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ITS LEVEL 6: Second Week Program.


Monday September 02 – Sunday September 08

vocabulary cartoon

Hi guys! The first week of this class was all about getting to know the main aspects of the course and meeting your new classmates and teacher. This time, you will get to know how we will be working on incrementing your vocabulary as well as practicing your grammar and reading skills. We will also have the opportunity to reflect on your TOEFL scores and the Multiple Intelligence Test in order to set a stepping stone in your commitment to this class and improving your English communication skills. So, without further ado, this is what the program for this week looks like:

Monday September 02:

E-portfolios, Vocabulary, Class Journals / Module 1 Start up.

=> Play Questions Only.

=> Quick review on how to create an E-portfolio on Skydrive or Google Drive.

=> Presentation and Explanation of the Vocabulary Builder technique that will be used to expand your vocabulary.

=> Module 1 Start Up (Discussion about Module 1 Contents): Page 7. =

Tuesday September 03:

Module 1, Lesson 1- Reading, Vocabulary & Grammar A.

=>  Speed-chat about reading strategies.

=> Quick explanation of reading strategies; skimming & scanning.

=> Reading exercise on pages 8 & 9.

=> Follow up activities on page 10 & 11.

Wednesday September 04:

Module 1, Lesson 1 – Listening, Vocabulary & Grammar A.

=> Word Fishing (A vocabulary game to practice listening).

=> Listening Activities on pages 12 & 13.

=> Quick spelling contest.

Thursday September 05:

Module 1, Lesson 1 – Speaking Practice / TOEFL & Multiple Intelligence Test Reflections.

=> Play Questions Only (A game to practice questions and improvisation).

=> Speaking exercise on pages 14 & 15.

=> TOEFL & Multiple Intelligence Test Reflections (Discussion about test results).

Friday September 06:

Class Journal & Vocabulary.

=> Go to Mr Negretes’s Its Wiki and type a short paragraph in your Class Journal about your experience in class this week.

=> Update your Vocabulary Builder with all the words you collected during the week.

Saturday September 07:

Skype / FB Orientation (10:00 – 11:30 am).

=> Remember; this orientation is given to those who may have any questions or doubts about class topics, activities or homework.

Sunday September 08:

Class expectations & Socrative Quiz 1.

=> Check out Mr Negretes’s Its Wiki for instructions on this activity.

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Welcome back to school!!!


Welcome Back!!! (ITS: 602 & 603)

Hi guys! I’m very happy to have the opportunity of being your teacher this semester. I know it will be a very productive one and hopefully you will learn a lot of new things and reinforce your previous knowledge of the English Language. We only have about 15 weeks to do the best possible so you can score at least 550 points on the final TOEFL exam. But worry not! I will try my best to provide you with the right tools and activities to help you improve your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. This of course requires a lot of effort, and dedication from my part so I expect you to do the same. And as the semester passes, you will see how working together you will develop an essential skill that we all need to improve: Individual Learning.

What this basically means is that I will be a facilitator, a monitor and an assessor of your improvement. So, at the end of the semester, you will only be as good as you decide to be based on your commitment to this class.

The blog will serve us as a resource website to keep track of the program and tasks that we will do in the classroom so that we all have a clear idea of what the objectives for each week are.

It will also help you out as a go-to site whenever you are absent so you can get back on track and never miss out on the content that is being covered at school.

Week 1

Monday: Orientation and mingling.

=> Pick your class name: name that will be used in class for different online and offline activities.

=> Play bumper cars (mingling activity): game to have students interact and get to know their classmates.

=> Orientation (Part One): Class presentation about the social media, applications and websites that will be used during the course. [You may download this presentation from the documents folder on this blog]

Tuesday: Orientation and Speed-mingle.

=> Formal Enrollment: Make a list of students that are officially enrolled in this class.

=> Speed-mingle activity: Activity to continue getting to know your classmates.

=> Presentation guide to subscribe to the different websites that will be used during the semester.

[You may download this presentation from the documents folder on this blog]

Wednesday:TOEFL exam part I.

=> Listening and Structure parts of the TOEFL diagnostic exam.

Thursday: TOEFL exam part II.

=> Reading part of the TOEFL diagnostic exam.

Friday: Multiple Inteligence Questionnaire.

=> Questinnaire to find out what type of learner you are. [Download this document] [view instructions on the wiki]

Saturday: Online orientation [09:00-10:30 am]

=> Skype and facebook chat for those who may need extra help on any of the activities or homeworks.

Sunday: Class Expectations Video. 

=>Short video clip about your expectations for this semester. [View instructions on the wiki]

This week’s cartoon:

ENSE: Grad. Diploma (Homeworks)

 

ENGLISH CLASS REFLECTION


For classes 505, 602 & 603:

Hi guys! The end of the semester is finally here, which brings us to our last assignment; a class reflecion.

From my part, I can say that it’s been great to work with all of you and I can assure you that I learned lots of things from you too. I’m really happy to have had the opportunity of being your teacher because I was able to share with you some of my grammar knowledge,  and talk to you about my experience in learning this language. At first, I always get a group of students who feel insecure and unwilling to speak English all the time and participate actively in class, but I sure hope that everything we did in this course has helped you to overcome that fear. I wish we had had more time to practice all those grammar structures that we covered, in real life situations and not just in those suggested by the book. However, I believe it was good semester, being that some of you made new friends to practice your English with and kept faithful to this class by doing your wiki assignments, speaking English all the time, participating on the blog and facebook, as well as playing all those crazy improvisation games. Each one of you has a different level of competency in this language, but I know you are all smart, self-sufficient and visionary students striving to become better each day. For that reason, I’m very glad to have had the opportunity of sharing with you the benefits of becoming independent learners (and hopefully not only for English), through the use of ICT’s. I wish you all the best in all your finals. But remember; cramming for a test is not the best option, for the purpose is not to pass it and accredit a class. The purspose of an exam is to let you know how well you are doing, what you need to polish up and what you really know, so that you can continue improving yourself. So, keep up the good spirit guys and take it easy during this finals week; you’ll do a lot better in all your exams if you keep a cool head, won’t you???

Sincerely,

Mr. Negrete.

Now, here’s an example of your final video-project which is a reflection about your  experience in this english class. Feel free to  talk about anything you’d like, but I’d really appreciate it if you mentioned any of the  tools, strategies and activities that  we employed because it would help me to keep improving my class.

Due date: Saturday midnight, June 1st, 2013 .

Length: 2-3 minutes.

Send via: skydrive, youtube, facebook, e-mail, wiki, blog or flash drive (bring to class on Monday in case you have trouble uploading the video).

Class 603 Midterm Test Stats


Hi guys!!! I hope y’all had a great Easter Break. But now it’s time to get back to business. 

So, here’s the activity that I promised you; it is a reflection that you have to write about your own performance during the first half of the semester. To help you with it, I made some statistics based on your midterm exams. Check out these statistics and comment what you think about the results, how well you think you did and what we could do to  improve and make this class even better.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next Monday, ready for another round of grammar, class discussions and fun!

(You may click on the pictures to view them on a different window)

603 MID TOEFL SCORES603 MID TOEFL PERFORMANCE603 MID TOEFL HIGH SCORES

Class 505 Midterm Test Stats


Hi guys!!! I hope y’all had a great Easter Break. But now it’s time to get back to business. 

So, here’s the activity that I promised you; it is a reflection that you have to write about your own performance during the first half of the semester. To help you with it, I made some statistics based on your midterm exams. Check out these statistics and comment what you think about the results, how well you think you did and what we could do to  improve and make this class even better.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next Monday, ready for another round of grammar, class discussions and fun!

(You may click on the pictures to view them on a different window)

505 MID STATS

505 MID STATS 2

Class 602 Midterm Test Stats


Hi guys!!! I hope y’all had a great Easter Break. But now it’s time to get back to business. 

So, here’s the activity that I promised you; it is a reflection that you have to write about your own performance during the first half of the semester. To help you with it, I made some statistics based on your midterm exams. Check out these statistics and comment what you think about the results, how well you think you did and what we could do to  improve and make this class even better.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next Monday, ready for another round of grammar, class discussions and fun!

(You may click on the pictures to view them on a different window)

602 MID TOEFL SCORES602 MID TOEFL PERFORMANCE602 MID TOEFL HIGH SCORES

 

 

 

 

5TH. LEVEL: Midterm Test Practice


IT’S TIME FOR THE MIDTERM TEST!!!

Hi everyone!!!

These are the links to the exercises I recommend as additional practice for the  Midterm Test.

I hope you find them useful, inspiring and entertaining.

TENSE REVIEW AND PRACTICE

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

 INFINITIVE, BARE INFINITIVE AND GERUNDS

http://a4esl.org/q/f/z/zy67mjr.htm

COMPARATIVE AND SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVES

http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/adjcompsup.php

MODALS 

http://www.englishpage.com/modals/modalintro.html

TAG QUESTIONS

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/233.html

If you have any questions, I will be online on Facebook next Monday and Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm.

Feel free to contact me.

Don’t forget the worbook practice!!!

Enjoy your long weekend and I’ll see you all in class next Tuesday!!!

6TH. LEVEL: Midterm Test Practice.


IT’S TIME FOR THE MIDTERM TEST!!!

Hi guys!!! Here’s the TOEFL PRACTICE I promised you!

http://www.testden.com/challenge/free-toefl.asp

And here are some other activities and quizzes that may be useful:

TENSE REVIEW AND PRACTICE

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

 INFINITIVE, BARE INFINITIVE AND GERUNDS

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=3183

COMPARISON OF ADVERBS

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/adjectives-adverbs

THE SUBJUNCTIVE

http://www.englishpage.com/minitutorials/subjunctive.html

MODALS

http://www.englishpage.com/modals/modalintro.html

PASSIVE VOICE

http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-passive-voice-exercise2.html

THE CAUSATIVE

Let, Make, Have & Get (Active Voice)

http://www.englishpage.com/minitutorials/letexercise.htm

HAVE & GET  (PASSIVE VOICE)

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=1759

If you have any questions, I will be online on facebook next Monday and Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm.

TAG QUESTIONS

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/233.html

Feel free to contact me.

This is just additional practice, so don’t forget to do your workbook activities!!!

Have a Grrrrreat Weekend!!!

See you all in class next Tuesday!!!

Level 6 Video Project I


Hi guys! As you all should know, it is time for your firt video project. The purpose of this assignment is to use English outside the classroom in order to practice what you know and show off your creativity to make a spoof video about popular song lines put into a conversation. Here’s an example…

Remember though; your parody must be centered on crime or its effects on society. Use lines from different songs and make sure that you speak english all the way through… before the video shoot, during the video shoot and after the video shoot.

Here’s a list of some songs you might like to consider…

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Where is the Love? – Black-eyed Peas

Ghetto – Akon

Violence – Bif Naked

Man Down – Rhianna

Simple Plan – Crazy

Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

Stan – Eminem

Stole – Kelly Rowland

Crime Pays – Bear Hands

Cellblock Tango – Chicago ‘The Musical’

LEV 5 (MODULE I SONG)


Hi again!!! As you all may remember today in class we discussed what kind of problems teenagers are mostly concerend about. And though some of your suggestions are quite right. I’d like you to check out this video. And come up with as many other issues that teenagers face today. In our class we talked about acne, weight, and emotional issues. But what other problems can you see in this video? The song is very nice, the lyrics are simple, but the imagery could be a bit disturbing, so watch it from a mature point of view and comment about it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Click here if you need the LYRICS.