CAUSATIVE HAVE

I hope that after watching this video on the use of the Causative Have in English it will be much clearer to you all.

THE FUTURE!

Let's revise all the tenses that can be used in English to indicate future time. First of all, watch this video and go over the grammar again.



Now's the time for some more practice. Start by clicking here and do the exercise on Will / Going to.


Next, you can do this matching exercise by clicking here.


Now, try this matching exercise with Will / Present Continuous / Going to. Click here.


In this exercise, choose the correct sentence in each case.


And last, two more exercises to revise all the tenses.
Exercise 1                                     Exercise 2


ONE MINUTE FLY

If you had a minute lifespan, what would you choose to do before dying?


APPEARANCE, PERSONALITY AND CLOTHES

We have already revised some vocabulary in class, mainly that regarding appearance and personality adjectives.Now we are going to revise clothes and adjectives describing clothes.


Clothes.voc
View more documents from Angela Ruiz Montero (source englishyesplease.blogspot.com)


Here you are a slideshow about the history of blue jeans. Answer a survey and play the quiz.
Blue jeans

Watch this video and notice how to make descriptions in English. You can use all the adjectives revised previously and keep in mind how adjectives are ordered before nouns.



Finally, some listening practice. click on the image below and try to identify the object described.

EUROPEAN STEREOTYPES

What do we think of each other in Europe? Are stereotypes true? If you want to know what other Europeans think of us, click on the image and read the article.
And what about the other European countries? Click on the link and you will be able to read about the British, the French, the Germans, the Italians and the Polish.

HOW THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC CRISIS HAS AFFECTED YOUNG AND OLD

Click on the image below and you will be directed to an interactive newspaper article from The Guardian. It is both, very easy and very interesting to read.


CHARLES DICKENS

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time".  (Dickens quote)


This year is the 200th birthday anniversary of Charles Dickens. He was an English novelist and some of his most famous novels are: The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol or A Tale of Two Cities.
Watch this video and find out more details about him.

A2 EXAM PRACTICE

For Friday's class, right-click on the image to do some practice on the A2 exam some of you will be taking shortly.

Good luck!!!

FIRST CONDITIONAL

Let's revise the First and the Zero Conditionals we have studied in class.


Let's start with the First Conditional. Watch this video and answer the sentences:




For some more practice, right-click on the link below:
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/1cond.htm

And now, here's some more practice on the Zero Conditional. Click on the image and revise the theory.



Finally, right-click on the link and do some exercises on the Zero Conditional.
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/0cond.htm

THE HIDDEN POWER OF SMILING

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 9)

Here's a new chapter of the series The History of English in 10 minutes. The topic today is Internet English and in it you can learn how many new words have been invented since the Internet was first used. As always, watch the video, listen to it attentively and try to understand it. In case you need it, the transcript is below.




The History of English in Ten Minutes
Internet English

In 1972 the first email was sent. Soon the Internet arrived – a free global space to share information, ideas and amusing pictures of cats.
Before then English changed through people speaking it – but the net brought typing back into fashion and hundreds of cases of repetitive strain syndrome.
Nobody had ever had to ‘download’ anything before, let alone use a ‘toolbar’ - And the only time someone set up a ‘firewall’, it ended with a massive insurance claim and a huge pile of charred wallpaper.
Conversations were getting shorter than the average attention span – why bother writing a sentence when an abbreviation would do and leave you more time to ‘blog’, ‘poke’ and ‘reboot’ when your ‘hard drive’ crashed?
‘In my humble opinion’ became ‘IMHO, ‘by the way’ became ‘BTW and ‘if we’re honest that life-threatening accident was pretty hilarious!’ simply became ‘fail’.
Some changes even passed into spoken English. For your information people frequently asked questions like “how can ‘LOL’ mean ‘laugh out loud’ and ‘lots of love’? But if you’re going to complain about that then UG2BK. 

FCE EXAM PRACTICE

First of all, start by clicking here to do an online test to show your level of English.


Now, if you click here you can do some listening practice.


And finally, click on the image below and we can do some practice on the FCE exam online.







THE ENVIRONMENT AND RUBBISH


                                                 (picture from jhakkas.wordpress.com)

New unit and new vocabulary. Remember how important vocabulary is and start using it. Practice makes perfect.There are some old entries which also review this semantic field.
Here you are a video which is, as English people call it, "food for thought"(it is worth considering carefully).
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.



Now, watch an advertisement about global warming and write down the slogan of the campaign.

ADJECTIVES

Unit 4 deals with adjectives, comparatives and superlatives and describing people. Today we are going to revise all those ideas again, but in a different way. Right click on the images below and do as said. Enjoy it!!









Now, we are going to try these two interactive books by Mrs Haquet about physical description  and how to talk about your character or personality. You can also do listening practice.





And ..... now, story time: "The greedy hippo". Watch the video and read the subtitles. 


PLACES IN TOWN

Let's practice some vocabulary. Right click on the images and do the exercises.


FUTURE TENSES

Some more revision on future tenses in English, thanks to Mr Teach for the powerpoint. Don't forget to do the exercises for next class.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH (Part 8)

After the Christmas break, here is chapter 8 of "The History of English", "American English". Watch the video and read the transcript. Try to understand as much as possible and look up any difficult words. In it, you can learn about American-English and how some American words were actually English to start with.




Transcript:

From the moment Brits landed in America they needed names for all the new plants and animals so they borrowed words like ‘raccoon’, ‘squash’ and ‘moose’ from the Native Americans, as well as most of their territory.

Waves of immigrants fed America’s hunger for words. The Dutch came sharing ‘coleslaw’ and ‘cookies’ – probably as a result of their relaxed attitude to drugs. Later, the Germans arrived selling ‘pretzels’ from ‘delicatessens’ and the Italians arrived with their ‘pizza’, their ‘pasta’ and their ‘mafia’, just like mamma used to make.

America spread a new language of capitalism – getting everyone worried about the ‘breakeven’ and ‘the bottom line’, and whether they were ‘blue chip’ or ‘white collar’. The commuter needed a whole new system of ‘freeways’, ‘subways’ and ‘parking lots’ – and quickly, before words like ‘merger’ and ‘downsizing’ could be invented.

American English drifted back across the pond as Brits ‘got the hang of’ their ‘cool movies’, and their ‘groovy’ ‘jazz’. There were even some old forgotten English words that lived on in America. So they carried on using ‘fall’, ‘faucets’, ‘diapers’ and ‘candy’, while the Brits moved on to ‘autumn’, ‘taps’, ‘nappies’ and NHS dental care. 

VOWELS

We came across this video in Vimeo and thought it would be a good way to revise some pronunciation.



Vowels from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

ONE LOVE, ONE HEART by BOB MARLEY'S DAUGHTER

This heartwarming picture book, based on one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, brings his joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics to life for a new generation. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's oldest child, and vibrantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, One Love depicts the positive groove of change, showing one girl's journey as she enlists her friends, family, and community to help transform their neighborhood for the better.

Hope you like it and have a nice weekend!!!

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MOBILE PHONES

This is a model essay on the topic, read it, look up any words you don't understand and see how it is organized (introduction, body - two different paragraphs - and conclusion).


MOBILE PHONES
Who doesn’t have a mobile phone these days? The fact is they seem to be everywhere. However, while mobile phones certainly have many supporters, there are also people who have reservations about them.

Those who are in favour of mobile phones claim that they make communication an immediate process and people no longer need to wait until they find an ordinary phone when they need to make an urgent phone call. Moreover, they also point out that a mobile phone can be a life-saver in the case of an emergency. Finally, parents feel much more secure when they know that, thanks to mobile phones, they can contact their children whenever they want.

On the other hand, those who are against mobile phones state the fact that much research must still be carried out in order to prove decisively that mobile phones do not damage your health. Another disadvantage is the way that mobile phones are destroying our social life. How many times have you had to stop a conversation so that your partner can answer his or her mobile phone? Not to mention the disturbances they cause at concerts and theatre performances.

In conclusion, although there are two sides to a coin, I believe that mobile phones generally do improve the quality of our life. In my opinion, even if only one life has been saved thanks to a mobile phone, they have justified their existence.

THE FUTURE

For those of you who would like to revise the grammar we have studied today, how to express the future in English, I am uploading a powerpoint. Watch it and, if any questions, please ask me.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Have you started 2012 with any ideas or resolutions to improve your life? In case you need ideas, watch this slideshow from Metacafe and you may come across with some.


READING PRACTICE - SPANISH NEWS

Welcome back to our blog. It is time you started practising your English again. Lessons are just round the corner again and you need to brush up your language skills. Click on the CNN link below and you will be taken to a new webpage with an article about the Spanish Government new economical measures published on the web. Remember that you need to keep informed of current affairs and get familiar with all kinds of vocabulary. You should also watch two videos to practise your listening skills.


We hope you enjoy it, even if you nobody enjoys the measures.


BACK AGAIN!!!!


Still on holiday, but time goes by very quickly and it's time to start working again. Remember we will be having exams as soon as we come back. If you haven't read the books, don't waste your time!

GLOBAL WARMING VOCABULARY

Just before the holidays we corrected a PAU exam about global warming and its effects. Vocabulary is very important to make a good impression on your essay and will enable you to build consistent arguments to support your point of view. If you click on the images below you will open two different mind maps about the impacts of global warming and the solutions.




Here you are an old video narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons which tracks the “migration” of a plastic bag from a grocery store parking lot to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the Pacific Ocean.


The Majestic Plastic Bag from Heal the Bay on Vimeo.


If you find it too difficult,  you can read the transcript, but pleaseeeeeeee, try first!!


The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary

The open plains of the asphalt jungle, home to many creatures, great and small ... and the pupping ground for one of the most clever and illustrious creatures: the plastic bag. Today we explore the cycle of life for this curious creature the plastic bag on its migration to its home, the Pacific Ocean.


Once released into the wild, the plastic bag is unsure of itself. It falters at first, but soon with some help from the wind, the bag will be airborne. This flight will be its first in its long journey towards its final destination: the garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Using the wind to guide it, the plastic bag moves across the city through the air.

A city park. This park may at first seem an idyllic place for the plastic bag, but danger lurks round every corner. Here it will encounter many enemies, including one of the most dangerous: park services. Poor little fellow– looks like his journey ends here.

Meanwhile, our little bag has encountered one of nature’s most deadly killers: the teacup yorkie. Once the yorkie has locked onto its victim, there’s very little hope of survival. But using its superior size and deft manoeuvring, our bag manages to escape the yorkie’s talons and flee for its life.

Over the course of its miraculous migration, the plastic bag will cover vast distances through neighbourhoods, across parks and down city streets. It is now nightfall, and our highly advanced night-vision cameras have managed to capture for the first time in history a plastic bag in pitch black. Phenomenal.

The vast cement rivers in California, home to literally dozens of animals. Many plastic bags will not make it out of here, the reeds and branches will see to that.

As at home in water as it is on land, or in the air, the bag’s natural buoyancy makes it an excellent swimmer. It’s close now, and it can feel it. At last the bag has reached the gateway to the open sea. Careful to avoid the mouths of hungry sea-life that feed on the helpless plastic, the bag will travel hundreds of miles to join the thriving community of plastic known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Garbage Patch is a veritable plastic oasis, where millions of tons of plastic garbage remain trapped by the currents. It is said to be twice the size of Texas. Never actually biodegrading, here the plastic bag can live indefinitely, peacefully co-existing with billions of other petroleum species before breaking into ever-tinier plastic pieces, thus completing the plastic cycle of life.