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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?

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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?

VALENCIA SEES WINTER OFF WITH A BANG!!!! (LOW B2)

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT SEEING SOMEBODY OFF MEANS?

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FALLAS VOCABULARY

If you want to understand the real sense of Fallas, you should know what these terms mean:

  • La Mascletà – Incredibly noisy fireworks let off during the daytime to make as much noise as possible. The Mascletà held each day at 14:00 in the town hall square is impossible to describe in words – you have to experience it for yourself!
  • El Ninot – A small part of a Fallas sculpture – typically a human figure of breathtaking detail and craftsmanship.
  • La plantà – The installation or ‘planting’ of the Fallas sculptures around the city.
  • La cremà – The last evening of the festival when the monuments are set on fire.
  • La Verbena – street parties, paella cook offs and live music arranged by Falleros from the community of Falleros; normally you need to be invited but there are so many around the streets of Valencia that people wouldn’t notice if you joined in.
  • La Nit de Foc – a spectacular fireworks display on the Paseo de la Alameda

NOW, IF YOU´RE IN THE MOOD TO READ ABOUT “LAS FALLAS” IN ENGLISH, THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING LINK:

http://www.cyberspain.com/life/fallas.htm

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO ON LAS FALLAS.lgupdated_e0

WHY DON´T YOU RECORD THE TEXT YOU DID IN CLASS USING WEVIDEO AS AN INVITATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE FESTIVAL?

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO CREATE A POSTER WITH POSTER MY WALL

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ARE YOU ONE OF THE MANY VALENCIANS GOING AWAY FOR “LAS FALLAS” OR DO YOU JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS?

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MODAL VERBS FOR DEDUCTION (1B2)

LISTEN TO TWO DIFFERENT SAMPLES OF TWO  VERY POPULAR SONGS WITH A SIMILAR TITLE.

CAN YOU REMEMBER THEIR TITLE? WHO ARE THEY BY?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN THE TWO TITLES?

Post your grammar explanation and we´ll  keep in touch!

   IT MUST  BE   LOVE

         MODAL VERB  +  (SIMPLE) TO INFINITIVE         

         PRESENT    DEDUCTION           (CERTAINTY)   

IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE         

      MODAL VERB  +   PERFECT INFINITIVE                       

                                         HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE                 

            PAST DEDUCTION    (CERTAINTY)

THIS KIND OF LANGUAGE IS VERY USEFUL BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A PHOTO  IN ORAL INTERVIEWS, YOU´RE SPECULATING ALL THE TIME….

 

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WHAT  LOGICAL DEDUCTIONS CAN YOU MAKE ON THE PHOTOS BELOW?

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SUSPENDEN PRIMEROS ACTOS FALLEROS A CAUSA DE LA LLUVIA Y EL VIENTO

MODAL VERBS IN SONGS (LOW B2)

 

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CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE SONGS.

 

WHICH MODAL VERBS CAN YOU SPOT?

WHAT DIFFERENT MEANINGS CONVEY THE DIFFERENT MODAL VERBS?

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ATTENTION INFOYOU CAN READ THE GRAMMAR REFERENCE ON PAGES 142-143 

Read more at http://www.englishgrammar.org/talking-possibility/#oRuHdKDHPM5f4kUS.99

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

SPECIAL EVENTS (1 B2)

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THE PHOTO ABOVE WAS IN THE NEWS AND IN MANY GLOSSY MAGAZINES SOME TIME AGO.  BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?

THIS MUSIC BELONGS TO THE SOUNDTRACK OF A VERY POPULAR FILM.

BRAINSTORM VOCABULARY FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

YOU COULD DO SOME VOCABULARY WORK ON WEDDINGS ON PAGE 90 (exercise 4)

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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PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE & CONTINUOUS (1 B2)

“I’ve been watching, I’ve been waiting
In the shadows for my time
I’ve been searching, I’ve been living
For tomorrows all my life……

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS OR PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE?

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LINK.

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/present-perfect-simple-and-continuous

arrow4_e0YOU CAN LASO HAVE A LOOK ON PAGE 141 AND DO  THE EXERCISES 

TRY THESE EXERCISES (OPTIONAL)

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

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