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Letters to The Editor Dear Editor: Last week I was at my job in a Catholic school when I saw a teacher that was Applying for a job at the school. I, the Headmaster secretary listened to the whole conversation between her, and the headmaster. She had very good work references but she was not catholic, so she was not able to work at the school. I thought that was very discriminatory, how can a school reject someone because they do not practice any religion? Is that fair? I don’t think so, probably some schools need to change their application forms and don’t care if someone is practice any religion or not. Fabiola Vasquez 35 years old


Students protest and strikes Hi inzone! I read the article included in the last edition about Students protest. I am a young English teacher and I couldn’t agree more with the article’s point. We as teachers need to support our students. They are fighting for what they think is right but the problem is that while they are doing this, they are also missing classes which causes a lot of harm. So the best way to help our students is support them by keeping them engaged to our class. If we make interesting home activities for them or if we use internet as a mean of communication, luckily they will continue learning at home doing funny things. Loreto Pino M. 25 years old.

Dear inzone director I am writing this letter to congratulate you for your amazing job. I have been working in a public high school for about 20 years. Sometimes I feel like I am doing the same class every day, after 20 years my creativity is not that good as it used to be but the truth is that I love my job and I really hate to get bored or even worse, I hate being the boring English teacher but since I first read the magazine I felt in love with it. You are always giving me tips and ideas of new class activities. I have tried them with my students and they seem to be pleased. Thank you so much. Felix Rodriguez, 52 years old

BOOK REVIEW Let’s meet on platform 8. Teri is a British 30 – something years old woman who has used the tube everyday for years and years in order to get to her job and home, she uses it every single day, she sees everyday the same boring faces but she had never spoken to anyone there until she is knocked off her feet by Jamie… As a result she suddenly has a swollen ankle, a useless pair of tights and a new love. Jamie seems to be “Mr. Right”, he is kind and charming but he is also married. Let’s meet on platform 8 is the first book by Carole Matthews published. It is the first of a long and successful list of romantic comedy novels. Although it was published in 1997 it is a very up-to date book. The author describes Teri’s thoughts and reactions brilliantly and gives a lot of details about English culture, which turns out really helpful because we as English teachers should teach not only the language but also the culture, Our students should have a clear idea of how Great Britain looks, how people are in there and what kind of lifestyle they have. Students should get familiar with British customs or slang so that they get engaged to the language because it has become meaningful.


The book might be consider as the typical romantic comedy novel but the truth is that Carole Matthews did a great job while presenting funny situations, the book is plenty of joyful moments , specially Teri’s embarrassing circumstances that end up being hilarious. It is advisable to take fragments of these funny situations and transform them into a short play in the classroom. Our students will enjoy it because comedy is the easiest way to make them act and also is a really funny way to practice oral skills besides of the fact that the level of English in the book is not extremely complicated but it is advanced enough to become challenging to high school English learners. As we can see, inside a trivial but interesting book we could create many new classroom activities which remind ourselves that as English Teachers we always have to be making up different and entertaining teaching resources because this is the only way to make students learn but we also have to realize that is a bless that English can be such a fun, creative and interesting subject. This fact is something we absolutely cannot waste making boring classes.

TV PROGRAMS Sesame Street: is an American children's television series created in 1969. This programme is world known for their educational content and also different educational techniques especially for pre-school students and primary students.

The program teaches little kids maths, colours, their ABC, routines, numbers, it includes sections that centre on basic skills, like crossing s the street in a safety way, the importance of the basic hygiene, etc and also encourages the children’s to realize that there are different kind of people , people with different sizes and colours and that there is no a physical 'type' better than the other because in the programme you can find different characters which are from different countries. It has been broadcast to over 140 countries including Chile under the name of “Plaza Sesamo”.

LINKS to watch some Sesame Street videos (ELMOS ABC RAP)


Glee: This is an American music TV drama programme created by Ryan Murphy. The first season was aired in September 2009, and the third season began in November 2011. The series covers a variety of topics such as homosexuality, bisexuality, bullying, lost self-esteem, promiscuity, physical disability, discrimination, psychological disorders, and competitiveness

What do we think about kids and television? Well, television nowadays is a big influence in everybody’s life, specially for little kids, they watch TV every day, and they learn from what they see. We think that television sometimes is good, depending of what your little kid, son or daughter is watching. For example if he or she is watching discovery kids, they will learn because all of the programs from that channel are specially for toddlers and little kids and they teach them about friendship, health, etc. so, It is important. But if toddler or a 7 year old girl or boy is all day watching crime series or violence series, they will learn from that and they will act the same way that the actors of that series does. So probably if you want your little kid to watch TV, you must see what they are watching and teach them that not everything that appears in TV, is real. For us teachers TV programs can be very useful to use them in our classes, specially programs like “Sesame Street” which we can use to tech numbers or ABC


HOT SPOTS “Who hasn’t been to J Cruz. Has not been to Valparaíso” Valparaíso- Chile ( Viña del Mar y Valparaíso (both located in central Chile Valparaíso region) are two of the most touristic cities in Chile. These cities have lots of very Typical touristic attractions but Sometimes it is better to be a traveler instead of a tourist so you can find very interesting places instead of the Typical attractions.

“J. Cruz” is one of these places that you don’t know that exist unless a local tells you about them. It is located at the end of a blind alley (Condell Street 1644, Valparaiso. Chile) and its notice says “J. Cruz , Museum Restaurant” which just leaves you wondering what does “museum restaurant” mean but the truth Is that once you get in there you immediately figure out why it is called museum. The restaurant is full of pictures of tourists, firemen and marines hats, antiques and adornments in general. The walls are completely covered by short writings made in several languages by people that really enjoyed the food showing their gratitude.

Although J. Cruz just serves one dish it is really delicious. “Chorrillana” (traditional Porteño dish made of French fries, meat, onions and eggs) is a dish to share; its size depends on how many people are going to eat. It is served with “Pebre Picante” (Chilean sauce made of cilantro, onions, lemon and chili) and “Cerveza Del Puerto” (local beer). While you are enjoying your meal, the atmosphere is something that really amuses the customers. There is a man who plays the guitar and sings traditional Chilean music. (“Valparaíso de mi amor” is the hit) There are many foreigners from all over the world that usually are young people that have come to Chile and have made some new friends that recommended this place because this restaurant represents the soul of this eccentric port.


Interested about visiting the south of CHILE? Well here is a special hot spot about one of the most touristic places In the south and in my opinion one of The most beautiful places in Chile I'm talking about Pucon. Pucon is situated about 100 km To the south east of Temuco and about 780 km of Santiago. Pucon is a destination were you can really do tourism all year long, in summer It offers the tourist different kind of Extreme sports like rafting, backpacking, Waterskiing and the guided ascents to the Villarica Volcano. And in winter you can do Skiing In the volcano. Pucón is not only about adventure tourism or Extreme sports, but you also have the casino , very Good restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and excellent hotels Is a good place to go with the family because you will Never get bored. “2 years ago, I went to Chile for the first time. I was fascinated with the country, the people, and the food. I start my tour in Santiago, and finished in Pucon. I found Pucon one of the most beautiful places in Chile. You have everything there, lake, volcanoes, national parks, and you can do a lot of activities there. If I have to recommend a place to go in Chile, probably will be Pucon” Joe Hone, 23 years old Birmingham England.


HOT TIPS Sala Andes, Teatro universidad de Concepción and Aula Magna. Although Concepción doesn’t have as many theatres or places where bands ca do gigs as Santiago or Viña del Mar. We still have Sala Andes, Teatro Universidad de Concepción and Aula Magna. There are always shows, plays and movies in these three theatres. They are the best option in Concepción to go to enjoy culture for low prizes. • Here are the events scheduled for the following weeks

MARTES CINEMATOGRÁFICOS (Teatro Universidad de concepción)

Address: Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins avenue 650, Concepción, Chile


Address: Caupolicán Street 459, Concepción. Chile

Book launch “Poema del cosmos” by Juan Pablo Riveros- Tuesday may 8th The iron Lady - Tuesday. May 15th at 15.00, 19.00 and at 19.00 Free entry 21.00. Je l'aimais – Tuesday. May 22nd at 15.00 , 19.00 and 21.00. Bonsai - Tuesday may 29th at 15.00 , 19.00 and 21.00

Students: $500 General Public: $1000

Performance for children: play “Goldilocks” – Sunday May 13th at 16.00 General public: $ 3000 SALA ALA ANDES.

Address: Pedro Aguirre Cerda street 1054, Concepción. Chile. Play “el regreso” – Thursday May 10th at 20.00 Sunday May 22nd at 20.00 Free entry Theatre’s national day celebration - Friday may 11th at 20.00 Free entry



HEALTH AND NUTRITION AT SCHOOL In the last few years in Chile obesity in kids from 5 to 17 years old has increased. Over a 30% of boys and girls in primary school are obese. What can we do to stop this? Do we really need more healthy food at schools, more PE classes or is this a problem that parents need to take care of at home and not at school?

We asked Mr. Terrence Martin , headmaster of the Wessex School his opinion about this problem and he told us, that the main thing that students can do to avoid obesity is to start eating in a healthy way. They need to have more time practicing sports than watching TV or being at the computer , and school lunch should include more healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. Also he things that kids should take healthy snacks to school, and if the school has tuck shop, they should sell healthy food to the kids. He said that healthy habits starts at home, and parents should encourage their children to have better life style, and better eating habits.

Here in Chile you can find more information about health and nutrition on the website


CHILEAN SLANG DICTIONARY Sometimes to know everything that a dictionary has is not enough to understand a language or in this case Chilean idioms. So that is why we wanted to add in this magazine, a Chilean slang dictionary called “CHILENISMOS” we are going to use some of the slangs that are in this dictionary that you can buy in any book store. 1.-Adónde la viste! Literally: Where'd you see that? Implied meaning: No way!, yeah right! (No te creo) Example: Mi amigo me dice una mentira, yo le digo: ¡Adónde la viste! 2.-Altiro Literally: Upon throwing Implied meaning: Immediately (ahora mismo) Example: Vamos a salir al tiro 4.-Amermelada Literally: marmalade Implied meaning: a stupid person (una persona tonta) Example: Qué amermelada ese chico! 5.-¡Bacán! Implied Meaning: Ultra cool (muy bueno) 6.-¡Buena onda! Literally: Good wave! Implied meaning: Cool, great (un buen tipo de persona) Example: Ese chico es buena onda.


7.-No cacha niuno Literally: He doesn't catch a single thing Implied meaning: He doesn't understand a thing (no entender nada) Example: El gringo no entiende español, no cacha ni uno. 8.-¿Cachai? Literally:catch? Implied Meaning: Do you understand? (¿comprendes?) Example: Al explicar el problema, digo: ¿cachai? 9.-Dejar la escoba Literally: To leave the broom. Implied meaning: to cause a mess or disaster (causar un disastre, dejar todo desorganizado) Example: Mi hermano menor dejó la escoba en la cocina. 10.-weón Implied meaning #1: To be an idiot Example: ¡Oye que eres weón! Implied meaning #2: Something you'd call a friend Example: Oye weón vamos a fiesta


Music while learning English Children learn so fast that they acquire their native language just by listening to their parents. Their brains work so fast that little kids don’t need to go to any school to know about grammar or phonetics. Listening skills are so Important while learning a new Language thus music can appear as a funny way To make non English native speakers been exposed to this foreign language. New researches have shown that music has a positive influence on young children’s cognitive skills such as spatial, reasoning and memory but it was also concluded that providing children with a rich stimulating environment involving all their senses, specially audition, can improve not only children’s health grown and development but also their linguistic skills while learning English as a foreign or second language.


One of the most important things while learning English is to get exposed to the real language so a learner will end up speaking fluently and will sound natural. The most common exposure is to travel abroad and to spend time talking to natives speakers but unfortunately in Chile not many students have the opportunity travel abroad hence teachers have to make up some other ways to get English exposure to their students. When students listen and sing English songs, they are already being taught the use of the proper English speech, accent, and intonation , they also get familiar with expressions that they learn “ in chunks” from the songs and increase their levels of grammar and vocabulary which is needed if it is wanted them to speak the language clearly and fluently.

For little children it is advisable to start with songs for kids in karaoke Which are slower and contain simpler English so that they can sing following the lyrics easily but When Students become teenagers they define their taste in music so it is advisable in this case to make them choose their favorite genre and share their own preferences with the rest of the class, doing this, Students have the opportunity to show in some way “who they are” or the other way around; the teacher could show students different kinds of music that students do not know or are not used to listen to so that they have the chance of getting to know music they did not know that existed.

Nowadays Anglo music has been spread all over the world that for teacher it is not longer an issue to get useful songs to share inside the class. There are not excuses anymore. The benefits of including music into the classroom are so many that it will definitely worth the effort of making noise.

Here are some tips that could be used by teachers to incorporate music to their classes. • • • • • • •


- Use each day a different song to greet students in the morning. - Use a song during transition times such as clean-up time or snack preparation time. - Use music to teach letters, shapes, numbers or any other concepts in the curriculum. - Make students choose a song they love or hate and make them describe their feelings about the songs. - Add music to creative drama and art activities. - Use music to help children learn about other cultures and other lands. - Use music to celebrate special events and holidays.

revista lengua  

magazine for students

revista lengua  

magazine for students