Monthly Archives: June 2013

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ON YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY?

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WHAT´S HAPPENING IN THIS DRAWING? CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PHOTO IN DETAIL? WHERE DO YOU THINK IT WAS TAKEN?

SOMEHOW THIS POPULAR LANDMARK IS LINKED TO THE PLACE I´VE CHOSEN TO SPEND MY SUMMER HOLIDAYS?

WHERE IS IT?

SCAN THIS CLUE WITH YOUR MOBILE OR YOUR IPAD.

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WHAT´S COOKING? (B1+)

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AS YOU KNOW COOKING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOBBIES, THAT´S WHY I´M HOOKED ON THIS PROGRAMME AT THE MOMENT.BUT WHAT´S ALL ABOUT?

BY THE WAY, DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE IDIOM “WHAT´S COOKING?” WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

AND NOW LET´S GET DOWN TO WORK…..

Write a recipe of your favourite dish or the dish you cook the best. List the ingredients, and make a small paragraph explaining all the steps to prepare the dish.

 
Be careful! Think that you are writing for an audience that can’t cook so you must explain everything in detail.
 
After writing the recipe (about 80 – 100 words), go into the kitchen and cook it!!!!! 
 
Record yourself while you are cooking and explain what you are doing, as on a TV cookery show.
 
When you feel ready, upload the video to Youtube and let me know its URL. Write it here, on the Comments textbox.
 
I will publish all your recipes on our classroom blog.
 
And remember: Enjoy!!!!
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(ORIGINAL IDEA FROM THE FANTASTIC BLOG “STOP AND LEARN ENGLISH”
 
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE FROM THAT BLOG:
 
 

WERT: FACE OF THE WEEK (B1+)

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FIGHTING SPAIN´S SCHOOL DROP-OUT RATE

(EXTRACT FROM THELOCAL.ES)

So why is he the Spanish Face of the Week?

His proposal to raise the exam score needed to qualify for university scholarships caused deans  across the country to react angrily.

It’s not the first time that scholarships have landed him in the newspapers: earlier this year he announced plans to abolish grants for overseas study of languages.

Then there was Wert’s surprising announcement this week about the Catalan language, which he speaks fluently.

“I really like Catalan,” said the minister, adding that he was “very proud” he spoke it.

He says he learned the language from a book without needing to resort to a study trip.

http://www.thelocal.es/20130621/wert

DO YOU THINK THAT THE MINISTER URGENTLY NEEDS TO REEXAMINE THE NEW STUDENT GRANT SYSTEM?

DO YOU AGREE WITH THE RAISING OF THE MINIMUM ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT TO QUALIFY FOR A GRANT FROM 5.5 TO 6.5 OUT OF 10?

WHAT ABOUT THE ABOLISHMENT OF GRANTS FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES OVERSEAS?

YOUR COURSE-BOOK II (B1+) FEEDBACK

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AT THE  “SPEAK OUT CONFERENCE” IN LONDON LAST MAY I HAD THE GREAT HONOUR TO MEET THE AUTHORS AND SHARE SOME OF THE MATERIALS WE CREATED ALONG THE COURSE.

ANTONIA CLARE, THE BLONDE SMILING WOMAN ON THE LEFT, HOLDING THE BOOK HAS READ ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND HAS BEEN SO KIND TO POST SOME WORDS ON OUR BLOG:

June 24, 2013 9:28 am

“Hi Carmen, This is a fantastic blog – you certainly have lucky students! Thank you all for the feedback. It is so useful for us (authors) to hear about what works and what needs more attention, especially at the moment when we are discussing the second edition. I’m glad you all enjoyed the videos and the listening material. We’ll work on improving the grammar and the way the CD works. Thanks for the feedback! Best wishes,”
Antonia Clare – (co-author of Speakout Pre-Intermediate / Intermediate / Advanced)

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I ALSO HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE TO MEET, LISTEN AND TALK TO ONE OF THE BEST LINGUISTS EVER: PROFESSOR DAVID CRYSTAL I STILL KEEP A BOOK I BOUGHT BACK IN 1988 IN LONDON. “WHO CARES ABOUT ENGLISH USAGE?”  I DO!!
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IF YOU´D LIKE TO LISTEN TO ONE OF HIS LATEST TALKS, WATCH THE VIDEO.

EXAM RESULTS (A2) (B1+)

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AS YOUR FINAL EXAM RESULTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED, I´D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW YOUR EXPERIENCE WAS, WHETHER YOU PASSED OR FAILED AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT. PLEASE DO!!! I´M REALLY INTERESTED.

WHAT IS “VINE”?

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You may have heard about a new social network which is gaining popularity on the web. It´s called VINE , launched by Twitter.

Vine is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum length of 7 seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter.

Here you have some examples:

HAVE YOU EVER USED THIS APP? DO YOU HAVE ANY SEVEN-MINUTE VIDEO CLIP TO SHARE? WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECORD ONE TELLING US ABOUT YOUR FINAL EXAM RESULTS AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?

LAUGHING THERAPY FOR STRESS (A2+B2)

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

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