Wednesday, 25 April 2018

We would never comment on private correspondence. (Prince Charles)

Here are April's class notes. These activities will help you learn how to write about past events in your life. Read the email and then complete  the activities. Now look at this exam question and do the exercises to further improve your writing skills.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

I don't think many people have a very good understanding of leisure and the importance it plays in our lives. (Jack Nicholson)

Here is this week's class. Check out  these tips for giving an oral presentation. Have a look at the advice and practice for telling a story or an anecdote. Try this reading activity on free time and here is some vocabulary to describe free time activities.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Punishment is justice for the unjust. (Saint Augustine)

Should you use burned or burnt? Check out  question tags. Read about three famous crimes and do the activities. You can also find out about how to prevent burglary in your home and do the activities. Then identify different kinds of crime and listen to the perfect crime. More activities on newspaper reports here. How to say the date in English!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sports are a great place to show that equality can happen. (Venus Williams)

Try this test on the simple past and this oneand here are lots and lots of exercises for more practice. What did you do today? Look at one, two, and three answers. Listen to this song. Then read this text on sport at school and do the activities.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

I've got two young children, so holidays are not the same as they used to be. There are now two types: family holidays and holidays you need from that holiday. (Diego Luna)

Check out all there is to know about describing a journey. You can complete a text about a disastrous holiday by clicking on the link and there are also other exercises and texts on similar topics like train journeys and flights. Don't forget to revise the use of verb tenses for narrating a story or anecdote. Exam feedback here.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. (Bill Gates)

You can check out the form of the passive visually here and the changes that have been made to the house here. You will need this information for next week's class. Have a look at the description of grammar in English newspaper headlines here. Exam feedback here.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. (Unknown)

Here is some more practice of past simple. You can find a listening activity on healthy eating here and another one on a healthy lifestyle. What do you think of these health tips? Read this email about sports and listen to Diego, from Mexico, talking about why you should stay in shape. Then go outside and practise a sport! 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. (Lao Tzu)

You can find this week's session here and all the vocabulary you need to talk about travelling here. Pay special attention to the prepositions and their complements! Then try this reading activity on travel for B1 learners.
Last month's oral test topics here

Friday, 6 April 2018

Here is Topic 9 and you can check out UK National Newspapers here. Have a go at this quiz on so and such and these exercises. Try the activities with this  news report Brexit: PM meets Euro leaders
You can find last month's oral test topics here.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. (Richard Carlson)

Let there be music: Once, twice, three times a lady - pay special attention to the pronunciation; Don't break my heart; and if that isn't enough, Don't go breaking my heart. Check out the vocabulary for illnesses and giving advice. Then go out and do some exercise and plan your food for next week. Make sure it's healthy! 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally. (Kylie Minogue)

Have a look at these tips on how to make your English sound more English. Check out the position of the adverb also. Notice none of the examples include the adverb in initial position! Try this reading exercise about how to make the most of your free time. Conversation questions about Easter here.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I have no intention of taking a break. (Gay Byrne)

Watch the video describing hair and eyes here, at last! Then do this listening activity on describing people. You can find the classroom notes for March here too. Check out adverbs of manner in English. Then try this reading exercise on free time. Have a good Easter!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future. (Frans Lanting)

Harrison Ford on biodiversity. Have a look at this reading exercise and quiz on endangered species. Check out one man's view on the future of our planet and the BBC's 10 grand challenges we'll face by 2015

Friday, 9 March 2018

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. (Heywood Broun)

Find out about who the top ten worst cheaters in sport are. Check out Topic 8. Check out the ten countries with the worst drivers. Revise the use of all, every, each, etc. and then do this exercise and this test

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

First appearance deceives many. (Ovid)

How to describe someone. Listen to this conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills. Try this activity. Last month's classroom notes are here.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. (George Carlin)

Is the British weather unique in the world? Have a look at how to describe the weather - it has some excellent examples. Listen to the weather forecast and identify the correct map. Then try this listening activity and have a good long weekend.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. (Hugh Mackay)

Here is Topic 7 and some information on the past perfect. Read about 12 little laws of life and see if you agree. Watch the video where someone talks about their idea of a perfect day and then practise your grammar by answering the questions on using the second conditional.
How to do well on the day of your speaking exam!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Forget the past. (Nelson Mandela)

Have a go at this game of hangman. Listen to the man asking the way to the bank and the woman's reply. Here is the activity we did in class. Check out to be in the past. Listen to this programme on the pronunciation of regular past form verbs. It's excellent practice!

Friday, 16 February 2018

I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you. (Robin Williams)

Here is the riddle about crossing the river. Here is the solution to the riddle. Have a look at NI1A and (X)CAL3 blackboard notes. You can check out using possessive 's or s' with time phrases here. Read about conditional sentences here. Then think about Murphy's laws and see if there are any you don't agree with!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The recyling in my house was imposed by my kids. (Antonio Banderas)

Try this recycling word search puzzle. Then do this listening exercise on saving the planet. You can find more activities on recycling here. If you have children, here are some activities you can do with them. Now go out and do your bit for the environment and have a good weekend.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. (Charles M Shulz)

Do these shops and shopping exercisesTry this reading comprehension testThen have a go at this listening test. See if you can do the activities on giving directions. Don't forget to read the books from the library and have a good weekend.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest. (James Lovelock)

Here is this week's class. Have a look at these short reading texts with multiple choice questions on climate change, pollution, the ozone layer, etc. You can listen to a heated discussion on environmental issues and do the tasks to check your comprehension. Check out this fantastic lesson on climate change. Just keep busy, busy, busy and enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

I love going shopping. (Serena Williams)

Have a look at this exercise on one and ones.  Watch this video on this, that, these and those. Listen to the conversation between a customer and a shop assistant and do the exercises to improve your listening. Then look at the flyer and do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills. Don't forget to make a note of the things you buy this weekend and where!

Friday, 2 February 2018

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. (George Santayana)

Have a look at this lesson on dating, family and friends which has a listening activity you can do. Here is some information on defining relative clauses. To help you with the quiz, you can check out the British royal family tree here.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. (Michael Jordan)

Here are the activities from this week's class. Listen to the people introducing two sports centres and do the exercises. You can find more listening practice here. Check out this reading on the 2012 Olympic Games, and this essay on the importance of sports. Then go out for a walk, a jog, or a run. Alternatively, you could go out to hit, kick or throw a ball!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

You can practise how much?/how many?/a lot/not much/not many here. There's another lesson here on much and many and some and any here Try these food vocabulary exercises; and you can compare this month's classroom notes with your own.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. (Mencius)

Have a look at this explanation of the use of the past progressive in English. You can find a whole host of activities to do here. Find time to listen to this and do the comprehension exercises. Try this quiz to find out if you are really a good friend! Have a good weekend and enjoy studying English.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Sometimes I say the medication is even tougher than the illness. (Sanya Richards-Ross)

You can check out the questions from Thursday's session here. Have a look at the difference in use between say and tell. Now listen to the pronunciation of these words related to health and these expressions. Finally, try this reading test.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

I believe in stopping work and eating lunch. (L'Wren Scott)

Here are some exercises to practise some and any. Choose whether to use have got or has got. Here is a daily routine exercise for you to do. Now read this text and do the comprehension exercises. Don't forget to revise last term's contents this weekend.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different. (Stephen King)

Here is last week's class. Here are a couple of exercises and activities you can do. Read this letter/email to a friend describing a book - it includes teacher's corrections as well! Some more activities here with language and vocabulary for describing films. Finally, some tips for writing a book or film review

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. (James Baldwin)

Try this exercise and this one. Which of the following explanations really makes the difference in use between come and go clear for you: one, two, or three? Have a look at this to check the use of been and gone in English. Topic 6.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Why would I want a place of my own? Then I would have to worry about things like doing laundry and having food in the fridge. (Rafael Nadal)

Here is an exercise for you to do; and here are some more. Revise telling the time and saying the date. Now read this and do the comprehension exercises. And of course, enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Home is the nicest word there is. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

You can revise the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives here. Read about how to tell a story here. Check out how to describe your home here - I highly recommend it! Last but not least, read this essay comparing and contrasting the advantages of buying and renting a home.  

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. (Albert Einstein)

You can check out the questions from last Thursday's session here. Watch a day in the life of a Maths teacher here; and you can read an essay on the advantages and disadvantages of higher education here.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The top ten verbs in the English language are all irregular, even though irregular verbs make up only three per cent of the language. (Erez Lieberman Aiden)

Here is the tapescript as promised. In the end I had to do it myself as a dictation. I think it might have been better if you had all done it! More listening practice here. You can now see next term's materials on the platform so what are you waiting for?

Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. (Winston Churchill)

Just do it!
Here you can revise personal information once and personal information again, as well as spelling, numbers and school vocabulary. Personal pronouns and possessive adjectives here; and finally, some more information on adverbs of frequency. You can find the last classroom notes of the year here!   

Thursday, 21 December 2017

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. (William Shakespeare)

Topic 5. How about a daily English lesson for a New Year Resolution? Meanwhile, you can find the lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas here. Do this exercise to practise already, still and yet. Check out talking about the future in English.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A winning effort begins with preparation. (Joe Gibbs)

Here are the classroom notes for the end of Topic 4 A Life in the Day. These are the notes for the beginning of Topic 5 Free Time I. Take a look at this page to be prepared for the last classes of the year! 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. (Gene Tunney)

Here is Topic 4. Have a look at this very short analysis of the past progressive and past simple. Check out the four benefits of sleeping well. A healthy social life in your 20s may also be a key to longevity. Would you agree?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

You don't want to look back and know you could've done better. (Unknown)

If you're interested in revising the use of the past continuous, have a look at this. As exams are just around the corner, you might like to click on the picture on the right! We will also be practising just, yet, still and already soon, so you can prepare yourselves.

Friday, 24 November 2017

I don't have a daily routine, beyond brushing my teeth. It changes every day. (Paloma Faith)

Have a look at have got and have. Here are notes from the last few classes. Check out asking about age here. By the way, I'm a twin!
The Impossible Dream

Monday, 20 November 2017

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. (André Gide)

Present perfect simple and continuos here. You will also find this extract, which I have taken from Practical English Usage (Oxford), very useful.

The less routine the more life. (Amos Bronson Alcott)

Have a look at this lesson on the present simple. You can also see how to form the present simple in affirmative and negative sentences and in questions here

Friday, 17 November 2017

Health is not valued till sickness comes. (Thomas Fuller)

Here is the interview with Kevin Poulter, the English chef who opened a restaurant in Chile. Learn how to make cookies and check out all the vocabulary for the kitchen. Topic 3 is here and topic 4 is on its way!  

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The English Language is a work in progress. Have fun with it. (Jonathan Culver)

Here'a a video called What's your family doing now?  You can also do an exercise on the present progressive/continuous here. Have a look at this living room. Can you describe it? More practice on the saxon genitive here.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. (Dan Zevin)

Here are the contents of last Thursday's session. You can find a list of unusual jobs you never knew existed here - it includes pet psychologist, one of our groups' choice! 

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. (Ronald Reagan)

Have a look at this video which is great for practising vocabulary related to rooms and actions, but doesn't use contractions :( You can revise how to say the date hereYou can also revise how to give personal information here. Once again, no contractions :(
Native speakers will almost always use contractions in everday speech, so you should too!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history. (Debi Mazar)

Sing along with Sam Cooke Don't know much about history ... Check out the pronunciation of ordinal numbers here. Look at bedroom and bathroom vocabulary. And have a very good weekend!