Monthly Archives: April 2016
As 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:
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.
I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES…..
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.
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.
TRY “TEST YOUR ENGLISH” FOR ELEMENTARY (includes reading, listening and others)
(YOU WILL SEE OTHER LEVELS AVAILABLE) (CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW9
YOU CAN ALSO TRY THIS “EXAM TYPE” EXERCISES:
WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A TRY?
REGRET: “to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, event, etc.)
THIS IS WHAT I PUBLISHED LAST YEAR…..
“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.
- DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER WAYS TO EXPRESS REGRET IN ENGLISH?
- DO YOU THINK THE MAYORESS REGRETS HAVING BEHAVED LIKE THIS?
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)
“The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.”
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE? TODAY THE WORLD COMMEMORATES 400 YEARS SINCE HIS DEATH. THIS SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY IS A TRULY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO READ ONE OF HIS BOOKS…..
Read the biography on Shakespeare below and try to complete the missing information. Then, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/z8k2p39 to find the correct information and complete the short biography.
Shakespeare is England’s most famous playwright and _____________________. His plays are known throughout the world and he introduced up to 300 _____________________ and dozens of _____________________ into the English language.
He was born in _____________________ -_____________________ -_____________________ in the year __________________. He probably went to the local _____________________ school, King Edward VI’s School, where he learnt Greek and _____________________ . He didn’t go to _____________________ .
In 1582, he married _____________________ _____________________ , who was three months _____________________ . In total, they had _____________________ children.
He left Stratford to go and live in _____________________ , working as a playwright and actor. He performed many times for Queen _____________________ _____________________ .
Shakespeare’s group built their own theatre called the _____________________ . By now, Shakespeare was very rich. He bought the _____________________ _____________________ house in Stratford and many other properties as investments. He had a good head for business.
He died in _____________________ , probably of _____________________ . In his will, he left his _____________________ _____________________ bed to his wife. Nobody knows for certain why he did this. He is buried in Stratford.
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