Amor Alcario Almeida


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Hello everybody!

My name is Amor and nowadays I am retaking my Primary School Teacher degree. I started it when I was 17 years old, but I had to leave it in the 3rd year, so here I am again...

Since I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a teacher but in the meantime, I've worked as a waitress, as a salesgirl, as a shop manager, as a summer monitor....

Now, my main goal is to finish my degree and start working with kids in formal education.


The aim of his portfolio is to reflect what we have been doing during the English minor "Communication and intercultural competencies in foreign language".

I will try to explain what I have learnt, my feelings during the classes, my opinion about the class methods and so on.

The first thing I want to tell you is how we begin every class. The teacher shows us a bucket list of one of our classmates, and we need to find out who it belongs to. This helps us to warm up and to get to know each other.

I hope you enjoy it! :D

1st week: Presentation & introduction to the course

In this session, as it was the first one, we started with introducing ourselves to the rest of our classmates.  

The teacher also introduced the minor giving us some information about the course we were about to start.

We did an activity called "My life circle", which as it name says, was all about giving some information about our lives to try to get to know each other. It was a good activity as it gave us some details about our classmates which we wouldn't have gotten in other ways. And it also helped me to start talking to people since I'm very shy and I didn't know anyone there.

During this class, we did an English quiz, it got really motivating because the winner team would get a prize, besides, we got to discover some interesting things about English culture.

We also watched a video about English learning and English level. I think we all got really conscious about the lower English level the majority of Spaniards have, and we realized that we need to change the way we do things to make them better.

2nd week: The sounds of English

To start the matter, we explored some of the English sounds and phonetics.

We watched some videos where we were able to see the proper pronunciation of vowels and we also made some activities of similar sounds. I think it helped us to be aware of the mistakes we usually make. Some of the sounds were easy to distinguish, but some other were pretty hard. I realized that I have so much to do concerning to my pronunciation.

Another thing we did was playing a role game. In groups, each member had to play a different character such as a policewoman, a little boy, a politician, a scientist, a pregnant woman. As we were supposed to be in a sinking boat, each one of us had to give good arguments to the rest of the castaways to be the saved one.

Giving our reasons to live wasn't difficult, the rough bit came when we had to decide who to save.

3rd week: Formal & informal English

This session began with a brainstorming on greetings and goodbyes, I found myself trying to remember the ones I use when I'm with my English friends and I couldn't remember more than two or three. It was really frustrating. 

The teacher gave us as well some theory about this topic and about formal and informal English and also some English slang too.

With all this information, in pairs, we had to perform a dialogue and the rest of the students had to say if it was formal or informal English.

We also did two activities that consisted on matching cards with their pairs. We had to find the meaning of some phrasal verbs as well as the meaning of some slang words. At this point, my initial frustration got away, I knew a lot about this!

The icing on the cake was the music, we listened to a song and we had to complete the lyrics with the missing phrasal verbs.

4th week: British versus American English

The day before this session I was gossiping my Facebook page and I bumped into a post that showed a list of words in American English and its correspondence in British English, so I had so much fun during the brainstorming.

In this session, we learned grammar differences, vocabulary differences, and accent differences between American and British English. I found out that I have an American accent and a mix of British and American vocabulary. Since then and as I love the British accent, I'm trying to make my accent more like the British one.

We watched a hilarious video where Hugh Laurie and Ellen DeGeneres displayed and explained British and American English slang words. We also heard some famous people speaking with different accents and our aim was to see if we could discriminate them.

To consolidate what we studied in this session, we had to fill in the gaps in a worksheet and to write a dialogue using either American or British accent.

5th week: Don't cry over spilt milk! Every cloud has a silver lining...

We started the session with a brainstorm, as usual. It was about English idioms. I really enjoyed this class because I just knew a couple of idioms and we ended up with loads of them.

After the brainstorming, the teacher showed us some more idioms and explained the meaning.

In order to see if we properly got the meanings, we had to do a worksheet completing sentences with idioms we could found hanging on the University walls. It was quite fun!

Furthermore, we saw some correspondences between English and Spanish idioms with another activity.

After all, in pairs, we were given two idioms and we had to write a dialogue with them, read it out loud to our classmates and look for their origins on the internet.

The session was really useful, as we all have a decent English level referring to  grammar, I think we need to study things like this because they are not normally taught in regular English classes, and you can only get them from native people.

6th week: First task presentations


In this session, we all became tourist guides. It was our first task presentation.

In groups, we had to choose a city and make a guided tour to our classmates.

I will begin with the bad things or feelings. We all were very nervous and that was noticeable during our presentations. On the other hand, I think that we all got really tired, the presentations were amazing but, as we were nine groups and each presentation took at least twenty minutes we were receiving too much information and we had to be very concentrate, so we got tired, I even got a headache!

Now let's start with the compliments. In my opinion, all the groups did a wonderful job, through the presentations, we can see that we all worked really hard. 

Every tour had something that stands out. I personally fell in love with the Dubai hotel keys. I also adored the video introduction from the Liverpool tour. And another thing that I enjoyed was the language class that the guides from Tokio gave us, I think we all laughed a lot.

In conclusion, doing this task, we learned many things about one city and some others from our classmates' cities. In our case, I think we learned how not to work in groups, or at least how to choose appropriate work partners.

7th week: Easter session

Before Easter holidays, we had a session that was all about playing games related to this festivity.

We started with a picture dictation and it was quite fun, all the groups had to draw what the teacher was saying, as a result we ended up with many differently styled drawings. After that, we did some other games, a crossword, a maze, a scramble, a word search and a quiz, they were all obviously related to Easter.

With all those games I learnt lots of new words and we all had so much fun. We even did an enjoyable egg hunt at the University woods.

To finish the class, we decorated our eggs in groups, and we found that we have some artists in the class.

8th week: Once upon a time...

Storytelling is a really good resource for working with kids so we worked a lot on that matter.

To warm up, we did a memory game, each student had to say one thing he/she would take to Australia, the next student had to say the thing the previous one had said and his/her own, and so on. So the last student had to have a good memory because he had to remember a list of 30 things or so...

After that, we did a brainstorming about it, we were all saying things that we can get from storytelling, and tricks to do it the best way we can. This activity was way too long for my liking.

To see if we had any idea of typical stories, the teacher gave us some kind of a puzzle where we had to match the title, some keywords, drawings... of the stories. It was a nice activity, but it was a bit difficult because we know the stories in Spanish but the English titles are really different.

To make things funnier we played a dice game in groups. It was about throwing the dice and make up a story related to the picture we got. After that, we had to write down the story to read it out loud to our classmates later on.This activity was fun, but I think we all had some troubles trying to make our story to have sense, due to the random pictures we were getting.

The last activity was a card game called "Once upon a time". By groups, each member had some cards, and at the same time we were throwing them to the table we had to invent a story, but watch out! if your group partners had the chance, they would interrupt you and you would never be able to finish your story.

I enjoyed this activity because we all got really competitive and the game ended up being really breathtaking.

The whole session helped us to let our imagination fly.

9th week: Cinema session

In this session, we watched the film "War Horse".

I think one of the bests ways to learn a language is watching films in their original version. They are always plenty of new words you have never heard of,  and you can improve your pronunciation.

However, I had a bad time during this class. I suffered a lot with the horses and all the bloody scenes.

10th week: Public speeches, mock interviews and discussion groups

At the beginning of this class, we did a brainstorm about things we should do and things we shouldn't do in public speeches, this activity is quite helpful because we all thought about every mistake we have made or seen in a class presentation, in an interview or in every other situation that involves having a public.

After all the tips we talked about, we had to act like commercials sales.  We needed to create a marketing strategy. We had to talk about the characteristics of what we were selling, setting a price for it, and presenting it to the rest of the class to get as many sales as we could.

I think we all enjoyed this activity, again, we had to let our imagination fly and we also laughed a lot when our classmates were trying to sell their weird inventions.

As it was April 22nd, we also did a quiz about Saint George. I discovered some new things about History, but the quiz wasn't as fun as other quizzes we have done.

To end the session we did a debate about the dead penalty. The class was divided into two groups, the ones in favour and the ones against. Thank God I was in the last group! Doing this kind of debates we get use to public speaking, we lose our shyness and we can learn so many things, but, if it turns out that your opinion does't go with the role you have to play... 

11th week: Second task performances

In this session, students weren't important, neither was the teacher.

It's show time! The key were our performances. The characters we had created, the puppets, the shadows, the stages...

Every group was given a storytelling to perform. We had to adapt them in case we needed or wanted to. And after all, we had to perform the story in the way we wanted to. As a result, some groups used puppets, some others did a little theatre, another group used their own drawings as a background video, other groups used shadows... I think we all did a good job, and we all had a good time.

Also, after every performance, we had to carry out an activity that was given by the group who performed. This is a good way to test the comprehension of the story, but as we all like to make things in proper ways, I think we hadn't had enough time to do both things the way we would have liked.

12th week: Accents and dialects of the English language

The aim of this session was knowing the differences between English accents and English dialects, and also, to show some of them out.

We began the class with a warm-up activity, the taboo game. It was a cool activity and we had a nice time full of laughs.

As there was one group missing on doing their storytelling performance from the previous session, they did it in this session.

The performance was followed by a brainstorm to see how many different accents we all knew. I think it lasted too much.

After that, we learned about some characteristics of different accents. And we also watched some videos of a curious challenge where some people had to read a list of words and then answer some questions to see how they call certain things. We were able to see how people pronounce the same words in a really different way depending on their accents. Moreover, through the answers to the questions, we found out that, for example, TP-ing is the act of throwing toilet paper on a house, or that those long-legged spiders that we all know are called daddy long legs.

I think it is good that we get used to different accents, but there were too many videos for my liking.

13th week: Some weird traditions and festivities all over the world

It's the final countdown...

This was the last "proper" session, as the real last one was the one we were going to take the book test. I didn't really know what to expect... we have done so many things and I thought we had touched every single question on the English matter. But I was wrong! 

We started the class with an interaction activity, we had to find someone who celebrates Halloween, someone who knew about a foreign festivity and so on. So I started thinking that the session had something to do with festivities, and this time, I wasn't wrong.

Before getting into it, we did 5 bucket lists, it got quite boring but we needed to do it because we were running out of time and we still had several bucket lists to do.
After this, we did a brainstorming about festivities and I heard about so many things I didn't know.

To continue with festivities we worked in pairs with a back to back dictation. I found it really funny mainly because Lidia and her partner said that they were finished but they ended up cheating...

We also watched some videos about festivities around the world and I found out that there are so many mad traditions out there.

To finish the class we listened to a recording and our aim was to match the festivity they were talking about with the place they take place in. Some of the bits were really hard to understand, not also because of the accents but because of the vocabulary. 

Ultimately the class was enjoyable and I think we all learned new things.

14th week: James and the giant peach test and last day refreshment

This is the last time...

In this session, we finished the remaining bucket lists and after that, we took the book test.

I think all my classmates will agree with me when I say that it was a tough one. The questions were really concrete and if you had read the book like one week before the test... you were certainly screwed! However, I left the room feeling really confident.

To end the course we did a little party, the teacher brought all the things we needed to set it up and we all contributed with some food. Such details must be welcomed, we normally end the subjects with an exam and a simple goodbye.

I must say though that I couldn't enjoy the party as my mind was miles away, thinking of another exam I had to come...