Posts Tagged ‘dictations’

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


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)





Annotations of a foreign language teacher (including APPENDIX I )

3 November 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

infantería eufo

Texts in English / News.-Huff Post / The Guardian / Opinion

Business English topics / Board messages

British traditions / Literature / Readings / Microstories


Proverbs / Messages / Pics / Gifs / @moodle


Dictations / Translations / English sentences into Spanish / Fill in messages (verbs, pronouns, etc) / Transform (into interrogative) / Q.A


Dialogues / Audios / videos YouTube / Role playing 


Notebook correction / worksheets in the classroom / tests & mini-tests


[Courier, 11]





Diciembre, 2018.-Eugenio Fouz


Thorough reminder of a teacher of English language

16 July 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


1/listen to BBC podcasts a minimum of three times and focus on audios

2/watch videos on @YouTube, @euronews, BBC

3/read daily newspapers (The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Guardian)

4/be a reader of readers

5/use more than two grammar books (get every new handbook one finds out): Michael Swan, How English works (Oxford U.P); Nigel Barnsley, Business Elements (Mc Graw Hill)

6/fancy literature a lot

7/use dictionaries

8/get blocs & pens to take notes

8/practise pronunciation through phonetics theory and practice

9/ be good at your subject matter (specific topics of business, English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing)

10/use specific points or anecdotes to make your classes attractive (magazines, exercises, newspapers, flashcards)

11/have exercises ready in advance (handouts, short messages, mock tests, readings, dictations, &c) to provide them to your students via @moodle, for example

12/use technology inside and outside your classes (blogs, social media, online dictionaries)

13/ teach your students practical things: how to tell the time, how to say numbers or dates, how to do small talk, how to make comments. Help your students to be curious on history, geography and culture

14/show your students apparently useless things such as games, pastimes, sudoku or whatever

15/speak English

16/let your students participate freely

17/use the blackboard

18/move around the classroom

19/encourage your students to memorize vocabulary and write brief comments to improve their writing expression

20/travel to the UK as many times as possible

21/be a radio listener

22/try international projects (e.g: Skype, eTwinning)

23/be humble enough to register in MOOC and NOOC courses for teachers

24/certificate knowledge and progress by official institutions (ESOL and others)

25/be good at Spanish




New things in my programming

19 January 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


New things in my programming

*work in pencil (book notes)
*one list only for attendance (the whole year)
*3 months, a complete term: notebook, attitude marks, attendance results (06), surprise test, controls, progress exam

Use pencil or propelling pencil to save marks and data in charts

Introduction of a listening exercise in a control of 2o marks, or maybe in both controls of 20 marks
Focus on vocabulary and grammar. Work on the board. Correct mistakes Chorus words and phrases in the classroom

Use music and songs
Reading aloud
Dictations – improve teacher and student communication Work with mock exams, mini controls


Read the complete document here:

#mypublicfiles via


Teacher´s memo: urgent docs

13 January 2016


twitter: @eugenio_fouz


[fotografía tomada de @JotDownSpain]

Timetable (teacher´s & students) / Tutorship group / Tutorship cards (students)


Teacher´s files (docs, notes, memos) / Hoja del alumno / Notes on attendance and excuses


Methodology / Favourites / Excel attendance list  / Excel marks list


Parallel Papers / Words list / Extra words list


Verbs lists / Readers choice / Schedule planning- tests, lessons, texts, dictations, etc


Exercise list / Handouts / Notebook lists


How to lists (tell the time, CV, answer the phone) / Functional language  / AUDIOS


Dictations / Essays / Texts for reading


Texts for translation / Reports on groups / Aula Virtual lists of topics


Quotes / Pictures  / GIFs


Video extracts / Lyrics and songs / Role play lists


E.F. – 100116D


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



I like

22 July 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


(All Access Pass, Melanie´s blog´s photo )

Some ideas to get your students involved in class.


1/ write one sentence on the blackboard

[One student starts a dialogue with this sentence. A second student must follow the dialogue spontaneously. –Someone in the class plays the role of secretary and takes notes of everything these students say]


2/ show students a photograph or a cartoon and ask them to jot down some notes on their notebooks describing it


3/ a couple of students copy several revision exercises on the board

[The blackboard is divided in 2 parts to go faster. Exercises must be of the kind “fill in the missing information”, basics, meanings, transformation of verbal tenses in sentences, write these numbers, put the nouns in plural, look for the opposite forms, etcetera]


4/ ask everyone to draw anything in their notebooks : a mug of tea, an umbrella or whatever you suggest [Have a look at the best ones and show the best to the class making clear which is which]


5/ provide hand outs with the lyrics of songs unfinished (fill in the blanks activity) and play the song on the CD player twice or three times until they get the blanks filled. Then, get a Spanish translation of the song


6/ ask students to write short notes of around 50 words about any current topic such as Twitter, London Olympic Games 2012, etcetera ; or even simpler and easier, what are you doing this evening? do you have much homework to do?are you for mobile phones?


7/ do short dictations


8/ ask your students to copy English paragraphs and, using a bilingual dictionary, to do a Spanish translation


9/ read texts aloud about the English culture and traditions


10/ ask students to send you lots of stuff for the English language “moodle” tool



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