Thursday, 23 December 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS - JOYEUX NOËL - FROHE WEIHNACHTEN


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR



JOYEUX NOËL ET BONNE ANNÉE



FROHE WEIHNACHTEN UND EIN GUTES NEUES JAHR

THE CANARY NEWS - CHRISTMAS ISSUE

This free newspaper deals with Christmas in its last issue, 17th Decembe 2010. Hope you enjoy reading it and catching up with the latest news on the Canary Islands.
The Canary News - Merry Christmas

CHAPTER 5 - A STAR IS BORN

A Star is Born
Nick gets a mysterious acting job. Annie is obsessed with advertisements and Hector starts to fall for her. He makes her a chocolate cake and Bridget is seriously disappointed. It turn out that Nick's new part is as a novelty weather presenter.
A Star is Born

Thursday, 9 December 2010

WHAT TIME IS IT? - BASIC 1

Watch the slides to learn how to tell the time (Mira las diapositivas para aprender cómo se dice la hora). Then, watch the second powerpoint and practise by telling the time (luego, ve la segunda presentación y practica diciendo la hora)
LEARN HOW TO TELL THE TIME




PRACTISE TO TELL THE TIME

WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE?

Watch this woman and this man and describe them. Use your microphone and make your description for me. Send the description by email. It is a good practice.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE? - BASIC 1

This is for pronunciation and grammar. Watch the videos and repeat the pronunciation
Describing people - grammar
Describing physical appearance
Describing people
And finally watch this video and have a good time:
Describe people, things and places

MOVIES


For those of you who are movie buffs or movie lovers, enjoy these trailers, which belong to movies coming out in this month. iTunes movie trailers

FRIENDS 2 - INTERMEDIATE 2

If you don't see the video, move on to this site: Rachel's club

FRIENDS - INTERMEDIATE 2

Friday, 3 December 2010

TOPIC REVIEW - INTERMEDIATE 2

Watch a unique 7-part series of documentary films about people learning English in different countries around the world. Made by independent UK filmmaker Daniel Emmerson, the series features students from across the world who have different methods and reasons for learning English. For your better understanding, these films can be watched with or without subtitles. Also, you could try the activities provided to check out how well you have understood them all.
Before starting off, you might need to revise this vocabulary
Vocabulary


Without subtitles



With subtitles


After watching it all, answer the following quiz
Reading comprehension quiz

HECTOR LOOKS FOR A JOB - CHAPTER 4


When Bridget invites her boss for dinner, the boys think she needs protection and decide to do the cooking and keep an eye on him. Hector gets the job as a waiter and together they show Bridget that her boss is up to no good.

Hector looks for a job

MODALS

MUST / NEED / HAVE TO / SHOULD - Which one to choose? Dare to complete these sentences. You'll see it isn't so difficult after all:

Filling the blanks
Multiple choice

HAD BETTER - WOULD RATHER

After seeing how to make up sentences using 'had better' and 'would rather', it is time for you to practise and give another step ahead by completing these exercises below:
Autorun.org
Baladre

Friday, 26 November 2010

CLOTHES 2 - BASIC LEVEL

Listening activity to practise the pronunciation of some pieces of clothes


Now practise listening to the words.


CLOTHES - BASIC LEVEL


These are very interesting activities created by a teacher called Carmen Luisa Pérez Amaro. She works at Puerto de la Cruz Language School. You can do the exercises and practise the clothes vocabulary.
Carmen Luisa ESL Site




Clothes items
Clothes items 2
Accesories and Jewellery
Accesories and Jewellery 2
Footwear
Footwear 2
Sleepwear
Footwear 2
Crosswords
What are they wearing?
What are they wearing? 2

Friday, 19 November 2010

MODALS - INTERMEDIATE 2

These are the modals studied in unit 3. If you need the grammar support, please feel free to download the presentation below.

HAD BETTER AND WOULD RATHER

These are two new structures which might be useful to you. Below you have the explanation of the differences betweeen 'had better' and 'would rather'.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

RELATIVE CLAUSES - INTERMEDIATE 2

These are some activities I found on this awesome website,www.englishexercises.org. Do the ones I have posted below and become more familiar with relative clauses.

RELATIVE CLAUSES, DEFINING AND NON-DEFINING, by Isabel L

Relative pronouns (28.02.10), by Manuela Nunes

Relative Clauses, by friendly14

RELATIVE CLAUSES, by fpelaez

Test Relative Pronouns, by marina petchpeng

relative clause, by merlyn

PLURALS - BASIC LEVEL 1

I promised to post more online activities to practise plurals. Here they are.

Plural Online Exercise, by Victoria-Ladybug

Plural and Singular Nouns, by zuz"s

Plural of nouns, by elisasilva

PLURALS, by begosantao

Irregular plurals, by cchat

Sunday, 24 October 2010

THE POWER OF CARTOONS

In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.
Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons | Video on TED.com

Sunday, 10 October 2010

JOBS - BASIC 1


SHANIA TWAIN - practising jobs&occupations, by Carlos Reis

Jobs, Careers and Occupations, by Paul D. Gutiérrez Covey

34 Professions, by Irina

OCCUPATIONS: GAMES AND PUZZLES, by Patricia Terzaghi

Jobs, by Anna Pessoa

Find these and other jobs exercises on this excellent website: www.englishexercises.org

EXERCISES ONLINE FOR INTERMEDIATE 2

Try these exercises online as revision.
Verbs + prepositions 1
Verbs + prepositions 2
Be used to / get used to / used to 1
Be used to / get used to/ used to 2
Be used to / get used to / used to 3
Indirect questions 1
Indirect questions 2

LIFESTYLE CHANGES


With this finacial crisis on us, families have to cope with difficult situations at home. Actually, many people have to give up certain things that are part of their lifestyles. As we are going to deal with this topic over the next week, I would like the Intermediate 2 students to watch this video and then send me either a recording or a short paragraph answering the following questions.

1. What are the top three necessities that you could not live without?
2. Have you had to make any changes in your lifestyle lately?
4. If you had to, which luxury would you give up?
5. How well can you adjust the change?

Saturday, 9 October 2010

ENGLISH SOAP OPERA - CHAPTER 1

From time to time chapters of this sitcom will be posted on this blog so that students can improve their understanding. This soap came to me thanks to a student from basic 1 but it could be of great help to any students in higher levels. This website TELEVEO offers this possibility to all the students of English. Hector´s Arrival is the first chapter. Bridget and Annie have a visitor, Hector, a good looking guy from Argentina who can't speak English very well. Nick is the boy next door who fancies Bridget and at first doesn't like the idea of a rival. I hope these chapters catch your interest.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

JOBS


This is a listening vocabulary exercise - You need your speakers or your headphones. Match the top pictures with the bottom audios. Find pairs. www.eslgamesworld.com

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

NATIONALITIES


Here is the pronunciation of many other nationalities. Listen to them and repeat their pronunciation. www.ompersonal.com
You can also play games to learn the nationalities better on www.eslgamesworld.com

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

DIRECTIONS


Aren't you sure how to say the way to a place? Listen to this on ELLLO and find out the correct places. I hope you enjoy this activity.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

THE ALPHABET

Have fun by singing along.

HOW TO ORGANISE MY VOCABULARY?

When reaching a higher level of English, increasing your vocabulary becomes the main objective,however, you may need to use various techniques to help yourself remember the word.It is here that you must remember that for some words it is enough to know just enough about a word so you can understand it when you hear or see it used in context. For other words, though, that you will need to use productively you will need as much information as possible about the words. In that case you may need to remember:the pronunciation; the spelling; grammatical information about the word: whether the word is a noun, verb, adjective etc; its collocations,the types of language the word is used in, formal or informal, spoken or written, biology or business etc.; the meaning of the word,which word families it is in and, finally, example sentences.Then have a look at this information, it might help you out.

THE MAN WHO CAN'T BE MOVED

I thought you might have a bit of fun this weekend and I'd like to share this wonderful website www.anglesonline.org with you all. There you will find this tune The man who can't be moved, which I really find easy to understand. At the same time, you could try the exercises provided for the different levels. Come on! Click on the website and enjoy the song.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

WELCOME - BIENVENUE - WILKOMMEN

Bienvenidos a un nuevo curso escolar. Deseamos que puedan pasar un gran año en nuestra escuela y que los objetivos propuestos a comienzo del curso escolar puedan cumplirse felizmente. Estamos preparando el inicio del curso durante estas dos semanas para tener todo listo el 14 y 15 de Septiembre de 2010, días dispuestos para la presentación de los diferentes cursos.
En este post, he incluido información sobre los libros de texto de inglés, ya que aún estamos a la espera del profesorado de francés y alemán, las fechas de las presentaciones y la fecha de la prueba de clasificación, para aquel alumnado que opte a otro nivel distinto al básico 1.
Recordamos que el horario de secretaría es de 09:00 a 13:00 horas de lunes a viernes, durante estas dos primeras semanas, y que nuestro teléfono es el 928 78 78 53. En caso de duda, pueden ponerse en contacto con nosotros a través del correo electrónico del blog, llamando por teléfono o bien personándose en nuestra escuela en el horario indicado.
Mucha suerte a todos-as y gracias por contar con nosotros en esta bonita tarea que supone aprender un idioma.

INICIO DEL CURSO ESCOLAR

PRUEBA DE CLASIFICACIÓN


LIBROS DE TEXTO DE INGLÉS

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

WEBSITE TO PRACTISE YOUR ENGLISH - ADVANCED LEVEL

This is a website sent to me by an advanced student, London's biggest conversation. It is really useful for listening to English live, reading different pieces of news, downloading podcasts or knowing about all the programmes this website offers. I highly recommend it to you.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

THE CANARY NEWS 29

This is the new issue of The Canary News. Here you will be able to read the latest pieces of news concerning our Islands.

Friday, 12 March 2010

PASSIVE VOICE WEBSITES

For those of you who need practice of passive voice, I have found these useful websites. Click on any of them to access:

www.ego4u.com
netgrammar.altec.org
www.englishpage.com
www.englishpage.com 2
www.nonstopenglish.com ( I think you have to register first if you want to access to the webstite)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

INFINITIVES AND -ING FORMS (3) - ADVANCED


Last website to practise infinitives and -ing forms. There are plenty of exercises. Click on NON-STOP ENGLISH

INFINITIVES AND -ING FORMS (2) - ADVANCED


To use -ing or to use infinitives, that is the question! Learning how to use -ing and infinitives is one of the most challenging aspects of learning English. For this reason, Englishpage.com has created an in-depth tutorial on the subject. You can also click on an exercise and test what you already know. It even includes lists of reference to know which verbs or expressions take full or bare infinitives or -ing forms. It is a very useful website.

INFINITIVES AND -ING FORMS - ADVANCED


There are certain words in English that are usually followed by an infinitive or
-ing form. If you are not sure whether to use the infinitive or -ing, check out the lists and do the exercises on this website, English grammar 4U, or just look the words up in a dictionary.
Click on ENGLISH GRAMMAR 4U for grammar and exercises.

Friday, 15 January 2010

OTHER REPORTS ON HAITI EARTHQUAKE

A massive earthquake struck Tuesday near the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, causing damage across the impoverished region. It is the largest quake to hit the area in some 200 years. Watch and read all what has been written on this catastrophe.
HAITI EARTHQUAKE VOAnews

Obama: Haiti 'Will Not Be Forsaken' LISTENING SKILLS - ADVANCED LEVEL


President Barack Obama makes a statement about the earthquake in Haiti, Thursday, 14 Jan. 2010, at the White House in Washington. You can read the article but you can also watch Obama's statement by clicking on the symbol on the top right of the page by Obama's picture or at the end of the article.
There are other related articles on the same issue in case you are interested in knowing everthing on this catastrophe.
Pay attention to the symbols beside the headline as they will show you whether the news is on audio or video format. If you have the audio, you can listen to the news and read the transcript at the same time.

Obama's statement on VOAnews.com