MERRY CHRISTMAS


We know how tired you are and how much you are looking forward to your holidays and you deserve them. Anyway, find some time to do some English practice. If you want to do some reading, here you are the weekly newspaper article.
And before the year ends, have a look back on 2014.


2014 Year in Review from Facebook on Vimeo.

Enjoy the holidays and be happy !!!


SIMPLE PAST: COMPUTER ROOM

Watch these two videos about regular and irregular verbs and do the activities.



Now, do the following exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

More practice with this interactive book.


And to finish, play some interactive games: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.



HAPPY WEEKEND!

One week more and we can relax for a while, but before that, you can do some practice for the weekend.



And, as usual a video and the song of the week.

COMPUTER ROOM

 Welcome to the computer room!! Let's hope that the internet connection allows us to do all the activities I have prepared for you. Do them in the order they are and read the instructions before starting the games. You will need headphones, as some activities have audio. Click on the pictures or the numbers to go to the activity.



Games:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Have fun !!!

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Grammar.net [Infographic provided by Grammar.net]

Click on the picture and do the listening exercise.

Watch this video about the history and origins of Christmas.



Here you area a different Advent calendar with 25 illustrations from illustrators around the world. You can even download the illustrations each day.


And lots of Christmas games:1,2,3,4,5.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries editors select one word, or expression, that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year.Check this infographic and find out.

If you want some more information click here. Next, do some reading with this newspaper article.

A SIMPLE TRICK TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY

Enjoy the Christmas advertisement , the song of the week and the long weekend!!!!


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Now that you know about British newspapers, let's analyze the elements of newspaper articles.

There are certain elements that are common to almost all articles that you will read in the newspaper or find on the Internet:
Headline (Heading)
The headline is the title of the news article. The headline should be short, does not include a lot of detail, and should catch the readers’ attentions. It is normally not a complete sentence, and tries to summarize the main idea or subject of the article. It is often printed in larger letters than the rest of the article, and the major words are capitalized.
Byline
This line tells who is writing the article. It may also include the address of the author and the publication or news source for which he or she writes.
Location
This is usually placed at the beginning of the article in bold print. If the city or location is well-known, the name can be written alone, but if the city is less famous, more information is included. For example, the byline of an article written in Atlanta, Georgia would read ‘Atlanta’ , while an article from Leary, Georgia would have to include the name of the state.
Lead Paragraph(s)
The lead paragraph is found at the beginning of the article. The lead briefly answers the questions “who”, “what”, “when”, “why”, “where”, and “how”. The ‘skeleton’ of the story can be found here.

Supporting Paragraph(s)
These are the paragraphs which follow the lead. They develop the ideas introduced by the lead, and give more information in the form of explanations, details, or quotes. In many newspapers, these paragraphs are found on subsequent pages.


Click on the following link, read through newspaper articles, choose one ( there are lots of them on different topics and in three different levels) and extract the basic elements listed before. You can also listen to the news. By the way, this is an excellent site to develop reading, listening, writing and vocabulary skills.


Practice your headline writing with this game.


Take part in an interactive debate against an opponent arguing from the opposite point of view on a range of interesting topics. Listen to what they have to say before choosing your response from a list of possible alternatives. The judges will then vote on who they thought had they best argument, try hard and see if you can get the crowd on your side and win the debate. 


Finally, let's get ready for Christmas. No chocolate included, but you can click on the Advent Calendar.


Some colouring?



ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!

As we are all already looking forward to Christmas holiday, let's start getting in the mood. First, click on the link and do some reading.

THE SURPRISING POWER OF EMOTICONS

Next,watch the Christmas coke commercial 2014. Do you remember the slogan?



And, sing along with Christmas too.

THANKSGIVING WEBQUEST

Click on the following links and answer the questions on the webquest about Thanksgiving, which will be celebrated this year on the 27th.
Activity 1: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving
Activity 2: http://www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/history-of-thanksgiving-table.html
Activity 3:http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays/thanksgiving5.htm
(Adapted from onestopenglish.com)

When you finish, watch the following video:



If you have worked hard, you can now listen and do some comprehension with one of the songs from the film "Begin Again". Choose the game mode.
NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU.

NICE WEEKEND!!



Lots of exams next week, so "Keep calm and study hard". When you take a rest, just watch the two videos we have prepared for you and read this interesting newspaper article about the right to cheat.
THE STUDENTS WHO FEEL THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHEAT

Even though we are still in mid November, Christmas-themed commercials have already begun. Warm your hearts with this advertisement from British department store John Lewis. The sweet song in the background is John's Lennon "Real Love".



2 BATX FIRST TERM REVISION


Click on the link to go to Burlington's website and you can download PAU practice exams or language extra practice.
Verb tenses practice: 1,2,3.
Connectors practice: 1,2.
Reported speech: 1,2,3.
You can go to last year's entry for more practice. Click here.
Try these two games to relax a bit.



Good luck!!!!


BONFIRE NIGHT


Do you know the history and the traditions of Bonfire Night? 
do the following webquest to find out. (abridged from onestopenglish)
These are the links you have to use. When finished (before the class ends), hand it to me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15351828
http://www.bonfirenight.net/bonfire.php

Watch the following video, told by a 4 little girl aged 4.



And check your understanding with this game.



1ST ASSESSMENT REVISION

Exams are round the corner and it's time to start revising. Practise the following:
Verb tenses: 1 (choose the verb tenses you want to practise)
Modal verbs: 1, 2

Listening practice: 1, 2


LISTENING PRACTICE

Next Friday we will be assessing  listening comprehension in class. Here you are some practice. Listen to it as many times as you need and after checking your answers, you can have a look at the transcript.

- See more at: http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_low_intermediate.php?id=17475#sthash.uBFTfw6e.dpuf

- See more at: http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_high_intermediate.php?id=3550#sthash.cNlc5FIy.dpuf

And click here for another one on TV.



GOOD LUCK!!

HALLOWEEN





HALLOWEEN IS BACK!! LET'S GET INTO THE MOOD!!





If you have to think of a Halloween costume for the weekend, these are the top ten in the USA this year. Make up your mind!

The Hottest Halloween Trends for 2014
by michee.


Next you can watch The Pink Panther.



Click on the image and try this word search in English.



Now you can watch the trailer of ParaNorman, a film from 2012 and do some comprehension questions.

- See more at: http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_intermediate.php?id=17296#sthash.IM35k3mZ.dpuf

Try these games, but please read the instructions before starting to play.






Some of you may have already seen this dark fantasy film at the cinema. Dracula Untold, the story of the man who became Dracula. This is the trailer of the film.




UNIT 3: HEALTH


Revise health vocabulary with this video.



For more , check these old entries.

HEALTH PROBLEMS

UNIT 3


Now watch the video and learn how to say different English numbers.Then, practice saying numbers you come across in English.


We will also be studying partitives and the concept of uncountability. Can we count things which are uncountable?

Click on the following webpage with a video and a wonderful mind map.

Learn the partitives by heart and practise with these two games.


ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!

Come on, exams are getting near and you can't stop reading. An article from The Guardian about Barcelona's homeless.

The video this week deals with Brits and American spellings.


And the song of the week ......

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Malala Yousafzai, 17, has become the youngest person to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize for her work on children's rights. Watch the video with the transcript and then read her whole story here
Here you are an infographic about her too.


Malala Yousafzai
by mocomiani.


COMPUTER ROOM

As homework, you will have to write about Malala and why you think she has become a world symbol. Write about 150 words and hand it to me before the weekend.

Another big piece of news which is all over the word is ebola/iˈbəʊlə/Let's learn a bit more about it.
But what is the ebola virus? Click here and find out.




Last five minutes, Chandelier by Sia. Choose level B.

CHECK HOMEWORK!

Practice makes perfect!! Check your homework is done so you won't have to make up any excuses.


ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!

Lots of things for this weekend if you want to do some practice!! Read the following newspaper article from BBC News about English as the language of science.


Watch this video about Christopher Columbus and history. It's food for thought (sth worth seriously thinking about).




Have some fun with Rafa Nadal and see how he loses his memory.



Finally, the song of the week.

UNIT 3 - SCHOOLDAYS


Revise some basic vocabulary here. Now compare the different education systems.





Can you imagine what life is like for a student in Great Britain and USA?



Watch Mr Bean and check for comprehension.
Vertical Player: - See more at: http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_low_intermediate.php?id=17619#sthash.iaNA3UtD.dpuf

ENJOY THE LONGWEEKEND!!!!

 This is the newspaper article for the weekend. You cannot agree more!

TEENEGERS IRRITABLE BECAUSE EARLY SCHOOL HOURS MESS WITH THEIR BIOLOGICAL CLOCKS

Languages are always changing, you can add this new word to your vocabulary. 




And now that you know its meaning, what do you think of this campaign? Are you a phubber? 
Enjoy the weekend and the song.

COMPUTER ROOM

While you are still making up your minds about the song you want to doodle, you have to do some serious work today. A bit of everything. Try to follow this order and let me know when you finish the tasks, I want to make sure that you have done them.

Don't hesitate to call me if you want to ask something.When finished, you can listen to the latest song by Taylor Swift and learn some vocabulary.

Finally play any of the games in the following page: vocabulary, spelling or writing.




UNIT 2 - REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS

Learn to pronounce past simple regular verb endings with the following video.It is very important that you repeat and imitate the pronunciation. 



And practice the following irregular verbs.



Now you can go to this old entry and do some practice.

UNIT 2


Practice some of the vocabulary we have learnt in class and learn some more. Click here.
Then do some listening comprehension. I have chosen a couple of exercises. Do the exercises without looking at the scripts, you can do that after checking your answers and listen to them as many times as you need.



Now we have to revise present perfect and introduce present perfect continuous.



Click here for some exercises.Remember also how to use the following.

Do some exercises here and here.