Category Archives: GOTTA READ IT

READING COMPREHENSION

THE MOSQUITO TONE (1B2)

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WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? WATCH THIS VIDEO

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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!!

BLACK FRIDAY 2017: SALES FRENZY (1B2)

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NEXT FRIDAY  (NO. 24th) IS  BLACK FRIDAY, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN ORIGINALLY?

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the USA, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season…

The use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. An explanation for the name was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.

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But before going on a shopping spree why don´t you try read this article published last year on THE TELEGRAPH?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/black-friday/12009461/Black-Friday-2015-the-best-bargains-and-deals-when-and-where.html

WHAT ABOUT “CYBER MONDAY”? WHAT IS IT?

  • WHY DO YOU THINK SPANIARDS HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY  EMBRACED BLACK FRIDAY, A CONCEPT WITH NO TRADITION IN THE COUNTRY AND OF WHICH FEW SPANISH PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF UNTIL RECENTLY?

 

BOOK PRESENTATIONS 1B1 (1B1)

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  • WHAT DO YOU USUALLY READ IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE?
  • WHAT CAN YOU READ IN ENGLISH?

AS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO READ A BOOK BEFORE DECEMBER…..
GRADED READERS   LEVEL 3 (1.000-1200 words)

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  • WHAT ENGLISH WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT A BOOK?

Let´s make a list together !!!!

Have a look at BASIC BOOK PRESENTATION-2 and follow the guidelines

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO LISTEN TO MY VOICE

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE A TV STAR? USE CUEPROMPTER TO REHEARSE YOUR PRESENTATION

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  • THERE IS A TIME LIMIT ( ABOUT 3.30 MINUTES) .YOU CAN TALK FOR 5 MINUTES BUT NOT FOR 10… IF YOU DO, I WILL HAVE TO STOP YOU. (NOT EVERYBODY WILL HAVE TIME AND I ALSO NEED A REST).
  • YOUR CLASSMATES ARE YOUR AUDIENCE, SO DON´T ABUSE OF NAMES OF CHARACTERS AND COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY CAN FOLLOW YOU.

          IF YOU USE DIFFICULT VOCABULARY, EXPLAIN AT THE BEGINNING.

  • IT´S A SPEAKING TEST. YOU CAN USE YOUR NOTES BUT YOU CAN´T READ.

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ONE MOMENT IN TIME (B1)

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IN MY OPINION THIS PHOTO REPRESENTS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT IN RECENT HISTORY AS A BUSINESSMAN WITH NO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE  WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE USA. MANY PEOPLE WONDER HOW HE COULD GET SO FAR INTO THE RACE FOR US PRESIDENCY AND WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BRING…..

COULD YOU POST ME PHOTOS WHICH REPRESENT HISTORIC OR DRAMATIC MOMENTS IN TIME? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THEM? I POSTED SOME EXAMPLES FROM MY STUDENTS BUT I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR PHOTOS…..

THE FIRST BULB (by JOSÉ MOLTÓ)

One historic moment for all the world… the first bulb! by Thomas Edison!
I ‘ve chosen this moment because, for all the people it was one important invention to live.

WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED (by JOSÉ SEVILLA)

For many Americans, “everything has changed” about what they buy, with people running out and buying gas masks, antibiotics, guns, new home security systems, or anything else that they think might protect them against attacks by demented foreigners who have targeted them personally for sacrifice in the name of evil. For other Americans, “everything has changed” in their recreational habits, because they no longer feel safe taking walks after dark, watching romantic comedies, or even celebrating Halloween. For such Americans, “everything has changed” because of the feeling that terrorist attacks could come at any place, at any time.

THE PILL by LOLA

I think a very important moment was the  diffusion of contraceptive pills. It gave women the possibility of integration into society to compete with men. From that time, women could fight to get their place in the world with some hope of success. The brave  feminists of  XIXs. couldn’t  reach their goals  because they couldn’t get the control of their pregnancies. :-)

“LANG 8”: AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR WRITING TASKS (1B2)

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I´VE ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT “LANG8”, A LEARNING PLATFORM WHERE NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT WHAT YOU WRITE. DO YOU REMEMBER?

  • CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT
  • POST IN THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU ARE LEARNING
  • NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT YOUR WRITING
  • RETURN THE FAVOUR BY HELPING OTHERS LEARN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

 

ALTHOUGH IT´S NOT 100 % RELIABLE (NATIVE SPEAKERS CAN ALSO MAKE SOME MISTAKES WHEN WRITING), IT´S WORTH A TRY.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LEARNER TRYING TO DESCRIBE A ROOM.

http://lang-8.com/382671/journals/281664988155294839493227654315872872011

READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (1B2)

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? IS IT A WASTE OF TIME?

Among many other benefits “reading aloud can help your pronunciation. Even if you already know how to pronounce the language pretty well, it is hard to fit your mouth and tongue around the foreign sounds. Reading aloud gives your vocal organs the exercise they need to speak without getting tired or stumbling. If you are still fuzzy on pronunciation, use texts with recordings on CD or MP3 files, and repeat after the native speakers. But following along in the book will give you added input over simply listening and repeating. Try to copy the intonation and rhythm as well. You will be using eyes, ears, vocal apparatus, and of course, brain — all at once!”

http://www.ehow.com/how_5528527_use-aloud-learn-foreign-language.html

SOME APPS CAN HELP YOU DO THIS WORK WHENEVER YOU DON´T HAVE THE RECORDING: READINGS ON YOUR TEXTBOOKS, GETTING READY FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS, ETC….

  • DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE WEBSITES OR APPS ?
  • WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
  • CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SIMILAR APPS?

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http://www.acapela-group.com

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http://www.naturalreaders.com

TIPS TO IMPROVE PRONUNCIATION WHEN YOU´RE READING ALOUD

(BY my colleague JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI)

Step 1:  Find CONTENT WORDS in the fragment you have chosen and make sure you know how to pronounce them.

  • Even if meaning is different for different speakers, there are certain word categories that are usually more meaningful and therefore commonly stressed. They are often called content words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, negative words, pronouns (demonstrative, possessive –mine, yours…, reflexive –myself, yourself…,  reciprocal –each other, one another , interrogative –who, what…), question words (where, how often, etc), intensifiers (too, much, quite, etc.) and modifiers ( numerals, cardinals, etc.)
  • Pay special attention to those words you are very familiar with. Are you positive you have not made a habit of mispronouncing them?  Check their pronunciation in your print or online dictionary or CD Rom
    • First locate the stressed syllable (long words usually have a secondary stress as well)
    • Then make sure you use weak vowels / Ə / and / I / in unstressed syllables
    • Is there any consonant or vowel sound that you have problems pronouncing?

Step 2: Check the pronunciation of GRAMMAR WORDS (also called function words)

  • Most times grammar words are not stressed. These include articles, determiners (the, some, each), auxiliary and modal verbs (do, have, be, may, will, etc.), one-syllable prepositions and conjunctions (to, from, of, and, but, etc.)   If they have a weak pronunciation form, use it instead of the strong form you might be familiar with (check the pronunciation of these words in your reference chart)

Step 3:  Are there any words you can contract?

  • Remember that contraction is a feature of spoken language. You do not usually contract words in more formal written texts.  If you are reading aloud you should try to contract whenever possible even if you do not see the contraction
  • Revise the most common contractions: in the reference chart your teacher will provide you with.

Step 4: Connect unstressed words to meaningful stressed ones in a logical way

  • First connect words into phrases (noun or prepositional phrases, etc.) in a logical way to avoid reading word to word and stressing every single word. These connected groups of words are often called thought groups
  • Then try and connect phrases into short sentences
  • Contracted forms as well as Word linking (connecting words ending in a consonant with the next word starting in a vowel or else words ending and beginning with vowels) will help us do it.  In British English final “r” will be pronounced if the following word starts with a vowel (linking “r”).
  • As a result the number of words in spelling and pronunciation will be absolutely different.

Step 5:  Make sure you respect punctuation marks: pauses and intonation

  • Periods (full stops) , commas, colons, semi-colons, parenthesis and the kind are realized as pauses in oral speech. These pauses will allow the listener to follow our utterance and ourselves to breathe.  Moreover, if you run over the sentence limit, your utterance will make no sense at all for listeners, for they mark the end of an idea, a piece of explanation or clarification, an example, etc.
  • Question and exclamation marks are realized as intonation patterns. Avoid flat intonation patterns, otherwise it will be difficult to make out your speech intention

RECORDING YOURSELF WOULD BE THE FINAL STEP AND PLAYBACK…. BUT WE´LL TALK ABOUT THIS IN ANOTHER POST…..

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WHAT´S IN A NAME? (1B2)

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Spanish parents win battle to name their newborn son ‘Wolf’

After a very public campaign, a couple from Madrid have been told they can name their son ‘Lobo’. Ignacio and Maria have won the battle to name their son, who was born on July 12th, Lobo – meaning wolf – after collecting nearly 25,000 signatures supporting them.

The couple had made their fight public after officials initially refused to allow them to register their son with the chosen name, initially because “it was offensive to the child” and then under the rules that it was only to be used as a surname.

The issue has made headlines in Spain and sparked debate over parents’ rights to name their child whatever they like.

But on Wednesday, the director general of the national registry announced that the name Lobo would in this case be allowed.

Javier Gómez Gálligo said the name Lobo was “considered socially acceptable” and therefore would be allowed. He also said the official criteria would now be reviewed.

The couple, from the Fuenlabrada suburb of Madrid, had referred the case to the Ministry of Justice and launched a petition on change.org that garnered more than 24,000 signatures.

“Do you, like us, think it is unfair that the criteria decided by an official has more relevance when naming a child than parents who will educate, guide and love that child for the rest of their life?” the couple wrote in the change.org petition calling for support.

The case had even won the attention of politicians with Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the Podemos party, speaking up for the parents.

“Wolf seems to me to be a beautiful and dignified name,” he tweeted. “If you can be called Paloma (Dove) or León (Lion) then why not Lobo (Wolf)?”….

https://www.thelocal.es/20160803/spanish-parents-win-battle-to-name-their-newborn-son-wolf

SHOULD PARENTS BE ALLOWED TO NAME THEIR CHILDREN AS THEY PLEASE? HAVE YOUR SAY!

22 Outlawed Baby Names From Around the World

DESCRIBING A PICTURE (1B2)

IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE A PHOTO ON YOUR MOBILE IN DETAIL, WHAT KIND OF LANGUAGE WOULD YOU NEED?

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CLICK ON THIS PICTURE IF YOU WANT TO VISIT A WEBSITE WITH USEFUL LANFUAGE ON HOW TO DESCRIBE A PICTURE / PHOTO.

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YOU CAN ALSO TRY TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT ON DESCRIBING PICTURES AND PHOTOSDESCRIBING PICTURES

AND NOW GET READY TO DESCRIBE YOURS……

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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