Last session.San Valentine

Hello to all,
I hope that you are having an excellent week!  For our last class, Monday, February 14th, we’ll have fun with Valentine’s Day.  I’m attaching 2 documents that we’ll be using in class that day.  One is a list of terms of endearment, while the other is an activity with conversation hearts.  You might want to consider using them in your own classes next week.  The activity that I’ve prepared is more advanced, of course, but it could be adapted for lower levels as well.
Here’s an example of what conversation hearts look like:  http://familyfun.go.com/assets/cms/pdf/printables/0109c_Conversation_Hearts_fin.pdf
Here are some hearts that you can use for this activity:  http://www.coloringcastle.com/pdfs/hearts/100-hearts.pdf
Also, here’s the movie trailer activity powerpoint that Pilar asked me to send you.  It is two pages; the first one was used by Ricardo for his class.
See you Monday!

February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Trabajo a Presentar.

Compañeros:
El 14 de Febrero es la última sesión de Kelly.En estos años que he estado en el Cep hemos tenido muchos cursos de práctica oral , pero sin duda  los de este año tanto de Ricardo como de Kelly han sido de gran altura y por eso os pido que por favor no faltéis a la última sesión porque ellos como ponentes han hecho un gran trabajo.
Respecto a futuros cursos  interesantes para vosotros , de momento solo puedo avanzaros que nos centraremos en :
  • El grupo de trabajo para crear materiales en español comenzará a mediados de Febrero.
  • la biblioteca se dinamizara´en breve y se está estudiando la posibilidad de hacer un club de lectura en idiomas ( Por favor devolver libros quien tenga en casa aún material )
  • Se harán jornadas intensivas  puntuales para preparación de convocatorias .-aulas europeas, cursos extranjero otoño, visitas de estudio.( VISITAS DE ESTUDIO ES MUY INTERESANTE Y MUCHOS DE VOSOTROS TENÉIS PERFIL PARA ELLO)
  • Se montará  PROBABLEMENTE  un super intensivo curso C1 en abril-mayo unas 4 semanas.
  • El de Metodología en inglés de momento queda pendiente hasta nueva orden
Si os interesa algo de esto poneros en comunicación conmigo.
Respecto al trabajo a presentar tras el curso
Entregarme en un periodo de 20 días un trabajo que trate los siguientes puntos:
1.Evaluación del curso.( a.tema más interesante, b.utilidad del curso y c.sugerencias para el futuro)
2.Una propuesta didáctica que puede ser :
a.Una unidad didáctica utilizando cualquiera de las temas tratados durante el curso.
b.Elegir cualquier de los temas tartados :
-Argumentar el motivo de la elección.
-Hacer una aplicación real en el aula .
-Valoración de la experiencia.
ES OBLIGARIO. POR FAVOR.GRACIAS Y SALUDOS.

February 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

7 th February .

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7 feb 3

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February 7th, we’ll watch and talk about a few movie trailers and then discuss technology.  Here’s an interesting and current article that I annotated for you (though it says ‘Ricardo,’ I’m the one who made those comments… that’s technology, not always as flexible as we would like), as well as some questions that we’ll consider in our discussion.

February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Science

we’ll be talking about science (as requested :-).  Take a look at this website for an idea of some of the themes we’ll discuss:  http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/whathassciencedone_01.

I’m going to design some activities dealing with the information on the first two pages.  An annotated version doesn’t seem necessary, as the language itself is fairly straightforward.  We’ll be talking about the concepts and science in general on Monday, January 31st.
Here’s the plan for our last three classes:
January 31st – Science!
February 7th – Technology, including cell phones

Mensa Invitational Winners

The  Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again  invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new  definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders  the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of  time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an  asshole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts  until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people  that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,  shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the  purpose of getting laid..

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit  and the person who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are  running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning  and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

The  Washington Post has  also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which  readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common  words.

And the winners  are:

1. Coffee,  n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever  having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a  steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted  by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of  boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

January 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

January 17th :music in class

Next Monday, January 17th, we’ll be discussing music in class.  My plans are to play the Who’s Lying game (we played one round last night, but didn’t get a chance to finish), dissect the song ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean (long, but very rich on multiple levels), and talk about music in general.  I’m looking forward to seeing you then!
Here are some links about American Pie: 

http://forums.canadiancontent.net/movies-music-books/34995-analysis-song-american-pie.html

January 17, 2011 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Bristish /American Culture

Here are some links on the subject as well:  http://us2uk.tripod.com/funny.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgSienhtm3o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k&feature=fvw
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090429231109AAiA54S
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/books/review/Dyer-t.html?_r=1&em
http://www.expatinterviews.com/england/amy.html
britvsamquotes

December 13, 2010 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Resources -WEb site links.

Por temas y asignaturas:

http://ethemes.missouri.edu/resources/by-title.shtml

http://tlfe.org.uk/secondarystrategy

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_subjects_index.cfm

November 30, 2010 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

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