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The best student in a high school from Texas reveals her secret

Listen to Larissa Martinez (first three minutes of the video without subtitles) and answer the following questions: (Then watch the rest of the video with subtitles)

At the beginning of her speech, Larissa (valedictorian) says it is going to be about........

Where is Larissa from? When did she arrive in Texas?

Unexpected reality Number 1 - ........ What was her dream? Did she think moving to America would be very hard?

Unexpected reality Number 2- ....... Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? What things didn’t she have at home?

She says: "I know what it’s like to be......., to have....., to feel .......

Unexpected reality Number 3 - .............

KEY

At the beginning of her speech, Larissa says it is going to be about expectations versus reality.

Where is Larissa from? Mexico City When did she arrive in Texas? Six years ago

Unexpected reality Number 1 - At the age of eleven Larissa was a child with an abusive and alcoholic father who had to depend on her mother’s strength.

What was her dream? To be come an American Did she think moving to America would be very hard? No, she thought it would be the solution to all of the problems in her life.

Unexpected reality Number 2- At the age of twelve she had to embrace a new culture and her intelligence was questioned due to her backgrouds.

Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? Because her mum worked until very late at night.

What things didn’t she have at home? Internet, a washing machine, her own bed.

She says: "I know what it’s like to be put down, to have your accomplishments unacknowledged, to feel powerless.

Unexpected reality Number 3 - I am one of the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States.

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Don't slap her - 25th November

HERE "Kids react to slap her"

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Too much grammar?

Here we have a funny advertisement for a company that teaches English grammar online. It is about the importance of using proper grammar when speaking English. This is a good video to show students the next time they complain about having to do  another grammar test in class, as I’m sure none of them want to trip themselves up as this young man did. 

Now YOU are the police interrogator correcting this young man... What should he have said instead of.....

- I didn’t do nothing!

- Maybe less (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...

- There were four very suspicious men there, two of who I seen go off....

- It must have been them what did it.

- Me and John were at an hotel, not doing nothing when we see four men, two of them whom done it.

- If I done it, how many year would I get?

 

KEY:

- I didn’t do ANYthing!

- Maybe FEWER (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...

- There were four very suspicious men there, two of whoM I SAW go off....

- It must have been THEY WHO did it.

- John AND I were at an hotel, not doing ANYthing// DOING NOTHING, when we SAW four men, two of them who dID it.

- If I DID it, how many yearS would I get?

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British accents and dialects

Click here to do a quiz

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Listening comprehension about British and American English

Click HERE, as well.

Watch the video above. What do these British and American slang words mean?

Flossing (American slang)=

Chin Wag (British slang) = 

Ba-Donka-Donk (American slang)=

Chuffed to bits (British slang)=

Shawty (American slang)=

Differences in pronunciation: Click HERE and HERE

NOW….. YOUR TURN!!!!!!

Pronounce  the  following  words, first with a British accent and then with an American accent:

ADULT – GARAGE – HOSPITABLE – MOBILE – CAN’T – CLASS – AFTER – EAR – CHAIR - MORE – CIVILIZATION – ORGANIZATION – GLOBALIZATION – BETTER – WATER – BOTTOM- NOTICE

Now read the following sentences with British and American accent:

1- Adults should drink more than a glass of water a day.

2- You can't use your mobile now. Only after the class has finished.

3- I've noticed she isn't a hospitable host.

4- Is globalization better for our civilization?

5- Where's your old chair? It's in the garage.

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The sounds of American English

How to pronounce a monophthong ( front, central, back)? a consonant (fricative, affricate, nasal.... manner of articulation //bilabial, labiodental....place of articulation // voiced, voiceless?)

The pictures and videos in this very useful page will surely help you!!!!

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BBC Learning English - Tim's pronunciation workshop

An excellent webpage if you want to improve your pronunciation in English!!!!!

Click HERE.

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Say "NO" to bullying

The first video above was recorded by bullying victim Jonah Mowry. Mowry uses nothing but flash-cards throughout the video, titled “What’s Goin’ On,” to express his unbearable pain and self-mutilation, not to mention the fact that he’s contemplated suicide more than once.

Nearly 3 million people have watched it , with messages of support pouring in from strangers and major celebrities(Lady Gaga tweeted  “Thank you Jonah for being brave enough to share your story + showing us strength. You matter to millions.”)

The video begins with Mowry holding up a hand-written card, “I look happy, right?” followed by, “Well, I’M NOT. What you all see is the fake me.” He uses cards throughout the video to tell his story, which includes a lifetime of bullying, of being called “Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo. Asshole.” (Mowry doesn’t specify his sexuality in the video but on Twitter he says he’s gay.)

“A lot of people hate me,” he writes, wiping away tears. “I don’t know why… But I guess I do. Cuz I kinda hate me too.”

And while he admits that suicide was something he considered “many times,” Mowry states in one of his final cards, “I’m not going anywhere. Because I’m STRONGER than that and…I have a million reasons to be here.”

RED, the second video: A bunch of bullies meet a red-haired boy on a playground. Would you have the courage to stand by one in need despite dangerous odds?

Third video: If you help (for example someone who is being bullied), you will probably be rewarded, even if your only reward is self-satisfaction

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Why Finland has the best education (by Michael Moore)

El exito educativo de Finlandia Michael Moore from ateo666666 on Vimeo.

Here’s a puzzle. Finnish children spend comparatively little time at school, don’t get homework and yet receive one of the best educations in the world. Curious? Watch how the Finns did it in this clip from Michael Moore’s compelling documentary film ’Where To Invade Next?’

 Click HEREHERE and HERE.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIDEO HERE

 

Now listen to I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ( By Prince Ea):

Video in English: HERE

Video in English with subtitles in Spanish: HERE

Exercise about the opening statement (alegato inicial) in the rap (1:05 min) HERE

Click HERE to go to a post about the book The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson.


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Numbers and Colours (ACI)

A few activities for my "ACI" students to learn numbers and colours..... and more basic vocabulary:

NUMBERS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Numbers)

COLOURS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Colours)

BODY PARTS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My body)

CLOTHES:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My clothes)

FAMILY:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My family)

SEASONS, DAYS AND MONTHS:

Click HERE and HERE

FOOD:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicklearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Food)

JOBS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Professions)

SCHOOL OBJECTS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net ( 1 ESO - Lexicon - My things)

THE HOUSE:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net ( 1 ESO - Intermediate - My house)

GREETINGS:

Click HERE,HEREHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Easy - Hello)

ANIMALS /PETS:

Click HEREHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO -Lexicon - My pets)

MEANS OF TRANSPORT:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Transport)

 COUNTRIES AND NATIONALITIES:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My country)

"ACI" tests HERE.

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GENKI ENGLISH

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British Council press release:

"The Genki approach to learning English works by engaging all of the learners’ senses and appealing to a wide range of learning styles. Children are engaged visually through the simple but striking graphics, aurally/orally through the simple chants and songs and limited amounts of graded vocabulary input and kinaesthetically through the actions and games. Because all of the learning tasks are organised as game-like activities, children are immediately motivated to take part.”

Click HERE to go to GENKI ENGLISH, an excellent webpage.

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Subject/Object Personal Pronouns - Possessives

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My 2nd Bac students have asked me to revise with them the following gammar points:

- Subject / Object Personal Pronouns: Click HERE

- Possessive adjectives and pronouns: Click HERE

Exercises HERE

You can also go to the following webpage:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/personal-pronouns-and-possessives

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ESL GAMES PLUS

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ESL Games Plus offers interactive online games for learning and teaching English as a Second Language. Their learning games are mostly suitable for teaching ESL Kids and Teenagers. There are activities for teaching and practising English grammar, vocabulary, sentences, listening and pronunciation skills. 

Click HERE to go to their webpage.

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"Where's the Love?" - The Black Eyed Peas

  • You will hear a song by the famous group “The Black Eyed Peas”. Read the title. What do you think it’s going to be about?

  • Now, you’re going to have to complete the song in different ways. Take a minute to see if you understand what you are asked to do in each part of the song.

Where’s the Love?

Complete with the missing words

What's................ with the world, mama
People livin' like they .........................

I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you .........................
 
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got........................
here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The............................. 
and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to ....................................

And to discriminate only generates ...........................

And when you hate then you're bound to get .............................
yeah
......................................is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how ...................................
works and operates
Nigga, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and ........................................

Let your soul................................... 
to the love, y'all, y'all

Rearrange the lines and put them in the correct order
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
People killin', people dyin'
Father, Father, Father help us
And would you turn the other cheek
Can you practice what you preach
Send us some guidance from above
Where is the love (Love)
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (The love)

Put these words in the blank spaces

unchanged sufferin’ insane lovin’ strong dividends bombs undercover chemical gasses


It just ain't the same, always .............................

New days are strange, is the world .............................

If love and peace is so .............................

Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' .................................

..................................fillin' lungs of little ones
With the ongoin'............................... 
as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the .....................................
really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them.................................

Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's .........................................

The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

Put the lines in order
killin' people dyin' people
hurt and children hear you cryin’ them
preach you can what practice you
cheek would and you turn other the
Father help Father us Father

above send from guidance us some
questionin’ 'cause got people me got me q
love (love) is the where

Choose the right option
I feel the weight of the
world / work on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets
colder / cooler
Most of us only care about money
breakin’ / makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our own
direction / director
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative
images / imagine is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds
faster / quicker than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in
equality / equanimity
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of
understanding / comprehending , leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no
wonder / wander why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my
faith / fate alive till love is found

Now sing along!
People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)
Where is the love (The love)

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FIFTY ENGLISH-SPANISH FALSE FRIEND WORDS

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Learning English for Spanish speakers can seem quite simple at first because as much as 40% of English words have cognates in Spanish. Cognates are words that sound similar, have similar spelling and have the same meaning in the two languages. Examples of cognates are: teléfono-telephone; persona- person; invitar-invite.  However, there are many words called FALSE COGNATES or FALSE FRIENDS. In the case of False Friends, the English word sounds like a word in Spanish but the two words do NOT have the same meaning

English word Spanish Translation Spanish word English Translation
Actually En realidad Actualmente Currently
to Advertise Anunciar Advertir Warn/Caution
Advice Consejo Aviso Warning
Argument Discusión Argumento (film) Plot
to Assist Ayudar Asistir Go to, Attend
Billion Mil millones Billón Trillion
Cap Gorra Capa Layer
Career Carrera professional Carrera (universitaria) Degree
Carpet Alfombra Carpeta Folder
Cartoon Dibujos animados Cartón Cardboard
Casualty Víctima o herido Casualidad Coincidence
Collar Cuello (prendas de vestir) Collar Necklace
College Universidad, facultad Colegio School
Complexion Tono de piel Complejo Complex
Conductor Director de orquesta Conductor Driver
to be Constipated estar Estreñido estar Constipado to have a Cold
Contest Concurso Contestar Answer
Deception Engaño Decepción Disappointment
Dessert Postre Desierto Desert
Embarrassed Avergonzado Embarazada Pregnant
Exit Salida Éxito Success
Fabric Tela Fábrica Factory
Idiom Modismo Idioma Language
Intoxicated Ebrio Intoxicado Food poisoning
Jam Mermelada Jamón Ham
Large Grande Largo Long
Lentil Lenteja Lentilla Contact lens
Letter Carta, letra de abecedario Letra Lyrics
Library Biblioteca Librería Book shop
Mayor Alcalde Mayor Older
Notice Notar, aununcio Noticia piece of News
Office Oficina Oficio Job or trade
Pan Cazuela Pan Bread
Pie Tarta Pie Foot
Place Lugar Plaza Square
Prize Premio Precio Price
to Quit Abandonar Quitar Remove, take away
Quote Cita/presupuesto Cuota Fee
to Realize Darse cuenta Realizar to Do/Make
to Record Grabar Recordar Remember
Relative Pariente Relativo (adj) Relative
Remove Quitar Remover Stir
Rope Cuerda Ropa Clothes
Sane Cuerdo Sano Healthy
Sensible Sensato Sensible Sensitive
Soap Jabón Sopa Soup
Spade Pala Espada Sword
Stranger Desconocido Extranjero Foreigner
to Stretch Estirar Estrechar to become narrow
Suburb Barrio rico periférico ciudad Suburbio de casas pobres Slum
to Support Apoyar Soportar to Handle/ Put up with
Sympathetic Comprensivo Simpático Nice
Target Objetivo Tarjeta Card
Terrific Fenomenal Terrorífico Terrifying
to Translate Traducir Trasladarse to Move (house)
Vacuum Vacío Vacuna Vaccine
 
From: http://www.curso-ingles.com/blog/false-friends/
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THAT'S ENGLISH!

Click HERE.

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GREASE!!!!!

The next musical to be performed at IES Xesús Taboada Chivite will be Grease (in Galician language).

We are going to listen to two famous songs from the film and do some exercises:

- SUMMER NIGHTS

- YOU ARE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Translation of those songs (and other songs from the musical) into Galician HERE.

Other musicals performed at IES Taboada Chivite:

Los Miserables ( 2012-2013)

Moulin Rouge (2013-2014)

Mamma Mia (2014-2015)

Hoy no me puedo levantar (2015-2016)

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Revision activities for 1 ESO and 2 ESO

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Revision activities for our 1 ESO and 2 ESO students to do during the summer. From the web of IES P. Sarasate:

HERE - 1 ESO

HERE - 2 ESO

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SHORT STORIES IN ENGLISH

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An excellent reading comprehension web with short stories by masterful writers. It includes reading comprehension activities, glossaries, and  you can listen to the text while reading it.

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"FARENHEIT 451" , BY RAY BRADBURY

Created by AcademicEarth.org

Click HERE, HERE (Ray Bradbury), HERE (Farenheit 451), HERE (McCartyism)

LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a homogenous, ……………………, war-obsessed America, where books are…………………, intellectualism scorned and the entire population exists in a state of dull …………………and sensory overload. Ring any bells?

Guy Montag, the……………………………., is an impressionable fireman. His job is to burn books, which have been denounced as emotionally upsetting and…………………………………………...

Montag starts to question his actions after meeting an …………………………young woman, even going so far as to steal a book from a house as he burns it down. Montag becomes steadily more ……………………….of his miserable life, and resolves to take action against the ……………………….ruling society. With the help of a former English professor, Montag learns that books allow for self-examination and …………………thought.

Montag is then caught with the stolen books and must become a………………….. After a harrowing chase, Montag escapes and joins up with a group of roving ………………………..in the countryside. They watch as enemy planes bomb the city, and the group resolves to construct a new, better…………………………..

 Major Characters

“Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal.”

 Montag: Guy Montag is a firefighter, and the book plots his movement from mindless drone to ……………………….. book-lover. He struggles with independent thought, and is often swayed by people’s rhetoric, making him something of an archetypal citizen in Bradbury’s ……………..future.

 Beatty: The fire chief, Beatty is brilliant, and very…………………………….. He is well-read, and can …………………..famous literary works at will, but he finds the written word dangerous and upsetting. He represents the more …………………..side of censorship.

 Faber: Faber is a former English professor who is Montag’s intellectual mentor. Faber teaches Montag that ………………….and reason are the true paths to a more …………………..life.

 Themes, Motifs and Symbols

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

 Fire: Fire destroys contraband, but it also entertains and delights people—Montag notices that almost all fires are at night, when they will look……………. Eventually, Montag comes to view fire as a ……………..not just for destruction or entertainment, but for sustenance as well.

 Mirrors: Clarisse, the young woman, is described as a mirror, and one of Montag’s eventual friends in the countryside claims the new world needs a mirror………………….. Mirrors represent inquiry and………………...

Censorship: Bradbury argues that the population censors itself by ignoring ……………..or positions that make it………………………….. Reading books, he says, encourages beneficial…………………………….., while ……………………..only deludes people into being superficially happy.

 Analysis

“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies.”

 Farenheit 451 is a bleak ……………….of a world that’s too ……………….being…………………. By wiping out the written word, the world is supposedly free from …………………and upsetting information, but the only thing this brings is more…………………. The suppression of books is the suppression of……………………………………, which will slowly destroy any society.


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Eighty Days Around the World

For more information, click HERE

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"THE SIXTH SENSE" - ACTIVITIES

Click HERE and HERE (activities designed by Isabel Pérez) to do some activities about the film The Sixth Sense.

FULL FILM with Spanish subtitles HERE.

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"Tomorrow" (From the musical "Annie")

One of the songs performed by the magnificent choir from IES Val do Tea (Ponteareas), which visited us last week was Tomorrow, from the musical Annie.

Fill-in-the-gaps exercise HERE.

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IDIOM LAND

A fantastic site (HERE and HERE, too)to learn idiomatic expressions in English.

An exercise HERE.

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Learning IRREGULAR VERBS with a rap

TAKE (took, TAKEN). You SHAKE (shook, SHAKEN). 
WAKE (woke, WOKEN) to the style I’m creating. 
THINK (thought, THOUGHT). SEEK (sought, SOUGHT).
Listen to the lesson that I TEACH (taught, TAUGHT).

Don’t SLEEP (slept, SLEPT). I CREEP (crept, CREPT). 
I SNEAK (snuck, SNUCK UP). You LEAP (leapt, LEAPT).
I KEEP (kept, KEPT) having fun. 
I’m never BEAT (beat, BEATEN); I WIN (won, WON).
DO (did, DONE); BEGIN (began, BEGUN);
SHOOT (shot, SHOT)—no, I don’t own a gun. 
I LEAD (led, LED) so I can FEED (fed, FED). 
the knowledge you need, straight to your head. 
When I BRING (brought, BROUGHT) it, you CATCH (caught, CAUGHT) it.
Sit back relax. Don’t FIGHT (fought, FOUGHT) it.

Please don’t 

FREEZE (froze, FROZEN) when I SPEAK (spoke, SPOKEN). 
It’s real. You can feel I don’t STEAL (stole, STOLEN). 
I CHOOSE (chose, CHOSEN) the very best rhymes and
WRITE (wrote, WRITTEN) them into my lines and
into your mind. When we MEET (met, MET)
I’ll BET (bet, BET) I wont let you FORGET 
(forgot, FORGOTTEN). I GET (got, GOTTEN)
every head nodding. Don’t think about stopping,
just COME (came, COME). 
This is hip hop. I don’t SING (sang, SUNG).
I STING (stung, STUNG). You CLING (clung, CLUNG)
on each and every word, you HANG (hung, HUNG).

Its not enough to

DREAM (dreamt, DREAMT); you’ve got to SPEND (spent, SPENT)
time on your goals. Please LEND (lent, LENT) me your
ear. Come near and I’ll LAY (laid, LAID)
down this new soud that I MAKE (made, MADE). 
I hope you don’t say that you think it’s junk.
I hope you don’t think that I STINK (stank, STUNK).
If you’re thirsty for English, come DRINK (drank, DRUNK).
because I SINK (sank, SUNK) all competition when they 
HEAR (heard, HEARD) that I GIVE (gave, GIVEN)
encouragement when I SPIT (spat, SPAT).
Never QUIT (quit, QUIT); don’t SIT (sat, SAT).
Yeah, I like it like that. I’ll even KNEEL (knelt, KNELT).
and beg you to express what you FEEL (felt, FELT).

I RISE (rose, RISEN) when I DRIVE (drove, DRIVEN) through 
the beat; tap your feet as you RIDE (rode, RIDDEN). 
Those that HIDE (hid, HIDDEN) I FIND (found, FOUND).
If you FLEE (fled, FLED) then I’ll track you down.

Now you SEE (saw, SEEN) that I MEAN (meant, MEANT) 
every word of the message that I SEND (sent, SENT). 
I SHOW (showed, SHOWN) I can FLY (flew, FLOWN).
Now you KNOW (knew, KNOWN) I SHINE (shone, SHONE).
I’ll THROW (threw, THROWN) you the ball. It’s your turn 
to GROW (grew, GROWN) with the verbs that you’ve learned. 
Grammar through lyrics I DRAW (drew, DRAWN). 
Peace to ELLs, now I GO (went, GONE)!

Thank you for sending me this rap, Cris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HERE: Play with 22 irregular verbs.

More about irregular verbs HERE.

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Window on Britain

A series of very interesting videos about Britain for ESL learners.

HOLIDAYS IN BRITAIN  (Questions about the second video)

What are the three first questions that the presenter asks about the British and their holidays?

When does she go on holiday?

How  long is most people’s break?         Can they choose when they take it?

How many holiday trips do British people make every year?

Which country is the number one choice for many people? (to go on holiday)

Why do so many British people go abroad for their holidays?

How did people travel from big cities to seaside towns in the 19th century?

What is the distance between Brighton and London?

Why do people go to Brighton?

Where do people stay there?

How many British people spend their holidays in Devon or Cornwall?

Where are Devon, Cornwall?

Where are the Lake District and Scotland, which are also very popular?

Is London a popular destination among British holidaymakers?

Many British people like activity holidays. What do they consist of?

KEY HERE

Questions about the video LEISURE, HERE. (Key HERE)

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The influence of Shakespeare on today's English

Listen to Gill talking about expressions that Shakespeare  (click HERE as well, to watch a video and HERE for a few questions about the video --->0:20- 3:43 // 6:00 - 6:40 // 7:55 - 8:43 // 10:24 - 11:00 // 11:36 - 11: 54) was the first to use in his plays and poems and then do the quiz HERE.

More about Shakespeare HERE, HERE, (HERE - Lesson plan)

What Shakespearean character do you identify with? Click HERE.

Shakespeare quotes HERE.

You can also watch and listen to Gill talking about METAPHORS by clicking HERE .

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"DRIPPED" - A TRIBUTE TO JACKSON POLLOCK

Dripped from Eddy on Vimeo.

Dripped, a short film by Léo Verrier and produced by Chez Eddy, explores Jackson Pollock’s quest to find his creative voice. In a world tinged with sepia, in which men wear brown corduroy suits and plum velvet jackets, Pollock tries to find how he fits in with the greats in the galleries. The film has a dash of cops ’n’ robbers intrigue and superhero-esque feats – scaling buildings and bounding from roof to roof – as Pollock pilfers(=steals in small amounts) art in an attempt to discover his creative identity. In his drab (not colourful) apartment, frustrated by painting still lifes and full of the fodder(=food for livestock) of famous works, Pollock finally discovers his characteristic, colourful style. Set to the sound of twinkly(=sparkly) piano notes and mournful(=sad, sorrowful) oboes, Dripped is a clever and beautiful ode to inspiration and innovation. (From: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leo-verrier)

Watch the second video (Art History in a Hurry) and do this listening comprehension exercise.

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Secrets and Lies

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

Let’s "work" as interpreters.... What does the little girl say about her dad in the first video? Can you translate it word for word? (A little girl loves her daddy dearly, and admires him, too. Still, she knows more about her daddy than he realizes. She knows he’s a liar)

Second video: "Your secret". Watch it and do the exercises from film-english.com

Third video: "Half a Million Secrets". Do the following activities (from linguahouse):

a) You are going to watch a part of the video presentation by Frank Warren. Read the questions below and then watch the video to find the answers.

1. How did the idea of secret postcards start?

2. If you are rude, what coffee will you receive?

3. Why is it sometimes good not to use a wireless microphone?

4. What was the `Sunday morning ritual'?

5. What is the story behind the cat and the ring?

b) Match the underlined words to their definitions.

1. I used to work with a bunch of uptight people and had to wear a tie.

2. Johnny is extremely artful. He used paint, glue and glitter in his impression of the Tower Bridge.

3. Soon the idea began spreading virally.

4. He had a big smile and chuckled to himself.

5. I cried my eyes out when she sang that soulful song.

6. Politicians are often indifferent to human frailty. They are only interested in personal gain.

a. (spreading) very quickly, especially on the Internet

b. always behaving in a very correct way

c. expressing strong emotions, especially sadness

d. laughed quietly, especially in a private or secret way

e. showing creative skill

f. the condition of being weak or not in good health

c) Read the text below and type the word which best fits in each space. Use only one word in each space. More than one answer possible. Then check with the video.

 Around      embarrassing  explanation    made         mention          with   

This next one takes a little 1………………………………. before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories 2………………………………. students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick 3…………………………… and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was 4…………………….. out of one of those photos. And I should also 5……………………………….. that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone."Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."This was really 6……………………………………….. when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying...

Transcript

1 (0:15- 0:46) Hi, my name is Frank, and I collect secrets. It all started with a crazy idea in November of 2004. I printed up 3000 self-addressed postcards, just like this. They were blank on one side, and on the other side I listed some simple instructions. I asked people to anonymously share an artful secret they'd never told anyone before. And I handed out these postcards randomly on the streets of Washington, D.C., not knowing what to expect.

 

2 (0:47- 1:28) But soon the idea began spreading virally. People began to buy their own postcards and make their own postcards. I started receiving secrets in my home mailbox, not just with postmarks from Washington, D.C., but from Texas, California, Vancouver, New Zealand, Iraq. Soon my crazy idea didn't seem so crazy. PostSecret.com is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. And this is my postcard collection today. You can see my wife struggling to stack a brick of postcards on a pyramid of over a half-million secrets.

 

3 (1:29- 2:32) What I'd like to do now is share with you a very special handful of secrets from that collection, starting with this one. "I found these stamps as a child, and I have been waiting all my life to have someone to send them to. I never did have someone." Secrets can take many forms. They can be shocking or silly or soulful. They can connect us to our deepest humanity or with people we'll never meet. (Laughter) Maybe one of you sent this one in. I don't know. This one does a great job of demonstrating the creativity that people have when they make and mail me a postcard. This one obviously was made out of half a Starbucks cup with a stamp and my home address written on the other side.

 

4 (2:33- 3:23) "Dear Birthmother, I have great parents. I've found love. I'm happy." Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism, playing out silently in the lives of people all around us even now. "Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I'm dead." "I used to work with a bunch of uptight religious people, so sometimes I didn't wear panties, and just had a big smile and chuckled to myself."

 

5 (3:24- 4:17) This next one takes a little explanation before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories with students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick around and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was made out of one of those photos. And I should also mention that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone. "Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."(Laughter) This was really embarrassing when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying.

 

6 (4:17- 4:46) "Inside this envelope is the ripped up remains of a suicide note I didn't use. I feel like the happiest person on Earth (now.)" "One of these men is the father of my son. He pays me a lot to keep it a secret."

 

7 (4:47- 5:08) "That Saturday when you wondered where I was, well, I was getting your ring. It's in my pocket right now." I had this postcard posted on the PostSecret blog two years ago on Valentine's Day. It was the very bottom, the last secret in the long column. And it hadn't been up for more than a couple hours before I received this exuberant email from the guy who mailed me this postcard.

 

8 (5:09- 5:32) And he said, "Frank, I've got to share with you this story that just played out in my life." He said, "My knees are still shaking." He said, "For three years, my girlfriend and I, we've made it this Sunday morning ritual to visit the PostSecret blog together and read the secrets out loud. I read some to her, she reads some to me." He says, "It's really brought us closer together through the years.

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Moulin Rouge - Elephant Love Medley

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Moulin Rouge - French for "Red Mill"- is a cabaret in Paris, France.The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller.Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. 

At the Moulin Rouge is an oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It was painted between 1892 and 1895. It is one of a number of works by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret built in Paris in 1889. It portrays a group of three men and two women sitting around a table

Moulin Rouge! is also a 2001 Australian–American musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young Scottish poet/writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.

One of the most famous songs in the film is The Elephant Love Medley. Click HERE or HERE to do a listening comprehension exercise (By Ralita from ieslcollective)

Click HERE and answer the questions in the quiz. How much do you know about the Elephant Love Medley in the film  Moulin Rouge?

Click HERE to go to the Moulin Rouge by IES Taboada Chivite students.

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

Once upon a time a band set out to make a Christmas song. Not about snow or sleigh rides or mistletoe or miracles, but lost youth and ruined dreams. A song in which Christmas is as much the problem as it is the solution. A kind of anti-Christmas song that ended up being, for a generation, the Christmas song.

That song is Fairytale of New York . It is loved because it feels more emotionally "real" than the homesick sentimentality of White Christmas or the bullish (=optimistic) bonhomie (=cordiality) of Merry Xmas Everybody.

The song was performed by Irish group The Pogues and English singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. It was recorded in 1987 and is often voted the number one best Christmas song of all time in various TV, radio and magazine polls in Ireland and the UK.

Exercise HERE. Lyrics and vocabulary HERE.

Click HERE AND HERE , too

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CRASH. The movie

Activities to be done while and after watching the film Crash, directed by Paul Haggis. Academy Award Winner.

1- From: http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/crash.html

Incident (By Countee Cullen)

Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee; 
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me. 

Now I was eight and very small, 
And he was no whit bigger, 
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, "Nigger." 

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December; 
Of all the things that happened there
That’s all that I remember. 

2- From http://vivianagimenezenglishteacher.blogspot.com.es/2010/11/crash-movie-activities-to-work-with.html
(2.51 – 5.54) Read the opening monologue.
Graham has just crashed.  The car is now stopped.
This is what he says:
“It’s the sense of touch. Any real city, you walk, you know?, 
you brush past people. 
People bump into you.
In L.A., nobody touches you.  
We’re always behind this metal and glass.
I think we miss that touch so much that 
we crash into each other just so that 
we can feel something.”
*Discuss the meaning of these words.  
(35:01- 36:48) Check the problems these two men are having:
The locksmith doesn’t know how to do his job.
The locksmith wants to overcharge for his job.
The locksmith didn’t replace the lock for a new one.
The store owner doesn’t understand English well enough.
The locksmith cannot find a way to communicate effectively with the store owner.
The locksmith has a friend who fixes doors; so, he wants to persuade the store owner to have his door fixed by this friend.
The store owner has a door lock in his store that needs to be replaced.
The store owner has a door in his store that needs to be replaced.
The locksmith doesn’t want to be insulted any more.
The locksmith leaves without getting any pay.
The store owner believes he’s been cheated.
3- Click HERE or HERE to read about the story and the characters and to answer a few questions.
4- IN THE DEEP (Song from the soundtrack)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_FRluQgYpI

Thought you ................
all the ................................
to rest your heart upon.
But ......................... happens,
don't see it coming, now
you can't ............................. yourself.
Now you're out there swimming
In the deep.
In the deep.

...................... keeps tumbling your heart in circles
till you...let go.
Till you shed your pride, and you climb to heaven,
and you throw yourself off.

And ............................. you're out there spinning
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

..................... you're out there spinning
..................... you're out there spinning
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

Rest= to refresh oneself, by sleeping, lying down……..(He rested for a few hours on the sofa)

Tumble= to (cause to) fall in ruins; (cause to) collapse……..(During the earthquake, buildings tumbled) (The earthquake tumbled bridges)

Shed= to pour ; to let fall………(to shed tears)

Pride= too high an opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority……….(His pride kept him from admitting he was wrong)

Climb= to go up or ascend…………( to climb the stairs)

Heaven= the place where God, the angels, and the spirits of good people live after death…………(children are taught they must be good if they want to go to heaven some day)

Throw X off= to free oneself of………….(to throw her clothes off)

Spin= to (cause to) rotate rapidly; twirl;whirl…………….(to spin a coin on a table)

 

CAN YOU TRANSLATE THE SONG INTO SPANISH? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

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That's English! - Advanced 1 - MODULE 10

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UNIT 1 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 2: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 3: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 4: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 5: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 6 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 7 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 8 : HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 : HERE or HERE

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California Dreamin'


The Mamas & The Papas-California dreamin por peakers

"California Dreamin" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire.   However, the best known version is by The Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone‍‍ ’​‍s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The lyrics of the song express the narrator’s longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter.

Some high profile artists who have recorded this song include R.E.M., The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Diana Krall....

Sia recorded the song for the disaster film San Andreas. The song came out in May 2015 and was included in the movie’s trailers.

Exercise HERE (Byre = Cow shed / Plain = Unadorned / Crow= Kind of bird)

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My ideal partner

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Click HERE.

Click HERE.(Listening)

Click HERE (Describing people - Game)

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"Ser y Estar" by Mario Benedetti (TO BE!!!!)

"Ser y Estar" (By Mario Benedetti)

Oh marine
oh boy
una de tus dificultades consiste en que no sabes
distinguir el ser del estar
para ti todo es to be
así que probemos a aclarar las cosas

por ejemplo
una mujer es buena
cuando entona desafinadamente los salmos
y cada dos años cambia el refrigerador
y envía mensualmente su perro al analista
y sólo enfrenta el sexo los sábados de noche

en cambio una mujer está buena
cuando la miras y pones los perplejos ojos en blanco
y la imaginas y la imaginas y la imaginas
y hasta crees que tomando un martini te vendrá el coraje
pero ni así

por ejemplo
un hombre es listo
cuando obtiene millones por teléfono
y evade la conciencia y los impuestos
y abre una buena póliza de seguros
a cobrar cuando llegue a sus setenta
y sea el momento de viajar en excursión a Capri y a París
y consiga violar a la Gioconda en pleno Louvre
con la vertiginosa polaroid

en cambio
un hombre está listo
cuando ustedes
oh marine
oh boy
aparecen en el horizonte
para inyectarle democracia.

Click HERE.

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ANGLICISMS

An Anglicism may refer to a word or construction borrowed from English into another language. Click HERE.

In Spain, the adoption of English words is extremely common in the spheres of business and information technology, although it is usually frowned upon by purists.

Nowadays a growing number of anglicisms are being exported into the Spanish language. Their usage seems to be catching on in Spain, inundating language with new words and expressions, often unnecessary.

This is part of an article about this tendency. The author humorously observes a disappointing reality:

"Desde que las insignias se llaman pins, los homosexuales, gays, las comidas frías lunchs y los repartos de cine castings, este país no es el mismo: ahora es mucho, muchísimo más moderno. Antaño los niños leían tebeos en vez de comics, los estudiantes pegaban posters creyendo que eran carteles, los empresarios hacían negocios en vez de business y los obreros, tan ordinarios ellos, sacaban la fiambrera al mediodía en vez del tupperware. Yo, en el colegio, hice aérobic muchas veces, pero, tonta de mí, creía que hacía gimnasia. Nadie es realmente moderno si no dice cada día cien palabras en inglés."

What do you think about using English words when there is an equivalent in Spanish? (give a few examples)


Do we have words and expressions in Spanish that could have been used in the interview Berto Romero speaks about instead of these ones?

Concept-

Briefing-

Power-point-

Slides-

We are on the same page-

Think out of the box-

User experience-

Partner-

 Know-how-

Background-

Low cost-

Feedback-

Work in progress-

Meetings-

KEY:

Concept- Concepto, idea

Briefing- Sesión informativa

Power-point- Presentación de diapositivas

Slides- Diapositivas

We are on the same page- Estar en sintonía, estar de acuerdo, tener perspectivas / visiones / ideas similares 

Out of the box- original, creativo, no convencional

User experience- Experiencia de usuario

Partner- Socio

Know-how- Conocimientos, saber hacer

Background- Trasfondo, antecedentes

Low cost- Barato

Feedback- Opiniones, comentarios, críticas

Work in progress- Trabajo en elaboración

Meetings- Reuniones

 

Click HERE to go to an excellent post about anglicisms in Spanish in the awarded blog by Teresa Losada Romero (former Spanish Language and Literature teacher at IES Taboada Chivite) DIENTE DE LEÓN.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLY FOG

 A few 2nd year ESO students are going to take part in the project that is being set in motion by the Library at IES Taboada Chivite School: "Around the World in Eighty Days"

They are going to learn the famous song "Around the World with Willy Fog". We will record them as they sing it.

Around the World with Willy Fog (Spanish: La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog) is a Japanese–Spanish anime adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The cartoon was produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation. The characters are anthropomorphisms of various animals. The main protagonists are all felines. Willy Fog (Phileas Fogg in the original book) is a lion, while Rigodon (Passepartout) is a cat, and Romy (Aouda) is a panther

LYRICS

Fog, I’m the one who made the bet
And I know we’ll be exactly right on tiiiime

Fog is my name and I could play with my life in many ways
That’s what they saaayyy

Here I am - a Rigodon
I’m a Tico - d’mascota
It’s my turn - the gentle touch
A Romy they love me so much

Hey! Now they story must go on
’Cause a lot of time has gone
We must be ready
To go awaayyy

80 days around the world
We’ll find a pot of gold
Just sitting where the rainbow’s ending
Time - we’ll fight against the time
And we’ll fly on the white wings of the wind
80 days around the world
No we won’t say a word
Before the ship is really back

Round, round, all around the world
Round, all around the world
Round, all around the world
Round, all around the world!


"Londres, Suez, tal vez Hong-Kong, Bombay, Hawái, Tijuana y Singapur..."

"London, Suez, maybe Hong-Kong, Bombay, Hawaii, Tijuana and Singapore..."

Locate those places in this blank world map  

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BBC: Spaghetti Harvest in Ticino

 The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools’ Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree". At the time spaghetti was relatively little-known in the UK, so many Britons were unaware that spaghetti is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".

Fill-in-the-gaps and key HERE.

Click HERE, as well.

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DAILYDICTATION

An excellent youtube channel to improve your listening skills. Click HERE.

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"Electricity" - from Billy Elliot, The Musical

Web Billy Elliot The Musical HERE. (Based on the 2000 British comedy-drama film)

SYNOPSIS:

Billy Elliot comes from a mining family. His mother died two years ago. It’s now 1984, and most of the miners, like Billy’s dad and brother, are on strike. There’s no money coming in and life is difficult. Billy, meanwhile, dreams about dancing, and, by chance, he joins the local ballet class. The teacher sees at once that he’s special. When Billy’s dad finds out, he’s angry. Ballet is for girls! But Billy carries on in secret and his teacher enters him for the Royal Ballet School. Then the police arrest Billy’s brother. Instead of going to the audition, Billy has to watch his brother in court. The future looks bad. But then Billy’s dad sees Billy dance and realises his son is a brilliant dancer. He takes him to another audition in London. It seems to go badly but, against all expectations, Billy gets in. His family are very proud of him.

THE BACK STORY:

Billy Elliot is a story about a young boy trying to express himself in difficult circumstances. There’s a scene in the film where he tries to dance through a wall … and that’s what it is like for him. He wants to get out of his narrow world and fly. Most of the story is told by Billy in the first person. Some of the story is told by Jackie, Billy’s dad, and one part is told by Tony, Billy’s brother.  The writer Lee Hall thinks the miners’ strike of 1984 is a very important time in recent British history. He wanted to explore the different characters and ideas involved in this political struggle. But he also wanted a good story. When Elton John saw the film, it reminded him of his own life as a talented young pianist with a difficult father. He worked on the musical version of the story with Lee Hall and the film’s director, Stephen Daldry. Elton wrote the music for the songs. Thousands of boys aged between 12 and 14 auditioned for the role of Billy. The musical opened in London in 2005.

 

" Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End, ten years ago, becoming one of the most beloved, award-winning shows on stage today.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever."

"... a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated audiences around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

"If Billy Elliot is about one thing, it is that we are all capable of making lives for ourselves which are full of joy and self-expression. Whilst we might not all become ballet dancers, we are capable of finding moments of real profundity and creativity whatever our circumstances. But more than that, we have a duty to ourselves and each other to create a society where this possibility in all of us is nurtured and can flourish. We owe it to the next generation to create a world where it is possible for the Billy Elliots, as yet unborn, to have a chance to succeed and flourish rather than be fed to the machine which grinds us into identical pieces only fit for consumption. If Billy Elliot conveys any message at all, I hope it’s that it is possible to fight back and resist and it is possible to move on without forgetting where you come from."

Exercise HERE

Key HERE.

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MODULE 9 (ADVANCED 1) THAT'S ENGLISH

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UNIT 1 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 2 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 8 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 - Click HERE or HERE

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PEPE MÚJICA (HUMAN, THE MOVIE)

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? 
Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. 

Click HERE for the whole three movies. (The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty) 

(Above you can see one of the interviews in the film - with José Mújica, former president of Uruguay)

Read the subtitles in English. Is the translation from Spanish into English literal, word-for-word?

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"Me colé en una fiesta"-"Uninvited Guest" (MECANO)

The musical that is being set in motion this year at IES Taboada Chivite (after Les Miserables, Moulin Rouge and Mamma Mia) is Hoy no me puedo levantar, based on the songs by the famous Spanish group Mecano.

On top you have one of the songs from the musical, Me colé en una fiesta, in Spanish and in English. Notice how the lyrics have to change to adapt to rhythm and rhyme.

Fill-in -the-gaps exercise HERE. Key HERE

Lyrics in Spanish HERE

Do you think you could translate the first two stanzas and the chorus of the song Hawai-Bombay so that it can be sung in English?

Stanza 1:

Hawai-Bombay
son dos paraísos
que a veces yo
me monto en mi piso
Hawai-Bombay
son de lo que no hay .

 Stanza 2:


Hawai-Bombay
me meto en el baño
le pongo sal
y me hago unos largos
para nadar 
lo mejor es el mar.

Chorus:


Y al ponerme el bañador
me pregunto
cuándo podre ir a Hawai
y al untarme el bronceador
me pregunto
cuándo podre ir a Bombay .

(My attempt HERE) (Verses 3 and 4 HERE)

MUSICAL "HOY NO ME PUEDO LEVANTAR" IES XESUS TABOADA CHIVITE 2016:

https://vimeo.com/user6099129/hnmpl-1de5

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THE ELEMENT by KEN ROBINSON

"Some of the most brilliant, creative people I know did not do well at school. Many of them didn’t really discover what they could do—and who they really were—until they’d left school and recovered from their education."

Read The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson (His website HERE).

Book review HERE.

Fragments from chapter 1 with questions  HERE.

Talk by Ken Robinson HERE.

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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY (ABBA+1 ESO C)

VOCABULARY - 1ST YEAR ESO

A game HERE.

Click HERE as well.

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Playing with WAS and WERE

Click HERE for games with the past simple of the verb TO BE on ESL GAMES.

Click HERE  and HERE (there was/ were - was/were).

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Be, Can , Have got, Present-Past Simple and.... SUPERMAN!!!

A great activity for 1st year ESO students in the incredible blog El Tinglado.

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PAST SIMPLE

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Click HERE. (Regular verbs)

Click HERE. (Irregular verbs)

Click HERE. (Verb TO BE)

Click HERE. (Regular and irregular verbs - verb TO BE)

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Eduardo Galeano - IN MEMORIAM

A wise man las left us......

Click HERE.

“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.” 

Other quotes HERE.

Video above (min 10:53)

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Tom's Diner (by 1 ESO C)

Click HERE

Video above: 1 ESO C and Suzanne Vega singing Tom’s Diner. Pictures by 1 ESO C students.

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The Secret Annex - Anne Frank's Hiding Place

The Secret Annex Online HERE

Click HERE as well.

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Daydream by Design

Daydream by Design, by Gaby Moreno.Click HERE  and HERE as well.

Exercise HERE.

Lyrics HERE.

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Speaking Questions - 1st Year ESO

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Click HERE.

Click HERE and HERE, as well.

ELEMENTARY COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

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ACI TESTS

Food+activities HERE.

Kitchen+Jobs - HERE.

Transport - HERE

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Patricia Ryan:"Don't insist on English!"

Listen to Patricia Ryan. What do you think about what she says?

Click HERE  (languagesindanger.eu)Reading and Listening exercises + audio above.

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ENGLISH MANIA

Jay Walker gives a talk on the world’s `English mania’.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWER:

1.How many people are trying to learn English worldwide?

a. 500 million b. 1 billion c. 2 billion

2.Which country will become the largest English-speaking country in the world?

a. the USA b. China c. India

3. In which school year do Chinese school children start learning English by law?

a. third grade (8-9 yrs) b. fifth grade (10-11) c. sixth grade (11-12)

4. How long does China’s `Gaokao’ school-leaving examination last?

a. 3 hours b. 12 hours c. 3 days

5. How many Chinese high school students have taken the Gaokao?

a. 10 million b. 40 million c. 80 million

TRUE OR FALSE?

1. The speaker thinks that English mania is an unhealthy obsession.

2. According to the speaker, learning English represents opportunity for a better life.

3. The speaker believes that English will replace all other languages in the future.

4. The speaker believes that knowing English will enable people to become involved in global discussions.

5. The speaker believes that learning English is popular because of America.

 

TRANSCRIPT

Click HERE as well (DON’T INSIST ON ENGLISH!)

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The Big Bang Theory - Back to the Future Grammar

A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory shows Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard watching Back to the Future, Part II and discussing the appropriate tense to use when talking about something that happened in an alternate past timeline.

There isn't a real tense in English to say "something that would’ve happened in the future of a past that was affected by something from the future," probably because no one has ever encountered such a situation. There's no grammatically correct way to combine tenses in this way.

TRANSCRIPT.

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Dangers of generalization

Reza Aslan calls out the media for generalization and bigotry when reporting on Muslims.

Watch the video and answer the questions / fill in the gaps in this exercise.

KEY

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Christmas cards messages

1ESO C students are going to make their own Christmas cards.

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Present Simple: Steve and Simon

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Click HERE.

Listening HERE

More exercises : HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE

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ENGLISH VOWELS AND DIPHTHONGS

Click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Minimal pairs: HERE,  HERE

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Halloween Song

Walking down the street on Halloween Night,

lots of scary monsters and other strange sights.

I see a ghost.

I see a vampire. ("Welcome to my house!")

I see a skeleton. ("Hello, Have you seen my coffin?")

I see a witch.

I see a werewolf.

I see a mummy. ("I’m sorry, I don’t have time to talk. I’m all wrapped up at the moment")

La la la la la la la la la la.........

Click HERE as well.

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THAT'S ENGLISH! - MODULE 8

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UNIT 1 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 2 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 8 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 10 - Click HERE or HERE

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Phobias......

What is each person in the sketch afraid of?

Video from THE SKETCH SHOW UK (Click HERE)

The Sketch Show US: Imaginary friends

OTHER PHOBIAS

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THAT'S ENGLISH! - MODULE 7

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UNIT 1 : Click HERE or HERE (Climate change listening HERE)

UNIT 2: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7: Click HERE or HERE 

UNIT 8: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 10: Click HERE or HERE

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MAMMA MIA - ABBA

Based on a popular Broadway musical and with the soundtrack of ABBA music, Mamma Mia (click HERE, too)! tells the story of Sophie, a young girl determined to find her father before her wedding day. She reads her mother’s journal and finds three possible candidates for her father and secretly invites them to her wedding with the hope of discovering which man is her father and in turn, discovering herself. 

Listening Comprehension about Mamma Mia HEREExercise HERE.Click HERE as well.

Activity about the song Mamma Mia HERE.

Activity about the song Dancing Queen HERE.

Activity about the song The Winner Takes It All HERE. Click HERE, too (HERE Reading + Song)

Activity about the song Money, Money, Money HERE. Video HERE

Activity about the song Waterloo HERE.


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More about writing.....

Click HERE to improve your writing skills.

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Our Moulin Rouge

SLIDESHOW - PREMIERE

Rap - FEIRA ("Come to our Moulin Rouge")

OUR MOULIN ROUGE AT VERÍN SPORTS CENTRE (12th September 2014):

PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4

OUR MOULIN ROUGE AT VERÍN SPORTS CENTRE (19th September 2014):

PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4

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Here Comes the Sun (1š ESO - Toņo, Enrique, Noelia and Adrián - Our Beatles)

The sudents that Sofía (Special Education Teacher) and I have in common wish all of us a VERY HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!

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PIANO MAN by Billy Joel

Listen to the song above (with subtitles in Spanish) and write the lyrics of Piano Man, by Billy Joel.

PIANO MAN

________________________________

________________________shuffles in
________________________________
Making love to his tonic and gin

________________________________
I'm not really sure how it goes
_______________________________
And I knew it complete
_________________________________

_________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the _________________
And you've got us feeling alright

____________________________________
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be

______________________________________
As a smile ran away from his face
"______________________________________
If I could get out of this place"

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
_______________________________________
And he's talking with Davy, who's still in the Navy
______________________________________

______________________________________
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
______________________________________
But it's better than drinking alone

____________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the ____________________
And you've got us feeling alright

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
____________________________________
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
__________________________________

And the piano sounds like a carnival
______________________________________
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say "Man what are you doing here?"

________________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the ___________________________
And you've got us feeling alright

KEY

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YESTERDAY

My 1st year ESO students are learning the past of the verb to be. They are also going to learn how to form the past simple of regular verbs and some expressions to refer to past time, for example, YESTERDAY. We are going to learn the song Yesterday, by The Beatles, and later we will record ourselves singing it. Very soon... in this blog!!!!

EXERCISE (Verbs)

 

KEY:

Yesterday

all my troubles seemed so far away.

Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.

Oh, I believe in yesterday.


Suddenly

I’m not half the man I used to be.

There’s a shadow hanging over me.

Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go?
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong.
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday

 love was such an easy game to play.

Now I need a place to hide away.

Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go?
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday

love was such an easy game to play

Now I need a place to hide away

Oh, I believe in yesterday...

Another karaoke version HERE.


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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Very famous song by Queen. Exercise HERE.

Vocabulary:

Score= Partitura, música

Mindless= Mecánico, sin motivo, sin sentido

Flake= Descascarillarse, desconcharse

Overkill= Exceso, exageración

Bill= Factura, carter, programa (teatral)

Lyrics and translation HERE.

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FAMELAB

FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.

FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 23 different countries from Hong Kong to South Africa, USA to Egypt. 

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"The Funeral" Band of Horses

"The Funeral" is the first single taken from Band of Horses’ debut album Everything All the Time, which was released on March 21, 2006. The song was released as a radio and video single in May 2006 in the US.

The story in the music video for "The Funeral" is open to interpretation. On the surface it tells the story of a man whose dog has died. The black dog may symbolise depression. Saddened by his loss, the man drowns his sorrows in alcohol. He then drives under the influence and the end of the video suggests he crashes head-on into a delivery truck. Based on the style of cars in the video and the elevated railroad, it may be set in the 1970s and possibly in Chicago, as one scene shows a sign for the Galway Bay Bar, an Irish pub located in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood.

EXERCISE HERE

KEY HERE

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"THE DEVIL IS ON THE ROOF" (MOONDOGS BLUES PARTY)

MOONDOGS BLUES PARTY - AN AMAZING GALICIAN BAND.

Click HERE to find out more about them.

On top, the clip The Devil is on the Roof, from their CD Thirty Roads.

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"WINE WORDS"

We live in Monterrei Valley (Ourense), an area where wine growing is one of the most important sources of economic wealth. Different activities (initiated by the team of teachers responsible for the school library) related to the "world of wine" have been carried out with several groups of students. My group 1st ESO B have drawn and read the fable The Fox and the Grapes, and learnt vocabulary related to wine, as you can see in the video above.

Thank you Cristina!!!!

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SUPERBRITÁNICO (THE FUNNIEST SPANISH-ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS)

Superbritánico on facebook.

(Thank you, Cristina!!!!)

Other hilarious translations (from Chinese into English) HERE.

(Thank you, Mª José!!!)

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1 ESO B - THE FOX AND THE GRAPES

Click HERE to go to our previous post on The Fox and the Grapes, a task we have already finished.

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Rosalía de Castro in Ireland

Children and teachers from St. Mary's School at Mullaghbawn (Northern Ireland) recite Goodbye Rivers, Goodbye Springs, by Rosalía de Castro

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"Lemon Tree" by 1 ESO B - IES Taboada Chivite

Thank you David Rguez. Rivada (piano) and thank you very much Javier Rguez (cameraman, editor) for your excellent (and hard) work.

Click HERE as well.

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The Fox and the Grapes

In groups we are drawing this fable by Aesop. Click HERE

After drawing it, we’re going to read it and record ourselves as we read.

Last step: a video with our voices and drawings.

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CREEP - RADIOHEAD

Listen to the song Creep (1) by Radiohead (2) and do THESE EXERCISES.

(1) "Creep" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. Radiohead released "Creep" as their debut single in 1992, and it later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey (1993). During its initial release, "Creep" was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. Attendees of Radiohead's early gigs often exhibited little interest in the band's other songs, causing the band to react against "Creep" and play it less often during the mid-to-late 1990s. "Creep" tells the tale of an inebriated man who tries to get the attention of a woman to whom he is attracted by following her around. In the end, he lacks the self-confidence to face her.

(2) Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion) and Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals).

LYRICS

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ZOMBIE - THE CRANBERRIES

"Zombie" is a protest song by the Irish rock band The Cranberries (1).It was released in September 1994 as the lead single from the album No Need to Argue. The song was written by Dolores O’Riordan, the singer of the band, and reached No. 1 on the charts in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.

It was written during the Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993, in memory of two boys, who were killed in an IRA bombing in Warrington.

(1) The Irish rock band The Cranberries was very successful in the 1990’s. “Zombie”, their best-known song, was released in 1994 on the album “No Need To Argue”, and won “Best Song” at the 1995 MTV Awards. About the political-religious conflict in Northern Ireland, it was written in memory of Jonathan Ball, aged 3, and Tim Parry, aged 12, killed in an IRA bombing in Warrington in 1993. It refers to the 1916 Easter Rising when Irish nationalists occupied Dublin’s G.P.O. (post office) as a protest against British occupation, proclaiming an Independent Irish Republic. The Rising was crushed by the British who executed its leaders. “The Troubles” were a feature of 20th Century Ireland, but in May 2007 there was hope for a peaceful future, when a new Assembly with representatives from both sides of the divide began governing Northern Ireland.

EXERCISE

Songfacts

IRELAND HISTORY TIMELINE

The 1916 Easter Rising

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11 UNTRANSLATABLE WORDS FROM OTHER CULTURES

Click HERE and HERE.

Could you make up two words and define them? My two words HERE.

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LEMON TREE

Soon you will be able to watch my 1st year ESO B students singing "The Lemon Tree".

Click HERE.

(Instrumental) karaoke HERE.

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Intermediate Level 1 - Module 6 THAT'S ENGLISH!

Click HERE as well.

Module 6 - UNIT 10 Am I a story teller? - Transcript HERE

Speaking tests and activities

INTERMEDIATE COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

INTERMEDIATE READING COMPREHESION EXERCISES HERE

Complaint letter sample:

COMPLAINT ABOUT FAULTY TELEVISION CABINET PURCHASED AT CABINET WORLD ON 15 DECEMBER 2012

Jane Brown
123 Street

jane@brown.com.au

1 January 2013

Dear Manager,

I am unhappy with the quality of a television cabinet I bought at 5 Street on 15 December and I am writing to seek a replacement.

The cabinet doors do not open and shut properly and the stain on the cabinet is uneven, with one half darker than the other. The cabinet was delivered on 30 December and I noticed this problem as soon as I unpacked it from the box.

The cabinet  is not of acceptable quality and does not match the sample cabinet I was shown in store. I would like you to replace it with one of the same quality and finish as the sample and arrange for return of the faulty cabinet at no cost.

I have attached a photocopy of my receipt as proof of purchase.

I would like to have this problem fixed quickly please. If I do not hear from you within 10 days, I will lodge a formal complaint with Consumer Affairs in my state.

You can contact me on 1234 5678 during working hours or after hours on 123 456 789 to discuss this matter further.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Brown

Enclosed: Copy of the receipt for television cabinet

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Intermediate Level 1 - Module 5 - That's English!

Clik HERE as well.

Unit 1 - Globalization of English. Click HERE , HERE and HERE - Vocabulary about globalization HERE. - Video (Speaking) about globalization HERE - Speaking questions HERE

Unit 2 - Technology vocabulary HERE - Describing an invention HERE - Speaking: Inventions HERE - Accidental inventions and hiddden heroes HERE - New Inventions (learnenglishteens.britishcouncil) HERE

Unit 3 - Environment speaking and vocabulary HERE. Reading "The end of life on Earth" HERE

Unit 4- Speaking test about sports HERE. Vocabulary and questions about sports HERE. Window on Britain - Leisure HERE

Unit 5 - 4 very useful idioms to speak about relaxed free time activities in THIS VIDEO. Vocabulary HERE. Video HERE.

INTERMEDIATE COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

Intermediate reading comprehension activities HERE.

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NUMBERS 1-100 (1ST YEAR ESO)

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Exercise 1 - Exercise 2 - Exercise 3 - Exercise 4 (years)

Ordinals (first - hundredth) HERE

MonthAbbreviationMonthAbbreviation
JanuaryJanJuly-
FebruaryFebAugustAug
MarchMarSeptemberSept
AprilAprOctoberOct
May-NovemberNov
June-DecemberDec

 

DayAbbreviation
MondayMon
TuesdayTue
WednesdayWed
ThursdayThu
FridayFri
SaturdaySat
SundaySun
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Something about writing...

1- Saber inglés - Project Writing Better: Click HERE

2- El blog para aprender inglés: HERE

3- autoenglish.org : HERE

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LINGUEE

Linguee  (http://www.linguee.es/ )is a web service that provides an online dictionary for a number of language pairs. Linguee incorporates a search engine that provides access to large amounts of bilingual, translated sentence pairs, which come from the World Wide Web. As a translation aid, Linguee therefore differs from machine translation services like Babelfish and is more similar in function to a translation memory.

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I DREAMED A DREAM (LES MISERABLES)

I Dreamed a Dream

Part of the musical Les Miserables (click here as well) will be performed by David Rguez. Rivada’s students (3rd and 4th year ESO) at Casa da Cultura - Verín next 31st May (18:00)

Click HERE , HERE, HERE 

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6 Minute English (BBC Learning English)

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6 Minute English

Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC.  Each programme is six minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.


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VOVÔ (film-english.com)+ Changing Paradigms

Thank you very much, Kieran Donaghy!!!!

HERE  CHANGING PARADIGMS, another fascinating lesson by Kieran Donaghy.

(More videos about Sir Ken Robinson (Changing Paradigms) HERE)

(REDES - Eduardo Punset interviews Ken Robinson - HERE )

 

HERE  THE GREAT DICTATOR LESSON PLAN

film-english.com ..... AN AMAZING SITE FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS!!!!

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FROZEN PLANET

Wordle: Frozen Planet

Above you have part of a documentary about the Arctic and Antarctic.

- Note down everything you expect to see. You will get a point for each thing that appears on both your list and the clip.

What did you see in the clip which you didn’t note down?

ARCTIC ANIMALS COLLAGE HERE :

Arctic fox, Arctic hare, Arctic tern (Spanish=charrán - kind of seagull), Dall sheep, Musk ox (Spanish=buey almizclero), Narwhal (Spanish=narval), Polar bear, Snowy owl, Walrus (Spanish=morsa), Wolverine (Spanish=glotón)

ANTARCTIC ANIMALS COLLAGE HERE

Adelie penguin, Blackbrowed albatross, Elephant seal, Fulmar (Fulmarus// Fulmarus Glacialis - looks like a seagull, although they are not related), Humpback whale, Leopard seal, Orca (Killer whale), Rockhopper penguin, Emperor penguin

Reading Comprehesion.

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ORMIE THE PIG WANTS A COOKIE

Wordle: Ormie wants a cookie

- Watch the clip from the beginning to 00:24.

- Note down five objects which you think Ormie might use in order to get the cookies.

- Play until 03:02. How many of your ideas appeared in the video?

(Names of the objects in the video - WORDLE above)

- What happents next?

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LIONEL RICHIE HELLO MOVIE MASHUP

Wordle: Hello Lionel Richie Wordle: I've beenWordle: And in my dreams Wordle: I sometimes seeWordle: Hello is it me Wordle: I can see it in your eyesWordle: You are all I've ever wanted Wordle: Because you know Wordle: And you know just Wordle: I want to tell you

Watch the short clip above containing a lot of film clips.

(Dutch filmmaker Matthijs Vlot took Lionel Richie’s 1984 hit Hello and mashed it up (mash up= hacer un mix de música) with short clips from a number of Hollywood films so that the words in the clips synch(sincronizar) perfectly with the song lyrics)

- How many clips are there?

- VIDEO DICTATION.(Write down everything you hear. If you need help, check the wordle above)

HERE (lyricstraining.com)you can watch and listen to Hello and do an exercise (choose the level of difficulty).

Key for the dictation HERE.

Starburst advertisement (inspired by Lionel Richie's Hello videoclip HERE )

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EDUCATION

Vocabulary about EDUCATION - HERE

More vocabulary - HERE

Reading Comprehension - EDUCATION - HERE

WORKSHEET FOR THE VIDEO ABOVE -  HERE

Debate: Should private schools be abolished? HERE

TALK ABOUT... SCHOOL DAYS - CLICK HERE

EEOOII VALENCIA INTERMEDIATE II SPEAKING EXAM: HERE (MONOLOGUE 5)

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TELEVISION

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This cartoon by Brighty from The Sun is a comment on the the fact that watching TV is not as popular as it used to be, especially at Christmas time. A man suggests watching telly (ie, watching TV or watching the television), but the rest of his family are more interested in other types of screen: the grandmother is using an iPad, the son a laptop, and his wife (or daughter?) a mobile phone.

VOCABULARY CLOZE TEST ABOUT TV HERE.

TEXTS ABOUT REALITY SHOWS (+ AUDIO) HERE.

VIDEO-LISTENING COMPREHENSION: ADVERTISEMENTS HERE.

SPEAKING EXERCISES HERE.

BRITISH ENGLISH TELEVISION WORKSHEET 1.

BRITISH ENGLISH TELEVISION WORKSHEET 2.

COUCH POTATOES.

EEOOII VALENCIA-INTERMEDIATE LEVEL II SPEAKING EXAM: MONOLOGUE 4

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ANIMAL RIGHTS??

Animal Rights Group Seeks to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in NY

Listening Comprehension: Human Rights for Great Apes? HERE

Text about Animal Rights HERE.

EEOOII Valencia (Intermediate Level II) Speaking Exams: Monologue 3.

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INVERSION (Grammar)

When never, rarely, little etc. are placed at the beginning of the sentence for rhetorical effect, the subject and auxiliary are inverted:

Never (before) have we faced such a challenge! (We have never faced such a challenge!)
Rarely has there been so much speculation about the future of the company. (There has rarely been so much speculation about the future of the company.)
Little did she understand what the conversation was about. (She didn’t really understand what the conversation was about.)
Under no circumstances are you allowed to disturb the pilots. (You are not allowed to disturb the pilots under any circumstances.)
On no condition will the company bear responsibility for lost property. (The company will not bear responsibility for lost property on any condition.)
In no way am I related to the suspect. (I am in no way related to the suspect. )
Not only did he exceed the speed limit, but he had also consumed alcohol. (He not only exceeded the speed limit but he had also consumed alcohol.)
Not only were you late, but you didn’t even have a good excuse. (You were not only late, but you didn’t have a good excuse either.)

(From: http://www.grammaring.com/never-rarely-little-in-under-no-circumstances-on-no-condition-in-no-way-not-only-but-also-etc)

 

Inversion in conditional sentences

We can use inversion in certain types of conditional sentences when the if-clause begins with had, were or should. Sentences with inversion sometimes sound more formal than those with the more conventional if-construction. Compare the following:

  • Had he not resigned, we would have been obliged to give him the sack.
  • If he had not resigned, we would have been forced to sack him.
  • Were she to find out that he was seeing some one else, she’d go berserk.
  • If she were to find out that he was cheating on her, she would go mad.
  • Should you decide to cancel the contract, please let me know by Friday.
  • If you decide to withdraw from the agreement, please phone me by Friday.

Click HERE and HERE as well.

SEE CIUG ENGLISH EXAM, SEPTEMBER OPTION B- EXERCISE 3B(CLICK HERE):

b) She felt at peace. Unhindered and free.

Not only did she ….............................

Vocabulary:

Soothe=Tranquilizar, calmar, confortar/ Catwalk= Pasarela/ Lap= (El mar, el río) lamer, besar; (Un animal) beber a lengüetazos/ Unhindered= Libre , sin trabas, sin obstáculos / Ripple= Ondas, ondear, formar ondas/ Bounce= Rebotar / Rook= Grajo / Caw= Graznar/ Fleck= Salpicar, motear/ Patter= Golpetear, tamborilear / Soak= Empapar, calar

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THE HISTORY OF OUR "ENTROIDO" (CARNIVAL)

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Slide Presentation by Lorena Carnero, Gadea Marcos, Alejandro Portomeñe, Laura Rúa and Alfonso Rúa for the Comenius Project at our school.

This is what the authors of the presentation are going to say:

Alfonso:
"Hi, I´m Alfonso and they are my classmates Alex, Lorena, Gadea, and Laura. We are going to talk about the origins of the Carnival in Verin and other similar carnivals around this place. My group will try to introduce you to our Entroido. We’ll  describe some interesting things about it, we’ll also deal with the differences and similarities with the Carnival in Venice and with the typical food in our Entroido.
Then, the other group will talk about the characters of our Entroido."

Gadea:
"Carnival commemorates the change from Winter to Spring and it´s related to the Catholic Lent. Carnival has been celebrated for over 5000 years, which is amazing.
The most important feature in Entroido and other carnivals is freedom, you can do a lot of things that would be impossible in other seasons of the year, that´s one of the reasons for the masks.
As you know, carnival is celebrated all around the world. In a lot of countries people celebrate it, the most famous ones are  in Rio de Janeiro, Venice and ...in Verin of course! "

Alex:
"In Spain I think the most famous Carnival is the Carnival in Cadiz. People usually sing funny songs which criticise politicians or famous people. These songs are called “chirigotas”. In Galicia, the most important Entroidos are in Verín, Laza and Xinzo.
One of the awesome curiosities about Entroido is that after the Civil War Franco banned carnival and jailed disguised people, so our parents and grandparents had to hide in order to enjoy Entroido.
There are a lot of similarities with Venice Carnival, but we think that the most outstanding are the freedom to be out partying and the costumes.There are several differences too, humour and high spirits are more important than elegance so people usually wear old, worn out clothes rather than 17th century clothes."

Lorena:
"The most remarkable things of the Entroido in Verin are disguises and flour. The first ones are related to personality changes and enjoyment and the latter is linked with abundance.
Now I’m going to speak about typical food in Carnival. First, we eat the “cocido”, which is a traditional dish in Galicia, and its ingredients are potatoes, grelos, chick-peas and different types of meat.The dessert is called “orellas", carnival´s ears. They are made of flour, eggs, sugar and butter. That’s all folks.Thanks."

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CULTIVOS TRANSXÉNICOS - TRANSGENIC CROPS

Video by Cristina Barreira, Fernando Estévez and Pablo Rodríguez for the Comenius Project at our school.

Click here as well.

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THE CREDIT CRUNCH

The author of this video remarks:" I would expect all viewers who look at this two-minute film not to take the information verbatim. Clearly this is just a simple overview. With more time, more detail can be explored as other longer films on youtube show."

Another short film (11’), entitled The Crises of Capitalism (by David Harvey) HERE

Money vocabulary exercises:

Exercise 1(learning verbs) - click HERE.

Exercise 2 (matching) - click HERE.

Exercise 3 (gap-fill) - click HERE.

Exercise 5 (pictures and text) - click HERE and HERE

Exercise 6 (speaking - questions) - click HERE.

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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

When August is about to end, every year London becomes a fancy dress party. Why? Because the Notting Hill Carnival is celebrated. It is a great chance to smell and taste Caribbean food in the heart of the capital of the UK. 

It started as a local festival set up by the West Indian Community of the Notting Hill area, but nowadays it attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. 

A GAP FILL text on Notting Hill Carnival HERE.

A VIDEO - LISTENING COMPREHENSION exercise HERE.

A READING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE HERE.

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INTERVIEW WITH DAVID JOHN LEADBEATER

David John Leadbeater (Click HERE and HERE, as well)is from Canterbury (Kent), in England, but he left his country more than twenty years ago. In fact, twenty years ago he discovered Carraxó, a small abandoned village near Laza, in Ourense, and he decided to settle down there. His is an almost unique experience.

A group of students from Xesús Taboada Chivite School (Verín) (Raquel, Iria, Patricia and Miguel (cameraman) and Tania (photographer) ) interviewed him a few weeks ago. This activity in our Comenius project followed the viewing of the documentary Queda alguén aí? (Is there anyone left there?), by Rafael Cid, which deals with the desertion of the rural areas in Galicia. You can watch this documentary HERE.

 

HERE you have the questions that Raquel, Iria and Patricia asked David.

HERE some questions for you to answer while and after watching the interview. (KEY HERE)

PHOTOS HERE.

VIDEO - EDITED BY MIGUEL SERRULLA HERE.

This is an introduction to the video by Tania Díaz:

“What you are about to watch is an interview with David John Leadbeater. His is the only family that inhabits Carraxó, a very small village which was abandoned decades ago.

A few months ago we watched the documentary “Is There Anyone Left There?”, which deals with the problem of rural population drift in Galicia. Most small villages are being abandoned by those who are still young or middle-aged and only people  over sixty or seventy stay there. 

David Leadbeater “made the opposite journey”. He decided to leave Canterbury, in England and go in search of an alternative way of life. We hope you find this interview interesting and we invite you to reflect on what David has told us. Thank you very much.”

Click HERE as well.

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Passive Causative - Causative HAVE/GET

Click HERE to take a quiz.

More exercises HERE and HERE.

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TWO CHRISTMAS SONGS

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!

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THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS

This beautiful short follows a strange little band of performers who are led by a mysterious ringmaster. The ringmaster, whose circus includes the typical strongman, acrobats, and contortionists... comes upon a show where Will - a limbless man - is shown as a freak of nature. Mr. Mendez, the mysterious showman, leads Will on a journey he could have hardly imagined. Joining the Butterfly Circus, the young man embarks on a journey in which he is transformed....

The Butterfly Circus official website HERE.

Listening Exercise HERE (Key HERE).

Answer the following questions about this short film:

- The TITLE of this short film. Why The Butterfly Circus ?

- Compare the two circuses which appear in this short film and reflect on them. What are they like?

- What is Mr Mendez like?

- Could you write about Ana, Pappy and George’s personal background? Where do they come from and what are they like now?

Click HERE and HERE to read two posts (in which The Butterfly Circus is mentioned) in David Rodríguez Rivada’s blog.

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"Americans are NOT stupid" in EL TINGLADO blog (Questions in English)

Watch the video above and then click HERE to go to the excellent post by Alejandro Valero in El Tinglado blog. (QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH)

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EnglishExercises.org

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EnglishExercises.org, a web page where you will find hundreds of exercises to learn English online: vocabulary, grammar, listening, songs, etc.These exercises have been made by English Language teachers from all over the world. If you are a learner, you can use them to practice English. If you are a teacher, you can use them in your classes.

Videos from englishexercises.org HERE.

"WEAR .............." (VIDEO-LISTENING)

Watch and listen to the video above and do THIS EXERCISE.  Video-key HERE.

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CEIP CLARA CAMPOAMOR

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Click here to get to an excellent webpage full of resources for primary and 1st cycle secondary school students (also 1st cycle secondary school students with a curriculum adaptation - ACI).

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Maria, Tonight and I Feel Pretty, from West Side Story

Another three songs from West Side Story. Click here.

HERE three execises to be done while listening to the songs.

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CAROLINA, MI PÁGINA DE INGLÉS

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"Carolina, mi página de inglés" ( http://caroingles.blogspot.com.es/ ) is an excellent blog, really useful for those ESO teachers (1st - 2nd year ESO) who have students in their classes who need a Curriculum Adaptation.

Thank you very much for the resources you provide in your blog!!!!

More resources on the web www.aulapt.org



THAT'S ENGLISH - BASIC 2 - MODULE 3

Table of contents and links above and HERE, as well.

QUESTION WORDS

SHOULD (UNIT 3) EXERCISES -HERE, HERE

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THAT'S ENGLISH - BASIC 1 - MODULE 2

Table of contents and links for all units ( 1 to 10 ) above and HERE as well.

ELEMENTARY COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

ELEMENTARY VOCABULARY GAMES HERE

ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR GAMES HERE

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THAT'S ENGLISH - BASIC 1 - MODULE 1

Table of contents and links for units 1 and 2 above. All units(1 to 10)HERE.

Famous people’s faces - People and nationalities -

At the Hotel and the Conference Centre - 

Typically English? (Present Simple)

Possessive adjectives: Click HERE, HERE, HEREHEREHERE 

ELEMENTARY COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

ELEMENTARY GRAMMAR GAMES HERE

ELEMENTARY VOCABULARY GAMES HERE

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AMERICA - WEST SIDE STORY

America is a well-known song from the musical West Side StoryLeonard Bernstein composed the music; Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics.

West Side Story is a 1961 musical film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was adapted from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

This movie transplants the play Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950s. The two families that hate each other are replaced by two street gangs. The Montagues become the Jets (white immigrants, probably from Eastern Europe), led by Riff, and the Capulets become the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. At a dance, Tony, former leader of the Jets and Riff’s best friend, and Maria, Bernardo’s little sister, see each other across the room and it’s love at first sight. With opposition from both sides, they meet secretly and their love grows deeper.....

Here video with subtitles in English.

Here a fill-in-the-gaps/correct the mistakes exercise and the key.

HERE - María / Tonight / I feel pretty (Three songs from the musical)

HERE- TEXTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE, HIS TIME AND  ROMEO AND JULIET ON FILM

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CORRECT THE MISTAKES

Read the sentences above and then correct the mistakes.

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THAT'S ENGLISH!

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What is That’s English!? Click HERE.

This is the general webpage: www.thatsenglish.com/es/

On facebook: facebook.com/thatsenglish

On tuenti: tuenti.com/thatsenglish

On twitter: twitter.com/thatsenglish

On youtube: youtube.com/cursothatsenglish

My That’s English!(blog EOI Zaragoza) HERE

That’s English! B1 (Mods 7 - 8 - 9) Practice HERE.

Videos TVE all modules HERE.

MODULE 1 HERE, MODULE 2 HERE, MODULE 3 HERE, MODULE 4 HERE  , MODULE 5 HERE, MODULE 6 HERE, MODULE 7 HERE, MODULE 8 HERE, MODULE 9 HERE, MODULE 10 HERE, MODULE 11 HERE

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HANDOUTS ONLINE

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Below you have some free printable handouts from the webpage handouts online.(CLICK HERE ) :

Your last holiday :

Target Structure:Past Simple

Level:

Elementary
Vocabulary:General
Time:30 minutes or longer
  
Description:This worksheet has conversation, role-play, vocabulary and discussion questions. It’s great for both reviewing the Past Simple, and improving students’ fluency skills

A day in the life:

Target Structure:Present Simple for Routines
Level:Elementary
Vocabulary:General
Time:40 minutes
  
Description:This worksheet is great for practicing the Present Simple tense. There are lots of different activities, including reading, writing and plenty of speaking. 

There’s also lots of useful vocabulary and collocations for your students to learn. It’s ideal for building your students’ confidence and fluency.

Crime and punishment : 

Target Structure:Reading, Vocabulary, Discussion
Level:Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
Vocabulary:Crime / Legal English
Time:90 minutes
  
Description:

This worksheet looks at some common expressions used when reading and talking about crime.

There are four different crime stories in a newspaper format, with a gap-fill exercise.

There are extended exercises, recycling the vocabulary and collocations. There are also discussion questions about crime.

The lesson rounds off with a crossword, which can also be set as homework.

 

Talking about movies :

Target Structure:Conversation / Fluency Builder
Level:Elementary
Vocabulary:Movies / Entertainment
Time:30 minutes
  
Description:Movies make a great discussion topic. However, many lower-level students lack the language skills to talk about it effectively. 

This two-page worksheet teaches some useful phrases and has info-gap exercises and speaking practice. Recommended for elementary and pre-intermediate level students.

Making an appointment :

Target Structure:Telephone English
Level:Elementary to Pre-Intermediate
Vocabulary:Business / Telephone
Time:40 minutes
  
Description:This business-English worksheet looks at making appointments over the telephone.

There is lots of practice of the Present Continuous for future plans, and your students will have the chance to brush up on their telephone English.

There is a conversation, information-gap activity, role-plays and discussion.

The worksheet is designed for elementary to pre-intermediate level students.

Ordering coffee :

Target Structure:Real-life Situation
Level:Elementary and above
Vocabulary:General
Time:40 minutes
  
Description:Handouts Online has lots of situation-based worksheets. They teach the language your students will need in order to get by on a daily basis.

Can your students order a a double-latte with ease? Find out with this worksheet! 

There’s a conversation, role-play practice and lots of easy discussion questions to keep your students busy. It’s a great way of increasing your lower-level students’ confidence with English.

Past simple irregular verb crossword :

Target Structure:Irregular Verbs
Level:Elementary and Pre-intermediate
Vocabulary:Verbs
Time:20 minutes, or homework
  
Description:

If your students need practice of past simple irregular verbs, this could be just the ticket. This crossword is suitable for lower level students, and can be used either in the lesson, or as homework.

Looking into the future :

Target Structure:Future Perfect Simple and Continuous
Level:Intermediate
Vocabulary:General
Time:60 minutes
  
Description:

’Looking into the Future’ is a great way of building your students’ abilities with more complex future tenses.

This worksheet has extensive practice of both the future perfect, and the future perfect continuous (progressive).

There’s a conversation, grammar-based exercises and lots of speaking at the end. There’s a choice of having a discussion, or (if you have lots of students) a ’find someone who’ exercise.

This worksheet is designed for intermediate classes, but can easily be adjusted for other levels.

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USEFUL EXPRESSIONS IN ENGLISH

Conversation FORMULAS PHRASES doc
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Visit SECOND NATURE ONLINE ENGLISH and you’ll learn plenty of useful expressions to be used in conversation. Click HERE. You have the TABLE OF CONTENTS below:

Module I

Basic Conversational Expressions

Unit 1.1

Greetings

Unit 1.2

Responding to "How have you been?"

Unit 1.3

Introductions

Unit 1.4

Saying Good-bye

Unit 1.5

Sample Dialogs

Module II

Conversational Strategies

Unit 2.1

Getting Someone’s Attention

Unit 2.2

Back Channeling Cues

Unit 2.3

Responding to Something Surprising

Unit 2.4

Agreeing & Disagreeing

Unit 2.5

Asking Someone to Repeat

Unit 2.6

Checking for Understanding

Unit 2.7

Clearing Up Misunderstanding

Unit 2.8

Interrupting

Unit 2.9

Revision Exercises

Module III

Socializing

Unit 3.1

Making, Accepting, Declining an Invitation

Unit 3.2

Host - Greeting a Guest

Unit 3.3

Host - Making a Guest Feel at Home

Unit 3.4

Guest - Upon Arrival

Unit 3.5

Small Talk

Unit 3.6

Saying Goodbye

Unit 3.7

Sample Dialogs and Revision Exercises

Module IV

Telephoning

Unit 4.1

Answering the Phone

Unit 4.2

Offering Help to Caller

Unit 4.3

Wrong Number

Unit 4.4

Ending a Telephone Conversation

Unit 4.5

Revision Exercises

Module V

Shopping

Unit 5.1

Common Expressions

Unit 5.2

Shopping

Unit 5.3

Payment Methods

Unit 5.4

Revision Exercises

Module VI

Eating Out

Unit 6.1

Talking about Food

Unit 6.2

Restaurant 1

Unit 6.3

Restaurant 2 (Ordering Food)

Unit 6.4

Restaurant 3 (Complaining)

Unit 6.5

Sample Dialogs and Revision Exercises

Module VII

At a Hotel

Unit 7.1

Reserving a Hotel Room

Unit 7.2

Checking In

Unit 7.3

Requesting and Complaining

Unit 7.4

  Revision Exercises

Click here as well (useful phrases and pronunciation)

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1st ESO D ON THE CATWALK

1ST YEAR ESO D students are excellent models. In fact, after studying the present continuous and vocabulary related to clothes (click here , here and here), yesterday some of them did "their little turn on the catwalk" while their classmates were describing what they were wearing (video above and under the video you can read what the speakers said).

Thank you, Javier Rodríguez (Science teacher), amazing photographer, and thank you very much Javier Díaz (Plastic Arts teacher), for your incredible photocall.

 HERE photos.

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ORAL TESTS, GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY, CULTURE...FOR 1ST YEAR ESO

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HERE you have a great site with useful resources and materials for 1st year ESO students designed by Fernando, English teacher at IES La Patacona - Valencia.

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THE PAST SIMPLE

Click HERE to do an exercise on the past simple (regular verbs - positive statements). After doing it, make the sentences negative and then interrogative.

Click HERE as well.

Click HERE and then go to 3º ESO - difficult - Woodstock.

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1 ESO D - MODELS ON THE CATWALK

As you probably know if you are a regular follower of this blog (CLICK HERE), some of my 1st ESO D students are going to be models on the catwalk (the others are going to describe what their classmates are wearing). We have already learnt vocabulary and the present continuous ("he/she IS WEARING"). Below you have what the "speakers" have written to describe what their classmates are going to wear. I have recorded their texts so that my 1st ESO D "speakers" can listen to them and practise the pronunciation. Soon the video on this blog!!!!!!

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ADELE

“As soon as I got a microphone in my hand, when I was about 14, I realised I wanted to do this,” Adele says.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known simply as Adele, is an English recording artist and songwriter. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards "Critics’ Choice" and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album,19, was released in 2008 to much commercial and critical success in the UK. 19 was certified four times platinum in the UK. Her career in the US was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Adele released her second album, 21, in early 2011. The album was well received critically and surpassed the success of her debut. 21 helped Adele earn six Grammy Awards in 2012 including Album of the Year, equalling the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. The album has also helped her receive numerous other awards, including two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified 15 times platinum in the UK; in the US the album has held the top position longer than any other album since 1985.

The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book Of World Records. She is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK. With her two albums and the first two singles from 21, "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", Adele became the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since the Beatles in 1964. With her third release from the album, "Set Fire to the Rain", becoming her third number one single in the US, Adele became the first artist in history to lead the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Billboard Hot 100 number ones. Adele is also the first female artist to have three singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. 21 is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK Albums Chart and is the longest running number one album by a female in Billboard history. In 2011, Billboard named Adele artist of the year.

My students are going to listen to the first two singles from 21, Someone like you and Rolling in the Deepand to do some listening comprehension exercises (on top, under the videos).


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IRREGULAR VERBS

HERE Irregular verbs in El Tinglado blog.

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FOOD AND DRINK (some-any-much-many)

CLICK HERE AND HERE.

Video about meals, utensils, cuisines....HERE and exercise HERE..

Videos "At a restaurant" HERE, HERE and HERE

TOM'S DINER

Present continuous HERE and HERE (1 ESO - difficult - MY ACTIVITIES)

Click HERE, as well

Cross out (cross out) the information about the song that is incorrect. Assume that the “I” in the song is “the singer”.

The singer is sitting at the diner at 5pm.  She is waiting for the man to pour the coffee. He serves her coffee and milk.  She is not happy when he fills the cup only half way.  The man doesn’t pay attention to her because he sees somebody coming in.  When this costumer comes in, he says, “It’s nice to meet you.”  The woman shakes her umbrella. The man and the woman kiss and say “hello.”
The singer opens up a magazine and sees the story of an actress who had died while she was eating.  It was her favorite actress.  Then, she looked for the horoscope and the finantial section.  Then, she raises her head because a woman on the outside is looking at her.  The woman says hello.  The woman is wearing a dress and stockings.
It continues to rain.  She can hear the sound of the train and remembers her mother’s voice.  She also remembers a picnic one afternoon some time ago.  Later, she finishes up her tea and it’s time to take the train.
HERE Activity for 1 ESO - Drawing Tom’s Diner
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PTE (Pearson Test of English)

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On THIS PAGE you will find guides, practice tests for each level of the test, test tips and guidance published by the Council of Europe on the functions and notions that learners should be able to use effectively at Level A1 (Foundation) - Level 1 (Elementary) - Level 2 (Intermediate) -Level 3 (Upper - intermediate).

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TOO SEXY ( ON THE CATWALK)

My first year ESO D students are going to be models on the catwalk (activity to include in their portfolio).

Since they are learning vocabulary about clothes and the present continuous (click HERE), some students are going to "do the catwalk" (in front of a photocall drawn by Javier Díaz, Plastic Arts teacher and some of  his students), while others describe what they are wearing.

You also have a fill in the gaps to be done while watching the videoclip I’m too sexy (on top).

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EXAMENGLISH.COM

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examenglish.com is a website for people studying for an English language exam.

It contains Free Online Practice Tests for the most important international ESL/EFL exams: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and the Cambridge ESOL exams such as CAE, FCE, and PET

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PROJECT GUTENBERG

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, it is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domainbooks. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of November 2011, Project Gutenberg claimed over 38,000 items in its collection.

Wherever possible, the releases are available in plain text, but other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker. Most releases are in the English language, but many non-English works are also available.

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The Water Cycle Rap - VIDEOCLIP

At last, thanks to Javier’s hard work (Javier Rodríguez, Science teacher, fantastic photographer and editor), The Water Cycle Rap videoclip is ready.

Click HERE , HERE and HERE for more information about this project.

We hope you will enjoy it!!!!!!!

By the way, The Water Cycle Rap has a version in Galician language, O Rap do Ciclo da Auga. Click HERE.

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Speaking, speaking, speaking

On top you have a lot of question cards for you to practise your speaking skills.

Besides, if you click HERE, you will have the chance to answer Elementary level questions about you, your family, your job, your routine, your free time, food, your last time out, your home and your town, your country, your last holiday and your next holiday.

HERE Pre-intermediate level questions about you, your future, food, films, holidays, jobs, profile, sports, your town.

HERE Intermediate level questions about travel, celebrities, dating, kids and schooldays, parties, relax, sport, stereotypes, time, books, films, eating out, friends, home and family, money, tourism, food and diet, cars, education, music, traffic, work.

HERE Upper- Intermediate level (Modules 7,8,9, That’s English!) questions about English, money, language and behaviour, the cinema, homechores, education (Mod. 7) Shopping, the environment, immigration, two countries, homeless, books, prejudice (Mod. 8)  Humour, newspapers, technology, politics, old age, television, English beyond That’s English! (Mod. 9)

BESIDES, you can learn how to ASK FOR SOMETHING, OFFER SOMETHING, OFFER HELP, ASK FOR A FAVOUR, ASK FOR PERMISSION, INVITE OR SUGGEST, GIVE ADVICE, ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS, ASK FOR DIRECTIONS.... HERE (EL TINGLADO BLOG)

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ORAL PRACTICE - ANSWER 200 QUESTIONS BY "NATIVE" SPEAKERS

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Practise listening comprehension/SPEAKING by answering these 200 three-level questions from four teachers. Many of them are typical questions in First Certificate or CAE oral exams.

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"Sintel in Search of a Dragon" in EL TINGLADO BLOG

El Tinglado, as you probably know if you follow Oracle Night is an amazing blog, a must, one you have to "visit". HERE you have a post by Alejandro Valero with activities to be done after watching the short film Sintel in Search of a Dragon.

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THERE IS - THERE ARE

There is - There are exercises HERE.

Click HERE as well (OPEN - MENU - 1º ESO - Intermediate - My house)

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WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? (CLOTHES VOCABULARY + PRESENT CONTINUOUS)

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE. HERE exercises about the PRESENT SIMPLE and CONTINUOUS.

Exercises on clothing here and here.

"What is he/she wearing?" // "What are you wearing?" exercises HERE and HERE.

HERE wordle with verbs to play What's happening? From New English File Elementary Communication Games.

 


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VERB CAN

Canan  elephant .......... ?No,it can’t

 

 

 

Canan  elephant .......... ?No,it can’t

 

 
Canan  elephant ........ ?Yes,it can
An  can .............!
 

Can   a kangaroo...... ?No,it can’t
Can   a kangaroo........ ?No,it can’t
Can   a kangaroo........ ?Yes,it can
 A    can..............  
 

Can   an octopus....... ?No,it can’t
Can   an octopus........?No,it can’t
Can  an octopus..........?Yes,it can
 An can............. 
 
 
Can   a koala...........?No,it can’t
 
 
Can   a koala.............?No,it can’t
Can  a koala.............?Yes,it can
  can..............  
 


Oh,Ohhhhhhhhhhh!
I can jump
I can fly      
 I can walk 
   Yes,I can       
I can run
I can hop       
 I can clap  
   Yes,I can  

I can swim
I can dance       
 I can sleep 
   Yes,I can  



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LISTENING COMPREHENSION ACTIVITIES IN "LA MANSIÓN DEL INGLÉS"

HERE you have BASIC, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED listening comprehension exercises from "La mansión del inglés".

ESL GAMES WORLD

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ESL Interactive Grammar Games offers a rich variety of grammar games according to grammar topics. There are grammar games like : Snakes and Ladders grammar games, Basketall, Football, Hangman, Wheel of Fortune, TV Games and more to help practice grammar. Click here.

Besides, you have:

- Vocabulary games and exercises.

- Pronunciation interactive  exercises.

- Games for ESL classroom teaching......

CLICK HERE.

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Working on "The Water Cycle Rap" II

As you were told in the previous post, 1st year ESO students are working on The Water Cycle Rap. The first step was learning about the water cycle and writing the lyrics, the second recording our voices rapping The Water Cycle.

Now, thanks to the fantastic DJ Diego Aka London our raps (English and Galician versions) already have music. (Listen to them above)

THANK YOU VEEEEEEEEEERY MUCH, Diego, for sharing your tremendous  talent with us. We are very grateful to you.

 

Soon the whole video on this blog!!!!

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Working on " The Water Cycle Rap"

As you probably know if you usually follow this blog, my 1st year ESO D students are working on a project, The Water Cycle Rap (click here). We have already recorded our voices (you can listen to the whole group and to the soloists Anderson, David, Carla and Eddy by clicking on"play" on the first podcast above). The next steps will be  adding music and images... So very soon The Water cycle musical clip on this blog!!!!!!!!!

By the way, this project is also being carried out in Galician language (Galician Language Dinamization Department). In fact, if you click on "play" on the second podcast, you will listen to 1st year ESO D students (here the soloists are Nerea, Alba, Paula and Ivana)  "rapping" O ciclo da auga (the images and music will be the same as or very similar to those added to the English version).

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THE LOST THING

The Lost Thing is a 15 minute animated short film (Academy Award Winner) based on the highly acclaimed picture book by multi award winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan.

The Lost Thing is a story about a boy who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle caps near a beach, he discovers a strange creature, which seems to be a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus. This creature is referred to as "The Lost Thing" by the narrator.

The boy realizes the creature is lost and out of place. He attempts to find its owner but is not able to, due to the indifference of everyone else.....


HERE a fill-in-the-gaps exercise and HERE the transcript

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ACI NOTEBOOK

A "notebook" with exercises for 1st cycle ESO students with ACI.

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TESTS FOR BEGINNERS

On top you have a very useful "notebook" (by teacher Mª José Brito) with  tests for English learners (beginners).

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CHRISTMAS CARDS 1 ESO D

De 4 Christmas Cards Portfolio

On top you have some Christmas cards designed and drawn by my 1st year ESO (group D) students. They are going to include these cards in their Portfolio.

Javier and Víctor, Plastic Arts teachers, have chosen their four favourite ones (above). Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

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PRESENT SIMPLE (1 ESO)

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The Present Simple is the most basic and common tense in the English language. Because of its easy form, it is the best tense to start learning/teaching English tenses. These are its most common uses:

  1. Facts, generalizations and universal truths
  2. Habits and routines
  3. Permanent situations

Click here, herehere and here.

Click HERE to go to the post "Tell us about your everyday life" in EL TINGLADO blog.

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Christmas (1 ESO)

Click here to do some "Christmas Activities".

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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CONDITIONAL SENTENCES - EXERCISES (BAC)

CONDITIONAL SENTENCES.

Click HERE (MIXED CONDITIONALS GRAMMAR GAME).

Click HERE (ANOTHER FASCINATING GAME)

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PASSIVE VOICE EXERCISES (BAC)

PASSIVE VOICE. Click here and here as well.

Passive causative (Causative have/get) HERE.

Impersonal Passive HERE.

VIDEO - EXPLANATION HERE.

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