Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Fourth year - Listening: the death penalty


Do you believe in the death penalty? Listen to the six speakers and answer the questions:





Speaker 1

1.Does she believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure
2.What slogan does she mention?
Revenge is sweet
An eye for an eye
Turn the other cheek

Speaker 2

1.Does she believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure
2.What does she think is a good punishment?
Hard labour
Public humility
Isolation

Speaker 3

1.Does she believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure

2.What crime does she think deserves the death penalty?
Child abuse
Terrorism
Arson

Speaker 4

1. Does he believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure

2.What does he like about the death penalty?
It gives revenge to relatives
It saves money on prison costs
It deters people from crime

Speaker 5

1.Does he believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure

2.Why?
All killing is wrong
There is an element of doubt
It gives murderers publicity

Speaker 6

1.Does she believe in the death penalty?
Yes
No
Not sure

2.Does she ever believe in the death penalty?
No, because no human life should ever be killed
Yes, when she reads about a terrible crime.


Check the right answers and the script.

First year - Monday 30 March 2009 (1C-2)


Summary of the class:


- Page 61. Writing: a holiday report



- Speaking practice: Boys' night out. Tell the story, using the past


- Oral tests


- Page 59. Listening: Murder in a country house




Saturday, 28 March 2009

First year - Rooms in the house


How many rooms are there in your home? Click here to learn the vocabulary and listen to its pronunciation.


Thursday, 26 March 2009

First year - Thursday 26 March 2009 (1C)



Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: past tense






- Page 63. Listening: review


-Page 151. Vocabulary: flats and houses


- Page 64. Listening practice



Fourth year - Thursday 26 March 2009


Summary of the class:



- Page 82. Relative clauses: correct exercises



- Page 84. Vocabulary: words with more than one meaning



- Page 84. Pronunciation. Silent letters



- Speaking practice. Gerund and infinitives dominoes


Homework:



- Page 83. Reading: Telepathy ...the proof really is all in in the mind



-Page 138. Vocabulary: Crime

First year - 25 March 2009 (1C-2)


Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: What did you do yesterday?



- Page 57. Speaking practice: A night out


- Review of irregular verbs


- Page 58. Reading: Murder in a Country House


- Page 59. Pronunciation: Past simple verbs

- Speaking practice.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Fourth year- Do you believe in ghosts?






Listening exercise

Speaker 1: Adrienne

1. Does she relieve in ghosts?
2. What does she mention?
a. Seeing one
b. Feeling one
c. Living with one


Speaker 2: Barbara

3. Does she believe in ghosts?
4. What does she mention?
a. Movies
b. Science
c. Books

Speaker 3. Conrad

5. Does he believe in ghosts?
6. What does he talk about?
a. Seeing is believing
b. Scary movies
c. Both of these

Speaker 4. Phil

7. Does he believe in ghosts?
8. What does he mention
a. His friend
b. Scary movies
c. Science

Speaker 5. Simone

9. Does she believe in ghosts?
10. What does she mention
a. A family member
b. Her mind
c. Both of htem

Speaker 6. Simon

11. Does he believe in ghosts?
12. What does he mention?
a. A movie
b. His family
c. Urban myths

Click here to read the answers or click here to read the script.

First year - Tuesday 24 March 2009 (1ºC)


Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: What did you do last weekend?




- Page 117. Listen and read the script: A Murder in a Country House.


- Review of the verbs in the past


- Page 60. Vocabulary: Shopping in a souvenir shop


- Page 60. Watch and listen: Buying a present


- Page 60. Social English


-Page 61. Writing: A holiday report


Homework:


- Page 61. Write a report of your holiday. Write four paragraphs.

Fourth year - Tuesday 24 March 2009


Summary of the class:


- Watching and understanding (DVD): horoscopes




- Page 81. Listening: telepathy



- Speaking practice. Psychological test


- Pages 81 and 82. Relative clauses


- Page 79. Vocabulary: -ed/ -ing adjectives


- Pages 83 and 121. Speaking game: Are you telepathic?


Homework


- Page 82. Exercises on relative clauses: Exercises a, b, c, d.



Monday, 23 March 2009

First year - Monday 23 March 2009 (1ºC-2)



Summary of the class:

- Pages 56-57. Reading: Girls' Night Out.

- Speaking practice. Past simple. Tell a story.

- Pages 57, 130, 131. Grammar: past simple irregular verbs

- Page 57. Listening. Silvia.

- Page 57. Song: Dancing Queen. This is the song and click here to read the lyrics.

Friday, 20 March 2009

First year - Thursday 19 February 2009 (1C)


Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: past tense irregular verbs


- Page 58. Reading, speaking and listening. Murder In A Country House.


- Page 59. Pronunciation: past simple verbs (regular and irregular)


- Page 59. Listening. Murder. Complete the chart.

4th year - Thursday 19 February 2009


Summary of the class:



- Reading test: The Talented Mr Ripley



- Pages 78-79. Grammar: quantifiers. Correct exercises



- Page 79. Write better: correct mistakes in the text.


- Page 80. Speaking practice. Spirits, UFOs, horoscopes and paranormal experiences


- Watching and listening. DVD. A palmist and astrologer.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

First year - Wednesday 18 March 2009


Summary of the class:


- Page 131. Grammar: past simple regular verbs. Correct exercises 5B



- Page 55. Grammar: past simple regular verbs. Difference between was/were and did.


- Speaking practice. Questions in the past simple


- Page 55. Pronunciation. -ed forms


- Page 55. Vocabulary and speaking: time expressions


- Page 150. Vocabulary: Get, have, go


- Page 56. Reading: Girls' night out

Homework:

- Page 56. Girls' night out. Read the rest of the text.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

First year - Tuesday 17 March 2009


Summary of the class:


- Reading test: Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the blue diamond.




- Page 131. Grammar: past simple irregular verbs. Correct exercises



- Page 57. Listening: Silvia's night out.



- Page 57. Speaking and pronunciation: a night out.



- Speaking practice: review irregular verbs.


4th year - Tuesday 17 March 2009


Summary of the class:

- Page 75. Word building: correct exercises

- Page 77. Grammar: quantifiers: both, either, neither, some, any, nobody, nothing, nowhere, everybody, everything, everyone, everywhere, all, every, each, no, none, anybody, anyone, anything, anywhere.

- Speaking practice: topics

- Page 78. Listening: talking about incidents in your childhood.

- Page 79. You're so vain. Read the lyrics here.











Homework:

- Pages 77 - 78. Grammar practice: quantifiers.

- Page 79. Correct mistakes in the text.

Monday, 16 March 2009

First year - Monday 16 March 2009 (1-C2)


Summary of the class:


- Page 53. Vocabulary: word formation


- Speaking practice. Where were Sylvia and James?


- Page 53. Speaking practice. Who were the top Spanish people of all time?




- Reading test: Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Blue Diamond.



- Page 54. Reading: A Tale of Two Sydneys


- Pages 55 and 130. Grammar: Past simple regular verbs


Homework:


Page 131. Exercises 5B, a and b.






Friday, 13 March 2009

4th year - Watch, listen and understand


Last Thursday we did a listening comprehension in which a journalist and biologist talked about conservationism and wild life. Dian Fossey and the film "Gorillas In the Mist" are both mentioned as a reference. I have found a very interesting video, a mini documentary by the BBC in which Sigourney Weaver (the star in "Gorillas In the Mist") visits Rwanda and the gorillas twenty years after the filming of the movie. Click here to watch the video.
Vocabulary:
  • To pose no threat: To mean no danger
  • Keeping an eye on us: Watching us
  • For a split second: an extremely small amount of time
  • Mesmerizing moment: so attractive or interesting that you do not notice or pay attention to anything else around you

Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. Why is it not allowed to come very close to the gorillas at present?

  2. How far and how long should visitors to gorillas be at the place?
  3. What other rule does Sigourney mention?

  4. How many gorillas did there use to be when Sigourney Weaver first was in the area?

  5. How many are there in the group Sigourney Weaver is watching?

  6. What is the name of the gorilla Sigourney Weaver recognizes?

  7. What do the gorilla and Sigourney have in common at present?

Click here to see the answers to the questions.

First year - 1º C


Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: Telling a story



- Writing test


- Page 56. Reading: Girls' Night Out


- Page 57. Grammar: Past simple irregular verbs


- Song: Dancing Queen
Click here to read the lyrics.



Homework:


- Page 131. Exercises 5C (a, b)

4th year - Thursday 12 March 2009


Summary of the class:


- Listening test.



- Page 74. Listening practice: We worry too much about protecting wild animals and not enough about protecting people


- Speaking practice: Can you remember...?


- Page 144. An opinion composition


- Page 75. Speaking conversation: I've got a good memory... Do the quiz


Homework:


- Write an opinion composition on one of the following topics:


  1. Should animals be killed for food?



  2. Should animals be used in medical experiments?



  3. Should dogs be banned in cities?



  4. Should hunting as a sport be made illegal?



  5. Top sports people earn too much money nowdays.



- Page 75. Build your vocabulary


- Page 76. Reading: Anyone Can Do It

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Recommendation - Grammar videos

Here's a very interesting link for practising and understanding grammar points. You can choose the grammar structure you want to practise and watch the video and do the exercises. Click here to go to the site.


First year - Wednesday 11 March 2009


Summary of the class:


- Writing exercise



- Page 52. Grammar: Was / were


- Page 52. Pronunciation: was / were / wasn't / weren't



- Page 109-112. Speaking practice: three presidents




- Page 52. Speaking practice. When was/were.... born? Where was / were ... born?



- Page 53. Reading: four statues





Homework:


- Page 53, 4a. Write a small text about a statue of somebody famous.



- Page 53, 5. Vocabulary (word formation)



Notice:



The exercise on the book "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Blue Diamond" is next Monday 16 March. Good luck






Wednesday, 11 March 2009

First year - Tuesday 10th March 2009 (1-C)




Summary of the class:


- Page 131. Grammar: Past simple regular verbs. Exercises 5B

- Page 55. Grammar. Was/ were or did.

- Page 55. Pronunciation: -ed endings



- Page 55. Vocabulary and speaking. Past time expressions.



- Page 150. Vocabulary: Go, have and get



- Pag3 56. Reading: Girls' Night Out