Posts Tagged ‘Enseñar y aprender’

Quick activities in a class

22 April 2012

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1. Working words (lists and meanings, drawings, oral choir)

2. Filling up sentences in hand out copies (copycat fly)

3. Explaining grammar notions (by writing model phrases and substitution tables on board) (examples)

4. Get students involved in the language by asking them to read aloud a text from the textbook

5. Provide students with easy, quick exercises

6. Listening to real English language via audios

7. Copy Spanish sentences on the board and translate into English language

8. Demand some short essay writings, dictations and texts for translation

9. Show a drawing, picture or photograph to make them talk

10. Q. & A. (Question and Answer: direct question & direct answer) (teacher asks questions)

11. Ask for homework

Sometimes I feel as if I were Linus

20 March 2012

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Charlie Brown and Linus (from left to right)

Sometimes teachers become enthusiastical about our students´ideas and later on we get disappointed. They tell us stories about doing things, making projects together and we have to believe them.  Sometimes things go right and sometimes things go wrong.

Humildad, curiosidad e inocencia

6 January 2012

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(Kodi Smit-McPhee, el chico en “La carretera” película dirigida por John Hillcoat en 2009 basada en la novela homónimca de Cormac McCarthy)


Tres cualidades en un buen profesor son la humildad, la curiosidad y la inocencia.

Quien enseña ha de aprender antes y haberse hecho muchas preguntas.

Un profesor tiene que empatizar con quien empieza desde cero y debe ser paciente. La duda es la marca de la casa.

El profesor es el eterno estudiante.

Sense of Ethics at school

3 December 2011

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A teacher asks his students in a test about the sense of dealing with a subject such as Ethics at school.  He reads this answer “Ethics teaches us nothing. The Ethics we need is in the streets”. 

In other words, Ethics at school is useless.

(What do you think?)


I love this Rabbi´s attitude, yep!

9 November 2011

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A witty joke from “funny lessons”

A Priest, a Minister and a Rabbi from one city were taking a car ride to a conference on world religions. On the highway they were in an accident.

First the Priest steps out, makes the sign of the cross and says, “Oh, God, thank you for letting us survive.”

Then the Minister crosses himself and says, “Thank you dear Lord for protecting us.”

Finally the Rabbi steps out and likewise makes the sign of the cross. The Priest and Minister look at each other.

Baffled, the Minister says, “We thought you didn’t believe in that.” To which the Rabbi responds, “Ach no, I was just checking to make sure I have everything — spectacles, testicles, wallet, and watch!

This link on funny lessons was sent to me via MOODLE by a student


Where it says Rabbi I misunderstood “rabbit” and I found it quite funny. It was my mistake. Sorry about that!

What is a “hat-trick”?

2 November 2011

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 (Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona. Getty images. -“2ominutos”)

I was walking in the street when I had a first look to the free newspaper “20minutos”. There was a picture of Messi and the English expression “hat-trick”. I wondered what the meaning of this was and surfed the internet and picked out Wikipedia. And I read this:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. The term was first used in 1858 in cricket to describe HH Stephenson’s feat of taking three wickets in three balls. A collection was held for Stephenson, and he was presented with a hat bought with the proceeds.[1] The term was used in print for the first time in 1878.[2]” (…)

“Football (Association football)

See also: FIFA World Cup hat-tricks

A hat-trick occurs in association football when a player scores three goals in a single game. In common with other official record-keeping rules, goals in a penalty shootout are excluded from the tally.[3]

Players achieving hat-tricks are usually rewarded by being given the match ball to keep. The fastest time to score a hat-trick is 90 seconds, a record set by Tommy Ross playing for Ross County against Nairn County on November 28 1964.[4] The only hat trick scored in the FIFA World Cup Final was by Geoff Hurst, playing for England in the 1966 final.[5] A “perfect” or “golden” hat-trick is said to have been scored if the player scores with the left foot, right foot and head.[6]”· (…)


The information in italics above is an extract from Wikipedia


Speaking English Only

21 October 2011

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(John Berryman, American poet)

My friend emilioefe says that he is going to teach English by speaking English only

I think that´s a good Berryman  idea

[*John Berryman wrote some poems under the influence of an enigmatic character called Henry]

Little doses of everything

26 September 2011

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 (Arthur Miller, writer)

These activities make learning attractive to students of a foreign language:

Audio listening

Translation of short messages from Spanish into English

Grammar notions (providing some singular or personal examples)

Textbook exercises and correction

Students read extracts of any text aloud

Writing 30 word-essays on any topic related to the lesson

Revision of notions, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation or culture

Packs of copies (“Parallel Papers”, “Vocabulary lists”, “Newspapers”, etc)

Workbook exercises

Asking the meaning of words to any student

Text translation using a dictionary

Choral repetition of sample sentences


Songs (fill in the blanks, comments, essay writing, translation, singing)


Watching DVDs with Spanish or English subtitles


PAU tests

Mock tests

Una escuela ideal incluiría esta asignatura (I)

25 September 2011

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(Sabino Fernández Campo, -17.03.1918/26.10.2009- ex Secretario General de  la Casa de Su Majestad el Rey D. Juan Carlos I)

Se hace urgente y necesaria una asignatura impartida trimestralmente incluida en Ética o Educación para la Ciudadanía, por ejemplo, y dedicada a enseñar y poner en práctica las buenas maneras, saber escuchar y callar, hablar correctamente y diversos protocolos de saludo, agradecimiento o respeto en todos los centros escolares, públicos y privados.

[Manuales de texto, páginas web, tuits y posts]

Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


Disentería literaria


El primer blog de Garrafón en habla hispana

A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Books. Reflections. Travel.


crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama