Here are the dates and times of the oral tests in September: NB2 B and NI B1 B, C, D. Don't forget the written exam dates and timetable for NI B1; and NB 2 reading, listening and writing exams are on Monday 2nd starting at 9 o'clock. Details should appear on the school's webpage soon. Look at the feedback from the exams in June: NB 2 and NI B1; and check out this link, and this one. You should all continue to read, whether you have passed or not. Otherwise you will have forgotten everything by the beginning of next course. NI B1 students might find this interesting.
Friday, 28 June 2019
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Translating from one language to another is the most delicate of intellectual exercises; compared to translation, all other puzzles, from bridge to crosswords, seem trivial and vulgar. (Cyril Connolly)
Saturday, 1 June 2019
Friday, 31 May 2019
You can practise your listening skills here and here. Then you can practise and improve your writing skills here, and your reading skills here. Make sure you know the past and past participle forms of regular and irregular verbs and how to pronounce them. Don't forget the combinations of verbs and prepositions like wait for, listen to, arrive at/in, etc. Continue to read, read, read and read. Good luck!
Thursday, 30 May 2019
Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. (Christopher Parker)
Friday, 24 May 2019
Here are the classroom notes and the presentation for Topic 12. Have a look at the video M recommends for subject/object questions. Listen again to audios 12.14.1 and 12.14.2, and read the audio scripts at the same time. Check out this list of irregular verbs with the pronunciation. Then read and revise, revise and read!
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Here is the guía para el alumnado de idiomas (PTEC 2018-2019) and Y's summary of the writing tasks. Check out the answers to the last homework exercises. Here are the audios for slide 9, parts one and two, and the audio script. You can also listen to audio 12.10 again and read the audio script. Have a look at how to describe your travelling experience by flight and the classroom notes for Topic 12, groups B, C and D. Then read, read, and read some more!
Friday, 17 May 2019
Check out the use of the present perfect with the adverbs just, yet, still and already. and then do this exercise and this one. Now try this exercise on present perfect or past simple and this one and these ones.
Don't forget to go with the flow in class.
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. (Prince Philip)
You can check out the slides from the presentation of Topic 12. It is a good idea to learn how to complain or how to make a complaint in English. You will find different situations for complaining here. Look at these key sentences and drills for describing a journey. You might find these sample questions and answers useful for the speaking exam as well.
Friday, 10 May 2019
You write your life story by the choices you make. You never know if they have been a mistake. Those moments of decision are so difficult. (Helen Mirren)
Thursday, 9 May 2019
I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly. (Leonardo da Vinci)
Here are the classroom notes for Topic 11: B, C and D. 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. What are the pros and cons of travelling by car, train or plane?
Sunday, 5 May 2019
Friday, 3 May 2019
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Try this reading activity and exercises on shopping for electronics. Then 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. More answers here.
Friday, 26 April 2019
Thursday, 25 April 2019
I may not be the strongest, I may not be the fastest, but I'll be damned if I'm not trying my hardest. (unknown)
Friday, 12 April 2019
The last lap is the toughest of them all, but push yourself farther, even when you've got to crawl. (unknown)
Thursday, 11 April 2019
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)
Check out some more homework activities here. Try this reading activity on free time and here is some vocabulary to describe freetime activities. Compare the classroom notes B, C and D with your own. You might also find listening to these conversations on crimes useful. Have a good Easter and enjoy the break.
Friday, 5 April 2019
Here are the last of the classroom notes for Topic 10 and here is the presentation for Topic 9. Read these tips on how to write about and how to speak about your last holiday. Then try this test. Now practise making plans with the video and exercises. There is also a lot of interesting vocabulary for planning a holiday here. Have a good weekend!
Thursday, 4 April 2019
I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life - all mystery and magic. (Harry Houdini)
Here is another mystery story. Check out how to tell an anecdote and look at some more advice on telling a story or personal anecdote. Topic 9 and audios 9.8.1 and 9.8.2 should be done before Monday. You can check out more on question tags and all, every and each. Compare the classroom notes for groups B, C and D and then check the answers to the homework. Don't forget to keep reading.
Friday, 29 March 2019
Thursday, 28 March 2019
Here are the audios for 10.14 part one and part two and the audio for 10.17 and some more answers. For excellent pre-exam practice, try these interactive readings from National Geographic Learning. You can read all about UK national newspapers here. You can check out the form of the passive visually here. Have a look at the description of grammar in English newspaper headlines here. Read about three famous crimes and do the activities. Check out different kinds of crime and then listen to the perfect crime.
Friday, 22 March 2019
Thursday, 21 March 2019
You can check out some more homework exercises here. You can find out more about general and first conditionals and the third conditional. Here is Topic 10. Try the activities with this news report on Brexit from 2016!! As always, we need to keep an eye on those verb patterns. Compare the classroom notes for groups B, C and D with your own. Then read a book and have a good weekend!
Friday, 15 March 2019
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving. (Gloria Steinem)
Listen to these everyday dialogues and read the scripts. Try this exercise on the past simple and past progressive. Look at how to describe movement in English. Check out come and go and bring and take. Then listen to Anne describe her journey to work. Don't forget to have a very good weekend. Here are the audios for 8.18 parts one, two and three.
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Here is audio 8.15 and some more information on the past perfect. 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. All you need to know about conditional sentences is here on this page. Check the answers to some of the homework activities. Final exam dates and timetable.
Friday, 8 March 2019
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Have a look at the classroom notes for Topic 7, groups B, C and D. Here is The Goat Story, the riddle about crossing the river. Watch this video about Murphy's Law, which includes plenty of revision too. Listening 8.11 and more answers here. Find out about the difference between can and be able to here. Have a good weekend, but don't forget to read in English.
Sunday, 3 March 2019
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. (Richard Branson)
|R's work of art!|
I've known them for about 15 years. I met them at school when I was thirteen. How would you translate the verbs in red? And in I'll meet you outside the cinema at seven? Just in case you get too enthusiastic about translating, have a look at the drawing of the red letter box, which is a very good copy of the one in the classroom. Listen to audios 7.23 and 7.24 and complete the worksheets.
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Friday, 15 February 2019
You can check the conversations between George and Brenda here. Look at the menu and do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills. Then do the listening activities to practise and improve your listening skills. Check out how to express preferences here or here. Then spend the rest of the weekend revising and reading, reading and revising. Have a good one!
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Here is the audio script of Carol and Alex talking about their experience with Friends Reunited [7.14]. You can now listen to the audio about the British Royal Family [7.12]. You can check some more answers here. Read this interesting article on the trouble with modern marriage today. Look at the different types of family in the UK today and how family life has changed over the last few years. Topic 8 coming up!
Friday, 8 February 2019
Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both. (Jeannette Rankin)
Here is the audio for 7.10. Men, Women and Housework. Check out these top tips for talking about yourself. What love looks like before and after the age of thirty! How to talk about your past here. Compare the classroom notes for Topic 7 with your own. Listen to Singing in the Rain. Then spend the rest of the weekend reading an English book. Topic 8 coming up!
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Compare the classroom notes B, C and D from Topic 6 with your own. Check your dictation with the dialogues in 6.12. You will find more answers here. Try this reading exercise about online dating and listen to some conversations about romance. Then read about the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses. You might find this information on relative clauses interesting too. Listen to Carol and Alex talking about what happened after reuniting with their friends (7.14) and three people talking about friendship (7.15).
Friday, 1 February 2019
Here are the conversations between George and Brenda for the dictation. You can check out the classrom notes for Topic 6 here. Listen to Charlotte talking about Alexander and Oscar for the questions in 7.5.D and then practise more listening with this conversation between two people describing two sisters. Then read at least two books over the weekend. Have a good one! Audio 7.8 here.
Thursday, 31 January 2019
Here are some more examples with too much, too many and not enough. Then check out this page which will take you to plenty of practice of the same. You might want to look at the presentation of Topic 7 and some answers. You may also find the text on city life versus country life interesting. How to speak English without a speaking partner here.
Friday, 25 January 2019
Thursday, 24 January 2019
This is the audio for the dictations. Don't forget to send them to me (subject: 6.12.5+your group) before midnight 31st January. You can listen to the dialogues from 6.9.C here and check your answers here. Check out these special uses of some, any and no. Houdini and life after death and modals of speculation.
Find out about extra activities to participate in the life of the school and its extracurricular programme.
Find out about extra activities to participate in the life of the school and its extracurricular programme.
Friday, 18 January 2019
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)
Friday, 11 January 2019
Thursday, 10 January 2019
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
Thursday, 20 December 2018
|I have already booked my tickets!|
Friday, 14 December 2018
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!