Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving: 4th Thursday of November

This is a great tradition in America but it's also celebrated in other places. Here you have a video if you want to know a bit about it. It includes vocabulary: click here. If you want to know something about the history, here you have some more videos:
  • this is for intermediate level: click here and this one is with subtitles in English
  • this video is a bit longer but not much more difficult; click here to see it
  • if you want to know something aboutmThanksgiving around the world, click here

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

That's English! - Module 7 - Unit 6: Films (NI2)

The topic of this week is really appealing, isn't it? Films, or movies as Americans call them, is one of the most typical entretainment for everybody all over the world.

As usual, let's start with some questions taken from your textbook (exercise 11, p.62):
  • What kind of films do you enjoy the most? Why?
  • What is the last film you've seen? What was it about? Did you enjoy it?
  • Are there any types of films you can't stand? Why?
  • Do you follow any film festival? Do you usually see films rewarded with an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Lion of Venice or any other award? Are these festivals necessary?
  • What do you do to choose the film to see? Do you read film reviews? Do you ask anybody about the film?
  • Do you prefer watching films on DVD at home or going to the cinema? Explain the main differences in your opinion.  
Activity 1
Talk to your partner about the main differences between European or Spanish films and American ones. Explain which ones you prefer and give reasons for your answer.

Activity 2
Revise the vocabulary of this lesson and try to find a definition with your own words of these terms:
  • blockbuster - dubbed films - feature-length - selected for screening - to release - indie films
Activity 3
Here you are a listening comprenhension exercise with an ordinary conversation about movies; click here. This other exercise is about inviting someone to the cinema; click here. Both are a good example to practise with your partner later. 

Activity 4
About grammar, we deal with an important point: passive voice. Remember it's much more usual in English than in Spanish and it has the function of impersonal forms in our language. Here you have a link with a long explanation and exercises at the end: click here. You should use it in your writing but also in your speaking as it is very usual in English. Rephrase these sentences with passive tenses to see how frquent it is:
  • Someone stole my movile yesterday
  • Many people say American films are much better than Europeans
  • Somebody gave me this packet for you
  • Someone told me you have a new job
  • They opened a new exhibition about Picasso
Activity 5
To practise for the exam, here you are an exercise of gap filling. The topic is different but you can find many examples of passive voice; click here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

That's English! - Module 7 - Unit 5: Social Classes (NI2)

Althouhg this topic seems to be a bit difficult, we should deal with it and it has many possibilities. Let's start with the general questions on this lesson:
  • What does a social class mean for you? If you had to choose, which social class is yours?
  • Are there events, sports or places that are popular with a particular social class in Spain? (For example: football, basketball, bullfighting, cinema, theatre...)
  • What kind of discriminations are there in our country? Compare this situation with other countries such as the USA, the UK, France, Germany...
  • What struggles for rights do you remember? Some ideas: against segregation, equal rights between men and women, to get a welfare state (estado del bienestar), compulsory education, healthcare for everybody, sexual discrimination, etc.
Activity 1
What makes a person change their social status: education, money, popularity and success...? Discuss with your partner and try to get an agreement on the topic.

Some people think that education or going to university is one of the best ways to change your social class to belong to upper classes. Here you are a listening comprenhension about Education. After doing it, let's talk about how important it is to rise in society. This is the exercise

Activity 2
Here you are a lot of questions related to discrimination. Discuss with your partner about some of them. Adapted from http://iteslj.org/questions/discrimination.html

  • Have you ever been discriminated against? What happened to you? What was your reaction? Have you ever discriminated against anybody?

  • Why do you think discrimination exists? Why do people discriminate?  What could you do to reduce discrimination?  What would you do to cope with discrimination? Why do we treat people differently? Is discriminating against a certain group of people ever justified? What do you think about quota or possitive discrimination?

  • Do you think males and females are equal?  Do men earn more than women? Why?
  • What king of sexual discrimination do you know? 

  • Why is it that when children are small,they discriminate against other people that are not the same size and color as they are? Is discrimination something natural? Are our children going to live in a less discriminated world? 

Activity 3
Some people say that trade unions are going to disappear in a short term. Do you agree? What are the main consequences of that fact? 

Activity 4
About grammar, this lesson deals with connectors. Hereyou are  a good explanation with an exercise at the en. Click here

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ALCINE - Short Film Festival in Alcala

On Friday (November,10th) we're going to see some short films at Teatro Salón Cervantes. For those who can't go and to have a programme for the ones who are going, here you are some information I found on the internet about the short films:

JAMIE by Christopher Manning
A trailer about the short film:
A video of the director showing and commenting the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsS1OFnozU4

REFUGE by Leticia Agudo

SWEET MADDIE STONE by Braddy Hood

TÊTE A TÊTE by  Natash Tomkin
A video with the director explaining the making of the film: https://vimeo.com/221151605

I'm really interested in your comments about the films. See you in class!

NI1 - Using Last and The last (next / the next)

This is a difficult point but remember the general idea I gave you in class:
  • THE LAST and THE NEXT is connected to the position, as when you say the first, the second, the next and the last; e.g. The last person to come will have to lock the door.
  • LAST is a reference of time, especifically to past, while NEXT is referred to future; e.g. Last summer I went to Ireland       Next week I'll visit my parents
Do this exercise to practise.

I also include some exercises to practise with SO, BUT, BECAUSE and ALTHOUGH:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NA2 - Vocabulary (Work) and some practice for the final exam.

I 've just come across this exercise about phrasal verbs related to work. It's quite interesting so I houhgt you might like to do it: click here

I tried to find a good explanation about the difference between SALARY, WAGE and INCOME and this is what I found: click here

For fill-in-the-gaps exercises I have this link if you want to practise for your final exam.

For Listening practice here you are this blog with a lot of exercises: click here.

See you in class!

Practising Listening skills

Apart from the links you have in this blog, I've just found this page for fill-in-the-gap exercises. It has different levels but they are not difficult and quite short so you can do them quickly. Click here