Friday, 18 January 2019

Life is hard. After all, it kills you. (Katherine Hepburn)

Here is information on the dictionary apps C recommended in class this week. You will find lots of listening and reading material here to practise talking and writing about people's lives. 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

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)

You can find the answers to the homework exercises here. Have a go at this exercise and this oneWhich of the 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. Prepositions of movement are clearly illustrated here.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Biography lends to death a new terror. (Oscar Wilde)

Here is the presentation for Topic 6. Have a look at this worksheet for writing a biography. Check out these conversations in which people are making plans. Then revise and read, read and revise, revise and read, read and revise!

Thursday, 10 January 2019

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

Here is the presentation for Topic 6 and the audio for 6.1. 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.

Friday, 21 December 2018

I'm looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. (Mike Rowe)

Here is more information and an exercise to practise so and neither. Check out the presentation and classroom notes for Topic 5. Making suggestions here and here, especially for PP.  Have a great time this Christmas, but don't forget to read, read and read in English!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

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

I have already booked my tickets!
Here is an example of the self assessment task. Have a look at the audio script for listening 5.9 and the presentation for Topic 5. You will find OUP's student site here. How about a Daily English Lesson for a New Year's Resolution? Last classroom notes of the year: B, C and D!

Friday, 14 December 2018

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. (Laurence J. Peter)

Listen to someone inviting a friend to a birthday party and do the activities. Here are audios 5.8 B, 5.8 C and 5.8 D. Check out the vocabulary to talk about Christmas. Have a look at this worksheet which practises discussing future plans and New Year's Resolutions. Here is the clip of people making resolutions so you can answer the last questions on the worksheet.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Watching TV is the most popular leisure activity in Britain. I find that very depressing. (Jeremy Paxman)

Here is the audio script for the dictation, recordings 4.17 and 4.18, and the presentation and classroom notes, groups B, C and D, for Topic 4. See if you can work out the difference between present perfect simple and continuous. Listen to audios 5.9.1 and 5.9.2 and answer the questions on the worksheet. Check out talking about the future here in anticipation of next week's classes. Think about your plans for Christmas. How are you going to spend the time? Meanwhile, make the most of the weekend!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Here is audio 4.15 and the script and audio 4.16 and the script, and audios 17 and 18A healthy social life in your 20s may also be a key to longevity. Would you agree? Have at look at this in anticipation of the next couple of classes. Here are the materials from today. Enjoy the long weekend!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

I absolutely love to relax and have fun. I like socializing; I like chatting. I like dancing, mixing with friends. (Gwendoline Christie)

Try this exercise on making and responding to suggestions. Check out some common phrases and expressions to express your preferences. Have a go at this activity on invitations and excuses. Here is audio 5.3 and audio 5.5. Don't forget to read at least two books this long weekend. 

Friday, 30 November 2018

Above all, keep it simple. (Auguste Escoffier)

Here is the audio on A Long and Healthy Life? (National Geographic Learning), the presentation for Topic 4 and classroom notes. Try this reading comprehension quiz on the topic of Television Shows. Do this listening activity on talking about films. Here is another one with people talking about what film they want to see. Enjoy studying English and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

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

Here is the audio for worksheet 4.13. Don't forget to identify the reflexive verb in each dialogue. Then write down the first two dialogues as a dictation and send them to me. Include your group letter, please. Check out the four benefits of sleeping well. Then try this reading activity on health. You can find five simple ways to give advice here. Enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend!

Friday, 23 November 2018

I'm exhausted trying to stay healthy. (Steve Yzerman)

Look at this magazine article and do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills. Here is the presentation for Topic 3. Compare the classroom notes to your own. Here is the recording for worksheet 4.4. Do this listening activity about a man at the doctor's. Then try these three vocabulary exercises to help you learn words to talk about health. Enjoy good health, enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

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

Here is the recording for worksheet 4.4 and worksheet 4.10. Do this listening activity about a man at the doctor's. You will find interesting information on present perfect simple and continuous here. You will also find this extract, which I have taken from Practical English Usage (Oxford), very useful. Last but not least, here are the audio scripts for 3.19. Enjoy your English, enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Language is much closer to film than painting is. (Sergei Eisenstein)

What is the Union Jack? What do you know about films? Have a go at this quiz on film genres. Then try this interactive English language quiz to practise using adjectives for describing films. Have a look at this worksheet for writing a biography where the questions serve as a guide. Then read the three books you have borrowed from the library and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 15 November 2018

It's easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman. (Federico Fellini)

Here are the worksheets for Topic 3, and the recordings for task one and task two. This is the audio-script for 3.11. Compare the classroom notes for group Bgroup C and group D to your own and have a look at the presentation. Check out the pronunciation of because with this song. The Guardian's podcast: Let's eat ... Sunday roast. The changing face of British mealtimes is well worth listening to before moving on to the topic of health and welfare. Enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend!

Friday, 9 November 2018

I wasn't good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn't like the fact that there was no autonomy. (Nigella Lawson)

Here are the classroom notes for the rest of Topic 2, and this is the presentation. Here are the audios for worksheet 10, part one, part two and part three. Quickly check much, many and a lot (of) again. Try this reading comprehension which gives you practice with questions. Then finish those three books you borrowed from the library and have a good weekend! 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Cooking is chemistry really. (Joel Robuchon)

Try this reading exercise on eating out. All the kitchen vocabulary you could possibly need here. I finally found the audioscript for listening 2.20. Check out have and have got here. Then do this listening on kitchen capers. Don't forget to read in English and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

I never let schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

Try this reading comprehension on education. Have a look at an easy way to form (almost) any question in English, or this. Here is a quiz on the present simple and present continuous. Don't forget to read a couple of books this long weekend

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Sometimes I look up a recipe for chicken and tomatoes and end up cooking pork. The insiration gets lost in translation. (Alex Guarnaschelli)

Have a look at the classroom notes for group B, group C and group D. Here is the presentation for Topic 2 and listening 3.3. Here is the audioscript for the job interview. Quantifiers - much, many, some, any, (a) little, (a) few, English Grammar Exercises here. My favourite meal: a very short text with exercises. Enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend!

Friday, 26 October 2018

Life is our dictionary. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Here is some more information on stative and dynamic verbs; and some more here. You have more practice on present simple and continuous here. This is the listening for Worksheet 2.11. Do this listening activity on reading habits and this one on learning English. Read this book review and do the exercises that follow. If you have time, do this one too. Enjoy the weekend studying English!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Little by little, a little becomes a lot. (Anonymous)

Here is audio 2.19 and here is audio 2.20. Here is the last worksheet for Topic 2. Check out this page from one of the language schools in Madrid, which has a wealth of listening material for you. You will find plenty of useful vocabulary and expressions for jobs and work here. This instructional video on using online dictionaries is well worth watching. Enjoy the weekend and studying English!

Friday, 19 October 2018

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. (Vince Lombardi)

Topic 1 is here. Have a look at the classroom notes for the rest of the first topic. You can learn more about adjectives and adverbs here. You can find your own private library here. Read this text on how to use a dictionary effectively. Have a good weekend and see you next week!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (Nelson Mandela)

Here is listening 2.8 and reading 2.10. You can revise the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives here. This is the listening for 2.14. Try this exercise on must vs have/has to and this one and this one. Then have a go at this one on must vs mustn't. Read this text and answer the multiple choice questions. If you do this one, with tips for being a super-organised student, you can then enjoy the rest of the weekend. Don't forget to read a book!  

Friday, 12 October 2018

You have to study a little to know a great deal. (Charles de Secondat)

Check out how popular the gerund is in English here. Try these exercises on after and afterwards from the Tiny TEFL Teacher -  I just love the name! Have a go at this exercise on as soon as. Practise the pronunciation of regular verbs in the past here. Then you can enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I learn. Involve me and I remember. (Benjamin Franklin)

Read these two short texts on going back to school and be prepared to talk about them in class next week. Here is the listening for activity A on worksheet 1.12 - don't forget the writing task too! You can compare Topic One classroom notes for NIB1 B, C and D and compare them with your own. Here is the presentation for the first topic. The first part of listening 2.7 is here and the second part hereCheck out these learning strategies. And here is a wealth of reading material for you - your own personal library! So make the most of the long weekend to get started.

Friday, 5 October 2018

You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. (Conrad Hall)

You can revise the use of the present continuous and present simple here. Listen to this BBC programme on the pronunciation of regular "-ed" verbs. Then try this reading test. In preparation for next week, you can check out how to correct your written assignments here. Enjoy your English and the weekend! 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

You can really only enjoy life when you're extremely busy. (Josephine de la Baume)

Here are the worksheets with the questionnaire and questions on how to study English. Here is the organisation of the contents of the course. Here is the first listening, and here is the second one. Here is the phonemic chart and here is the interactive version. Here is the book I think you should read and listen to, along with 29 others! You can find graded readers for free here. So keep busy and have a good weekend!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. (Zig Ziglar)

Here are September's classroom notes. Check out how to give advice and make suggestions here. What do you think of these 22 tips for learning a foreign language? You can learn more about prefixes and suffixes here. You must read this to the very end to make the connection between cyclists and getting from B1 to B2 with your English.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege, if short-lived. Unfortunately, it was not in my hands to avoid what has happened.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. (Mike Murdock)

Here are the classroom notes for NB2B and NB2C.  You can revise how to write and say the date in English here. Watch this video on describing a holiday with adjectives here. You can practise describing your daily routine here. This is the interactive version of the phonemic chart. Enjoy your English and the weekend!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. (Zig Ziglar)

Welcome to all my NB2 students. Here is the organisation of the contents of the course. Here is the phonemic chart to help you with pronunciation. Here is the book I highly recommend you read and listen to. Here is basic information for all students. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started! Don't forget, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. (Ralph Marston)

Between the three groups, 17.75 euros were collected for ... you know what! Congratulations to everyone for all your hard work. Don't forget that the summer is a good time to read

Saturday, 2 June 2018

During a test; people look up for inspiration, down in desperation and left and right for information. (unknown)

Make the most of this help and advice for different types of speaking tests and exams, with videos of real students doing speaking exams. Likewise for writing tests and exams. Read at least two books over the weekend and listen to at least two hours of English! You will definitely find this interesting, and it should certainly ring a bell.

Friday, 1 June 2018

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. (Arthur Ashe)

Here's how to work on your pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation: shadowing, a technique where you practise repeating after the speaker as soon as possible. Have a go! Topic 12 here. Oral tasks here. Try and read at least two more books before the tests. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Change is the end result of all true learning. (Leo Buscaglia)

You can check out the classroom notes for May here. Take a look at the following link for ideas on monologues and dialogues. What is shadowing and how can it help with your pronunciation and fluency? Good luck with the upcoming tests.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

I really love being in London at weekends - there's always so much to do. (Sophie Ellis-Baxtor)

Try this reading worksheet and this listening describing people. Listen to two people talking about their plans for the weekend and complete the timetables with their activities. Read this paragraph about the writer's weekend and then listen to this podcast about the speaker's last weekend. Read at least two books before Monday!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Communication is at the very core of our society. That's what makes us human. (Jan Koum)

These are the tasks from this week's lesson. Here is an excellent video on the mass media. Look at this essay and do the exercises to improve your writing skills. Listen to the BBC's programme on how the World Wide Web has changed our lives. If you like crosswords, this is the one for you. It practises vocabulary for entertainment and media.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

It is better to travel well than to arrive. (Buddha)

Here is the second written task. What are the pros and cons of travelling by car, plane or train? When was the last time you felt frustrated? Here is a situation where a passenger has problems at the train station. Try these exercises to practise words to talk about air travel. Then listen to these five airport announcements and do the exercises to improve your listening skills. Here is Topic 11.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. (John Lennon)

Here is the listening from our last lesson. Have a go at these listening tests and these reading tests. If you have time, try this test on be going to. Then rest, relax, hang out at the beach, read a good book in English and in the evening you can go clubbing; but tomorrow you have to study again!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one. (Jules Verne)

Have a look at this example for written task 1. Try this listening on holidays; and this one. Now read this guide for tourists visiting California, and then do the exercises to improve your reading skills. Finally have a go at this reading test

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Think globally, act locally. (Paul McCartney)

You can find the activities from this week's lesson here. Take a look at this essay on buying locally and the benefits for the community. Here, however, are some disadvantages to buying locally. Now listen to this recording on food waste.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Spending money is much more difficult than making money. (Jack Ma)

Written task 1 should be handed in on Monday or Tuesday. Read this essay on spending too much money. Do this listening on top tips for saving money. Then make the most of the rest of the weekend to read and revise!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Writing is the painting of the voice. (Voltaire)

How to write an email about your family. Here is an essay describing  daily routine. Read this paragraph on last weekend. Then listen to five different people talking about their jobs and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills. 

Friday, 4 May 2018

We used to build civilisations. Now we build shopping malls. (Bill Bryson)

Here is this week's lessonCheck out this blogpost on the pros and cons of online shopping. It is intended for higher level students but I think you will find it very useful. Try this listening on shopping in London; and this other one on online shopping

Thursday, 3 May 2018

I haven't reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife. (Ilie Nastase)

Read these tips for being a super-organised student and do the activities to practise and improve your reading skills. Then you can do this listening activity on how to organise your time.  You can also do this reading activity and exercises about shopping for electronics. Check out this blogpost on the pros and cons of online shopping. It is intended for higher level students but I think you will find it very useful. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

I don't write letters anymore. (George H.W.Bush)

Try these grammar exercises from Oxford. Look at the email about your family and do the exercises to improve your writing. Here is another one on introducing yourself. Then listen to the conversation about studying and do the exercises to improve your listening and study skills.

Friday, 27 April 2018

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

Have a look at these essays on volunteering, and this one on donating money to charity. Think about these conversation questions about volunteer work and charity. Listen to this radio interview with two young volunteers and do the exercises to improve your listening skills. The level is high! Here are the volunteering discussion cards we used in class.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The last lap is always the hardest. But all athletes will tell you, this is when you give it all you've got, always finish with a sprint! (unknown)

You can begin by revising everything we have practised in Topic 10. You can check out (X)CAL3 and NIA classroom notes for April. Have a look at vocabulary for describing accidents. In the news: crime vocabulary includes a multiple choice exercise, and then listen to these conversations on crimes.

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.