Thursday, 28 April 2016

Language Snippets - Water under the Bridge

Language Snippets - Letter writing

NA1. Listening: The Mozart Effect

Watch the following video and answer the questions below:

  1. What factors has Dr. Jan considered to see what can boost our brainpower?
2. What is the Mozart Effect?
3. How does Dr. Jan plan to prove that there is some truth behind the Mozart Effect?
4. What did the research on Mozart’s music conclude?
5. How does Dr. Jan explain the theory of this effect?
6. What is the conclusion he draws when comparing people listening to Mozart and people listening to silence?
7. What about rock music compared to Mozart?
8. Complete the following sentence:
Upbeat _________________ music stimulates the release of certain neurotransmitters. They’re chemicals that pass information between _________________ ____________________, and these temporarily enhance particularly ________________---- in your brain. That makes it more effective ____________________- all sorts of information, and all that means that you get temporarily smarter.
9. When should you listen to stimulating music, before or while working?

Click here to check your answers.

NA1 - Grammar: Remember, Forget

Watch the following video to review the use of some verbs+ infinitive or -ing:

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Language Snippets - Gerunds and infinitives

Language Snippets - Idiom: Play it by ear

Grammar: Infinitives and gerunds

Click on the following links to practise the use of infinitives and gerunds:

- Activity 1

- Activity 2

- Activity 3

- Activity 4

- Activity 5

- Activity 6

NA1 - Tuesday 25 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Listening: the influence of music

- Listening: Emotions and music

- Speaking: Feelings and music

- Grammar: infinitives and -ing

- Speaking: Infinitives and -ing

- Speaking: Questions with infinitives and ing


Complete the activities on page 142

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Listening: Sleep disorders

Watch the three first minutes of the following video on which a woman explains a rare sleep disorder. Answer the questions below:

  1. When did the woman’s condition start?
  2. What does she do for a living?
  3. Her condition is called narcolepsy. What exactly is it?
  4. She also suffers from cataplexy. What is it?
  5. What are the main symptoms?
  6. Is this condition dangerous?
  7. How does it affect her life?
  8. What does her daughter do for her?

Click here to check your answers

Language Snippets - Expressing Effect

Language Snippets - Music to my Ears

Friday, 22 April 2016

NA1 - Vocabulary: music

Watch the following video to practise the vocabulary and pronunciation of different words related to music:

NA1 - Thursday 21 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Writing: transactional letters (activity)

- Brainstorming: music

- Vocabulary + pronunciation: music

- Vocabulary: Music. Click here to see the worksheet

- Speaking: Music

- Listening: The influence of music. Click here to see the document

- Listening: Song--- Thank you for the music


- Write two letters, one requesting information and another giving information, using one of the suggestions from the worksheet

- Complete the second part of the listening "The Influence of Music"

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Language Snippets - Types of Bed

Listening: Early birds and Night owls

Watch the following video about the differences between early birds (people who get up early in the morning) and night owls (people who go to bed late). Then match the characteristics below with the type that these traits apply to:

Early Birds
Night Owls

- They suffer from social jet lag
- They tend to be proactive and optimistic
- Students usually have lower marks
- They are more prone to suffer depression
- They are less likely to have addictions
- They are more creative
- They are very energetic
- They are risk-takers
- They tend to lose more energy throughout the day
- They have more opportunities for financial gain

Click here to check your answers

Language Snippets - Sleep on it

Listening: Three Things you probably didn't know about sleep.

Yesterday we read three texts about some aspects of sleep. Now you can watch the following videos related to the texts.

- Professor Jayne Gackenback, lucid dreams, and video gamers

- Sleeping beauty syndrome

- How our ancestors used to sleep

NA1 - Tuesday 19 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Reading: Sleep

- Listening and speaking: Insomnia

- Reading: Three things you didn't know about sleep

- Speaking: Sleeping beauty and Our ancestors

- Listening: The chef who cooks in the middle of the night

- Writing: Transactional letters. Click here to read the worksheet


Complete the activity in the handout.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Listening: Practice

Click on the links below to do some extra practice on listening:

- How Computers Have Changed the World?

- The Effect of Technology and Relationships

- Apps for Orangutans

- Iphones in India

Language snippets - Yawn

Writing: What's on your mind?

Watch the video. Then write a text in which you compare what the man's life is really like with her states on the computer. Write the text as a story. Hand the text in for marking in class.

Language Snippets - Connectors

Writing: I Forgot My Phone

Watch the following video:

After watching the following video, use the ideas portrayed in the film to write about the same topic: How have smart phones changed life and social relations?

Write your essay and hand it in if you want me to mark it for you.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Song: Stay Awake

This is a lullaby you can see in "Mary Poppins". Watch the video and fill in the gaps with vocabulary related to sleep:

Stay awake don't _____________ your head
Don't _________________ down upon your bed
While the moon drifts in the skies
Stay awake don't close your eyes

Though the world is ________________   __________________
Though your ___________________ soft and deep
You're not ___________________ as you seem
Stay awake don't _______________ and dream
Stay awake don't _____________ and dream

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NA1 - Listening and Vocabulary: Secrets to Better Sleep

Watch the video and read the text:

These are some of the expressions from the text. Match them with the definition below:

Take something/someone for granted //// Poised //// Entrepreneur /// outlet/// Memory lapse //// mood swings //// impair /// soothing //// wind down /// in short order


- Calming
- To relax
- Quickly
- In balance
- A gradual decline
- Rapid change in temper
- To weaken or damage
- A means for release or expression of emotion, creative energy...
- To fail to appreciate sth/sb
- The owner of a business enterprise

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Language snippets - Idioms

Language Snippets - Synonyms

Grammar: used to, be used to, and get used to

Click on the following links for further practice on this grammar point.

- Activity 1

- Activity 2

- Activity 3

NA1 - Thursday 14 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Grammar: used to, be/get used to

- Pronunciation: used to

- Brainstorming: sleep

- Vocabulary: sleep

- Speaking: sleep

- Listening: the secrets of sleep. Click here to see the document we worked on.

Click here to see the second part of the documentary


Read the text in the handout and complete the activities. Click here to access the worksheet

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Language Snippets - Used to

NA1 - Tuesday 12 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Speaking: positive and negative aspects of social media

- Grammar: reporting verbs

-Brainstorming: new technologies

- Vocabulary: new technologies

- Speaking: New technologies. Click here to read the questions

- Speaking: How has the world changed?

- Grammar: used to // would // get used to // be used to

- Speaking: used to / get used to


- Activities on page 143: used to, get used to, be used to

- Positive and negative aspects of social media: choose a task:

a. Write a for-and-against essay
b. Write an opinion essay: Do you think social media is positive or negative?
c. Use the topic to make a monologue, record yourself, and then you can give me your monologue on a memory stick

Friday, 8 April 2016

Speaking/Listening: My Experience with Social Media

Listen and read the text on the following video on which a woman talks about her experience with social media:

Speaking: Do you use social networking sites?

Watch the video and learn different ways to answer the question above:

NA1 - Thursday 7 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Grammar: reporting verbs

- Pronunciation: intonation

- Listening + reading: Look up. Click here to read the text

- Speaking: Social media. Click here to see the questions


- Page 79. Pronunciation, activity c

- Complete activities on page 147

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Language Snippets: Idiom

Language snippets: Connectors

Grammar: Reported Speech

Click on the following links for some practice on reported speech:

- Statements

- Statements 2

- Questions

- Questions 2

- Orders

Listening: Missing Woman

This video is about the missing woman you read about yesterday. Watch the video and complete the sentences below:

  1. A search was ____________________for a missing female.
  2. The female _______________________ missing over the weekend in South Iceland.
  3. One participating searcher realised that she could be the __________________ missing woman
  4. She alerted ____________________ of the misunderstanding and the search was soon called off
  5. In 1954 searchers were __________________looking for a young girl who had disappeared after berry picking
  6. She was reportedly dressed in a red jacket and it ____________________that she didn't return to her group.

Click here to check your answers

Soundari: Love at First Bite

This is the recording that we talked about yesterday. You can watch Soundari, the Siberian tiger, attacking the snowman and eating the camera:

NA1- Tuesday 5 April 2016

Summary of the class:

- Grammar: reported speech.

- Speaking: the media

- Listening: Love at First Bite

- Reading and speaking: stories

- Listening: review

Friday, 1 April 2016

NA1 - Thursday 31 March 2016

Summary of the class:

- Reading: The media

- Speaking: The media

- Listening: Celebrities and paparazzi

- Listening: Tabloids and broadsheets