Posts Tagged ‘texts’

Being bilingual must be something like this …

12 October 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Travelling around the world, reading any kind of text either in English or Latin (Spanish, French or whichever mother language you speak) and feeling respect for certain type of classic writings

THE CLASSICS PAGE / The Latin Library com


The American Universities provide excellent sources for the study of Latin.

One of these is Cornell


First page on Latin maxims and phrases:




Essential websites for English language practice

30 October 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

London, 196o (@historyinmoment)

* dialogues, communication.-creative site


2. Learn English Feel Good: exercises, choice.- attractive pages


3.eslfast: dialogues, audios.- ideal for communication


4.rong-chang: short, easy texts, big letters.- reading


5.BusinessEnglishSite: specific website on Business English.-plenty of practice


Thorough reminder of a teacher of English language

16 July 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


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




Tiny texts, a good idea to learn English

5 February 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

2015-01-19 22.42.32

There is a webpage where you can find “extremely short texts” to read aloud and listen afterwards, or the other way round if you like.

Have a look at the sample text copied from the web page below:


[text taken from TINY TEXTS]

Stressed Workers Pay to talk – Read, listen and learn a little English!

November 25, 2014

By Tim Parkinson via Wikimedia Commons
Workers in Australia, have a new hotline they can call when they feel stressed and overworked. The new counselling service, called Talk2Me, will charge its users $2,97 per minute to talk to a counsellor who promises to “just listen” to their work complaints. Of course, the service offers more than just a friendly ear: the counsellors have special skills. It’s not the same as just talking to a friend. For one thing, they do not interrupt with their own tales. Just make sure you don’t talk for too long, otherwise you could end up more stressed when you get the bill. Would you use this service?”


Besides the pleasure of short, easy reading an English text, the author (Annette Porte) provides the meaning of some words and the original podcast recorded with singular native English speakers. Annette has a twitter account @tinytexts

Reflections on pedagogy thanks to Rosie Tanner and Catherine Green

18 May 2014

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Rosie Tanner and Catherine Green edited a coursebook for teachers of language Tasks for teacher education –A reflective approach- (Longman, 1998). Their book on pedagogy showed a lot of interesting points. They provided teachers with a great variety of texts, samples and drawings on topics such as the difference between error and mistake, reading views (skimming, scanning) or the importance of the movements of teachers inside the classroom. Through a funny map a teacher may see himself as a fly flying around their pupils or as a boring tired fly with no control over their learners. This point is almost anecdotic, but it made me think a lot on my moves in the classroom.

In the book, they suggest teachers to do plenty of activities in the class. And the more diversity of activies, the better. There are the classical four skills, namely reading, listening, writing and speaking– and consequently a good teacher should try practising them all.

There is some useful information on warming up a topic when the lesson begins, being aware of the students´s attitude, getting feedback from them, how to teach and practise grammar. I found some tasks having to do with the creative side, e.g, games of the type “find someone who…” or roleplaying, drawing maps, describing pictures, starting dialogues.

One must take into considerations many more points which have been analized in the coursebook: timing and planning lessons, how to teach grammar, use of the blackboard or teaching styles.


9 February 2014

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9th February 2014, Sunday


Plan notebook list of exercises

Plan new lessons- grammar, vocabulary quiz

Correct exercises from the book

Audios & texts (include extra materials)

Texts from the workbook and final pages from the textbook

Collage exercises to do and correct in the classroom

5 minute revision (basics, chorus)

list of words from Jan. van Ek : Threshold level, 1976 (Longman)



10 January 2014

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Jan. 10th, 2014 Fri

Audios, texts and boxes

Videos via the BBC or euronews

Moodle and dropbox

Twitter, tumblr, blogging

Texts, audios, English blogs

Podcasts from the BBC

Readers and D. I

The Guardian and the Huffington Post


Googling for English language sources

26 December 2013

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(Fotografía: Puente de Londres y gaviota. Autora: Fadia Hamdi)

I love reading. There is a way to keep my English language hot. I read blogs, search for images, magazines and videos; besides I browse PAU manuals with English texts, read The Guardian and the UK edition of the Huffington Post.

I love listening to podcasts from the BBC, watching euronews videos, getting pictures from Reuters and GIFs.

Tumblr is a great source of information. Tumblr is a universal blog to share texts, links, photographs, news, audios, videos and everything.

I am a reader who puts readers in his luggage as a rule and a necessity.

I blog and follow some bloggers. My favourite blogger is Cassie, the author of Books and Bowel Movements. From her blog I learn and take plenty of ideas. For example, I took that icon in favour ot the printed text. Furthermore, I copied the relaxing game of five fish which now makes my #efnotebloc more attractive.

I read A Guy´s Moleskine Notebook, Tinkerbelle and Mitzie Mee´s blogs. I like the Polyglotwitt and some new magazines such as the Atlantic and Brain Pickings. I keep on reading.


ten to twelve

10 August 2012

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Audios / texts

Theory: grammar and concepts / functional language

PAU tests / Reading Books

Oral / Notebooks

SMS / words

“Teach me to hear mermaids singing” (John Donne)

28 July 2012

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Suppose you teach a foreign language at school,

Imagine you choose the best five activities, grammar and words

Nothing else must be done except wondering which five things would be

Grab some audios and texts; check your pupils´s learning by means of tests

Sing a song of love and play games; oh, man, that´s cool!

Invent stories and tales, draw pictures and move

No matter how long these things take , for God´s sake!

Good teachers never fail to read a mermaid´s mail





E. Fouz.-


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A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


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Books. Reflections. Travel.

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Stick your face in the schnoz of a dandelion


crear siempre, aprender y guardar la llama