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:
WE´RE GOING TO BREAK UP FOR EASTER.
ALL THE HOMEWORK CAN BE CHECKED BY CLICKING ON CLASSWORK, DEPENDING ON THE LEVELS.
- IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EASTER TRADITIONS IN SPAIN YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLES BELOW:
IF YOU´RE A B2 STUDENT AND WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON HOLY WEEK, TRY THIS LINK http://www.isabelperez.com/holy1.htm
THESE ARE SOME NEWS STORIES I COULD FIND IN NEWSPAPERS TODAY … AS YOU CAN SEE THE PASSIVE IS USED IN A VARIETY OF TENSES…..
Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was detained by German police as he crossed the border from Denmark on Sunday.
“He has been properly treated in the police station” his lawyer declared.
She could be jailed for up to 25 years if convicted of the charges of rebellion and sedition
Nobody knows if he will be extradited to Spain but a decision must be made within 10 days
90 people were hurt or injured in the angry protests
THE PASSIVE IS VERY OFTEN USED IN THE NEWS
WHEN DO WE USE THE PASSIVE?
REMEMBER TO READ THE GRAMMAR ON PAGE 147 AND DO THE PRACTICE EXERCISES ABOUT THE PASSIVE DURING YOUR EASTER HOLIDAY.
CAN YOU FIND ANY OTHER NEWS STORIES IN NEWSPAPERS WHERE THE PASSIVE IS USED?
When do I change my clock?
SPAIN will soon have to face the miserable prospect of an hour LESS in bed as the clocks go forward this weekend…Spain swaps to Summer Time on Sunday, March 24th at 2 am , which means you should put your clock forward an hour, when it will become 3 am..If you live in the Canary Islands, the switchover will be at 01.00hrs, when the time resets to 02.00hrs.
Luckily, most mobiles phones and radio-controlled clocks will do this automatically, but you’d better check just to make sure.
It might mark the beginning of spring, but it will also shave 60 minutes off your precious slumber time.
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!
MODAL VERB + (SIMPLE)
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….
WHAT LOGICAL DEDUCTIONS CAN YOU MAKE ON THE PHOTOS BELOW?
CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE SONGS.
WHICH MODAL VERBS CAN YOU SPOT?
WHAT DIFFERENT MEANINGS CONVEY THE DIFFERENT MODAL VERBS?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT SEEING SOMEBODY OFF MEANS?
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:
WHY DON´T YOU RECORD THE TEXT YOU DID IN CLASS USING WEVIDEO AS AN INVITATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE FESTIVAL?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO CREATE A POSTER WITH POSTER MY WALL?
ARE YOU ONE OF THE MANY VALENCIANS GOING AWAY FOR “LAS FALLAS” OR DO YOU JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS?
HAPPY FALLAS TO EVERYONE ANYWAY!!
THE PHOTOS ABOVE WERE IN THE NEWS AND IN MANY GLOSSY MAGAZINES IN THE UK AND WORLDWIDE LAST YEAR. 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)
- WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
- WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSATION 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:
(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)
HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.