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PRONUNCIATION OF THE FINAL “-S” (A2)

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HAVE A LOOK AT THIS HANDOUT:

THIRD PERSON SINGULAR, PLURAL & OTHER -S ENDINGS (PRONUNCIATION

http://www.woodwardenglish.com/how-to-pronounce-final-s/

PRACTICE WITH SOUND

You can try theses esercises:

EXERCISE 1

EXERCISE 2

GAME 1

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO PLAY THE GAME (verbs)

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GAME 2

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO PLAY THE GAME (nouns)

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PRONUNCIATION 1: VOWELS (ALL LEVELS)

 

LISTEN TO PABLO IGLESIAS SPEAKING IN ENGLISH LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS PROBLEM IS?

LOOK AT THIS CHART.

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THESE ARE THE SOUNDS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CHART IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS:  VOWELS,DIPHTHONGS AND CONSONANTS.

LET´S CONCENTRATE ON THE REVISION OF ENGLISH VOWELS.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW OR THE PICTURE ABOVE TO USE AN INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE CHART:

http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart-british-english/

 

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO:

IF THE LINK DOESN´T WORK, TYPE IN  “IPA VOWELS”  ON YOU TUBE   AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. OK?

THIS IS ALSO A USEFUL LINK  TO LISTEN TO THE VOWELS BELOW:

www.oup.com/elt/englishfile/beginner

EXTRA PRACTICE

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

  • SOUND FOUNDATIONS (there is a free version)

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  • ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION (you have to pay to download)

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FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS AND ABOVE, YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THIS WEBSITE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation/introduction

CURSOS FORMATIVOS /”TRAINING COURSES”: HOW TO REGISTER. (1B2)

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IF YOU´RE INTERESTED IN OUR TRAINING COURSES THIS YEAR (LIST), CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW TO REGISTER . REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT !!!

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THIS IS THE ONE I OFFER FOR 1B2 STUDENTS: ORAL SKILLS & CONVERSATION GAMBITS 1B2 (ADDRESSED TO STUDENTS WHO ALREADY GOT THE B1 CERTIFICATE)

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CURSO FORMATIVO EOI 2017 (CARMEN GÓMEZ BENÍTEZ) INGLÉS   LEVEL 1B2

 

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WELCOME BACK MESSAGE 2017-2018

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MONDAY & WEDNESDAY GROUPS   1B1    WEDNESDAY  4th OCTOBER

TUESDAY & THURSDAY GROUPS      1B2    THURSDAY      5th OCTOBER

GROUPS, TEACHERS AND CLASSROOMS 2017-18
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW

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HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER …(ALL LEVELS)

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ONCE THE FINAL SCORES HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC YOU CAN BREAK UP FOR YHE SUMMER HOLIDAY….LUCKY YOU! SUMMER IS ROUND THE CORNER BUT  I HAVEN´T  FINISHED THE SCHOOL YEAR YET……I´M ABOUT TO START “CERTIFICACIÓN”  AND FEELING A BIT BURNT OUT !!

ANYWAY, I KNOW YOU’RE  TIRED  AFTER THE COURSE BUT THE SUMMER IS LONG AND I DON´T WANT YOU TO FORGET WHAT YOU´VE LEARNED THIS YEAR: “IF YOU DON´T USE IT, YOU LOSE IT”. ALL OF US ENJOY THE SUMMER BUT SOMETIMES WE RELAX SO MUCH THAT WE TEND TO FORGET OUR ENGLISH. IT´S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ENGLISH AND THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN DO IT.

SO…., THE THING IS….WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN SUMMER?

I´M PREPARING A POST WITH SUITABLE ADVICE  BUT CAN YOU HELP ME WITH YOUR SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND LINKS? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE DURING THE SUMMER?

MY FIRST TIP THIS YEAR IS:

What is HiNative?

HiNative is a global Q&A (QUESTION & ANSWER) platform that allows you to ask native speakers all your language and culture questions. Forget about a dictionary or doing a web search, there is no better source than a native speaker and with HiNative they are within reach.

Hinative is a give-and-take platform and though you don’t necessarily have to do it, the thing is that I also liked the idea of helping others with questions about my own native language and so the site got me entertained for a long while. You can also download their free app on your mobile phone. Read more…..

MY SECOND TIP IS: 

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Stitcher is a smartphone app that lets you aggregate radio shows and podcasts, stored on your phone for on demand listening or streaming from the web. Read more….

 

MY THIRD TIP IS:

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Meetup is an application on your mobile that brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn.

Fran is using it to practise his English with other foreigners living or staying in Valencia. So,  find or create a group that meets your interests, i.e.LEARNING  FOREIGN LANGUAGES  Why don´t you try?   (  LOOK FOR intercambio inglés/español) Read more…

POST YOUR OWN IDEAS FOR EVERYBODY TO SHARE….

ANY RECOMMENDATION WILL BE WELCOME!!!

 

 

CORRECTION OF SPEAKING MISTAKES (ALL LEVELS)

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A UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASKED ME TO MAKE CIRCULATE THIS SURVEY FOR STUDENTS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE SOME OF HIS RESEARCH….

Mi nombre es Alberto Monroy y soy un estudiante de posgrado de la Universidad Europea de Valencia. Me pongo en contacto con vosotros porque estoy realizando una investigación docente y para ello necesito recopilar una serie de datos.

Mi proyecto pretende analizar las preferencias y las creencias, tanto de profesores como de alumnos, en torno a la corrección de errores de expresión oral durante el proceso de aprendizaje de la lengua inglesa. Asimismo, se analizará la correlación entre la corrección del error y la llamada foreign language speaking anxiety. 

  He diseñado un cuestionario para los alumnos (redactado en castellano, de modo que pueden responderlo todos los alumnos, incluidos los de nivel básico). Os rogaría queráis darle difusión entre vuestro alumnado de la forma que consideréis más oportuna (me permito sugerir: dedicándole 5-10 minutos al principio de una clase, proyectando el link [el cuestionario funciona en dispositivos móviles y tablets]; en aulas de informática; en redes sociales del departamento o de la EOI; a través de plataformas como Moodle o correo electrónico etc.).

 CUESTIONARIO ALUMNOS:

https://goo.gl/forms/BZAWcXLhgCDMVj932

 Os agradezco de antemano toda vuestra colaboración y participación.

 Quedo a vuestra disposición en esta misma dirección de correo para cualquier comentario, sugerencia, duda o indicación que podáis tener sobre los cuestionarios y el estudio que estoy realizando.

 Un cordial saludo,

Alberto Monroy

SCHOOL CLOSED ON 30th & 31st MARCH (ALL LEVELS)

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“JOOMAG” A TOOL TO CREATE INTERACTIVE MAGAZINES

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Joomag is a free, sophisticated and professional digital magazine creation tool that allows users (students and teachers)  to create beautiful magazines from PDFs or templates provided by the site.

This is an example of a magazine created by a teacher:

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https://www.joomag.com/magazine/inspirational-english-march-2017/0258537001488874097

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY: BE BOLD FOR CHANGE (ALL LEVELS)

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

Five reasons why Spain is still failing on women’s rights (THE LOCAL)

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Spain’s come a long way since the dark days of Gen Francisco Franco when a woman’s role was firmly in the home and she needed permission from her husband to get a job, open a bank account, own property or even travel away from home.
But women still don’t enjoy parity with men in Spain and there is a way to go to bridge the gender gap. READ MORE…..

KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING (1 B2)

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  • WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
  • WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSTION GOING?

You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases you can reply using three words or less.

Here are some ways of doing that:

Make a comment

Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful”  or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.

Encourage the other person

If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”

Ask a question

In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.

“Really?” – to show surprise.

“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.

For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”

Over to you Listen and practise examples of these tips here:

Keep the conversation going .Make a comment

Keep the conversation going.Encourage the other speaker

Keep the conversation going. Ask a question

(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)

HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS.  YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

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Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation

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