Posts Tagged ‘book’

Klinkenborg´s pocket book

4 April 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


KLINKENBORG, Verlyn. Several short sentences about writing.

New York: Vintage Books, 2012

This book I have read means a lot to me as regards to writing style. Reading those 204 pages helped me think, -re-think, in fact-the way I make sentences. The small pocket book deals with the creation of sentences.

The page numbering avoids writing odd page numbers. Don’t ask me why but I found that original, strange. The author only had to mark even pages.


1/”Short sentences aren’t hard to make” (page 4)

2/”The voices of former teachers, usually uttering rules.

Rules like, “Don’t begin sentences with ‘and’.”

(It’s okay. You can begin sentences with “and”.) * (page 6)

3/” See which words the sentence can live without” (page 12)

4/”It’s your business to know the names of things” (page 43)

5/ “A cliché is dead matter” ** (page 45)

6/”Read until your ear detects a problem” (page 53)

7/”Never stop reading” (page 149)


*reference to William Strunk´s The Elements of Style

** I was told this same idea years ago by the poet Luis Antonio de Villena


Eugenio Fouz.-4.4.2020





Reminder (the ideal carpet at the main door)

7 January 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Just a reminder when one leaves home:

DO NOT FORGET watch, keys, wallet

DO NOT FORGET sunglasses, cell phone (& charger)

DO NOT FORGET book, propelling pencils


glasses, rucksack, typewriter (iPad mini)






Dynamics in the classroom (English language)

7 October 2019

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[Tom Berenger, “The substitute”, 1996. Dir. Robert Mandel]


-Teacher´s Notes-

1/ GRAMMAR: skeleton of verbs: samples ( 2 verbs) – programming of 44 specific points (demonstratives, plural of nouns, present simple tense)

2/ read words (wordlist PACK); take notes

3/ NOTEBOOK time – correction on BOARD – WRITING

4/ BOOK- show and do exercises + AUDIOS –LISTENING; WRITING

5/ visit AV (@moodle) – right there (in the classroom)

6/ sample sentences (sms): My name is … BOARD I am fourteen – GRAMMAR; SYNTAX; VOCABULARY Hello, good morning

7/ revise BASICS: (just certain elements) reminder alphabet (spell 3 words) numbers (remember how to write number 14? and 40?) colours make sentences in the IMPERATIVE grammar syllabus vocabulary (idioms, false friends)

8/ PPA (Parallel Papers) – have a look at some papers. Read them. Explain, show, check they have understood

9/ exercises WRITING

10/ FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE (teacher´s eavesdropping.-try to get their mother language phrases into my bloc and pass them into English language myself)

11/ READING texts aloud

12/ Q. A (Question & Answer) – oral assessment



E. Fouz.-






A tentative teacher´s schedule (classroom)

28 February 2019

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BOOK (textbook: grammar, vocabulary PRESENTATION)

reading texts aloud time for exercises in class + homework

Wordlist.- pack of copies [@moodle / hard copies or printed copies]

Parallel Papers or PPA: revise, Q.A, write some expressions


Time for NOTEBOOK correction of exercises on board

AUDIOS from the BOOK. Repetition. Solving out exercises

Parallel Papers [PPA].-Explain, comment papers on grammar, functional language or texts

How to (teach how to tell the time, how to say an email address)

Time for Virtual Platform (@moodle) – check some points, ie., grammar syllabus, recommendations, warnings.

READING texts aloud

AUDIOS, PRACTICE (exercises linked from the net with answer keys)

Worksheets (pair work).-exercises to do and correct in the classroom

Reading the Graded reader in class. Select vocabulary

Lyrics and songs (selection)

Short dictations

Mini test

Essay writing (how to, opinion, brief texts)

Functional language

Q.A (question and answer) – oral class

Surprise Tests

Revision time (conjugation of verbs, vocabulary, how to issues, spelling, BASICS)

Videos, GIFs, proverbs

Write short messages in English

Translate messages

Situations (problem solving)


AOB (Any Other Business)





7 points (planning the classroom)

18 November 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

7 points

planning the classroom

1/book.practice file.theory.oral.board.functional language

3/words (@moodle).idioms.abbreviations.false friends.






E. Fouz.-



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A reader´s complaint to the hospital

13 July 2015

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I would like to share with all my readers and friends the letter of a patient reader, or a reader in Job´s mood -talking about the saint, I mean- written in despair for the “disgusting treatment” she suffered in hospital. Click on the link I have just read on @HuffPostUK. Enjoy! 😉

[read on @HuffPostUK]

Handy luggage

18 May 2015

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Playa de las catedrales, Ribadeo (Lugo)


book, pen / pencil, bloc

mp3, camera, radio

Mac Book, iPad mini, phone

watch, keys, wallet

chargers, glasses, bags

That moment when you finish a book…

22 March 2014

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3 basic issues in the classroom

7 November 2012

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Robin Hood (GIF image)


“Book, audio, writing words/sentences”

(Foreign language class)

Get your book (Tom) now, please!

24 October 2012

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Tom & Jerry (book and workbook)

Listen up, kids! If you are reading this post via wordpress or moodle learn that we will name Tom to our Student´s Book (whatever it is) like the house cat from TV. Our Workbook or Exercise Book´s will be known as Jerry. Tom and Jerry were two characters from a famous cartoon TV series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. These animals were quarrelling and fighting all day long. Tom was a cat. Jerry was a mouse.

I have found that we (students and myself) are in a mess when we deal with one book or the other. Now, we have the chance to identify the big book with a cat and the small, thinner book with a little mouse.

Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


Disentería literaria


El primer blog de Garrafón en habla hispana

A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Books. Reflections. Travel.


crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama