Posts Tagged ‘English language’

7 musts in the learning of a foreign language

27 July 2019

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Which are the things you should learn in a foreign language?

 

First, I think I should learn the alphabet and vocabulary, that is to say, words from the new language and of course, their meanings. I should know how to say every word, how to pronounce them. This part has to do with phonetics. Whenever I learn a new word I feel the urgency to know how to write it (spelling, written language)

Second,grammar. What are the rules in that language. Why do we say or write “I do not like her” instead of saying  **“”I not like her”, for example. Being able to create my own messages following the rules of grammar. These rules include exceptions.

Third, I would like to learn functional language as well, I mean, practical and formulaic sentences to ask someone his name or his age as in “What is your name?” or “How old are you?”. There are plenty of singular expressions which belong to formulaic language such as idioms, slang, abbreviations or false friends, among many others.

Fourth, I would appreciate to know about syntax (order and relationships of elements in the discourse).

Fifth, I´d love to be an independent reader of literature and a good radio listener as well to work fluency in the foreign language besides the pleasure of reading inherent to a man of letters like me.

Sixth, being curious about culture (tradition, customs, people, geography, etcetera)

Seventh, practise language through the well-know four basic skills: reading, listening, writing, reading

 

 

 

Eugenio Fouz.-

27.7.2019

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A good idea to start the day (watching the news)

21 July 2019

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e u r o n e w s 

https://www.euronews.com/live

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https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/20/vase-of-flowers-germany-returns-painting-stolen-by-the-nazis-to-the-uffizi-gallery

Ufizzi gallery, Florence (Italy)

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TAEP (The After Exam Page) for Business English 1 (1.7)

24 May 2019

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THE AFTER EXAM PAGE

Business English 1

1.7

3rd term

 

1.The months of the year are twelve: January, February, March, April (…)

2.Cardinal numbers in Spanish language: 1-13: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho (…)

3.Ordinal numbers in Spanish language: 1-13: primero, segundo, tercero, cuarto (…)

4.Personal pronouns of subject are: I, you, he /she/ it, we, you, they (yo, tú, él /ella / ello, nosotros, vosotros, ellos). I speak: yo hablo / she speaks: ella habla  / we do not speak: nosotros no hablamos

5.Possessive adjectives always need a noun after themselves, e.g: my book (my: mi) (book: libro) my keys / your girlfriend / his notebook / her brother (…)

6.Skeleton of verbs (enunciado de verbos).- TO TYPE (escribir a máquina)

To type typed typed [to type: escribir INFINITIVE FORM] [typed: escribí PAST FORM] [typed: escrito PAST PARTICIPLE FORM]

 

7.Conjugation of LEXICAL VERBS works like this:

To WRITE (escribir)

Present Simple (+)

I write / you write / she writes (ella escribe)

We write / you write / they write (ellas escriben)

To CHECK (comprobar)

Present Simple (-)

I do not check / you do not check / she does not check (ella no comprueba)

We do not check / (…)

To SPELL (deletrear) (?)

Do I spell? (¿deletreo yo?) / do you spell? / does he spell?

(…)

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Oral skills (English language method)

24 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

I don´t hate school

Work oral skills in the classroom. It would be ideal to test students´oral skills in short interviews; however, another way could be just Q & A, that is, make questions quickly to students and check their answers (intonation, pronunciation, fluency)

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A bit more rich than it used to be (English language method)

24 May 2019

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I am trying to make classes a bit more rich by means of showing new points of difficulty in theory and practice. [Do not ask easy questions in controls such as “write the days of the week in order”, “put all the personal pronouns of object”]

Deal with some varied grammar points, some extra vocabulary packs and share sentences a bit more complicated than usual. Try to challenge students´s language skills. Include functional, useful language in the classroom. Board work. Oral chorus (pronunciation)

 

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8 ways to be constantly improving (ENG)

20 May 2019

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Never discourage anyone who …

8 May 2019

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Extra something

29 April 2019

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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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E. Fouz.-28042019

“Why should you read Flannery O´Connor?” Iseult Gillespie

15 April 2019

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[Flannery O´Connor, short story writer]

“How to write shorter”(Josh Bernoff)

16 March 2019

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https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/write-shorter/


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