Monthly Archives: April 2016

I WISH / IF ONLY…. (LOW B2)

i-wish-if-only-2-728As you know, we use ‘wish’ + past perfect to talk about regrets from the past. These are things that have already happened but we wish they had happened in a different way.

Think back to the time when you were teenagers. Do you have any have any regrets?

For example: I wish I hadn’t given up my studies.

You are going to watch a video of a song Mistakes of my Youth by the American rock band Eels. In this video, the singer thinks back on his childhood and all the things he did wrong. After watching the video,  write down as many I wish/if only + past perfect sentences you can think of based on the video.

What are your regrets when you think back on your life? Make a list of three regrets and tell the story to your partner.

ACTIVITY DESIGNED BY CRISTINA CABAL. YOU CAN VISIT HER BLOG:

http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=7689

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WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT WEEKEND? (A2)

TODAY IS FRIDAY, AND FOR MANY SPANISH PEOPLE IT MEANS THE BEGINNING OF A  LONG WEEKEND….BUT… WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? HAVE YOU GOT ANY EXCITING PLANS?

TELL US ABOUT IT.

PADLET AND CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES (LOW B2)

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NEXT WEEK WE´LL BE TALKING ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AT THE MOMENT.

DO YOU REMEMBER THIS COLLABORATIVE TOOL, “PADLET”? I HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN SOME IDEAS OF MY OWN BUT I´D LIKE YOU TO COLLABORATE BY ADDING ANY CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC YOU CAN THINK OF.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW, WHICH IS LINKED TO MY “PADLET” TO START WRITING.

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I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES…..

 

 

LISTENING PRACTICE FOR BÁSICO 2 (2A2)

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IF YOU ARE GETTING READY FOR THE EXAM , YOU CAN TRY LISTENING TO THESE ELEMENTARY PODCASTS FROM THE BBC. YOU CAN TRY BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE BELOW. THERE´S AN APP AVAILABLE TOO FOR MOBILES AND TABLETS. elementary podcast-2

While you listen

Elementary Podcasts are suitable for learners with different levels of English. Here are some ways to make them easier (if you have a lower level of English) or more difficult (if you have a higher level of English). You can choose one or two of these suggestions – you don’t have to do all of them!

Making it easier

Read all the exercises before you listen to the podcast. Look up the words in the exercises that you don’t know in a dictionary. Play the podcast as many times as you need. Play each part of the podcast separately. Read the transcript after you have listened to the podcast. Making it harder Listen to the podcast before you read the exercises. Only play the podcast once before answering the questions. Play the whole podcast without a break. Don’t read the transcript. Now, listen to the podcast and do the exercises on the following tabs.   YOU COULD ALSO TRY PODCASTS IN ENGLISH.COM. MAYBE YOU WILL FIND THEM EASIER!! YOU HAVE THE TRANSCRIPT TOO!! CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO GO TO THE SITE.GO TO LEVEL 1. Captura de pantalla 2014-05-23 15.39.46

 

 

TRY “TEST YOUR ENGLISH” FOR ELEMENTARY (includes reading, listening and others)
(YOU WILL SEE OTHER LEVELS AVAILABLE) (CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW9

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YOU CAN ALSO TRY THIS “EXAM TYPE” EXERCISES:
http://www.examenglish.com/A2/A2_listening.htm
http://www.englishaula.com/en/ket-exam-listening-cambridge-Key-english-test-video-lessons-practice-tests-exercises.php

 

WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A TRY?

GOOD LUCK!!

SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE (LOW B2)

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THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN THE SCHOOL CALENDAR AND THE 2ND MAY IS A SCHOOL DAY. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT IT´S NOT MY FAULT……HAVE A LOOK AT THE SCHOOL WEBSITE BY CLICKING AT THE SCREENSHOT BELOW:

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PRACTISING AND IMPROVING YOUR LISTENING SKILLS (LOW B2)

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MANY STUDENTS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LISTENING AND TODAY WHEN I READ CRISTINA CABAL´S POST ON IMPROVING YOUR LISTENING SKILLS I DECIDED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. I HOPE IT´S USEFUL

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Five Different Ways to Practise your Listening Skills.

FUTURE “GOING TO” FOR PLANS (A2)

Subject + to be + going to + infinitive

USE: We use the future with “GOING TO” to talk about FUTURE  plans

LOOK AT THIS PICTURE……

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE  YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT WEEKEND?

arrow4_e0 YOU CAN FIND THIS GRAMMAR IN YOUR BOOK ( PAGES 142-143)

REGRETS (LOW B2)

REGRET: “to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, event, etc.)

THIS IS WHAT I PUBLISHED LAST YEAR…..

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“IF I HADN´T SPENT SO MUCH PUBLIC MONEY, THERE WOULDN´T HAVE BEEN ANY LEAKS AT ALL”

THE THIRD CONDITIONAL CAN BE USED TO EXPRESS REGRETS.

THIS IS WHAT HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED THIS WEEK…

“A judge in Valencia has asked the Supreme to investigate Barberá for money laundering.”

“IF SHE HADN´T DONATED MONEY TO HER POLITICAL PARTY, SHE WOULDN´T BE UNDER INVESTIGATION NOW”

THIS IS A MIXED CONDITIONAL.

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  • DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER WAYS TO EXPRESS REGRET IN ENGLISH?
  • DO YOU THINK THE MAYORESS REGRETS HAVING BEHAVED LIKE THIS?

COUCHSURFING (A2)

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DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR NEXT SUMMER?. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF “COUCHSURFING”?

COUCHSURFING is a new way of traveling cheaply and of seeing and doing things that traditional tourists would not normally experience….(https://www.couchsurfing.com)

A TRIBUTE TO PRINCE (LOW B2)

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“The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36106778

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

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

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Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation