Elementary. Present. Nationalities, countries and languages 1

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Elementary. Present. Days-n-dates 1

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Everyday Language 001

We are starting a new segment, based on the language we fin on TV — a more everyday kind of language than that in textbooks.

Post the language you learn on the TP Forums here! Thanks!
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Poems. This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams

William Carlos WilliamsI love this poem. It’s so mysterious, and so honest. I don’t know what it means. I just know it means something mysterious and daily and beautiful, plus totally human. Picture it as a post-it note on a fridge. Hope you enjoy it!

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Stories. The Debutante, by Leonora Carrington

Leonora CarringtonHalf of this audio is me talking about the writer Leonora Carrington first, a Surrealist artist (painter and writer, trilingual! She does/did that in English, French and Spanish!) and then comes her story “The Debutante,” so you can listen to it in two 5-minute sessions!
More on Leonora Carrington at Talking People (Literature).

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Elementary. Useful Classroom Language 2

An episode dedicated to my Elementary students (Básico 1, 2008-2009). It’s a revision of what we learned to use in class in our first lessons!
Read/Print the sentences in this episode. Enjoy!

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Poems. Brief Bus Stop, by Ani Difranco

Ani DifrancoRead the lyrics here (from her album “not so soft”, 1991)
Language notes: “to wane” is something the moon does, because the moon waxes and wanes! “To toe the line” is ‘to conform to a rule or standard’.
More on Ani Difranco at the Talking People Website (Music)

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Useful Classroom Language 1

Sentences for Grammar Teams (Intermediate and Advanced levels). Listen and Repeat these sentences till you are really good at saying them. Then remember to use them in class!
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Stories. A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud, by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullersA story which is hard to read, especially if you want to teach students to pronounce the endings and the consonant clusters!!! 🙂

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Useful Language. Letter-Writing. Requesting information 01

With this audio we’re pushing our section of Useful Language a bit further, to include… letter-writing!

Why record audios of that? Well, you can learn to read the language we may use in letters. In this way, you’ll remember it better. You’ll probably consolidate your speaking skills and you are likely to improve in terms of not making certain kind of grammar mistakes — those “silly mistakes” you always make and that you keep not fixing because you insist in NOT proofreading your work!!! ;D

Listen now to this sample letter of someone trying to find out some information about language courses abroad.
Read this letter here.
If you want me to read your own sample letters, just let me know!

Poems. The Housing Poem, by Dian Million

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Read the poem at Dian Million’s webpage on Talking People, and find out more about her


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Useful Language. Saying thank you 01

Read the thank you sentenceson this Talking People link
Read the thank you notes on this Talking People link
This episode contains mostly drilling (the same structure with changes in some words), so at times I won’t be repeating each sentence twice, just once. It has two sections: first, a one-page list of useful sentences to thank people different kinds of things. Then, 6 different thank you notes or letters you could learn to be fluent in! If you wish to write Thank You Notes and Letters please, post them here for correction and subsequent publication!

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Useful Language. Making requests 01

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It includes drilling with indirect questions, too. More on indirect questions here.


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Stories. Ada, by Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein, a vital explorer of life and art,  tried to write like Cezanne painted.Gertrude Stein It’s hard to explain.
Ada is a story to her lifelong loved one.

Read  Ada and read about Gertrude Stein.

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