sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

Please remember!!

Hi my dears!!

How are you? How was your winter break?... I hope it was great!!!

Please remember that on Thursday 17th I will be absent (I'm taking my daughter to the eye doctor). I mentioned this before the winter break, but I want to be sure you remember.

For this first week, I would like you to post something in your blogs related to your favorite books,or the best reading experiences you have had. The deadline for this entry is August 23rd.

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sábado, 15 de julio de 2017

Happy Winter Break!!

Hi my dear 4th year!!

How are you? Starting to enjoy the Winter Break?  (And those of you who have to sit for finals starting to go through your stages?)

Let me take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy classes with you... you are a very special group!!

Well, on Thurdsay we organized groups and presentations for the second part of the year. I explained what I expect from these presentations and we agreed that "Workshops" is a more accurate word to describe it.

You still owe me the groups for the assessment project.

I did not ask for any homework for the Winter Break because I know you need both to study and to rest. Still, if you want to post things in your blogs, it will be my pleasure to read them.

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lunes, 10 de julio de 2017

Blog time!!

Hi there!!

I have just finished checking all your blogs!!! I feel extremely happy because I have found brilliant material shared. I also see that many of you are getting into the healthy and enriching habit of checking one another's blogs.

I want to thank you all for sharing so generously... I feel we are all learning a lot, making ubiquitous learning our reality (which is one of the main advantages of embracing the new technologies).

One suggestion: pay a bit more attention to grammar/spelling/typing.... I have found many language mistakes in the blogs ( I will prepare special feedback on that for after the winter break).

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jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Needs Assessment


How are you on this rainy evening?? I'm guessing many of you felt really cozy at home and decided to stay that way... And since about half the students were absent, today we didn't do any grouping activity... you chose who to work with.

During the class you worked on a questionnaire on chapter 4 about Needs Assessment. During the last part of the class we shared some of the answers and personal appreciations on the topic. Next class we will continue working on this.

Homework for next class:

  • prepare (individually or in small groups; you can choose) a tool to get information on your students' needs and interests. (use the examples from the "practice" section of the chapter to get some ideas). This task you have to hand in.
  • post in your blog (free post; just remember what we have been saying about the quality of the posts)
  • organize the groups for the second part of the year (for the presentations we need 5 groups:4 groups of 3 students and 1 group of four; for the assessment project we discussed last class, I need 4 groups of 4 students each)
Well, for now..

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viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

Feedback, homework and more

Hi my dear 4th year!!

Yesterday we had a class during which I provided feedback on your term tests. First, there was some general feedback and content feedback, and then we did some error analysis.

Afterwards, there was some general reflection on the blogs and the quality of your work on your blogs (next week I will provide more personalized feedback).

Later, we decided on the work dynamic we are going to have in the second part of the year (presentations and a series of tasks integrating technology instead of a term test). I also offered the possibility of having some sharing moments based on topics or materials that you want to bring to the class, with the intention of creating a bridge between the reality of our classrooms and the theory we study together.

Finally, I gave you another quiz to gather more information for grouping activities... a quiz some of you found quite challenging!!

For homework, all you have to do (since we did not have time to deal with the chapter you have already read) is post something in your blogs (and, if necessary, catch up with previous homework) for sharing about anything you want (either about the possible topics for sharing moments or about any other material you want).

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viernes, 23 de junio de 2017

Results and homework

Hi there!!

Yesterday we had the First Term Test...from the exams I have read so far I can tell that many of you have been paying attention in class and have studied... good for all of us!!... I'll do my best to finish correcting for next class.

For next Thursday I need you to do two things:

  • Read chapter 4 on Needs Assessment: Needs assessment in language programming: from theory to practice
  • Post a reflection on your blog related to exam situations: it can be about pros and cons, about study strategies, about strategies to handle stress or about any related aspect that you want to.
In the meantime...

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viernes, 16 de junio de 2017

Next stop....term test!


Yesterday we had our last class before the term test.

Those who arrived on time got some juicy details on the contents of the test...

Unfortunately, I still can't confirm whether we'll be able to have the test on the 22nd as planned... If there are any news, I'll let you know...

In the meantime,

jueves, 8 de junio de 2017



Today we briefly went over some key aspects of FLA (and hinted at some possible exam questions). Then we moved on to SLA. We haven't began to discuss the chapter you had to read for today, because we were focusing on all the factors that play a role in SLA (they are a lot!).

So, for next week the only homework you have is to think about the similarities and differences between FLA and SLA.

Those of you who haven't posted anything related to FLA, remember you were supposed to...so you have time until Sunday!!

Well, that's all for now...

jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

More about FLA

Hi there!!

Today we continued working on First Language Acquisition, reviewing Chomsky's model and revising the acquisition schedule.

Next class we'll round it up and we'll start discussing SLA, so please read the chapter by Brown on Theories of Second Language Acquisition.

Also, I forgot to tell you, I'd like you to post something on your blogs... something related on FLA (a video, an article, a reflection... whatever you want).

Take care and...

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viernes, 19 de mayo de 2017



Yesterday we devoted our class to reflecting on the process of First Language Acquisition. We did so from  a Nativist Position, and we discussed some central concepts of Chomsky's theory.

Apart from that, we considered the facts that need to be explained by any theory of FLA. These facts are very important because they highlight how unique the process of First Language Acquisition is.

Next class (in two weeks), we'll continue analyzing this crutial topic of our syllabus, so please finish reading the chapter (chapter 3 by Cook) and read Pinker's chapter 9 (Baby born talking describes Heaven).

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viernes, 12 de mayo de 2017

That's all about TBLT


How are you on this rainy day??

Yesterday we finished dealing with Task Based Language Teaching, in what can be described as an "entertaining class". First, while you worked in groups, I provided feedback on your TBLT homework (if I haven't given you feedback yet, don't worry! I did not have time to finish!). And then we had another competition... with a lot of suspense!! In the end, it was a tie!! Good for all of you!! There was no time to chek on doubts, so feel free to ask me next class about any TBLT related loose ends...

For next class you have to do two things:

  • Read chapter 3 from Cook on First Language Acquisition and...
  • Post something in your blog (a free post, anything you want: a video, an article, etc; just remember to explain why you are sharing that material in particular)
Well, I think that is all for now...

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viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

TGI Friday!!!

Hi there!!

Yesterday we had fun, didn't we??

First you got in groups following some clues. Then, you decided on a name for your team: we had the Hitchcocks, the gifted and skilled, the witches and the X men. Afterwards, we had five rounds of questions and answers on chapter 3, TBLT. I hope the format of the lesson helps you remember important concepts effectively!

For next class, you should read chapters 5 and 6 on TBLT and you should also add a gadget to your blog.

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viernes, 28 de abril de 2017

Third class

Hello, hello!!

Yesterday we started dealing with Task Based Language Teaching. We dealt with chapters 1 and 2. This time you worked in groups, arranged according to your birthday dates. I must say that you all worked very well and at a very good pace. Still, it would be even more enriching if you all read the material for each class. I know you all have a lot on your plate, but I must insist on the importance and the benefits of keeping updated with the reading.

For next class you must read chapter 3. You must also do the reflection tasks on pages 31 and 35 and post them in your blog. You have time until next Thursday to do so.

We also mentioned that the likely date for the First Term Test is June 22nd.

As soon as I post this I'll start checking your newly created blogs and adding them to my list of blogs, so you all have access to all the blogs.

And now yes, I leave you to

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miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

So far... three blogs!!

Hi there!!

Three of you (Eugenia, Belén and Joaquín) have already created their blogs... Well done!!! You can see them in my list of blogs in the bottom right corner of this blog... check them and give them some feedback!

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viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

About yesterday, homework and YOUR BLOGS!!

Hi there!!!

Yesterday we had our second class (only second!!)... You got in groups (divided by favorite colours) and worked on a questionnaire on Teaching Styles. All the groups worked very effectively and enrichingly... At the end of the class, we shared the answers...

For next class (Thursday 27th April)), you have to read chapters 1 and 2 on Task Based Language Teaching, by David Nunan.

Also for next class, you have to create your own blog!! Some things to take into account:

  • you can do it individually or in pairs 
  • for next class you just have to publish a welcome sign (you can make your own sign or you can use an image from internet)
  • you will have to post something at least once a week (somethimes I will give you specific instructions and sometimes you will have complete freedom to decide what to post)
  • the blog must be related to our subject, but you can decide whether it will include material only on teaching English or on other topics too (you can decide to post information and material for your students, or for other teachers of English or for anyone who loves the English language)
Here you have a tutorial on how to do it (there are A LOT of tutorials in YouTube, you can use this on or any other that you prefer)

Now I say goodbye

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Oh!! And remember...

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jueves, 13 de abril de 2017

In case you are interested...

Hi there!!!

A teacher I know is interested in selling the following used books...

Let me know if you are interested (or you know someone who is)

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viernes, 7 de abril de 2017

New homework

Hi there!!

How have you been?? I hope you are all doing great!!

Since we are not meeting until Thursday 20th, I would like you to read, apart from chapter 3 by Yule on the properties of language, chapter 13 by Cook called Learning and Teaching Styles.

If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to post a comment!!

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viernes, 31 de marzo de 2017

Welcome... class of 2017!!!

Hi there!!

Welcome to a new year together!!

Let's get organized:

  • Remember to get the material from Milgraff
  • Read for next class: 
  1. the syllabus, in detail
  2. chapter 3 from Yule on the properties of language
Remember to check the blog on a regular basis to stay updated... 

Next class we will be dealing with Popular Methodologies, so, if you have the time before next Thursday, read chapter 13 by Cook on Learning and Teaching Styles (if we do not meet until April 20th then you MUST read that chapter... for the time being we have to wait and see if we can meet on the 6th).

Also, please think about the requirements to promote that we discussed yesterday and make sure you understand them. Should you have any doubts, please ask next class.

Well... that's all for now... we'll be in touch!!

Welcome you all!!!!