Posts Tagged ‘METHOD’

7 musts in the learning of a foreign language

27 July 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Which are the things you should learn in a foreign language?

 

First, I think I should learn the alphabet and vocabulary, that is to say, words from the new language and of course, their meanings. I should know how to say every word, how to pronounce them. This part has to do with phonetics. Whenever I learn a new word I feel the urgency to know how to write it (spelling, written language)

Second,grammar. What are the rules in that language. Why do we say or write “I do not like her” instead of saying  **“”I not like her”, for example. Being able to create my own messages following the rules of grammar. These rules include exceptions.

Third, I would like to learn functional language as well, I mean, practical and formulaic sentences to ask someone his name or his age as in “What is your name?” or “How old are you?”. There are plenty of singular expressions which belong to formulaic language such as idioms, slang, abbreviations or false friends, among many others.

Fourth, I would appreciate to know about syntax (order and relationships of elements in the discourse).

Fifth, I´d love to be an independent reader of literature and a good radio listener as well to work fluency in the foreign language besides the pleasure of reading inherent to a man of letters like me.

Sixth, being curious about culture (tradition, customs, people, geography, etcetera)

Seventh, practise language through the well-know four basic skills: reading, listening, writing, reading

 

 

 

Eugenio Fouz.-

27.7.2019

METHOD

 

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Revision of grammar, listening to podcasts, learning vocabulary, etcetera (English language method)

24 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Pascal in NYC tube

[Pedro Pascal, actor]

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METHODOLOGY:

Revise notions on the present simple tense:

conjugate verbs

fill in the missing words

pass to the negative form

complete the blanks with extra information

learn packs of new words, verbs, abbreviations, idioms, etc

read sentences in English language (translate them)

use functional language in the classroom,

namely “pass me your pencil, please!“, “can you spell that word?

 

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HOMEWORK:

 ask students to read short texts 

ask students to listen to podcasts

 

 

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TAEP (The After Exam Page) for Business English 1 (1.7)

24 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

THE AFTER EXAM PAGE

Business English 1

1.7

3rd term

 

1.The months of the year are twelve: January, February, March, April (…)

2.Cardinal numbers in Spanish language: 1-13: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho (…)

3.Ordinal numbers in Spanish language: 1-13: primero, segundo, tercero, cuarto (…)

4.Personal pronouns of subject are: I, you, he /she/ it, we, you, they (yo, tú, él /ella / ello, nosotros, vosotros, ellos). I speak: yo hablo / she speaks: ella habla  / we do not speak: nosotros no hablamos

5.Possessive adjectives always need a noun after themselves, e.g: my book (my: mi) (book: libro) my keys / your girlfriend / his notebook / her brother (…)

6.Skeleton of verbs (enunciado de verbos).- TO TYPE (escribir a máquina)

To type typed typed [to type: escribir INFINITIVE FORM] [typed: escribí PAST FORM] [typed: escrito PAST PARTICIPLE FORM]

 

7.Conjugation of LEXICAL VERBS works like this:

To WRITE (escribir)

Present Simple (+)

I write / you write / she writes (ella escribe)

We write / you write / they write (ellas escriben)

To CHECK (comprobar)

Present Simple (-)

I do not check / you do not check / she does not check (ella no comprueba)

We do not check / (…)

To SPELL (deletrear) (?)

Do I spell? (¿deletreo yo?) / do you spell? / does he spell?

(…)

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Oral skills (English language method)

24 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

I don´t hate school

Work oral skills in the classroom. It would be ideal to test students´oral skills in short interviews; however, another way could be just Q & A, that is, make questions quickly to students and check their answers (intonation, pronunciation, fluency)

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A bit more rich than it used to be (English language method)

24 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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I am trying to make classes a bit more rich by means of showing new points of difficulty in theory and practice. [Do not ask easy questions in controls such as “write the days of the week in order”, “put all the personal pronouns of object”]

Deal with some varied grammar points, some extra vocabulary packs and share sentences a bit more complicated than usual. Try to challenge students´s language skills. Include functional, useful language in the classroom. Board work. Oral chorus (pronunciation)

 

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Extra something

29 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Extra something

 

We, as teachers, might improve the active participation of our students in the classroom by means of certain strategies. We could teach something new on the blackboard, write some rare expressions (idioms, false friends, abbreviations), get our pupils involved in a singular practice such as a specific role play activity, e.g.: a phone conversation with a famous movie star, or just provide them with a pack of new words.

We might as well suggest they copy a wordlist on their notebooks, turn some sentences into the negative or the past simple tense, et cetera.

These could be the extra something to those students coming to the classroom in any of our subjects, namely English language, Latin, Ethics or whatever

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E. Fouz.-28042019

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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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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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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A tentative teacher´s schedule (classroom)

28 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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

DICTIONARY use

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)

Role-plays

AOB (Any Other Business)

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