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SEPTEMBER EXAMS 2018 (1B1 & 1B2)

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THE EXAM DATES FOR SEPTEMBER HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.

Exámenes de Septiembre 2018 para alumnado oficial de primeros cursos (Versión PDF) 

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A THANK YOU MESSAGE! (1B1 & 1B2)

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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 THE EFFORT. I´M ALSO AWARE THAT AS A TEACHER YOU CAN´T BE EVERYONE´S CUP OF TEA BUT I DO HOPE TO HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS…THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND COLLABORATION, ANYWAY…

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

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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

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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 THURSDAY 17th 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

 

 

 

TEACHER & COURSE EVALUATION 1B2 2018

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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://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQW27NZ

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

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PRACTISE FOR SPEAKING TEST 1B2 (1B2)

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YOU CAN USE THIS MATERIAL TO PRACTISE SPEAKING BEFORE YOUR TEST.

REMEMBER THAT…

  • THE MONOLOGUE IS BASED ON YOUR ACCURATE PICTURE DESCRIPTION
  • THE INTERACTION  (COLLABORATIVE TASK) CAN INVOLVE DISCUSSING A TOPIC OR A ROLE PLAY (BASED ON THE TOPICS) WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR PARTNER, IF POSSIBLE…

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Exam Tip: Collaborative task

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  • Look at the instructions and check what you have to do.
  • Talk to your partner, not to the examiner.
  • Give your opinion and try to expand your ideas, give reasons, etc.
  • Take an active part in the discussion, but listen and involve your partner too.
  • Discuss all the options first and then make your final decision
  • Remember you don’t have to agree with your partner!

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ORAL PRACTICE 1B2

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GETTING READY FOR ORAL EXAMS (1B2)

ALTHOUGH IN YOUR ORAL EXAM YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DESCRIBE ONLY ONE PICTURE AND I HAVE GIVEN YOU PLENTY OF MATERIAL TO WORK ON, I THOUGHT THAT THIS POST PUBLISHED RECENTLY BY MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR YOU.

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CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=9122

ANTONIO BANDERAS TEACHING SPANISH SLANG (1B2)

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THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE (1B2) (OPTIONAL)

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL ACTIVITY I DEVISED LAST YEAR FOR YOU TO TRY AT ANY  TIME…..THIS MORNING WE´VE BEEN PLAYING “KAHOOT” WITH PHRASAL VERBS. DO YOU REMEMBER THE LAST QUESTION?

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CAN YOU RECOGNISE THE MAN IN THE PICTURE? AS WE  HAVE ALSO BEEN TALKING ABOUT “LIVE ENTERTAINMENT” ……WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS MAN?

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HE´S A BRITISH CHART-TOPPING STAR CALLED ED SHEERAN. HE PERFORMED IN MADRID AND BARCELONA LAST YEAR AS PART OF A TOUR AROUND EUROPE. ALL THE TICKETS HAD BEEN SOLD OUT.

HIS LATEST HIT THEN WAS CALLED “SHAPE OF YOU” AND IT REMINDED ME OF THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE TIME WHEN YOU WANT TO GET IN SHAPE BEFORE THE SUMMER BATHING SUIT SEASON STARTS…. MANY  PEOPLE GET OBSESSED WITH LOSING WEIGHT, START GOING TO THE GYM AND GO ON DIETS BECAUSE SUMMER IS ALMOST THERE AND THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD IN THEIR BIKINIS.

WATCH THE VIDEO, WHICH STARTS IN A GYM… WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STORY IS ABOUT?

WATCH IT AGAIN. What equipment or exercises to keep fit can you spot?

EQUIPMENT

  • (USE) AN EXERCISE BIKE
  • (GO ON) A RUNNING MACHINE (TREADMILL)
  • (DO) (LIFT) WEIGHTS
  • (PUNCH) HEAVY BAGS)
  • (JUMP) THE ROPE
  • (USE) A CROSS-TRAINER
  • (USE) A YOGA MAT
  • (USE) BOXING GLOVES
  • (WEAR) HAND WRAPS

EXERCISES

  • DO SIT-UPS
  • DO PRESS-UPS = (PUSH-UPS)
  • DO PULL-UPS
  • STRETCH
  • DO AEROBICS
  • DO SPINNING
  • DO PILATES (OR YOGA)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON “KEEPING FIT” (book page 163).  YOU COULD ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW (EXERCISING AT THE GYM)

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YOU CAN ALSO TRY THE ACTIVITIES ON MULTIMEDIA-ENGLISH:

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ED SHEERAN´S PERFORMANCES IN SPAIN  WERE SOLD OUT MONTHS AGO

SELL OUT= ALL BE SOLD  : THIS IS A PHRASAL VERB

IN YOUR BOOK THERE´S A REVISION  OF PHRASAL VERBS (page 144) THAT WE DID THIS MORNING

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WHICH TYPE IS “SELL OUT”? TYPE 1, TYPE 2 OR TYPE 3? WHY?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE ACTIVITY ON LYRICS TRAINING JUST FOR FUN?

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE ACTIVITY

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“KAHOOT” AND PHRASAL VERBS (1B2)

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AS YOU CAN REMEMBER WE PLAYED KAHOOT AT THE END OF UNIT 1. WE CAN PRACTISE WITH A TEST ON PHRASAL VERB AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, TOO.

DO YOU REMEMBER HOW TO PLAY?

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This is how I  SUGGEST you work on the quiz:

  • Do the quiz KAHOOT (PHRASAL VERBS END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITY)
  • Once you have finished doing it, try to remember which phrasal verbs were tested and write them down on a piece of paper together with their meaning.
  • Do the quiz once again and compare your written answers with the ones given in the quiz.
  • Write down the ones you didn’t know. Look them up in a good dictionary and read the example sentences to see how they are used in context.
  • Try the quiz again some other day to consolidate knowledge.

I DO HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!

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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