Category Archives: LISTENING COMPREHENSION

PRACTISE LISTENING FOR EXAMS (1B1)(1B2)

ListeningNow that final exams are around the corner, what do you do to practice LISTENING?

My colleague CRISTINA CABAL has just published an excellent post on it. I hope it´s useful.

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10 Best Free Listening Websites with Quizzes to Practise for Listening Exams

THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE (1B2) (OPTIONAL)

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL ACTIVITY I DEVISED FOR YOU TO TRY DURING THE HOLIDAY OR AT ANY OTHER TIME…..

AS WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT “LIVE ENTERTAINMENT” LAST  WEDNESDAY……DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

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HE´S A BRITISH CHART-TOPPING STAR CALLED ED SHEERAN. HE PERFORMED IN MADRID AND BARCELONA LAST WEEKEND AS PART OF A TOUR AROUND EUROPE. ALL THE TICKETS HAD BEEN SOLD OUT.

HIS LATEST HIT IS CALLED “SHAPE OF YOU” AND IT REMINDED ME OF THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE TIME WHEN YOU WANT TO GET IN SHAPE BEFORE THE SUMMER BATHING SUIT SEASON STARTS…. MANY  PEOPLE GET OBSESSED WITH LOSING WEIGHT, START GOING TO THE GYM AND GO ON DIETS BACAUSE SUMMER IS ALMOST THERE AND THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD IN THEIR BIKINIS.

WATCH THE VIDEO, WHICH STARTS IN A GYM…. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STORY IS ABOUT?

WATCH IT AGAIN. What equipment or exercises to keep fit can you spot?

EQUIPMENT

  • (USE) AN EXERCISE BIKE
  • (GO ON) A RUNNING MACHINE (TREADMILL)
  • (DO) (LIFT) WEIGHTS
  • (PUNCH) HEAVY BAGS)
  • (JUMP) THE ROPE
  • (USE) A CROSS-TRAINER
  • (USE) A YOGA MAT
  • (USE) BOXING GLOVES
  • (WEAR) HAND WRAPS

EXERCISES

  • DO SIT-UPS
  • DO PRESS-UPS = (PUSH-UPS)
  • DO PULL-UPS
  • STRETCH
  • DO AEROBICS
  • DO SPINNING
  • DO PILATES (OR YOGA)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON “KEEPING FIT” (book page 163).  YOU COULD ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW (EXERCISING AT THE GYM)

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LISTEN TO THE SONG AGAIN & DO THIS EXERCISE WITH THE LYRICS

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CHECK YOUR ANSWERS:

ED SHEERAN´S PERFORMANCES IN SPAIN  WERE SOLD OUT MONTHS AGO

SELL OUT= ALL BE SOLD  : THIS IS A PHRASAL VERB

IN YOUR BOOK THERE´S A REVISION  OF PHRASAL VERBS (page 144)

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WHICH TYPE IS “SELL OUT”? TYPE 1, TYPE 2 OR TYPE 3? WHY?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE ACTIVITY ON LYRICS TRAINING JUST FOR FUN?

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE ACTIVITY

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“LAVA” by ANA PALOMARES (1B2)

THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION POSTED BY YOUR CLASSMATE TO TELL A STORY. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.

STORY WRITING (COLLABORATIVELY) (1B2)

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“Suddenly something has happened to me As I was having my cup of tea Suddenly I was feeling depressed I was utterly and totally stressed Do you know you made me cry? Do you know you made me die?”

THIS IS THE NICE BEGINNING FOR A STORY. WATCH THE SONG CLIP AND TELL US THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG… SHE IS UTTERLY AND TOTALLY STRESSED………WHAT HAPPENED TO HER?

 

THE ARCHERS: THE WORLD´S LONGEST-RUNNING RADIO SOAP OPERA (1B2)

If you’re a complete beginner to “The Archers”, this instant introduction is for you.

First of all, what exactly is The Archers? Well, it’s a radio soap opera set in the fictional English village of Ambridge. It aims to provide essential drama from the heart of the country.

So what does that mean you’ll be hearing? Ambridge is a twenty-first century village, with all the pressures of modern rural life. You’ll become involved in the characters’ personal and business struggles, their love affairs and all sorts of village activities from saving the local shop to the annual fete. There are plenty of lighter moments too.

The Archers has been specially recognised at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for the impact of its ground-breaking Helen and Rob storyline.

The programme received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama. The BBC said the continuing drama, which is now in its 67th year, received the prize for “raising significant social awareness of the problem of domestic abuse and coercive control whilst telling a compelling dramatic story over three years”.

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IF YOU´RE INTERESTED IN LISTENING TO ONE EPISODE, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qpgr/episodes/downloads

RECOMMENDED LISTENING… RADIO GARDEN (1B2)

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Do you want to know what’s being played on the radio in England right now? Well, thanks to a website called Radio Garden you can hear radio from there, and almost everywhere else in the world.

The website takes the form of an interactive globe that can be rotated to pick up transmissions from every corner of the planet, clips from radio history and stories from listeners in different locations.

While it allows you to listen to radio from around the world, it’s so exhaustive you’ll probably find stations you didn’t know existed in your own city

In the section Live, you can explore a world or radio as it is happening right now. Tune into any place on the globe. What sounds familiar? What sounds foreign? Where would you like to travel and what sounds like ‘home’?

In the section on History  you can tune into clips from throughout radio history that show…

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LISTENING PRACTICE 2A2

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IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE  A2 LISTENING EXAM IN SEPTEMBER OR JUST TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH, YOU CAN TRY EXAM PAPERS FROM OTHER SPANISH COMMUNITIES  SUCH AS “CASTILLA LA MANCHA”(EXAM+ AUDIO+SCRIPT). AS YOU KNOW, WE CAN´T PUBLISH THE ONES IN THE VALENCIAN COMMUNITY.

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LISTEN TO THE RADIO IN ENGLISH (B2, C1, C2)

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LISTENING TO THE RADIO COULD BE A PERFECT ACTIVITY FOR “EXTENSIVE LISTENING” TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER…

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“Are you sick of learning English with boring textbooks?

Do you spend a lot of time at or near a computer?

If so, you can really maximize your time by listening to online radio stations in English. This is one of the best and most effective ways to improve your English listening skills, while also getting accustomed to the speed and tone of native English speakers.

Not only will careful listening improve your listening skills, but you’ll also gain speaking fluency and better pronunciation.

 

“EXTENSIVE LISTENING”  INVOLVES

  • listening to (or being involved in) massive amounts of text
    text which learners can understand reasonably smoothly
    high levels of comprehension
    listening without being constrained by pre-set questions or tasks
    listening at or below one’s comfortable fluent listening ability

EL is NOT …

  • listening for specific information
    listening for the exact words of a phrase or expression
    listening for details
    listening to mimic a text

Follow this simple guide and learn some great tips to improve your English with the radio.”

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FLUENTU; A NEW WEBSITE AND MOBILE APP (ALL LEVELS)

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FluentU is a new website and iPhone /Android app that offers a platform where you can access video clips in your target language based on your level in the language with double subtitles (target language and English).

FluentU comes both in freemium and 2 premium versions (US$8 or US$18/month). At the moment, the following languages are available English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese.

I tried out Spanish on the desktop and German on the iPhone app. So was FluentU’s content able to keep my interest and teach me some Spanish and German?

The Method

FluentU first asks you to select your level in the language so that it can filter the content you receive in your feed. As I already speak Spanish and German so I selected the “advanced” and “native” levels so the video clips I watched were about the same difficulty as what I normally watch on TV. You can easily skip between the sections of the video clip which is like having an ‘instant reply’ button in case you missed something the first time around.

Basically FluentU provides you with the video content from YouTube that matches your level in the target language. There is also a ‘learn’ feature for each video that trains you to understand the vocabulary that might be tricker for you in the video you are about to watch. Finally, the platform also allows you the send new words to a ‘flashcard’ collection for later review.

AUDIOBOOKS (B2) A WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN THE SUMMER.

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“English audio books are a great resource for ESL students. As you are beginning to acquire and build your language and reading comprehension skills it will be important to also learn pronunciation and to understand the language as it is spoken. You can find a variety of English audiobooks online for free or for a small fee. You can listen to an audio book while fishing. After placing your catfish lure on your pole head out on the boat and enjoy a book and a day at sea. Depending on the type of stories you are interested in—you will need to search for topics or authors that will provide you with an engaging experience.

When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. English audio books provide an easy way to listen to a variety of action packed stories and then practice your reading comprehension skills. Once you have listened to the English audio book—you should be able to answer questions about the story that will reflect your understanding of the material. Once you are able to do this accurately—you should be able to move up to the next level.

Another benefit to English audio books is listening to the language spoken at different speeds. Since many people do not speak slowly with many pauses in between words—you will need to increase the speed that you understand the English language. The easiest way to do this is to find English audiobooks that offer one to three different speeds that you can listen to. As you gain confidence in your reading skills—you will be able to move up to a normal speed and still be able to understand the stories being read.

Overall, an English audio book is the perfect solution when you are learning the English language. Not only will you be able to practice your comprehension, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of many everyday words.”

Get started today.

(http://www.5minuteenglish.com)

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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