Posts Tagged ‘secret message’

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


She h…… w…….. a lot today. Let her go out for a walk, dear!


[KEY: has worked. Introduction of the present perfect tense]


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Morse Code: Jeremiah Denton

16 February 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Jeremiah Denton


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- Hi ma la ya ( . . . . )

E- él ( . )



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- Fa ra o na ( . . _ . )

I –



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:


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