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TAEP.-THE AFTER EXAM PAGE 1.6 (Business English 1)

9 December 2018

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THE AFTER EXAM PAGE

Business English 1

1.6

First term

1.First of all write your name and surname in all papers of the exam. Write the date as well

2.Check that your exam paper is complete, that is, see if you have all the exercises there

3.You will receive an extra A4 paper to write some of the answers. It is not obligatory to use this paper. Anyway you must give all the papers to the teacher

4.If you need space to write an answer put a mark like an asterisk  (*) or a number between brackets (1), (2) and the message SEE NEXT PAGE or SEE PAGE 2

5.Read every exercise slowly. Do not write the answer before reading the question twice. Understand the questions

6.The time. The English tell the time in two different ways. They say: 2:30 p.m (it´s half past two).-analogical way

However, they also say 2:30 p.m (it´s two thirty).-digital way

Remember we use mainly the analogical way. You should learn this way to tell the time

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Read the whole page by clicking on the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/y7hcnw9n

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Catch up on missed schoolwork via wikihow

9 March 2018

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There are intelligent ways to do things well at school.

Extract:

When you miss class, the work can start to pile up quickly. All those assignments and deadlines can be pretty overwhelming, but don’t panic. Talk to your teachers and friends about what you missed. Then, make a plan for tackling your workload, prioritizing the most pressing assignments. Take breaks, reward yourself, and stay positive to boost your productivity. Catching up on missed schoolwork isn’t easy, but with a little organization and strategy, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges that come your way.” (…)

Read how on the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/ya5k8ph2

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The rules to always being a gentleman

28 September 2017

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Useful handbook on Business Etiquette (Barbara Pachter)

24 June 2017

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I have been reading a book on Business Etiquette written by Barbara Pachter (@BarbaraPachter). I came across the handbook through the internet when looking for ideas on Business English manners. I found out a PDF edition and started reading it. There are good pieces of advice on emailing, texting, making presentations, answering the phone and about dressing code as well. The book has been written for businesswomen; however a businessman or a male teacher of Business English could get relevant thoughts on etiquette (netiquette too, by the way). What´s more, anyone might learn about good manners here.

http://tinyurl.com/ybn5xcrh

The book itself makes easy the reading activity: the font size of is big enough to underline or take notes on the margin of every page.

[I got my copy printed and bound in http://www.apapel.es (@apapel_es)]

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my personal review on @goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show?id=2024542723

That British humour of theirs

24 June 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Be good at English

31 March 2017

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Vayamos directamente al grano. Usted quiere hablar inglés y quiere hablarlo bien. Lo que sigue es una colección de consejos para lograrlo.

Gramática.-En primer lugar debería aprender gramática inglesa. No es difícil. Le ayudará conocer su propia lengua materna. En inglés debería utilizar los básicos sin errores. Entre estos se encuentran los pronombres personales (de sujeto y objeto), los números cardinales, los números ordinales (usados por los ingleses para decir el día del mes). Sea bueno al pronunciar estas fechas. Por ejemplo, 17 de febrero se diría “the seventeenth of February”. Aprenda a escribir estos números. Cópielos varias veces en un bloc. Sepa cómo escribir y decir adiós, hola, gracias (bye, bye!, hello!, thank you!).

Evite el error típico de olvidar la desinencia [s] / [es] de tercera persona de singular del presente de indicativo. Memorice por ejemplo un título como este de The BeatlesShe loves you” o casos muy concretos “John´s sister goes to school on foot almost every day

Conozca las excepciones a las reglas gramaticales. No diga ni escriba “I have 18 years old**” para decir que tiene 18 años. Diga “ I am 18 years old”. Tampoco se le ocurra decir “ I have hungry**” para decir “tengo hambre” y diga “I am hungry”.

Estudie, practique y aprenda verbos, verbos frasales, modismos, sinónimos, antónimos y todo tipo de palabras.

Cuatro reglas y cuarenta excepciones.-Conozca las reglas. Apréndase las excepciones. La lengua inglesa está compuesta de cuatro reglas y cuarenta excepciones. Aquellos que dominen estas cuarenta excepciones serán los hablantes mejor capacitados para este idioma.

Debería familiarizarse con los falsos amigos o “false friends” tanto en inglés como en la vida. Digamos que debe estar alerta. No diga “actually” si lo que quiere decir es “actualmente” y diga “currently”. Otro error corriente es decir “carpet” para decir “carpeta” y lo que está diciendo es “alfombra”.

No ignore la gramática. A veces olvidamos la conjugación de verbos. Le sugiero que repase la conjugación verbal en su lengua materna y compruebe diferencias y similitudes con la lengua de Shakespeare.

Cultura.-Sea curioso con las cosas de la cultura anglosajona. Los ingleses son singulares y mantienen unas costumbres saludables a lo largo de los años. Estos isleños arrastran la fama de saber hacer cola como nadie para entrar al teatro, al cine o subirse a un autobús. Es proverbial su elegante flema ante situaciones ridículas o adversas, el lenguaje refinado y su actitud reservada.

Lectura.-Lea. Lea mucho. Hágalo en voz baja y en voz alta. Grábese si quiere. Lea cartas, artículos, periódicos, tiras de humor de periódicos ingleses o americanos, revistas. Cante a coro las letras de las canciones, lea subtítulos de películas, vaya al teatro, recite poesía, lea novelas, lecturas graduadas o “graded readers”.

Vocabulario.-Sin palabras no hay lenguaje. Sin palabras no hay comunicación posible. Recuerde aquello que dijo una vez el presidente de un equipo rojiblanco “No money, no dinner” . Sin palabras, nada de nada. (Y entienda que dinero es la segunda palabra, no la cuarta).

Aprenda las abreviaturas típicas: asap (“as soon as possible”), IOU (“I owe you”), OK (“ol korrekt”), VIP (“Very Important Person”), vs. (“versus”), etc. (también esta última, “etcetera”)

Memorice verbos frasales, sinónimos, antónimos y listas interminables de palabras. Use expresiones latinas si conoce su significado. No abuse. Tampoco vaya a eliminarlas de su banco léxico personal.

Si está de acuerdo conmigo en la verdad innegable de que los diccionarios son necesarios, útiles e imprescindibles, utilícelos con regularidad. Haga un uso excesivo de estos manuales. Nadie podrá detenerle.

Resulta estúpido resolver acertadamente un ejercicio gramatical sin haber entendido el mensaje. Trate de comprender el significado de lo que lee y lo que escucha.

Práctica.-Realice montones de ejercicios escritos y orales. Pruebe constante e incansablemente el sabor de la lengua extranjera. Tómese tres cucharadas de práctica por cada una de teoría.

Pronunciación.-Busque un modelo y sígalo. Los clásicos seguimos el modelo británico de las islas. Ya que estamos, apúntese a las redes sociales y participe en conversaciones con angloparlantes. Acostúmbrese al botón de “me gusta” (like) y RT (retweet). Imite la entonación de los nativos pero no vaya a traicionar su propio acento.

Antes hablaba de la imprescindibilidad del diccionario, pues bien, los podcasts (grabaciones de audio en archivos MP3) ocupan un lugar próximo a los diccionarios en esa pirámide de Maslow. Recomiendo los podcasts de la BBC. Vea, además, tantos vídeos como pueda en YouTube y euronews.

Cuando hable en inglés haga el favor de separar las palabras unas de las otras. Póngaseenellugardequienleeuntextosinningúntipodeseparaciónpausaodescanso. Vocalice. No hable rápido. Hágalo despacio, pero no sea excesivamente lento hablando. Preste atención a las letras finales de cada palabra, ya sean “mb”, “st”, “gh”. La manera de pronunciar estas terminaciones varía dependiendo de la palabra [climb, best, laugh]. Algunas letras no se oyen porque son mudas. No deben pronunciarse la [s] en “island”, la [t] en “castle”.

Aprenda conceptos sobre fonética y practique la transcripción de palabras y frases. Los buenos diccionarios contienen la transcripción fonética de cada vocablo.

Literatura.-Habitúese a leer clásicos, ya sabe, Dickens, Shakespeare, Wilde, Byron. Lea también a los americanos Hawthorne y Whitman.

Ortografía y escritura.-Trabaje su ortografía seriamente. Alguien que desconoce las reglas de escritura no merece la confianza de un hombre de letras.

Por otro lado, para escribir redacciones aceptablemente buenas debería leer muchos ensayos. Recuerde que un buen lector puede llegar a ser un buen escritor. Escriba textos breves en primer lugar y aumente paulatinamente la extensión de sus escritos.

Estilo.-Usted es lo que escribe. Creo que fue Borges quien dijo aquello de que uno es todos los libros que lee. En fin, cada uno de nosotros posee un estilo particular mientras hace cosas, escribe o camina.

No sea pobre. Me refiero al estilo y la variedad. Use conectores que doten de sentido a cada idea, a cada párrafo. No escriba siempre “pero” y “y”. (Perdóneme la cacofonía) En inglés quedaría así: “but” & “and”. Hay otras opciones, “sin embargo”, “por otro lado”, “además”, “digamos” (“however”, “on the other hand”, “moreover”, “let´s say”).

Escriba o hable cuando tenga algo que decir. Y que sea interesante, Virgen santa.

Evite la repetición. No emplee la misma palabra cien veces. Disfrute de la variedad de palabras existente en el lenguaje.

Consiga manuales de gramática y libros de texto de esta materia. Sea curioso y sea humilde. Viaje, si puede, al Reino Unido. Vea series de televisión antes que ponerse a ver una película de Chuck Norris je, je. Ponga subtítulos en versión original o en su lengua materna porque coincidirá conmigo en que madre no hay más que una. Una buena historia crea adicción. Finalmente, si ha llegado hasta aquí, hágame caso. Siga alguno de estos consejos, asista a clase y escuche a su profesor.

 

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Twenty pages on behaviour, attendance and some other stuff at school

2 December 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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A pack of 20 pages for students of English language

via

@SlideShare @LinkedIn

See also the PDF edition below

via

#PDF-Archive.com

4 pages

https://document.li/3118

Some pieces of advice on readers

15 November 2015

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reader: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Oxford Bookworms)

Whenever you read a line in loud voice try to do your best. We learn a foreign language by imitating sounds and rhythms. Remember that some words such as “island”, “walk”, “half”, “could”, “would” contain mute letters (the “s” is mute in “island” and the “l” is mute in the following words mentioned above “walk”, “half”, etcetera)

There is a typical confussion with the verb “to live” (vivir) [pronounced with a short i] and the noun “life” (vida) [pronounced /ai/ ]

Reading a story, a short story helps us to revise and consolidate verbal tenses and formulas as in “I didn´t want that” (the negative form of the simple past tense with lexical verbs). Vocabulary matters too.

The English language has its own tricks called “false friends” which lead us to misunderstanding words. (Examples: library does not mean “librería” but “biblioteca”, actually does not mean “actualmente” but “realmente”, exciting does not mean “excitante” but “emocionante”)

Do not forget the correct use of verbal tenses. I have written (present perfect simple) must be translated as “yo he escrito” (pretérito perfecto compuesto). Some messages in a text might seem difficult to understand although most times they aren´t. Take this one, for example:

Have you ever been alone?

This is a present perfect simple tense in the interrogative form. The word “ever” is the problematic point here. For questions in the present perfect “ever” means “alguna vez”.

Grammar is always vital in language.

Reading a story implies understanding a plot, empathising with the characters, and learning words and expressions. While you read a book take a pencil and a dictionary. Underline words, verbs, take notes, circle proper names.

A big mistake some students make when reading a novel consists of forgetting the author´s name or what´s worse changing the author´s name for the protagonist of the story. So, we hear in the classroom that the author of Daniel Defoe is Robinson Crusoe. [It is the other way round: the author of Robinson Crusoe is the writer Daniel Defoe]

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Be good & good luck!    

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How to behave on the examination day (via AQA)

27 March 2015

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So it’s exam day

Here you can find out what to expect on the day, including guidance and advice on dealing with any unexpected issues that may come up and some tips on approaching your exam.

Exam room etiquette

You’ve done all your revision and studied hard to get here, so please take these rules seriously. Don’t ruin your chances at getting the results you deserve by making avoidable mistakes.

Arrive on time. Aim to get there at least 10-15 minutes before the start of your exam. If you are late, your work might not be accepted. Getting there early will also give you some breathing space to relax before you start writing your paper

Make sure your mobile phone is not on you. Phones and other similar portable devices are not allowed in the exam room. Best advice – leave them at home. In summer 2013, 814 students were penalised for having a phone on them during an exam.

Listen carefully to the exam invigilators’ and teachers’ instructions before, during and after the exam. Follow instructions about all unauthorised materials and equipment, including phones.

Be quiet once the exam starts. Talking to, or disturbing, other students may be seen as misconduct and lead to a penalty.

If you have a question, feel sick or need to leave the room, raise your hand and wait for an invigilator to come to you.

What you can take with you

Depending on the type of exam, your school/college will provide your question paper, answer sheets and additional materials. Always check with your teacher beforehand if there are any specific instructions for your exam, or additional equipment or stationery you need to provide, such as a calculator for Maths.

Generally, you can take the following into your exam:

a black pen (including spares)

additional equipment, such as erasers and pencils

a clear pencil case

a wrist watch (no smart watches)

a water bottle (check first)

private candidates will need photo identification.

Please read JCQ’s Information for candidates for a list of instructions on exam room conduct and permissible materials and equipment.

Do your best

Writing your paper is your opportunity to apply all your hard work and show what you can do.

While your teachers are the best people to help you prepare for your exams and determine your ‘exam strategy’, please read our general advice to help you on the day.

Exam techniques

If you feel you’ve forgotten everything, it may be just nerves. Take a few deep breaths to help you stay calm. See our tips on how to manage your exam stress.

Read the instructions; make sure you know how many questions to answer.

Take your time, read all the questions carefully until you understand exactly what is needed.

Look for the command words. Identify key words before you answer the question. Use your answer book to brainstorm and mind-map content or ideas as you go. This will also help jog your memory if you ‘draw a blank’.

Remember to cross out any draft work you don’t want marked.

Write neatly.

Answer the questions given on the paper, not the questions you were expecting.

Use the allocated marks to guide how much time you spend on each answer. If you can’t answer a question, move on to the next question and come back later.

Leave space between answers so if you want to expand on any later, you can add to them neatly.

Allow time to check back over your work.

Spotting an error in the question paper

We do our best to avoid errors, but if this does happen, our top priority is to ensure that no student is disadvantaged as a result. An exam paper error doesn’t mean you will get a lower grade. We have processes to manage the rare instances of question paper errors.

Preventing errors

Throughout the process of creating a question paper, the questions are continuously reviewed by experts and independent reviewers.

We check our question papers at various stages, including just before and after they are printed. We also continue to review papers after they have been delivered to schools and colleges. If an error is spotted at this stage, we communicate with all schools and colleges to manage the issue before the exam takes place. For example, students might be asked to correct a spelling mistake on the paper before they start the exam.

What to do if you think there may be an error in the question paper

During the exam

Notify one of the invigilators in the exam hall immediately.

Continue with your exam as normal and attempt the question if you can.

Your invigilator will contact us and we will ensure that you are not disadvantaged if there has been an error in the paper.

After the exam

Speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will contact us.

We will ensure that if there has been a mistake this won’t affect your result.

If you feel that the error may have affected your overall performance in the exam, then talk to your teacher. If they agree, the exams officer at your school can apply for you to get special consideration.

Unexpected problems

*Sickness

If you are sick on the day of your exam, please ring your school/college to let them know as soon as possible. Your exams officer will let us know. You will need a medical certificate.

*Severe weather

Where possible, all exams will go ahead as planned. If your school/college can open, you will sit your exams as normal.

Please always check with your school/college if you are concerned or unsure. In some instances they may send you to an alternative venue or choose to withdraw you from the exam and ask you to sit it in the next available exam series.

When severe weather is forecast, allow extra time to travel and check for updates from your school or college.

If weather conditions mean that you will arrive late, ring your school and let them know. Depending on how late you are, you might still be able to sit the exam. Your exams officer will follow the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations   and advise you of your options.

If many students arrive late, you will all sit the exam. Your exams officer can apply for special consideration.

Changing school/college

If you have changed school/college, or need to write your exam somewhere else for some reason, you don’t need to tell us. The exams officers at the respective schools/colleges will arrange everything for you and will let you know if they need more information. You can find out more about transferred candidates on our exams administration pages.

Changing exam board during A-levels

If you did your AS levels with a different exam board and want to transfer your credit to an A-level with AQA, your exams officer can submit your application.

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