Posts Tagged ‘tests’

The English language classroom (12 tips)

14 September 2019

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The English language classroom (12 tips) 


practice (correction on BOARD, paper handout, document online)


drawings, context, usage of dictionaries and texts


explanation of grammar, spelling words, samples, schedules, homework


listening to audios from the textbook and other media. work pronunciation and understanding


taking time to jot down exercises, sentences, vocabulary


Parallel Papers.- BASICS (numbers, how to tell the time, etc), notes, lists of verbs, dialogues, idioms


Go on reading here:

#PDF G-Drive





Reminder.-examinations, controls, tests

26 February 2018

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  1. Remember not to use pencil. Your writing might be accidentally erased
  2. Write your name, surname, class group and date on the top part of the paper
  3. Be clear when answering the exercises. Nice handwriting is always welcome
  4. Try to separate words
  5. Avoid spelling mistakes
  6. Ask for another sheet of paper in case you need it
  7. Do not talk during the examination time
  8. Do not copy the answers from the book, notebook, cheats or classmates
  9. If you have made a mistake in the exam paper, cross out the wrong part and show the right answer next to it
  10. Do not give more than one answer to one question. Write the answer only once


download and print the PDF here:


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)



The After Exam Page (1.4) for Business English 1

16 December 2016

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Business English 1



  1. Revise the names of countries: Germany (Alemania), France (Francia), Poland (Polonia), Denmark (Dinamarca), Spain (España) . People who live in those countries are called like these: the Germans (alemanes / los alemanes), the French (franceses / los franceses), the Polish (polacos), the Danish (daneses), the Spanish (españoles)
  2. Do not forget October when you write the months of the year. Remember that there are twelve months. November is written exactly like that: November. Do not confuse foreign languages such as French and English. [foreign.extranjero]
  3. Cardinal numbers are one, two, three, four, … fifteen (fiveteen is not a number. It doesn´t exist) . Ordinal numbers are first, second, third, fourth, fifth
  4. Study, learn, memorize abbreviations from the handouts or packs of papers: (arroba) , on delivery (pago contra-reembolso), soon as possible (tan pronto como sea posible)
  5. Be ready to learn words, verbs and expressions from the PDF linked on @moodle (Aula Virtual)
  6. Basics is a kind of exercise you will have to do perfectly well. Read and reread all the basics: pronouns, vocabulary lists of words and verbs, how to tell the time, numbers, etcetera
  7. You should be able to conjugate verbs in the present tense and the past tense in Spanish and English. Practise conjugations in your notebook. [should.debería] [be able.ser capaz]
  8. Example of conjugation:

I do not understand / you do not understand / he does not understand / we do not            understand / you do not understand / they do not understand (ellas no entienden)

  1. Write clear. Make your letters, words and expressions easy to read.
  2. Do not use extremely small letters in a paper exam, please! **

Be good & good luck!



Draft of a schedule for English language (1st term)

17 October 2015

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irina jogg

Schedule / Planning

1st term

Subject:esl 2

*upload answers to certain exercises on moodle

October 19-23: lesson 3, audios 2, practice file 3, words, notebook, reader, verbs, conjugation, how to download a podcast**, no cell phones**, orals 1-2, exercises, translation, sms, test 10m

October 26-30: lesson 4, audios 3, orals, words, notebook, PPa, reader, flash-cards, verbs, numbers, role-playing: telephoning**, essay, basics, dictation

November 2-6: lesson 5, audios 4, words, notebook, verbs, practice file 3, practice file 4, role-playing:interviewing**, translation, sms, control 20m

November 9-14: lesson 6, audios 5, words, notebook, verbs, reader, role-playing:saying numbers**, PPa, orals, essay, basics, flash-cards, dictation, collect notebooks 5m

November 16-20: lesson 7, audios 6, words, notebook, role-playing:small talk**, numbers, orals, basics, translation, flash-cards

November 23-27: audios 7, words, sms, basics, essay, reader, dictation, PPa, translation, role-playing:spelling names or company names**, control 20m

December 1-4: exam 30m


8 October 2013

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Un profesor necesita un calendario, una programación, un temario, libros y material accesorio, espacio para teoría y espacio para práctica. Un profesor organiza un curso en conceptos, usos y exámenes. Todo lo que se explica tiene que ser evaluado en los alumnos para saber si la explicación ha sido efectiva. Enseñar consiste en esto.

Un profesor explica y un alumno entiende. En caso de que no suceda de esta manera no podemos hablar de enseñanza o educación.

El profesor quiere que sus alumnos aprendan y, si es posible, se aficionen a su asignatura. Planificar adecuadamente una clase a lo largo del año académico supone la dedicación de la clase a tratar teoría, realizar prácticas, reforzar conocimientos, resolver dudas, etcétera. Además, una buena planificación implicaría la adquisición de vocabulario, la consulta de manuales y diccionarios, una querencia creciente por saber.

En una clase de Inglés debería haber muchas audiciones, dictados y actividades de role-play. En una clase de idioma tendría que ser obligatorio leer textos en voz alta, traducir frases o párrafos enteros, usar el diccionario, resolver ejercicios escritos, repetir letras, palabras o modismos a coro, memorizar vocabulario, construir una base sólida de gramática.

No sería mala idea utilizar medios virtuales o informáticos como el Aula Virtual de MOODLE para propagar avisos, repasos de nociones, ejercicios o traducciones. Mediante el Aula Virtual pueden compartirse enlaces de audios o vídeos, imágenes y textos. Podría aprovecharse esta vía para facilitar soluciones de ejercicios o pruebas.

Una buena clase de Inglés sigue fuera del aula mediante tareas para casa, lecturas, podcasts o viajes al Reino Unido, entre otras ideas.

Revising my programming of English language

28 January 2013

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Dead Poets Society.- Director: Peter Weir (1989)

Ayer pensaba que la Constitución es a un ciudadano lo que la Programación de una asignatura es para un profesor y su alumnado. Ambos documentos han de ser justos, realistas y modificables. Quiero un documento dinámico y útil.

A good programming makes a good teaching. Revising programmings is part of a teacher´s routine year after year, or rather, week after week, day after day. Everyday school life brings new thoughts and new ideas.

Thanks to a colleague teacher I came to reconsider the relative importance of the written test and minimized the value of that test from a 90% or 100% to a 60% . Doing so, students are to be be evaluated not only for knowledge, memorization or a good test but also for their skills or attitudes (two different things) on such aspects as effort, daily work, homework, oral skills, and so on. That colleague of mine (Toñi Roca) helped me understand the concept that a student is much more than a written test with good or bad results. A student is an individual with certain qualities and many more things.  We had discussions on knowledge and grammar, vocabulary and speaking and we used to talk about all those issues that keep teachers wondering. Our aim has always been the same, I think, get the key to knowledge and language. I remember her as a daring professional, innovative and cheerful. Yes, I remember her like this.

This year I came to the conclusion that marking oral skills in the classroom positively or negatively was going to be a meaningful point. And it was. Moreover I wanted to mark notebooks as a kind of passport from my pupils.   I proposed them to keep a register for each activity to do, or in other words, to number everything in their notebooks. Everything counts in the classroom. The idea of notebook marking was inspired in two colleagues at school.

This year, reading Graded Readers -two books for an academic year- plays an important part in the Final Evaluation; that is to say, everyone must read the books obligatorily to show they can understand English language and acquire new vocabulary.

According to my own teaching material, I decided to manage two lists full of boxes (squares) for marking my pupils´attendance as well as marking on every little tasks they do or don´t do, namely speaking good English language, having homework done in their notebooks, using dictionary in class or writing acceptable translations. Notes are to be written in pencil and not in ballpen as I used to do. I confess that I liked the cleanliness on the colleague teacher of Chemistry, Jesús Algarra.

This year I have organized extra copies on exercises in bigger packs for those who need or want enjoy themselves with the subject matter.

There is an exercise on English and American culture as part of my exams. This exercise counts just a little and this is a new point. Other stuff are the introduction of a creative part making students draw their room or a place in town, a favourite gadget or whatever. I also get them involved in the classroom by asking anecdotes, jokes or things we dealt with in class. (I must say I keep a diary in my dossier and keep taking notes during class time)

MOODLE or Aula Virtual is an indispensable tool which I fancy a lot. I share photos with short messages there, write notes or warnings on material suggested or pieces of news from English newspapers (The Huffington Post, The Guardian , etcetera). Here, the use of scanner helps me show students several mistakes they make in translations or mock examinations. Sometimes they are shown their drawings too.

The latest revision of programming has to do with a project in eTwinning via the British Council. That is something we would like to start. A programming must be an updated moleskine, realistic and dynamic.

Gracias, MOODLE

21 October 2012

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No cheating in my exams, please! 😉

Debo de llevar unos tres años trabajando en el aula virtual (MOODLE). Esta herramienta ha demostrado ser muy útil. El profesor deja en la red a disposición de sus alumnos textos, vídeos, imágenes o enlaces que les servirán para completar lecciones, aumentar su interés por la asignatura. Los alumnos podrán contactar, es una opción, directamente con el profesor mediante mensajes breves de correo interno.

Me gusta, de entre las ventajas que ofrece este sistema MOODLE, la ventaja de almacenaje de datos. Me gusta la posibilidad que ofrece al profesor para  ocultar o hacer visibles determinadas páginas además de proporcionar al profesor de la asignatura un seguimiento controlado en tiempo de visitas de los alumnos al Aula Virtual. Todavía tengo mucho que aprender. No obstante, lo que estoy utilizando ya es de gran utilidad.

Algunas veces recuerdo a mis alumnos alguna información dada previamente en clase. Otras veces dejo las soluciones a ejercicios o preparo propuestas.

En el Aula Virtual he dejado escáners de crucigramas de periódicos, el juego de buscar las 7 diferencias entre dos dibujos aparentemente iguales, fotografías curiosas o cómics con comentarios en inglés. He facilitado información sobre libros de gramática inglesa, artículos de opinión de Pérez Reverte, enlaces de, etcétera. En este espacio he explicado cómo descargar podcasts de audio en inglés de la BBC o dónde encontrar programas de radio dedicados a la práctica de la lengua inglesa (cf. Radio Vaughan)

Al abrir la página de la asignatura de Lengua extranjera -Inglés- un alumno lee esta nota en todos los cursos:

Todos los documentos presentados en este espacio de AULA VIRTUAL están sujetos a cambios o modificaciones, y son de carácter meramente referencial o informativo. La clase en directo, los documentos en papel prevalecerán sobre estos documentos informativos.
El profesor,
E. Fouz

Look for the seven differences (ref. @laverdad_es)

También se muestran los errores típicos que los alumnos suelen cometer en gramática:

Correct your mistakes

What is the Christian name of the Queen of England?

1 October 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II

To include some culture questions in tests will be a good starter or aperitif for curiosity. Students would inquire about the right answers. A student is obliged to learn about current affairs in the world, culture, traditions, habits or geography.

I consider any question having to do with this should demand 10% of a test and no more. Making the English language subject attractive and interesting.

By the way, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is Her Majesty the Queen´s Christian name.

Some specific points in written tests a student should remember

18 September 2012

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Imogen Cunningham, photographer


In reading comprehension exercises a student doesn´t have to copy literally the words from a text to answer the questions. The right thing to do is using his own words

Whenever a student is asked for an answer, one word is not enough. For example, if the question says “ Are you English?” you shouldn´t answer “No” but “No, I am not” or if the question is “ Can you type?” you should answer “Yes, I can” or “No, I can´t” but never “Yes” or “No”: Show that you understand the question and that you can give right answers.

In an exercise of translation or passing sentences from Spanish into English or the other way round, never leave blank spaces or write Spanish words or French words.

In an exercise of matching  words and images, for example, do not draw lines or arrows, but put numbers next to each word and letters next to the matching image.

When you are asked to fill in the blanks in a grammar or vocabulary exercise, write neatly and show your good handwriting. If you make a mistake, cross out the word or phrase, put a number like this (1) and then, copy that reference (1) below and put the answer there.

Always revise your test before handing in to the teacher. Also have a look at the top part of the A4 paper and check that you have written your personal data (surname, class group, date)



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