Posts Tagged ‘teacher’

A good example to understand the art of teaching

4 January 2019

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A marvellous video watched on @imgur


“Can I borrow a pencil?”

1 November 2018

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The best foreign languages teacher in my world

15 July 2018

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[Daniel Day-Lewis, actor]


The best foreign languages teacher must


1/ be a good reader

2/ be a good radio and podcast listener

3/ use dictionaries almost obsessively

4/ learn culture issues (geography, physics, history, maths, traditions)

5/ be an exquisite fanatic of something singular: literature and poetry, for example

6/ study English language everyday (theory)

7/ understand any kind of written text, video or audio in the foreign language

8/ focus on specific aspects of anything – i.e., Business English, Communication, Language, Journalism

9/ use new tools

10/ master the essentials of language: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation


11/ follow good methods to learn and teach the subject

12/ be honest

13/ move, change, question himself and his strategies on a regular basis

14/ speak good English


15/ always explain matters slowly and clear

16/ use old tools

17/ do plenty of exercises on his own (practice)

18/ be a devoted teacher






Latin appendices (PPA, first term)

3 March 2018

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[¿Cómo? ¿Hoy hay examen?]


Appendix I [PPA] Latin 1st term (extracto)

Teoría y práctica



declinación del sustantivo

El sustantivo se declina en número y caso. El número es singular o plural y el caso es nominativo, vocativo, acusativo, genitivo, dativo o ablativo.

Cuando aprenda un nombre en latín recuerde SIEMPRE el caso nominativo y genitivo de singular. El caso nominativo es el elemental, el que nos dice que un nombre es sujeto en una oración. El genitivo de singular señala la declinación a la que pertenece el nombre o sustantivo. En latín hay cinco declinaciones. La señal que nos indica la declinación es el caso genitivo de singular.

Por ejemplo, si uno aprende la palabra rosa (rosa) así, solo en nominativo de singular no podrá entender mucho. Debería aprender rosa, rosae (rosa). La desinencia o terminación en –ae nos informa de que la palabra es de la 1ª declinación.

Si aprendemos vir (hombre) sin más, no podemos saber que su caso genitivo viri le señala como sustantivo de la 2ª declinación.


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Appendix II (extracto)

Cuando vaya a aprender los casos de un sustantivo compruebe que el orden de los casos es el siguiente: nominativo, vocativo, acusativo, genitivo, dativo y ablativo.

Algunos manuales de latín siguen otro orden distinto. Nosotros debemos mantener siempre el mismo esquema ordenado de casos.

Por ejemplo, en el manual Metodo para aprender latín, Hermann Schnitzler. Ed Herder, Barcelona, 2011 (pág.20) declina el nombre insula, ae (isla) en este orden.


Nom- insula   

Voc- insula   

Gen- insulae  

Dat- insulae  

Acu- insulam  

Abl- insula   

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Pedagogy notes: teacher´s lists, sources, mottoes [Business English]

21 January 2018

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Marks excel list / attendance term excel / planning week term (lessons, tests, controls, notebooks)

Notebook / AV notebook worksheets / PPA verbs, texts, practice

Words / audios / texts (reading aloud) / notebook revision / Q.A in the classroom


BOOK exercises / surprise TESTS / handouts / worksheets 

Videos YouTube / songs and lyrics / situations in life


AV notebook paper. Include reading texts in the pack, exercises

Business topics – Morse code, telephone manners, email rules, CV, saying numbers

Urban legends / Good manners / Debates on British culture / BASICS.- vocabulary. Colours, numbers, parts of the body, objects, house elements, etcetera


Pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar


Reading easy (short texts) / Reading medium (news from newspapers: The Independent, The Huff Post) / GIFs – AV, social media / Proverbs, mottoes, sayings, AV, twitter, Pinterest, imgur, tumblr, YouTube


Communication – Question / answer / Challenge. Ask words from list of vocabulary (available on AV) orally- mark oral points – list / Challenge. Ask verbs from list of verbs (available in PPA) orally- mark oral points – list


List advantages of breast milk (via @imgur)

6 December 2017

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Funny reply and serious warning from his teacher

(Well done, Miss)



“Will we ever use any of this algebra?”

17 December 2016

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[read on @imgur]

Thorough reminder of a teacher of English language

16 July 2016

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1/listen to BBC podcasts a minimum of three times and focus on audios

2/watch videos on @YouTube, @euronews, BBC

3/read daily newspapers (The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Guardian)

4/be a reader of readers

5/use more than two grammar books (get every new handbook one finds out): Michael Swan, How English works (Oxford U.P); Nigel Barnsley, Business Elements (Mc Graw Hill)

6/fancy literature a lot

7/use dictionaries

8/get blocs & pens to take notes

8/practise pronunciation through phonetics theory and practice

9/ be good at your subject matter (specific topics of business, English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing)

10/use specific points or anecdotes to make your classes attractive (magazines, exercises, newspapers, flashcards)

11/have exercises ready in advance (handouts, short messages, mock tests, readings, dictations, &c) to provide them to your students via @moodle, for example

12/use technology inside and outside your classes (blogs, social media, online dictionaries)

13/ teach your students practical things: how to tell the time, how to say numbers or dates, how to do small talk, how to make comments. Help your students to be curious on history, geography and culture

14/show your students apparently useless things such as games, pastimes, sudoku or whatever

15/speak English

16/let your students participate freely

17/use the blackboard

18/move around the classroom

19/encourage your students to memorize vocabulary and write brief comments to improve their writing expression

20/travel to the UK as many times as possible

21/be a radio listener

22/try international projects (e.g: Skype, eTwinning)

23/be humble enough to register in MOOC and NOOC courses for teachers

24/certificate knowledge and progress by official institutions (ESOL and others)

25/be good at Spanish




An invitation to wonder about one´s profession

7 July 2016

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Rabab Bader, a teacher of English, shared this post on @Facebook:

A friend of mine asked me this question :

” If you weren’t a teacher, what would you like to be ? “

And in turn , I would like to ask you the same question . What would you say ?

After asking the question, the teacher received lots of replies on facebook: a writer, a teacher of teacher, a National Geographic photographer.

Somebody asked her what she would like to be instead of being a teacher and she replied this: “A doctor because it’s so creative and humane and a writer because through writing , I can express and convey what I want to say freely and honestly!”

[My reply to the question was: a priest, a doctor, an artist]

Mea culpa

28 March 2016

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mea culpa

[read on @reddit]

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