Posts Tagged ‘SMS’

Dynamics in the classroom (English language)

7 October 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[Tom Berenger, “The substitute”, 1996. Dir. Robert Mandel]


-Teacher´s Notes-

1/ GRAMMAR: skeleton of verbs: samples ( 2 verbs) – programming of 44 specific points (demonstratives, plural of nouns, present simple tense)

2/ read words (wordlist PACK); take notes

3/ NOTEBOOK time – correction on BOARD – WRITING

4/ BOOK- show and do exercises + AUDIOS –LISTENING; WRITING

5/ visit AV (@moodle) – right there (in the classroom)

6/ sample sentences (sms): My name is … BOARD I am fourteen – GRAMMAR; SYNTAX; VOCABULARY Hello, good morning

7/ revise BASICS: (just certain elements) reminder alphabet (spell 3 words) numbers (remember how to write number 14? and 40?) colours make sentences in the IMPERATIVE grammar syllabus vocabulary (idioms, false friends)

8/ PPA (Parallel Papers) – have a look at some papers. Read them. Explain, show, check they have understood

9/ exercises WRITING

10/ FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE (teacher´s eavesdropping.-try to get their mother language phrases into my bloc and pass them into English language myself)

11/ READING texts aloud

12/ Q. A (Question & Answer) – oral assessment



E. Fouz.-






Una docena de huevos

22 September 2013

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


 (imagen tomada de @laverdad_es)

 -actividades especiales, de esas de “toma pan y moja“-

1. Conocer la cultura inglesa y anglosajona

2. Describir una fotografía o una imagen

3. Recitar un diálogo y grabarlo en podcast

4. Contar una situación problemática y buscar soluciones a ese problema (escribir dos o tres líneas en el papel)

5. Hacer un dibujo siguiendo instrucciones del profesor

6. Dictado

7. Traducir textos breves (traducción directa de inglés a castellano)

8. Ensayo o comentario (cartas, opiniones, indicaciones, etcétera)

9. Frases cortas o SMS para traducir de castellano al inglés

10. Lectura comprensiva o Reading comprehension (responder a preguntas sobre el contenido de la lectura)

11. Tablas de sustitución en la pizarra

“Fanny likes / hates / doesn´t like reading short stories”

12. Escuchar podcast en inglés de la BBC (responder a preguntas sobre el contenido de la audición)

Teach & test

19 December 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

One girl, Penélope C., was asked to draw her classroom and two students writing sentences on the board. This is what he did. The guy on the left must be me ;-)

One girl, Penélope C., was asked to draw her classroom and two students writing sentences on the board. This is what he did. The guy on the left must be myself 😉

I have just tried a different type language test from a new different teaching style. My focus is mainly on meaning. I want my students to understand what they are doing.

Among other activities in the test, the students must complete English words from which they are provided one or two initial letters and their Spanish meaning. We work with blocks of words by means of packs of photocopies. My students have to study and learn words and their meanings by heart.

Some of my students wrote their opinions about the new tests on a sheet of paper days ago. They confessed that some questions were not easy to understand. Also they noticed their lack of vocabulary to understand all  exercises. We both (students and teacher) must work harder with words and dictionaries.

Another point was grammar. Most students said that there was little room for grammar. And they are right, maybe I should have included a few more grammatical exercises.

The exam was too long, that´s true. There were too many exercises to do and not enough time. . This is something to be reconsidered.

The exercise on English culture was the most unpopular activity among students because they could not admit that learning the Christian name of the Queen of England or the author of Ulysses were interesting issues. On the other hand, I have the impression that they loved an exercise where they were asked to draw things such as their own desk, our classroom or their favourite gadgets, for example. (And some kids were really good at doing this).

The new tests included an English original text to be translated into Spanish language as well as short sentences to be translated into English.

There was an episode in the test named Classroom diary after our daily routines in class. I think this is important. The students see the relevance of paying attention to teachers and taking active part in class life.  There were questions on “functional language” or useful phrases and a short essay on a current topic, e.g. “write a note to your friend that you are leaving later from school” or “ advantages of having a mobile phone”.

Two more points were a reading comprehension text with questions on form and meaning and a strict exercise titled Basics focused on elementary aspects of language such as writing ordinal numbers, telling the time, listing the past participle forms of verbs, quoting all the possessive adjectives, etcetera.

Something that I have not included in these new tests was a listening comprehension text, namely a listening recording or a short dictation. I think this must be included next time.

Planning a perfect weekly plan in my English language class

9 October 2011

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

 (“Fight Club” film directed by David Fincher.-1999)

The perfect week should have an appearance like this, more or less:

#grammar explanation, audio listening of some texts, book work, word list, parallel papers (extra exercises, vocabulary, set expressions, news, etc), workbook time

#grammar explanation (II), audio listening (II), correction of exercises from the book, workbook time, parallel papers, reading aloud

#correction of exercises from the book, correction of exercises from the workbook on board, wordlist, SMS-translation of Spanish short messages into English-, translation day with dictionaries/short essay writing on an easy topic (around 20 or 30 words), PAU tests simplified

*homework and AV or MOODLE invitation, watching short videos, Question & Answer talks live in class, choral messages, drawing, telling stories, etcetera

Teacher´s memo : the first twelve documents to start

23 September 2011

 twitter: @eugenio_fouz

 The first 12 documents to start:

Textbook and workbook

Keys to lessson and tests*

Graded Readers*


Hoja Alumno*

Parallel Papers*



Attendance lists*

Moodle sheets and extras


Words (lists) *

The Copycat Fly*


Sample PAU Tests *

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A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


Disentería literaria


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