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 !!!

COMPUTER ROOM

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!!!!


COMPUTER ROOM


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?