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Welcome Level 9 Students!


Hello dear students!

Welcome to level 9. I am very happy and excited to be your teacher. I am sure we will have a great time together.

Let’s review what we saw in class in regards to evaluation and schedule:

Participation 10% 5% Class Participation 5% Oral Quiz
Week 6
Homework 10% 4 cyber-homework

2% each

2%
1 Paper-Homework
Listening Quiz 10% Week 3
Written Quiz 10% Week 5
Final Test 60% Week 8

 

Week Unit Date HW Due Date Quiz
1 9 A-D August 19th
2 10 A-B August 26th Homework 1
3 10 C-D September 2nd Homework 2 Listening Quiz
4 11 A-B September 9th Homework 3
5 11 C-D September 16th Homework 4 Written Quiz
6 12 A-B September 23rd Oral Quiz
7 12 C-D September 30th Homework 5
8 Final Test

Here are the topics seen in class (August 19th) as well as the assignment of your first homework, which is due next Friday August 26th.

***Look for the text in orange to get the instructions for your homework.

Relative pronouns for Relative Clauses

We use who and whom for people, and which for things.

We use that for people or things.

We use where for places and when for time.

We use relative pronouns to introduce relative clauses, which tell us more about people, places and things.

Please complete the exercises on the first practice seen on this link:

Clauses – relative clauses

Take a screenshot of your results and send it to my e-mail. 

Present Perfect Simple Active and Passive

A tense mostly seen in news articles, like the ones presented in class.

Active sentences in the present perfect tense have the following structure:

Subject + has/have + past participle form of the verb + object

Passive sentences in the present perfect tense have the following structure:

Object of the active sentence + has/have + been + past participle form of the verb + by + subject of the active sentence

Comment on a recent important news article on the comments section for this blog post (remember that I have to approve it first, so it will not appear once you publish it).

Connecting Words

Connecting words and phrases in English (also called ’linking’ or ‘transition’ words) are used to combine two clauses or sentences presenting contrast, comparison, condition, supposition, purpose, etc. They enable us to establish clear connections between ideas.

Most connecting words can either connect clauses within a sentence, or start a sentence to form a connection with the previous statement.

There are plenty of connecting words (even more so than the ones on your book). To give you an idea and help you practice at the same time, complete the following online practice, take a screenshot of your result and send it to my e-mail.

Connecting Words

So, to recap… Your homework is the following:

  1. Relative Clauses practice.
  2. Comentary on recent important news.
  3. Connecting words practice.

 

Remember, practice makes perfect! Put the SAP option on your TV, try to watch movies in English with English subtitles and try to find some time to do the practice sheets for this unit.

If you have any questions, comments or just want to talk, send me an e-mail!😉

See you next friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

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The Final Test Level 2

Hello dear students!

Wow this course went by really fast!

Here are the topics for the final test:

Adjectives
Adverbs
Past simple
Irregular verbs
A / An / The
Present Continuous
All the vocabulary from the course

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Here are some practices to help you study:

Adjectives and Adverb Practice

Irregular Verbs Practice

Present Continuous Practice

A-An-The Articles Practice

*Pay close attention as I could get some parts of the test from these practices.😉

Try to look up videos on YouTube to help you practice for the Listening and Oral part.

By the way… A good App to help you practice is Duolingo. I’m learning French and Italian!  :)

Como le decía a unos de sus compañeros el viernes pasado, he notado mucho el avance en su pronunciación y en la confianza que tienen para usar el ingles… no dejen que el miedo a equivocarse los bloquee a ser bilingües 100%. “Hay que tirarse al agua”, como decía uno de ustedes… y es super cierto, si se equivocan, no importa, ya saben como deben decirlo correctamente.

Si no llego a verlos el próximo curso, fue un gusto ser su profesora y en lo que pueda ayudarles, ya tienen mi información de contacto, me cuentan como les va en los siguientes cursos y si tienen alguna duda.

Best of luck and God bless!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

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The Virtual Class

Units 7C to 8B

Hey guys! Welcome to the virtual class (2×1)!

Please read the text below, watch all videos, answer all questions, quizes and book pages that I will request below. Click on “send” at the end of the lesson to send your answers. Remember as you go through this lesson that it will be part of the final test and your participation will be evaluated.

If you have any questions…. you know where to find me (quick text message or e-mail).

Enjoy the class!

Scroll down on the window embeded above to complete the lessons.

Any questions, let me know.

Finally I leave you with this awesome video…. Enjoy!

Click here for the subtitled version.

Remember we have the oral quiz this week.

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

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Getting up to date…

Hello dear students,

After well deserved vacations, it is time to go back and face reality.

For homework number 4, you will write at least 2 paragraphs of your ideal video game or phone app. Your ideal market (the group of people it is intended for) and how you would call it and why. Drawings or logos are more than welcome. Write it on the comments section.

Homework number 5, I will bring it on Friday, since it will be pages from the book.

Ahora, en español para estar todos claros… tenemos dos clases que reponer. Podemos hacer lo planeado del sábado 23 e ir a ver donde nos acomodamos, lo único es que me preocupa porque debería también hacerles el quiz oral.  Pero bueno eso podemos verlo este viernes. Otra opción que me presentaron mis colegas es opción A. Llegar un día como a las 3 o 4 y hacer dos lecciones en una. Opción B. Hacer la clase virtual, en la que les pongo tooooda la materia de esa lección en el blog, así como ejercicios extra, videos, las unidades que tienen que hacer y disponibilidad de corregir dudas durante la semana.  Ustedes dirán que les parece mejor… pueden dejármelo saber en el grupo de WhatsApp. (voy a copiar este mensaje ahí)

Para el written quiz de este viernes, va a ser una evaluación de verbos irregulares, relax no los más difíciles pero si los más comunes.

En cuanto al oral quiz, los que ya estuvieron conmigo saben la modalidad, que es un tema espontáneo en parejas o trios donde les doy 3 minutos para prepararse y mínimo 3 para presentarlo, nada de asustarse.

Espero sus comentarios para ver que decisión tomamos.

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

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Homework 3 and Social Media

Hello dear students,

I am sorry for the delay on this week’s homework. Because of it, it will be short, I promise😛

Before you click on the Adjectives Practice, check out the picture below to know how the adjective order goes. We saw this on Level 1, but I just wanted to give you guys a refresher…

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Now, here is the Adjectives practice. You know the drill, take screen shots of your results and send them to my e-mail.

And then on the comments section below, just as you do on your Facebook profile, write a short description about yourself, try to include as many adjectives as possible (use the list if you want)

Also, let us know if you were able to find out if there are any free rooms in your school for July 23rd from 8am to 12pm.

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I hope you guys are having a good week!

See you on friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs and the Second Homework

Hello dear students!

First I’d like to thank Natalia for sharing the Irregular Verbs Song with us… here it is:

Now, on to the second homework:

As always go in the link below, do the online practice and when you are done, take a screenshot and send it to my e-mail. Try to do it without any help from the Irregular Verbs list I gave you.

Irregular Verbs Practice

Then on the comments section, in two paragraphs, talk about a trip or a special vacation you had with your family or friends. Try to use as many irregular verbs as possible.

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In other news….

La directora nos esta buscando una clase para poder hacer la reposición el 23 de Julio, pero si les agradece que averigüen en sus respectivas escuelas sobre aulas que estén libres ese día de 8am a 12md para agilizar el proceso y no nos agarre tarde encontrando una y tengamos que venir el 1ero de Julio.

I hope you guys have a great week!

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

 

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Level 2 Homework 1. Welcome!

Hello dear students!

It is nice to see you all again in a course with me. To the two new “additions” of our class, welcome!

Here is the class schedule for the entire course:

Week/Date UNIT Homework/Evaluation and Book Units in Class.
1  June 3rd 5 Welcome. Units 5A and 5B
2  June 10th 6 Homework 1. Units 5C, 5D and 6A.
3  June 17th 6 Listening Quiz, Homework 2. Units 6B, 6C, 6D
4  June 24th 7 Homework 3. Units 7A, 7B.
5  July 1st 7 Written Quiz. Homework 4. Units 7C, 7D.
6  July 22nd 8 Oral Quiz. Units 8A, 8B
7  July 29th 8 Homework 5. Units 8C, 8D
8  August 5th   Final Test.

I am sure this will be another fun and succesful course.

**Con respecto a si entrar mas temprano o otro día durante las vacaciones, un compañero se me acercó para decirme que no podía, y como ya saben, con uno que no pueda no se hace el cambio.

I wanted to first review a little of the last course’s lesson about food, then check your understanding on the topics seen this week.

Take a screen shot of the results of the following online Food Quizes and send them to my e-mail mariajochavesmiranda@gmail.com:

At the Cafe

Fast Food

English Words for Fruit

Here is a useful link to help you study the simple past tense, I will review it next class. I will also bring the list of the most common irregular verbs.

For the final part of this homework, lets go more into detail on your favorite movies. On the comments section (for the new people, you will not see your comment immediately until I approved it), in 20 sentences (at least) talk about your favorite movie, what it is about and why is it really that you like it so much for it to be your favorite.

I forgot to mention the other two of my “top three” favorite movies:

  1. Cinema Paradiso
  2. Amelie
  3. You’ve Got Mail (a version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, my favorite novel)

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Have a nice week!

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

 

 

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The Final Test

Hi everyone!

As mentioned the other day in class, since it is an accumulative course, you can expect every unit to be evaluated on the test. But, just to make sure we are all on the same page here are the topics for the final test this Friday:

  • Countries and Nationalities
  • WH questions
  • Subject pronouns
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Object Pronouns
  • Yes/No Questions
  • Spelling of words and numbers
  • Personal possessions
  • This, that, these, those
  • Adjectives
  • The family
  • Possessives -‘s
  • Time
  • Things in the house
  • Prepositions of place
  • Daily Routines
  • Free time activities
  • Present simple
  • Special dates and holidays
  • Months, dates
  • Frequency Adverbs
  • Verb + ing
  • Requests and offers
  • Food and Drinks

Some of the topics that have already been evaluated will not have that much evaluation as the others.

I am sure you will all do great on the test. In case I don’t get to be your teacher again, it has been a real pleasure working with you guys!

Maria Fernanda, I still can’t believe you don’t like dogs!!!! OMG!!!!

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See you on Friday for our final class,

 

Best of luck!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

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The last homework…

Subject vs. Object Pronouns

It is important not to confuse subject and object pronouns, placing them incorrectly on a sentence would make it look terrible.

Remember… The subject pronoun makes the action while the object pronoun receives the action.

Subject Pronoun

Object Pronoun

I

Me

You

You

We

Us

He

Him
She

Her

It

It

They

Them

Examples:

Lucia went to the movies with Samuel.

Subject pronoun:

She went to the movies with Samuel.

Object Pronoun:

Lucia went to the movies with him.

Subject and Object Pronouns practice

Frequency Adverbs

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Frequency adverbs online exercise

To extend the information and exercises on unit 4A here is another Simple Present Third Person exercise:

Simple Present Third Person (He/She/It)

  1. Send your results screenshots to my e-mail. (Pronouns, Adverbs and Simple Present)
  2. On the comments section, write a ten sentence paragraph on what you like to do on your free time. Write long meaningful sentences.

As always if you have any questions, contact me via e-mail.

I hope you guys have a great week.

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)

 

 

 

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The Written Quiz

Hi Everyone!

Here are the topics for the written quiz you will be doing next Friday April 29th.

  1. WH Questions.
  2. Pronouns.
  3. Possessive Adjectives.
  4. Vocabulary Words from units 1A to 3A.
  5. Plurals.
  6. Family Members.
  7. Prepositions of Place.
  8. Present Simple in all its forms.

You can go back and practice from the links I posted here on the previous homework posts. If you have any questions you can comment on this post or send me an e-mail.

 

Below are some links to help you practice. (No need of screenshots or e-mails to me, this is not homework, I rather have you all studying for the quiz than worrying about homework).

***Special note to Steven Hidalgo: (in spanish) Hola, volví a chequear mi correo para estar segura que me llegaran sus correos pero no vi nada. Lo que vi era una notificación de uno de sus comentarios acá en el blog. Disculpe la confusión. Puede tratar de mandar el correo otra vez. Revise bien que mi dirección de correo este bien escrita (a veces pasa que ponen Chavez en lugar de Chaves). No tengo su correo por eso le escribo por acá. Cualquier cosa que no le sirva me deja saber con un comentario en este post. Gracias.

Hope you guys have a great week.

See you on Friday!

Prof. Maria J. Chaves

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Vicerrectoría de Docencia

Unidad Ejecutora: Escuela de Ciencias del Lenguaje

Programa CONARE-Fortalecimiento del Inglés (PFI)