WRITING COMPETITION (1B1+ & 1B2)

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THE MOSQUITO TONE (1B2)

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WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? WATCH THIS VIDEO

READ MORE…

“GOING TO” or “GONNA”? (1B1)

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LISTEN TO THIS SONG

 

HOW DO THEY PRONOUNCE “GOING TO”?

Many English learners pronounce each word clearly, to get the pronunciation perfect – but native English speakers don’t do this.

Natural spoken English contains reductions – sounds that change and disappear when spoken at normal speed. This sometimes makes spoken English hard for students to understand.

Doing English pronunciation practice with reductions will help you speak more naturally AND understand spoken English more easily.

Most native English speakers don’t pronounce “to” like the number “2.” Instead, we say it like this:

GOING TO –> “GONNA”

Remember that gonna is only used in speaking. We should never write gonna (with the possible exception of texting between friends).

LET´S PRACTISE!!

  • I’m gonna practice English every day. (Remind students that they will see it written as “I’m going to practice…” because gonna is only used in spoken English.)
  • Are you gonna go out tonight?
  • He’s gonna do his homework.
  • She’s gonna buy a new dress.
  • We’re gonna play our new video game.
  • Are they gonna go to Disneyland next year?

What are you “gonna” do  at Christmas ?   on New Year’s Eve?

“CUE PROMPTER” A TOOL TO REHEARSE YOUR SPEECHES (1B2)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL LIKE A FAMOUS TV STAR?

This little tool is a cueprompter. My students need to give a speech  and I find this little tool can help them a lot monitor the time it takes them to give their speech as it has adjustable speed features.
How to use it
♥Copy/paste the text into the prompter text window
♥You can set screen size, font size and colour
♥Start the prompter and adjust the speed
♥ Use the Space Bar to stop/start the cueprompter

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IT´S AS IF YOU WERE WORKING ON TV AS A NEWSREADER!! BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST FOR REHEARSING AT HOME: YOU CAN´T USE IT DURING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS.

THIS POST IS FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!

TUTORIAL

NOW & THEN… (1B2)

  • HAVE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE PICTURE & DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCES THEY CAN SEE & THE DIFFERENCES THEY CAN GUESS EXIST BETWEEN THE FAMILY SHOWN IN THE PHOTO AND THEIR OWN FAMILY. (TRY TO USE USED TO, WOULD, PAST SIMPLE….)

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  • WATCH THIS VIDEO ADVERT. IT´S CALLED “GRANDPA” AND IT TRIES TO SHOW THAT THE LIFESTYLE ENJOYED BY OUR GRANDPARENTS CAN BE BENEFICIAL.

  • WATCH THE VIDEO TWICE & WRITE DOWN ANY DIFFERENCES THEY CAN SEE BETWEEN THE MAN TODAY AND HIS GRANDFATHER: healthy eating, stress,working conditions, means of transport, relationships, habits …….

(THANKS TO CRISTINA CABAL FOR THIS WONDERFUL IDEA)

http://www.cristinacabal.com

COMING HOME FOR XMAS (1B1)

Last year Heathrow airport  joined the battle of the Christmas adverts with  clip featuring two teddy bears returning home. A REAL TEARJERKER!!!!

This year they also used teddy bears….

  • CAN YOU THINK OF COMMON ACTIONS PEOPLE DO AT THE AIRPORT?

i.e. “CATCH A PLANE”……..etc…etc…

  • WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT CHRISTMAS? HAVE YOU GOT ANY PLANS?

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TRADITIONAL GAMES WE USED TO PLAY IN THE PAST (1B2)

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Let’s face it, when you were younger you weren’t glued to your mobile or Ipad, addicted to 24-hour children’s TV channels or creating online social media profiles to have fun.

Of course you weren’t – you used to be outside, in the street,  playing classic games that you’d love your children to play now.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/08/01/fun-traditional-games-parents-played-when-children_n_7553124.html

CAN YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THOSE GAMES? WHICH GAMES WOULD YOU PLAY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?

IF YOU HAPPEN TO FIND OUT OTHER UNUSUAL WORDS FOR STREET GAMES, PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH US!!

PRACTISING THE PRONUNCIATION OF “-ED ENDINGS” (1B2)

As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Have a look here here for an overview of the rules.

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WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LISTEN TO SOME EXAMPLES:

 

Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:

liked it – /laɪktɪt/
dreamed of – /driːmdəv/

The video is suitable for late A2, B1 and B2 students, who will have learned the basic -ED rules, but may still struggle to produce the sounds accurately. The on-screen activities are all self-explanatory.

You will notice that the activities do not test whether students can choose between /t/ and /d/. The difference is barely audible in fast connected speech, and it rarely causes misunderstandings. Also, since most students tend to overuse /ɪd/ and avoid /t/ or /d/, the song excerpts focus on the latter, rather than the former.

THANKS TO: http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2016/10/pronunciation-ed-endings.html

TRY THIS -ED ENDING GAME I MADE FOR MY A2 STUDENTS:

https://mcargobe.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/ed-endings-game-a2/

OTHER GAMES

http://www.grammar.cl/english-games/pronunciation-ed.htm

http://www.grammar.cl/english-games/pronounce-ed-ending.htm

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ENGLISH CONSONANTS (ALL LEVELS)

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THIS IS THE CHART IN YOUR BOOK

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CLICK ON THE WEBPAGE BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTISE:

CONSONANTS

MORE CONSONANTS

REMEMBER:

UNVOICED = “SORDO”

VOICED = SONORO 

YOU CAN ALSO TRY ADRIAN UNDERHILL´S  INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC CHART:

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SOUNDS.

 

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ON YOUR MOBILE / TABLET TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

SOUND FOUNDATIONS: SOUND MACMILLAN (FREE VERSION, NOT PREMIUM)
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ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION
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THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION (BBC Learning English)140924155826_bbcle_new_site-2

OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL

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AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL APP

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NOW YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH THIS LIST OF THE 100  MOST  COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN ENGLISH: 100 mispronounced words

 

 

 

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THE GENERATION GAP: NOW & THEN (1B2)

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“AS A CHILD I USED TO BE VERY SHY AND PRETTY WELL-BEHAVED AT SCHOOL. HOWEVER, I REMEMBER PLAYING PRANKS AT HOME…. FOR EXAMPLE, I REMEMBER ONCE CUTTING OUR CAT´S WHISKERS…..SHE WENT ABSOLUTELY MAD!!!!!  I USED TO SPEND HOURS READING BECAUSE MY DAD, WHO USED TO BE AWAY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, TAUGHT ME HOW TO READ WHEN I WAS 5, ……..AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTO ABOVE.

WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO HAVE LONG HAIR AND I WOULD “PLAY ELASTICS“. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT? I REALLY LOVED IT AND WAS QUITE GOOD AT IT. THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY CHILDHOOD…… JUST FOR A LAUGH”

WHAT KIND OF CHILD WERE YOU……?

WHAT DID YOU USE TO DO?

THIS SONG IS CALLED ” SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW” IS IT POSSIBLE TO SAY “WOULD” IN THIS CONTEXT?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO FORMS WHEN TALKING ABOUT PAST HABITS?

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation