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THE PASSIVE II (1 B2)

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IS THIS ACTIVE OR PASSIVE? HOW DO YOU KNOW?

YOU CAN also HAVE A LOOK IN YOUR BOOK ON PAGE 147

BUT BE CAREFUL!

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A HISTORIC MOMENT IN TIME (1B2)

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Donald Trump Hosts Nevada Caucus Night Watch Party In Las Vegas

OBAMA´S ELECTION WAS SEEN BY MANY AS  A HISTORIC MOMENT IN  TIME AS HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT ELECTED IN HISTORY. HOWEVER, UNEXPECTED TRUMP´S VICTORY WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPROBABLE POLITICAL VICTORIES IN MODERN HISTORY, PLUNGING THE USA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD INTO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE….

WHICH OTHER HISTORIC EVENTS  IN YOUR LIFETIME DO YOU THINK WILL BE REMEMBERED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS?   WHY?

  • Where & when did that happen? What happened?
  • How old were you? Where were you?
  • What were you doing when you heard the news? Who were you with?
  • How were you affected by the news?  What did you do? How did you feel?
  • Why do you think this event will be remembered by future generations?

POST YOUR PODCASTS AND YOUR PHOTOS.

THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE:

 

 

THE PASSIVE (1B2)

THESE ARE SOME NEWS STORIES I COULD FIND IN NEWSPAPERS LAST YEAR… AS YOU CAN SEE THE PASSIVE IS USED IN A VARIETY OF TENSES…..3297

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TEN people were killed and 15 wounded in a suspected terrorist attack in the main tourist hub of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.

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Carles Puigdemont was elected with 62 votes from Junts pel Sí and eight from the CUP in an unusually brief session.

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Princess Cristina will be tried   as accomplice in open court in January 2016 for tax fraud.

She could be jailed for up to 6.5 years.

THE PASSIVE IS VERY OFTEN USED IN THE NEWS

WHEN DO WE USE THE PASSIVE?

GAME 1

GAME 2

GAME 3

REMEMBER TO READ THE GRAMMAR ON PAGE 147 AND DO THE PRACTICE EXERCISES ABOUT THE PASSIVE  FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY.

CAN YOU FIND ANY OTHER NEWS STORIES IN NEWSPAPERS WHERE THE PASSIVE IS USED?

HAVE YOU EVER…? (1B2)

  • …PAINTED A WALL OR A ROOM?
  • …CHANGED A WHEEL ON A CAR  / A TYRE ON A BIKE?
  • …ASSEMBLED FLAT-PACK FURNITURE?
  • …SET UP A HOME CINEMA SYSTEM / A WI-FI NETWORK?
  • …FIXED SOMETHING IN YOUR HOME?

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  • When and where did you do it?
  • Why did you have to do it?
  • Did anyone help you?
  • How long did it take?
  • What problems did you have?
  • How successful were you in the end? Did you manage to do it?

GENERAL STRIKE IN EDUCATION (ALL LEVELS)

Parents, students and unions call for a general strike in education for March 9th

The State Platform in the Defence of Public Schooling has set the date for numerous demonstrations across Spain from infancy to university.

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A total stoppage of teaching, in protest that the Lomce continues unaltered and the need for wide agreement to be reached in Congress which cannot be ‘only political and ignoring the social’

This is Spain’s third teaching general strike with widespread participation since the PP came to power. All the unions (CEAPA, STES, CCOO, UGT, MRP, CGT and FAEST led from the front by the Students Front and Students Union) which coincide ‘these protests must be on the streets’ given it is the only way ‘which is effective’ in the defence of public schooling and warn the pact ‘is not an end in itself’. In fact, for Mar 9th  Spanish streets will be awash with protestors.

Another reason why this strike has been called at all educational levels is the appeal by the Government in the Constitutional Court for the voting in Congress to halt the Lomce, a decision considered as ‘unacceptable’. They are on guard regarding the massive State deficit Spain has in Brussels, which in the worst case scenario see a cut in spending on education of as much as 1 billion €’

Their anger has been aggravated by the new Education, Culture and Sports minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, who said last JAN any strike action was ‘senseless’ at the moment when talks are continuing on the new Political and Social Pact for Education and called for the State Platform for Public Schooling to cancel the stoppage and join the debate in the Sub-Commission in Congress.

‘At this time, this strike is senseless, I request those who are arranging it to think again. The current situation does not need any disruption, as it would not make any long-lasting effect’, he affirmed.

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news-spain/national/Parents_students_and_unions_call_for_a_general_strike_in_education_for_March_9.shtml

DO IY YOURSELF (1B2)

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Ikea UK think that “everyone can improve their sleeping performance” with a little preparation, the right bed, and the right kit and this is why they have released a new advert, inviting you to “win at sleeping”.

The 60-second spot, part of the Wonderful Every night campaign, features several persons of all ages doing their bedtime routine and jumping into their beds just like athletes. “The moment has come. I can feel no hesitation. You’re gonna go do what you’re prepared to do. There will be those that try and stop you (a small dog is featured running towards the bed and two little boys looking inquisitive). Let them try. This is your home. Now take it. Because tonight you’re gonna fight until you can’t fight no more. To Win at Sleeping” – says the voiceover using a tone specific for battle speeches, as if he tried to motivate people to actually fight and win at sleeping.

The advert ends with the people falling asleep in their beds and with the voiceover saying the brand’s new campaign tagline, “The Wonderful Every night”.

  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO IKEA?
  • DID YOU BUY ANYTHING THERE? WHAT?
  • WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE?

TRY THE VOCABULARY FOR DIY AND REPAIRS (PAGE 160)

PARAPHRASING   :   DESCRIBING EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Saying you don’t know/ remember the name of something

  • I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten what it’s called
  • It´s on the tip of my tongue
  • I totally blanked
  • I´m really sorry but my mind went blank

 

  • I don’t know what it’s called in English
  • I can’t remember what they’re called
  • I’m sorry, I don’t know the word for them

Describing what something is used for

  • It’s a thing for makING…
  • It’s stuff for doING…
  • You use them to DO / for DOing something
  • You use it when you do something

 

Describing what something looks like

  • It’s a type of [liquid]
  • It’s some/a kind/ sort of… [material/substance…]
  • They are made of [metal/plastic/glass/…]
  • They’ve got…[a hole in the end/…)
  • They look like… [headphones/…]

 

 Checking something is the right thing

  • Is this what you are looking for?
  • Do you mean… [a blender/…]?
  • Oh, you mean… [stain remover/…]

“LAVA” by ANA PALOMARES (1B2)

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

TELLING A STORY OR A PERSONAL ANECDOTE (ORAL SKILLS)

LAST WEEK WE WERE TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES ABOUT MISHAPS. TO IMPROVE YOUR STORIES YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Here are THE BRITISH COUNCIL top tips for telling a good story or anecdote.

DO:

  • Take time to think about the question and the story before you start talking.
  • Use narrative tenses – past simple, past continuous and past perfect.
  • Use adjectives and adverbs to make the story interesting.
  • Use sequencing words: first of all, then, after that, later on, finally, in the end …
  • Give your story an introduction. Say briefly what your story is about.
  • Give the background to your story. Say when and where it took place and what you were doing at that time.
  • Say what happened step by step. Use words like so, because and although to connect the actions until you reach the end of the story.
  • Keep the action moving!
  • Finish your story or anecdote by saying why it is important to you or why you remember it.
  • Look at your listeners.

DON´T:

  • Take too long telling the story or your listeners will get bored.
  • Use a flat or bored voice.
  • Look down or look around the room.

 

USEFUL PHRASES

Put the phrases in the correct part of the anecdote:

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. BACKGROUND
  3. ACTION
  4. WRAPPING UP (finishing)

 

  • After all this, I learnt that …
  • I’m going to tell you about something unforgettable that happened to me.
  • This made me realise something important …
  • This is a story about …
  • Later on, …
  • I’d like to talk about the time when I …
  • This took place a few years ago.I was living in the city at that time.
  • At that time, I was …
  • When I look back on that story now, I feel …
  • Suddenly, …
  • What happened next was …

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/tell-story-or-personal-anecdote

 

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?

 

FUNNY MISHAPS (1B2)

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MISHAPS ARE MINOR  UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENTS MAINLY BECAUSE OF BAD LUCK,……. UNPREDICTABLE ACCIDENTS THAT ARE UNFORTUNATE. SOMETIMES THEY CAN OCCUR AROUND THE HOUSE AND MIGHT INVOLVE SOME CLEANING OR EVEN SOME REPAIRS…

LOOK AT THIS ADVERT. IT CAME ON BRITISH TV…….. IS IT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN? ‘Mum doesn’t let us watch wrestling on TV, but she seemed quite good at it with daddy’ was the line that got me and really made me giggle. WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? CAN YOU THINK OF ANY OTHER COMMON MISHAPS? DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL MISHAP TO SHARE WITH US? LISTEN TO THIS CONVERSATION: http://www.esl-lab.com/night/nightrd1.htm logo2007

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