Answer Keys

Functional Translation Exercise

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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)

 

Answer Key to 2016 Reading Test

Germán asked me to post the key, so that’s what I am going to do right now, considering we have lots of different things to do next day. If you have questions about the answers, please, post them here, so that everyone can see.

MY REQUEST is that you all tell me in class if you passed the 2016 listening test and the result of this reading too. As I need everybody’s marks and some people might need more time to do the reading, PLEASE, LET’S AGREE EVERYBODY TELLS ME THE TWO MARKS NEXT MON. (Caps for emphasis, not shouting!)

Task 1 1p 2i 3c 4f 5r 6k 7e 8b 9m 10j 11q 12a 13d 14o

Task 2 1c 2b 3b 4c 5a 6c 7a 8c

(Edited to fix mistakes!) Coordinating efforts. Homework, Lesson Plans & More Stuff!

Today we did some work in language awareness around the use of tenses.

We agreed on the following:

For next day: people will try to solve the gapped text, so that next day you can all work in small groups and reach agreements, and also develop awareness on choices. We will also do the two pending listening texts, on the back of the worksheet for the Richard Burton listening we did last. Then it’d be great to check your work on the Listening on Pets — please, search “pets” here and get the key, but I’d like to listen to you all on this gapped exercise. And we could also check some of the sentences I gave for translation, and/or to listen to people narrating stories in past, where they can use the different tenses and modals in the past!

For next Monday: people agreed they would transcribe the news items we worked on the listening exercise before the spring hols. In this way, you would practice real communication and all that.

About more pending work, it’s up to you what we do in class. It all depends on what you manage to do. If time has passed, perhaps you could agree on your whatsapp group what you want to check the following day and then just send me an email so I know. I’m open to proposals. If there are no proposals, don’t worry, I’ll keep on as usual! Bombing you with activities you could be doing! 😀

I explained that the reason why we have pending stuff is because as I am shy to ask — because I always fear people did not do their homework, which is actually the case most of the time, or at least, nobody tells us in class, Hey, let’s check this or that — then I simply design more activities. But if we did half of what I’ve designed for you (I really need to stop working so hard at home, it’s mostly your turn now), it’d be great and enough, considering I work every week for you but never get to exploit that effort getting your work back! Of course, I’m generalizing, so if you do your homework, please, don’t take it personal.

For the rest of our time together my plans are:

  • Language awareness (doing the Lexical Creativity workshop, too) + Writing feedback and your LoMs or questions or sharing your work on how you worked to overcome fossilized mistakes!
  • Reading some more articles (crowdfunding, the internet, … )
  • Doing another C1 Reading and Listening test (not the one on the Junta’s website, so you can do it in May or June, just before your exams)
  • and Orals: you’ll work in pairs on an exam, and then come to class, do the monologues and the dialogues and getting feedback. I’ll asign a test for each pair. You decide who your partner is. And then we’ll book dates for sharing that work. If anyone had the time to coordinate all this, I could just print the tests and give them to that person. If no one has the time, it’s OK, of course! ❤ Listening to your partners will probably be as valuable as doing the exercise. We learn a lot from watching other perform! then, if any pair is willing to be videoshot, that’d be great for other students! Thanks!

Some tips are: if you feel you are not in the advanced level, now is not the moment to quit or fret. Just keep working, it’ll be good for your English and it’ll increase your chances to pass in June, or in June and September. In my view, to speak a language well takes having developed habits of using the language in various ways, on different kinds of topics. If you have managed to learn to learn, then if you pass and I think you haven’t reached the level, I wouldn’t feel bad, because I’d be sure you would keep the effort up and develop your command over the language. Of course, what I feel is immaterial, I just mean to say that the key to be a competent user of the language is a love for using the language and learning it, and not so much reaching a level. Levels change a lot throughout time depending on this, on use! ❤

And here is Querer a una feminista, in case you are interested! ❤
http://www.mujerpalabra.net/quereraunafeminista/index.html

Follow-up on Hidden Figures & news on upcoming podcast episodes & videos

I’m posting my personal notes on the reading activity we did in class, which included spotting participle clauses. As you probably know, some people posted here their answers and I gave them feedback. Feel free to continue doing so with any pending work we have, or any work you do on your own. (I hope to hear about this last point on Monday, anyway.)

I’m also creating a podcast episode with conversations on movies, about this movie — examples for levels Básico, Intermedio, Avanzado and C1!

And I’m trying to upload the one-hour video on Iceland! But I’m having lots of technical problems! It took me that long because I had to empty my computer and install everything again, and the iMovie interface changed, so I spent zillions of hours trying to finish editing this video. Now it’s so heavy it’s taking ages to upload. But that’s life! We’re lucky to be able to do this kind of thing! ❤

About Today’s Lesson & BH Key

Today we had few people, some important questions and a lovely activity around BH – To Belong.

Reading Projects: people wrote their names and projects and I’ll be creating a Page above for you all to complete the info, and with info on the projects, too. Ideas and the schedule we agreed on.

Winter Hol work: I’ll post about this this week, OK? But working on listening is a priority, and I’ll post on two documentaries.

Language item: acquaintances and friends, to be acquainted with something/someone, to get acquainted with something/somebody. To be familiar with. The more acquainted you are with a documentary the better your outline becomes. For instance, my first outline of BH – To Belong was with key words on experiments, mostly, but have a look at my latest outline:

My second outline (much more about the points, not so much about the experiments — evolution to a deeper understanding!)

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BH – To Belong:

Key (though pops next day we could go through it, in case there are some interesting items): belong / a sense of self / seeing – off / attachment / hooked up / naked / mirrors / monitored / grow up / price / crawling / consoled / unhealthy / is about to / engage / subside / initiat / engrossed / Research’s shown / fades / receive / encourages / how / emerge / fit in / milestone / as a / examine / solve / preventing – from / further / it’s the mat’s fault / she is standing / roll up / concluded.

We reviewed the work we did the other day, for newbies to this activity. Then we watched twice.

Then people spoke and talked. Although they were initially reluctant, they finally did so and I’m very grateful for this! 🙂 ❤ : Germán and Sonia made a great summary, and together! — without having planned it beforehand! Karen and Maria José, Dolores and Sergio discussed their highlights, which included childhood memories, thoughts on learning processes, education and mistakes, and bonding in the family. (Please, feel free to post your comments below, because it was all really interesting. It was a very C1 thing to relate the input to one’s own world, with that depth.)

Here’s the cartoon Karen mentioned (good for this post, too):
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I mentioned how strange some mainstream connections are, such as if you ask somebody to do you a favo(u)r, without allowing a natural yes or no, this is, expecting the person just to say yes, because if the person says no that means (and here is the strange connection, some consistently taught in society) the person does not love you. The kind of connections that lead us all to lie and justify lying.

Clara borrowed Baby Human, Sonia borrowed Sherman Alexie’s novel, and Sergio the printing of a screenplay for his reading project.

I asked about our last lesson together this year, and Germán suggested we did nothing! 😀 Lucía will bring a song, and I will bring a story. NOW THAT I THINK OF IT, IT’S THE DAY FOR YOUR POEMS!!! SHIT! I FORGOT!

Oh well. We’ll see if a kind soul tells us a poem! ❤

Remember all to check out this blog for info on our plans for the hols! 🙂 ❤

Worksheets on Collocations: 57 & 58 (Key & Lang. Comments)

Key 57

  1. 1 bright, 2 give; mean, 3 up; decent, 4 travels, 5 bad; sleep, 6 know
  2. 1 really/absolutely delighted, 2 been on the go, 3 a great pleasure, 4 really/very much looking forward, 5 came as a bit of a shock, 6 brutally honest, 7 didn’t have much luck, 8 cause (trouble), 9 We very much/sincerely hope, 10 (It) occurred to me that, 11 don’t go to any trouble on my account, 12 Give me a ring (Drop me a line/Drop me at the next traffic lights).
  3. FACE REALLY RELIEF EMAIL BACK REASON FEEBLEEXCUSE

Key 58

  1. 1 broke his promise, 2 offer any explanation, 3 reaffirm my commitment to, 4 rejected the charge, 5 dodge the question, 6 betrayed the trust
  2. 1 (he) gave repeated assurances, 2 (He) went back on his promise to, 3 rarely give a straight answer, 4 (he) made a (firm) commitment to, 5 for keeping your promise, 6 (he) fielded a number of hostile questions, 7 better channels of communication, 8 I take your point but, 9 He gave a full apology – mostly he’s! Beat that!
  3. 1 Alex 2 Brona 3 Simon 4 Arlene 5 Finn
  4. We need to confront the issue of rape, With all due respect I think your view is biased because, Establish communication is step number 1 in problem-solving, OK, that’s a fair comment, The football player issued a denial after reports in the papers that he had raped an underaged, The student put an interesting question to the lecturer

As I worked with these sheets, I thought of mentioning these points, for more language awareness on different kinds of issues:

Extreme adjectives don’t use “very” but “absolutely/really” and the like!, e.g., I’m absolutely delighted to announce… As this issue came up in Intermedio, I asked Germán to review that and share what he knows about it.

Expressing emphasis: That’s a feeble excuse, if ever there was one! (if ever…)

MEAN: He didn’t mean any harm. / I didn’t mean it that way (when you’re misunderstood)

DESCRIPTIONS: thick-skinned / blue-eyed, wide-shouldered, hard-headed… She has blue eyes / Her eyes are blue / A blue-eyed woman came to me and said…

ON: from “I’ve been on the go all week”, I just thought we might review “on” phrases of this kind: I’m on a business trip / on a holiday, We went on a day-trip to Gibraltar, The kids went on an excursion to the mountain.

Is it (still) on? = Sigue vigente el plan? (informal) or also, Siguen poniendo la peli/serie?

Key says: Are you still UP for a night out? Check this out: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/learner-english/be-up-for-sth (focus: want to do it) But you can also say, Are you still in? (we’re in and out of plans when we decide to join or not to join people) (but not followed by “for” because that means sth negative: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/be-in-for-sth

58

Framing questions is not like “I’ve been framed!” Do you know why?

To become accountable: hard wording for Spanish speakers. Related to responsibility. Who is responsible for this? Who should be held accountable for this? You need this kind of language to speak about politics and democracy. Check this out: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/usefullanguage/everydaylang/responsibility.htm

Watch my monologue on Politics and Honesty.

skilful = British English; skillful = US American English