Posts Tagged ‘Teaching’


8 June 2020

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IDK, I don’t know… this makes me wonder whether it is so or it is not

Awfully good resources for Teachers of English Language (readings, audios, exercises)

9 May 2020

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(malastampa, @tumblr)


learnenglishtoday dot com:

Sentences, exercises, words



English vocabulary (learn English today)



listening comprehensions



readings (east of the web)

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


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)


AOB (Any Other Business)





Click on the square icon again [MOODLE]

27 February 2019

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Sometimes a student visiting the virtual platform (@moodle) accidentally touches a square situated on the right side of the board to discover all the other lessons have disappeared. Do not panic. Click on the square icon again


#PDF click on the square icon again



When praise might be a mistake

8 November 2015

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rita h

Nota Bene of the following reflection on praise written by the teacher and blogger @AngelaMaiers


5 Praise Pitfalls

text written by Angela Maiers

01 OCT 2015

“Praise is a leadership power tool. Use it to get more of things you want. But beware, there are some pitfalls.

Praising too little

This is a problem for many bosses. Every time you fail to deliver legitimate praise you lose an opportunity to make things better. You don’t have to wait to perfection to praise. You can praise progress and effort, too.

Praising too late

Praise delayed is often praise denied. Wait too long to praise and the potency of this power tool evaporates.

Praising without specifics

Effective praise tells team members what you value and what to do more of. General praise, like “good job” doesn’t tell anyone what you want. Praise achievement, progress, or effort, but be specific.

Praising with a “but”

Praise loses power when you dilute your praise with a “but.” Deliver your praise straight for maximum effect.

Praising things that don’t merit praise

This is the worst pitfall of all. If you praise just to make people feel good, they get the message that you thin showing up is good enough.””


Not trying to be friendly

2 October 2013

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The importance of reading in earnest

14 August 2013

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I was talking to my students about the relevance of reading books in English language when one of them interrupted to tell us something he experienced days ago. He was travelling to Barcelona by train. Before leaving home he prepared his luggage, obviously, and he took “The Scarlet Letter” (Hawthorne) with him. Once in the train he started reading the novel when a guy sitting close to Lionel – this is my student´s name-  showed admiration for the ability to read books in English. It was then when he found out that reading literature in its original language was a good point.

 (Lionel Corral is a student of Baccalaureate)

The Importance of Being Earnest (“a Comedy for Serious People”written by Oscar Wilde and performed on the 14th February of 1895 at the St. James´s theatre in London)

TKT, reflections on teaching

12 July 2013

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okkkoooo tkt

Years ago I used to ignore pedagogy, I mean, methodology or anything related to the best ways to motivate students and all that stuff. As time passed by, I realized that teaching was meant to be a process. Today I don´t follow the theories or strategies I used to follow before. Sometimes we might think that the world could be inside our heads but that is not true. Learning and teaching is a dynamic phenomenon.

Well, this post is about a book I have been reading these days on teaching and learning, namely The Teaching Knowledge Test written by Mary Spratt et al. (Cambridge, 2011). The book is a preparation for a test for teachers of English as a Second Language. I have read here about errors and slips, learners´ preferences, methodologies and so on. Sometimes teachers are right and students are wrong. However, some other times is the other way round. Needless to say, a teacher´s worry is teaching and doing a good job, whereas students (not the good ones, really) prefer the easy way and think they have the right to redirect the syllabus to the aspects they find more practical or useful for them.

I have learnt from this book that learners´ motivation vary from the lowest point to the highest one, and not necessarily go towards this direction. Personal attitudes on both sides count a lot. A teacher can turn the subject a bore or an interesting issue. One must reconsider activities such as roleplaying, dialogues to be read aloud, dictations, games.

There are different learners´ styles, too. Thanks to the book I wonder what should be the objectives in a syllabus of English as a Second Language class. I wonder if teachers must adapt their lessons to students or not. How relevant is evaluation in teaching? Could we suggest the students to work memorization? Should we ignore acquisition?

This book, TKT, has made me think lots of things. It is good.

The nine tools one might forget in his luggage. (I wouldn´t forget any of them in mine)

12 July 2013

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bench ok

Dropbox, moodle,



BBC podcasts, euronews videos,

The Guardian news


Tumblr, wordpress blogging,

WordReference online dictionary

Ten silly mistakes Susana usually makes

16 June 2013

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koo finger

  1. I love she *(I love her)
  2. She are* doing her homework (she is doing her homework)
  3. People is* talking now (People are talking now)
  4. I * not understand that ( I don´t understand that)
  5. That* books are my books (Those books are my books)
  6. Monday Thuesday* Wednesday (Tuesday: martes)
  7. I do not walk, you do not walk, she do* not walk (she does not walk)
  8. The brother* of Susan dislikes you (Susan´s brother dislikes you)
  9. You will can* visit our aunt Mary (You will be able to visit …)
  10. My sobrina* has already read the novel (my niece has already read the novel)

[NOTE: image taken from @OlaQAze via @Twitter]

Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


Disentería literaria


El primer blog de Garrafón en habla hispana

A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Books. Reflections. Travel.


crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama