Thursday, October 9, 2014

How can you convince a person like you to visit museums?


As you get ready to present your projects, it is important that you get more experience in the world of museums. These are some links to some museums which I love. Also some explinations on how culture is accessed and used in Mexico. Visit every link, take a tour, watch videos, look at pictures, read the posts... and do some serious research.
  1. http://sic.conaculta.gob.mx/estadistica.php
  2. http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx/index.html
  3. http://www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?lang=en&objID=27
  4. http://www.guggenheim.org/
  5. http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/
  6. http://www.moma.org/
  7. http://americanart.si.edu/
  8. http://www.londonart.co.uk/website/dictionary.asp
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU9oaD0e7uU
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvT9gl5Gh_Y
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUnNJY7GEag
As you take tours of the museum sites: 

  1. Take notes.
  2. Come to your own conclusions. 
  3. Remember that the objective of your visits and these links is to inspire you to understand the importance of art and museums, so you to find a way to motivate young people like you to visit museums. 
  4. The objective of the presentations is not to describe museums. 

Projects will be presented on October 28th, under these rules: 

  • 3 members per team.
  • You may present with any means you want.
  • You will turn in the evidence of your visit to the museums, and w ritten presentation. 
  • You can not read your presentation.
  • Executive uniforms must be worn when you present.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

This is your assignment for the next class, and it is very simple. 

  1. You are going to make a list of 5 specialties that you are interested in. 
  2. You will describe, in no more than 50 words, what that specialty is, 
  3. and why you want to study it. This has to be in YOUR WORDS, 50 to 100 aadditional words. 
  4. You will make and PRINT a word document and bring it to class. 
  5. You will give a mini presentation, individually, on ONE of the five specialties, but the trick is that I will tell you which one to talk about.
  6. You can NOT read your presentation.
  7. Take this quiz . It is fun.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Know what you're talking about; talk about yourself!


What we're trying to do here is get you to be an amazing public speaker. So, how do we go about doing that? We do it by getting you to do presentations, and then a few more presentations... and a some more presentations after that. You get the idea.
Let's look at some tips from the Toastmasters website.

  1. I will make sure you that master these tips not by memory, but by constant work; http://www.toastmasters.org/tips.asp 
  2. Make the right moves. Don't hold up the wall, it won't fall.. http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/GesturesGetMoving.aspx 
  3. Your visual support is vital to your presentation;  http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/VisualAidsPowerPoint.aspx
  4. Let's avoid this;  http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/10BiggestPublicSpeakingMistakes.aspx 
  5. If you lose it and things go wrong, this link will help you;  http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/WhenThingsGoWrong.aspx 

And now the rules:

  • Presentation will be about YOU!
  • Tell us five things we do not know about you... GET creative talk about something which most people don't talk about.
  • You have to talk about your past, present and future.
  • You can bring any visual support you need, except PowerPoint or any computer based projection.
  • You will leave a comment, mentioning the tip you think is most helpful, and why.
  • You have to talk for a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of three.
  • YOU CAN NOT READ YOUR PRESENTATION.
  • Presentations will be on Monday September 15th, and it is part of your grade.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE SKELETON

For this activity, I have borrowed from my fellow teacher Ariel.

The first thing you need to do is print this document, because we will use it in class. You must have YOUR OWN COPY in class in order to work. You can print on recycled paper.

Next you will test your knowledge at this link for practice. This link is for practice at home. 

In class, you will do an activity withis information. If you can bring a laptop or a table.

You will need to work in teams, but you will have individual work by the end of the class.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Countries, Cities, Nationalities and Dishes

Welcome to English 3. Vocabulary is very important. In this activity we are going to learn vocabulary for counties and languages IN ENGLISH. 
How many countries in Europe can you name? What is the capital of Denmark? What is the official currency in Turkey? What is the official language of Finland? You may, or may not agree with me, but there things you (we) have to know. I know some people feel that learning a lot of information might actually be useless. Knowledge can never be useless.


  • You will first test your memory by taking a quiz on Europe and its geography, just for fun.
  • After that, complete this chart in English. 
  • When you finish, email the document to ralfortiz@gmail.com; The subject and the name of the attachment should be YOUR_NAME_Europe.
  • All the information you gather you will use in another project. You may work in pairs, as long as you only speak English and produce two different documents
  • After you read this post, write a comment with you opinion of this assignment. Don't forget to write your name.
  • In addition, you will go to this link after class and study the parts of speech. This information is VERY important for you to understand how English works; http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/parts-of-speech.html


Have fun!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Parts of Specch and Parts of the Body



  • In class, we saw the different Parts of Speech, and how they work. Go to this link to review how the parts of speech work, The first thing you are going to do is go to the link below and study how they work.
http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/parts-of-speech.html 




  • We also looked at the different parts of the body. You worked as a team and made a list with your classmates and we shared them in class. For your homework, you need to follow these steps.
  1. Memorize and translate the body parts in this list. Did you have al of them in your exercise?
  2. After studying them, do three exercises to test your memory; face, head, and body.
  3. By now you are an expert on the vocabulary parts!
  4. You will find appropiate images; 1 for the head, and 1 of the human body. Paste them on PowerPoint slides. Then, tag a minimum of 25 body parts (minimum 10 for head and face).
  5. Finally you will send it to my email, ralfortiz@gmail.com. The suject of the mail, AND the name of the file is YOUR_NAME_bodyparts. For example PETER_PARKER_bodyparts.
  6. The deadline for sending the email. is Thursday, August 28, 2014, before midnight

  • For the next class*, you and your team will teach the class a yoga or tai chi routine, using commands. Remeber (1) every member of the team MUST speak individually, and (2) to bring comfortable clothes, so that we keep uniforms clean.


* Group 1: next class on Monday, August 25th at 10 A.M.
Group 2: next class on Friday, August 29th at 9 A.M.
Group 3: next class on Friday, August 29th at 11 A.M.

  • Finally, after you read the complete assignment, leave a comment in the comment section with your name and group.
If you have questions, contact me.

#SuccessIsYours


Monday, June 23, 2014

Dr. Ralf & His Pupils Battle the Bad Grammar Zombies



As move on with your writings/blogs/essays/readings, you need to pay lots of attention to your spelling and your grammar. There are many words which are commonly misspelled, but they are spelled as other words, thus your spell checker does not pick up on those mistakes.

As if spelling weren't enough trouble, there is all that punctuation that must be taken care of. Rules here, rules there, rules everywhere.

Now, I'm afraid I have some bad news and some good news for you.

Check SpellingThe bad news is that you MUST apply and follow the rules. The good news is that you have Doctor Ralf on your corner! I know it goes without saying, but having Doctor Ralf on your corner (when facing English Grammar) is like El Santo at your side when facing mommies (from Guanajuato or anywhere else). You know, like having that fully loaded shutgun when you need to battle zombies. Chainsaw-wielding, gunshot-toting English-teaching-machine Doctor Ralf is here next to you as you face The Bad Grammar Zombies. Furthermore, we could say that it is like having Gandalf if you are a hobbit going into Mordor. It has been said that it is like knowing Batman is coming as your facing grammar's Joker... I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point by now.

So it is very clear that I am here to help you, but you have to roll up your sleves and join the struggle... do your part. Kill those zombies. As it would be said in a movie "They ain't gonna kill themselves", but there are things only YOU can do for YOURSELF.

Here are some links to help you along the way.
  • Another area of difficulty for many is the correct use of the apostrophe. some people think thay are for plurals... others just don't think about it at all. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

  • On a more serious side, The Grammar Book has rules and quizzes to check how well you have learned the rules. http://www.grammarbook.com/
Now you have a chainsaw to start cutting grammar zombies in half. You just need to pull the chain and start shredding. Have fun.