Monday, May 25, 2015

NI1 - Preparing the final exam

One of my colleagues at school has a really good bloog and he has many exercises to revise for the final exam. The link is here
If you want to practise with some other skills, here you are some tips to help you:
  • speaking: the best way is revising the speaking parts on the textbook and you should record your performance to see what problems you have: speed, entonation, vocabulary, gaps, etc.
  • writing: mind the topic, write a short draft to organise your ideas, pay attention to the structure (introduction - at least 2 main paragraphs - conclusion or ending) - keep in mind variety of structures - last cheking  (read your composition and revise spelling and typical mistakes).
  • reading: this link has a lot of reading exercises but go to PET an if you find them easy you can practise with FCE.
  • listening: apart from the usual useful links you have, here you are one more; click here and look for your level.
Other exercises we did in class and could help your are:
  • say/tell: click here and here
  • verbs followed by infinitive or gerund: click here and here

Monday, May 18, 2015

NI1 -Lesson 9B: Quantifiers

We've worked with quantifiers in class. Here you have a couple of pages to work on this topic:
exercise 1    exercise 2    exercise 3
Here you are the funny story of Nobody, Somebody, Everybody and Anybody; click here
This exercise is to see separble and unseparable verbs with particle; click here. But if you want to know the general rule, click here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

NI1 - UNIT 8B: Work

This unit is dealing with WORK and you'll see many examples of the grammar we've seen in the recent lessons like passive voice, reported speech and so on. Pay attention to the vocabulary as it's pretty useful. If you want to do some more practice, here you are a good link; click here.

The difference between work and job is quite simple: work is referred to what you do and job means your post, in general. For further explanation, go to this link with an exercise to practise; clik here

About grammar we have one of the most difficult things for Spanish speakers because it's very different from our language; we tend to use infinitive more than gerund. However, let me give you an example to see this point:
  • I saw Peter to play football: Vi a Pedro jugar al futbol.
  • I saw Peter playing football: Vi a Pedro jugando al futbol.
Although the difference is small, it exists in both languages: the infinitive is used for the whole action while the gerund is used for a moment of the action. This example might help you to understand the grammar point: verbs followed by infinitive, by gerund or by both. Go to this link for a very good explanation on this topic (not just a list); click here

But the best way of dealing with this grammar topic is by doing a lot of exercises. Here you are some practice: