Monthly Archives: April 2015

MAY CALENDAR FOR FINAL EXAMS (LOW B2)

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The school has already published the May calendar for the final exams:

http://mestreacasa.gva.es/c/document_library/get_file?grupoEsp=4601322000&folderId=500011366300&name=DLFE-623614.pdf

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GETTING READY FOR DIALOGUES (A2)

DO YOU REMEMBER THE EXAM PRACTICE WE DID TODAY?

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TRY TO PREPARE THE CONVERSATION ABOVE, DEPENDING ON YOUR ROLE, USING THIS HANDOUT WITH USEFUL LANGUAGE

BASIC HANDOUT (A2)

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 OFFERING A SUGGESTION (GIVING ADVICE)

  • I have an idea!
  • Why don´t we….+ INFINITIVE?
  • Have you thought about…..+V-ING?
  • Let´s…… + INFINITIVE!
  • Shall I / we….+INFINITIVE?
  • What about….  .+V-ING?
  • How about……
  • If I were you, I´d…….

SAYING “NO” TACTFULLY

  • I don´t particularly like …
  • I can´t stand…….
  • I really hate…..
  • This is not my idea of…..
  • I´d prefer to….
  • I´m not reallly interested in….

 ARGUMENTS AND COUNTER ARGUMENTS

  • Yes, but….
  • Yes, but don´t forget…..
  • That would be great, but….
  • That´s a good idea, but…
  • I (can) see what you mean but….
  • I (can) see your point but….
  • That´s probably true but…
  • Possibly, but…
  • Perhaps // Maybe, but don´t you think that….?

 REACHING AGREEMENT

  • Ok! That sounds great // fantastic// wonderful……!
  • You may be right…
  • Let´s do that!!
  • That´s a deal!!

BASIC ORAL LANGUAGE

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animated_arrow_11YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THIS BLOG FOR EXTRA  DIALOGUE MODELS

https://talksoon2.wordpress.com/speaking-test/dialogues/dialogues-12/

THE THIRD CONDITIONAL WITH FILMS (LOW B2)

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM?

WATCH A SCENE FROM THIS FILM


And if only one thing had happened differently…                              The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  

(FROM  Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals)

A. Discuss the following questions with a partner:

  1. Do you believe in fate? Are things pre-determined to happen?
    Or is it all coincidence? Explain.
  2. Do you think there is a specific day to die? Justify it.
  3. Have you ever seen/been in an accident? Describe what happened.

B. Had any of these things happened differently, the end of DAISY’S AFTERNOON would have been differently.

1. daisy’s friend’s shoelace broke
2. the delivery truck moved moments earlier
3. the package wasn’t wrapped
4. the girl broke up with her boyfriend
5. the man forgot to set the alarm
6. the taxi driver stopped for a cup of coffee
7. the woman didn’t remember her coat

C. Write the sentences above using past unreal conditionals.

  1. If her shoelaces hadn’t broken
  1. …………………………………………………
  2. …………………………………………………
  3. …………………………………………………
  4. ……………………………………………….. .
  5. …………………………………………………
  6. …………………………………………………
Daisy and her friend …….……..………. (cross) the street and the taxi ……………………………
(drive) by.

D. Now watch the movie segment and check your answers.

Teacher’s Key – Activity 45 – 3rd Conditional

2. If the delivery truck hadn’t moved…

3. if the package had been wrapped

4. if the girl hadn’t broken up…

5. if the man hadn’t forgotten to…

6. if the taxi driver hadn’t stopped…

7. if the woman had remembered…

Daisy and her friend WOULD HAVE CROSSED the street and the taxi WOULD HAVE DRIVEN by.

IT´S A GOOD IDEA TO CHOOSE BOOKS WITH AN AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS.

ALREADY, YET & JUST (A2)

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TRY THESE EXERCISES

THESE ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE DIFFICULT

WISHES AND REGRETS…. (LOW B2)

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I wish I was in London, walkin’ in the rain
I wish I was in London, ooh I really miss the rain
Oh, just take me home again

I wish I was in England, I really miss the Queen
I wish I was in England, ooh I really miss the Queen
Oh, just take me home again

What happened to the Empire? There’s nothing in the Bank
They gave away the Empire, without a word of thanks
Oh, just blame it on the Yanks

So give me rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves
I live in California, but it’s really not the same
Oh, so take me home again

Oh, please take me home again
Oh, so take me home again
[ These are London Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]

“I WISH I WAS IN LONDON”…IS THIS A WISH OR A REGRET?

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http://www.eslbase.com/grammar/wish

TRY THIS QUIZ ONLINE

IRREGULAR PAST PARTICIPLES (A2)

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http://wn.com/the_past_participle_song

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IRREGULAR VERBS WITH INTERACTIVE PRONUNCIATION

http://english-irregular-verbs.blogspot.com/2010/07/english-irregular-verbs-16_4738.html

IRREGULAR VERBS PODCAST :

LISTEN AND REPEAT

http://www.manythings.org/repeat/

PAST PARTICIPLE EXERCISES:

http://www.agendaweb.org/verbs/past-participle.html

WORLD BOOK DAY 2015 (ALL LEVELS)

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This week we celebrate World Book Day, as you all know.The English & Valencian Departments have organized the activity below to celebrate this day.YOU ARE ALL WELCOME!!

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On 23 April, World Book Day is celebrated all over the world. In Spain this is a day to encourage reading and the enjoyment of literature in a different way. It is also a day on which the great universal writer Miguel de Cervantes is particularly remembered with the presentation of the prize which bears his name, the most important distinction in Spanish letters.

For writers, publishers and the reading public, 23 April is a red letter day on the calendar. The celebration of World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite author, give the gift of literature or buy that novel that you’ve always wanted at an attractive discount. What’s more, librarians, museums and other cultural institutions usually organise special activities to mark the occasion (round tables, book signings, lectures, guided visits, children’s workshops, storytellers, concerts, public readings, etc…). An invitation to experience the world of letters in a different way.

The festivity of Sant Jordi In Catalonia  coincides. According to tradition, on this day it is customary to give the gift of a book to men and a rose to women. Thus cities like Barcelona become transformed into an enormous open-air bookshop-florist’s, full of stalls with authors signing copies of their work.Cervantes and ‘Don Quixote’ On 23 April, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, puts on all its finery: in the auditorium of the University, the King and Queen of Spain present the Cervantes Prize, the most important literary distinction which is awarded in the world of the Spanish language.Cervantes’ masterpiece, ‘Don Quixote of La Mancha’, is also a protagonist of World Book Day. Every year, in the Column Room at the Círculo de Bellas Artes academy in Madrid, there is a non-stop reading of the novel: this involves 48 hours of uninterrupted reading by figures from the world of culture and politics, as well as an anonymous citizens. The tale of Don Quixote is also read in numerous centres of the Cervantes Institute located abroad, in order to mark this date.Book Night Book Night is held in Madrid . Over 100 bookshops stay open until midnight with a special cultural programme which includes everything from live music and encounters with writers through to activities for the children. What’s more, anyone who buys a book on that day will be given a 10% discount off the price.Book Day is a fantastic way for book lovers to whet their appetite for the numerous book fairs which take place all over Spain a little later in the year.

http://www.spainisculture.com/en/propuestas_culturales/dia_del_libro.html

HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOK LATELY THAT YOU´D RECOMMEND ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO BUY TODAY OR TO READ?

IF SO, WHICH ONE IS IT?

DO YOU KNOW WHICH ARE THE TOP 10 SELLING BOOKS AT THE MOMENT?

“SPRITZ” : READING FASTER THAN EVER… (LOW B2)

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NOW THAT YOU MUST HAVE READ YOUR SECOND BOOK I FOUND THIS NEW APP CALLED “SPRITZ”. CAN YOU IMAGINE SPEED-READING A HARRY POTTER NOVEL IN AN HOUR?

Instead of showing you lines of text the way we’re all accustomed to, Spritz shows you the words one at a time — at rapid-fire speeds.The app lets you set the speed between 250 words per minute and 1000 wpm. At the top speed, a reader could speed through the first Harry Potter novel in just over an hour. When we read, our eyes normally have to send time moving from word to word — line to line. With Spritz your eyes don’t have to waste any time moving – the screen shows all the words in nearly the exact same place, one after another.

(http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/13/technology/innovation/spritz/) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbS1EpgHbzs

IF YOU CLICK ON THE TWEET YOU CAN LISTEN TO A CONVERSATION WHERE THE NEW APP IS EXPLAINED. THE TRANSCRIPT IS ALSO PROVIDED.

HAVE YOU TRIED ANY SIMILAR APP? CAN YOU THINK OF ANY DRAWBACKS?

ORAL PRACTICE…

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS INTERESTING POST PUBLISHED BY MY COLLEAGUE HELEN MACEY.

Helendipity Weblog

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Oral test time is coming and I know many of you are getting nervous. So here are some ways to improve your speaking skills.

If you have the time and the energy to go to a real live Language Exchange meeting in Valencia –

CLICK HERE TO FIND A “TANDEM” (classified by day of the week)

If, on the other hand, you would rather chat online, then 

CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF ONLINE CONVERSATION EXCHANGE WEBSITES

I HOPE THIS IS OF INTEREST TO YOU.  

CHEER UP – YOU ARE ALMOST THERE!!!

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ONE OF THE LOVELIEST MEDIEVAL SQUARES IN……… (A2)

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