Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Paul J. Silvia writes a guide on academic writing

18 July 2020

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Paul J. Silvia, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. Washington DC: American Psychological Association, 2007

Think about your week: Are there some hours that are generally free every week? If you teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, maybe Monday and Wednesday morn- ings are good times to write.” (Silvia, 2007), page 13

 

Paul J. Silvia recommends to set some specific, attainable objectives:

“_Write at least 200 words.
_Print the first draft I finished yesterday, read it, and revise it.
_Make a new list of project goals and write them on my whiteboard.
_Write the first three paragraphs of the general discussion.
_Add missing references and then reconcile the citations and references.
_Reread chapters 22 and 24 from Zinsser (2001) to recharge my writing batteries.
_Finish the “Setting Goals” section that I started yesterday.
_Brainstorm and then make an outline for a new manuscript.
_Reread the reviewers’ comments of my paper and make a list of things to change.
_Correct the page proofs and mail them back.”(page 32)

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There is a difference between writing academically and doing a first draft. See: “WRITE FIRST, REVISE LATER
Generating text and revising text are distinct parts of writing-don’t do both at once. The goal of text generation is to throw confused, wide-eyed words on a page; the goal of text revision is to scrub the words clean so that they sound nice and make sense.”(page 75)

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How to be good at English (11-20 tips)

1 July 2020

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[seen on @Tumblr by malastampa]

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How to be good at English (11-20 tips)

11.Get involved in some social media (@Facebook, @Instagram, @WhatsApp) where you will find out texts, videos, things written and spoken mostly in English.

12.Always pay attention to grammar.

13.Brush up conjugation of verbs.

14.Be curious about the British culture.

15.Learn abbreviations (asap, &c, IOU, OK, vs., etc.)

16.Vocabulary is an indispensable tool in any language. No words, no communication. Words make meaningful conversations possible.

17.If you agree on the universal truth that dictionaries are useful, use them. In case you don´t agree, use them anyway.

18.Practice. Do lots of exercises.

19.Take notes, write drafts of emails, opinions, letters, descriptions, et cetera.

20.Read. Read lots of texts. Read letters, articles, newspapers, comic strips, magazines, lyrics, poetry, drama, novels. Read graded readers as well.

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How to be good at English (1-10 tips)

25 June 2020

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How to be good at English (1.10 tips)

1.Grammar- basics: know personal pronouns of object, demonstratives, articles, possessive adjectives.
2.Be good at saying numbers (written form as well).
3.Greeting spellings (bye, cheers, thank you).
4.Avoid the typical mistake of the missing s ending or es ending for the 3rd person singular of the simple present tense.
5.Know the exceptions to the rule. Do not say **I have hungry when you mean I am hungry.
6.Study and learn phrasal verbs, synonyms, antonyms, words, etcetera.
7.Study the rules.
8.Learn the exceptions.
9.English language is made up of four rules and forty exceptions. The student who masters these forty exceptions is the best speaker of English.
10.You should be familiar with false friends in English language and in life 😉

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Eugenio Fouz.-

25.6.2020

Words of the Year (Merriam-Webster´s Time Traveller Machine)

6 April 2020

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camera phone, 2000

“In 2000, camera phones officially became commercially available. While a number of big electronics companies began rolling out their own versions, Sharp’s J-SH04 was the first to the market. With a CCD sensor, the phone let users take images on the go and had a “Sha Mail” infrastructure, also known today as MMS” (Entrepreneur.com)

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/295841#1

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Words of the year: google, sudoku, tanga, …

https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/2000

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#PDF

https://tinyurl.com/rgp6qqx

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How to write and say ordinal numbers in English language (Woodward site)

9 November 2019

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-Woodward site-

Now, listen:

Dynamics in the classroom (English language)

7 October 2019

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

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DYNAMICS in the classroom

-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

13 / HOMEWORK

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E. Fouz.-

7/10719

METHOD

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#PDF

https://tinyurl.com/yxdr4v2o

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7 musts in the learning of a foreign language

27 July 2019

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Which are the things you should learn in a foreign language?

 

First, I think I should learn the alphabet and vocabulary, that is to say, words from the new language and of course, their meanings. I should know how to say every word, how to pronounce them. This part has to do with phonetics. Whenever I learn a new word I feel the urgency to know how to write it (spelling, written language)

Second,grammar. What are the rules in that language. Why do we say or write “I do not like her” instead of saying  **“”I not like her”, for example. Being able to create my own messages following the rules of grammar. These rules include exceptions.

Third, I would like to learn functional language as well, I mean, practical and formulaic sentences to ask someone his name or his age as in “What is your name?” or “How old are you?”. There are plenty of singular expressions which belong to formulaic language such as idioms, slang, abbreviations or false friends, among many others.

Fourth, I would appreciate to know about syntax (order and relationships of elements in the discourse).

Fifth, I´d love to be an independent reader of literature and a good radio listener as well to work fluency in the foreign language besides the pleasure of reading inherent to a man of letters like me.

Sixth, being curious about culture (tradition, customs, people, geography, etcetera)

Seventh, practise language through the well-know four basic skills: reading, listening, writing, reading

 

 

 

Eugenio Fouz.-

27.7.2019

METHOD

 

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#PDF G-Drive

https://tinyurl.com/y2zk53ho

Revision of grammar, listening to podcasts, learning vocabulary, etcetera (English language method)

24 May 2019

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Pascal in NYC tube

[Pedro Pascal, actor]

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METHODOLOGY:

Revise notions on the present simple tense:

conjugate verbs

fill in the missing words

pass to the negative form

complete the blanks with extra information

learn packs of new words, verbs, abbreviations, idioms, etc

read sentences in English language (translate them)

use functional language in the classroom,

namely “pass me your pencil, please!“, “can you spell that word?

 

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HOMEWORK:

 ask students to read short texts 

ask students to listen to podcasts

 

 

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METHOD

Mini tests dictated by the teacher

2 March 2019

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MINI TESTS dictated

The teacher dictates 3 or 4 exercises on BASICS, that is, vocabulary essentials, numbers, telling the time, formulaic language, verbs, idioms, conjugations, transformation of short sentences, et cetera) to be done immediately in the classroom by the students.

All the students are to stay sitting separately as if taking an examination, although the activity equals a simple test.

AIMS:

a/ check that your own teacher´s talk (pronunciation, intonation, English language) is clear.

b/ check the students´ s understanding as well as their knowledge of spelling, vocabulary and grammar

c/ check the students´s progress on elementary points, that is, see if they still have problems with any aspects of verbal tenses or vocabulary METHOD

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SAMPLE

  1. Write all months of the year in order. Make 2 sentences of  a minimum of 6 words using “June”, “her” in the present continuous tense negative
  2. Put these numbers in letters: 2nd / 12th / 15th / 20th / 23rd
  3. Conjugate the past simple tense of the verb TO SPELL in the interrogative form. Translate one form into Spanish
  4. Name 4 idioms from the wordlist from lesson 4 (cf. Aula Virtual / @moodle; PPA. Second term. Business English 2)

 

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“DICTATE: to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary” (cf. Dictionary.com)

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#PDF via G.Drive

https://tinyurl.com/yyz8klgt

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Revision exercises (skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences, vocabulary)

24 February 2019

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Sample of a pedagogy A4 paper.

METHOD for Business English 2, second term 

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Exercises of revision

Business English 2 (second term)

skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences

 

Name and surname:

Group:

Date:

NOTE: All exercises must follow the instructions literally(ad pedem litterae). If you are asked to translate a sentence into Spanish and you let it undone, the exercise will be invalidated.

Read every point carefully. I recommend you to read them twice

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1/write the skeleton of these verbs as in the example below:

comprar-     TO BUY    BOUGHT        BOUGHT

conocer- TO K……

ir-TO G…..

decir-TO SA…..

ver-TO SE…..

oler-TO SM…….

tomar, coger-TO TAK……

 

2/put the past participle form ONLY:

ser-TO BE      

caer-TO FALL

pagar-TO PAY

cerrar-TO SHUT

3/conjugate the past simple tense in the affirmative form of the verb TO FORGIVE (perdonar). Translate one form into Spanish

(…)

https://tinyurl.com/y6ybx7bt 

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