Posts Tagged ‘The Talking People Podcast’


Dishwashers (audio story)

May 14, 2013

Here is the other story I have on the Talking People podcast. It was part of Letters from YT (Your Teacher), a series of letters I used to send out to old students from the TP eCampus! (I’m not doing that anymore, but I might, some day!)

Dishwashers, for Sandra Pò (another activist friend of mine)


Help! Transcripts of your work!

March 6, 2013

Dear students,

Your speaking tasks are great, and one can see how you improve your fluency and accuracy as you use the Onion Approach! (doing the same task once and again, considering my feedback and to file a final version) SO — congratulations!!

As I have quite a few recording to publish on Talking People, I would like to ask you to give me a hand:

Can you send me the transcript? In this way, I would just typeover in block letters any corrections the task might need!

If you can’t I’ll have to do it myself, so, I mean, I would still publish your work.

Just as a reminder, this is the section where your work would be:



Publishing your work on

March 3, 2013

Hopefully in this upcoming week I’ll be working on the talking people website, to publish: the minisagas people sent me, some of the Writings people sent in for publication, and some of the speaking performances. All of these, would appear linked on the Thanks! (Credits) section which I would start up for this 2012-13 Course, my last in public education in Madrid!

So if you have a contribution for this space (whichever, on TP we’re very open to all kinds of things), make sure you send it in this week. On Friday I’ll be celebrating March 8 at the demo! But after collecting your pieces this week and thinking about how to proceed, this is, on Sat and Sunday I’ll be doing that. Unless there’s loads and I need a couple of weekends! 🙂

Apart from that, remember to do your Writings. And that tomorrow we’re starting the Interactions (oral pair work).


TP Pod: Alba’s mon. on sb she loves (Intermediate)

December 7, 2012

Here’s is Alba’s work with the teacher’s feedback in block letters in the transcript. Hope it’s useful! Thanks, Alba!


About the Talking People Podcast

December 1, 2012

I’ve been trying to see what was wrong, because some people told me they couldn’t subscribe. It seems the top right icon is for a feed, which I don’t know what it is. But it’s not the subscribe button the podcast used to have… Fortunately, I managed to add a text – top of right-hand column – with a link. If you click that, you’re meant to get a menu where you can pick how to subscribe. I subscribed using iTunes and I got the total 88 episodes the podcast has. Give it a try and let me know what happens!

The Talking People Podcast

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New podcast episode! (Felipe’s)

November 29, 2012

This episode includes a 2-min talk by Felipe on his best friend Alberto. There’s feedback before he speaks, and then after he’s over there’s an “improved” version that needs further improvement! (?!)

If you are in any of the Intermedio 2 groups, get 8 minutes to listen to it, OK?

Next I’ll be working on Lara and Isabel’s joint work and Isabel’s monologue. But I think those were for private feedback, right?
After this I’ll work on Alba’s, which will be a podcast episode. Alba, POD-CAST! 😀 😛

And then — it’ll be time for the Avanzado people — Arancha, Ana… and then back to Intermedio 2…

Well, night night! 🙂


Yabba Dabba Doo! Finished!

November 24, 2012

Yabba dabba doo! is Fred Flinstone’s cry, yes! Well, the link is NOT taking you to the Flinstones, but to a much nicer video!

Anyway, sorry for the enthusiasm! It’s taken me ages to publish Irene’s work on the Talking People Podcast. First because I had tons of Writings to correct. Then because I was trying to use the iMovie program to create a movie where you would listen to Irene’s voice while reading my feedback! As we did in my previous public school (Here is one example so you know what I mean: ) BUT — I was using a movie editor that I could manage! Sigh!
Anyway, while you listen to Irene on this podcast episode, make sure you check out the List of Mistakes and Good Things. It’ll help learn to monitor your production which means it’ll help you to learn to listen to yourself as you speak, which is of paramount importance because it gives you the chance of fixing your mistakes — and consequently, pass your Speaking Test or in real life, succeed in communication.

And now, I’m going to burn up my weekend! Yabba Dabba Doo!


Books should be free!

November 21, 2012

Juan Carlos, from the Intermedio 2 Tuesday group, has sent a link to a beautiful website, “Books Should Be Free” (click). Thanks! So now you all can 1) borrow a book + audio from the School Library, 2) pick a story or a few stories from the Talking People Podcast (but check with me, because not all stories are recommended for your level; here is a story I wrote on the topic “Childhood Memories”, in case you want to have a laugh), 3) use “Books Should Be Free” or the Literature section on Talking People! Remember your priority is to listen to English, so you should use your reading activity to listen to the language too, so that you develop your awareness of the adorable pair “Spelling – Pronunciation” apart from practicing reading out loud. 🙂

We need food, healthcare and shelter for all because… Why should we not care for people? The well-being of other people relates to our own well-being. But we need more. As animals with an amazing mind, capable of imagining and also of creating language, we need culture like a fish needs water. It’s the first time in human history that we all, women included at last, have access to information and culture. We should occupy all the spaces we can with culture. We should be walking bits of culture (trocitos andantes de cultura). Hello, Ms Bit of Walking Culture? How’re you doing? 🙂



Your recordings + My feedback

November 19, 2012

Dear students,

I’m finally back to working on your recordings (yes! I finally checked everybody’s Writing 1!). Today I’ll be working on Irene’s (Int2 Tues) because she’s donating her work to the Talking People Podcast, so to say! 🙂 This means we’ll be publishing a new podcast episode with an Intermedio 2 student’s speaking activity (Speak about someone you love). Here is the new section on the Talking People website — it’s called “Oral activities by learners with feedback from their teacher“. (Yes, you are all welcome to offer your oral work for this project! 😉 )

Then, not for the TP Pod but for students’ private use, I have Lara’s monologue and a little interaction she did with Isabel (both in Int2 Mon) and Isabel’s monologue, too (if you send me an email!!!).

And then — here’s where I’m kind of confused: I have audios by other people, but they haven’t sent me an email, which means I can’t be working on that till they do! I don’t mind working for you all, but I hate to work for nothing, and when people don’t comply with this little and adorable requirement of: “Please, send me an email with your Group in the subject line and your name in the message box” I refuse to do that work for them. I hope you understand what I mean. 🙂 IF you did send me an email and you are not mentioned here, my apologies!!! Will you send me an email again? Thanks so much!


Lesson Plans for Intermedio 2 – Nov Week 3

November 12, 2012

Today in Intermedio 2 Mondays (Int 2 will get here next Thursday, I think) we worked on 2a — pages 20, 21, and Gr Bank 2a. First I gave out people’s school ID card, so you can use it to borrow a B1 (Intermediate) level book with an audio CD and start this little project so you can learn to read out loud and speak. Then I explained the pronunciation of the -ed ending (the shortcut version, and then the Pro version!). We also finished the listenings on page 20 (2.2) — btw, did you do the exercise of imitating those accents?! Next, we did L&R (listen & repeat) with useful language + noticing textual structure for a monolog on Stereotypes that you should all practice and home and do in class some day (pleeeeease!), or that you can record and send me. (If you have a microphone, you can download Audacity, record it, and then “export it” as an mp3. If you have a digital recording machine, it’s even easier, right?/isn’t it?) Then I presented the Reading Comprehension technique called Skimming and Scanning, while relating it to Reading Tests: I asked people to create a section in their notebooks to keep track of the time it takes them to do a Skimming of a whichever-number-of-words text, and then Scanning 1 and then Scanning 2. You got a copy of this a couple of weeks ago. Just do it, and one day you’ll see more clearly why! 🙂 And people read out loud the text on page 21 and we tackled the questions in the previous page, and the questions on p. 21 and the Grammar Bank.

We didn’t have time to do the Speaking activity on page 21, so please, practice speaking about that at home, on your own, or better still, meet your classmates somewhere and practice!

People’s homework for next Monday is doing pages 22, 23, and listening to audio 2.1 to learn to speak, and practicing a monolog on stereotypes. I’ll bring your checked Writings and we could listen to a few of them, pleeeeease!
Extra homework: If you have more time, listen to a podcast episode at the Talking People podcast. Here are some suggestions:


Practice your final “s” and dentals!

November 1, 2012

Today in Intermedio 2 we practiced the -(e)s endings /iz/ and the -(e)d endings /t/, /d/, /id/

Here are two links I recommended, in case any of you all want to do some reading aloud! You can listen and repeat, or listen to the whole story while jotting down sounds over the written words and then read.

This other episode includes modal-awareness

Oh, a third!!:

Today I recommend that if it’s hard for you to pronounce a final D (especially after V and N), you can say a T. It’s OK. Well, for those of you who wish, like Elena, to know when it’s a D and when a T, here is an explanation I can give in class, if you like.


Extended families

October 24, 2012

Today in the Avanzado 2 group. I had a little conversation with one of the Small Groups on what an extended family is.

I have to say that I believe the exercise where your answer should be “extended family” is misleading. I mean, I disagree an extended family is the rest of family members. For us, a family is a nuclear family, and then we have more relatives or family members. But in my view, an extended family is a cultural notion which other cultures have, meaning gypsies or roma people in Spain, African people in villages and towns, or American/Native Indians living the Indian way, so to say.

On the Talking People Podcast I published a beautiful poem, “The Housing Poem” by an Indian author, Dian Million, which gives you more accurate information (or a feel of what an extended family is, what it feels like, and why the larger families we have (cousins, people-in-law, and the like) are not extended families, really.

Of course, I could be wrong. But I thought I should pose this question to you.

PS: I wrote to Dian Million when I finally found her on the Net, and she kindly replied. So she’s seen the web page we made for her poem! 🙂

By the way, answering Pablo’s question: ‘kin’

Here is one sense of the word: It can be “parientes más cercanos”, “next of kin” but I don’t know how to use the word, really. I believe it has restricted areas of use, like in wills (testamentos). Anyway, people, if you have better explanations, you are welcome to post them here!


Students doing oral work and teacher’s feedback!

October 22, 2012

Here is the first episode of a new segment at the Talking People Podcast. Thanks to Víctor for giving us permission to put together this episode! Let’s hope it’s useful! It’ll help you at least to learn to monitor your production, or listen to yourself. In this way, you’ll be better at fixing your mistakes on the spot! A big thanks to Víctor and his daughter! 🙂

Post your comments (click on the title of this post to reach the comment boxes!)


December Oral Presentations (OPs) for Avanzado 2

October 19, 2012

Materials: the Sherman Alexie novel and your TV series episodes.

Mission for the novel (delivery of books scheduled for November 1): I recommend you read it a couple of times — the first with your heart (emotional reading), this is, without stopping to look up words in the dictionary, and the second focusing on language, this is 1) looking up the most important words, 2) underlining Useful Language (for your own personal use), 3) selecting passages you love, and/or passages that are good material as Useful Language. In December, you will share your “Useful Language” and your passages in small groups and/or at Plenary. Here are two links to work by Avanzado 2 students on this novel:

Mission based on the episodes of a TV series you picked: find people in class who have chosen the same TV series. Ask me for 20 minutes of time in class to get together with them in November and see if you can form a team to prepare an OP based on that TV series. You can do whatever you like, the “minimum” being that you share some Useful Language you were able to understand (without doing any reading!!). Here is an example, at the Talking People Podcast: Everyday Language 1, (there are up to 4). Over here, on this blog, there are ideas about how to work with TV series (first paragraph on this page: At the Students’ Corner of EOI Getafe you will find examples of OPs by students, too. Here’s the link: Some are videos and some are texts they prepared. Actually, a group of students who liked theater decided to give their OP the format of acting out three scenes in one of the episodes of Big Bang! You must watch it! It’s fun.


Improve your pronunciation of the -ed ending

October 18, 2012

Check out this webpage and click the link to get to the audio on the Talking People Podcast


A new episode at the Talking People Podcast!

October 16, 2012

Use it to automatize your production of indirect questions making sure you are fluent and accurate!


Oral Drilling for Intermedio 2 y Avanzado 2

October 15, 2012

The following are language issues for Upper Intermediate and Advanced students. However, Intermedio 2 is not learning at the B1 level, but at a B2 (Upper Intermediate) level, and Avanzado 2, instead of having a textbook at the B2 level, it is a true Advanced level (C1). Anyway, this might come in handy for both!

Find similar sentences in your audio and audiovisuals, or examples you might want to use, and which are easy to remember!

Indirect Questions: wh- + Subject + Verb

I don’t know where I put my keys
I can’t remember what her phone number is!
I don’t know what we have to do
I can’t remember how many people are coming
I don’t know when the exam is
She doesn’t know which you chose
He doesn’t remember how much that was
They can’t remember where she lives
She doesn’t remember how many books we need
I don’t remember how you use this
We can’t remember what she told us to do
I’m not sure who my teacher is
She can’t remember where she parked the car
We don’t know when they are coming
He is working out how long it takes us to get to Seville by car
I don’t know what this means
I don’t know who it is
I can’t remember who he is
She doesn’t remember how much it cost her
He can’t remember how many people are coming to the party
I can’t imagine why I did that!
I can’t explain why I did that!

With to-infinitives

I don’t know where to go now
I can’t remember how to do this
I don’t know what to do
He can’t remember how many (drinks) to get
I don’t know how to pronounce this
We’re working out how to do this exercise!
She isn’t sure who to call
We’ve forgotten where to put it
I can’t remember how to use this machine!
He can’t remember how to get to the airport
I’m not sure how much/long it takes (cuánto lleva)

More indirect questions at the Talking People Podcast:

Comparative Structures – Upper Intermediate/Advanced 

The more the better
The more the merrier

The more you listen to English the better you’ll speak / you speak
The more you read aloud the more fluently you speak!
The more you practice speaking at home, the more natural it’ll be for you to speak in class! 😛
The more you speak English on your own, the less shy you’ll be in class / the more spontaneously you’ll participate in class
The harder you work, the better results you’ll get
The friendlier the atmosphere at work, the happier people are/will be!
The more bored you are in class, the more difficult it’ll be to enjoy the subject and learn!
The kinder people are, the more intelligent (I think they are)!
The older we grow the wiser we become
The more I watch the news the less I know about the world
The higher you climb the colder it gets
The more you earn the less you save
How do you like your coffee? The stronger the better
The faster
you drive the higher risk there is of a traffic accident
The colder and rainier it gets, the more I feel like reading in bed!
The sunnier it is when it is fresh, the happier I feel
The sooner we start, the sooner we finish!

Watch/Listen to this wonderful teacher:

a/an + noun + of + possessive pronoun

A/This/That friend of mine lives here
A cousin of mine used to live here
I don’t know that friend of yours whose name is Peter
I like a friend of his (of Darren’s)
He likes a cousin of hers (of Mary’s)
A friend of ours has a house where we can stay!
I like a friends of yours. Her/His name’s Chris.
This belongs to a friends of theirs (Martha and Tim’s)

Whose is this?
It’s mine! It’s Michelle’s!

For Avanzado 2: Double genitives:

A cousin of Peter’s told us that…
A friend of Jane’s told us that…


Listening to the news – Activity

October 9, 2012

Here is a link to some 2005 fill-in-the-gap listening activities I designed for students based on audio news from the BBC. The first news includes Rosa Parks’s voice! You could do one a week! You can post your questions or comments here, if you like.


The Poem – For my Intermedio 2 and Avanzado 2 students

October 9, 2012

And here’s the poem you could try to learn by ear. I hope you enjoy it!

Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver


List of episodes at the Talking People Podcast

October 4, 2012

tppod contents (4 word pages) – updated Oct 5, 2012

It’s Audrey Hepburn, an amazing actress and human being! Audrey Hepburn at Talking People

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