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domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

EFL teacher Bruno Coriolano's Blogging Hiatus (April 2014 - ?).

YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY, “WE ALL GO THROUGH BLOGGING HIATUS”. I will probably come back when I am ready.


There are two obvious reasons for my blog hiatus now. Starting with the good one, I have been working way too much and I also have so many things to do and, apparently, no time at all. I can assure you folks that my days do not last twenty-four hours anymore. I successfully managed to teach my favorite subjects at university (English Literature II, English VII, ESP, and Language Teaching Methodology I). Preparing lessons and teaching take some time; they are both time-consuming and a gratifying experience. I have no doubts that by the end of this year, I will have become a better lecturer and teacher. It’s quite ironic tough – I have plans to change my career in the next few years. Nevertheless, in order to do so, I will have to harder as well.


The bad reason is because blogging is also time-consuming and since I have no time at all and I don’t feel like blogging any longer, I felt I needed some quality time with myself and my personal stuff. Therefore, in the interests of not getting distracted by outside world (I mean this blog and virtual life in general), I reckon it will be good to lay off blogging until I feel like blogging again. I hope you people understand it and keep enjoying whatever you find interesting here on Portal da Língua Inglesa.
  

I’ll finish this last post by citing “Walden: Or, Life in the Woods”, one of my favorite poems in the English language:  

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods





See you soon!



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sexta-feira, 4 de abril de 2014

IDIOM: Deja vu (or déjà vu)

IDIOM


Deja vu (or déjà vu) is the feeling of having already experienced the 
present situation. Déjà vu is French for "already seen".




quarta-feira, 2 de abril de 2014


English Teacher Receives “Fuck You” Letter From Student, Edits It To Highlight Asshole Senior’s Stupidity.


Something tells me this English teacher at McKinley High School in Somewhere, USA, is probably “the man,” or “the woman,” because the response he or she gave after receiving a “Fuck You” letter from a presumably anonymous student is fucking awesome.

Not only did the teacher grammatically correct the shit out of the letter, making the student look like an imbecile, but he or she did it in a clever way so to avoid any punishment from the school’s administrators.




The teacher’s list of corrections is incredible, considering the letter is only a mere 101 words.

• Date?
• Formal writing should not include profanity.
• –> lowercase
• –> Run-on sentence
• Don’t start a sentence w/ a conjunction.
• –> (comma needed)
• should be lowercase
• comma splice
• –> Is the a better synonym for this?
• (capitalize “Wuthering Heights”)
• –> Underline or italicize of large works. Capitalize titles.
• (two more commas needed)
• (a smiley face is not appropriate punctuation)
• spellcheck “Sincerely,” yet another comma needed
• (write out McKinley)
• –> indent signature line

And the knockout punch:

*Please use your education appropriately. Proofreading takes five minutes & keeps you from looking stupid.*

In other words, the teacher pretty much said, “BOOM. You just got roasted, you high school chump. Fuck you for not taking your education seriously. Also, fuck you, because people like you make the world less intelligent, despite my best efforts. Good luck with the rest of your life. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Well played, teach. I feel like this comeback is on the level of Mr. Turner from “Boy Meets World,” and it’s common knowledge he’s one of the coolest high school English teachers of all time.

From what I can infer from Reddit, the teacher left the note pinned to his or her door for the whole school to see.

Nice move.


[via Reddit]

terça-feira, 1 de abril de 2014

FUTURE PERFECT: AMC's epic series The Walking Dead.

This short post might sound weird, but it might also be one of the best examples of “FUTURE PERFECT” (the grammar topic we studied in our advanced lesson today). 

It is known that students are all the time watching those kind of TV series. The Walking Dead is probably one of the best known AMC's epic series. 

If you want to learn more about it, click here.


Frederik Peeters's drawings. 


Some zombies have bitten Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Ayrton Senna; therefore, by the end of the day they will have turned into walkers.


 FORM Future Perfect with "Will":
will have + past participle


MORE EXAMPLES ARE:

By this time next year, I will have graduated from university.
You will have saved enough money to study abroad next year.
Jack will have finished his homework by the time his mother gets home.
By the time he wakes up, we will have prepared lunch for everyone.


Grammar topic: Future perfect.

Theme: The Walking Dead.


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segunda-feira, 31 de março de 2014

Predictions in English: Reading, speaking, grammar and writing activities. Part one.




Let’s talk about the future in English (predictions). In this very specific case, I would like to share an activity I have used in my lessons about future possibility (will, won’t, may, might, and could).


First of all, I wrote “Life in the future” and “home” on the board. After that, I asked how them what they think houses will be in the future. Then they talked, firstly in pairs, about what their thoughts are (were) and then shared them with the whole group.


We all read a text about the future called “What Does the Future Hold?”


We spoke to Professor John Williams, futurologist, for his expert predications on life in the next few decades.
  Well, the first thing to say is that I don’t believe we’re all going to be living in treehouses and walking or cycling everywhere. We are going to have to make changes though.
  Unfortunately, it looks quite likely that the climate may change significantly, with hotter summers, colder winters and more flooding. At the same time, fuel for heating or air conditioning will probably become much more expensive. For these reasons, our houses will definitely have to become much better insulated. People are already building so-called ‘passive houses,’ which have little or no central heating at all, relying on the body heat of the people who live there.
  Homes probably won’t be as big, and so we will need more adaptable furniture, such as sofa-beds, and when we are not using our furniture we will be able to fold it away into wall cabinets. Houses could have movable walls so that the same space can be arranged in different ways. Tabletops may double as computer screens or DVD players.
  New technology will make us more self-sufficient. Kitchens may have fish tanks which, as well as providing fish to eat, also produce fresh vegetables. The plants will provide oxygen for the fish. These tanks will be powered by household waste and create energy, which can then be used to run the family car – though we might not all have cars!
  Water will definitely be more expensive and the home of the future will probably be designed to use much less. Washing machines and dishwashers might use sound wave to shake dirt off. We may even take showers using sound waves. What water we do use will be recycled and used again round the house and private swimming pools will become a thing of the past.
  We will also certainly have more robots in our homes, though they won’t look like the ones in films. There will probably be small robots designed to clean the fridge or open the curtains. Clever fridges will tell us when food is about to go out of date and even suggest recipes, and we will be able to communicate with our homes by mobile phone wherever we are.


After reading it, I asked them this quite simple question:


Which of the predictions in the article do you think are likely to happen? Why?

I had to explain the meaning of “likely” to some of them.*


Students all talked about it very enthusiastically and then, they were asked to listen to a listening activity and tick the predictions they think are likely to happen and cross those ones they think are unlikely to happen.


We obviously had to observe the uses of will and won’t. Well, in case you are not aware of their uses, we use will and won’t + an adverb to say how likely something is in the future. However, the positions of will and won’t will certainly vary.



Will comes before the adverb as in “I’ll definitely go” or “I’ll probably stay”. Notice that both sentences are affirmative (positive) sentences.

Won’t, on the other hand, comes after the adverb as in “I certainly won’t go” or “I probably won’t stay”.


Well, what happens if you’re not certain about something? In this case, we should use may (may not), might (might not), or could (but not “couldn’t” for possibility in the future).

Julia may meet us later for a drink or two.

The store might not be open.


Having said and done all above, we started a very good activity in which we had to talk and write about the past (25 years ago).

Students were asked to look at the sentences about twenty-five years ago and change them so that they would make predictions about the next twenty-five years.


  


SENTENCES:

Twenty-five years ago…
Most people had cars.


In the next twenty-five years…
There will probably be fewer cars because of the price of fuel.





Twenty-five years ago…
People wrote more letters.



In the next twenty-five years…
(Students’ answers)






Twenty-five years ago…

Most people watched videos rather than DVDs.

In the next twenty-five years…
(Students’ answers)












Twenty-five years ago…

People didn’t worry about wasting water.


In the next twenty-five years…
(Students’ answers)








Twenty-five years ago…

Most people didn’t have mobile phones.

In the next twenty-five years…
(Students’ answers)









Twenty-five years ago…

People didn’t buy organic food.


In the next twenty-five years…
(Students’ answers)








We checked all the possibilities and then finished this activity by asking students about their plans for the next ten years (2014-2024). They were supposed to use will, may, might, could, and the negative forms if necessary.



In the end of the lesson, learners were asked to write two predictions for people in the classroom. They were told to not write people’s names. Having finished that, they gave me back the pieces of papers I had given them and we read the predictions trying to guess who the predictions were about.


If you liked this activity, share it. It was made to provide teachers with more options. Doing that, everyone will benefit from it.  

This activity has been developed by Bruno Coriolano as part of his lesson plan. In case you want to download it, click here.






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