sábado, 27 de agosto de 2016

Presentations and others...

Hello there, my dear students!!!

I have spent the last few hours (on Saturday!!) correcting and posting your presentations.

On the one hand, I will give you feedback on Thursday (I've been making many notes!!!). On the other hand,

 I want you to read the presentations of the different groups and post comments with your feedback.... please, it is very important that you do this!!!

And for those of you who haven't read the entry on Learning Styles (which is below the presentations, please do.

Fifth and last presentation!!

A Fourth Presentation...!!

Third presentation on SLA... very complete!!

Second presentation on SLA

Sharing presentations.... Here's the first one!

viernes, 26 de agosto de 2016

Learning Styles

Why am I greeting you in these different ways? Can you connect it to the contents we discussed yesterday?....

Yes!!! Learning styles!!

Yesterday we discussed what learning styles are, why knowing about them is useful and important for teachers and how they can be classified and/or described.

For next class you have to think of an item to teach (it can be a grammatical item, or vocabulary, or functions.... whatever you want) and you have to think of how you could deal with in the classroom to make sure that you are catering for the needs and preferences of students with different learning styles.

Also, you have to read chapter 6 on Personality Factors. Please, please, please read it!!

One last thing....


viernes, 19 de agosto de 2016

We're back!!

Hi there!

Yesterday we met again, after the winter break!

We finished dealing with SLA. First we went over the similarities and differences between FLA and SLA, and then you worked in groups writing True/False statements, which we later shared. Now you have to finish your presentations in Google docs (please, Hector and Mauro, share your presentation with me: I have not been able to see it yet!). Next Thursday is the deadline.

We also organised the presentations for you to deliver:

Likely date


Teaching strategies

Cintia L.


Teaching vocabulary

Cintia M.

Teaching receptive skills;
Teaching Reading and listening


Teaching productive skills;
Teaching writing


Teaching speaking and
Teaching pronunciation



  • Use visual aids (presentation in Powerpoint, Prezi, Google docs or others)
  • All members of the groups should have equal talking time
  • First read all the material. Then design and plan the presentation. Only then decide who says what. All the group members should be familiar with all the presentation, not just with a fragment.
  • The presentation should be between 1.40 and 2 hours long. Time will be taken into account for the score, so please, respect it!
  • Include some explanations, information and activities. Activities should be appropriate for the level of your classmates.
  • For the slides, respect the 7x7 rule. And remember that when you deliver the presentation you are not supposed to read from the slides.
  • You may include 1 or 2 videos.
Well, now....

martes, 16 de agosto de 2016

In two days...

Hi there!!

In two days we'll be meeting again!! After so long!!!

On Thursday we are going to finish our discussion on SLA, so make sure to have read Brown's chapter 10 and be ready to discuss it.

Also, we are going to organize the presentations you will have to deliver during this second part of the year. Try to get organized  in 5 groups (of 3 or 4 memebers each) in advance so we gain some time.

And one more thing: so far I have only been able to see (and edit) the presentations of two groups (Jéssica, Cintia M., Claudia and Verónica in one group and Johanna, Paula and Mercedes in the other). What about the rest??  Remember my gmail is sracker2000@gmail.com. I'll give you until Thursday 25th, but please make sure it is ready by then!!

miércoles, 3 de agosto de 2016

Reminder and suggestions

Hi there!!

How are you?? How are you spending your winter break?? I hope you are doing GREAT!!!!

I'm bothering you just to remind you of the presentation you have to prepare in groups.... (for details, check previous entries).

And I wanted to make a few comments based on what I have been reading so far:

  • There are only two groups (six people all in all) who have shared their Google doc with me.... I don't know if this is just because you haven't shared with me or because you haven't started yet....If you haven't started, do not waste any more time... remember you need time for the process to be enriching.
  • Remember in google docs I have the possibility to see the records of activity, what each one has done. Everyone should participate fully in the making of the presentation.
  • And also, remember the....