HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR AND ANOTHER CHANCE FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT. 
WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!


MORE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

First you have to get familiar with vocabulary. Click on the image and revise some basic vocabulary, you can hear how the words are pronounced and do different activities.
The following interactive book by Mrs Haquet shows us everything we need to know: vocabulary, traditions ..... and there are reading and listening activities too.
Read the story of the Nutcracker.


Ready to sing? 


And by now, you must be looking forward to some games. Try this one two today.

Christmas Activities

Here are some links for you , start with a listening exercise from the British Council, then read and listen to A Christmas Carol Story and finally have some fun with Santa Claus game. Click on each photo. Enjoy them!







Present Continuous

Click on the image below to access a web page with theory and exercises about the present continuous.


Present Simple / Present Continuous

Here you have a funny way to revise the Present Simple and the Present Continuous tenses. Watch the videos below. We hope you enjoy them!

Present Simple

Present Continuous

HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE INFOGRAPHIC

The Christmas tree is one of the most beloved symbols, but do you know what the history of this symbol is? Watch this infographic, this visual guide, and find out. If you click on the image, you will see it better.

History of the Christmas Trees

REPORTED SPEECH

Tomorrow we will be revising reported speech, if you want a different point of view on this grammar structure, watch the powerpoint.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 7)

After a short break, here is chapter 7 of "The History of English", "The Age of dictionary". Watch the video and read the transcript. Try to understand as much as possible and look up any difficult words.



With English expanding in all directions, along came a new breed of men called lexicographers who wanted to put an end to this anarchy. A word they defined as what happens when people spell words slightly differently from each other?
One of the greatest was Dr Johnson, whose Dictionary of the English Language took him nine years to write. It was eighteen inches tall and contained 42,773 entries, meaning that even if you couldn't read it was still pretty useful if you wanted to reach a high shelf.
For the first time when people were calling you a pickleherring, a jobbernow or a fopdoodle you could understand exactly what they meant and you'd have the consolation of knowing they were all using the standard spelling.
Try as he might to stop them, words kept being invented and in 1857 a new book was started that would become the Oxford English Dictionary. It took another seventy years to be finished after the first editor resigned to be an archbishop. The second died of TB and the third was so boring that half his volunteers quit and one of them ended up in an asylum. It eventually appeared in 1928 and has continued to be revised ever since, proving the whole idea that you can stop people making up words is complete ‘snuffbumble’

BELIEVE (Polar Express)

Did you watch the film? If not, enjoy the song and let out the kid inside you. ENJOY THE LONG WEEKEND!!




Children, sleeping.

Snow is softly falling.

Dreams are calling,

Like bells in the distance.

We were dreamers,

Not so long ago.

But one by one, we
 all had to grow up.




When it seems the magic slipped away...

We find it all again on Christmas Day.




Believe in what your heart is saying,

Hear the melody that's playing.

There's no time to waste,

There so much to celebrate.

Believe in what you feel inside,

Give your dreams the wings to fly.

You have everything you need, if you just believe.



ADVENT CALENDAR

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. You probably don't need one and you are already looking forward to the holidays, but click on the image and then on the numbers so as to get information about world holiday traditions.

POLITICAL VOCABULARY AND READING

I keep telling you that to learn any language you need to practice on a daily basis, for example you have to do some reading everyday. So, here you go, a couple of articles, one on Spanish elections and the other on strikes in UK. You can also have a look at political vocabulary in depth, no need to remember you how important vocabulary is and how much you need it. Listening to the article is possible too, then you will practice speaking and listening.



CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!


We know you are all pretty exhausted after so many exams and some of you will still have some more exams next week. Anyway, that time of year is back again and we are all looking forward to it. So, let's start enjoying Christmas with this song. Have a nice weekend too!!

DOLCE & GABANA THE ONE WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON

Watch the video and fill in the blanks.


THE GIRL WHO HATED BOOKS

Watch the animated story about Meena, a young girl who hates books,on the excellent Canadian NFB. Books are everywhere in Meena's house, in cupboards, drawers and even piled up on the stairs. Still, she refuses to even open one up. But when her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack, pandemonium ensues and nothing is ever the same again...
 If you have any problems with comprehension, you can also activate the CC (closed captions = subtitles) by clicking on the ear icon on the bottom part of the NFB screen.

Letter writing

Here are some videos about how to write letters in English. I hope they help you.








The History of English (part 6)

Here's a new chapter of the interesting series "The history of English". Watch the video and read the transcript at the same time.





The History of English in Ten Minutes
English and Empire

With English making its name as the language of science, the Bible and Shakespeare, Britain
decided to take it on tour. 
Asking only for land, wealth, natural resources, total obedience to the crown and a few local words in return.
They went to the Caribbean looking for gold and a chance to really unwind – discovering the ‘barbeque’, the ‘canoe’ and a pretty good recipe for rum punch. They also brought back the word ‘cannibal’ to make their trip sound more exciting.
In India there was something for everyone. ‘Yoga’ – to help you stay in shape, while pretending to be spiritual. If that didn’t work there was the ‘cummerbund’ to hide a paunch and - if you couldn’t even make it up the stairs without turning ‘crimson’ – they had the ‘bungalow’.
Meanwhile in Africa they picked up words like ‘voodoo’ and ‘zombie’ – kicking off the teen horror film.
From Australia, English took the words ‘nugget’, ‘boomerang’ and ‘walkabout’ - and in fact the whole concept of chain pubs.
Between toppling Napoleon (1815) and the first World War (1914), the British Empire gobbled up around 10 millions square miles, 400 million people and nearly a hundred thousand gin and tonics, leaving new varieties of English to develop all over the globe.

FEELING BLUE AGAIN?

Read the quotes and think about them carefully. HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!!


REVISING FOR THE EXAM

Next Monday we will be having our first exam. I know you are all a bit anxious, as you wonder what the exam will be like.You shouldn't worry if you have been working every day, both in class and at home. Here you are some links to practice and if you want to make the most of your time, please keep your BB away.

THANKSGIVING

Tomorrow Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Explore some of the aspects of this holiday with the following activities:


(source: dreaminenglish.blogspot)
Now click on the picture to watch a Thanksgiving slideshow.
Next you can read, watch and listen to a Thanksgiving story.

Do you want to try this game?

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 5)

Watch the new episode of The History of English. Below is the transcript for help, if you need it.



Transcript:
Before the 17th Century scientists weren’t really recognised – possibly because lab-coats had yet to catch on.
But suddenly Britain was full of physicists – there was Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle – and even some people not called Robert, like Isaac Newton. The Royal Society was formed out of the Invisible College – after they put it down somewhere and couldn’t find it again.
At first they worked in Latin. After sitting through Newton’s story about the ‘pomum’ falling to the ‘terra’ from the ‘arbor’ for the umpteenth time, the bright sparks realised they all spoke English and could transform our understanding of the universe much quicker by talking in their own language.
But science was discovering things faster than they could name them. Words like ‘acid’, ‘gravity’, ‘electricity and ‘pendulum’ had to be invented just to stop their meetings turning into an endless game of charades.
Like teenage boys, the scientists suddenly became aware of the human body – coining new words like ‘cardiac’ and ‘tonsil’, ‘ovary’, and ‘sternum’ - and the invention of ‘penis’ (1693), ‘vagina’ (1682) made sex education classes a bit easier to follow. Though and ‘clitoris’ was still a source of confusion.

Video

Here are two links with a video and exercises about it. Right click on each of them.


GOOD LIFE by One Republic

We know you are very busy these days with exams. To help you relax a bit you can listen to the song and fill in the gaps, remember you can select the mode (beginner, intermediate or expert).Click on the picture, enjoy the song and have a nice weekend!!!

BANNING SMOKING

I came across this article about banning smoking in cars in England and as you are doing a PAU exam about this topic and you have to write an essay, I think it's worth reading it. There is also a video for you to watch. Click on the picture to read it.

HEALTH

The other day we were talking in class about illnesses and how to talk to a doctor or explain our symptoms. Now let's watch some videos about health.

Video: How plastic bottles are made

Watch this video about how plastic bottles are made and do the quiz to see if you understood the video.

An interesting talk.

Watch the following video about a young student who designs apps.Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay. Tom been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp. His most successful ap is one he terms "an anti-Justin-Bieber game" called "Bustin Jieber". "It's is a variation on the Whac-a-Mole theme," he explains.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 4)

This chapter is entitled The King James Bible or let there be light reading. As there are some idioms and unknown words, you'd better read the transcript as you watch the video. Anyway remember to look up any words you don't understand in the dictionary and write them down to be able to revise them later.




Transcript:
In 16011 the ‘powers that be’ turned the world upside down with a labour of love, a new translation of the Bible. A team of scribes to the ‘wisdom of Solomon’ went the extra mile to make the King James translation ‘all things to all men’. Whether from their ‘heart’s desire’ to ‘fight the good fight’ or just for the ‘filthy lucre’.
This sexy, new Bible ‘went from strength to strength’, ‘getting to the root of the matter’ in a language even the ‘salt of the earth’ could understand. ‘The writing wasn’t on the wall’, it was in handy little books with ‘fire and brimstone’ preachers reading it in every church. Its words and phrases ‘took root’ ‘to the ends of the earth’, or at least to the end of Britain.

The King James Bible is the book that taught us that a ‘leopard can’t change its spots’, that ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’, that ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ is harder to spot than you would imagine, and how annoying it is ‘to have a fly in your ointment’.

In fact, just as Jonathan begat Merit-Ball and Merit Baal begat Micah, the King James Bible begat a whole glossary of metaphor and morality that still shapes the way English is spoken today. Amen.

PUNCTUATION

Using the correct punctuation in English is very important, just check:


Simple Past. Exercises

Here is a link to do some more practice about the Simple Past tense in English. Right-click on the photo and a new new page will open. The link has got a review of the Simple Past and a load of exercises. 


Irregular verbs

Watch the video below and learn how to write and pronounce irregular verbs.

Irregular Verbs

Start revising irregular verbs in English. Click on the following entries:


Irregular verbs 1                  Irregular verbs 2

Simple Present. Frequency Adverbs. Time expressions

Click on the image below and watch the presentation about the Simple Present tense. Then, do the exercises at the end.


Revision of Present Simple

If you need to do some revision on the Simple Present tense, right-click on the photo below and there you will find lots of exercises.

FEELING BLUE?

                                                          Sad shape (bp0.blogger.com) MICHELLE HENRY RESOURCES

Grammar Review

For those of you who need revising, print the two pages and do the exercises. When you have finished, hand them in to the teacher.

Grammar Review

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Watch the video and pay attention to how words are pronounced. You can read the story at the same time, look up any words you don't understand in the dictionary. I hope you like it!!


IRREGULAR VERBS

Next Wednesday we have a small test on regular and irregular verbs. Keep practicing.


THE WORLD AT 7 BILLION

Two girls claim to have been born on Monday, 31st of October, one in India and one in the Philippines. With one of them we have reached 7 billion people in the world. A lot has been written these days about the impact of such amount of people. These could easily be a good topic for your PAU exam essay. Watch the following videos and write an essay on what some of the consequences of overpopulation may be in the future.
The first video shows how global population explodes from three hundred million to 7 billion.


The second is a National Geographic video which summarizes how the growth in population has taken place.



Are you typical?




You are one of those seven billion people, what number person are you? Click here to find out.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 3)

The third chapter of The History of English in 10 minutes is devoted to the importance of Shakespeare in the English language. It seems that you find the episodes rather difficult, but don't worry, they are not that easy. This week you just have to watch the video and read the transcript below as you watch along.
Remember that if there are any words you don't understand, double-click on the word in the transcript and find out its meaning.





Transcript:
As the dictionary tells us, about two thousand new words and phrases were invented by William Shakespeare. He gave us handy words like ‘eyeball’, ‘puppydog’, and ‘anchovy’ and more show-offy words like ‘dauntless’, ‘besmirch’ and ‘lacklustre’. He came up with the word ‘alligator’ soon after he ran out of things to rhyme with ‘crocodile’ and a nation of English tea drinkers finally took him to their hearts when he invented the ‘hob-nob’.

Shakespeare knew the power of catchphrases as well as biscuits. Without him we’d never eat our ‘flesh and blood’ ‘out of house and home’. We’d have to say ‘good riddance’ to the ‘green eyed monster’ and ‘breaking the ice’ would would be as ‘dead as a doornail’. If you tried to ‘get your money’s worth’ you’d be ‘given short shrift’ and anyone  who ‘laid it on with a trowel’ could be ‘hoist with his own petard’. Of course, it is possible other people used these words first, but the dictionary writers liked looking them up in Shakespeare because there was more cross-dressing and people poking each other’s eyes out.

Shakespeare’s poetry showed the world that English was a rich, vibrant language with limitless expressive and emotional power and he still had time to open all of those tea rooms in Stratford.

TELEVISION VOCABULARY

To learn vocabulary, you need to practice a lot and revise list of words non-stop.Here you are three different exercises, the last one is a bit more demanding, but as you can correct it, it is worth doing. 
Matching exercise 
Crossword
Fill in the blanks

GUY FAWKES' DAY or BONFIRE NIGHT


Next Saturday Guy Fawkes Night will be celebrated in Great Britain. Do you know how people celebrate it? Who was Guy Fawkes? What did he try to do?
To begin with, watch the video and see if you can answer the questions.



Click on the picture below and do the activities, you will find out more interesting things.
If you like games, I know some of you love them, try this one. Enjoy it!!





FESTIVITIES PROJECT: THANKSGIVING

Prepare a powerpoint about the festival or celebration you have chosen. You may include the following information:
  •    Origins
  •           Dates
  •       Facts
  •       Customs/traditions                  
  •       Food
You may use the following links:
Thanksgiving