Writing and Speaking : A Biography

It’s with great pride that I  show you the work of two of my students; they are  twelve and thirteen-year-old students  who, with a lot of effort on their part,  have managed to overcome the difficulties of speaking and pronouncing a different language. My Congratulations and Thanks  to Patricia Alonso and Juan Fernández for their effort and contribution to this blog. Keep up the good work!

Patricia has written and recorded  Marco Polo’s Biography  and Juan has done the same with  Fernando Alonso.Ladies first!


2 thoughts on “Writing and Speaking : A Biography

  1. It”s , actually, quite tough to make students understand that the -ed can be pronounced in three different ways. In fact, in the high school , i don”t even try to teach there are three different pronunciations. I, most of the times, try to show them the difference in pronunciation between those being pronounced -ed and then “the other ones” . The difference between /t/ and /d/ is not really relevant at this stage . What”s more , after a voiced comes a voiced and after a voiceless a voiceless. It should be as simple as that. When teaching at the EOI, that’s an entirely different matter.
    Anyway, in these two presentations , the past tense was the last unit in the book of 1st ESO and the truth is I didn”t have much time left to dedicate to this matter. if you listen to the two previous presentations about FIlm Reviews, you will realise that this problem no longer exists.

  2. It’s great to hear students saying more than one sentence in English!

    I’ve noticed, however, that ESO students are not familiar with the way regular verbs are pronounced in the past simple and past participle: /d/, /t/, /ɪd/

    Is it that they find the rule particularly difficult or is it that more time is needed in class to practise it?

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