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Saturday, July 11, 2009
The test, the final test, was made up of conversion (from affirmative into negative, etc.), filling out a blank with the correct tense, translation, etc.
My opinion, it's just my opinion, is I prefer to invent tests that would be communicative, mainly communicative.
Without forgetting that grammar is a necessary skeleton for communication.
My questions or activities are about topics they are concerned with, and my students communicate with me, also with essays, compositions, comps, with which I push them up to write about something interesting for them. Or stories, or yarns - Here I refer only to written exams, not to the speaking assessment, etc.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Let's be objective, go to the specific real point: it was not so bad as you thought then. Think of that tomorrow, not right after the class.
Something else. Look at their faces, at each one, and notice that Jaime looks a little sad, always... I think to remember that his parents are separated - I'm not sure, anyway.
Give him a tactful detail today, appreciate his wee contribution today. He expects that from you.
You write a new word on the blackboard.
Before doing the activity proper, let them know they have to use their dictionaries gently.
The first student who finds the word is the winner.
In this way they get faster at finding one word they need to understand a text or an exercise.
"Pastor alemán" on www.todoperros.com
The authentic learner, the real and realistic one, the one who achieves the goal, does the way of actions I'm going to tell you right now.
I met a learner who used to read texts that had been worked out in the class, just for revision sake, for a more focusing revision at home. He focused on the lines, scanned the lines, extracted new words, wrote them on a list, memorized those words, used them to make up written sentences.
Today he is somewhat fluent at speaking with a native speaker. - Renault 5 on www.abc.es
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
So, a few days ago we arrived at the point that we knew that truth is in God. So what?
We have to descend to everyday teaching, Fernando.
Ok, ok, ok, let's see. We have to live, to be coherent, with that thruth. Everybody is called by God to become... saints. Not less.
However, this seems so idealistic. It's impossible for me. Me, a saint? No way, man.
We can, with God's grace, with his help... and our loving him and struggling to be a bit better on and on.
And when we fall, let's go to the sacrament of penance, of joy, of peace.
Go to a church. Speak to Him. He is in the eucharist, in the tabernacle. Be honest with him: open your heart to him, tell him about you. Silently. He is awaiting for you.
And there will arise communication. I assure you. Ask Alec Guinness.
A scene on www.who2.com