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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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.
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.
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! ❤
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! 😀
Very very useful to share 😊
Many of my students worry about phrasal verbs, and I have written several posts about them, including a basic introduction to the what they are and how they are used and a more recent post on phrasal verbs for everyday actions.
One of the most common complaints is that there are simply so many of them, and that they are difficult to remember, especially when the main verb is a very common one such as take or set. In this post, therefore, I have selected just 5 phrasal verbs. All of them are extremely common, and all of them can be used in a wide variety of contexts. If you learn just these 5, you will be able to use them in your writing and impress your teachers.
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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
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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Here you have three slang words that must be really trendy right now in London. Just to be in the know!! Hope you enjoy it!!
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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Related to the video “Who owns your data?” I posted yesterday (see Who owns your data?), here you have a pic of some of the using terms of the app Instagram. Please take a look at it. Maybe if we read the terms before accepting them, we won’t use the app!!
It’s got interesting vocabulary about contracts, terms, conditions… as well.
Which one do you think is the less acceptable?
Hi everyone!!! I would like to share with all of you a video I found on Youtube today about our online data. I think it’s really interesting to know this issue, that’s becoming a real one, better. Moreover, it has useful vocabulary and expressions about internet, digital world, digital data, big companies, apps, cookies…
Hope you enjoy it!!!!
Join us! It’s a precious talk!
Yo no saldré de nuestro centro porque tengo que estar a las 5.30 en la sala para probar equipo! Nos vemos allí!
Veníos, recordar! Es una charla valiosa, que puede ayudar a mucha gente a comprender el valor del lenguaje en la construcción de un mundo mejor, el desarrollo de nuestra inteligencia y modos de relación, en fin! ❤ ❤ ❤ Es una oportunidad de lujo para escuchar cosas importantes que no se suelen escuchar!
Presentaré yo, y Juan, del DACE o yo, contaremos algo del resto de celebraciones, porque VA A HABER UNA CENA EN UN SITIO CHULÍSIMO! ❤
Next Week: Donations of 1 euro for our Feminist School Library! ❤
Remember: Choose a book and write your name to adopt it for one euro! ❤
You can see the books on the second floor, in the corridor, or in the Register Book where you write your name and “1€” for each book you want to adopt!
Hope you enjoy my version! its one of my favourist song from Sting my version
Previous news: rearranging lesson plans – postponing Writing Sessions for the week after the spring hol, and postponing checking your Reading Test till next Wednesday.
Today we welcomed Cristina B. back,
From here we moved to volunteering projects, too.
Then I was sad to see so few people had read something, or listened to something, so I rearranged the plan and had people just practice talking in pairs, not at plenary so we could all enjoy their stories or retellings and they could get some feedback.
The sunny side of this was that well, we had time for more things, so I explaining the Designing Exams Project and we did two listening exercises, which I hope you can all use:
- to take them down as dictations
- and to practice retelling
Here are the links. There are spare paper copies in class.
Lucía talked to me about the Skeleton of Meaning technique, at first I misunderstood, but then I understood: she understood precisely why it can be so helpful, precisely when we don’t understand an particular accent, or when we don’t follow what’s being said well. Yes, precisely. when all is lost, or that’s what it seems, it’s a great resource. And then in matching exercises.
In case you can help spread the word! Entrada libre. Free admission! ❤
Lucía will kindly share a great OP on an Irish tradition, which is a good break for all this Exam Work we’re doing. And then I’m asking you to do some of the activities I posted here and on the C1 MAterials blog: both Reading and Listening. The idea is we’ll check Multiculturalism (it’s a cloze I posted here, with no key) and then if you bring other cloze exercises you did we can read those articles and talk about their contents in small groups. It’d be great some of you told us about the listening work you’ve done. Retellings and opinions.
I’ll collect your Writing Tests + Eval Sheets.
Enjoy your use of English! ❤
I have finished putting together the Department’s report on the activities around the movie outing. I think (but I’m unsure) that someone wrote a review (?). Well, if anyone has donde or is doing something about this, please, let me know so I can include it asap!
I hope that with this last post everybody finds some material to use their English and complement the other uses you are giving your English!
The key is on page 2, so don’t peep! It’s hard, but try to work things out (read out loud the sentences, think about language) using the Onion Layer Approach! 😀
readingorwell_cloze (2 word pages)
Have a wonderful bilingual weekend! ❤
Dedicated to Lucía ❤
Today we talked about Feminism in class. It’s a real shame we didn’t have the time to deeply discuss the topic, but now that you have more time at home you can watch the whole video -we only watched the first 5 min- and some quotes by Chimamanda Ngoci Adichie from the book “We should All Be Feminists”. Good food for thought.
“We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to…
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One of my fav authors! On the Talking People Podcast I have two weeny texts, in case you want to listen to them!
Here’s the page I created for her, to spread the word of her work, on talkingpeople.net: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/literature/atwood/atwood.html
And here’s a selection of things published about her in the past three months. Feel free to post your own! Thanks! ❤
Women’s Prize for Fiction: Margaret Atwood among finalists
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale [a black utopia or dystopia, a scifi novel] sales boosted by fear of Trump
Margaret Atwood Cautions America Against ‘Dictators Of Any Kind’
Las mujeres rompen moldes en la ciencia ficción
Página 2 – Entrevista a Margaret Atwood (TV) – Un día es un día (Lumen)
Today we talked a bit about organizational issues, so to put it. I explained blog updates, gave checked writings back, explained a bit my post and what you need to bring to class next day Homework: after the hol LoMs so we can tackle language questions, as my post of feedback is mostly on structure. Bring your writings too, or your LoM at large, and your questions on language!
And today we had two amazing OP: On OITNB and on TBEMH (see Reading Projects for more info) and I was allowed to videoshoot, which was really good news!
Tomorrow I’ll include here the link to the wonderful listening activity we did today. (Can’t access my mail just now.) And remember: Homework: for you all to design one or a few paragraphs like today’s so we can have every day someone doing that. You can copy it on the whiteboard, and then people can copy it in their notebooks.
When we meet again we’ll move on to Exam Training Month, so Homework: I’m asking you to read the Guía PUC, but not when I suggested, I got all mixed up: I meant, read it the Sunday before you come to class, or this week if you are capable of forgetting all about it next week! 😀
While you read the Guía PUC, consider our Writing File, and bring a clear idea of which writings you’d like to work on in March, April & May. Think of three I mean, and on whether you want to do the February Writing, too. I’ll ask you about this on our first lesson together.
Last idea of Homework: everyday a few people should tell a story, so prepare one in your hols. But please, listen to stories first. You can focus on one, and retell in your own words. It doesn’t matter if other people did that one too. Each person retells their own way.
Remember I’ll be on strike on the 8th. So please, try to come to class on the 6th.
Romina and Cristina will be booking a date for their OP, too. I’ll add the info on the page above Reading Projects.
Luz will post her homework on participle clauses and please, remember to check that out and post yours or post questions or whatever.
Please, remember this blog is also for you to post. So feel free to do so whenever you like, and particularly if you have things you’d like to check and we didn’t in class, OK?
If you are interested, check out facebook: it’s burning hot with people spreading their support to the International Women’s Strike! I’m preparing a letter for that! Llamamiento al paro
OH, 100 students went to Hidden Figures with 4 other English teachers! We’ll be posting on that in DIF Coed.
Enjoy your English and your week!<3
Cuando acabé mi segunda carrera fui a pedir información sobre Oposiciones a una oficina de la Administración. El funcionario me dijo que con mis rasgos exóticos, para qué quería preparar oposiciones. Que abriera un salón de masajes. A mí también me ha pasado.
Today I finally made it to the exhibition! I really enjoyed it. Numerous women artists (but I think there weren’t 23 works, were there?) dedicated one of their works to a woman who had explored some field, in life or in her work. I couldn’t find the catalog(ue), María José. I wanted to post on our innovative blog called Developing a Femin
ist Intelligence, the name of the artist and the woman she had chosen. And I wanted to ask you, María José, as one of the artists and as a contact person for the group, if you would be interested in sending a pic of the works and the texts accompanying them to our DIF blog “Historia de Ellas”, supposing you didn’t have a catalog(ue)!
Apart from that, this is also to invite you to visit the Centro cultural Mijas, which closes at 22.00 hours
. You’ll find artistic photos, two sculptures, a little installation, some paintings (ink, watercolo(u)r…) showing us the artist’s vision of women that did not made it to patriarchal history but who have been rescued since the 20th century. It’s well worth a visit! ❤
We haven’t missed women in history, and we need to learn to miss them, and to appreciate their contributions! ❤
From Juan, DACE
People, if you have too much work (reading project, listening, retelling… this writing assign.), we can extend the deadline of the January assignment to mid Feb. I can rearrange plans for Wr. Assign. later on.
Who wants to take part in the Human Rights project = record your favourite h.r. article, after asking me which are already taken? (by German and French students)
Who wants to help me with the Gender project = write a new text (brief or long, it’s up to you) on why you are a man/woman/person for an Identity blog we’re putting together?
Get in touch by email, please, with the subject line: “human rights” or “gender”, or after the lesson! Thanks! ❤
Human rights, that young notion, told us there’s only one race, which may change our perception. Can we really speak about races? Can’t we just quit and speak about human diversity? Still, we continue to speak of races. Here is a pic of some of the colors of human skin. It’s Humanae, an on-progress project by Brazilian artist Angelica Dass. What word would you choose to describe your skin color? Can we really say we’re white, black, red, yellow…? (use the traditional names, traditionally meant to hurt, on top of everthing because these colors were used for that!)
Graphics from Writing with Color, a writing guide for Skin Color (avoiding words that could offend)
Sorry for this. Let’s see…
I’m preparing a little overview of this activity, where I would offer a statistic based on who did the questionnaire (16/…) and with info on the answers given by those who allowed me to share (I’m not mentioning your names) – just write summaries of ideas presented (in general, I mean).
I need to check with you all if this is correct and clarify some questions:
I have a copy that says “for next Monday, repartida el lunes 7 de marzo 2016” but has no name. Whose is it? Because this person answered positively about sharing her work. It has no answers, I understand it came together with another page, but… I don’t know…
People who replied YES : 9
People who said No: 3
People who didn’t answer: 4. You can answer now here or send me an email if you like. Two of them are Gema and Encarni and because of the work they shared I presume they would be OK if I used their answers to create a text with answers to the question.
If any of you wants to write about it and didn’t you can send it in until next Saturday, OK?
This is just to praise Michelle’s extraordinary sentence. It brought to my mind something that was said in Madrid’s parade last 5th January, called precisely “Ode to the Curiosity”. One of the wise men ended his speech asking children to keep their curiosity alive. Sometimes I feel that the amount of information that bombarded us every day makes it difficult to remain curious, mainly curious about little but revealing things. I’m worried about children growing in a screened-world, where everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) can be seen with just a click. How they could be curious after hours and hours watching and listening in front of a screen? So, fear for curiosity is a fantastic option. Let’s do it. Thanks Michelle!
No he hecho na de na, ni ná ni de ná, amnesia total, así que venid alegremente a clase, y si alguien ha hecho algo, se acuerda de algo y tal, que tome el timón!!! (risa demente)
Feliz año!! Happy New Year!
OK, just to make sure everyone brings something: people coming next Wednesday should bring some story (fictional or actual, anecdote, whatever), a song, a poem, something to share through language. OK? You can read it, play it, say it. You can explain how to do something, tell us about your plans for the hols, whatever!
I’ll bring the videocamera in case someone doesn’t mind sharing later on on the internet!
Edited: I corrected some mistakes!
Today was the deadline for the November writing, a reasoned opinion. Next week when we deal with the workshop on rational discussions, I’ll comment why reasoned opinions are a very important exercise.
We had two students doing a 3-4 minute OP, Dolores, with an OP on Marie Curie, and Sonia, with an OP on Language & Communication. Both were very well put together (structure, language range, register; pronunciation too) and I hope they can record their final versions for their Speaking File.
We enjoyed a session where most students read out their October writing assignment. Thanks for making this possible! ❤
We watched Story of Stuff, took notes, and then talked a bit about it. I gave some tips on how people can use it to learn more English and gather ideas to address topics.
A student found the documentary oversimplified at times, particularly when comparing our level of happiness or leisure time to leisure in the Middle Ages. I had never thought of that! It could be the case, certainly. It’s hard to compare today to such a distant past.
About the info in the documentary, checking the sources is always good advice — and the information given on political/economic decisions can be checked, it’s not an opinion the presenter has. Also the figures we’re given on consumption. So about possible biased views, I doubt this documentary is biased. I find examples of what it states everywhere around me, and I have also checked what she says about obsolescence — about the fact it was planned. It’s like Low Intensity Warfare. When you find out how our leaders plan life on earth, or how much money some hyper millionaires has, you really wonder why people trust them so much and mistrust people informing of this so much! Then, we need to consider this documentary created a world movement of people who are working to protect people’s lives (our production system does not respect everybody’s human rights) and protect the planet (our production system is resulting in the deplention of natural resources). If its views were biased, the question would be, Who wins? Just consider what people are working on, their projects: protecting people’s health and human rights, labo(u)r rights, developing projects on sustainable development, or sources of energy… But if you find where it is biased, I’ll be grateful to learn about it!
It would be great everybody spoke a bit on this documentary in class. Retelling or giving a reasoned opinion on what’s told.
Handouts to bring to class next week: Friends (episode 2, season 1), my workshop on rational discussions, and your collocations worksheets (positive and negative feelings).
Today people not coming to class the other day took their new set of collocations, which was pinned on the bulletin board.
Finally, Sergio booked for next Wednesday and Marina might speak on Monday, or Wednesday too. Please, feel free to book from now on.
REMINDER: Next week I hope I can collect your info on your work outside class since you started the course!
Hi, mates! Here you have the TED Talk video I worked on for my OP (monologue), just in case anyone is interested. It is short (8 minutes) and really interesting. Hope you enjoy!
In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up
the Houses of Parliament. Among them was
Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor.
This news popped up last week in my mobile Play Newsstand app, really I don’t know much about Iceland, apart from some “lively” volcano(e)s. So the news surprises me. I don’t think I would move to Iceland for this reason, I rather prefer our lovely Mediterranean climate, but perhaps we can learn something from them, click here if you want to know more, The Guardian’s article.