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!


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! ❤

Hello again!

It was great to see you all again! ❤

Thank you to the 12 people who filled out the questionnaire. I do appreciate it very much! ❤ There’s 5 people who took the exam and did not fill it out. (I don’t know who they are, of course, because the questionnaire is set to prevent me from knowing.) If you would like to do so now, I’ll be thankful, too.  Here’s the link:


Congrats to all, for some pass marks were a sympton of great progress, yes! Most of you will probably pass in September, possibly all of you! And now you have the summer months to use your English. Remember listening as much as possible every day brings amazing progress. Actually, that’s why some of you have made progress!

We talked about TV Series and the Margaret Atwood TV version. Cirenia gave me back the novel and audiobook and then Sara borrowed it and they remembered to leave that info on the BORROWED MATERIALS CHART! ❤

There was a question about posting people’s info in the whatsapp group. It’s illegal to post somebody’s info without her/his permission, particularly against the person’s will. People have different kinds of reasons for not wanting other people to learn where they are, doing what, or what the result is. And we need to respect laws that protect people. Doing this is easy too: you might take a pic of a list and before sharing it in a group (sorry, whatsapp groups are not private, but public places, paticurlarly when it’s not family or close relationships) and then cut out the parts you are allowed to share in public because people asked you to do so and it was their own information. Not respecting this law can put some people in danger, too, for different kinds of reasons, not only gender violence. We don’t all have the same life situations.

Today a parent came to see her grown-up child’s exam and I told her I could not show it to her because she had no written permission. For 45 minutes I’ve been explaining this is something positive, how democracy works in the public system, but some people refuse to understand this kind of things, and consider people who respect other people’s rights as stupid or trouble-makers. If more people respected the laws that protect other people the world would be a safer, kinder and even a more interesting place. The mistake was the daughter’s: she found out when the exams where but could not be bothered to read the Guía, or browse the other info on exam procedures, or download the model for written permissions. Sigh. I gave her the idea that because she had her daughter’s ID card (!) and her own, she could phone her daughter and allow me to speak to her to confirm identities, and told her that she could come later than Revisión para Libres, because I’d be in class for a few more hours. And example of where we can be flexible and where we can’t. But she was not happy. Hopefully, they’ll think it over.

I learned about trips & conferences, losing people we love, them being ill, and problems arising from work, and really wish you all the best with everything. We also missed some people. ❤

I think people who came to Revisión are clear about their course of action till September, and have high spirits about the event, which is good because if you didn’t find enough time for your English it was because you had far too much on, so it makes no sense to continue putting pressure on yourselves. Relax, take good care of yourselves, and enjoy your relationship with the language. ❤

I’ll be checking out my eoi email in July, but not in August. Just in case you have questions. I do work in July in my projects, updating the Talking People website (publishing pending stuff and this summer I’ll see if I can reinstall the eCampus, too, where I have a few courses, and where you could have your own courses if you are interested in platforms, like the project Cristina, Cirenia and Sara are in now), finishing designing next year’s C1 course (new blog with some stuff: https://c1coursebymf2018.wordpress.com) and developing Mujer Palabra.

This is an Education for Equality reminder, for this Friday’s amazing meeting, in case you want to join us!

Best of luck to people taking the State Teachers’ Exam soon. Trust yourselves! ❤ ❤ ❤ And have wonderful trips and stays wherever you go! ❤ ❤ ❤

Summer Proposal!!!

I just got an amazing proposal by Cristina, which I will also look into when maddening exam month is over!

Good morning,

I have a proposal for summer holidays. It is about a Podcast on a true
crime I started to follow some years ago. It is called SERIES.

I found it very interesting for learning useful language at that time,
although I din’t like its topic (and still don`t like). But… I cannot
find anything similar. As it’s so popular, it has its own webpage where *all
the mp3 files and the transcripts can be downloaded  (and don’t seem to
expire, unlike those of BBC*).  In addition, HBO is going to release a
documentary on the case.


The question is I never finished the first season, and I would like to
listen it again from the very beginning. I Would propose to listen to an
episode a week (first season has 12 episodes , that will be done by

I was wondering if our blog was going to be deleted when the course is
finished. If not, I could try to post  the new vocabulary and UL. Or we
could do it in our whatsapp group, if people were interested, and then we
could share the material with you, if you like.

The idea is creating  a “podcast club”, similar to the reading clubs, with
deadlines for listening each episode, and then, having a week for comments
on useful language, vocabulary, audios of people retelling the episode of
the week, OP… Just an excuse to force as to use our English a bit
everyday. A  whatsapp group for interested students  may allow us to do it
possible. If you like the idea, and not many of us were willing to  join
the group, we could make it open to other advanced students you know who
might be interested.

Anyway, it is just an idea I came up with this morning, I wanted to share
with you. I would also share my insight of last course  methodology, but
i’d rather do it in person, I think.

Have a nice day.

Here you have the link of the webpage, in case you want to have a look



Assessing results, James Brown and the questionnaire

Hi there!

Well, considering how little a high percentage of people have worked this year in the framework of a C1 course, and considering the diversity of cases and levels, I think the results are positive in two ways:

  • a great percentage will have to work on their English just a bit more if they want to get their certificate in September, at least for that reason;
  • I think marks are a quite accurate picture generally speaking in terms of levels (though we haven’t been far too demanding in the speaking test).

There are quite a few people with one skill for September and I believe this is no great deal because you have a few months to train in that – and make up for the time you couldn’t find during the school year.

Then there are some people with two skills. I suppose these people fall into two categories: those who had a bad day and will probably pass in September, and those who should really enjoy the chance of getting another year with monitored learning before becoming independent – but it’ll be up to them, of course! 🙂

There’s 1 case with 3 skills, too.

Congrats to you all, in any case, for your work in this Certificate test. I do think you all did quite well for your different levels, except two people who could’ve done better but these things happen. I’m particularly happy for those people who did work this year and managed to improve their level – and here I’m also including people who did work hard though not all the time, and who did learn things! 🙂 For the ones who passed from a B2 to a C1 this year, now their level is far too fresh to be kept without more work on it, but that’ll be up to them, of course.

Now relax, and remember to check your marks on the 20th. Remember to come to Revisión if you failed any of the parts, to take a picture of your exam and analyze the situation. If you can’t make it to Revisión send someone with a written permission (models in Secretaría on the school’s website, I think) so that person can take a picture.

Just so you know, some writing tasks by C1 libres were really good. I’ll be publishing some on Talking People this summer. ❤

Big hug! ❤

And well… (we could improve the lyrics, though! 😀 ❤ ) (I have a version of Marilyn’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!” – “Causes Are a Girl’s Best Friend!”)

Oh, I’ll be sending you the questionnaire tomorrow morning to your email, just to you 17 people who came to the exams in June. I sent it to Cirenia first because she helped me improve the first draft with her very professional feedback! I hope you can all find some time to do it. It’s just for research and I won’t know who answered what I think! 😀