Posts Tagged ‘classroom’

The English language classroom (12 tips)

14 September 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

The English language classroom (12 tips) 

1/exercises

practice (correction on BOARD, paper handout, document online)

2/words

drawings, context, usage of dictionaries and texts

3/BOARD

explanation of grammar, spelling words, samples, schedules, homework

4/audios

listening to audios from the textbook and other media. work pronunciation and understanding

5/notebook

taking time to jot down exercises, sentences, vocabulary

6/PPA

Parallel Papers.- BASICS (numbers, how to tell the time, etc), notes, lists of verbs, dialogues, idioms

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Go on reading here:

#PDF G-Drive

https://tinyurl.com/y2e93klw

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METHOD

Extra something

29 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Extra something

 

We, as teachers, might improve the active participation of our students in the classroom by means of certain strategies. We could teach something new on the blackboard, write some rare expressions (idioms, false friends, abbreviations), get our pupils involved in a singular practice such as a specific role play activity, e.g.: a phone conversation with a famous movie star, or just provide them with a pack of new words.

We might as well suggest they copy a wordlist on their notebooks, turn some sentences into the negative or the past simple tense, et cetera.

These could be the extra something to those students coming to the classroom in any of our subjects, namely English language, Latin, Ethics or whatever

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METHOD

E. Fouz.-28042019

Advice on attitude in the classroom (Ronald R. Rodgers)

7 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

I have found some notes on good behaviour surfing on the internet. I was having a look at some texts written by Ronald R. Rodgers Ph.D., Associate Professor in Journalism, University of Florida (USA) when I discovered these lines about classroom rules.

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WRITTEN by R. R. Rodgers

[@ronrodgers]

“Spring 2017

Dr. Ronald R. Rodgers

Late assignments: No assignment can be late under any circumstances. Work turned in late will not be accepted unless you have a legitimate and documented excuse.

Common courtesy: For heaven’s sake, turn off your cell phone! Please also observe other rules of common courtesy, such as not speaking to your classmates (or yourself) when others are making a presentation, not falling asleep in class, not scrolling the Web, etc.

Be Good: And I have to say this as part of our contract: You need to conduct yourself in a courteous manner both in and out of class when it comes to dealing with fellow students or your instructor. That means any rude, obstructive or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated, and manifestations of same will mean your ouster from the class. I have a zero-tolerance policy on this.” (…) 

-Extract from the website of Ronald R. Rodgers-

Ronald R. Rodgers´ profile

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http://tinyurl.com/y3kv326g

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A tentative teacher´s schedule (classroom)

28 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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

DICTIONARY use

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)

Role-plays

AOB (Any Other Business)

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#PDF

http://tinyurl.com/

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Zero Zone / Ground Zero (on the BOARD) [IlovePDF_ZeroZone, 16pp]

14 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Adrien Brody (Detachment, 2011. Director: Tony Kaye]

I have just started to copy on the BOARD those basic, typical mistakes students often make in exercises, examinations and writings. There will be a Zero Zone on the upper left side of the blackboard to remind them what they must not write again. I think I will leave the wrong expressions without the appropriate correct forms afterwards to oblige them to search and learn the right ones. Well, I will draw a cross out mark over the wrong expressions like this “Me brother isn’t coming”.

 

ZERO ZONE

fiveteen

Thrusday

she cans type very fast

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#PDF -G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/y6s889sq

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N. B

I love PDF zero zone (16 pp)

https://tinyurl.com/yxnmgm6o

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No cell phones in the classroom

12 October 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

“Just as using a smartphone may be unacceptable during a job interview, neither is it in the middle of a classroom”

(Kelly Allen, psychologist) 

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“Should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?”

7 October 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

The debate is still there. Should we share teacher´s talk and the interaction with students with a third party? Would anyone be sure that students do not distract from the classroom activities? Read the text from Oxford learning, if you please:

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“Should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?” (Oxford learning, @oxfordlearning on Twitter)

“These days, more and more students are bringing cell phones to class. Even elementary school-aged students have cell phones in their pockets and backpacks.

But should students have cell phones in school?

It’s a debate that many parents and teachers (and even students) have on a regular basis.

CELL PHONE USE IN THE CLASSROOM

Students check their phones in the classroom an average of more than 11 times a day. That can add up to a lot of time spent distracted from schoolwork. And when students are distracted, it’s a recipe for extra stress, frustration, and catch-up time for everyone.

With students spending up to 20% of their in-class time texting, emailing, and checking social media, it’s no wonder the debate about cell phones in the classroom is alive and well.” (…)

Read the whole text below:

https://www.oxfordlearning.com/should-cell-phones-be-allowed-classrooms/

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Reminder of two basic rules in the classroom

13 October 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Reminder 

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Strange things, odd verses

26 March 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Eleven, “Stranger things” (Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer, 2016)]

The story is simple: a classroom, a teacher, a subject matter, students, individualities, a task and a touch of talent. The surprise came from Ben Giroux, a kid aged 10 who made a self-portrait in eighteeen lines:

“I am odd, I am new

I wonder if you are too

I hear voices in the air

I see you don’t, and that’s not fair

I want to not feel blue

I am odd, I am new

I pretend that you are too

I feel like a boy in outer space

I touch the stars and feel out of place

I worry what others might think

I cry when people laugh, it makes me shrink

I am odd, I am new

I understand now that so are you

I say I “feel like a castaway”

I dream of a day that that’s okay

I try to fit in

I hope that someday I do

I am odd, I am new.”

[Ben Giroux]

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keep on reading the news on the link below:

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/odd-new-autistic-boy-writes-breathtaking-poem-differences/

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14 December 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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my method 

  1. @YouTube videos (extracts of films, how to videos, grammar engvid) & @euronews videos
  1. music, songs and lyrics via @google
  1. @BBC_podcasts (learning English category), audios from textbooks
  1. links to exercises and notions on Business English via @google & @moodle
  1. readers (Oxford Bookworms, Burlington Books, etcetera)
  1. role playing
  1. dictations
  1. translations (written texts, news from @guardian, @DailyMirror, @HuffPostUK, @Independent, @TheObjective_en) and using dictionaries (WordReference)
  1. essay writing
  1. vocabulary (list of words: verbs, nouns, adjectives, basics, connectors, etcetera)
  1. grammar (notions of grammar, basics, practice, examples, exercises, false friends, phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, etcetera)
  1. practice (exercises, conjugation of verbs, words, oral talking, blackboard writing, peer work, reading aloud, asking questions, flash cards, etcetera)
  1. tests (mock tests, controls, exams, progress exams, unmarked tests, surprise tests)
  1. Parallel Papers (packs of copies including how to do pages, theafterexampage, functional language reviews, shortlisted words, grammar notions, reminders for the student)
  1. worksheets (handouts with exercises, vocabulary, grammar and basics)
  1. textbook (following the syllabus)
  1. notebook (exercises, basics, notes, grammar, essays, dictations, homework)
  1. planning (teacher´s copy) and feedback from students

 

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