Posts Tagged ‘English language’

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

15 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Flannery O´Connor, short story writer]

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“How to write shorter”(Josh Bernoff)

16 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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

A business communication reading list

16 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Anne Hathaway, actress

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Well, in other words, a master key for reading on business communication. I have found out a pretty interesting web inside and I suppose I will get more. (Downloadable listenings, tests, texts and activities)

Jefflarche.com

http://www.jefflarche.com/2018/02/24/a-business-communication-reading-list/

“A month ago to the day, I provided a crowd-sourced list of recommended readings for the career-minded. I didn’t have room in that post to talk about all the excellent suggestions from one extraordinary friend. Jill Stewart is a professional lecturer at DePaul University’s College of Communication. I’ve never told her this, but hand’s down my favorite business class in college was Business Communication.” (…)

“Books on how to improve your writing

Clark, How to Write Short (2014) and Writing Tools (2008)
Danziger, Get to the Point (2001)
Gray-Grant, 8 ½ Steps to Writing Faster, Better (2008)
Fiske, The Dictionary of Concise Writing, (2006)
Fogarty, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (2008)
Kallan, Renovating Your Writing, (2013)
King, On Writing, (2000)
Klinkenborg, Several Short Sentences about Writing (2012)
McCormack, Brief (2014)
Norris, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2016)
O’Connor, Woe is I (2012)
O’Connor, Words Fail Me (1999)
Rubin, Hey Wait How Do I Write This Email? (2015)
Strunk & White, Elements of Style, (1999)*
Watt & Bradford, An E.B. White Reader (1996)
Yagoda, How to Not Write Bad, (2013)
Zinsser, On Writing Well (1998) ”

Jill Stewart

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Webs included on the list:

quickanddirtytips (grammar girl) 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

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See:

Interesting language stories in the news

(35 mins AUDIO)

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/news-chat

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“We may learn English while we are sleeping”

15 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

website

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/simple-english-news.html

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1/learning vocabulary

“A new study shows that we could learn vocabulary while we are sleeping. This is great news for students struggling to learn a new language. It is also good for anyone who is trying to expand their knowledge of words. Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland have shown that it is possible to learn new information while we are sleeping deeply, and then recall this information when we need it after we wake up. This new information includes foreign language vocabulary.” (…)

read the whole story here:

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1902/190206-learning-vocabulary.html

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2/on Fortnite

“The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and streaming videos among young people. This is according to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people worldwide. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was now more of a competitor than HBO – another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A study from the American Economic Association found that between 2015 and 2017, men aged between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing rose from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time spent on watching TV, movies or streaming fell.” (…)

read the whole story here:

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1901/190121-fortnite.html

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Talking English language & listening to English conversations

10 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

-Big Ben (London clock) via Life In Moments (@historyinmoment)-

 

These 3 websites provide the learner of English language with

dialogues,

listenings

and

vocabulary

in different levels of difficulty.

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1/ ESLfast.com

https://www.eslfast.com/easydialogs/

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2/ TOEFL listening via examenglish.com

https://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/TOEFL_listening_conversation2.htm

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3/ TALK English.com

https://www.talkenglish.com

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Mini tests dictated by the teacher

2 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

 

MINI TESTS dictated

The teacher dictates 3 or 4 exercises on BASICS, that is, vocabulary essentials, numbers, telling the time, formulaic language, verbs, idioms, conjugations, transformation of short sentences, et cetera) to be done immediately in the classroom by the students.

All the students are to stay sitting separately as if taking an examination, although the activity equals a simple test.

AIMS:

a/ check that your own teacher´s talk (pronunciation, intonation, English language) is clear.

b/ check the students´ s understanding as well as their knowledge of spelling, vocabulary and grammar

c/ check the students´s progress on elementary points, that is, see if they still have problems with any aspects of verbal tenses or vocabulary METHOD

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SAMPLE

  1. Write all months of the year in order. Make 2 sentences of  a minimum of 6 words using “June”, “her” in the present continuous tense negative
  2. Put these numbers in letters: 2nd / 12th / 15th / 20th / 23rd
  3. Conjugate the past simple tense of the verb TO SPELL in the interrogative form. Translate one form into Spanish
  4. Name 4 idioms from the wordlist from lesson 4 (cf. Aula Virtual / @moodle; PPA. Second term. Business English 2)

 

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“DICTATE: to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary” (cf. Dictionary.com)

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#PDF via G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/yyz8klgt

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Do not feed cheaters!

2 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Tom Berenger as Jonathan Shale in “The Substitute“.

Dir. Robert Mandel. 1996]

In tests, controls and examinations teachers must avoid questions on BASICS which could be easily copied on a slip of paper. Do not feed cheaters!

In case a teacher would like to check the student´s learning of the days of the week, ordinal numbers from 1st to 12th, for example, he shouldn’t directly ask like this “write all days of the week in order” or “complete the numbers missing on the following list first, se……., th….., fourth ………..ninth …

Another way might be as follows:

a/Pass these messages into Spanish

She will meet her friend Joan next Thursday at 5.44

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*Are you coming with us to the zoo tomorrow?

**You mean, tomorrow Tuesday?

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#PDF via G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/y32rhevj

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Secret message (complete that on the blackboard)

2 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

The teacher writes an easy message on the board of the classroom. There would be one or two words left out. The students should complete the message with the missing words, later in the class period.

AIM of the activity: stand out a verbal tense, a peculiar expression. Revise typical mistakes or solve out doubts related to grammar, spelling, et cetera.

This formula can be used to introduce a new topic, e.g.:the past simple tense, idioms, question tags, false friends

SAMPLE

She h…… w…….. a lot today. Let her go out for a walk, dear!

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[KEY: has worked. Introduction of the present perfect tense]

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#PDF via G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/yyboapax

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“I just sued the school system” (Prince EA)

2 March 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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Prince EA speaks about the School system for 6 minutes.

Watch and listen:

 

(@YouTube)

My own syllabuses on English language

23 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Harry Styles, singer “OneDirection”]

A foreign language teacher should create his own syllabuses on grammar, lexis, pronunciation, readings, listenings, writing, et cetera. One of my students claimed one day in class they were being taught the same old things year after year (points of grammar, namely the present simple tense, the saxon genitive, some plural nouns) in a never-ending circle. Teachers were just following a formula according to the rules of programming. We have been learning foreign languages the same way we learnt everything by memorisation. I thought the student´s complaint was fair. Nowadays I try to teach something new every year.

A functional language syllabus might be as follows: 1.greetings (hello, hi, good morning, goodbye) 2.cardinal numbers from 1 to 10 (one, two) 3.how to tell the time (what time is it?) 4.days of the week 5.seasons of the year 6.how to say the date (February, 20th) 7.how to answer the phone (hello, this is Tom Smith / who is calling, please? 8.months of the year …

A lexical syllabus might be like this: 1.the English alphabet (a, b, c, d, e ) 2.colours (red, yellow, blue, green) 3.school stuff (book, pencil, dictionary, board, computers ) 5.people in school (teachers, students, secretary) 6.members of a family (father, mother, sister, brother, daughter) 7.clothes (shoes, socks, jeans, trousers, shirts, coats, jackets) …

A grammar syllabus should contain: 1.nouns (man, woman, subject, learning, student, school, examinations) 2.adjectives (shy, important, happy) 3.verbs (auxiliary verbs and lexical verbs) 4.adverbs (slowly, calmly, very, too, clearly) 5.prepositions (of, before, after, in, on) 6.pronouns (personal pronouns of subject) 7. skeleton of verbs (to read read read) 8.primary auxiliary verbs (to do, to have, to be) 9.modal auxiliary verbs (can, could, may, might, will, would) 10.regular lexical verbs (to play, to cry) 11.irregular lexical verbs (to put, to quit) 12.present simple tense of lexical verbs in the affirmative ( I speak English, she speaks Spanish) (to do, to be, to have) 13.personal pronouns of subject ( I, you, he, she ) 14.the four demonstratives (this, these, that, those) 15.articles (definite article -the-, indefinite article -a/an-) 16.saxon genitive (John´s room) 17.present simple tense of lexical verbs in the negative and interrogative (John does not like chocolate, Do you speak French?) …

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#PDF, via G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/yxhdpw2o

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