Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Useful links to improve your writing

I'v tried to find some web pages to help you with your writing. Here you are some links:
  • a general idea about how to write, click here
  • useful linkers and connectors: click here
  • this is about paragraphs: click here
  • a link to work with spelling, including exercises: click here
But what you have to keep in mind is some general tips which are pretty simple:
  • Be logical and coherent: don't take anything for granted and explain well what you want to say.
  • Organise your text and use paragraphs for that.
  • Use variety in vocabulary and structures; avoid repetitions.
  • Check your composition before hand it in.
I'm sure you're going to do it really well. See you son!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Preparing oral exam for Advanced Students

Some students asked me for typical expressions to use while having the oral exam. I've tried to find something to help you and these are my suggestions:
  • let's review something we saw for the previous oral exam in our blog: click here. For the indiviual part of the oral exam, have a look to the tips below.
  • use this link to a blog in which you can find useful language for oral exams, such as starting or closing conversations, fillers, expressions of agreement and disagreement, contrast and so on: click here
  • this link could help you to prepare and give your speech: click here
  • Remember you can use your notes but you CAN'T read them so avoid writing complete sentences on your piece of paper and use key words instead to remind you your main ideas.
  • Organise your speech with introduction, main ideas and conclusión. Make sure you have included all the points required in your task and control the time.
  • Try to keep calm, don't rush when you are speaking; you'll make more mistakes and it'll be more difficult to understand you.
  • When you explain an idea, give examples to support it and to increase your oral production.
  • Use your entonation and even your body language (eye contact, your hands, etc.) to support your speech and to sound interesting. If you don't believe in what you're saying, why should the examiner do it?
I'm sure you'll do well at the exam. No doubt!

Possessive and Saxon Genitive

Here you are a post about this topic, which is one of the last points of gramar we saw. It is oriented to NA2 but other students with a high level of English might find this interesting.

There are some expressions in which you use possessives that are not familiar for Spanish students. Here you are two links to help you with special uses of Saxon genitive:
  • this one from BBC Learning English: click here
  • this is for unusual cases: click here
See you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Listening practice

For different levels: click HERE
Intermediate level: clik here  and here
Short dialogues with natural English; although they say it's intermediate it could be considered higher because it's fast and with accent: clik here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 10: Media

This lesson deals with mass media. It's something which is very familiar for us, especially if we think of TV, radio, magazines, and the Internet. Let's see the general questions, as usual:
  • Do you watch TV a lot? How long for? What programmes do you prefer?
  • What's your favourite programme? Why? Have you seen it this week? Is it very popular? Are there any you don't like? Why?
  • Some people think the radio is dead. Do you agree? Is it the same for young pople? and for elderly people?
  • People have many options nowadays. Compare mass media 20 years ago and in these days. What are the main differences?  Does Internet have something to do with this change? Give reasons for your answer.
  • How would you improve our television? Would you release more channels? Would you change any programmes? Which ones and why?

Activity 1

Go to page 107 and do the questionaire to your mate(s) and then tell them what kind of viewer is that person. Swap roles and when you finish, discuss if you agree or not. Give reasons.

Activity 2

Do activity 9 in the same page. Try to agree what programme to watch on TV. You can use the programme schedule on the book or you may choose another one.

Activity 3

Globalization is present on TV. Most programmes are copies or imitations from the ones on American, British or other European televisions. Discuss this point with your partner and give examples.

Here you are some pages to see the words connected to this topic:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cartoons to learn English

One of your mates has given me this link to watch animation videos and you can use them to practise. They speak a bit fast and the level is high (especially for those who are in intermediate level) but it's fun to watch them. This is the link: click here (TheOdd1sOut).

But if what you need is to practice with exam format listening exercises, yu might go to this other link with different topics: click here.

Hope to be useful!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About phrasals

I prefer to speak about multi-word verbs or verbs with particles. However, I showed you in class how to distinguish phrasal verbs and this is useful to know if they are separable or not.

Here you are the link to see a bit more about what I explained in class:
  • For a general explanation: the difference between prepositional and phrasal verbs: click here but if you want to have a much larger explanation, try this.
In my opinion, the best way to study this point of grammar is starting by the particle. There are more particles and more verbs, but here you are some links to start with:
But you can also learn them in alphabetical order; the problem is that eventually you come across a complete dictionary. If you want to have a try, you can go to this link. Another not so depressing list is this one.

The other page you can use is this one which has exercises; don't worry if you don't know all of them. Try it from time to time to remember them: clik here. As I've already told you the best way is to practise with them so here you are a link with exercises and here you find some more and here.

If you want to do more exercises, remember to search them on the Internet: phrasal verbs exercises+B1 or B2, depending on your level.

See you in class!