In case it’s useful…

I just finished pulling my shit together with this issue of how to arrange things so that students can be free while making the most of this course. I think some of you will be interested in checking out the Reading List (I think you might even want to do it now!) and the much improved Writing File (I hope/think) — as compared to the version you read before! (and thanks for that!)


I hope you are all enjoying your use of English, whether on holidays or not, and I’m sending all my best wishes to people finishing their Oposiciones! ❤ Well done! Now try to relax as you wait. Take best care of yourselves!


Ver “I Semana Cultural Feminista (1): Nuestras invitadas” en YouTube

Gender & Feminist Approaches. Por qué Coeducación – The Talking People Podcast


25 nov en Fuengirola: ¡nos vemos!


The September Resits

Hi there!

Well, the reason why I told people who had taken the Speaking resit and came to another part that they had all passed was because I wanted people to relax and enjoy their other part of the exam.

Nobody had the Reading Test to take. In the listening the person who said she had done badly got the highest mark, I think — so here’s a relevant piece of information for all, particularly for that person, about self-evaluation. About the writing, well, tomorrow each examiner will check each exercise, and Monday will be for adding up both marks and analyzing some other case.

I hope you all pass and get your certificates, but keep in mind the Writing, as you saw today (about 22 people were there, including Libres, of course) is certainly hard but not for the reason most people failing Writings say. Most people failing Writings believe that it’s a matter of not knowing how to write certain kinds of texts. Considering the kinds of texts Andalucian Certificate tests give, people can certainly do well without knowing all we learn in class about kinds of texts. They’re always kinds of texts most people use in the every day lives: posts, letters to friends, or articles, yes, but we read articles every week at least. One can pass a speaking test and fail a writing test for its “grammar”. A writing test is more demanding in “grammar”, yes. Still, when one passes a speaking test, his or her grammar is OK for that exercise. The fact that speaking tests are mostly performed in informal or semiformal English is good for those people who actually communicate in the language. When it comes to writing, even in informal texts the “grammar” is written out, so is shows more accurately.

Anyway, I hope everybody passes. Best of luck! But still I think that if you don’t it should not be taken as something negative, but as something that opens up the chance to consolidate an advanced level of English. I’m really very experienced in this: seeing how people end up missing having had the chance to consolidate their English. Just because of this general panic of passing exams, which is not good to fight Exam Culture! 😀

And if you pass, remember that if you don’t keep up good work on the language, your chances of having an actual advanced level could be low, even if your English is OK now. I should know: I study and learn English every day!

Big hug! And enjoy your weekend. When people fret over things we can avoid, their life is less enjoyable and then, we tend to learn that it’s impossible to live happily, without fretting over things that are not that important really!

Well, just in case — sorry if my words don’t ease your mind. My intention was that! 🙂 ❤

A poem by Mina Loy


I think you’ll like it! ❤


Some summaries of the Questionnaire

I don’t know how to print the summaries (drive). In case anyone does! 😀

These are just captures. I can download it in Excel but the info is all squeezed together! Anyway, I’ll try to learn Excel this summer somehow! 🙂

Have a nice end of month! ❤