Posts Tagged ‘classroom’

Reminder of two basic rules in the classroom

13 October 2017

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Strange things, odd verses

26 March 2017

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[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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14 December 2015

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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



Inside the teacher of English´s head

29 November 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


Functional language A4 papers

Parallel Papers (revision of basics, exercises, etcetera)

Grammar syllabus, explain these topics

Oral activities –textobook

Practice files- ESL 2

Read aloud, pronunciation, understanding, vocabulary

Audios, words, role-playing

Writing essays, opinion

Dialogues – audios

Being creative, open questions

Worksheets, lots of SMS

links with keys on Business English language at @moodle

upload podcasts from the BBC to @moodle

pictures. description- What can you see? What can you guess?


Texts. Reading topics

Videos uploaded to @moodle

Brief dictations.


Quotes. Translate short texts


Listening exercises included in controls

Mock tests

HOW TO pages (download a podcast, tell the time, conjugate a verb)

More new words, more new texts


Use dictionaries

Specific words for a specific signature. Business English- CV, sales, contracts

Ordinal numbers, telephone numbers, amounts, telephone speaking

Spanish grammar (conjugation of verbs) (demonstratives, articles)



A controversial topic: should cell phones be allowed in the classroom?

15 October 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

mobile phones not allowed

I have found out a site on the net where there was a debate on this issue: should we, teachers, allow or ban the use of cell phones at school? Have a look at some opinions below:


We should be allowed. Why can’t we use our phones when we see teachers use theirs all the time in class and outside of class? Why aren’t we allowed to use them if the teachers are already breaking the rules in the first place? If teachers can use their phones, students should be allowed to as well.


Cell phone ban! Cell phones cause distraction in class to teachers and students alike. It is simply a status symbol and feeds to drama in the classroom. Phones can also be used to do criminal activity such as illegal pictures. School is a place to learn not to text with friends in the same classroom as you. When students get grades that are poor leave part of the blame on the phones.


No cell phones (sorry) Cell phones are great, don’t get me wrong. You can text, call, play games, procrastinate, do math. But all these things in school? Not a good idea. I know (being a teen) that abuse rules is the best feeling you get. Exciting, entertaining, and also an escape. You can escape into the world of instagram or vine. Clash of Clans or Make it rain. But these games are a bad idea to bring into the classroom. No matter where I go in the school you always see an Iphone. And these come with great distractions. But phones are great after-school. Need to talk to your parents about being pick-up? Right at your fingertips! It’s only in-school that it becomes a problem. Therefore it should be banned during the day, but when the last bell rings…. The phones come out! But I see in the section I type in, a bunch of technophobic parents and I….. *sigh*. Come on people, get used to it, the world will change, it just depends on if your willing to change with it. So don’t be the people who blame phones for everything, find a solution. In, “the seven successful habits of highly effective teens,” it talks about poor and great habits of teens. One of the poor habits is the, ” I blame the world for all of my problems,” change it into a solution, not a blame. Plus, look at all possible perspectives, including the teens point of view.


Target for Stealing Cellphones are very valuable and expensive so many people are tempted to steal them.And what happens when they get stolen? The owner will eventually have to buy a new phone and their parents will get really mad at them. It’s too much drama! Who needs to go through all that.


They Should Be Allowed While phones SHOULD be prohibited during class time, I see no reason for this also to apply to lunch period. Students aren’t doing anything other than eating. It’s their break from classes and thus they should be able to do what they want during that time, including the privilege of using their phones.

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That awkward moment when…

26 February 2015

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empathizing with the classroom

A quick note on activities in the classroom

22 January 2015

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dictations / short messages / grammar (x1)

exercises (x2) / audios / reading texts and typescripts

words / role-playing / specific points in the textbook

notebook / grammar syllabus revision / Parallel Papers


Memorandum on pupils´notebooks

15 November 2014

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*the student must be in the classroom with his own notebook

*A4 paper size or exercise book size

*label on cover : last name, first name / class group

*numbered exercises inside following a continuous order

*date of every pack of tasks (e.g, Nov. 12, 2014 Wednesday)

*clear handwriting, cleanliness in all exercises



*well done exercises



Kind of exercises asked:

*translation of short texts

*pictures pasted onto the paper

*words and meanings

*SMS (short messages)

*BASICS: numbers, days of the week, personal pronouns

*notes on grammar


*conjugation of verbs

*list of verbs

*essays ( brief comments)

*describing a picture


*specific exercises (marked positively or negatively)



The teacher,

Eugenio Fouz

13.November.2014, Thursday

Ideal plan for an ESL class

4 November 2014

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la foto 3



Words- book


Lesson book

BASICS- grammar – double speed


Reading aloud



Challenge words. PPA

Practice File (extra) / Pocket Book (extra)

List of verbs

Functional language

AV (moodle) podcasts, grammar, BASICS,

videos, pics, GIFs, exercises, labels or short messages, texts A4

Role playing


Reading texts (extra)

I had a wonderful plan for my classroom yesterday

19 October 2014

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1/work with textbook and practice files

2/teach and show my students grammar and words, use examples and lists-get students involved in copying and speaking

3/read texts aloud, do exercises, listen and play more than once AUDIO recordings

4/do dictations (tapescripts)

5/share maps, lists of words from 2 lessons and useful phrases

6/get ready : TESTS, dates and their marking as well

7/work via moodle (AV)

8/make my students work with their notebooks as if they were their own passports

9/ask for homework everyday

10/share videos, podcasts

11/enjoy choral speaking (repeat conjugation of verbs, difficult pronunciation of words, etc)

12/describe pictures and comics, tell stories

13/speaking English 

14/role-playing  Spanglish- how to introduce yourself / answering the phone

15/extras: doubts, curiosities, English culture and literature

16/much more practice and revision, much more practice and revision

17/do not forget acquisition (reading extra texts, listening extra podcasts, watching extra videos, doing activities out of the academic centre such as talks to foreigners)

18/homework: list of tasks in the students´ notebooks (look up for the meaning of a list of words, translate some easy short messages, BASICS: copy from Parallel Papers document the ordinal numbers from 1st to 24th)

19/encourage my students to read readers in English language

20/listen to podcasts regularly (BBC, British Council, ESL podcasts)

21/travel to the UK or any other country where you can practise English language

22/use bilingual dictionaries (English/Spanish) or monolingual English dictionaries

23/be curious and open to new things

24/let my students write opinions and summaries from time to time

25/enjoy classes and instruction!

*{as a teacher I should get my class ready for 2 weeks in advance}


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