Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Listening practice

For different levels: click HERE
Intermediate level: clik here  and here
Short dialogues with natural English; although they say it's intermediate it could be considered higher because it's fast and with accent: clik here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 10: Media

This lesson deals with mass media. It's something which is very familiar for us, especially if we think of TV, radio, magazines, and the Internet. Let's see the general questions, as usual:
  • Do you watch TV a lot? How long for? What programmes do you prefer?
  • What's your favourite programme? Why? Have you seen it this week? Is it very popular? Are there any you don't like? Why?
  • Some people think the radio is dead. Do you agree? Is it the same for young pople? and for elderly people?
  • People have many options nowadays. Compare mass media 20 years ago and in these days. What are the main differences?  Does Internet have something to do with this change? Give reasons for your answer.
  • How would you improve our television? Would you release more channels? Would you change any programmes? Which ones and why?

Activity 1

Go to page 107 and do the questionaire to your mate(s) and then tell them what kind of viewer is that person. Swap roles and when you finish, discuss if you agree or not. Give reasons.

Activity 2

Do activity 9 in the same page. Try to agree what programme to watch on TV. You can use the programme schedule on the book or you may choose another one.

Activity 3

Globalization is present on TV. Most programmes are copies or imitations from the ones on American, British or other European televisions. Discuss this point with your partner and give examples.

Here you are some pages to see the words connected to this topic:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cartoons to learn English

One of your mates has given me this link to watch animation videos and you can use them to practise. They speak a bit fast and the level is high (especially for those who are in intermediate level) but it's fun to watch them. This is the link: click here (TheOdd1sOut).

But if what you need is to practice with exam format listening exercises, yu might go to this other link with different topics: click here.

Hope to be useful!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About phrasals

I prefer to speak about multi-word verbs or verbs with particles. However, I showed you in class how to distinguish phrasal verbs and this is useful to know if they are separable or not.

Here you are the link to see a bit more about what I explained in class:
  • For a general explanation: the difference between prepositional and phrasal verbs: click here but if you want to have a much larger explanation, try this.
In my opinion, the best way to study this point of grammar is starting by the particle. There are more particles and more verbs, but here you are some links to start with:
But you can also learn them in alphabetical order; the problem is that eventually you come across a complete dictionary. If you want to have a try, you can go to this link. Another not so depressing list is this one.

The other page you can use is this one which has exercises; don't worry if you don't know all of them. Try it from time to time to remember them: clik here. As I've already told you the best way is to practise with them so here you are a link with exercises and here you find some more and here.

If you want to do more exercises, remember to search them on the Internet: phrasal verbs exercises+B1 or B2, depending on your level.

See you in class!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 9: Celebrities

Fame and success are in fashion nowadays; more and more people, especially youngsters, try to become a celebrity. Social networks facilitate to reach this dream. Let's talk about "Celebrities".

General questions
  • Why do you think there is a trend to become a celebrity? Would you like to become a celebrity? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever met an important person? If so, explain your experience. If not, would you like it? Who would you like to meet?
  • Are you interested in the lives of celebrities? Have you ever been interested in them? Have you ever tried to copy a famous person's look?
Activity 1

This lesson works on REPORTED SPEECH. Although it seemes to be just a grammar point, pay attention to the fact that it's repeatedly used in our daily life conversations, either in English or in Spanish. Let me give you an example:

"Yesteday I talked to my sister about holidays. She said she'd like to go to the beach but she didn't know where to. I suggested spending some days in Andalucía but she refused the idea because she wanted to relax so she hesitated to be able to do it there. I told her to come to the north of Spain with us and she accepted so now we're planning our holiday together.

Do the same with your partner and start your speech with these sentences: Yesterday...
  • A friend of mine phoned to talk about her new boyfriend. She said... 
  • My boss asked me to go to her office because she had to speak about something important. She explained to me that the company...
  • My mother called me because she wanted to chat for a while. She asked me about ...
  • My son's teacher called me because he needed to talk to me about my son's marks...

Activity 2

This acitivy has two parts. First, work with your partner on a role-play reproducing an interview with a famous person. Once you finish the conversation (like the one you have in your textbook p.92, exercise 7 and 8) explaine to another mate what your partner  has told you using reported speech. Then swap the roles and repeat the exercise.

Activity 3

To work on listening comprenhension exercises, here you have some examples to practice:
  • This one is about leisure: click here
  • About celebrities: clck here
  • Here you are a simple of EOI exam from the Canary Islands: click here

Some problems with modals (NI1-NI2)

There are some modals which are tricky because their meaning is very similar or because they are different from what we say in Spanish:

  • The difference between MAY and MIGHT: click here or here
  •  TO BE ABLE TO and CAN: go to this link to see the little difference in meaning and to this video to see how to use it

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 8: Politics

First of all remember that politics means the sciences connected to government and everything related to politicians; that is the word for the professionals dedicated to politics: politicians.

As usual, let's start with general questions about this topic:
  • What qualities do you think a politician should have?
  • Are you interested in politics? Why/why not? Give reasons for your answer
  • Are you interested in what happens in the Parliament? And in your municipal government?
  • Do you think politicians are accountable for what they do? Why/why not?
  • Are you an active citizen? Have you ever been on a demostration? What for? What happened?

Activity 1

Go to p. 81 in your textbook and ask the questions of exercise 5 to your partner. Share your points of view trying to be as polite as possible.

Activity 2

Imagine you have to explain the British democracy to your mate (text about the 3 main parties in the UK and the Houses of Parliament. If you haven't read it before you can do it with the Spanish system.

Activity 3

This is a listening exercise about Switzerland and Swiss politics. Click here to do the exercise. Compare it with your country and find similarities and differences between them.
You can do the same with these other examples: click here and then here

Grammar: reporting verbs

Although you've already seen that there are verbs followed by gerund and/or infinitive, when you work with reporting verbs you'll find many examples of this kind, as you could see on your textbook.
If you want to practise a bit more, go to these exercises but remember that a that-clause is possible as well: