Posts Tagged ‘@eugenio_fouz’

De ratones y libros

21 April 2019

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rats David Zinn, streetartmagic

[David Zinn, artist]

shared by @streetartmagic on Twitter

El pasado viernes, 19 de abril, un tuit del bibliotecario de Gotham (@BiblioGotham) nos recordaba a los lectores de la Biblioteca Regional (@brmu) sita en el número 17 de la Avenida de Juan Carlos I en Murcia que al día siguiente se iba a proceder a la des-ra-ti-za-ci-ón de ese templo del saber y conocimiento. Asimismo, el bibliotecario advertía del enfado monumental del ratoncito protagonista de la novela de Sam Savage. Según apuntaba el bibliotecario -anónimo, por cierto- el bichito Firmin podría pasar a la acción y mover a una recogida de firmas contra semejante despropósito. Vamos, hombre ¿A quién se le ocurre llevar a cabo la aniquilación de las ratas de una biblioteca? 

En fin, la decisión ya había sido tomada, alea iacta est (la suerte está echada), y solo quedaba resignarse a la pérdida de esos animalejos o la lucha.

Firmin, Sam Savage

Yo me identifiqué de inmediato con Firmin y mostré mi solidaridad evocando de golpe a todos los ratones ilustres de la literatura y el cine. Tuiteé a favor de Jennifer Cavalieri, ratón de biblioteca en Love story (Erich Segal), defendí el trabajo nocturno del ratoncito Pérez, la maestría de los roedores Pixie y Dixie haciéndole la vida imposible al gato Jinx. Alguien, seguramente sería Vicente Funes, desde la Biblioteca Regional (@brmu) ayudó a aliviar el malestar colgando una fotografía tranquilizadora de equipo disponible para proteger a los ratones.

raton equipado

Dejo aquí el enlace al tuit inicial de @BiblioGotham y el hilo de tuits que se unió a la reivindicación ratonil:

Advertencia del bibliotecario de Gotham



¡Salvemos a los ratones de biblioteca! ¡Liberad a Firmin! ¡Derecho a la libertad de movimiento de todos los bichitos, lectores o no lectores de la biblioteca! 



Mini tests dictated by the teacher

2 March 2019

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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.


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



  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)



“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.


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Do not feed cheaters!

2 March 2019

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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


*Are you coming with us to the zoo tomorrow?

**You mean, tomorrow Tuesday?


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Secret message (complete that on the blackboard)

2 March 2019

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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


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


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


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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)





Click on the square icon again [MOODLE]

27 February 2019

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Sometimes a student visiting the virtual platform (@moodle) accidentally touches a square situated on the right side of the board to discover all the other lessons have disappeared. Do not panic. Click on the square icon again


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Revision exercises (skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences, vocabulary)

24 February 2019

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Sample of a pedagogy A4 paper.

METHOD for Business English 2, second term 


Exercises of revision

Business English 2 (second term)

skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences


Name and surname:



NOTE: All exercises must follow the instructions literally(ad pedem litterae). If you are asked to translate a sentence into Spanish and you let it undone, the exercise will be invalidated.

Read every point carefully. I recommend you to read them twice


1/write the skeleton of these verbs as in the example below:

comprar-     TO BUY    BOUGHT        BOUGHT

conocer- TO K……

ir-TO G…..

decir-TO SA…..

ver-TO SE…..

oler-TO SM…….

tomar, coger-TO TAK……


2/put the past participle form ONLY:

ser-TO BE      

caer-TO FALL

pagar-TO PAY

cerrar-TO SHUT

3/conjugate the past simple tense in the affirmative form of the verb TO FORGIVE (perdonar). Translate one form into Spanish



My own syllabuses on English language

23 February 2019

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[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) to tell the time (what time is it?) 4.days of the week 5.seasons of the year to say the date (February, 20th) 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) 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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Graded Readers (help with vocabulary)

23 February 2019

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Reading a Graded Reader in class.

Students work in pairs jotting down unknown words or expressions onto their blocs. They make a note together of about ten expressions. They copy these on the board and the rest of students (or the teacher) writes their meanings in Spanish.

Reading might be easier if students get a little help with vocabulary.


BASSET, Jennifer William Shakespeare Oxford Bookworms.Chapter 6

John and Amanda: lazy, playwright, suddenly, clever, laugh (v), pile, wig …

George and Fran: Falstaff, put (v), playgoers …


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Zero Zone / Ground Zero (on the BOARD)

14 February 2019

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[Adrien Brody (Detachment, 2011. Director: Tony Kaye]

I have just started to copy on the BOARD those basic, typical mistakes students often make in exercises, examinations and writings. There will be a Zero Zone on the upper left side of the blackboard to remind them what they must not write again. I think I will leave the wrong expressions without the appropriate correct forms afterwards to oblige them to search and learn the right ones. Well, I will draw a cross out mark over the wrong expressions like this “Me brother isn’t coming”.





she cans type very fast


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