MY WEEKLY JOURNAL
AGUST – DECEMBER 2015
B.A. IN E.L.T
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE SINALOA
Ammi Paola Bermúdez Osuna
My Journal week 1.
I’m Ammi and I started studying the B.A. in E.L.T. on August 17th.
I met my classmates on august 18th, we did a lot of activities together. I think we are
a very united group and I like that, although we’re very different, we get along well
Our classes officially started on August 19th. Our first class was English 1 with
teacher Frida, she’s Canadian. In this class I got to know my classmates a little
better, asking about important dates, places or names.
Our second class was study skills with teacher Laura, she’s Spanish, she speaks
British English and I like her accent, both of them (English/Spanish). In this class the
teacher started introducing herself and asking us to go in front of the class and do
the same, talk about us a little.
At the beginning some of us were very shy but later we started being more confident
and spontaneous. Some of my classmates were very enthusiastic and gave us
encouragement speeches, I liked that a lot, some of them were very sweet, others
funny and others very motivational.
After getting to know each other, the teacher from the next hour didn’t come, so
teacher Laura started to talk about her class “study skills”. She talked about the
objective of her class, her evaluation procedures, and gave us the weekly homework,
which was start writing a journal about what we learn in her class and how we feel.
Also another weekly homework was work in teams and bring every week a new word
and a quote to share with our classmates. And the last task she gave us was writing
an essay about an article called “second language acquisition”.
Later we established as a group the rules in the classroom, for example, don’t use
our cellphones; don’t bring food, just snacks; be tolerant; be on time etc.
The teacher finished the class welcoming us to the semester and we gave her our
I liked the class I think it was very dynamic, and it was helpful for me, because
sometimes I’m very shy and that’s one of the things I want to overcome this
My Journal - week 2.
Monday August 24th.
We started the study skills class talking about time management, the teacher talked
about the types of procrastination, which were false procrastination, logical
procrastination and emotional procrastination; and how as teachers we have to learn
to recognize which type of procrastination is affecting us and causing our delay. In
the presentation there was a phrase that captured my attention “In order to be
efficient, we need to respond to disruptions, not react to them” I think is very
important to know how to manage those disruptions in order to be efficient. After
that, the teacher gave us as task to read an article about time management and work
in groups, then as team we talked about our opinions. Later she gave us as
homework to write an essay (individual) about the article and about what we
discussed as a team.
After she gave us the homework, we watched some videos about class management
strategies. I think the videos were very interesting because I could learn how I’m
supposed to deal with noisy kids or students in general and how to capture their
attention. When we finished the videos, teacher Laura told us about her own
experiences teaching little kids, and how hard it was for her. It was funny and very
revealing, because sometimes we think that teaching kids is easier because you’ll
teach Basic English, but knowing how to manage kids without losing it can be very
hard and sure it’s not for everyone.
Wednesday August 26th.
In this class Teacher Laura talked to us about the multiple intelligences theory. I
learned that Dr. Howard Garner, a Harvard professor, was the one that developed
that theory. He said there were eight different intelligences: the spatial intelligence,
the linguistic intelligence, the logical mathematical intelligence, the kinesthetic
intelligence, the musical intelligence, the interpersonal intelligence, the intrapersonal
intelligence and the Naturalistic intelligence. And for each kind of intelligence, people
are able to do different kinds of activities, and there are different things they’re good
at, besides each type of intelligence suits different kinds of careers and professions.
After that teacher Laura asked us to work in groups and think about 4 activities for
10 year old kids, where they could use different types of intelligence. We chose the
kinesthetic, the musical, the linguistic and the spatial intelligence and we planned
four fun activities. Later we explained those activities to our classmates and each
group did the same thing. It was interesting because some activities were similar
between groups but others were very different and I could see how my classmates
think and it gave me more ideas. I liked that activity because in that moment I started
feeling like a teacher and I loved it.
My Journal – week 3.
Wednesday September 2nd.
We started our study skills class working in teams, we talked about how we felt about
our listening back in high school. In my team most of us felt the same way, we
already knew English when we were at high school so it wasn’t so difficult for us,
besides none of us had good English teachers at high school, so the level wasn’t
hard. We agreed to the same thing, we struggle with British accent but we all think
we are getting used to it.
But later when we listened to other teams, we realized some of them had had a very
different experience. Some of our classmates used to live in the U. S., some of them
already knew English when they got there but others didn’t so for them it was a big
After that, we read an article of learning theories and the nature of listening. There I
learned some tips to improve my teaching skills and get a better response of my
future students, such as: give the students confident; keep sentences short and
grammatical simple; and emphasize key words.
Later we worked in groups again and we discussed what we learned and talked
about our own experiences and beliefs about teaching. As a team and actually most
of the teams, we focused our discussion in teaching kids. I talked about how it was
very important for me, to give our students confident and never tell them that they’re
wrong, I said that we need to correct them of course but without make them feel like
they made a mistake or they are stupid. I also told my classmates that I think when
you’re teaching kids you have to think like them, and don’t expect them to react like
an adult. I liked the activity because I could express my beliefs, but more because I
could listened to my classmates opinions and some of them were very revealing and
gave me another perspective. I feel like I learn more from these activities than from
reading theory because they give me more tools and ideas for teaching, and it’s so
cool to be in a classroom with many people, with different minds, opinions and ideas
and being able to share them and open my mind.
My Journal – week 4.
Monday September 7th.
The teacher started the class talking about note-taking and note-making. We read
an article about the differences between note-taking and note-making, and the
process of each activity. I learned a lot of tips and ways to take and make notes more
After that, the teacher asked us to work in groups and discuss what we learned or
what we found interesting about the class, and share our own experiences as well
because, we were going to make a presentation about note-taking and note-making
for the next class, so we started talking about it. We realize that many of us had
troubles making and taking notes for many reasons, some of us because we couldn’t
listen carefully and take notes of what was on the screen at the same time; others
because they weren’t used to it, like for example they couldn’t read or write fast
enough. After we discussed our experiences we started organizing for the
presentation, we organized so that everyone had a task to do. Two of my partners
didn’t have enough time to help with the presentation so we designated them as the
speakers, and the rest of the team helped looking for the information, organizing it
and making the presentation. And that’s how we finished the class.
Wednesday September 9th.
This was the day of the presentations. Teacher Laura gave us 10 minutes to get
ready and deal with any inconvenient.
The other teams started to give the presentations and we realized we had a lot of
information and our presentation was going to be very long, one of the speakers
asked me to give the conclusion and the other asked another partner to give the
introduction. So we tried to adapt to the changes as quickly as we could. At the end
our presentation was too long.
After we finished, the teacher gave us some advices to make our future
presentations better, and started asking us how we felt preparing and giving the
presentation. I think we should’ve been more organized, also we should’ve
summarized the information more so the presentation wasn’t too long. Even when I
just gave the conclusion which was short, I felt fine and comfortable standing in front
of the class, besides we did an activity with teacher Frida where we mimicked a song
in front of all the class so I think I’m not afraid to be embarrassed in front of my
My Journal – week 5.
Monday September 14th.
The topic of this class was Learning Styles, which proposes that all people can be
classified according to their “style” of learning.
We read about the different learning styles which were the visual or spatial learning,
in this learning style people prefer using pictures, images and spatial understanding;
the aural or musical learning, in which people prefer using sound and music; the
verbal or linguistic learning, whose learners prefer using words, both in speech and
writing; the Physical or Kinesthetic learning, in this style of learning, people prefer
using their body, hands and sense of touch; the logical mathematical learning, in
which learners prefer using logic, reasoning and systems; the social learning and the
solitary learning. We also read about a lot of authors such as David A. Kolb, Peter
Honey, Fleming, Anthony Gregoc, Anthony Grasha and Sheryl Riechman, who have
made researches regarding learning styles.
Later we watched a video about Kolb’s model, and at the end of the class the teacher
gave us as task to describe what kind of learners we are.
I liked this class because I could understand better how we all have different ways
to learn, I think I am a visual learner, because it’s easier for me to understand a topic
when I see images or when I read about it.
My Journal – week 6.
Monday September 20th.
We started the class talking about some materials to teach students. We discussed
as a team what we thought we would use to teach someday. Later my partners Kelly
and Kevin share our opinions and conclusions in front of the class.
After that Teacher Laura asked us which level we would like to teach English. I said
that I’d like to start teaching kids, because I love kids and they are the future of our
world and I think I’d like to give them a good example and be a good influence to
them. But later I’d like to teach high school and college students.
We finish the class telling our quotes and new words, we share 2 quotes and 2 new
words because we didn’t share them the week before. Our words were: loathe, which
means to hate someone very much and Chiliad, which means a group of thousand
things. Our quotes were: “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better
than silver or gold” By Bob Marley. And “To the world, you may be just a teacher but
to your students you are a star” By Zoey Sayward.
Wednesday September 22th.
We started the class with some classmates going in front of the class and talking
about what kind of learner they were. It was interesting because they had different
learning styles and I could see different points of view and I could relate to others.
Some of them talked about how it was easier for them to learn by movements and
they also talked about muscle memory which is often used in sports.
I really liked this class because it was nice for me to see how my classmates learn,
and how there are many ways to teach students with different skills.
My Journal – week 7.
Monday September 28th.
We started the class telling our quotes and new words. Our new word was “Ordeal”
and our quote was “We know what we are, bit we know what we may be” by
Shakespeare. Later the teacher talked about principles for materials.
We saw a video about audiovisual resources, I liked it and it was very interesting. At
the end we discussed our opinions about the video.
Wednesday September 30th.
The teacher started the class talking to us about our homework. After that we
watched a video about approaches and methods, and another video about the
importance of grammar.
Later, we participate giving our opinions about grammar and about how the teacher
on the video was teaching grammar in a different way. I liked the way he introduced
grammar to his students because it wasn’t boring, or just structures, he was teaching
them grammar with casual conversations and with easy and practical examples. In
my opinion and in my experience it is easier to learn that way, because the student
is not trying to memorize structures, he is just practicing them so easily that it
After we discussed the video, my classmate Christ present the topic “Listening skills”,
I liked his presentation because he used practical examples and he explained them
well. The next presenters were Kevin and Leydy and they presented the topic
“multiple intelligences” I liked their presentation too because they gave more
examples than theory so it was very comprehensible. The las one to present was
Ramon and he talked about note taking and note making, I think he should have
used more visuals and maybe make it a little shorter but I liked the way he explain
and the examples he gave.
My Journal – week 8.
Monday October 5th.
We started the class with a presentation of manual for language text developing and
examining. The teacher asked us about our experiences with this kind of tests. Some
classmates talked about the TOEFL exam, others talked about the PET exam, and
the rest of the class talked about their experiences with the IELTS exam.
I only have taken the IELTS exam and I told my classmates that for me the most
difficult part of this test was the writing, because for me it’s kind of difficult to express
something with so many words. I can develop an idea in 50 words and in the writing
part they ask for 150 words. So I think I have to work on my writing skills, I have to
be able to use more technical and professional vocabulary and give more ideas.
Some of my classmates said that for them the listening part was the most difficult,
because of the different accents and the speed of the speakers. For me, when I first
started preparing for the IELTS exam, and started watching videos of the listening
part, it was very hard. I remember repeating the video many times because I couldn’t
get the answers. But with practice I started improving, and I started watching series
without the subtitles to force myself a little more and improve my listening skills. And
when I took the IELTS exam my highest grade was in the listening part.
Later when I started studying the B.A., first I struggled a little with teacher Laura’s
British accent, but after a week or two, I think I got used to it, and I think it’s great
that we have teachers with different nationalities and different accents because it
gives us more variety and we are used to different accents not just American’s.
After that, teacher Laura asked us to join in teams and think about some tips, and
techniques for one of the 4 skills in this kind of exams and prepare a presentation
for next week.
We chose the IELTS exam because we are used to it, and we chose to give tips for
band 6 listening part.
Wednesday October 7th.
We started the class presenting different topics related to teaching.
My classmate Lulu gave a presentation about the inductive and deductive methods.
After that, I gave a presentation about Krashen’s theory of second language
acquisition, I chose that topic because I found it interesting, besides we have talked
about that topic in TOLLAT class too, so I feel like I dominated the topic and of course
I liked it.
Later Alexander and Jorge talked about materials. I really liked Jorge’s presentation,
I think it was very dynamic and interesting. We finished the class with Alejandra
giving a presentation about sexual diversity and how to handle it in the classroom.
I felt comfortable giving my presentation in front of the class, I think I just have to be
more fluent but I’m improving.
My Journal – week 9.
Wednesday October 14th.
We started the class with some classmates giving their presentations. Mary
presented about materials, I really like her presentation because it was very
dynamic, funny and helpful at the same time, she gave a lot of tips to teach to
children and how to get their attention and make learning easier for them.
Belem presented about how to improve your writing skills, this was very helpful for
me because, it is hard for me to explain an idea with many words. She gave helpful
tips too. After that Irving presented about how to improvise in a classroom and how
to teach your students when you don’t have a lot of resources. His presentation was
very interesting and helpful because as teachers we have to be prepared for
everything even for situations like that.
Our weekly word from last week was: “Eager” which means having or showing strong
desire or interest; longing impatiently. For example: He is an eager student. He is
eager for success.
Last week’s quote was: “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach
your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence.” - Confucius
This week’s new word was: “Nudiustertian” which means the day before yesterday.
For example: I'd ordered the key on-line for £48 that nudiustertian morning and was
not expecting it to arrive until the following week.
The quote of this week was: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It
has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
– C. S. Lewis.
My Journal – week 10
Monday October 19th.
We started the class continuing with the presentations about the topics related to
teaching. I liked the presentations the topics were different and well explained.
After that we moved on to history to talk about our essays and we finished with the
topics of this semester.
Wednesday October 21th.
We started the class with the final presentations and after that we gather in teams to
keep working on our presentations for next week. The teacher gave us some advices
for our presentation because we were only focusing on the certificates, in the ielts
exam and we should’ve be talking about how to improve those skills in general.
So we chose how to improve listening skills for intermediate level. And we started
looking for some extra information and going deeper into the topic. We found some
information of how to improve those listening skills in a lecture or conference, and
we included that in our presentation.
My Journal week 11.
Monday October 26th
This day we started with the presentations related to improving skills. We presented
how to improve listening skills for intermediate level.
We started the presentation with Sheccid, Kevin, Kelly and Alex giving some tips to
improve your listening skills while you’re attending a conference or even in the
classroom. They gave several useful advices about it.
After them, Irving and I gave tips specifically for improve your score at the listening
part of the ielts exam. We gave tips such as, don’t try to improve your listening skills
by doing practical ielts exams on the internet, because that doesn’t improve your
listening skills, it only makes you become familiar with the test. We told our
classmates that they should be preparing before, listening to conferences, or music
and trying to get as much of the speech as possible, also trying with different accents
not just American accent. Teacher Laura liked our presentation and told us it was
well developed, she also told us to push our partners Kelly an Alex to talk more, to
help them be more confident.
Wednesday October 28th
We started the class with the presentations of the rest of the teams related to
A team did a really great and complete presentation about different kinds of
certification and how did they grade the students. It was very interesting and I think
they put a lot of effort on it so it was good.
After that, the teacher talked to us about certifications and how the SEP works here
in Mexico for English teachers. It was very interesting and it’s something that we all
should be aware of and be ready for that.
My Journal week 12
Wednesday November 4th.
We started the class with presentations about the origin of Halloween and the origin
of the Mexican tradition “the day of the dead”.
Irving and I started talking about the origin of Halloween and how it came to America.
Later Alexander told us about Halloween too, but with a different perspective,
focusing more on how it is celebrated.
After that, Mary talked about the history of Halloween too. Then Sheccid and Kelly
presented about the day of the dead, they talked about the history of this tradition,
and how Mexicans celebrate it.
The last one was Belem and she talked about Halloween but from the perspective
of a Christian and how this celebration is against the word of God. I really liked her
presentation because I have those same beliefs and I think everything she said was
Even when I don’t celebrate Halloween or the day of the dead, it was quite interesting
to see these presentations because I could learn more about the origins of these
We finished the class with another team giving an extra presentation about examples
of the writing part in the IELTS exam, it was very interesting and they gave us good
and practical teams for the exam.
My Journal week 13
Monday November 9th
We started the class with the teacher giving us a presentation about English testing
in Mexico. We saw the levels of testing and how it has been evolving over the past
I liked the presentation because I think it is very important to know how all this system
works, and how it has evolved.
We also shared the new words and quotes of the past two weeks.
New word: “Reek” (verb) which means to smell strongly or unpleasantly. “The rotting
garbage reeked”. It also means, to contain or seem to contain a potent atmosphere
of something. “A suburb that absolutely reeks for money.”
Quote: “Aim for the moon, if you miss, you may hit a star”. –W. Clement Stone.
The new word of last week was: Feeble, which means physically weak; “The sick
child was still too feeble to walk on her own”. It also means, lacking in substance or
effectiveness. “Feeble arguments”.
The quote of last week was: “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can”
Wednesday November 11th
The teacher started the class asking us to join in our teams and start talking about
our next project of testing. She gave us some articles and we started reading them
and giving our opinions and thoughts about them.
She asked us to choose a topic and we chose vocabulary, so we read all the copies
she gave us and that gave us an overview of the topic.
Then we give each other some topics to research and complete our information.
The new word for this week is: Cavil (verb). Which means to raise imitating and trivial
objections, find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about). “He finds
something to cavil at in everything I say.”
It also means, to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections. “To cavil
each item of a proposed agenda.”
The quote for this week is: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection
we can catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi.
My Journal week 14
Wednesday November 18th
Today we started the class writing an essay. The teacher asked us to write an essay
about how we deal with frustration in class as B.A. students. And after that, we were
going to share it with our classmates.
I wrote about how sometimes I feel frustrated when I don’t manage my time correctly
or when I do not have the motivation to do a task. I told my classmates that when
that happens to me, the first thing I do is take a deep breath and I try to get rid of any
negative thought or feeling and then when the class starts I try to focus on little and
simple things, like the main points or the main topic, so that I don’t get to much into
my head. In those moments I start taking simple notes like keywords and some
phrases to study later when I’m more calmed. I concluded sharing with my partners
something I had read, it was “you can’t always control what happens to you or what
you have to do but you’re always in control of how you react to it” therefore for me it
was all about seeking for motivation and having a good attitude in class.
I liked this activity because I could share my experience and thoughts but also I was
able to listen to my classmates’ ideas and tips and that was very helpful.
New word: macrosmatic adj. – having a good sense of smell.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit
down and listen.” By Winston Churchill
My Journal week 15
Monday November 23th
Today we started the class gathering in teams and discussing about our project of
testing. We were working on testing vocabulary, we joined the information of each
team member and we worked on it. After a while we finished the project and worked
on the last details.
We were also talking about how we were going to do our portfolio and our final tasks.
After that we share the quotes and the new words.
New word: cerulean - deep sky blue. The word is derived from the Latin word
caeruleus, "dark blue, blue or blue-green", which in turn probably derives from
caerulum, diminutive of caelum, "heaven, sky".
Sentence: Before entering, he looked up at the cerulean fall sky once more to feel
Quote: Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. – Winston
New Word: “Sprawl” [sprɔːl] verb. Bef. 1000; Middle English spraulen to move
awkwardly, Old English spreawlian; cognate with Frisian (north, northern dialect,
dialectal) sprawel, related to Old English spryttan to sprout, SPURT, Greek speirein
1. To stretch or spread out (the legs) such as when sitting or lying: She sprawled
on the couch. She sprawled her leg over his knee and trapped him.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than
you!”. Dr. Seuss.