Posts Tagged ‘Pedagogy’

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

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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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Revision exercises (skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences, vocabulary)

24 February 2019

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Sample of a pedagogy A4 paper.

METHOD for Business English 2, second term 

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Exercises of revision

Business English 2 (second term)

skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences

 

Name and surname:

Group:

Date:

NOTE: All exercises must follow the instructions literally(ad pedem litterae). If you are asked to translate a sentence into Spanish and you let it undone, the exercise will be invalidated.

Read every point carefully. I recommend you to read them twice

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1/write the skeleton of these verbs as in the example below:

comprar-     TO BUY    BOUGHT        BOUGHT

conocer- TO K……

ir-TO G…..

decir-TO SA…..

ver-TO SE…..

oler-TO SM…….

tomar, coger-TO TAK……

 

2/put the past participle form ONLY:

ser-TO BE      

caer-TO FALL

pagar-TO PAY

cerrar-TO SHUT

3/conjugate the past simple tense in the affirmative form of the verb TO FORGIVE (perdonar). Translate one form into Spanish

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https://tinyurl.com/y6ybx7bt 

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My own syllabuses on English language

23 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Harry Styles, singer “OneDirection”]

A foreign language teacher should create his own syllabuses on grammar, lexis, pronunciation, readings, listenings, writing, et cetera. One of my students claimed one day in class they were being taught the same old things year after year (points of grammar, namely the present simple tense, the saxon genitive, some plural nouns) in a never-ending circle. Teachers were just following a formula according to the rules of programming. We have been learning foreign languages the same way we learnt everything by memorisation. I thought the student´s complaint was fair. Nowadays I try to teach something new every year.

A functional language syllabus might be as follows: 1.greetings (hello, hi, good morning, goodbye) 2.cardinal numbers from 1 to 10 (one, two) 3.how to tell the time (what time is it?) 4.days of the week 5.seasons of the year 6.how to say the date (February, 20th) 7.how to answer the phone (hello, this is Tom Smith / who is calling, please? 8.months of the year …

A lexical syllabus might be like this: 1.the English alphabet (a, b, c, d, e ) 2.colours (red, yellow, blue, green) 3.school stuff (book, pencil, dictionary, board, computers ) 5.people in school (teachers, students, secretary) 6.members of a family (father, mother, sister, brother, daughter) 7.clothes (shoes, socks, jeans, trousers, shirts, coats, jackets) …

A grammar syllabus should contain: 1.nouns (man, woman, subject, learning, student, school, examinations) 2.adjectives (shy, important, happy) 3.verbs (auxiliary verbs and lexical verbs) 4.adverbs (slowly, calmly, very, too, clearly) 5.prepositions (of, before, after, in, on) 6.pronouns (personal pronouns of subject) 7. skeleton of verbs (to read read read) 8.primary auxiliary verbs (to do, to have, to be) 9.modal auxiliary verbs (can, could, may, might, will, would) 10.regular lexical verbs (to play, to cry) 11.irregular lexical verbs (to put, to quit) 12.present simple tense of lexical verbs in the affirmative ( I speak English, she speaks Spanish) (to do, to be, to have) 13.personal pronouns of subject ( I, you, he, she ) 14.the four demonstratives (this, these, that, those) 15.articles (definite article -the-, indefinite article -a/an-) 16.saxon genitive (John´s room) 17.present simple tense of lexical verbs in the negative and interrogative (John does not like chocolate, Do you speak French?) …

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Graded Readers (help with vocabulary)

23 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

9780194790765

Reading a Graded Reader in class.

Students work in pairs jotting down unknown words or expressions onto their blocs. They make a note together of about ten expressions. They copy these on the board and the rest of students (or the teacher) writes their meanings in Spanish.

Reading might be easier if students get a little help with vocabulary.

Sample: 

BASSET, Jennifer William Shakespeare Oxford Bookworms.Chapter 6

John and Amanda: lazy, playwright, suddenly, clever, laugh (v), pile, wig …

George and Fran: Falstaff, put (v), playgoers …

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https://tinyurl.com/y3vrz5tx

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Morse Code: Jeremiah Denton

16 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Jeremiah Denton

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I would like to teach my students of English language MORSE code the easy way. There is a mnemonic list of words which I learnt in Boy Scouts (Estrella Polar group, Lugo-SPAIN) in order to keep in mind every single sign of MORSE. Well, as part of the English language programming I put in two tests an exercise of only one mark for those students able to reproduce the dot-and-dash language. For example:

1/ Complete the following letters following the MORSE rule:

H E L P

H- Hi ma la ya ( . . . . )

E- él ( . )

L-

P-

2 / Write the secret -mnemonic- words as in : A- As no / B- Bo na par te / C-              / D- Do ce na

E- él  / F –             / G-               / H-            / I – is la / J-            / K-              / L-

 

These days I leave an unfinished word in MORSE on the blackboard as homework, i.e:

F I R E

F- Fa ra o na ( . . _ . )

I –

R-

E-

trying to get students involved or, at least, curious about the code, given that some of the students do not bother to try to memorise the twenty-six words ( 26 letters of the English alphabet). Unfortunately, they consider useless getting one simple point in a test and seem uninterested in learning such a tangential topic.

Nonetheless, I insist. I am showing these students -and the others who have been learning the code- the importance of managing a secret code, the gratitude of the instructed ones to knowledge. On this occasion, an American prisoner of war uses MORSE by moving his eyelids as he is being interviewed in a hostile country by hostile journalist. Jeremiah Denton tries to send a message to the American Navy. The American Navy gets the message.

Read the story in the link below:

https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Blinking-Eyes-Send-a-Morse-Code-Message

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Zero Zone / Ground Zero (on the BOARD)

14 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Adrien Brody (Detachment, 2011. Director: Tony Kaye]

I have just started to copy on the BOARD those basic, typical mistakes students often make in exercises, examinations and writings. There will be a Zero Zone on the upper left side of the blackboard to remind them what they must not write again. I think I will leave the wrong expressions without the appropriate correct forms afterwards to oblige them to search and learn the right ones. Well, I will draw a cross out mark over the wrong expressions like this “Me brother isn’t coming”.

 

ZERO ZONE

fiveteen

Thrusday

she cans type very fast

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7 points (planning the classroom)

18 November 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

7 points

planning the classroom

1/book.practice file.theory.oral.board.functional language

2/audios
3/words (@moodle).idioms.abbreviations.false friends.

4/PPA

5/notebooks

6/AV.tasks.GIFs.audios.exercises

7/worksheets.tests

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E. Fouz.-

181118

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See #PDF

https://tinyurl.com/yceuaj6x

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