domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

The Natural Approach, presentations and others

Hi there!!

How are you? I hope you are fine and enjoying your weekend!!!

On Friday we met again after the Winter Break.... we dealt with the Natural Approach, discussing Krashen's five hypotheses to explain SLA. That discussion led to a reflection of situations we have all experienced as students in which our rights as learners are not respected. More specifically, we reflected on how exam situations do not take the Affective Filter into account... My conclusion is: think of the positive experiences you have as students and try to replicate them when you are the teacher. And think of all the negative experiences and try to do things differently when you are the teacher. What do you think?

Also, and very importantly, we organized the presentations for this second part of the year. Those of you who were absent must join one of the groups....

Likely date
Paula, Celeste, Flor K., Luciana and Fernanda
Classroom Management
September 22nd
Ayelén, Ivanna, Flor L., Araceli
Focus on Language
September 29th
Natalia, Daniel Lo, Rocío, Carla and Sabrina
Tools, techniques and activities
October 6th
Yanina, Ana, Milton, Sandra and Angélica
October 13th
Daniel Le, Camila, Luciano, Agustina
Educational Technology
October 27th

Bear in mind that it says "likely date", which means that there might be changes. According to our plan, on October 20th we will have the Second Term Test.

Some ideas to bear in mind as regards the presentations:
  • the presentation should be one hour long
  • make sure to have plan A, plan B and plan C (you know that unexpected things always happen in teaching)
  • check the contents so all the groups members have equal parts. (Remember that there will be an individual score and a group score)
  • Use visual aids
  • Do not include a lot of text in the slides. And DO NOT READ from the slides.
  • Prepare at least one activity for your classmates
  • Make it dynamic... remember we have classes on Friday evenings!!
Well, that's all for today...

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jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017


Hi there!! Tomorrow we'll meet again after several weeks... We will deal with the Natural Approach and we will organize the presentations for this second term...

Are you ready to get back to work?
See you tomorrow!!!

sábado, 8 de julio de 2017

Coming next...make up!

Hi there!!

Yesterday we had our last regular class before the winter break. We finished working on CLT and we started working on the Natural Approach.
As next week we are having the make up, I will be seeing most of you after the holidays. For homework you have to finish answering the questionnaire on Natural Approach and read the chapter on Task Based Language Teaching.
Some of you I will be seeing on Friday, so that's all for now

sábado, 1 de julio de 2017

Getting there!!


How are you?? I know you are all very tired.... WE are tired, in fact, but the Winter Break is almost here, so hold on!!

Yesterday we worked on CLT (always comparing it to previous approaches and to current trends in education: remember it is important to have the timeline perspective in mind). At times, the questions and answers led us a little away from the topic... in fact, there were several interesting ideas that we reflected on yesterday (such as the concept of "needs analysis", or how to deal with heterogeneous groups; we also  mentioned the current plurilingual multicultural approach).

Next Friday we will finish dealing with CLT (only a few more questions to go!), and then we will work on the Natural Approach, so make sure to read about it in chapter 15. Also, print the questionnaire on it that you can find in this blog. I do not ask you to answer it because I know you have two term tests next week, so....

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domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

Class of June 23rd...

Hi there!!

On Friday we met again... most of you were anxious both about the results you were expecting and the term test you were about to have in English and its teaching....

In that context, we focused on having feedback on the term test:

  • general feedback (about attitudes, behaviour, etc)
  • linguistic feedback (about language mistakes in the test: and we introduced the difference between mistakes and errors)
  • content feedback (about some questions which turned out to be more problematic than others)

We also agreed on the date for the make up: July 14th. 

We did not use the little time we had left for discussing CLT because, as you were focused on the term test you were about to have, it did not seem advisable to get into new concepts.... 

For next class, please re read the chapter on CLT and finish answering the questionnaire (not to hand in but to discuss in class). Also, print the questionnaire on Natural Approach (but do not answer it).

That's all for now...

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viernes, 16 de junio de 2017

Term test and others

Hi there!!

We have just had our first term test. I'll do my best to finish correcting for next Friday.

For next class, re read the chapter on CLT and finish answering the questionnaire.

Well...that's all for now. I hope you have a fabulous week!!

jueves, 8 de junio de 2017

Friday 9th


As I had let you know last Friday, tomorrow I will be absent, So we'll meet again on Friday 16th for the term test.

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viernes, 2 de junio de 2017



Today we had a class on CLT. We only discussed some questions of the questionnaire... it is a very rich approach and there are many ideas to focus on.

Today we agreed, on the request of the majority, that the term test will be on June 16th. We are moving it forward one week so it does not coincide with the exam of English and its teaching I.

Bear in  mind that most likely I will be absent next week. (I will confirm so next Thursday, so make sure to check the blog!!).

The topics to be included in the term test are all we have studied so far: History of Language Teaching, the Nature of Methods and Approaches, Audiolingualism, Whole Language and the aspects of CLT we dealt with in class today.


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miércoles, 31 de mayo de 2017


Hi there!!

Since you have let me know that you'd prefer the term test to be on June 16th (rather than on June 23rd), I have made a few adjustments. And, I need you to print (from this blog, check the pages on top) the questionnaire on CLT, chapter. We'll be using it on Friday.

Thanks!! See you on Friday!

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sábado, 27 de mayo de 2017

Whole Language

Hi there!!

How are you on this cold Autumn morning?

Yesterday evening we had classes: this time we focused on Whole Language and the important contributions it has made to teaching in general and second language teaching in particular. It was a brief chapter but it introduced some key principles on the nature of language and on learning... do you remember what they are?

For next class you have to read chapter 14 on Communicative Language Teaching. Also, bear in mind that we are having the term test in less than a month, so you should start getting ready.

There's only one more thing to say...

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