jueves, 26 de mayo de 2011

Good practise for my intermediate students

Hi everyone,

I post this entry to let you know about a very good blog where you´ll find lots of resources for your level.
Click on the link below and you´ll find lots of listening activities!
Hope you find them useful!!
Have a nice bank holiday weekend!!
http://www.cristinacabal.com/pre-intermediate/preintermediate.htm

Writing can be fun!

http://www.writingfun.com/writingfun2010.html

Click here to see different types of texts and examples.
http://www.writingfun.com/writingfun2010.html

SPEECH SCHOOL TV

Hi everyone,
If you  interested in improving your speech, you should try Confident Speech in English for all Speakers!
Click on the link below and find how
http://www.speechschool.tv/

miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2011

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

Grammar and words

In Grammar and words you can learn and practice grammar and vocabulary through explanations, activities and games.
You can find extensive grammar explanations written by well-known author Dave Willis, a quick reference section containing 48 of the more common areas of grammar, and a large number of games that help you practice many areas of grammar and vocabulary.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-and-vocabulary

HOW TO....

"How to" videos

Check out this series of videos and see how to say things right in very different situations.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/how-to

LISTEN AND WATCH

Hi everyone,

Another entry for you to improve your English skills.The whole website: http://www.learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/ is very useful and worth a visit.
Pay attention  to "listen and watch" link  where you can listen or watch on your computer, or download audio and video files to your mp3 player.

All of the audio and video materials are accompanied by language practice activities that you can do on your computer while you listen or watch, or print out and do when you want.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/listen-and-watch

Blogging

Here I post a reading about blogging, you have different online tasks to do after having read the text.Hope you enjoy it!
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/business-magazine/blogging-or-print

Professionals Podcasts

This series of podcasts helps you to improve your English for your career in the workplace, and cover a large number of business and work themes. They are suitable for learners at intermediate to advanced level

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/professionals-podcasts

lunes, 23 de mayo de 2011

martes, 17 de mayo de 2011

SPEAKING AND EXAM PREP

Hi again,

 Please check this link as it will help you to prepare for your speaking exam.It´s mostly for advanced students but even intermediate students can find it useful!
Please, click herehttp://englishelxna2.wordpress.com/

Especially vs specially

Especially or Specially?


This is a favorite question of grammar checkers. Most of the time there is little or no difference between the words especially and specially.
Special is a common adjective. Specially is its adverb form. Special means "particular, distinguished in a distinct way, or designed for a particular purpose." Specially means "particularly, in a disintguishing manner, or for a particular purpose."
Especial is an uncommon adjective. Especially, its adverb form, is much more common. Especial means "exceptional, noteworthy, or particular." Especially means "exceptionally, in a noteworthy manner, or particularly."

In the sense of "particular" or "particularly," the words mean pretty much the same thing. Often they can be used synonymously. However, if you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.
Example: This program has specially designed macros for word processors.

(A distinctive purpose)

Example: He did especially well in All-Star Game.

(A noteworthy performance)

FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE:http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv265.shtml

Pruebas de certificación (CLM y otras comunidades)

Hi guys,

For those who are going to take the final exam "pruebas terminales en CLM", especially my advanced students, I post this entry with exam samples from other CCAA.It´s always good practice and you can test your level as you can do them online.
CATALUÑA
http://phobos.xtec.cat/eoi/index.php?module=detic_portal&ref=an_ap_in
http://phobos.xtec.cat/eoi/index.php?module=detic_portal&ref=mostres
VALENCIA
http://www.eoivalencia.es/es/secretaria/pruebas-certificacion/697-models-de-proves-de-certificacio-2010.html

Exam samples CLM http://www.educa.jccm.es/educa-jccm/cm/educa_jccm/tkContent?idContent=60113&locale=es_ES&textOnly=false

viernes, 6 de mayo de 2011

GRAMMAR REVISION

Hi everyone!!
I have been reading your writings and I have seen that you still have difficulty using "the". Please, click on the link below and revise!!
http://elblogdelingles.blogspot.com/2007/02/lesson-38-cundo-usamos.html

jueves, 5 de mayo de 2011

miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2011

A very fun game to revise Conditional sentences

Hi guys, do you remember the TV show called "who wants to be a millionaire?".Click on the link below, and you´ll find a game to revise the conditional sentences based on that TV show!You´ll enjoy it!!
http://eslgamesworld.com/members/games/ClassroomGames/Billionaire/Conditionals%20Billionaire%20Game/index.html

Beckham on 2012 London Olympics

PRONUNCIATION TIPS (BBC LEARNING ENGLISH)

Hi everyone,

Speaking tests are here! Watch these videos about the sounds of English so as to learn how to pronounce them better. There is a video for every sound and they explain in detail how to place your tongue, lips, teeth, etc., in order to have a nice standard pronunciation. They are very clear, well made and self-explanatory, I hope you find them useful.

Just click on the picture below to visit the site; once there you can choose the video you’d like to watch just by clicking on the sound it explains.

pronunciationtips.JPG
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/

UNIT 12: SPORT

Hi everyone! we´re starting unit 12 tomorrow and the main topic is SPORT.
Do you like sport? Do you support any football team? What are your first football memories? Click here to listen to what some footballers told the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/expressenglish/2011/04/110421_ee_football_page.shtml

martes, 3 de mayo de 2011

David Beckham talking about the Champions League

A few thoughts on the Champions League, Manchester United and Real Madrid C.F

MORE STUFF ON GLOBAL WARMING

The National Geographic has some excellent resources for you to find out about the environment and to practise all the vocabulary we learnt when we looked at this topic in class. First of all , click here to do a quiz to find out how green you are http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/quiz-going-green/ Click here http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-overview-interactive/
 to find out about the greenhouse effect. Leave a comment to say if you agree that they are being caused by global warming and the melting ice caps.

How green are you?

HOW GREEN ARE YOU?
Top 8 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming

1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans.
2. Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning

Adding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.
3. Change a Light Bulb
  Wherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Replacing just one 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.
4. Drive Less and Drive Smart
5. Buy Energy-Efficient Products
6. Use Less Hot Water
7.Plant a Tree
8. Encourage Others to Conserve
Share information about recyclingand energy conservation with your friends, neighbours and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment

A very hot issue!

Hi guys! are you ready for tonight´s big match? I´m afraid we´re having lessons until 20:40 although I guess you´ll be on time for the match!
As you may know if you follow the news, there´s a great deal of controversy between the two teams, especially between Guardiola and Mourinho. You can read below how the British press deals with this issue!

Pep Guardiola: I'm sick of playing Real... Barca and Madrid trade fresh insults ahead of semi-final showdownBy Michael Walker



Barcelona and Real Madrid moved from allegations of unfairness and formal complaints to UEFA to accusations of racism yesterday.

There has been so much acrimony around the three clasicos over the past 18 days that Barca manager Pep Guardiola said with some despair: 'I didn't expect to be in this position, hoping it would be over. We are sick of playing football against Madrid.'
Evidence of an increasingly fraught atmosphere for tonight's second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp came when Jose Mourinho's assistant Aitor Karanka repeated the accusation that Barcelona's Sergio Busquets mouthed the word 'mono' - 'monkey' - at Madrid defender Marcelo during the first leg.

'Proud history': Karanka with Karim Benzema (left)

Pep talk: Karanka's comments have angered Barca coach Guardiola

Guardiola, whose side won that snarling, vicious dogfight 2-0 in the Bernabeu, replied to the racism claim by saying: 'I know these kind of players, all of them. They are an example of professionalism, of honesty.

'They love sport, they love the values of sport. They know we play for the rest of the world. Of course they can make mistakes but as humans, they are an example as players of Barcelona, as players of Spain.'

If racism were proven, Guardiola added: 'We would take action. We would be very upset. But if an opponent makes an allegation, UEFA has to decide.'

Read the whole story, click here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1382823/Barcelona-v-Real-Madrid-Pep-Guardiola-sick-playing-Real-Madrid-No-2-makes-fresh-racism-accusations.html