Posts Tagged ‘notebooks’

Annotations of a foreign language teacher (including APPENDIX I )

3 November 2018

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infantería eufo

Texts in English / News.-Huff Post / The Guardian / Opinion

Business English topics / Board messages

British traditions / Literature / Readings / Microstories


Proverbs / Messages / Pics / Gifs / @moodle


Dictations / Translations / English sentences into Spanish / Fill in messages (verbs, pronouns, etc) / Transform (into interrogative) / Q.A


Dialogues / Audios / videos YouTube / Role playing 


Notebook correction / worksheets in the classroom / tests & mini-tests


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Diciembre, 2018.-Eugenio Fouz


Twenty pages on behaviour, attendance and some other stuff at school

2 December 2016

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A pack of 20 pages for students of English language


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See also the PDF edition below


4 pages

Revising my programming of English language

28 January 2013

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Dead Poets Society.- Director: Peter Weir (1989)

Ayer pensaba que la Constitución es a un ciudadano lo que la Programación de una asignatura es para un profesor y su alumnado. Ambos documentos han de ser justos, realistas y modificables. Quiero un documento dinámico y útil.

A good programming makes a good teaching. Revising programmings is part of a teacher´s routine year after year, or rather, week after week, day after day. Everyday school life brings new thoughts and new ideas.

Thanks to a colleague teacher I came to reconsider the relative importance of the written test and minimized the value of that test from a 90% or 100% to a 60% . Doing so, students are to be be evaluated not only for knowledge, memorization or a good test but also for their skills or attitudes (two different things) on such aspects as effort, daily work, homework, oral skills, and so on. That colleague of mine (Toñi Roca) helped me understand the concept that a student is much more than a written test with good or bad results. A student is an individual with certain qualities and many more things.  We had discussions on knowledge and grammar, vocabulary and speaking and we used to talk about all those issues that keep teachers wondering. Our aim has always been the same, I think, get the key to knowledge and language. I remember her as a daring professional, innovative and cheerful. Yes, I remember her like this.

This year I came to the conclusion that marking oral skills in the classroom positively or negatively was going to be a meaningful point. And it was. Moreover I wanted to mark notebooks as a kind of passport from my pupils.   I proposed them to keep a register for each activity to do, or in other words, to number everything in their notebooks. Everything counts in the classroom. The idea of notebook marking was inspired in two colleagues at school.

This year, reading Graded Readers -two books for an academic year- plays an important part in the Final Evaluation; that is to say, everyone must read the books obligatorily to show they can understand English language and acquire new vocabulary.

According to my own teaching material, I decided to manage two lists full of boxes (squares) for marking my pupils´attendance as well as marking on every little tasks they do or don´t do, namely speaking good English language, having homework done in their notebooks, using dictionary in class or writing acceptable translations. Notes are to be written in pencil and not in ballpen as I used to do. I confess that I liked the cleanliness on the colleague teacher of Chemistry, Jesús Algarra.

This year I have organized extra copies on exercises in bigger packs for those who need or want enjoy themselves with the subject matter.

There is an exercise on English and American culture as part of my exams. This exercise counts just a little and this is a new point. Other stuff are the introduction of a creative part making students draw their room or a place in town, a favourite gadget or whatever. I also get them involved in the classroom by asking anecdotes, jokes or things we dealt with in class. (I must say I keep a diary in my dossier and keep taking notes during class time)

MOODLE or Aula Virtual is an indispensable tool which I fancy a lot. I share photos with short messages there, write notes or warnings on material suggested or pieces of news from English newspapers (The Huffington Post, The Guardian , etcetera). Here, the use of scanner helps me show students several mistakes they make in translations or mock examinations. Sometimes they are shown their drawings too.

The latest revision of programming has to do with a project in eTwinning via the British Council. That is something we would like to start. A programming must be an updated moleskine, realistic and dynamic.

Free style free

12 October 2012

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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.

ten to twelve

10 August 2012

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Audios / texts

Theory: grammar and concepts / functional language

PAU tests / Reading Books

Oral / Notebooks

SMS / words

Reminder 2011.1

26 April 2011

Three things to be good at English:

I can´t promise you a pass for English, but English won´t be a problem for you if you follow these three pieces of advice:

  1. Use dictionaries. You need words to communicate well. Believe me, words are useful. A dictionary of English for a student of English language is as important as a calculator for a student of maths.
  2. Get a notebook for English language only (write vocabulary, solutions to exercises, translations, questions, etcetera)
  3. Speak English in class. Good speakers practise a lot of talking.

Don´t be lazy in the classroom: show you are interested in the subject and take notes and copy the information from the board.

Moreover you can listen to some audios, CDs, songs or podcasts from the BBC. Downloading podcasts is one of the best ways to improve your pronunciation.

Today there are TV series, films and documentaries in Original Version with or without subtitles. Practise English by watching these programmes.

Vaughan radio programme is in FM radio at 97,1 MHz for 24 hours. There are several sessions on different levels of language. Choose your favourite session to learn English.

Lo que los hombres sabemos

27 September 2010

(Anne Sexton, poeta americana)

En Salamanca, justo delante del escaparate de la librería Portonaris se paraba un estudiante de letras a contemplar un libro tumbado boca arriba.

En aquel tiempo uno trataba de entender a las mujeres y la cubierta de aquel libro en cuestión era muy sugerente “ Todo lo que saben los hombres de las mujeres”. No puede atreverse quien escribe a negar la vergüenza que sentía al contemplar aquel libro, pero el descaro del título atraía a cualquiera. La curiosidad fue superior al apuro del momento y entraba casi sin detenerse a pensar en el color escandaloso que iban cobrando sus mejillas. Pidió el libro- tenía que ser una joven-, a la encargada de la librería. En fin, le pasó el libro con una sonrisa pícara y al abrir el libro comprobó lo blanco que es el papel blanco de un libro inmaculado. No había ni una línea, ni un párrafo, ni una palabra escrita en las páginas de aquel ingenio. La dependienta estalló en una risa y este cliente devolvió el libro extrañado y ridículo. Eso pasaba por querer saber sobre lo que no puede saberse.

Esta mañana, una delegada de Oxford University Press -Loli Rivera- entregaba un libro con forma de libreta o una libreta con forma de libro, a modo de agenda o cuaderno de notas. Nada más verlo, el autor de este blog quiso empezar a hacer anotaciones y le contó que le gustaba mucho la idea.

Loli, ese tipo de cuadernos logran que lo que uno escribe sea merecedor de formar parte no de un bloc sino de un libro. Este es su encanto.

Gracias a la editorial y a Loli por el “notebook book”.

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