Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Teacher´s notes.-log entry 11.11.2021 (markwalker)

11 November 2021

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-Egon Schiele, artist-


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Teacher´s notes

1/ structure of the sentence
(elements: articles, demonstratives,
pronouns, linkers, adverbs, prepositions,
verbs, etcetera)


2/planning charts
subject / date
book -audios- exercises
packs of copies: PPA

oral assessment PDF
vocabulary and grammar syllabus
extracts of voc. & gra syllabus – pages /docs
PPTX / PDF -visual summary of topics, basics, grammar
sentences (SMS)
videos (+ glossaries)

READING aloud (using dictionaries)
BASICS: the time, greetings, days of the week
notebook work

grammar / communication (phone talk, email writing)/
spelling (alphabet)
handouts.-grammar, functional language (conjugation
of verbs, skeleton of verbs, sentences, etcetera)
advice – How to (tell the time, answer questions
with more than one word, the date, telephone

numbers (cardinal, ordinal numbers)
Q.A in the classroom
mini 375
notebook correction

attendance (attitude)
participation in the classroom
ST (Surprise Tests)


3/keys, solutions to some exercises
(book, notebook)

upload them to MOODLE (aula virtual):
page / document
Guadiana Files (temporary files)

E. Fouz.-11.11.2021




vademecum: Sawyer, Clark, Truss, O´Conner and Randall

31 August 2021

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1/ RANDALL, David. The Universal Journalist. London: Pluto Press, 2007

2/ CLARK, Roy Peter. The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing. Boston: Little Brown, 2016

3/ TRUSS, Lynn. EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. London: Profile Books, 2003

4/ O´CONNER, Patricia T. Woe is I. The Grammarphobe´s Guide to Better English in Plain English. New York: Riverhead Books, 2019. 4th edition.

5/ SAWYER, Robert Keith. Explaining Creativity. The Science of Human Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006


E. Fouz.-31.8.2021
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The Art of -X-Roy- Reading, Roy Peter Clark

22 May 2021

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One of the recent read books I fancied reading, 

The Art of X-Ray Reading, ROY PETER CLARK

Little, Brown Spark, 2016

(ebook version) 



original page on @goodreads 




Double meaning in punctuation marks when reading literature

3 January 2021

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Enjoy the reading, the double reading …


Nora Ephron´s fresh style

26 December 2020

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I have just read a collection of opinion articles reunited in a book-Crazy Salad– written by Nora Ephron. The texts are cool, full of anecdotes and literature.

Ephron deals with feminism, sexuality, journalism writing

Read some of  the excerpts I took from the book:

A few words about breasts
I have to begin with a few words about androgyny. In grammar school, in the fifth and sixth grades, we were all tyrannized by a rigid set of rules that supposedly determined whether we were boys or girls. The episode of Huckleberry Finn where Huck is disguised as a girl and gives himself away by the way he threads a needle and catches a ball-that kind of thing. We learned the way you sat, crossed your legs, held a cigarette, and looked at your nails-the way you did these things instinctively was absolute proof of your sex” …

…” I spend a great deal of my energy these days trying to fit feminism into marriage, or vice versa- I´m never sure which way the priorities lie; it depends on my mood-but as truly committed as I am to the movement and as violent as I have become toward people who knock it, I think it is unfair to dismiss these men. They deserve some kind of answer. Okay. The answer is, nobody knows what happens to sex after liberation. It´s a big mystery” …

The girls in the office
I have not looked at The Best of Everything since I first bought it-in paperback-ten years ago, but I have a perverse fondness for it. In case somehow missed it, The Best of Everything was a novel by Rona Jaffe about the lives of four, or was it five, single women in New York; it was pretty good trash, as trash goes, which is not why I am fond of it. I liked it because it seemed to me that it caught perfectly the awful essence of being a single woman in a big city” …

Vaginal politics
Vaginal Politics covers a wide range of health subjects: the New York abortion scene, drugs, psychoanalysis, breast cancer, venereal disease, the law, the growth of the consumer health movement in America. At times, the tone is indignant to the point of heavy handedness” …

Crazy ladies
Washington is a city of important men and the women they married before they grew up. Is that how the saying goes? Something like that, anyway” …

As I suppose everyone knows by now, James Morris was four years old and sitting under the piano listening to his mother play Sibelius when he was seized by the irreversible conviction that the ought to have been born a girl

__NORA, Ephron. Crazy Salad. New York: Vintage Books, 1975


Dictionaries, stress & good habits of a foreign language teacher

6 December 2020

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Take into account the importance of these 9 points

1#dictionaries (vocabulary learning plus some sentence examples)




2#listening to different types of audios (variety)

3#writing practice

4#video watching (@euronews, @YouTube)

5#learning how to mark stress on words, e.g :asset ignorant / illiterate




as-et ]SHOW IPA



a useful and desirable thing or quality: Organizational ability is an asset.

a single item of ownership having exchange value: Our summer home is an asset we’re not willing to sell.

(in intelligence) a person followed or spied upon to obtain information: as a participant in an operation, an asset may be consenting, forced, as by blackmail, or unaware of being used: It was a catalog of virtually every CIA asset within the Soviet Union. Compare confidential informant


  1. items of ownership convertible into cash; total resources of a person or business, as cash, notes and accounts receivable, securities, inventories, goodwill, fixtures, machinery, or real estate (opposed to liabilities).
  2. Accounting. the items detailed on a balance sheet, especially in relation to liabilities and capital.
  3. all property available for the payment of debts, especially of a bankrupt or insolvent firm or person.
  4. Law. property in the hands of an heir, executor, or administrator, that is sufficient to pay the debts or legacies of a deceased person.






ig·​no·​rant | \ ˈig-n(ə-)rənt  \

Definition of ignorant

1a: destitute of knowledge or education an ignorant societyalso : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified parents ignorant of modern mathematics 

b: resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence ignorant errors


Other Words from ignorant

ignorantly adverb

ignorantness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ignorant



Choose the Right Synonym for ignorant

IGNORANTILLITERATEUNLETTEREDUNTUTOREDUNLEARNED mean not having knowledge. IGNORANT may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing.   an ignorantfool   ignorant of nuclear physics ILLITERATE applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write.  much of the population is still illiterate UNLETTERED implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading.   an allusion meaningless to the unlettered UNTUTORED may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization.   strange monuments built by an untutored people   UNLEARNEDsuggests ignorance of advanced subjects.   poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses  

The Polite and Not-So-Polite Uses of Ignorant

Ignorant shares a root with the word ignore, one of those etymological connections which appear obvious once they are pointed out, yet remained overlooked by most. Both words come from the Latin ignorare (“to ignore, be ignorant of”). There are several meanings of ignorant, all of which are concerned with a lack of knowledge in some sense; some of these are more insulting than others, and care should be exercised before applying this word to people who you do not wish to offend. Saying “They were ignorant of most of the laws of physics” means that the people in question did not have a specific body of learning. Saying “You are an ignorant person” is possibly describing someone as primitive, crude, or uncivilized. 

Examples of ignorant in a Sentence

 … the World Series of the wild-card era is the pull of a slot-machine lever, a game of chance ignorant of form. Regularly populated now with second-place clubs or flavor-of-the-month teams more than dominant regular-season franchises …— Tom Verducci,  Sports Illustrated,  30 Oct. 2006That may be especially true for today’s … 13-year-olds, whose own moms and dads grew up largely ignorant of car seats, bike helmets, antibacterial soaps and childproof locks …— Nancy Gibbs,  Time,  8 Aug. 2005







 /ɪˈlɪt.ər.ət/ US 


unable to read and write: 

surprising percentage of the population is illiterate.


knowing little or nothing about a particular subject

computer illiterate

financially/technologically illiterate


benighted literary

clueless informal






6#getting into the routine of listening to podcasts from the UK BBC, mainly (MP3 player, cell phone app, laptop)

7#getting into the habit of reading miscellaneous texts (Quora, news, literature, medium, tumblr, etcetera)

8#writing academic practice

9#always studying grammar


E. Fouz.-6.12.2020




How to be good at English (21-30 tips)

2 July 2020

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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)
Eugenio Fouz

21.Learn by heart (memorize) phrasal verbs, synomyms, antonyms, lists of words.

22.Understand the meaning of words, sentences, paragraphs or any text you read or listen.

23.Use Latin mottoes if you know their meaning.

24.Pronunciation: look for a good model and follow it.

25.Get used to listening to podcasts ( podcasts) regularly.

26.Watch as many videos as you can. I recommend these: BBC, euronews, YouTube.

27.Imitate the pronunciation and tone of native speakers, but never betray your own accent.

28.Separate the words when you speak (and when you write).

29.Do not speak too fast. Do it slowly, but not extremely slow motion.

30.Literature: read the Classics (English and American literature: Charles Dickens, Wilde, Shakespeare, Byron, Thoreau, Hawthorne)


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

1 July 2020

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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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“… and start writing” (Hugh Kearns)

11 March 2020

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Joan Didion, writer and journalist


Inspirational tweet written by Hugh Kearns (@ithinkwellHugh)



“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages”… (Steinbeck)

29 February 2020

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[John Steinbeck, writer]


Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen

El Lobo está aquí

Disentería literaria


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Books. Reflections. Travel.


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