Wednesday, January 16, 2019

B21 - Food + lesson 7

In this lesson you've got vocabulary of food. We should enlarge our vocabulary by using more precise words. Here are some links that might be useful, but you can find plenty of them on your own:
  • this link has vocabulartry about ingredients, ways of cooking, stuff for cooking...: click here
  • this is a long list for B2-C1; have a look and see which you know and try to learn some more if you can: click here
  • this link shows some useful sententces to speak about food: click here
About compartives and superlatives, here are some links for practising:
  • this link has an explanation and some exercises (one of them done in class): click here.
  • this exercise is about the double compartive (THE MORE .... THE MORE...) click here.
Apart from comparatives and superlatives, we saw the difference between SO and SUCH:
  • SO + adjective or adverb: She's so nice that everybody loves her
  • SUCH + nouns: She's such a nice girl that everybody loves her
If you want to practise a bit with this grammar point, go to this link.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Starting classes - New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year and welcome to class. Here we are again and this is the video I found about New Year's resolutions, something very typical in the Anglosxon countries: click here
This is the other video we saw in class in which Viggo Mortensen speaks about a Christmas  tradition in Catalonia: here

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

B2.1 - Reviewing for lessons 1-2-3-5-8 (Empower B1+)

Here are some links that may help you with the gramar points we saw term. Have a look:
Here is a link with differen exercises to practise examd. You have different levels and the four skills: this is the task 2 listening of the exam but you can find many more in the home page if you click on the  different labels.

About Christmas, this is the video we saw in class: click here
The typical list of traditional carols: click here
Another tradition: Mr Bean video 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

B2.1 - Conditional sentences

In lessong 5B we deal with zero and first conditional. In class we saw all the types and we insist on using the name rather than the number of conditional:
  • zero or general conditional: if you have a problem you call an expert
  • first or probable/possible conditional: if you have a problem, will you call me?
  • second or improbable/hypothetical conditional: if you had a problem, you could call me
  • third or impossible conditional (a regret or complaint about past events): if you had had a problem, you should have called me
If you want a good summary, you should visit this blog: click here

Here you are some exercises to practise with the connectors:
Apart from IF, WHETHER and UNLESS, there are some other connectors such as AS LONG AS, PROVIDING, PROVIDED THAT, SUPPOSING etc.. This is a page with many connectors but some of them are more connected to time clauses than conditionalsd: click here, here and here

For increasing your vocabulary you might use this page with how to say ainimals in masculine, femenine, the sound and the place they live: click here

Sunday, December 9, 2018

That's English! - Module 7 - unit 10: Superstitions and Fears

Not all the superstitions are the same in all the countries; there are differences but what they have in common is that they are true for many people. Let's start with the general questions:
  • Do you have a lucky number, item of cloth or object? Do you believe in lucky objectss? Give reasons for your answer.
  • Are you a supersitious person? Do you have lucky charm you use before important events?
  • Do you think Spanish people are supersititious? Is it a problem of nationality, age, religion or sex? Compare different groups of people according to supersitions.
  • What's the difference between a fear and a phobia? Think about some examples.
  • Do you suffer from any phobias? Do you know anybody who suffers from one?
  • Were you afraid of anything when you where a little child? Do you still have it?
  • Do you have any scary story that happened to you?

Activity 1
In p.102 there is a gramar point about describing repeated and typical behaviour. You should use WILL for the present and WOULD for the past, like in these examples:
  • An actor won't wear yellow clothes during a performance because it means bad luck
  • Pelé would kiss the ground every time he won a match
Using this model try to think about some activities for you:
  • getting up in the morning  -  going to school as a child - playing with my brothers/sisters - something you used to do before an exam - something you do on Sunday
Activity 2
In p.105 there are some proverbs. Choose one o those or pick up one from the ones given below and try to explain it to your mate (taken from this site):
  • "Two wrongs don't make a right."
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword."
  • "When in Rome, do as the Romans."
  • "No man is an island."
  • "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
  • "Better late than never."
Activity 3
Here is a video about superstitions: click here for the video. After watching it, discuss with your partner the following questions:
 Which of these superstitions are similar to those in your country?
 Which are different?
 What are the things that are considered unlucky?
 What are the things that are considered lucky?
 Do you think that there is truth behind superstitions?

Activity 4
What about you? Discuss with your partner if you are a superstious person and why you think so. Compare your attitude with the one when you were younger. Have you changed a lot? In wahat sense? Give reasons for your answers.

Activity 5
Some people think they are going to be lucky and they will be able to change their life. Here you have a video about luck: click here
What do you think this story is about? Would you do something like that? Why/why not?

Activity 6
This is another video with a programme talking about luck: click here

See you in class and... Good luck with your exams!
Remember we have class next week with unit 11 which is a revision and a lesson to review the module 7. See you next week


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

B2.1 - Environment

To see the vocabulary, here are some links to help you:
  • This one is in English and the translation into Spanish: click here
  • These others are more examples of lists of words connected to the topic: here or here
  • This link has other pages with different topics related to environment: here
  • If you prefer images, here are some videos about the topic: here (very visual), here (a typical class) or here
These videos also give you an idea about how much we should take care of our planet:
  • This about plastic: click here
  • Mother Nature: click here
  • About global warming: click here

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

B2.1 - Word formation

We are going to work a little bit with word formation so to deal with this grammar topic here you are some links to help you:
  • typical suffixes in English: click here
  • adjectives to make nouns and verbs (long - length): click here and here is the one we saw in class; or go to this video to listen to the explanation
I include here the use of WHETHER: here you are the video we saw in class and this is a grammar link to read about this topic and to this one to see examples.

See you in class!