Posts Tagged ‘Personal thoughts’

A positive feeling of understanding Virginia

19 February 2012

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(Virginia Woolf)

Well, believe it or not, I learn something everyday. Yes, I know I am a teacher and a teacher must be the owner of knowledge and language. But I know what I know, and I know that I must know much more.

I had tried to enjoy Virginia Woolf´s words by watching “Mrs Dalloway” on television but I was unable to understand most of language and poetical expressions. Some days ago I had a second try and I think I managed to see some of the beauty inside this.

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Beauty and feminine language

17 December 2011

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“Cry as hard as you want to. But always make sure, when you stop crying, you´ll never cry for the same reason again” (quote from twitter: @girlposts)

While I am reading the essay on the Englishness of the British written by Kate Fox I come to think of the enormous relevance that the gender has to do with language and perception of everything.

Women write different from men. I enjoy the ways she writes all along the book. The author masters structure and lexis attractively. Typical of women´s self.

 

KATE FOX, Watching the English (Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, London.-2004)

 

MOODLE is like tuenti

31 October 2011

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Tweet and shout

7 October 2011

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(GIF image reblogged from tumblr.com)

click on the image to see a special effect!

Sometimes, not always, a teacher needs to feel that cool and free.

Weekend, disconnect from work, twist and shout or tweet and shout.

WASP: Words Audios Special Podcasting

21 September 2011

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(A typical British gentleman, WASP)

Words

The use of a dictionary is one of the basic issues for learners of any Foreign Language. There are plenty of English dictionaries online such as Farlex or WordReference. Find words, meanings and collocations. [WordReference.com]

 

Audios

One day in my class I entered a web site to test my students´understanding of some messages. I simply wrote two easy messages choosing the voice of an Englishman. More or less it was:

 

Please, Anthony stop talking! / Tomorrow I will get all your notebooks, so go on doing those exercises

 

I must admit that it was a complete success. They loved it and to get things worse I kept on playing the recording twice and three times.

The web site is on this blogroll, on the right side column. [AT&T natural voices]

 

I think that oral language can be boosted thank to this application. Besides the teacher checks some words´pronunciation.

 

Special Podcasting

Even today one enjoys the listening of recording material via podcasts. BBC podcasting is top class quality. Get into the habit of podcast listening everyday.

[BBC podcasts]

 

 

Carpe diem

9 September 2011

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(Japanese commuters)

El uso del teléfono móvil es un signo de mala educación la mayoría de las veces

My fairy queen

3 May 2011

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 (Su Majestad la Reina Doña Sofía, Amman 2004)

Is it a fake objective trying to be fair? Is it madness to search for a fairy queen in evaluation?

One believes that some things must change in our educational system. In British society, for example,  studies are a principal issue. It is well known the strictness and discipline in British schools.

To begin with, schools are made of teachers, students and subject matters. Material, buildings, motivation, and also facilities, books, certain associations, parents, and many more elements contribute to the school work and its results.

Teachers teach and students learn. This is obvious, isn´t it? Nowadays, however some people may think that teachers are not interested in learning or what´s more some people might have the strange idea that students are cleverer than teachers. It could happen. Very rarely. But it shouldn´t happen. It is unacceptable in a school that one teacher doesn´t teach to his students.  It is also a universal statement that says this “teachers learn everyday”. To teach something to somebody one must learn that something and something else previously. Also there is a need for teaching itself. One teacher knows how to teach things.  The teacher is an  everyday student.

Nobody is perfect; arrogant teachers can´t exist and likewise know-all students don´t make sense either. Teachers read, listen, watch and learn. Teachers are curious human beings and make mistakes. These individuals want to improve teaching and to do so, teachers study every day about their subjects and they keep an eye to pedagogy as well. Teachers learn from their students too.

Teachers must learn what is relevant for students. Teachers fancy books and like being at school. The teacher is not the enemy. The teacher is not your friend either.

Students learn and study and practise in and out of the school. Students respect other students and teachers and the task they do. They are responsible people. They understand what they are here for. The good student doesn´t require motivation. (Although it is logical to think that attractive teaching makes classes more interesting)

The subjects taught at school are the core, the way and the target. English language and culture make sense for a class of English language. Teachers are good at this and students are in the process of being good at it through study and practice. (But again, teachers are in process of being good at it too)

Most of interesting communicative activities in teaching have to do with English language classes, namely, international exchanges of students via immersion  into families, ePals projects, making newspapers, collaborating blogs or photoblogs, moodle works, etcetera. Reading novels (graded readers is a great point), recording podcasts and any new project would help as well.

And to check the effectivity of the teaching/learning process a good, objective evaluation is required. One has to evaluate the highest number of items focused on knowledge and skill with language in the first place and some others (culture, history, etcetera)

Could it be a stupid wish to demand a fair evaluation? Wouldn´t it be a righteous thing to have an external jury to decide on this? Inspection must take a responsibility on evaluation. Teachers and students have to work hard to achieve a percentage set up by Inspection.

Wondering about PAU tests

16 April 2011

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(Forges)

 I think that teachers and people involved in Education have the choice to demand strict exams and the best of evaluation for the sake of doing things right. Of course, it would be expected an oral interview with every student to check  fluency, vocabulary and improvisation. Wouldn´t it be interesting the way a candidate acts in a roleplay situation?

Sometimes the basic issues are taken for granted. Basics must always be tested. Any student should know to tell the time, start a conversation or say hello and yes, please or you´re welcome. Everyone studying Baccalaureate is able to describe a friend, make an appointment or talk about his plans for the weekend. Also, a good student must be able to write and say numbers in an appropriate way. He should read acceptably well too.

Any candidate for a pass in PAU examination must write essays and write a variety of texts such as letters or short opinions clearly and coherently. A good student is polite and shows curiosity about society and the entire world. It is not a crazy belief to think of students as newspaper readers.

Dictionaries are companions to average students as well as grammar books,  history books and any kind of books. Students are curious about health, geography or the spelling of new words.-

A bad student never uses a dictionary and is not interested in lexis.

You know the bad student because of his laziness to borrow books from the library or to buy a book, a novel or read any story. The bad student hardly ever takes notes in the classroom.

The tests must test knowledge and skills and not only written skills but oral skills too. The results of a PAU test should not be considered as an aim to reach.

It is the process of fair teaching and good learning what matters.

The piano

15 March 2011

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My name is Jane. I am an American girl. I live in a small town in California.

I was born in July 23rd, 1984. Now I am sixteen years old.

Today is Monday. I am walking alone. I am thinking.

I have a problem at home: I am not a good student. My father and my mother are not happy with my qualifications at school. I am not happy either.

I want to play a musical instrument, but I don´t like studying or taking notes.

I have a dream. I would love playing the piano well.

I am not good at playing the piano. I know the piano is difficult.

The flute seems easier than the piano.

My best friend is James and he is always saying things like “you must attend classes and pay attention to teachers”. “Teachers can teach you lots of things”.

(Can you play the piano without making an effort?)

“It is possible for you to learn how to play any musical instrument such as the flute, the piano, the sax, the guitar, the drums, the trumpet, the cello, etcetera- if you work, of course”

“First of all, you have to get or buy a piano. No piano, no classes. Okay? Do you understand this?”

“You have got a piano. Now you can play with the piano and make sounds but no music. You can´t play the piano now, but (maybe) you will play the piano later.”

“Be silent in class and listen to the teacher. Try to learn as much as possible. Think about the piano very often.” “Do some practice at  home!”

 

[Where you read “piano” read now “English]

(Extract from E F Haphazard. My life as a piano player. Pergamon Fake Press. Princeton, US.-1947)

Beautiful

25 January 2011

 

 

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O twitter you´re hot like a tired seagull flying over the streets unexpectedly inside her white body there you are a whiter soul a message

 

 

-Dicen haber visto gaviotas blancas en enero volando en Juan Carlos primero-

(El título del post es un comentario de Miguel Angel Ruiz, blogger y periodista de LAVERDAD. Él escribió hace unos días en twitter sobre gaviotas en el cielo de Murcia.)


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