Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s and Don’ts with Your Teacher & in this Course

  • Before asking, check if that’s necessary or it’s just that you are panicky and not listening or reading something at hand. But feel free to ask
  • Start working on a change in your approach and learning routines, if you need to do that: discard angst, sacrifice, complaining, and get organized (forward planning) to make the most of the time you have. Switch to the Enjoy Learning mood
  • Understand methodology and planning are key to help us fulfil our targets
  • Hand in what the teacher asks students to hand in respecting my non-pressing deadlines. I announce things with lots of time, so you can practice forward planning and respecting deadlines!
  • Don’t send me emails that do not respect netiquette. This means, for example, descriptive subject lines. I will trash faulty emails and not reply. Communicating with me happens in English and is practice for real communication, so monitor your English and take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Teamwork & Respect. We’re a team, we need to work together all year through. If you take part in a teamwork project, please, be polite and caring with your classmates. If you say you’ll do something, do it, and if you can’t, solve the problem in some way, at least, apologizing! and preferably suggesting courses of action or making up to them in some way. Likewise, if you book to do an OP and you finally can’t make it, you should inform the teacher before that lesson if possible. Politeness is an indicator of caring and respect for people’s work, not something to ignore.
  • Tutorías. Book for a tutoría if you need a personal session. I’m happy to welcome students to Tutorías. Remember that if your questions and proposals are about English, your projects or the learning process, all of that should be posed in class, yes. It’s wonderful! Just put up your hand and I’ll fit it into the lesson agenda.
  • Evaluation. I don’t give you marks indicating you have passed or failed. Evaluación continua is a continuous process of sharing feedback and guidelines as you present your work. About “exams” I never answer questions on exams outside the classroom or privately. I fight against exam culture, so you should be careful when posing this topic. Think before speaking! The PTEC (certificate exam) is designed by the authorities and we give that at the end of the C1.2 course. Promotion to the C1.2 course will depend on your work throughout the year, so it won’t be about exams. PTEC info comes in due time and is available on the Junta’s website. Download last year’s guide, it’s got all you need to know and more! Exam Training comes in our Exam Training Workshops, so you can be prepared for exam format activities. But training for this is also our everyday work as part of this course. All we do helps people improve exam performance, if you care to think about it as I set requirements and indicate methodologies I recommend you follow.
  • Ideologies. I’m a defender of human rights (for all, this is), which means I cannot possible evaluate people for their ideas, for instance (this is actually not a point in our Evaluation Tables, so nobody can!). This means you are free to explain your views and disagreements in your projects and conversations. I’m against verbal and conceptual violence and repressive silences, and believe collaborative communication. Learning to communicate our true selves, which may be evolving regardless our age, learning to listen to other people, and learning to express things in non-aggressive ways, including critical thinking is something we can practice in the save context of the classroom.
  • As a pacifist and a feminist, not only as a language lifelong learner, a language teacher, a freelance linguist, a writer and a translator, my knowledge on language and the world of texts (oral and written) is particularly rich, so listen to me when I give tips on how to improve communication, texts or wordings.
  • Partying. I’ll love to go out with you all once you have your C1 level Certificate, not before that. I don’t like going out with students because for me we have a professional relationship and going out is more about personal relationships. This doesn’t mean I don’t love you! I do! The teacher-student relationship is also about love, but it’s got its own specifities. ❤