LAS EOI CONVOCAN HUELGA EL 6 DE SEPTIEMBRE… (ALL LEVELS)

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LEER MÁS…

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#qualitatEOIen joc (ALL LEVELS)

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“THE CROWN”, A BRITISH TV SERIES ON NETFLIX (1B2, B2 C1, C2)

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Netflix‘s ambitious new series The Crown is the most expensive TV series to date, costing the streaming service over $130 million (via Daily Beast). A lavish – and thoroughly British – affair which sees the reunion of the creative team behind 2006’s Oscar-winning biopic The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. Screenwriter Peter Morgan and producer Andy Harries are here joined by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.

Taking its basis from Morgan’s 2013 play The Audience, the series is set to trace the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her early years to the present day, balanced over the course of six seasons of 10 episodes each. The show promises to tell, “the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/the-crown-netflix-most-expensive-show-ever-matt-smith-a7392911.html

AS MANY OF THE TEV SERIES ON NETFLIX ARE AMERICAN, THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHANCE TO LISTEN TO BRITISH ENGLISH AND KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER. SEASON 1 IS ALSO ON ORORO TV WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER …(ALL LEVELS)

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ONCE THE FINAL SCORES HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC YOU CAN BREAK UP FOR YHE SUMMER HOLIDAY….LUCKY YOU! SUMMER IS ROUND THE CORNER BUT  I HAVEN´T  FINISHED THE SCHOOL YEAR YET……I´M ABOUT TO START “CERTIFICACIÓN”  AND FEELING A BIT BURNT OUT !!

ANYWAY, I KNOW YOU’RE  TIRED  AFTER THE COURSE BUT THE SUMMER IS LONG AND I DON´T WANT YOU TO FORGET WHAT YOU´VE LEARNED THIS YEAR: “IF YOU DON´T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT”. ALL OF US ENJOY THE SUMMER BUT SOMETIMES WE RELAX SO MUCH THAT WE TEND TO FORGET OUR ENGLISH. IT´S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ENGLISH AND THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN DO IT.

SO…., THE THING IS….WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN SUMMER?

I´M PREPARING A POST WITH SUITABLE ADVICE  BUT CAN YOU HELP ME WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND LINKS? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE DURING THE SUMMER?

MY FIRST TIP THIS YEAR IS:

What is HiNative?

HiNative is a global Q&A (QUESTION & ANSWER) platform that allows you to ask native speakers all your language and culture questions. Forget about a dictionary or doing a web search, there is no better source than a native speaker and with HiNative they are within reach.

Hinative is a give-and-take platform and though you don’t necessarily have to do it, the thing is that I also liked the idea of helping others with questions about my own native language and so the site got me entertained for a long while. You can also download their free app on your mobile phone. Read more…..

MY SECOND TIP IS: 

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Stitcher is a smartphone app that lets you aggregate radio shows and podcasts, stored on your phone for on demand listening or streaming from the web. Read more….

 

MY THIRD TIP IS:

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Meetup is an application on your mobile that brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn.

Fran is using it to practise his English with other foreigners living or staying in Valencia. So,  find or create a group that meets your interests, i.e.LEARNING  FOREIGN LANGUAGES  Why don´t you try?   (  LOOK FOR intercambio inglés/español) Read more…

POST YOUR OWN IDEAS FOR EVERYBODY TO SHARE….

ANY RECOMMENDATION WILL BE WELCOME!!!

 

 

BREAKING OUT OF THE INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU (1B2)

plateau      READING MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL´S LATEST POST MADE ME THINK ABOUT MY OWN STUDENTS.MANY OF MY 1B2 STUDENTS THIS YEAR FEEL AS IF THEY´RE NOT MAKING ENOUGH PROGRESS, HAVING THE IMPRESSION THAT THEIR LANGUAGE LEARNING HAS SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY  OR JUST FEELING THEY ARE STUCK IN THE “INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU”…(SENSACIÓN DE ESTANCAMIENTO),  BUT TO WHAT EXTENT IS THAT REAL?

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“As they move from basic to intermediate to advanced levels in language proficiency, many second-language learners will confirm that language learning does not always follow a smooth progression. There are times when progress seems to be marked and noticeable, as for example with many basic-level language learners. After their first 200 or so hours of instruction, they begin to break through the threshold of learning to become real users of the language, even if at a fairly simple level. Those who have experienced the transition to this level of learning recall the feelings of satisfaction and achievement that came as they found themselves actually capable of real communication in English.

However, once learners have arrived at an intermediate level of language learning, progress does not always appear to be so marked, and making the transition from intermediate to the upper-intermediate/advanced level sometimes proves frustrating. Some may feel they have arrived at a plateau and making further progress seems elusive, despite the amount of time and effort they devote to it.”

Let’s start with why this happens…

There are actually two reasons we might hit a plateau.

The first is that the better you get at a language the harder it is to continue improving. Take this statistic for example:

Just 3,000 English words are needed to understand 95% of everyday texts. Whereas the average native speaker has the ability to use up to 20,000 words.

That’s a pretty big disparity. What this means is that knowing 3,000 words will put you in the intermediate range of language learning, but it takes a lot more effort and a lot more words to become an advanced speaker.

The second reason is that whether you’re learning a new language, practicing a sport, or learning how to type on a keyboard—it’s not only the amount of practice that you’re putting in, but the type of practice.

When we first start to learn a language we progress very quickly, from barely knowing how to introduce ourselves to making complicated sentences in the past and future tenses. We reach an autonomous stage.

The autonomous stage occurs when we no longer have to consciously think about what we’re doing. In language learning, this might be the stage when you can have a conversation without pausing to find the right word or the proper grammatical structure.

Reaching the autonomous stage, however, does not mean that you’re now an expert. In fact, this is the stage where it’s easy to see your language learning falter, because you’re no longer being challenged to learn more.

So what can we do…

Now that we know why we run into these plateaus, let’s look at some ways we can move past them.

The first way is to simply change the way you think about learning a language. It’s important to understand that improving as a new learner is very different from improving as an intermediate learner. There are always going to be diminishing returns as you get better at a language. This doesn’t mean you’re not progressing.

It’s easy to feel like you’re making progress when you master all the tenses of “to be,” but it’s important to keep in mind that learning less common vocabulary and more complex grammar is just as important to becoming fluent.

Best of all, once you have an intermediate or upper-intermediate language level, learning becomes a lot more fun. You can have real world conversations, watch movies and enjoy more engaging books.

The second way to improve is to focus on how you practice. Since it’s easy to become a passive learner at this stage, you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone. Try talking about topics you’re not 100% comfortable with, read texts that challenge you, look up words you don’t know even if they’re obscure, and talk to native speakers at a natural pace.

Just like when you were a beginner: Keep studying, keep pushing yourself, and if you haven’t already, find a teacher who can keep you accountable to your language learning goals!

How can I climb higher?

Here are my top tips for escaping from the intermediate plateau.  They’re not rocket science, just basic advice gleaned from my teaching experience.

1)  Don’t give up!

2)  Keep expanding your vocabulary.

This means reading a lot and learning how words collocate (go together in semi-fixed expressions).  Doing this also helps with your grammar.

3) Excavate your ‘fossilised errors’!

You know those little mistakes that you make over and over again?  You probably have a collection of ‘You said… You should have said…’ error correction slips.  Make sure you understand why your errors are wrong and make a concerted effort to change!

4)  Immerse yourself in the language.  Do something in English every day.

5)  Pursue your interests in English!  If you’re into philosophy read philosophical works in English.  This will keep you motivated.

That’s all for now, I’d love to hear your tales of clambering off the intermediate plateau.

https://es.verbling.com/articles/Jon/the-intermediate-plateau-and-how-to-get-over-it-552ee4b35afee0982a1a82ff

IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO READ CRISTINA´S POST…BY CLICKING ON HER PICTUREplateau

CORRECTION OF SPEAKING MISTAKES (ALL LEVELS)

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A UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASKED ME TO MAKE CIRCULATE THIS SURVEY FOR STUDENTS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE SOME OF HIS RESEARCH….

Mi nombre es Alberto Monroy y soy un estudiante de posgrado de la Universidad Europea de Valencia. Me pongo en contacto con vosotros porque estoy realizando una investigación docente y para ello necesito recopilar una serie de datos.

Mi proyecto pretende analizar las preferencias y las creencias, tanto de profesores como de alumnos, en torno a la corrección de errores de expresión oral durante el proceso de aprendizaje de la lengua inglesa. Asimismo, se analizará la correlación entre la corrección del error y la llamada foreign language speaking anxiety. 

  He diseñado un cuestionario para los alumnos (redactado en castellano, de modo que pueden responderlo todos los alumnos, incluidos los de nivel básico). Os rogaría queráis darle difusión entre vuestro alumnado de la forma que consideréis más oportuna (me permito sugerir: dedicándole 5-10 minutos al principio de una clase, proyectando el link [el cuestionario funciona en dispositivos móviles y tablets]; en aulas de informática; en redes sociales del departamento o de la EOI; a través de plataformas como Moodle o correo electrónico etc.).

 CUESTIONARIO ALUMNOS:

https://goo.gl/forms/BZAWcXLhgCDMVj932

 Os agradezco de antemano toda vuestra colaboración y participación.

 Quedo a vuestra disposición en esta misma dirección de correo para cualquier comentario, sugerencia, duda o indicación que podáis tener sobre los cuestionarios y el estudio que estoy realizando.

 Un cordial saludo,

Alberto Monroy

A THANK YOU MESSAGE!(1B1 & 1B2)

 

THIS POST IS TO THANK  ALL MY 1B1 & 1B2  STUDENTS FOR THEIR HELP AND SUPPORT ALL YEAR ROUND. IT´S BEEN  A TOUGH YEAR FOR MOST OF YOU, I KNOW, I KNOW….. BUT I HOPE YOU THINK IT HAS BEEN WORTH IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND COLLABORATION…. (AS WELL AS THE FANTASTIC BREAKFAST / BRUNCH  WE HAD TODAY…)

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IT WAS A PLEASURE TO TEACH YOU! HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AND DON´T FORGET YOUR ENGLISH!! IN A FEW DAYS I´LL PUBLISH A POST WITH IDEAS ON HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER. WE´LL MEET AGAIN!

 

 

 

REVISION FINAL EXAM 1B1 (1B1)

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REVISION  ( MAY FINAL EXAM  ) 1B1  // SPEAKING TEST

AS I TOLD YOU IN CLASS (ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL WEBSITE), IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR FINAL EXAM, YOU NEED TO COME  ON TUESDAY  16th MAY  TO OUR USUAL CLASS. I WILL BE THERE FROM 8.00 TO  11.30. IT DOESN´T MATTER WHICH GROUP YOU BELONG TO…. YOU CAN TURN UP AT ANY TIME

1B2 STUDENTS (REVISION OF FINAL EXAM)

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REVISION  ( MAY FINAL EXAM  ) // SPEAKING TEST

AS I TOLD YOU IN CLASS (ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL WEBSITE), IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR FINAL EXAM, YOU NEED TO COME  ON WEDNESDAY 17th MAY  TO OUR USUAL CLASS. I WILL BE THERE FROM 10.30 TO  14.00. IT DOESN´T MATTER WHICH GROUP YOU BELONG TO…. YOU CAN TURN UP AT ANY TIME

 

 

 

TEACHER & COURSE EVALUATION 1B2 2017

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ASSESSMENT (= (Evaluation) is not an easy task, but now the time has come for you to assess the course and my work, as I promised at the beginning of the school year. I´m aware that the course is quite short (120 hours)… However, there´s nothing I can do about it. So let´s  be realistic and concentrate on what I can actually do to improve my performance in the future.

I´d be really grateful if you took some minutes of your time  to complete this teacher & course assessment form online. Your feedback is incredibly important to me to  improve future course preparation and my own attitude to the whole teaching process.

It should only take less than 5  minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous and by filling out the survey you will be actively participating in next year’s course organisation. All survey results will be published on this blog as soon as my advanced 1 students’ answers are collected.

The teacher´s evaluation survey  can be easily  accessed by clicking on the link below:

https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WNZDB8B

You can also do it by clicking on one of the tabs on the right-hand corner of this blog.

The response scale should run 1-5 with 5 being the highest (strongly agree).

(1) Strongly Disagree,    (2) Disagree,   (3) Neutral,    (4) Agree,   (5) Strongly Agree

www_surveymonkey_com

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation