Saturday, 10 March 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Monday, 26 February 2018
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
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
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
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
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Basically, dating is like climbing a volcano and you never know when it's going to erupt, dumping molten lava and burning you. (Robin Bielman)
Friday, 9 February 2018
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
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
Thursday, 1 February 2018
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
Saturday, 27 January 2018
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
Thursday, 25 January 2018
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)
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)
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Saturday, 13 January 2018
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)
Friday, 22 December 2017
|Just do it!|
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Sunday, 3 December 2017
Friday, 24 November 2017
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)
Friday, 17 November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. (Dan Zevin)
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 here. You 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)
Sometimes I look up a recipe for chicken and tomatoes and end up cooking pork. The insiration gets lost in translation. (Alex Guarnaschelli)
Sunday, 5 November 2017
When you wake up at 6 in the morning, you close your eyes for 5 minutes and it's already 6.45 . When you're at work and it's 2.30, and you close your eyes for 5 minutes it's 2.31. (Anonymous)
Jobs and work vocabulary here. Have a look at this wonderful video on parts of the house. It's just 2 minutes and 41 seconds. My only criticism: Lucy doesn't use contractions! Notice the two different pronunciations of garage - Lucy's and the narrator's. We practised a third option, /ˈgærɪʤ/, in class. That's variety for you!
Friday, 3 November 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Topic two here. The links on the last slide actually work so no need to include them here.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Friday, 20 October 2017
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. (George A. Moore)
Here are the activities from last Thursday's session. All the teaching materials can be checked out here. You might find this text about the advantages and disadvantages of living with parents interesting. This one too.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, loving what you are doing or learning to do. (Pele)
Topic One here.
Study skills here.
Verb + object + verb here.
Giving an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing here.
Lost in Translation here.