sábado, 27 de junio de 2015

Well done!!

Girls, those of you who took the test have done really well!! The scores go from 8 to 10!!

viernes, 26 de junio de 2015

Hi there!


Yesterday we had our term test.... or some of us did, since there were some complications... Natalia: I hope you get better soon! Hector: I'm happy for your you! Analía: don't worry, we'll find a way; after all, when there's a wish there's a way! I'll send you your home term test today. And Sabrina... we are worried about you... we haven't heard from you in several weeks!! Please get in touch with me!

As for those who took the test, I'll let you know as soon as I have the results!

Remember for next class (possibly on July 16th, since I'm likely to be absent on the 2nd and the 9th is a holiday) you have to read the two chapters in the bunch on First Language Acquisition: Baby born talking describes Heaven, by Steven Pinker (ch9) and General concepts of language acquisition, by Cook (ch3).

Well, we'll be in touch!!

jueves, 18 de junio de 2015

Today's class


Tonight we had our last class before the tem test. We dealt with chapters 3, 5 and 6 of TBLT.

Remember to study everything we have dealt with so far for the test. Also, be on the alert for news on a possible strike for next Thursday, and check the blog for news. Finally, several of you have to catch up with your homework... please do so soon.

sábado, 13 de junio de 2015

Class June 11th


Last Thursday we had two presentations:

Andy showed us how she works with Literature and Technology in her classes. She even gave us a CD with material to use in our classes! Thanks Andy!!

Analía dealt with bullying... she shared information, such as definitions and statistics, and her experience to try to understand this phenomenon and learn how to prevent it and deal with it. She showed us some very moving videos... here's one of them....

The topic is so appealing and relevant to all of us, that the homework for next class is related to it: for next class you have to share a film, film scene or sitcom episode related to bullying...

Here I share a movie I love, with Hugh Grant (whom I love) in which the issue of bullying is dealt with:

Then we started playing a game on chapter 3, which we will finish next class...

martes, 9 de junio de 2015

Feedback on blogs...

Hello my dear students!!

I've spent a few hours visiting your blogs.... it's been fun!!

Some of you are keeping your blogs updated and frequently publish very interesting material... well done!!

Others just have one or two entries so far, so you need to become more active bloggers... come on! You can do it!

So far only two people have published the reflection you have to write... They are both very interesting so I recommend that those of you who still have to work on this read Daiana's and Marisol's words.

Now, I'll include a list of sentences from your blogs that need to be corrected. What I want you to do is to publish as comments the corrections you can make...

  1. ·      Technology shortens our students span...
  2. ·         We have to provide them with plenty opportunities to interact with each other.
  3. ·        ....I put in practice with a beginner level.
  4. ·         Argentinian speakers find very difficult to deal with some specific particles.
  5. ·         ....these combination of sounds do not exist in Spanish
  6. ·         It's really interesting starting the lesson ...
  7. ·         If you have watched any of her videos you would probably be interested in buying one of her books.
  8. ·         I don't know where it would take me....
  9. ·       ....  teenagers who are building their identity sorrounded by technology impact
  10. ·         Students' misbehaviour and lack of respect are relevant issues that cannot be avoided in any sense (meaning)
  11. ·         Every group is different as well as each individual is different...

viernes, 5 de junio de 2015



Yesterday we had a class with two presentations:

  • Natalia delivered a presentation on how to deal with misbehaving students. It was a very interesting and appealing topic... most of us felt we had something to say on it, some anecdotes to share, some concerns to comment on. Congrats Natalia for picking such a relevant topic!
  • Sabrina, on the other hand, made us work, relax and get in touch with our creative side. She discussed and illustrated how to work with Music... she chose a very meaningful song and a visually poetic video. And then she invited us to use drawing as a communicative skill... Well done, Sabrina!
As we discussed yesterday, due to the presentations we are behind with our syllabus. But I believe it is worthwhile... you all have valuable and enriching ideas to share. Besides, don't worry: we'll catch up soon enough!

Rememeber for next class you have to re read chapters 3, 5 and 6 on TBLT. And... you have to write and post in your blog a reflection on the challenges of teaching this new generation (with the new technologies, with the new educational policies, with the social situation around us...)