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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

EASTER HOMEWORK 1B1 (1B1)

  • STUDY VERB PATTERNS PAGE 158

(KEY)

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  • HAVE A LOOK AT THIS SUMMARY

    TO INFINITIVE

    • AFTER SOME VERBS (page 158 PART 1)

    “I need to practise more”

    “I want to get married soon”, etc…

    • AFTER ADJECTIVES

    “This is difficult to remember”

    • TO EXPRESS PURPOSE (finalidad)

    “I study English to study abroad”

    • AFTER QUESTION WORDS: WHO, WHAT, HOW…..

    “I don´t know what to do”

    -ING (=GERUND)

    • AFTER CERTAIN VERBS (page 158 PART 2)

    “I hate ironing”

    • AFTER PREPOSITIONS

    “I very often dream of moving abroad”

    • AS THE SUBJECT

    “Speaking is the most difficult part of any foreign language”

    INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO

    • AFTER MODAL VERBS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF “OUGHT TO”

    “I  could swim when I was 5”

    “You must´t use your mobile phone in exams”

    • AFTER “MAKE,”LET” & “”HELP”

    “Peeling onions makes me cry”

    “My mum does´t let me go out at night”

    “Can you help me (to) do this exercise?”

  • EXTRA PRACTICE

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ANIMALS & WILDLIFE (1B1)

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HOW MANY ANIMALS CAN YOU NAME IN ENGLISH? (have look at page 161 in your book)

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https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/vocabulary-games/animals-matching-game

THIS VIDEO IS VERY GOOD BUT MAYBE IT´S TOO MUCH FOR YOU…. JUST CHECK THE NAMES OF THE ANIMALS ON PAGE 1161. THIS IS ENOUGH!!

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SECOND CONDITIONAL (1B1)

LISTEN TO THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG BY ERIC CLAPTON

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HAVE A LOOK AT THIS BRIEF GRAMMAR PRESENTATION

NOW IT´S TIME TO FIND ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS

IT´S MY PARTY AND …..(B1)

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THESE WOMEN ARE  AS DIFFERENT AS CHALK AND CHEESE. CAN YOU IMAGINE THEM SINGING THE SAME SONG?

LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND READ THE LYRICS. IN EACH LINE OF THE 3 VERSES THERE IS AN EXTRA WORD. FIND THE WORD AND CROSS IT OUT.

CHORUS

It´s my party and I´ll cry if I want to

cry if Iwant to, cry if I want to,

you would cry too if it happened to you

VERSE 1

Nobody really knows where my Johny has gone

but Judy left at the same time.

Why was he still holding her hand

when he´s supposed to be all mine?

VERSE 2

Play all of my records, keep dancing all night,

But just leave me alone for a while

´Til Johny´s back dancing with me

I´ve got no more reason to smile.

CHORUS

VERSE 3

Judy and Johny just walked in through the door,

like a queen walking with her king.

Oh, what a birthday party surprise,

Judy´s wearing his  ear-ring!!

CHRORUS

(inside out intermediate)

WATCH THIS MODERN VERSION OF THIS SONG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5go7Q2L0WgA

WHAT´S THE SONG ABOUT?

CAN YOU FIND EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST CONDITIONAL?

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND CONDITIONAL?

GIVING ADVICE II (1B1)

What Should I Do - Thinking Person Asks in Thought Bubble

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PROBLEM: “I CAN´T SLEEP AT NIGHT”

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EXPRESSIONS TO GIVE ADVICE

  1. SHOULD …           I think you should…..drink less coffee

    SHOULDN´T…                  you shouldn´t…. drink coffee

  2. Why don’t you …? (drink less coffee?)

  3. I think it´s  a good idea to … (drink less coffee)

  4. I think it isn´t a good idea to… // I don´t think it´s a good idea to…

  5. IMPERATIVE FORMS   Drink less coffee! // Don´t drink  coffee!

  6. What about…  + -ING?

  7. How about… +-ING?

  8. You could ….

  9. Have you tried…+ -ING?

  10. If I was/ were you, I´d…

 

WHAT´S GOING ON IN THE CARTOON?

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF AN “AGONY AUNT”? WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEM?

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Q:My hair’s falling out

Hiyaa !

 My hair is growing really slowly and it keeps falling out a LOT more than usual lately. It’s really annoying… What can I do? I don’t think I’m under stress or have lost much weight lately. Please help, I’m worried, I want long beautiful hair
Mili, 15

Q:I have wrinkles

I’m 12 years old and I have frown lines above my eyebrows. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM???!!! Please help Dr. Mel! I feel so inadequate!
Sara, 12

THINK OF SUITABLE ADVICE FOR THESE PEOPLE.

WRITING BASIC FORMAL AND INFORMAL EMAILS (2A2, B1)

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LAST YEAR WE STUDIED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WRITING FORMAL AND INFORMAL EMAILS.

  • HAVE A LOOK AT THIS USEFUL HANDOUT TO IMPROVE YOUR EMAILS. 
  • YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT ON USEFUL PHRASES FOR INFORMAL EMAILS & LETTERS BEFORE DOING YOUR HOMEWORK (SCROLL DOWN)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise

USEFUL PHRASES for FORMAL EMAILS and LETTERS

USEFUL PHRASES for INFORMAL EMAILS and LETTERS

DO I HAVE TO ? (1B1)

DO YOU KNOW WHO SINGS THIS POPULAR SONG?

YOU DON´T HAVE TO BE RICH TO BE MY GIRL

YOU DON´T NEED TO BE COOL TO RULE MY WORLD…

SO, LET´S TALK ABOUT OBLIGATION AND ABSENCE OF OBLIGATION ….

WHAT MODAL VERBS DO YOU USE FOR ADVICE?

BASIC MODAL VERBS OF OBLIGATION (1B1)

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YOU MUST STOP RIGHT NOW.(OBLIGATION)

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YOU MUSTN´T TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE (PROHIBITION)

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YOU DON´T HAVE TO WORRY. (IT´S NOT NECESSARY = LACK OF OBLIGATION /NEED)

GRAMMAR EXPLANATION IN SPANISH

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GRAMMAR  IN ENGLISH + PRACTICE

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BASIC QUANTIFIERS (REVISION) (A2)

 

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