Curso: phonetics and pronunciation for CLIL teachers (Febrero-Marzo 2020)

El CARLEE organiza una nueva edición del curso Phonetics for CLIL teachers, dirigido a docentes que imparten docencia de asignaturas no lingüísticas en lengua inglesa durante el presente curso en programas bilingües. El objetivo del curso es conocer nociones básicas de fonética y de cómo funcionan los sonidos del inglés, para mejorar la pronunciación de los docentes participantes. Es un curso práctico, en el que se dan numerosos ejemplos extraídos de contextos reales y de cultura audiovisual, y dirigido al entorno académico / escolar. 

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 11 al 21 de febrero.

 

Información completa en este enlace.

 

British TV shows I’ve been watching lately

These are some recent British/Irish TV shows I have been watching/re-watching lately, and which I thought were worth recommending:

You may also like these comedies:

You may also be  interested in this:

Further ideas:

 

Mediation in speaking-love and relationships (C1)

St. Valentine’s day is coming, and whether you celebrate it or not, it can be an excuse as any other to practise students’ mediating skills. As the Companion Volume says ‘in mediation, one is less concerned with one’s own needs, ideas or expression, than with those of the party or parties for whom one is mediating‘ (p.106).  With this in mind, it is very easy to think of tasks where the mediator is asked to help/give advice to somebody who is having a rough time in their relationship, missing their former partner…

Two possible cross-linguistic mediation tasks for C1 English can be found below. They are aimed at developing the following descriptor:

Can summarise clearly in well-structured speech (in Language B) the main points made in complex spoken and written texts (in Language A) in fields of specialisation other than his/her own, although he/she may occasionally check particular technical concepts.

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workshop: Tips and resources to improve teachers’ pronunciation

If you are interested in improving your English pronunciation in order to feel more confident when teaching in English, this 2-hour workshop may be useful to you. It will be carried out as part of the CARLEE’s ‘On Tour 2020’ training workshops in Monzón (1st February 2020) and Huesca (22nd February 2020).

This workshop is aimed at any teacher who is teaching their subject in English now or would like to do so in the future.

Essential features of English pronunciation will be dealt with in a practical manner: we will be discussing the importance of stress, and the prevalence of /ə/; we’ll get to know the twelve vowel sounds, and how to pronounce some tricky consonant sounds, among other features.

The examples will be taken from real contexts (mainly songs, ads, TV shows and films).

More information can be found in the video below:

 

You may also like: Speaking voices I like

materiales taller especificaciones y recursos para prueba writing B1 (4º ESO)

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signpost language (B1)

One of the most relevant aspects of the structure of an essay is signposting: giving clear indications about the content of your writing not just in the introduction, but in every section. Imagine you were giving indications to a driver to prevent them from getting lost: that is the function of signposting language. That way, your text will be much easier to read, much clearer.

This is essential, even at intermediate levels (B1-B2). You can find ideas of signpost language in the document below:

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Megxit- classroom resources

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family last week. As it happens, I am dealing with current affairs and the media in my C2 classes. And as of next week, we will be talking about diversity and inclusion, tackling some aspects of race relations. That is why I decided to use this news story as an excuse to design some activities to link both units.

  1. Watch this clip from BBC’s Newsnight where royal correspondents discuss their views on the subject (source). Pay attention to the underlined expressions related to ‘getting information’:

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2. Read the following opinion article on the treatment that the tabloids (and the media in general) have given to the couple, and especially, to Meghan Markle as mixed-race (source). Some sentences have been removed. Choose from sentences A-G the one which fits each gap (1-6) best. There is an extra sentence which you do not need to use.

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The text includes a wide range of vocabulary, with some expressions which might actually be interesting to include in your wordstock; however, they may make it harder for you to understand the text. Should you have any trouble, you can click on this interactive version of the text on Thinglink:

3. Mediation in writing: You are a team of journalists working for El País in English. You have been asked to write a news story for their website on Harry and Meghan stepping down as senior royals.

El País is a serious newspaper. Therefore, they tend to use:

Read the following source https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10721340/queen-arrives-church-summit-meghan-harry/ and select the relevant information

  • Think about how you would express those ideas in a way which is more suitable for your newspaper and your target audience.
  • Write a 150-175 word news story.

Download the pdf version of the source article (text only)

4. Follow-up: Share your views on Twitter. Use the hashtag #Megxit to be part of the conversation. [I opened a shared Twitter account for my students so that they would not need to use a personal account. Using Twitter provides real online interaction, and it seems only natural to use social media when discussing ‘the media’ in 2020]. 

  • How do you feel about #Megxit? Do you feel for them? Deep down, are you saying ‘good riddance’?
  • Do you support their decision to step down as senior members of the family?
  • Have they been harassed into leaving by the press, especially the tabloids?
  • Should they continue to be supported financially by the Crown (i.e. by British taxpayers)?