Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1977. A big No to bad perfectionism



We parents, teachers, and educators should avoid to form perfectionists and weird persons. 

In other words, let’s not educate them in perfectionism. The kid shouldn’t feel horrified to come to the chalkboard and carry out an exercise, with a terrible sentiment to do it wrong. 

More important than grades (or marks) it is to learn to work with effort and perseverance. 

Don’t exaggerate concerning grades (or marks): it’s paramount to struggle, to work hard, with serenity, to invest all the talents the kid has, and do not exaggerate about grades; these are informative, just that. I don’t mean to be lenient and let the kid to fail, no way. / Photo from: www labortribune com. Girl in library

1976. A sample of placement test

Here is a placement test, which you can use in one way or another. I hope to utilize it to separate our adult students into two groups of different level of English.

Placement English test
Date: ……………………………..
Full name: …………………………………………………………………
1.    How do you translate:
blizzard
taste
paper
profile




dawn
necessary
plunge
table




2.    Write a meaningful sentence with an English word from exercise 1:
……………………………………………………………………….......................................................................................................................................
3.    Write about you.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
4.    Write about Granada or somewhere else.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
5.    American Seals [1]……………………….. the terrorists’ house.
a.    checked in         b. broke in     c. asalted into           d. faced into
6.    Translate this sentence: Llegamos y pedimos unas cervezas con alguna tapa. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………




[1] SEAL is an American special combat military troop.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1975. A worksheet you can use


Here is a worksheet I'd like to utilize in my classes with adults. You can use it, change something, copy, print, steal... Sorry for likely formatting bugs. The picture is from 2001 Space Odyssey  (1968), as you may know well.


Worksheet # 161
At the airport. Useful expressions
Begun on September 9, 2014
1.    At the phone. I want to check the departure time of flight HK-235 to London.
2.    To a friend. Thank you for everything. I’ll call you when I arrive.
3.    Her friend. Have a good flight!
4.    In a taxi. Take me to the airport, please! I’m in a bit of a hurry.
5.    Which check-in desk do I need for flight 235 to London, please?
6.    Which airline/company are you flight with?
7.    Excuse me, where are the trolleys, please?
8.    Where is the information desk, please?
9.    Would you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
10. There will be a delay of 30 minutes.
11. Boarding is at gate 15 at 12.50.
12. Can I see your boarding card, please?
13. This is the last call for passengers on flight 235 to London. Please proceed to gate 15 immediately.
14. An air-hostess. Please fasten your seat belts and switch off your cell phones and all electronic devices.
15. There is a life jacket under your seat.
16. The emergency exits are located…
17. Please put your table and seat in an upright position, and fasten your belts for landing.
18. Please remain in your seats until the airplane comes to a halt.
19. At the custom office. Do you have anything to declare?
20. Where will you be staying?
21. What is the purpose of your visit?
22. Tourism / To study / To visit relatives.

Story:

My name is Ann. We went to the airport to pick up Suzanne: she would stay with us in our house of Barcelona. When we arrived at the airport of El Prat, we started to find her. She would dress in jeans and in a red blouse. I accompanied my father because she is one of my best friends. I know her well, obviously. However nearly every girl looked like her or at least I thought so. She would stay in our house for a fortnight. We would go horseback riding to the countryside. This countryside is all green, with fences made of stones. We together would have a nice fortnight I thought. We met in Barcelona, in a Spanish course. My father was one of the teachers. The course was a bit hard – anyway we learned a lot of Spanish. My family comes from the area of Brighton and we’re English. 

1974. Languages and their importance today



It is paramount to learn and acquire English, just as simple as that. 

However more and more it’s better if you master other languages, namely German, French… 

At least invest all your best in the first one, English. 

You’re fortunate if your native language is Spanish, because obviously you don’t have to learn it: Congratulations! / The photo is just an illustration.

1973. Fun in class



We teachers of English, above all with young children, implement games; somebody said that fun is the best way to learn. 

I guess this is partially true: ok, games, but we do other different things that ought to be meaningful for the students. / Photo: The Stagecoach, starring a young John Wayne. The director was John Ford.

Monday, September 15, 2014

1972. Look in their eyes


Take into account what typed on the previous post if you like. I'd also tell you to look in your audience faces and eyes. As well when addressing your students in class, eye-contact is good for their self-esteem and for a good management of the class.