Wednesday, March 30, 2016

That's English! - Module 10 - Unit 5: This is my space

In this lesson we work with decriptions of places. You'll find a large vocabulary, connectors for conditional sentences and modifiers to intesify the meaning of adjectives.

  • a list of adjectives for describing places: click here; this link has a lot of exercises
  • modifiers for adjectives: this is a link about the position and kind of modifiers; click here

Nevertheless, let's start as usual with general questions:
  • Describe a personal space you like / dislike at home. Use as many adjectives as possible. You can also use photos like these ones: click here
  • Describe a public space in your town and say why you like it / dislike it. Here you are some examples in Madrid : el Rastro, Paseo del Prado and some more.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in an open-plan office?
  • How important is it for you to have your own personal space?
  • Has your personal space necessity changed since you were a child? In what way?
Here you are a listening comprehension about eco-homes: click here. This one is about tourism in Goa (India): click here

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March, 17: Saint Patrick's Day

On March,17 it's Saint Patrick's Day. This festivity is very important in Ireland, the USA and some other countries with Irish origins. Here you are the videos we saw in class on this link.

Monday, March 14, 2016

NI1 - Unit 5B

This exercise is to work with no longer/any longer: click here. The other point of grammar is about USED TO+infinitive  and  BE/GET USED TO+-ing form: I used to cook ----- I'm used to cooking. If you want to do the exercise we saw in class, click here.

That's English! - Module 10 - Unit 4: Faith

To be honest this is a very controvertial topic as it belongs to personal matters but it is also true that religion interferes in our lives. Here you have a talk in TED about religion; it's a bit long but it might give you a clue about this topic: click here.
In this lesson we are working with the connector YET. Here you are a link which explains the use of it: click here.
As usual, here you are an exercise to practice listening comprehension, although it is not about the topic of this lesson but it helps as practice: click here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

NA1 - Unit 4 A: Weather and Climate

Here you are some links to improve your vocabulary about this topic, one of the most recurrent in English and in our daily life. This is what we saw in class, just in case you want to revise it.
  • idioms about the weather: here you are a video and an exercise; this is the other video we saw: click here
  • this is the reading we saw in class about global warming: click here
  • here you are some links with short weather forecasts in youtube: click here 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

That's English! - Module 10 - Unit 3: Can you keep a secret?

In this lesson we talk about having secrets, cheating and so on. There are some interesting questions in the lesson which haver been used in class. Revise them for the oral exam in May.
If you want to practise with listening here you have an exercise about the topic; it's quite easy but it's about cheating: click here
About grammar we are going to deal with inversion; here you have a link which shows you all the possibilities with other negative forms: click here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How to Write Better

This is one of the most difficult skills and many students feel unconfortable by writing as they think it's a problem of being like an artist or having imagination or  having a gift, a toke. It's not so; most of it is just working and working on that. Here you are a link with good advice: click here
But the best way to improve your writing for an exam is following these simple steps:
  1. Read carefully what you are asked to do to avoid getting out of the topic. Check the topic from time to time to get stuck to it.
  2. Make a list, a diagram or a map of you ideas to organise your writing and remember it should be something like this:
    • introduction: say what topic you are going to talk about. (2-3 lines)
    • main paragraph: with the most general and important ideas (5-7 lines)
    • secondary paragraph(s): secondary ideas or examples; you could introduce your personal point of view here. (5-7 lines but not longer than the main paragrph)
    • conclusion: write a long sentence to summarize what you've explainded before. It should be different to the introduction but connected to it (2-3 lines)