Sunday, 31 October 2010

Important note about Youtube


I've been checking the option for subtitles that youtube offers for its videos. Please don't trust the subtitles. They are really bad and some of the sentences they come up with are just crazy. I read that they transcribe subtitles by using a electronic device that transforms the voice into writing. That's why subtitles are so horrible. Please take this into account if you practise English with youtube videos.



He estado echando un vistazo a la opción de subtítulos que youtube tiene para sus videos. Por favor no haced caso de los subtítulos. Son muy malos y sin sentido; algunas de las frase son de risa. He leido que para transcribir subtítulos usan un programa o algo así que transforma la voz en escritura. Por eso los subtítulos son tan horribles. Por favor tened en cuenta esto si practicáis inglés con videos del youtube.

Fourth year: Listening for detail- S'mores

How to make s'mores

Watch the video and complete the instructions below.




Step 1: Prepare your graham crackers by breaking a long one into two _________ squares and place them side by side.

Step 2: Take a piece of chocolate and _________ it on one of these square graham crackers.

Step 3: _______ the marshmallow by placing a large marshmallow on the end of a long __________ stick or a __________ fork. Hold the marshmallow over the fire. ________ the stick until the outside of the marshmallow is __________ brown and starting to get mushy

Step 4: Take your __________ marshmallow, still on the stick, and lay it on the side of the cracker with the chocolate. Now take the other half of the cracker and ________ the half marshmallow, pressing down firmly enough to _____________ out the stick.

Step 5: Let the hot marshmallow sit for about 30 seconds, long enough to ________ the chocolate and cool off a bit.

Step 6: Squeeze the s'more between your _______ and eat it.


Click here to check your answers.

Fourth year - Listening: Halloween in Hawaii

Watch the video below and answer the questions:





1. How long have the Silvers decorated their house in such a special way?

2. How many bags do they give away to trick-or-treaters?

3. How long does it take to decorate the house?

4. Name the different members of the family

5. Why is the last Halloween at their home for the Silvers?

6. What could children see at the mall?

7. What costume was the winner of the night?

Click here to check your answers.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Second year - 2ºB - Thursday 28th October 2010


Summary of the class:

- Reading / grammar: too much/many, not much/many, a few/little, not enough, a lot of, lots of


- Vocabulary and speaking: the cardinal points


- Speaking and culture: London and its landmarks


- Reading and speaking: how much do you know about London?


- Listening: video about a day in London.



Important note: Remember there is no class next Tuesday, that is, November 2nd

Fourth - 28th October 2010 - Conversation

Summary:

- Questions about paranormal phenomena. Click here to see the questions.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Fourth year ---- Halloween

This is an old exercise of mine about Halloween that you can find in this blog. Click here to get to the exercise.

I'll try to post a new exercise this weekend so you can practise. Enjoy the long weekend




Fourth year - Wednesday 27 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Grammar: habits in the present and in the past.




- Vocabulary: adverbs of frequency


- Speaking: films, books about ghosts


- Reading: Spooky


- Speaking: Do you believe in paranormal phenomena?


- Alex: Halloween
Important note: First reading book: Slam. Nick Hornby. Penguin.

Second year - 2ºA - Wednesday 27 October 2010



Summary of the class:

- Reading: places around the world.

- Listening and speaking: your favourite place to go on holiday

- Vocabulary and speaking: cardinal points.

- Alex: Halloween

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Second year. Vocabulary: Halloween

Click here to watch a video and practise the vocabulary on Halloween.


And watch this other video to further practice:





Second year - 2ºB - Tuesday 26th October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Alex: Halloween



- Reading: places around the world.


- Writing: description of a photograph. Click here to see the document.


- Listening and speaking: a place




Homework: Write a description of a photograph, following the instructions from the copy we worked on in class.

Workshop - 2ºA

Summary:



- Guess the character.



- A wedding: description of pictures using the present continuous. Click here to see the exercise.


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Fourth year - Monday 25 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Review: gerunds and infinitives. Speaking practice



- Listening: a university course


- Grammar: habits in the present and the past


- Speaking: habits


- Vocabulary: feelings and opinions

Second year - 2ºA - Monday 25 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Grammar. Future 'going to'


- Oral practice: What are they going to do? Click here to see the exercise



- Listening practice: Rima- 6 months later.


- Grammar: plural of nouns


- Vocabulary and pronunciation: nationalities


- Writing: describing a photograph. Click here to see the document.
Homework: Write a description of a photograph, following the structure in the copy we saw in class. You need to attach a photograph to the paper and then write your text.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Second year. Listening: What are the Americans like?

Click here and watch the first video. Complete the people's answers to this question:

What are the Americans like?

1. June:

2. Zoei: very ________, very accommodating, very _____. They're not reserved at all.

3. Margaret: _______, ________, ______ when you're on holiday there.

4. Wayne: Arrogant

5. Michelle: ______

6. Richard: _____, quite ______, ______, over the top.

7. Catherine: very _______, very ______ , ______, outspoken

8. Timothy: a bit brash, bit over-confident, but, generally, likeable.

9. John: ______ in small doses.

10. Jessie: ______


Watch the video with subtitles below and check your answers.


Second year - 2ºB - 21 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Grammar: future 'going to'


- Speaking practice: What are they going to do? Click here to see the exercise.




- Listening: Rima. Click here to see the questions about the listening exercise


- Grammar: nouns - countable / uncountable / plurals


- Vocabulary and pronunciation: nationalities


- Speaking practice: nationalities




- Quiz: What do you know about the world?








Thursday, 21 October 2010

Fourth year - Wednesday 20 October 2010




Summary of the class:



- Listening: co-educational schools or single-sex schools?


- Reading: a survey on American food habits



- Listening. Cassy and Ted... food habits


- Alex: American food habits.
Homework: Article on exams. Click here to read the document in which you can find this assignment.

Second year - 2ºA - Wednesday 20 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Oral practice: What is/are.... like?



- Reading: Aiport stories. Click here to read the document.



- Grammar: Future--- present continuous and going to.



- Alex. Places in Spain. Nicknames of states.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Second year - 2ºB - 19 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Alex: places to go on holiday in the US


- Grammar: so / such a-an / very / too


- Reading: Airport stories. Click here to read the text.



- Grammar: future--- present continuous and going to

Workshop - 2ºB

Summary:

- Conversation. Time expression. Click here to read the questions.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Fourth year. Pronunciation: Silent letters

Watch the video below to practise what we practised yesterday, that is, what letters are not pronounced in some words.

Second year. Vocabulary: town and city

These are a couple of videos to practise the vocabulary about town/city and its pronunciation.






Fourth year - Monday 18 October 2010


Summary of the class:

- Listening: exams.


- Oral practice: you and exams


- Pronunciation: silent letters.

- Listening: evening classes

- Speaking: keeping a conversation going

- Oral practice: Co-educational schools and single-sex schools

Homework: Page 14. Read the text about co-educational schools

Second year - 2ºA - Monday 18 October 2010


Summary of the class:

- Questionnaire about English learning.


- Oral practice: questions.

- Vocabulary: the town


- Listening: three places to live


- Grammar: so / such / very / too

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Fourth year. Listening. University and money in America



Click here and watch the video and say whether the statements below are true or false. In false statements, give the correct information.


1. Vanessa wasn't accepted at her top choice private university because her grades were not good enough.

2. Poor students can't afford to go to a private university, but middle-class students can.

3. In tough economic times university budgets are usually cut, which sends tuition fees up.

4. Rod Bugarin says that states with high institutions may lose students to other states with lower costs.

5. Vanessa thinks that money won't always be a problem.


Click here to check your answers.

Second year - 2ºB - Thursday 14 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Review: appearance and clothes


- Oral practice: differences between characters


- Vocabulary: the city


- Oral practice: your city


- Listening: three people, three places. Would you like to live in these places? Why?


- Grammar: What is he / she like?


- Grammar: so / such



Homework: page 11, so and such, exercise 1 and 2






Fourth year - Thursday 14 October 2010 - Workshop

Summary:

Speaking practice: We finished talking about questions about education. Click here to read the questions.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Second year - Clothes

Practise the vocabulary on clothes and the pronunciation of the different nouns by watching the following video:


Fourth year - Wednesday 13 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Grammar: infinitive and gerunds



- Oral practice: questions with infinitives and gerunds



- Listening: cheating and exams. We'll finish the exercise next Monday




- Alessandra: university in the US.

Second year - 2ºA - Wednesday 13 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Review: appearance and clothes


- Oral practice: descriptions and present continuous.




- Alessandra: holidays






Homework: Page 8, reading, exercises 1 and 2

Friday, 8 October 2010

Second year - 2ºB - 6 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Listening and speaking. Talking about a friend or somebody we know well.



- Revision: present continuous


- Oral practice: Revision of present continuous. Description of pictures: 10 diferences


- Reading and speaking: a questionnaire about learning English



- Listening: ways of showing interest in a conversation.

Fourth year - 6 October 2010 - Conversation

Summary:

- Conversation about language teaching, education and our schooldays. Click here to see the document with the questions.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Second year - Present Continuous

Watch the video below and complete the sentences:




1. He's ________________ _____ ______________

2. She's ______________ _____________

3. They're queuing

4. They're _______________ on a rollercoaster

5. He's ____________ out the window

6. He's ____________ _________

7. He's ___________

8. She's __________ ______

9. He's ___________

10. He's drilling

11. She's ____________ _____ ______ __________

12. He's _____________ a massage

13. She's ____________ _______ ___________

14. She's ___________

15. They're _________ _____ _____ __________

16. He's escaping

17. She's ___________ _____ ____________

18. She's __________

19. They're screaming

20. They're _________ married

21. He's __________

22. He's rowing

23. He's throwing a rock

24. He's ___________

25. He's __________ a wheelie

26. They're _________

27. They're __________

28. He's voting

29. He's _________

30. She's ________

31. He's skateboarding

32. He's ___________ _________

33. He's ___________ a speech

34. He's ___________

35. He's ___________ _____ ___________

36. She's counting

37. They're _________

38. They're _________ married

39. They're arguing

40. They're __________


Click here to check your answers

Fourth year - Wednesday 6 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Vocabulary: school

- Speaking practice: Exams.


- Reading: Under Examination



- Grammar: Infinitives and -ing



- Alexandra: introduction




Important: Remember. There are no classes on Monday

Second year - 2ºA - 6 October 2010


Summary of the class:


- Listening: anecdote




- Speaking practice. Talk about a friend.


- Grammar: Present continuous


- Oral practice. Find the differences.

- Alessandra: introduction
Important note: There are no classes on Monday.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Second year - 2ºB - 5 October 2010





Summary of the class:



- Alessandra's introduction



- Pronunciation of the third person singular in the present tense -s / -z / iz. Click here to see the document.



- Reading: remembering names


- Grammar: look / look like

Second year - 2ºA - 5 October 2010 (Workshop)

Summary:


- Practice of questions in the simple present, dates, days of the week, months, times, routine, reasons. Click here to read the questions.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Fourth year - Monday 4 October 2010



Summary of the class:


- Speaking practice: so and neither.


- Writing: an article


- Speaking: topics about education.



Homework:


- Exercises on auxiliaries. Page 9


- Write an article about your career.