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English language texts in little doses

31 May 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Some students of English might find vocabulary and reading easier, funnier by means of short messages. The teacher could copy and paste texts from @Instagram, @Pinterest &c in a digital platform, namely @moodle. Also, GIFs and long reads from @Tumblr and @imgur.






English language texts in little doses


Coronavirus COVID 19 – “Are face masks tearing us apart?”(Euronews)

30 May 2020

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Euronews is a good medium to learn English through reading the news in a text (letter size changeable), watching a video and listening to the radio broadcasters´s voice. Their accent is really good. Besides, there are several topics to read about: culture, business, Europe, sport, travel.


“We don’t have a culture of wearing masks in Europe. We largely escaped the epidemics that scarred Asia and made them a common sight in public there.

And then came COVID-19.

At first, we didn’t have enough masks. We were advised not to use them unless we were sick or looking after someone who was.”


Go on reading, listening and watching:


@euronews (Twitter account)





METHOD: euronews to learn English


Hacer la compra a pesar del Covid-19 [Mónica Lalanda]+EXTRA PDF

6 April 2020

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cómo evitar contagios al hacer la compra

Klinkenborg´s pocket book

4 April 2020

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KLINKENBORG, Verlyn. Several short sentences about writing.

New York: Vintage Books, 2012

This book I have read means a lot to me as regards to writing style. Reading those 204 pages helped me think, -re-think, in fact-the way I make sentences. The small pocket book deals with the creation of sentences.

The page numbering avoids writing odd page numbers. Don’t ask me why but I found that original, strange. The author only had to mark even pages.


1/”Short sentences aren’t hard to make” (page 4)

2/”The voices of former teachers, usually uttering rules.

Rules like, “Don’t begin sentences with ‘and’.”

(It’s okay. You can begin sentences with “and”.) * (page 6)

3/” See which words the sentence can live without” (page 12)

4/”It’s your business to know the names of things” (page 43)

5/ “A cliché is dead matter” ** (page 45)

6/”Read until your ear detects a problem” (page 53)

7/”Never stop reading” (page 149)


*reference to William Strunk´s The Elements of Style

** I was told this same idea years ago by the poet Luis Antonio de Villena


Eugenio Fouz.-4.4.2020





“Latin words and phrases every man should know” by Brett & Kate McKay

19 January 2020

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[Mark Reay, photographer and model]



Latin words and phrases every man should know

Brett & Kate McKay

What do great men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt all have in common?

They all were proficient in Latin.

From the Middle Ages until about the middle of the 20th century, Latin was a central part of a man’s schooling in the West. Along with logic and rhetoric, grammar (as Latin was then known) was included as part of the Trivium – the foundation of a medieval liberal arts education. From Latin, all scholarship flowed and it was truly the gateway to the life of the mind, as the bulk of scientific, religious, legal, and philosophical literature was written in the language until about the 16th century. To immerse oneself in classical and humanistic studies, Latin was a must.” (…)



Latin words (McKay)


El significado de las terminaciones de la ONCE

13 December 2019

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Haga clic con el cursor sobre la imagen y la verá mejor


Todos los motes de las 100 terminaciones:
-vía diario.sur-

1. El galán

2. El sol

3. El niño

4. La cama

5. El primo

6. El corazón

7. La luna

8. La dama

9. La col o el zapato

10. La rosa

11. Los claveles

12. Los huevos


Vea todas las terminaciones -del 1 al 100- en una sola página:


significados de terminaciones de la ONCE



Foreign language teacher´s luggage in the classroom

5 December 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Charleston College, South Carolina (USA)]


Foreign language teacher´s luggage in the classroom

Rucksack, keys, watch
Handbooks on grammar, literature, vocabulary &c
Cell phone (and charger)
Laptop / tablet

Blocs, pens, propelling pencils
Rubber, rubber bands, labels
Bookmarks, paper clips, stapler
Sticky tape, pencil case, CD player
post-it, files, markers

Dossier 1.- attendance table / marks table (excel) / classroom notes / notebook exercises
Dossier 2.- PPA / wordlists / planning (term) / oral assessments


E. Fouz.-5.12.19



Foreign language teacher´s luggage


THE AFTER EXAM PAGE .- Business English 2 (first term)

4 December 2019

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1.Lexical verbs can be REGULAR or IRREGULAR
Regular Verbs have a regular ending in –ED in the past form and the past participle form. See:
to play (INFINITIVE form) played (PAST form) played (PAST PARTICIPLE form): JUGAR
to work worked worked : TRABAJAR
to spell spelled spelled: DELETREAR

Irregular verbs do not have a regular ending. These verbs have different forms. Sometimes all three forms are the same. See:
to quit quit quit: ABANDONAR
to write wrote written: ESCRIBIR

2.How to conjugate lexical verbs in the past simple tense
aff.-                                                              neg.-
I /you saw.yo/tú vi (viste)                           I / you did not see
she saw                                                         she did not see.ella no vio
we / you / they saw                                     we / you / they did not see

Did I / you see?
Did she see?
Did we / you / they see? .¿vimos nosotros?




“Visión de reojo” (Luisa Valenzuela)

1 November 2019

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Al leer el mini cuento, microrrelato o, si lo prefiere, nanorrelato de Luisa Valenzuela me veo obligado a una segunda lectura. Estos mini textos de la Antología del microrrelato hispánico editada por David Lagmanovich son el mejor aperitivo para leer con hambre.

Visión de reojo


“La verdá, la verdá, me plantó la mano en el culo y yo estaba ya a punto de pegarle cuatro gritos cuando el colectivo pasó frente a una iglesia y lo vi persignarse. Buen muchacho después de todo, me dije. Quizá no lo esté haciendo a propósito o quizá su mano derecha ignore lo que su izquierda hace o. Traté de correrme al interior del coche porque una cosa es justificar y otra muy distinta es dejarse manosear pero cada vez subían más pasajeros y no había forma. Mis esguinces sólo sirvieron para que él meta mejor la mano y hasta me acaricie. Yo me movía nerviosa. El también. Pasamos frente a una iglesia pero ni se dio cuenta y se llevó la mano a la cara sólo para secarse el sudor. Yo lo empecé a mirar de reojo haciéndome la disimulada, no fuera a creer que me estaba gustando. Imposible correrme y eso que me sacudía. Decidí entonces tomarme la revancha y a mi vez le planté la mano en el culo a él. Pocas cuadras después una oleada de gente me sacó de su lado a empujones. Los que bajaban me arrancaron del colectivo y ahora lamento haberlo perdido así de golpe porque en su billetera sólo había 7.400 pesos de los viejos y más hubiera podido sacarle en un encuentro a solas. Parecía cariñoso. y muy desprendido.”


DAVID LAGMANOVICH (ed.). La otra mirada. Antología del microrrelato hispánico. Editorial Cálamo+Menos cuarto. Colección Reloj de Arena, serie Contrarreloj. Palencia, 2005



21 nanorrelatos (David Lagmanovich)




Extremely brief oral assessment in English language classes

3 October 2019

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SiTuAtIoN: Q. A method in tests, controls and examinations

PaRtIeS: Teacher (Question) + STUDENTS (Answer)

HoW DoEs It WoRk?:

*The teacher moves around the students who are doing an examination and asks easy, quick questions to be answered by the students.

*To get a positive mark, the student must follow these 3 basic rules:

1/ give a right answer*

2/ never use Spanish language (in the English Language classroom)

3/not be too slow to reply


*Obviously, wrong answers are opposite to right answers. Nevertheless, there is a chance for self correction. Just in case the student realizes of his mistake immediately, he has the opportunity to change his version. Let us say that he has been asked to spell his surname and he doesn’t get it right. If he apologises at once, he can try again.




E. Fouz.-



extremely brief oral assessment in English language classes


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