Spelling Bee Regional Final: Mañana es la Final Regional de Spelling Bee y Public Speaking en Región Metropolitana

The Spelling Bee


The Spelling Bee competition is an initiative of the English Opens Doors Program especially devoted to student’s linguistic development. The tournament, established in 2012, intends to provide students with an opportunity to build relationships among peers and compete with them in a friendly and fair atmosphere.

At the same time, this competition aims to motivate students to search and study about the English language. Further, it encourages them to spell words rapidly and correctly, demonstrating full comprehension of each word.

Why is it important to not only know how to spell the words, but also have depth of comprehension about the words?

Most researchers agree that a vocabulary of the 2000 most-frequent words is sufficient to understand approximately 80% of what is read or spoken. Therefore, knowing these words is a powerful way to increase overall comprehension of English. The consequence of this is greater enjoyment of and ability to use the English language for personal benefit and enrichment.



Public Speaking

The Public Speaking Competition, which started in 2008, is another initiative of the English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas – PIAP). It seeks to reinforce the students linguistic competence and oral communication in English. This is generally referred to as, “communicative competence” by linguists. As an additional benefit, the competition fosters and develops the students eloquence in speaking as well as promotes their powers of persuasion, besides being an extraordinary way to have fun with English!

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El próximo lunes se realizará la Final Regional de la Competencia Spelling Bee en Antofagasta

Fuente: Mineduc – Programa Inglés Abre Puertas (PIAP)

Fotografía: Equipos de la Escuela 21 de Mayo y del Instituto Obispo Silva Lezaeta, ambos de Calama, durante la Competencia de Spelling Bee.

En la jornada, participarán estudiantes de 6° año de Enseñanza Básica representantes de ocho establecimientos de Calama, Antofagasta, Tocopilla y Toconao

A partir de las 10:00 horas del lunes 01 de Octubre, se llevará a cabo, en la ciudad de Antofagasta, la Final Regional de la Competencia Spelling Bee. En esta ocasión se determinará al establecimiento que representará a la región en la Final Zonal de esta competencia, que se llevará a cabo en la Región de Coquimbo. Los y las estudiantes de 6° año de Enseñanza Básica de la región han tenido una destacada participación, llena de entusiasmo y motivación, durante esta competencia que por primer año realiza el Programa Inglés Abre Puertas (PIAP).

Los(as) docentes han trabajado preparando con gran dedicación y preocupación a los y las estudiantes participantes, motivándolos(as) a investigar y estudiar acerca del inglés, e interesándolos(as) por aprender a deletrear palabras en ese idioma de manera rápida y precisa, demostrando comprensión. Los establecimientos que participarán en esta etapa de la competencia son el Colegio Adventista, el Colegio Nuestra Señora de Ayquina, la Escuela Básica Andrés Bello y el Instituto Obispo Silva Lezaeta, todos ellos de Calama; el Liceo Marta Narea Díaz y el Netland School, de Antofagasta; el Colegio Sagrada Familia, de Tocopilla; y la Escuela E-21 Toconao, de Toconao.

En esta ocasión, el jurado estará conformado por Mariela Navarrete, Jefa de Carrera de la Universidad del Mar; Raquel Cea, profesora de inglés y Coordinadora de la Red de Docentes de Inglés de la comuna de Antofagasta; y Leticia Díaz, profesora de inglés. La jornada contará con la presencia de representantes de la SECREDUC de Antofagasta, directores(as), docentes de inglés y estudiantes de los establecimientos participantes, padres y apoderados.

“La competencia de Spelling Bee tuvo una gran acogida por parte de los estudiantes y docentes de la región. Ha sido una instancia muy valorada y esperada, ya que hemos integrado a nuestras competencias a alumnos de cursos más pequeños, que tenían muchas ganas de participar y demostrar sus destrezas en el idioma”, afirmó Carla Fuentes Rivera, Encargada Regional de Inglés del PIAP en Antofagasta.

Fuente: Mineduc

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The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom: How We Learn English [Kindle Edition]

Book Description
Publication Date: September 21, 2012

The Mother Tongue Taboo (speak only English in the classroom) addresses all the “Taboo Topics”: Monolingual Fallacy, Native Speaker Fallacy, Early Start Fallacy, and More is Better Fallacy.

This book transparently shows 2 countries, one successful, one with marginal results at best, where Linguistic Imperialism, ie. the Four Fallacy Thinking…is not a Fallacy, but Reality, or Evidence-Based Results. In other words, it’s not ideology, not philosophy, but responds to the real world rather than an imagined world.

When you read this book, do so with an open mind. Above all, prepare to have your thinking challenged.

If you teach English, or if you have children, if you don’t trust ideology and instead prefer factual evidence, this book is a must have, it is for you, it is for those like you…

The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom” is told from my point of view. Yet, in a larger sense, it’s an ELT story that makes the effort to share, a moment in time, with some very special people, in a very special country – Chile, a place time forgot, a place where we do things the Chilean Way.

Don’t bother looking for it on the map. Be content to know it is located at the end of the world, literally.

One of the most defining characteristics of an EFL classroom in Chile is the quality of the teacher. If the teacher teaches English in English, they display what the quality of their beliefs are, namely, “in this classroom there is no place for the mother tongue.”

If the teacher teaches English in Spanish, maybe they read my book, but weren’t impressed. The teacher’s beliefs are also on display, namely, “there is a place for the mother tongue in this classroom.”

Who is right? Who is wrong? At any rate, the language that the teacher teaches in, is crucial. It will ultimately define the students’ achievements.

As you read the book, stay with me. I have not chosen the direct path, because, if you do not have the background on what it is like to use language as an instrument of national policymaking, then you will end up with a misinterpretation of a simple question: Should the mother tongue be used in the Chilean EFL classroom?

After reading this book, you will understand why the Chilean teacher teaches as s/he does, and be in a good position to reexamine your own practice…

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File Size: 938 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B009F51VCW

The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom: How We Learn English [Kindle Edition]

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Memoir: The Last Shot

The Last Shot: A Season Like No Other: 1980 Luxora Panthers [Paperback]

Thomas Jerome Baker (Author)

“The Last Shot” is told from my point of view.

Yet, in a larger sense, it’s a story that makes the effort to keep something alive, a memory of a moment in time I shared with some very special people from a small town called Luxora, Arkansas, my hometown, population 1,317.

Don’t bother looking for it on the map. You won’t find it unless you know exactly where to look.

Be content to know it is located about 4 miles east of Osceola, Arkansas on Highway 61… or 12 miles west of Blytheville, Arkansas, same highway.

One of the most defining characteristics of a small town in Arkansas is the quality and traditions of its local high school sports teams.

In 1980, I had the great fortune to be a member of two of Luxora’s greatest sports teams ever: the State Championship track and field team of 1980 and the State Runner-Up basketball team of 1980.

I graduated on May 17, 1980 and since I left, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been back to Luxora.

This book, about the Luxora Panthers basketball team of 1980, is a memoir of sorts, pieced together from my memories and from news clippings about our team.

It’s a way for me to go back, in my mind’s eye, like a bird high in the sky, and look once again upon my Luxora, as I remember it to be.

I thank you kindly, if you decide to join me on this journey back to Luxora, Arkansas, home of the mighty Luxora Panthers

Product Details

Paperback: 116 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(September 17, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1479329762
ISBN-13: 978-1479329762

The Last Shot: A Season Like No Other: 1980 Luxora Panthers [Paperback]

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Memoir: The Last Shot

The Last Shot: A Season Like No Other [Kindle Edition]

Book Description

Publication Date: September 15, 2012

“The Last Shot” is told from my point of view.

Yet, in a larger sense, it’s a story that makes the effort to keep something alive, a memory of a moment in time I shared with some very special people from a small town called Luxora, Arkansas, my hometown, population 1,317.

Don’t bother looking for it on the map. Be content to know it is located about 4 miles east of Osceola, Arkansas on Highway 61… or 12 miles west of Blytheville, Arkansas, same highway.

One of the most defining characteristics of a small town in Arkansas is the quality and traditions of its local high school sports teams.

In 1980, I had the great fortune to be a member of two of Luxora’s greatest sports teams ever: the State Championship track and field team of 1980 and the State Runner-Up basketball team of 1980.

I graduated on May 17, 1980 and since I left, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been back to Luxora.

This book, about the Luxora Panthers basketball team of 1980, is a memoir of sorts, pieced together from my memories and from news clippings about our team.

It’s a way for me to go back, in my mind’s eye, like a bird high in the sky, and look once again upon my Luxora, as I remember it to be.

I thank you kindly, if you decide to join me on this journey back to Luxora, Arkansas, home of the mighty Luxora Panthers…

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Luxora: My Hometown

This book is autobiographical. It relies on my subjective remembrance. There is a clear delineation between fact and fiction. I have tried to be true, above all, to my own Luxora experience. Everyone who is a Luxora Panther, with black and gold blood flowing through our veins, will find a bit of their story, told in my autobiographical essays. For this reason, I wish to share and thus dedicate this book to all the people of Luxora, Arkansas, my hometown.

Kindle Reader Edition: $0.99

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How to Coach A Debate Team

How to Coach A Debate Team [Kindle Edition]

This book contains all you need to know to successfully coach a debate team. You may need to convince students that debate is a good idea, though. Here are six reasons:
1. Debating ability is a valuable skill.
2. Debate utilizes useful English.
3. It is a unique way to teach grammar.
4. It develops critical thinking skills.
5. It introduces global issues.
6. It develops research skills.

A more powerful reason to coach a debate team is given to us by Dr. Martin Luther King: ““Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace… If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

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The International Baccalaureate [Kindle Edition]

The International Baccalaureate [Paperback]

The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.

It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.

I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.

In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.

I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

Thomas is also an ex-member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.

Thomas was recently selected for membership in the Comunidad de Innovación Escolar, from among hundreds of educators. The CIE promotes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial-mindedness at the grass roots level, in the education community of its members, as well as in the wider education community.

Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty six (46) books overall.

The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

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The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom: How We Learn English [Paperback]

“The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom” is told from my point of view. Yet, in a larger sense, it’s an ELT story that makes the effort to share, a moment in time, with some very special people, in a very special country – Chile, a place time forgot, a place where we do things the Chilean Way. Don’t bother looking for it on the map. Be content to know it is located at the end of the world, literally.

The Mother Tongue in the Chilean EFL Classroom: How We Learn English [Paperback]

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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