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American language blog

19 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Wild Card Game: Tennessee Titans v San Diego Chargers

This is a blog for teachers of English language (AmE, mainly). The site provides the teacher with nine resources to practice listening and speaking. After having had a quick look at the page I have favourited these 2: one from the BBC -of course-, and another from an ESL lab.


1/ (learning English)

BBC learning English


2/ ESL lab

ESL lab


And here it is. The blog:

American language blog




The secret of joy?

14 April 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


Extract of an article written by Jessica Semaan

What brings you joy?

And why it’s hard to answer this question

Jessica Semaan

“Sometimes the experience of joy can be more uncomfortable than the one of pain. Dr. Brené Brown even states that joy is the most terrifying emotion we feel as humans.

Last week, I wrote a piece about my greatest fears. Richard Childs responded back with the following:

“I think if simultaneously you answered your greatest loves, you’d recognize the holistic, loving Jessica I am coming to know through your writing. And this would be a much more accurate and balanced picture. More importantly a better foundation to focus on your continuous development.”

In writing my greatest loves, or what brings me joy, I encountered a lot of resistance. In Brown’s words, I was experiencing the foreboding joy. Everything on this list, I might lose tomorrow, and I know I will lose eventually. But I kept writing.

One of the many gifts of experiencing the darkness deeply, is it allows me to experience the light more fully. Ten things that bring me joy:

1.My beloved. After being single for years, I am now learning to love again. While it is a relatively new relationship, the intimacy both physical and emotional we have together, brings me into the present moment, and opens my heart in ways I did not know were possible.

2.Writing. Translating emotions, and experiences into a coherent, sharable format, sharing it with you, getting your hearts, your reactions, your kind words, your reflections. ALL of it.

3.Silence. Silent meditation. Nature. Quiet Sunday afternoons with a book. Listening to the sound of the rain. In peace, I find joy.

4.Friends. Being with close friends, who you can laugh with, admit your sins to and be fully yourself without any act. The friends you hold when they are in distress because they trust you enough to let go. The friends that show up when life is hard and sit there and listen. I owe my survival in this life to my close friends, and you know who you are. You my friends, bring me joy.

5.Movement. Dancing, working out, yoga, hiking, sex. Anything that allows my body to open, to release, to express without the force of the intellect.” (…) 

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How to behave on the examination day (via AQA)

27 March 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


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


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.

Give me five … or twenty-five

28 April 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


Comment this picture, write an essay of around 30 words, listen to this audio, pay attention to grammar, do these exercises, worksheets, write the past form of some verbs, dialogue, what would you do in a specific daily situation, read aloud, read in low voice, Parallel Papers (review of basic points in grammar, press cutting, vocabulary lists, reminders, et cetera), translate these Short Messages into English, translate this paragraph into Spanish, enter and participate in Moodle, do a dictation, read a Graded Reader, do some pages in the workbook, do an International Exchange, write some articles for the fanzine at school, create a Twitter account and tweet something in English, work with the textbook, use Functional language in and out of the classroom, draw a cartoon following the instructions of your teacher, write a letter or email to a penpal


27 November 2012

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American football

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Fabulous Favourites: American football

23 October 2011

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(American football)

In my opinion American football is the most elegant, the most stylish and he most spectacular sport in the world.

And that is that!


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