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September 2014 Issue Number 26
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Letter from the Editorial Team
Dear TESOL-SPAIN Members,
Welcome back after what we hope has been a great holiday (like me!) - or just as you take a well-earned break after working all summer (like Gerard!).
The speaker presentation form is now available on our website so we look forward to receiving your proposals for next year's convention.
Other dates for your diary include the British Council Teachers' Conferences on 27th September and GRETA's Annual Conference on the 16th October.
This month's e-Newsletter features material from Lavengro Books' new publication, Peter Harvey's Pearls of the English Language - we look forward to hearing your comments. Click here for a sample copy
Another publication you can also read about Cengage's Key English Test for Schools KET reviewed by Anita Lutterkort, TESOL-SPAIN Area Coordinator for Castilla La Mancha.
Shawn Redwood has sent us his report on the 3rd Annual Arenas Teaching Symposium, Colegio Arenas Sur in Las Palmas which took place in July. And finally, two more excellent teaching ideas from staff at Ebenen Idiomas, Torrejón de Ardóz - the Post-it Game and a Reported Speech Project.
Are you organising an event or running a course you would like TESOL-SPAIN to know about? Do you have a pet hate, a favourite web or an amusing anecdote to do with language teaching? Send us an article, a teaching tip, a review or an upcoming event and we'll publish it in the e-Newsletter for all our members. Submission Guidelines can be found on our web.
Enjoy getting back to school!
all the best,
Rebecca and Gerard
Lavengro Books Publicity
There's always a place for a large, detailed reference book that covers everything you might possibly want to know about the English language. But there's a place too for a small book that presents the basic points in a way that is short, simple and easy to remember. That is how Peter Harvey's Pearls of the English Language differs from his A Guide to English Language Usage. Each of its short articles (the longest is 160 words) covers a specific point in a way that is intended to be striking and easy to remember. The book is deliberately made to be small, light and affordable.
How to write dates, when to double consonants, how to use 'have', verb tenses and forms, the use of capital letters, irregular plurals, the English names of chess pieces, 'any-' forms, rise and raise – these and many more tricky points of language usage are presented concisely and accurately.
Pearls of the English Language cannot include all the details and exceptions and it is not intended to do so. What it does, and does well, is give enough facts to jog a memory that can't always remember all the basic information. It would also make an excellent last-minute revision tool before an exam, when basic knowledge has to be crammed into the memory.
The book is published in a traditional paperback edition that is available from booksellers in Spain including amazon.es, and on all other Amazon sites. There is also an epub format with active hyperlinks for the cross-references. A Kindle version is under consideration but formatting difficulties have to be overcome before this can be made available.
Pearls of the English Language
Publisher: Lavengro Books ~ www.lavengrobooks.com
Author: Peter Harvey
Print: ISBN 978-84-616-8732-9, paperback, 76 pages, 105 x 170 mm, €6.90 in Spain (includes 4% VAT)
Ebook: (epub) ISBN 978-84-616-8918-7, €5.99 in Spain (includes 21% VAT)
Lavengro Books also publishes A Guide to English Language Usage and Great English Mistakes made by Spanish-speakers, both by Peter Harvey.
Book Review – Cambridge English Key for Schools
Key English Test for Schools KET
Published by Cengage Learning 2013 ISBN: 978-1-4080-6155-8
This book is part of a series of practice books for preparing KET, PET and FCE. It contains eight practice tests which include all the parts of the exam, giving thorough practice in the four skills.
In the introduction there is an overview of the exam, which is very useful for both teachers and students, explaining clearly what the exam consists of, how long each paper is and the type of questions involved. In addition there are the marking criteria and scores needed to pass, one of the first questions any student has. More
TESOL-SPAIN Area Coordinator for Castilla La Mancha.
Report on 3rd Annual Arenas Teaching Symposium
3rd Annual Arenas Teaching Symposium
Colegio Arenas Sur in Las Palmas
By Shawn Redwood Area Coordinator Seville
I had the pleasure to be invited, once again, to Colegio Arenas Sur in Las Palmas to participate in the 3rd Annual Arenas Teaching Symposium which was held on June 25, 26 and 27. The purpose of the symposium is to provide teachers, aspiring teachers and even administrators practical seminars about some of the new and exciting trends that are happening in our field. There were about 30 participants and this number helped to create an atmosphere in which participants were able to talk to presenters, ask questions and feel at ease with the topics of the talk given. More
Teaching Ideas: Swap Shop
Reported Speech Song Project
Maria – Ebenen Idiomas. Torrejón de Ardóz
Level: Intermediate – Upper Intermediate
Language skills: listening, reading and speaking
Aims: - To revise and practise reported speech.
- To highlight how important are songs for the learning of a foreign language.
1 First, the T plays the Reported Speech songs project either on the TV or in a computer and tells Ss that those are the lyrics of some well-known songs but they are reported. More
Teaching Ideas: Swap Shop
POST-IT QUESTIONS GAME
Pilar – Ebenen Idiomas. Torrejón de Ardóz
Age group: Teenagers
Materials: Post-it notes, dice and blackboard
The teacher writes six topics on the board; we can ask the students to give us a topic they feel confident with to speak about in class.
e.g: Hobbies, School, Friends, Animals, Family, Music.