Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SELFIE: Encuesta sobre tecnología en la EOI

Can you fill in this survey? It will help us realize what good improvements for the school would be regarding technology. The questionnaire is open until Feb 10.
Thanks for your help.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 2: Banks

This topic is a bit specific but it's quite useful. They talk about money, banking, economic issues...
We'll start with the general questions as usual:
  • Are you happy with your bank? Are you charged for managing your account? How often do you go to your bank? Do you use the internet for managing your account? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever had a problem with your bank? What happened? How did you solve it?
  • Do you normally use cash or credit cards? Do you usually use an ATM? Why/why not?
  • Do you think banks are necessary? What for?
  • How has banking changed in the last 20-25 years? Do you think it's been for the better?

Activity 1

On page 22 of your text book you can find exercise 9 which is a role-play. Work with your partner to do this activity.

Activity 2

In this activity we are going to practise with SO and NEITHER and the vocabulary related to banking. Try to find 5 sentences to make your mate say a comment such as in these examples and then :
  • I prefer to use my credit card to pay in cash when I travel  ----  So do I
  • I've nerver been in the red in my account  ----  Neither have I
  • I've never applied for a loan  ----  Neither have I
  • I can manage to pay my monthly statements  ----  So can I

Activity 3

On page 27, the exercise 7 is to be made with your mate. Read the sentences and give your opinión saying if you agree or disagree and why you say so.

Activity 4

Speak about getting a loan from a bank. Think about the difficulties to borrow the money, how to pay it back and the interest rates, how you can save money... It's important you use the vocabulary learnt in this unit and also the ways of expressing agreement and disagreement. 

Activity 5

Here you are a Reading comprenhension about banks. Go to this link and do the exercise: click here

Monday, January 21, 2019

That's English! - Module 8 - Unit 1: Lifelong learning

This is an issue in fashion as many people think that you learn along your life and not only when you were at school. This is connected to the ability of learning at any age, of changing your career or  adapting yourself to changes or even that's a way of taking advantage of changes. It is also related to how to impove your free time by learning things you like

As usual, let's start with general questions. Here you are some to work with your partner:
  • What does lifelong learning mean for you? Is this course an example for you? Why are you doing this course?
  • If you could go back to college, what would you like to study? Give reasons for your answer
  • Have you ever had to learn something when you were an adult such as driving, using a computer or a mobile, and so on? Tell us your experience.
  • Have you ever tried to take up a sport or an activity for the first time? How did you feel?
  • If you had the time and the chance to learn something, what would it be? Why?

Activity 1
Imagine you are a new student and you want to enrol a course of English. Ask questions to your partner who works at the registration office about:
  • what kind of course you need
  • what skills to improve
  • ask details about when, where, how many hours, how much it costs ...
  • ask for other extra activities
Now swap roles with your partner.

Activity 2
This exercise is a revision of conditional sentences. The game is very simple: one starts with a conditional sentece and the other student has to chain aother sentence with part of yours, like in the example:

     A: If I have enough money I'm going to buy a new car
     B: If you want to buy a new car, you'll need a lot of money
     C: If you need money, you should ask for a loan
     A: If I ask for a loan I'll have to pay it back and that means more money
     B: If you don't ask for a loan, you may borrow the money from your parents
     C: But if your parents can't lend you the money, you won't be able to buy a new car

Then do the same with second (hypothetical or improbable conditional) and third (imposible conditional, complaints and regrets) types of conditional sentences.

Activity 3
We should start to prepare our final exam, the one offered by Comunidad de Madrid. I firmly recommend doing the samples which are on the internet. They are in the links of this blog but here is the page you need: click here

Activity 4
Do you think education and learning are necessary? In what ways? How did you start your career? Do you regret your choice?
This is a listening comprenhention about education at university: click here

Activity 5
As I've told you above, this topic is really "trendy" nowadays. I've found some videos about lifelong learning; some are a bit "technical", but you may have a look if you fancy or you're interested in this:

Next classes we'll start to prepare this oral exam in class. See you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

B21 - Food + lesson 7

In this lesson you've got vocabulary of food. We should enlarge our vocabulary by using more precise words. Here are some links that might be useful, but you can find plenty of them on your own:
  • this link has vocabulartry about ingredients, ways of cooking, stuff for cooking...: click here
  • this is a long list for B2-C1; have a look and see which you know and try to learn some more if you can: click here
  • this link shows some useful sententces to speak about food: click here
About compartives and superlatives, here are some links for practising:
  • this link has an explanation and some exercises (one of them done in class): click here.
  • this exercise is about the double compartive (THE MORE .... THE MORE...) click here.
Apart from comparatives and superlatives, we saw the difference between SO and SUCH:
  • SO + adjective or adverb: She's so nice that everybody loves her
  • SUCH + nouns: She's such a nice girl that everybody loves her
If you want to practise a bit with this grammar point, go to this link.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Starting classes - New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year and welcome to class. Here we are again and this is the video I found about New Year's resolutions, something very typical in the Anglosxon countries: click here
This is the other video we saw in class in which Viggo Mortensen speaks about a Christmas  tradition in Catalonia: here