Archive for October 2013

Horoscopes

This is an activity I like doing in the first term since it allows me to get to know my students a bit better. Besides, I find it interesting to see what opinion they have about themselves, what they think they are like.
As far as I´m concerned I´m not only worried about their academic side but also about their emotional one and I believe that sometimes things would run smoother if we tried to "humanize" our classes. By asking our students for their opinions, emotions, preferences and making them feel that they can express themselves openly, we will be creating a good atmosphere where to work positively.

Thus, we will be doing our bit to optimize results and get better students :).

The activity:

- Give each student a copy of the sheet about horoscopes (see below)

- Ask them what their horoscopes are and read them aloud. Are they accurate? Discuss it with them.

- Then, individually tell them to choose those adjectives that best describe their character




All the adjectives in the horoscopes are chosen at random but students always agree with the description they give about their personality. In psychology, it is called the Barnun effect, the descriptions are so vague or general that everybody can be realistic, artistic, imaginative, sensitive...and people accept them because they find personal meaning in statements that in fact, can apply to anyone.

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Education cutbacks



  1.  What's the video about?
  2.  What are the main cuts carried out by the goverment according to the video? 
  3.  What's your opinion about it?
  4.  If you were the government, what would you do?

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PodEnglish channel

Lots of English video lessons from beginner to advanced that will help you learn English.
I find them quite interesting and I hope you also will. Have a look!

Beginner Level
  1. Introductions
  2. Time
  3. Family
  4. Directions
  5. Grocery shopping
  6. Like, love, hate
  7. Food, cooking and catering
  8. New York
  9. Appartment
  10. Pictures
  11. Making a date
  12. Yoga
  13. Office talk
  14. Crime
  15. Talking about the past
  16. Food
Elementary Level

  1. Vacations
  2. Weather
  3. Pets
  4. Babysitting job interview
  5. Complaining
  6. Being ill
  7. Office party
  8. Clothes
  9. Office phone
  10. Planing a trip
Pre-intermediate level
  1. Climate change
  2. Job interview
  3. School friends
  4. Planning vacation
  5. Relationships
  6. Checking in
Intermediate Level
  1. Life story
  2. Business English. Negotiating solutions
  3. Flowers for your girlfriend
  4. Scuba diving
  5. Diet
  6. Lifestyle
  7. Trends and fashions
Upper Intermediate Level
  1. War films
  2. Fears
  3. Technology
  4. Religion
  5. Interview
  6. Computers
  7. Law and courts
  8. Travel itinerary
  9. Sightseeing
  10. Investor talk
  11. Getting help
  12. Office tour
  13. Studying English
  14. Sales figures
  15. Girl talk
  16. Book store

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Job interview tips

There is a lot you can do before, during and afterwards to help things go well.

When you attend an interview you are going to be asked about your educational background, work experience, skills, personal qualities etc and it will be your chance to convince your potential employer that you are the perfect candidate he or she is looking for. So, it is important to be well prepared and learn different tips and strategies that will help you succeed and get the job.

Before the interview

1. Take time to find out information about the company. Why? Because, you may be asked questions specifically related to the company and it may be easier for you to answer them if you have that information in advance.
2. As you are going to talk about yourself, about your work career etc...prepare it previously so later, you can do it in detail and accurately.Talk freely but try to be precise and concise.
3. Review typical questions you are most likely to be asked and think carefully about the answers. If you can anticipate obvious questions you can plan your answers and you will feel and sound more confident. (See link below about useful questions)
4. Make a list of questions you want to ask at the interview. If you are nervous and you will be, you may forget about them.
5. Dress formally. Don't wear casual clothes.If you look smart and well groomed it will mean that you are taking the interview seriously.
6. Check day, time and where it is. It could be awful if you went on the wrong day!
7. Arrive in good time. Try to be five or ten minutes earlier than your appointment time.
8. Just before the interview, focus your attention on your breathing, long slow deep breath should help calm down your butterflies!

During the interview

1. Good impressions are important.When you come into the room, the first impression you are going to make on the interviewer can be decisive for the rest of the interview. So, introduce yourself, shake hands firmly, and be friendly and polite. A smile to start with, can relax you and everyone else.
2. Try to stay relaxed, it´s difficult because you want to do well and be chosen for the post but you should be able to control yourself.
3. Pay atention to your body language. Body language can give the interviewer a lot of information about you. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer, don't slouch and don't fidget with your hair or jewellery!
4. Always tell the truth and be honest.This is a golden rule.
5. Be positive about youself.You might feel as if you were selling yourself. Don't worry, you are!. Remember, "sell your assets not your defects"
6. Avoid saying "yes" or "no" answers. Give reasons for your answers but go straight to the point and don't beat about the bush!
7. If you have questions to ask, this is the right moment to do it. Show that you are interested in the job.
8. Thank the interviewer for seeing you before you leave

After the interview

Learn from the interview. Be positive and if you don't get the job, think what and how you can improve the next time.


What do you think?

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Get that job

A very interesting site with lots of activities, quizzes and tips on things like how to find a job, write a good CV and cover letter or succeed at an interview.
You can go through it step by step, from "Job Search" to "Interviews" or you can go straight to the part you are most interested in.
Come on, have a look! It will be of great help to you.




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Europass

"Opening doors to learning and working in Europe"

If you want to enrol in an education or training programme, look for a job or get experience abroad, it is important to be able to make your skills and competences clearly understood.

Europass is a new way to help you make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe.

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