Posts Tagged ‘Dictionary’

Everyday vs. every day (thesaurus dot com)+ EXTRA: Michael Swan´s “Practical English Usage”

23 May 2020

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[ adjective; noun ]




every day
[ adjective; noun ]

as in day after day

day by day
day in day out


See also: 

SWAN, Michael. Practical English Usage.

2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995

Practical English usage


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)





Literature studies (planner)

19 February 2019

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Seven tools kit (for a foreign language student)[IlovePDF_7tools, 16pp]

9 February 2019

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[via @canva,-flyers-]


#PDF via G.Drive


EYE! 7 tools kit &c in IlovePDF_ (16 pages)


Ten tips for modern students of English language

20 January 2017

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10 tips for modern students


English language

1.get used to listen to BBC radio alive, e.g: BBC5live while doing some other tasks, watch, listen and read two or three pieces of news from euronews twice a week a couple of BBC podcasts from the learning section at every week

4.pick up some news from The Huffington Post UK, The Independent or The Daily Mail

5.start an account on social links such as twitter, facebook, G+, LinkedIn to practise interaction

6.always study handbooks of grammar and vocabulary

7.try adapted readers (Oxford Bookworms, Burlington, Itaca, Collins, Penguin)

8.get a good bilingual dictionary and use it

9.go to the United Kingdom whenever you have the opportunity

10.make British friends and talk to them very often. Use skype, facebook, twitter or any other social link to keep in touch


How to read a reader

17 December 2015



  1. get the reader and a dictionary with you (smartphones are also welcome)

  2. prepare a bloc or notepad, a pencil to underline words you don ́t know
  3. relax and start by having a look at the title and the author of the reader
  4. copy the tittle and the author in your bloc
  1. read some information about the author and the story (@Wikipedia or any other Encyclopedia)
  2. do not try to read 40 pages in a day, but read little by little, chapter after chapter, page after page. Make a note of what you read [copy page number and one or two ideas]
  3. it is impossible to read a book without looking up for the meanings of unknown words (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, connectors). YOU WILL HAVE TO USE A DICTIONARY!
  4. most readers provide a glossary of words (mini-dictionary of difficult expressions) Look for that glossary!
  5. understand what you read
  6. keep a diary of your reading in order to remember the plot of the story.
  7. focus on grammar and vocabulary
  8. enjoy your readings


reader.individual or person who reads / reader.reading book
graded reader.adapted version of a text for students

dictionary.manual where you find out the meaning of words, categories, pronunciation, etcetera / bloc.notepad, pack of papers of small size / ball pen.pen, biro

pencil.tool to write (it can be rubbed out) / rubber.tool to delete any writing in pencil  / summary.abbreviated story of a story

title.the name of a text / author.writer
plot.the thread of a story (thread.hilo)

characters.people taking part in a text / or location of a story
bookmark.a marker between the pages of a book


Eugenio Fouz.-17122015


27 March 2014

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I am a teacher crazy enough to nickname my students´ textbook Tom and my students´ workbook Jerry. Yes, I feel crazy enough to refer to our MOODLE space as Moe (the barman at the Simpsons), the bilingual pocket dictionary, D. I (di ai) and the customized worksheets on grammar, vocabulary and stuff, P.Pa.

A ball pen is 3 (three). A bloc will be Finn

that stuff ffuts taht

18 December 2013

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 MP·3, readers & D.I

How not to write an essay

6 July 2013

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One of the four skills* to take into account when teaching a foreign language is writing. To write an essay teachers should provide students with opportunities to express themselves by writing short notes or opinions. Firstly, students might be asked to jot down some words about an easy topic to deal, for example, “are you for or against using mobile phones in public places?”. Also they would be expected to write a minimum of words- not too many, probably 40 or 60 words. Further on these students will be writing up to 100 words, hopefully.

Writing an essay or any long text is a hard job. To be a good writer one must be a better reader. Reading makes no sense without using dictionaries. Consequently, the good essayist must be a fanatic dictionary user.

It is advisable to write some drafts of what you want to say. Once you think your essay is done, revise it, checking and double checking silly mistakes or slips (*“he think” / “the thirst time” / “you visit me yesterday”, “people is worried”, “girls beautifuls”).

Keep in mind the idea that grammar is to be learnt continuously. On the other hand, a writer, a poet, a journalist covers lots of words. Without words there is no writing or communication.

When writing an essay one should try to think about the reader. One must be clear in his writing, express correctly and show more than one or two ideas. In other words, the student should make his writing interesting.

Most students don´t worry about linkers (moreover, therefore, nevertheless, however, then, later, secondly) and overuse certain conjunctions such as “AND”.  Taking a picture from the textbook the students were asked to describe and write about what they saw. Here you are an example of a wrong essay “In the picture there are two women and they are friends. They are smiling and I think that they are in the city of New York and they are in front of the river”.

And here another example “In this picture I can see two girls. I guess they are friends because it seems they are the same age. Behind them there is a beautiful landscape of a big city. It may be midday because of the sunlight

Style in writing helps too.


[*the four skills are: writing, reading, speaking and listening]

The free dictionary by Farlex

20 March 2010

(Photography taken from Fernando Castillo´s blog TOCINO Y VELOCIDAD)

I was looking for an idiom, you know, a set phrase of those you find from time to time in language. Some of those we have in our mother language such as “por los pelos”. And I have books and dictionaries, however I could not remember the English idiom. So, I tried on the internet and the key was there in which I had discovered as a treasure. It is much more than a dictionary, it has got lots of other points: curiosities, phonetics, short texts and games online and other languages. I believe this dictionary deserves a space in the list of favourites of any student of foreign languages. From today I have linked in efnotebloc blogroll at the vertical column on the right.

By the way, to say “por los pelos” in English language one can say “ it was a close shave” or “ it was a near miss” and lots more.

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