Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Going samurai

20 August 2013

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Stewie Griffin

Stewie Griffin

Yesterday I did it again. Yes, I watched a whole episode of Family Guy and enjoyed it. My favourite character is Stewie, I like his British accent and that mature spirit which reminds me the other child in “Jude the Obscure”(1)

Well, I watched that episode going samurai, that is, the original version in audio without any help or subtitles


Little Father Time is the character in the novel written by Thomas Hardy


Learning, anyway

16 July 2013

Learning, anyway

TKT, reflections on teaching

12 July 2013

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okkkoooo tkt

Years ago I used to ignore pedagogy, I mean, methodology or anything related to the best ways to motivate students and all that stuff. As time passed by, I realized that teaching was meant to be a process. Today I don´t follow the theories or strategies I used to follow before. Sometimes we might think that the world could be inside our heads but that is not true. Learning and teaching is a dynamic phenomenon.

Well, this post is about a book I have been reading these days on teaching and learning, namely The Teaching Knowledge Test written by Mary Spratt et al. (Cambridge, 2011). The book is a preparation for a test for teachers of English as a Second Language. I have read here about errors and slips, learners´ preferences, methodologies and so on. Sometimes teachers are right and students are wrong. However, some other times is the other way round. Needless to say, a teacher´s worry is teaching and doing a good job, whereas students (not the good ones, really) prefer the easy way and think they have the right to redirect the syllabus to the aspects they find more practical or useful for them.

I have learnt from this book that learners´ motivation vary from the lowest point to the highest one, and not necessarily go towards this direction. Personal attitudes on both sides count a lot. A teacher can turn the subject a bore or an interesting issue. One must reconsider activities such as roleplaying, dialogues to be read aloud, dictations, games.

There are different learners´ styles, too. Thanks to the book I wonder what should be the objectives in a syllabus of English as a Second Language class. I wonder if teachers must adapt their lessons to students or not. How relevant is evaluation in teaching? Could we suggest the students to work memorization? Should we ignore acquisition?

This book, TKT, has made me think lots of things. It is good.

Two languages: cinema and literature in “The accidental tourist”

30 June 2013

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Sometimes one feels grateful to both literature and cinema because of their bilingualism; I mean, their different languages. Teachers often ask students for some tasks to fulfil such as writing essays, doing exercises or just reading a short story or novel.

Fortunately not always happens, but from time to time lazy students chooses to cheat and watches the film which parallels the novel. The whole thing, the aim of the task is the task itself; just reading and learning English language.

The story told in the book might have several nuances that never appear in the cinema script. In the movie, Muriel-the dog trainer-is a married woman abandoned by her husband wheresas in the book she tells that she had been about to marry someone but in fact she didn´t.

There is a cert…

8 June 2013

There is a certain feeling of relief for the good teacher when the evaluation results obtained by his students confirm the expectations he had put on them

Suggestions for a change in the educative system

9 March 2013

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*global syllabus from an Administration Committee (all Communities represented)

*unique examinations the same day for all Communities

*weekly inspection work : support and guidance to teachers

*qualifications depending on Administration Committee and teachers from every school every term. Discuss percentage of responsibilities

*recycling strategies of teaching in the classroom

Close friends : online dictionaries and BBC podcasts

24 November 2012

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my MP3 player and a workbook of English for Baccalaureate

WordReference is an online dictionary which I consult very often. If I had to choose a couple of tools for learning English on the internet I would pick out a good online dictionary such as WordReference, Farlex or Onelook dictionary and any link to the BBC podcasting site.

Let´s see how much I like WordReference by an example. I was not quite sure about the feminine meaning of the adjective “gorgeous” so I typed the word in the box of the online dictionary and got this:

English definition | conjugator | English synonyms | in context | images

Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary © 2009 Oxford University Press:

gorgeous / ˈɡɔːrdʒəs / || / ˈɡɔːdʒəs/ adjetivo

  1. (lovely) (colloq) ‹girl› precioso, guapísimo;
    dress› precioso, divino;
    day› maravilloso, espléndido
  2. (splendid) ‹color› magnífico

Diccionario Espasa Concise © 2000 Espasa Calpe:

gorgeous [‘gɔ:dʒəs] adj (día) magnífico,-a, estupendo,-a: we had a gorgeous view from our hotel, teníamos una vista preciosa desde el hotel
(persona) precioso,-a, guapísimo,-a: he’s in love with a gorgeous woman he met in Rome, está enamorado de una chica fabulosa que conoció en Roma
gorgeous‘ also found in these Oxford entries:




WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2012:

Principal Translations
gorgeous adj (beautiful: person) precioso adj
She is such a gorgeous girl.
Ella es una chica preciosa.
gorgeous adj (beautiful: thing, day) precioso adj
It is such a gorgeous day.
Es un día precioso.

Regular listening to BBC podcasts provides the listener with understanding, intonation and keeping up-to-date with English life and culture.

Meaning matters

20 November 2012

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Grammar structures and exercises are essential points in learning a foreign language, but nothing can be more important than meaning. Meaning is essential.

A good teacher should not forget the relevance of understanding messages. Sometimes some students do the exercise work quite well without knowing what they really mean.

I´m LinkedIn, in fact, I´m in

7 October 2012

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LinkedIn profile: summary (my goals).-

Professionally speaking, I am always a student, a learner. I am a teacher concerned with pedagogy as well. The motto in my blog #efnotebloc says ” always create, learn and keep the flame” [crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama]. Teaching any subject can be interesting if one has questions and doubts, if one is a dynamic teacher hungry for knowledge and communication. Being humble, curious and innocent is part of a teacher´s job. In my career my main goals are these: 1/ be good at English language use and 2/ make English language and culture attractive to everyone; colleagues or other subject´s teachers

What is the Christian name of the Queen of England?

1 October 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II

To include some culture questions in tests will be a good starter or aperitif for curiosity. Students would inquire about the right answers. A student is obliged to learn about current affairs in the world, culture, traditions, habits or geography.

I consider any question having to do with this should demand 10% of a test and no more. Making the English language subject attractive and interesting.

By the way, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is Her Majesty the Queen´s Christian name.

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.

Cass in the Wilds

Stick your face in the schnoz of a dandelion


crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama