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YouTube, 4u2

28 August 2010

This web page www.youtube.com is a new way of funny learning. By watching videos more than twice, one receives colloquial expressions, informal English language, vocabulary and pronunciation.

One may choose almost any topic, TV series or report and enjoy it.

There is a link on the blogroll with this global web page.

To start, let´s watch a sample of a famous American TV series: “Family Guy”. Visitors to efnotebloc should be warned that the stories in Family Guy are not the most appropriate moral stories for young learners. Adult students might fancy them, though. I like them, by the way.

It is a curious thing but that is a fact

12 June 2010

(Fotografía: Vicente Vicéns. LAVERDAD, 12.06.2010)

You know, when you ask a student to do something in a very specific way-i.e, you are asking in a graded reader test for short answers-then most of them will write a lot more than expected. We were reading together a good story and some students showed the teacher in the written test that they had read the book in detail. Let me show an example: one question was “Do you think Anne-Anne of Green Gables- was a quiet girl?. Say why or why not, in a few words.”

The good readers replied “No, she wasn´t. She talked a lot because she was very happy in her new family. She was a good girl for the Cuthberts”. They loved the reading activity. Students were from 4 ESO -Year 11-. They were around 15/16 year olds.

Another question dealt is translation. The students had to translate a short extract from the book printed in the test. The most worrying thing is the blank spaces they left because those meant that the task has not been completed. And that counts negatively. Another problem with translation is the every-word-translators who translate every little word in the text making the understanding of their work a dull activity. To finish, some of these students insert French words and that is definitely terrible.

Reminder 110.110

21 March 2010

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

22 maneras de suspender y 1 fórmula para aprender

A continuación se enumeran 22 maneras de suspender:

1. Falte a clase.

2. Si llega a clase, intente llegar tarde. No valore la puntualidad.

3. No se siente correctamente nunca o casi nunca, así el profesor le hablará al menos a usted todos los días por una razón.

4. Si se aburre, estropee el material escolar, póngase a hablar con alguien o haga algo de ruido.

5. No se le ocurra escuchar al profesor porque usted va obligad@ a clase.

6. Todo lo que tiene que hacer en clase es divertirse. No consienta aburrirse un segundo.

7. En un momento dado, ríase o haga burla de alguien.

8. Pregunte la hora a quien sea, así le resultará todo más pesado.

9. Si no aguanta más la explicación del profesor, mienta y diga que tiene que ir al aseo urgentemente.

10. Coma chicle o caramelos constantemente.

11. Es mejor que no intente expresarse bien, tanto al hablar como al escribir.

12. No se esfuerce en hacer nada.

Ya conoce ese proverbio que dice que “uno es lo que hace todo el día”.

13. Lo peor que puede hacer en clase es tomarse la educación en serio.

14. No copie lo que vea escrito en la pizarra.

(Usted no es de los que pierden el tiempo pasando un mal rato).

15. No tome nota de la tarea, ya que entonces sabría que tiene una obligación.

16. No haga la tarea, no abra los libros, no lea, no haga los ejercicios. Y no repase nada.

17. Si en casa le preguntan por las clases diga que no tiene tareas pendientes.

18. Hable mal de los profesores siempre. Ellos son los culpables de todo lo malo que le pasa a usted en el colegio.

19. No estudie ni haga ejercicios por espacio de una o dos horas. Si se plantea estudiar algo más de tiempo, posiblemente esté volviéndose loc@. No consulte otros libros que no sean los de su centro escolar, éso sería más trabajo y usted está muy ocupad@.

20. En caso de no entender algo en clase, no pregunte.

21. Compruebe que lo que se hace en la escuela no sirve para nada de la vida real.

22. En vacaciones disfrute de un descanso inmerecido.

Una fórmula para aprender:

Haga a diario todo lo que pueda para incumplir las 22 maneras anteriores y no piense en aprobar. Piense sólo en aprender.

The free dictionary by Farlex

20 March 2010

(Photography taken from Fernando Castillo´s blog TOCINO Y VELOCIDAD)

http://blogs.laverdad.es/tocinoyvelocidad/posts

I was looking for an idiom, you know, a set phrase of those you find from time to time in language. Some of those we have in our mother language such as “por los pelos”. And I have books and dictionaries, however I could not remember the English idiom. So, I tried on the internet and the key was there in thefreedictionary.com which I had discovered as a treasure. It is much more than a dictionary, it has got lots of other points: curiosities, phonetics, short texts and games online and other languages. I believe this dictionary deserves a space in the list of favourites of any student of foreign languages. From today I have thefreedictionary.com linked in efnotebloc blogroll at the vertical column on the right.

By the way, to say “por los pelos” in English language one can say “ it was a close shave” or “ it was a near miss” and lots more.

Typical Spanish ñ

16 March 2010

(This picture taken in Murcia by somebody from “instituto hispánico” was suggested by the boss Felipe Espada to me as a good one to show in this blog. Guess who is who. From left to right, spitting images of: Mr. Bean, Amy Winehouse, and who else?)

Well, well, maybe if we are lucky in a couple of weeks we will meet some foreigners coming from the United Kingdom. Maybe if we are lucky we can make friends in Spain with some guys from “institutohispánico de murcia” and start the engine of a series of dynamic experiences with similar interests: learn and practise communication in all senses.

By means of a colleague, Rafael Rocamora-maybe you don´t even know how much I owe to you for the idea of this project-, I had conversations with the boss of the “ih” in Murcia and I have the feeling that something good is coming.

The Spanish language sounds great at the instituto hispánico when you see the horns of the bull over the orphan n, which consequently becomes a real ñ with the help of the typical national traditional brand.

Nice to meet you, Felipe!

I can´t help saying this once more

7 March 2010

(This image has been taken from the official page of the BBC podcasts downloads.  BBC is on our side.)

It is awfully good. It is practical and a useful thing the fact of having the choice to listen podcasts via your small, portable mp·3 player wherever you are, or whenever you want. Moreover you can save them, listen –as recommended twice, three times or four times- and repeat short sentences aloud to get infected with the British accent and intonation.

Oh, I feel really happy with the help of these podcasts. Honestly, thank you very much for this kind of oral language support, BBC.

Best regards!

😉

Eugenio Fouz

PS

Here you are! This is the link I´m talking about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/081222_download.shtml

This is a simple sample of the work done by means of a PDF which BBC puts on the Internet at that webpage address above.

“5th March 2010-Child directs air traffic at JFk in New York

Words in the News © British Broadcasting Corporation 2010

Page 1 of 2

bbclearningenglish.com

US officials are investigating how a child was apparently allowed to direct planes at New York’s JFK airport.

Pilots heard the voice of a surprisingly young boy instructing them from air traffic control. He had been brought along to work by his father. This report from James Gordon:

JFK Airport in New York is one of the largest airports in the country, handling nearly a thousand take-offs and landings a day. But just after 8pm on the 16th of February, there was somebody else in the control tower directing air traffic and giving instructions to pilots.

Recording from air traffic control:

Boy: JetBlue 171 clear for take off.

Pilot: Clear for take off JetBlue 171.

The boy was speaking to an airbus A320 heading for Sacramento.”

Memorandum, February 21st 2010

21 February 2010

(Fotografía: Paul Auster, escritor)

*En el diario LAVERDAD de hoy escribe el director Alberto Aguirre de Cárcer sobre la importancia de la lectura bajo el título  “Prestigiar la lectura”.

“Nuestra Región no es ninguna excepción. La tasa de población lectora se sitúa siete décimas por debajo de la media nacional (55%), algo mejor que la de Extremadura, Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha y Asturias. Mal bagaje en general para un país que aspira a incorporarse a la sociedad del conocimiento con el resto de la UE. Esta semana, nuestro compañero Antonio Arco puso el dedo en esta llaga al preguntar al escritor Javier Cercas por qué es necesaria la lectura. Su respuesta fue certera: «Porque sin leer te vuelves tonto y te mueres de asco». Tiene tanta razón como Antonio Muñoz Molina cuando sentencia que «leer es el único acto soberano que nos queda».”(…)

(…)“Si no ponemos en valor nuestras fortalezas, llevar un periódico bajo el brazo o un libro en la mano puede convertirse en un signo de distinción intelectual de una exigua minoría.”

Lea la CARTA DEL DIRECTOR íntegra en este enlace:

http://www.laverdad.es/murcia/v/20100221/opinion/prestigiar-lectura-20100221.html

*A cualquier alumno de inglés le parecería interesante y práctico el blog de Dan Beers en 2ominutos TALKING IN SILVER en el que con buen humor habla y enseña a memorizar y entender los Phrasal verbs. Los explica de forma gráfica. Ahí tiene el enlace:

http://blogs.20minutos.es/talking-in-silver/categoria/phrasal-verbs

*Si recuerda el post “Radio en la escuela y Christian Mínguez sepa que la emisión del programa no fue posible y que podrá escucharse el domingo 7 de marzo sintonizando el 95.7 de FM a las 22.00 horas.

Blogs y enlaces de la Consejería de Educación y textos PDF de la BBC

8 December 2009

La Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo de la Comunidad de Murcia está enlazada desde hoy en este blog. Hace días, uno proponía este cuaderno de bitácora a esa entidad murciana para comprobar que era incluido en su página web en la sección DOCENTES y más concretamente en los enlaces y blogs de FOMENTO DE LECTURA.

A quien haya decidido que este espacio merece ese lugar destacado, este autor le dá las gracias.

Por otro lado, hace semanas había oído que la BBC facilitaba los textos o tapescripts  de alguno de sus podcasts en formato PDF. Uno ha encontrado ese enlace y ya está entre los enlaces favoritos o links de este blog. Ha sido una buena idea y de mucha utilidad.

Letter to penpal students who joined in ePals

7 December 2009

Hello, there!

This is your teacher. This email is to communicate you that I have just sent all your emails to 2 teachers -one from the USA and the other from the UK- who asked for emails to start a penpal relationship.

I hope you enjoy this activity a lot, and of course that you learn English language and culture.

Maybe you will make friends to nice guys.

You can write to this address inside epals, if you like: earnest@epals.com

Regards!

Earnest/EF

😉

be good and good luck!

Young journalists from ceceii isok in LAVERDAD

8 November 2009

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This is the first edition of a new project for schools. It has to do with journalism, so I got immediately  involved.

We were the first school team registered in” Primera Edición de miperiódico digital” a project of elaboration of a weekly digital newspaper supported by LA VERDAD GRUPO MULTIMEDIA and Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo from the Community of Murcia.

To tell the truth, the work is really easy to do and what´s more it is fascinating: going out to the town and ask people about anything, consulting the internet, making use of Wikipedia and reading lots of printed press such as 2ominutos, LAVERDAD, Público, ABC or ELPAÍS, that is, any kind of newspaper or digital press that could be useful to get ideas and to exploit the topic weekly proposed by the Council of Education of our Community and the newspaper LAVERDAD. Here the work of the coordinator, Fernando Castillo, is really helpful by keeping all tutors informed of any changes in mind as well as replying to any doubt we might have.

Thank to this experience the students work with the internet, learn and practise good writing, get worried about orthography and the relevance of school in life, in society.

The question who worried all teachers of  how to get their students motivated to get information or to make them read a lot has a reply here. This is the first edition and we think that it is a complete success. From a starting point for the first two weeks of 7 teams , the competition achieved a number of 336 teams in the Community of Murcia.

Our school presents 2 teams this year: “ceceii isok ” and “Dossier“. This latter is being coordinated by José Luis Rodriguez, teacher of Music at CEI and the first team is being coordinated by myself.

Our team-ceceii isok-has received the visit of canal6 television from LVGM and we had the chance to see the relevance of this work. (The cameramen Paco and Juan David can be seen on the document below, as well as Silvia, the journalist)

The young journalists at ceceii isok are Mariola Hernández, Marina López, Sara Pina and María Dolores Cánovas. This document below is the page of the newspaper in which we write about canal6 visit to our school.

noticia ceceiiisok


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