THE FCE BLOG by Claudia Ceraso

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Did you miss a class? What to do?

Catch up with Chat!
...or under this posting

Hello everybody! As promised, I am opening a new section to cater for your requests.

Actually, no one has particularly asked for this new “gadget” but, I have seen you would like to exchange messages when you have been absent to a class and I had not allowed room for that yet.

This poses a little problem here. To begin with I must comply with my own rules for this Blog as stated in the Manifesto. This site is not meant to give or correct homework. That is what teachers do in class. This is an FCE Student after class companion (About this site reads: meeting point), especially for my FCE students, but there are so many candidates out there each year who might find our work useful that I simply do not wish to leave other students out. No way.

Second, there is a question of order and relevance of site posts. In the Site Rules I explained that I would try and keep entries organised and clear comments that are not relevant to the posting. The idea is that you can use this as a website that you consult from time to time, choose what you need from the previous posts links, and what you read there is always updated; always important today.

Naturally, there will be messages that are relevant for a short time only. The catching-up situation is a good example. It will be difficult for you to browse and find wherever you had posted the odd message with questions about last class. For that we need new space as well as a techie solution.

I thought about having our own chat for miscellaneous messages and leave the comments under postings for the topic of the posting only.

So I believe I am not breaking my rules by allowing you to exchange messages about homework. It is just the teacher who is supposed to mums the word here.

How to chat on the FCE Blog

In fact, this is more like texting someone to his mobile rather than chat. You leave your message there (or here below) and come back to the site later to see if any caring human being has left any answer.

However, if you are remarkably lucky, you might see that someone else is online with you. Mind you, the chat function will not tell you who it is out there, so you will be taking your chances.

Yet I see several advantages to this.

For starters, by leaving your messages in the chat, you will not be spamming your classmates’ inboxes about your missing a class. Not to mention the disappointment when they do not answer! So if no one answered through the site, they are just as busy as you. That’s why.

Second, there is a question of privacy protection. You will be signing your comment but your personal email or msn is not exposed at all.

Another practical advantage is that you may suggest new sections for the site from there. Or simply put any comment that does not clearly fit in the previous posts.

Finally, the chat icon is always there on the side bar. No need to lose time finding where the message was. It is on every page.

Hope you find this helpful.

The messages in the chat thread will date, of course, so I will be clearing them from time to time before they become as interesting as yesterday’s newspaper.

If you have questions you can email me at
An afterclass meeting point for all First Certificate Students
This phrase has just taken on a new meaning here.

Thank you Gilda and Mariano for triggering off this idea. I am republishing here your comments, for they have little to do with the World Cup.


  • Gilda Pujadas said...

    Hey, I was absent last class, we have any homework for today?

    1:39 PM

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:48 pm  

  • Mariano said...

    Hi everybody. Is there a merciful soul who can tell me about today's class? I couldn't go to AACI, I suffered a terrible incident... I had to work late!!!

    8:14 PM

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:49 pm  

  • Hey Mariano, catch up with this!: Page 63-Exercise 5, Page 64-Exercise 1,2,3 and 5. Claudia also has given us the answers for Page 62-Exercise 3: 1-f, 2-h, 3-e, 4-a, 5-g, 6-d. And, don't forget the homework!: Page 66-Exercise 1, Page 65-Exercise 9. That's all folks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:50 pm  

  • Thanks Gilda & Claudia. Bye

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:14 pm  

  • These messages were published in the Shoutbox in July 2006 during our winter break:

    Claudia: Hello fcebloggers! I am migrating to a new chat software. The previous system was making the fceblog page quite heavy to load. Hope you enjoy this one too.
    Claudia: Thank you for visiting during the winter break!
    Gaston: Hello to everybody!!! It´s a freezing day!! and tomorrow will be friziest(I don´t know if that expression is correct) I miss you guys. And also I miss the best teacher in the world .... Claudia, who else? One more week, one more week. Byyyeee.
    Claudia: Thank you. Hope I can live up to it!
    Christian: Hi! Everyone. Have you been reviewing your english notes?? Do not forget that the first test is coming soon!!! as the adv of movies say. Nice weekend!!

    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 10:22 pm  

  • These messages were published in the Shoutbox in August 2006:
    Claudia: I'm correcting you tests. .. A little patience, please
    Christian: Thanks Claudia!! I am so glad to read this notice. Certainly you can imagine our anxiety after being done the test. Please, be patient and forget some little nervous mistake, we are not going to tell anything to nobody. See you on thursday!!
    Alicia: Hello!!! Cris don't project on us your anxiety...and write the short story!!! And please Claudia we really need you to be patient!!! See you tomorrow
    Claudia: Have I ever been otherwise?
    Christian: Yes Claudia, your are right! Please Alicia do be so jealous, jajajaja See you today. Have a nice morning guys!!
    Claudia: Welcome Polish FCE students! Hope you enjoy the fceblog.
    Gilda: Hey! What a picture, no?
    Claudia: Love your pic! Now, aren't we rather lonely in that map?
    Carlos: I'm not exactly sure that I'm doing this correctly but it's so much fun to try. I'm having a look at this BLOG and it's absolutely fabulous!! There's so much to see!! Ok I'll continue to investigate but I'll be coming here often. It's so useful!!

    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 10:22 am  

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    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 9:24 am  

  • Chatterbox backup
    These messages were published in the Shoutbox the first and second week of September 2006.

    Gilda: Hey what a picture no?

    Claudia: Love your pic! Now aren’t we rather lonely in that map?
    Claudia: Mariano, nice pic. We are now 3 fcebloggers. Have nice holidays.

    Gilda: who else is there?
    Gilda: I was absent last class, do we have any homework or there is something important to cath up with?

    Claudia: 5 Sep. I apologise for the technical problem today. The links FCE Guide, Tag Cloud and Link Policy are not working properly. Hope I can solve it soon. Thanks.

    Mariano: Hi! I'm back, see you in class

    Claudia: Have you seen who has joined us in the map? We are now 4!

    Connie: All the way from Beijing, Congratulations to Claudia and the very best wishes to all her students!

    Gastón: Thank you Connie, Claudia is amazing, she make us think in English all day!!! and of course love English as she does!!!
    Gaston: I really love your pic Connie, is it Beijing?? Tell us something about yourself .

    Guillermo: nice and useful links, I mean Speak up... I attempt to be in class next week if the B .Emb allows me this blog is a wonderful idea.

    Connie: Thanks! In fact, that picture was taken in Puerto Madryn during a whales watching trip !!!! I've been in Beijing since April this year... and I'm learning a little Chinese now because not many people speak English here! This is a great experience for me and I hope to make good use of it! The food is great, the weather so so and the people are incredibly friendly...

    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 1:10 pm  

  • These messages were published in the Shoutbox in September 2006.

    Claudia: Welcome Gabriel B from Uruguay. Hope your FCE students enjoy the blog

    Gaston: Hi to everybody!!! It´s been the longest Monday ever!!! I want to say just a few words. Please, before you go to bed have a moment of silence for the victims of the 9-11, and for the Peace of the whole World.

    Gaston: HAPPY SPRING DAY!!!!! Today is a sunny, beautiful, amazing day, though I feel blue ´cause at six o´clock I gonna miss my Thursday´s FCE classes and also Claudia, snif...snif...

    Claudia: HAPPY SPRING everybody! I say we give Gastón an fceblogger Award for his active participation and contribution to this site. What does the class think?

    Claudia: To all teachers, thank you so much for your words. Please find your previous comments under 'Are you a Teacher?' or 'Site Map'. Just click on 'comments' and you may post there yourself!!

    By Blogger Claudia Ceraso, At 9:54 pm  

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