Posts Tagged ‘free style teaching’

My what to-do list for 2014

6 January 2014

twitter: @eugenio_fouz



The typical three new year resolutions, namely give up smoking, learn English language and go jogging are included in my to-do list. Nevertheless, I must concentrate on the second and third point. Jogging is something I have tried lots of times. Learning English language is my job and my life.

I know I must tweet less and blog more. The twitter activity generates a lot of procrastination despite all information it provides.

Professionally speaking I should get a UK exchange for my school this year, try a freer syllabus on my own, I mean, a free style in class working with grammar, revision, lexis and acquisition. Try to differentiate topics and points from each academic course. Create new things on moodle, work with texts and audios. Teach more and test less.

Read more-readers, English press, textbooks-. Watch TV series in English. Listen to podcasts and BBC radio online more often.

On the other hand, getting more personal, I would like to improve my handwriting through practice. Consider copying extracts of texts written in Bradley, Mistral or Viner Hand style.

I want to visit one of the 3 Cs in Spain (Cádiz, Córdoba, Çevilla) or the three towns.

Read and reread Shakespeare´s plays and try his Sonnets. Read poetry: Sylvia Plath and lots more. Reread Cernuda. Reread Whitman. Try to read a bit of latin and learn some new words. Blog.

Read Steinbeck´s East of Eden. Read Lawrence Sterne´s Tristram Shandy. Read Melville´s Moby Dick.

Start reading the New Testament again, little by little (the Bible).

Enjoy art, photography, poetry, novel, twitter, blogging, newspaper reading.

Consult Fundeu bulletins on Spanish language.

Keep on dreaming. Get up early. Try writing short stories.

Free style free

12 October 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


David Duchovny

I feel fine being unpredictable. Free style teaching language, letting students not know what is coming next, asking for a lot of homework at the end of the period, walking around the classroom, controlling and checking their real work.

Basically I work with grammar, explanations on any topic, audios and textbook. Also I want my students to sing as in a choir echoing interesting phrases or messages. Reinforcement via workbooks or extra exercises.

Teaching and testing, teaching and testing. Lots of practice and homework. Loads of writing work, too. A student who doesn´t write won´t be a good one. Dictations, translations, substitution tables, …

Quick reviews and mini tests, oral skill practice and testing, parallel papers, short messages and essay writing, how to write letters or read notices. Share information and curious hunger for the British and American culture.

Reading aloud and reading in low voice (class and at home), using dictionaries and functional language in class for everything, getting marks for any task they do. Notebooks like passports full with exercises, notes, vocabulary and pictures, good behaviour in and out of the classroom, moodle participation, podcasting, etcetera.

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