Grenade, by Bruno Mars

Click on the image and listen to the song. Choose whatever mode suits you:


HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!!!!!

The eight secrets of success video

Time to improve your listening skills. Click on the image and listen to analyst Richard St John talk about the real secrets of success. If you find it too difficult to understand, you can watch the talk with English subtitles.

FOR-SINCE


Click on the link below, read the article. You can also listen to it and see how for and since are used in English.
For versus since

EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES



What is the European Day of Languages?

There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages (EDL) aims to celebrate - by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.
26 September is the all important day and 2011 marks the Day's 10th anniversary following the decision of the Council of Europe to declare a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26 September each year.
If you want to learn a bit more about the different languages spoken in Europe, click on the link below. Choose one of the flags at the top and listen how some simple English expressions are written and pronounced in that particular language.

The Council of Europe proposes some tips on how to learn languages successfully.
"LEARNING NEW LANGUAGES TAKES TIME AND EFFORT. 
BUT EVERYBODY CAN DO IT, AND IT’S WELL WORTH IT."
PRACTICAL TIPS
  • Don’t try to learn everything at once. Set clear and realistic targets and go at your own pace. 
  • Be open to new ways of learning– new methods and new technology can help you. 
  • Use every opportunity to communicate in the language. 
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. You can work gradually on reducing them. What matters is getting your meaning across. 
  • Revise what you have learnt and review your progress regularly.

WRITING
  • Try to find opportunities to communicate in writing – e- mails, postcards, letters, etc.
  • Read through what you have written: when you write there’s more time to check and correct mistakes... 

READING AND LISTENING
  • Reading and listening a lot is very important. The more you listen, the better you’ll speak. Reading will help you to write better. 
  • Read and listen to texts where the language is used naturally (newspaper, TV, radio). 
  • Remember you don’t have to understand every word to get the gist.


SPEAKING
  • Practise speaking as much as you can (talk to your fellow students, to foreigners you meet, even to yourself!)
  • Most people never achieve a perfect accent in another language. That does not matter as long as people understand.

VOCABULARY
  • Learning new words is easier if you group them according to their meaning. 

"Teachers teach, but only learners can learn. In the end, you are responsible for your own progress". 
              So the best method is whatever works best for you.   


If you want more information, click on the link below:


http://edl.ecml.at/Portals/33/pdf/learn-languages-EN.pdf


WELCOME TO THE BLOG!! LET'S START!

If you enjoy English and you want to practise and improve it in a funnier way, this is the right place. 
Family vocabulary 1.
Family vocabulary 2.
And now some games.
THERE IS/ARE
AM/IS/ARE

NUMBERS


FAMILY


Hope you liked it. Come back!!!

READING PRACTICE



Something related to the topic we are studying in class, "education and girls versus boys". Click on the name of the article, read it and answer the following questions. Key included.


1-Say if the following statements are True or False:
a-There is no conclusive evidence that single-sex schools are a guarantee for students to get better results.
b- Single-sex education can reinforce sexist attitudes.


2- Look for words in the text with the following meanings:
a- difficult, requiring a lot of attention
b- results
c- strengthening, supporting
d- carried out

Key:
1- a- True   b- False
2- demanding, outcomes, reinforcing, conducted

Listening

Click on the link below and listen to a speech by Steve Jobs. You can do the comprehension questions as you listen to it.

http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_intermediate.php?id=8974

THE LAZY SONG by Bruno Mars

Click on the image and listen to the song, then fill in the blanks. You can choose the level or watch the complete lyrics. Enjoy it and have a nice weekend!!!

LISTENING PRACTICE

Now that we are at the beginning of the school year it is a good idea to revise  some tips to succeed in your exams and get good marks. Watch the video and answer the comprehension questions. Then you can check your answers and see the transcript.

PHONETICS



Learning phonetics is essential to become an independent English learner. First thing you have to revise and get familiar with is the phonetic alphabet. Click on the chart and listen to all the sounds, you can also see some examples of words which contain the sound pronounced.


Now watch these three videos which teach phonetics in an easy way. They are a bit old and the quality of sound may not be very good, but the teacher speaks slowly and clearly. 
Click on the following links:
Vowels
Diphthongs
Consonants

Online pronunciation dictionaries are also suitable tools to improve pronunciation. You should always check how a word is pronounced. Try this online dictionary.



And now some practice. There are lots of games. Come back to this page again if you really want to improve your communication skills.




READING PRACTICE: THE TATTOO REMORSE

Read the article, "The tattoo remorse: Heavy cost to erase what's often an impulse decision" (double click on the name of the newspaper article) and answer the following questions:
a- What is one of the worst tattoos? Why?
b- In what way have some people taken opportunity of these fads and regrets?
Look up new words in the dicitionary and make notes of the ones you think might be usesful!!!

LISTENING PRACTICE

Back to school and back to work. To start the new academic year and help you practise your English, we have chosen two different tasks. The first one is a video called "Why do you learn English". It is a video produced by Mcmillan, watch it and decide which answer you best identify with. Can you add any more?


Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

And now to relax after our two first days at school, watch the video with the lyrics of the song "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum. We hope you like it. Have a nice weekend!!!

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!


Hello everyone!!! Summer is nearly over and we will be back to school in a few days. We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to start working hard.