notice how you speak Spanish, what you do with language.
If you want your certificate this year, don’t fret, just work harder now and go for it! It’s possible for people whose level is not clearly a C1. It’s always possible to achieve something that seems hard to achieve, against all odds, too! As a teacher, I’ve often witnessed that, and knowing…
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Nobody asked, I know. But a lovely dinner with the one you love and some wine has catapulted me to unknown territories, so I’m about to risk making everybody feel I said too little, or I did not say much, or anything useful, or new. It should not sound new to you, for certain. After all, I’ve been giving you feedback all the way, haven’t I?
Tipsy as I am, let me make a very global assessment of where I think you all stand at the moment. Remember that the truth is that levels can go up and down in amazing ways, all depending on how much we use the language and the range of different kinds of oral and written texts we use. If you feel I should change or delete something, feel free to tell me!
My Evaluation of your English
In my view there’re some people who are clearly in the consolidated C1 level at the speaking level, which is key for me: Dessi, Lucía, Karen, Marta, Sonia, Soluna, Romina, Mario, Cristina R, Isabel. Lucía & Karen, you have made great progress from what I know from your English. Karen I think you learned a lot about academic matters, like textual structure. Keep it up! And thanks for all the work you did to keep us in shape! Lucía has been key for me in the hardest part of the course, when she shared all her love for the language and Ireland, and lighted up our classroom. Isabel you make mistakes at times, but your fluency and relationship to English is so positive and wonderful. Marta, Soluna, Romina, Cristina R speak amazing English and I’m very grateful to the work Soluna, Romina, Sonia and Marta shared with us and particularly touched and encouraged by the fact they found some use in our course here. ❤ Germán’s work throughout the course has been impressive. What I think you can improve is flying, walking those fields you might feel more uncomfortable or insecure in. I think you would grow even more. But it might not be a good idea. I’m not pushing for that, OK? People are a mystery to me! Sergio’s English is amazing, his way of approaching subjects is thorough in different ways. Silences are an area you could work in, though! Because we live in this kind of world. But on the other hand, why should you? It’s nice to hear silence when people speak. And it would be nicer if we were not thinking about time limits! 😀 ❤ Emilia and Lorena are there, too. Emilia you can learn more and more and I’m sure you will. Listen and repeat to useful language so you are more resourceful in conversations. You are! You are! But sometimes you can’t find the words for very everyday messages, and that can be fixed by watching TV series, for instance. I love your pace, and tranquility, your very positive relationship to learning and English. How no exam is going to have an impact on your relationship to English. ❤ Lorena needs to work — and has, and has made progress — on avoiding fossilized mistakes, or pay more attention to grammar in her weak points as she listens, to make her production more regular, because your fluency and resourcefullness is amazing, really. Dolores and María José are there too. Dolores you have made amazing English-speaking progress in your English, you’ve made good progress on structural matters too, you’ve balanced your level in the four skills. You’re so sensitive to noticing language, like Sonia, and your work has been relevant so you’re reaping the fruits now. Maria José has lots of vocabulary and great resourcefulness too. But your risk is too much translating from Spanish at times, which results in not sounding as natural in their use of language. I think you would profit from “copying” English from natives (useful language, so to put it) because your spontaneity and confidence would bloom. Cristina B, you’re there too. I wouldn’t mind having you next year. I think you would love it and learn much more. Because it’s all very recent and if you don’t keep it up you will fall back to the B2 level fast. But I think if you pass, you will keep your level up, because you have experienced the progress your good work help you make, alongside the trip.
Clara hopefully will be passing her tests, but your speaking needs more work to match the quality of her astounding writing. Your work has been wonderful and I hope to find the time to publish what you sent because lots of people will find it useful.
By the way, if you all send me stuff for publication, or better still, post it here, I hope to be publishing it on TP at some point.
I think that Gema, Encarni, Luz and Marina need another year to learn some things I think they can learn and use for making their English much better. But Gema and Luz have good chances to pass and hopefully will. I’m just saying this because your progress is too fresh and as I mentioned above when I spoke to Cristina B, if you don’t continue working, in a different way, too, you could stagnate in a kind of academic approach that would prevent you from learning all you can actually learn. So when you pass, remember you need to work with your English more in the lines I describe in the C1 Resource Pack and not so much doing textbook exercises. Move beyond their learning style and work to enter the arena this course encourages, that allows people to make their use of the language a more natural occurrence, where it’s more important what we learn that the language itself, and draws you away from the “exercise” kind of approach (where the exercise is more important that actual communication), that moves most people at the advanced level away from consolidating their love for the language. In any case, I think you can pass the tests, and Luz you have certainly made progress in your writing! I’m looking forward to hearing you speak!
I don’t know much about Encarni, right? But I think what I say to Gema and Luz might be of use.
And about Marina, well, I’ve already mentioned it in class. I think you’ve learned a lot. You could learn much more, and enjoy your use of English longer, because your approach is evolving and very positive, and you have some more to discover. But again, if you pass, I won’t be any kind of obstacle in your way! 😀
Now — has all this got anything to do with who will pass? Mostly not. Exam taking in societies where people still trust more Exam culture than Lifelong learning is a very destructive thing, like an oracle. You never know what will happen. I’ve seen people with a consolidated advanced level having to come in September to take one part of the exam they failed because they could not control their fear, mostly due to severe traumas at school. And I’ve seen people who did not have an advanced level yet, not a consolidated one, I mean, but who worked really hard, pass with flying colours. When the head of studies asked me what’s your estimate of how many people will take the course again next year? I said 1/3 in C1 and 1/2 in C1 CAL (2 absentists/absenteests, hahaha, in each group), because the statistics in Euskadi, the only ones we have from other schools, say a 17% pass but in our school they’re better, which is not to say anything about anyone because I don’t believe in the exam system, but which explains I have given an estimate which might be totally wrong, because you might all pass, like people last year (between now and September). Last year, from the people following the course, only 1 person failed, and that was because she decided not to take some of the tests.
Well, let me know what you think about this post. Do you think it was a bad idea?