Wednesday, February 29, 2012

To have something done

This is a typical structure which means you need someone to do something for you so you use this structure:

It's a bit different from Spanish so it's difficult to use. Go to these links to practise:

If you think this point of grammar is very complicated, go to this link as it is in Spanish and it could be helpful if you saw the real translation. Click here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I wish / If only!

In lesson 4b we're working with these two expressions to speak about regrets and complains. Here you Have some links to work with them:

There is a possibility for I wish he would have done that. It's not very usual and it sounds a bit awkward. Nevertheless, here you have a video with the explanaition:
Here you have a well-known song with this structure:
See you in class

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Carnival is wonderful celebration, full of musicand fun. Here you have some activities to enjoy this festival.
Dictionary Activity – CARNIVAL - working with words
1. What are the main ingredients of a pancake?
2. When is Shrove Tuesday?
3. What is another name for Pancake Day?
4. What do people use to throw their pancakes, in a pancake race?
5. A float is a special carnival vehicle. It has other meanings. Which of these people does not use a float:
a. a swimmer                    b. a fisherman                   c. a farmer
6. How do people move in a procession? (an adverb)
7. People wear masks in a carnival. Which of these collocations does not exist?
a. party mask                    b. death mask                   c. oxygen mask                d. face mask
8. How many days does Lent last?
9. What is Ash Wednesday?
10. Is the word carnival pronounced the same in both US English and British English?

Go to this video which talks about British Pancake race and fill in the gaps of the activity (intermediate):
1. Lent is a time for _________________ things.
2. Shrove Tuesdays is the day for cleaning out the _________________________.
3. Pancake races appeal to people’s ___________________ nature!
4. Everyone’s got ‘a ___________________ tooth’!
5. People in Britain have been celebrating Pancake Day for __________________ years.
6. The tradition started in ____________________ when a woman ran to church holding a  _________________!
7. Donald O’Kelly is planning to give up __________________________ for Lent.
8. Pancake Day is a time to _________________________.
The answers for these exercises are below these other exercises of listening

Yoiu can parctise listening with these audios about Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago:

Here you have a listening about Venice; there are a couple of exercises to do with it:

Dictionary Activity – CARNIVAL
1. Flour, eggs and milk. Go to this video to make a pancake: (easy)
Pancakes are thin cakes made from a batter of milk (or milk and water), eggs and flour which is then cooked in a frying pan or on a griddle until golden brown on both sides. You can buy special pancake pans which are shallow and non-stick with curved sides. French pancakes are made slightly thinner and are called crêpes. Scotch pancakes are small and thick, usually cooked on a griddle and sometimes flavoured with sultanas or raisins. American pancakes are normally served at breakfast. They tend to be light and fluffy, served in generous stacks with bacon and maple syrup. There is also the Russian blini, Chinese pancakes served with Peking duck, Italian crespelle and so on. Pancakes are traditionally eaten in the UK on Shrove Tuesday.  ( taken from: )
2. The day before the beginning of Lent.
3. Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
What is Mardi Gras?   :   Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove TuesdayCarnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival which will be celebrated on 21st February in 2012. Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of "self-denial". Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French (Remember that meat is forbidden during Lent, at least on Friday).
Festivities begin at the beginning of February, leading up to Mardi Gras day, and consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls. The modern Carnival tradition developed in Europe in the Middle ages, and is celebrated mainly in Roman Catholic communities in Europe and the Americas today. Some of the most famous celebrations are held in Nice (France), Cologne (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Orleans (USA)
4. A frying pan. Here you have a Pancake race :
5. (c) a farmer
6. slowly; instead of “procession” it is more usual the word “parade” (desfile)
7. party mask
8. 40 days; Lent means “Cuaresma
9. The first day of Lent
10. No   /ˈkɑːrnəvəl / (American English);   /ˈkɑːnɪvəl/ (British English) But none of them is in plural.

1. giving up           2. fridge                 3. quirky                4. sweet                5. five hundred          6. 1445 / frying pan              
7. pancakes          8. Indulge   (Loolk up the words in a dictionary if necessary)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Working with modals

This lesson 3 deals with modals and perfect modal are rather difficult to use. Here you have plenty of web pages to work with them. I hope it'll be helpful. : a short but practical explanation of the modals with a reference to modals + perfect infinitive : here the perfect infinitive is explained and there is a reference to modals followed by this form. : this is a revision of modals and it has a good exercise to practice. a long list of modals in simple and perfect form with their use and meaning. : a quite extensive page with exercises. Problem: no answers. : explanation of the previous exercises; there is a simple video with some examples. : this exercise is about modals. Some of the examples are followed by prefect infinitive. You can use them for practice.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Certificate Exam sample to practise

This exam of Cambridge is quite different from the ones we have in EEOOII but it might help you to practise with our certificate exam. This is supposed to have a higher level so keep in mind this is not what you'll find in your final exam.
Let me warn you this is an on line exam so it'll take you time to do it and I think you can't do it again. To be honest I haven't tried it so you'll be a sort of guinea pigs. Let me know your experience in class!
Click here for the exam

Order of adjectives (NI1)

A student of mine in NI1 asked me the way adjectives should be placed in front of a noun. Here you have some links to help you to understand this subject and to practise with it:

  • link 1: a complete explanation with a quizz at the end
  • link 2: another explanation and you have exercises at the end
  • link 3: you have here the position but you don't have exercises; however, you have a long list of adjectives so you can check and increase your vocabulary.
  • link 4: this is very easy but what it's interesting is if you go to the next page (click "next" at the end) you can revise comparatives and there is an exercise of comparatives. If you can't find it, click here
If the students of NI2 whant to revise this, they'll be welcome to use these links as well.

Preparing your exams for certificate (NI2)

Here you have some links to see the exams for the certificate of "nivel intermedio" in Euskadi. Remember they are not exactly the same as the ones we'll take in the Community of Madrid but they could help you to practise.

A listening about Captain Scott (NI2)

As you remember there is a reading comprehension about Captain Scott on lesson 3B (p. 42-43). Here I've found a link in BBC Learning Englishis with a listening about his journey to the South Pole. Click here

Let me remind you we are dealing with perfect conditional and, apart from the difficulty in grammar. you should take into acccount the way of pronouncing this tense. Maybe I gave you this link but I thjink it's worth another visit so please click here

See you in class!