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SPECIAL EVENTS: WEDDING BELLS (1 B2)

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YOU KNOW THAT RIVERS FLOW INTO THE OCEAN BUT  THE WEDDINGS ABOVE ALSO MADE RIVERS OF INK  FLOW. THEY  WERE IN THE NEWS AND IN MANY GLOSSY MAGAZINES IN THE UK AND WORLDWIDE LAST YEAR.  BUT DO YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE?  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)

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING (1 B2)

NEXT  WEEK WE´LL DO A WRITING IN CLASS , AS I TOLD YOU TODAY. HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING, WISELY WRITTEN BY MY COLLEAGUE JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI.

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IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WRITING AND CORRECTION, HAVE YOU HEARD OF LANG8?

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http://lang-8.com

IF IT HADN´T BEEN FOR LOVE…. (1B2)

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THIS SONG BY ADELE. THE THIRD CONDITIONAL IS USED REPEATEDLY. DO YOU REMEMBER HOW IT´S USED?

 

Adele            If It Hadn’t Been For Love

Never would have 1) _____________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 2 ____________ the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 3) __________ through the blindin’ rain
Without one dollar to my name
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 4)__________ the trouble that I’m in
If it hadn’t been for love
Woulda been 5) ___________ like a wayward wind
If it hadn’t been for love

Nobody knows it better than me
I wouldn’t be wishing I was free
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 6) ___________ to that side of town
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 7) __________ a mind to track him down
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 8) ____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 9) __________________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 10) __________ the train to Louisian’
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 11) _____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

(ORIGINAL IDEA BY BUSYTEACHER)

  • WHAT DID SHE DO FOR LOVE?
  • WHAT´S “WOULDA”?
  • EXPLAIN THE IDEA OF REGRET USED BY MEANS OF THE THIRD CONDITIONAL

THE THIRD CONDITIONAL WITH SONGS (1B2)

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AFTER A HOLIDAY BREAK WE USUALLY REGRET DOING OR NOT DOING CERTAIN THINGS. IN THIS CONTEXT WE USUALLY USE THE THIRD CONDITIONAL

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WHY DON´T YOU REVIEW THE THIRD CONDITIONAL WITH SONGS?

LET´S DO SOME PRACTICE!!

TRY THIS QUIZ

WHAT IF…..? (1B2)

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DO YOU KNOW THIS SONG? “IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS…..”

WATCH THIS VIDEO AND COMPLETE THE LYRICS WITH SUITABLE SECOND CONDITIONAL FORMS

BARENAKED LADIES IF I HAD $1.000.000

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ____________________ (1) ( I WOULD ______________________ (2))

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ________________________FOR YOUR HOUSE

(3) ( maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had a 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (4)( a nice reliant automobile)

If I had $ 1,000,000, I´D _________________ (5)

If I had $ 1,000,000 I´D __________________________(6) fort in our yard

If I had $ 1,000,000, YOU _______________________ (7) it wouldn’t be that hard

If I had $ 1,000,000 Maybe we COULD______________________________ (8) in there somewhere Wouldn’t that be fabulous! If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (9)( but not _____________________ that’s cruel) If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ______________________________ (10) (like a llama or an emu)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D BUY YOU (11) John Merrick’s _________________(All them crazy elephant bones)

If I had $ 1,000,000 , I´D ______________________(12)

If I had $ 1,000,000, WE ________________________________ (13) to the store

If I had $ 1,000,000 WE´D _____________________________ (14) ,´cause it costs more

If I had $ 1,000,000 , WE __________________________________ (15) Kraft dinner

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000)

I´D _________________________________ (16)( but not a real __________________ that’s cruel)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ___________________________ (17)( A Picasso or a Garfunkel)

If I had $ 1,000,000 (If I had $ 1,000,000) I´D ______________________________ (18) (haven’t you always wanted a monkey?) If I had $ 1,000,000, I´D _________________________( 19)

If I had $ 1,000,000 If I had $ 1,000,000 If I had $ 1,000,000 . I´D ___________________ (20)

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MORE FUTURE FORMS (1 B2)

 

 

new-2YOU CAN REVIEW THE MOST COMMON FUTURE FORMS IN YOUR BOOK (PAGE 138) BUT LET´S GO A STEP FURTHER AND NOW LET´S FOCUS ON TWO TENSES THAT MIGHT BE NEW FOR UPPER-INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: FUTURE CONTINUOUS (or PROGRESSIVE)  AND FUTURE PERFECT

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TRY THIS EXERCISE

TWO TOOLS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING (1B2)

IN OUR LAST CLASS WE DEALT WITH VERBS PATTERNS SOMEHOW: “YOU MARRY SOMEBODY” BUT “GET MARRIED TO SOMEBODY”…..

THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE, CRISTINA CABAL, I CAN RECOMMEND YOU TWO TOOLS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR WRITING.

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Phrase-up assists you with writing by finding and filling in the words you can´t remember. Imagine you know there is an expression containing the words ” connect” and “internet”  but you have forgotten what goes in the middle, PhraseUp can help you here, too. Just type the words that you remember and put an asterisk * where you want the application to insert something. …. and voilà!!

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Ozdic.com brings you a completely new type of dictionary that will help English learners write and speak natural-sounding English.
Collocations – common word combinations such as ‘bright idea’ or ‘talk freely’ – are the essential building blocks of natural-sounding English. The dictionary contains over 150,000 collocations for nearly 9,000 headwords.
The dictionary shows all the words that are commonly used in combination with each headword: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions as well as common phrases.

“Let’s imagine you need to use the word “idea” but you have no clue what adjective to use apart from the overused “good “. Go to the dictionary now , this is just a sample of what you’ll find: bright, brilliant, clever, excellent,, marvellous | valuable, worthwhile | exciting, inspirational, interesting, stimulating | constructive, positive | absurd, bad, mistaken, ridiculous |, crazy, mad, outlandish, wild | half-baked | ambitious, big, grand.” (CRISTINA CABAL)

JUST TRY THEM AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK…..

HOW TO….. LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (by Sandra Mahiques) (1 B2)

LOOK AT THIS PRESENTATION ON TIPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (BY SANDRA MAHIQUES)

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW, PLEASE.

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GREAT JOB, SANDRA! CONGRATULATIONS!!

WHAT´S POWTOON? (1B2)

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WHAT´S POWTOON?

PowToon is a free web app (OR A WEBSITE www.powtoon.com))  that lets you easily create presentations and animated videos, often with a cartoon look and feel.

Have a look at the one I created to give tips for a job interview

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

PowToon can be used in many ways in the classroom. Students can actually…..:

  • Act out a section of a story they are reading, or an alternate way the story could have gone.
  • Re-enact a historical event, or make a pretend meeting and conversation between famous people in history.
  • Make a short comic to explain a vocabulary word from class or a concept being covered in their current unit.
  • Or it can simply be used as a fun and easy alternative to PowerPoint, Google Slides, and other multimedia slide show programs for any sort of presentations your students (or you) need to make.

WHY DON´T YOU TRY SOMETHING SIMILAR?

CHOOSE A TOPIC,  MAKE NOTES OF ANY GOOD IDEAS  IDEAS AND PRESENT YOUR  USEFUL SET OF TIPS

“CUE PROMPTER” A TOOL TO REHEARSE YOUR SPEECHES (1B2)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL LIKE A FAMOUS TV STAR?

This little tool is a cueprompter. My students need to give a speech  and I find this little tool can help them a lot monitor the time it takes them to give their speech as it has adjustable speed features.
How to use it
♥Copy/paste the text into the prompter text window
♥You can set screen size, font size and colour
♥Start the prompter and adjust the speed
♥ Use the Space Bar to stop/start the cueprompter

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IT´S AS IF YOU WERE WORKING ON TV AS A NEWSREADER!! BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST FOR REHEARSING AT HOME: YOU CAN´T USE IT DURING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS.

THIS POST IS FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

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