Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

6 ways to improve communication in an interview (English)

10 May 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

  1. Use functional language, that is, say things such as “I don´t think so”, “yes, please”, “if so, let me know”
  2. Make sure of knowledge of basics: the time, the alphabet, formulaic language-say thanks, respond to thanks, introduce someone, spell words-, say numbers
  3. Be good at grammar, namely verbal tenses, conjugations, elements in a phrase, connectors, etcétera
  4. Learn, save and master plenty of vocabulary (words, expressions, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, varied adjectives, demonstratives)
  5. Be curious about idioms, false friends, acronyms, Latin abbreviations, mottoes, Slang expressions and Cockney
  6. Manage an acceptable standard pronunciation

Eugenio Fouz.- 100517

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#PDF

http://tinyurl.com/kdqcedt

Cornell list of Latin words, verbs and notions (8 pages)

10 April 2017

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THE BROWNING VERSION, from left: Ben Silverstone, Albert Finney, 1994, © Paramount

A bilingual pack of words, conjugation of verbs, notions of grammar (Latin / English).-CORNELL. Great idea for memorization of vocabulary in Latin classes.

#PDF Archive.com 

https://document.li/4vf2

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Cornell college website:

http://tinyurl.com/yktnkox

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Ten tips for modern students of English language

20 January 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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10 tips for modern students

of

English language

1.get used to listen to BBC radio alive, e.g: BBC5live while doing some other tasks

2.select, watch, listen and read two or three pieces of news from euronews twice a week

3.download a couple of BBC podcasts from the learning section at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts every week

4.pick up some news from The Huffington Post UK, The Independent or The Daily Mail

5.start an account on social links such as twitter, facebook, G+, LinkedIn to practise interaction

6.always study handbooks of grammar and vocabulary

7.try adapted readers (Oxford Bookworms, Burlington, Itaca, Collins, Penguin)

8.get a good bilingual dictionary and use it

9.go to the United Kingdom whenever you have the opportunity

10.make British friends and talk to them very often. Use skype, facebook, twitter or any other social link to keep in touch

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The After Exam Page (1.4) for Business English 1

16 December 2016

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THE AFTER EXAM PAGE

Business English 1

1.4

FIRST TERM- [EXAM 30]

  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: @.at (arroba) , COD.cash on delivery (pago contra-reembolso), asap.as 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!

EF.-121216

 

Remember when you started to like a coursebook because of these little things

21 October 2016

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[James Huggins, @james_madeinme on Twitter]

The coursebook on Baccalaureate this year provides students with good stuff for learning and communication. There are plenty of videos, audios and texts. The language used in the book occupies a varied range of registers. The editor on this occasion is Ben Wetz, a well-known imaginative, original teacher. I like the apppendixes on vocabulary and grammar. The Vocabulary Workshop helps the student to focus on the topic from every lesson.

I must confess I have just started to work with the stuff and in the first two lessons I knew it was going to be interesting, funny, enjoyable to me.

To give just an example, I fell immediately fascinated with this poem which is on page 18. [Skills extra. Unit 1. Key to Bachillerato, Ben WETZ (Oxford, 2014. OUP)]

       

Remember When

A Poem About Technology by: James S. Huggins’ Refrigerator Door

“A computer was something on TV

From a sci fi show of note.

A window was something you hated to clean

And ram was the cousin of goat.

 

Meg was the name of my girlfriend

And gig was a job for the nights.

Now they all mean different things

And that really mega bytes.

 

An application was for employment.

A program was a TV show.

A curser used profanity.

A keyboard was a piano.

 

Memory was something that you lost with age.

A CD was a bank account.

And if you had a 3 1/2″ floppy

You hoped nobody found out.

 

Compress was something you did to the garbage

Not something you did to a file.

And if you unzipped anything in

public

You’d be in jail for a while.

 

Log on was adding wood to the fire.

Hard drive was a long trip on the road.

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.

And a backup happened to your

commode.

 

Cut you did with a pocket knife.

Paste you did with glue.

A web was a spider’s home.

And a virus was the flu

 

I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper

And the memory in my head.

I hear nobody’s been killed in a

computer crash,

But when it happens they wish they were dead.”

[poem written by James Huggins]

 

 

Cool course book on Business English

30 July 2016

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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Business elements” (Mc Graw Hill) is a course book on Business English focused on the presentation, practice and learning of elementary issues for a student of English. The course clearly shows several points of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. It appears to be a good idea sharing brief tips on the margin of the book in order to let the student know the different ways of writing the date in the USA and in the UK. See an example:” WATCH OUT! In email addresses we say dot and not point.”

The book consists of fifteen lessons. Some of the topics include: introducing oneself to others, daily routines, applying for a job, planning, safety at work, travelling and how to book a flight, being good at writing formal letters. The authors have thought that there is a need for revision, therefore they make out a couple of revision pages too.

There are pages dedicated to specific situations on business, namely: how to answer the phone, how to say numbers, where to use ordinal or cardinal numbers, etcetera. In other words, there is a functional approach to the subject.

The course book (also a reference book) contains an appendix on the vocabulary used in every lesson, a list of common phrasal verbs and a phonetic table which can be useful. There is a list of irregular verbs as well.

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BUSINESS ELEMENTS (Mc Graw Hill) by Nigel Barnsley and Margie Lemmens 

Vocational training.

Ciclos Formativos de Grado Medio

A good English language speaker …

29 March 2016

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A good English language speaker 

usually:

listens to podcasts from the BBC

understands what he listens

listens to songs and ballads

understands most of the lyrics

reads newspapers

understands the news

reads literature

enjoys reading fictional stories

loves letters

has one or two dictionaries available next to himself

tries doing grammar exercises of any level

speaks clear

masters vocabulary and elegant expressions

fancies Latin or fancies Greek

works with hiperbatos, metaphors and rhymes

 

Mostly good speakers of any language are radio listeners, newspaper readers and queer fish

 

Learn Latin vocabulary

28 January 2016

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THE AFTER EXAM PAGE ESL 2 (1.1)

14 November 2015

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THE AFTER EXAM PAGE

ESL 2; FIRST TERM – CONTROL 20

Visit @moodle, download, print and learn the vocabulary lists of every lesson

Learn how to conjugate verbal tenses in English. Revise the Spanish verbal tense forms as well. Check the scanner of a Spanish conjugation of verbs table saved in @moodle pages

A student can´t make the same old mistake test after test. Learn once and for all the correct spelling of specific words (**autum for autumn, **fiveteen for fifteen, **fourty for forty, **january for January, *Tuesday when you refer to Thursday)

There are only 7 days in a week!(Won´t you be able to remember them the right way?)

We use the analogical time. Say 3.30 (half past three). As you should know all months of the year and days of the week are written in capital letters. It is considered a spelling (orthography) mistake to write **march for March. Imagine somebody writing **paula for Paula.

A student of English language knows the correct name of the tools he uses. If he is asked to choose a demonstrative he understands that he must try one of these: this, these, that, those

Learn English topics little by little, that is, learn in the first place the list of personal pronouns of subject (I, you) and learn personal pronouns of object afterwards (me, you, him)

Do not confuse personal pronouns with possessive adjectives. Possessive adjectives always come along with a noun (my book, your sister, his girlfriend, her father, its meal, our teacher)

Definite articles, indefinite articles, numerals (cardinal numbers are one, two, twelve, one hundred) (ordinal numbers are first, second, twenty-third), adverbs (slowly, nearby, happily), linkers (but, however, and, nevertheless), pronouns (I, you, he, she), etcetera

There are certain formulas in language that one must learn by heart (by heart.de memoria)

How are you? How do you do! What are you doing? What ´s your last name/surname, please? I don´t understand. I´m afraid I didn´t hear you, could you repeat that, please? Thank you! You´re welcome!/No problem!/ It´s alright!/ Any time! How old are you? I´m 23 Have you got a car? No, I haven´t Do you mind if I smoke in here? No, go ahead!

Try to take part in the class dynamics by asking your questions, voluntareeing to the blackboard, following the chorus repetition of phrases, speaking English, doing the homework.

Making mistakes is a step everybody has to take.

Typical mistakes of insecure students:

buy/sell; before/after; Tuesday/Thursday; actually/currently; easy/essay (comprar/vender; antes/después; martes/jueves; realmente/actualmente; fácil/ensayo)

Write your last name and first name in the examination paper, your class group and date

Write in good calligraphy if possible. If not, try to be clear [Do not forget that a teacher must read your answers]

Once you have finished your examination take one minute to see if everything is right. Check your answers, grammar, vocabulary, spellings. See if you have left any exercise unfinished.

Be good & good luck! 

EF.- 141115

Tiny texts, a good idea to learn English

5 February 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

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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:

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[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?”

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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

https://tinytexts.wordpress.com


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