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)

Here are the classroom notes for Topic 9. Don't forget to do listening activity C or the written assignment on worksheet 9.11. Have a look at these short dialogues with short interactions! Then check out how you could spend Easter in London. Have a good week!

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

I am never on holiday. (Sergio Marchionne)

Easter 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

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. (A.P.J. Abdul Kalam)

Here is audio 10.16. Read this information on the past continuous /progressive. Then try this. Here is a short story I think you will enjoy reading, and here is another one. How about listening to this story about a UFO and doing the exercises? 

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Headline writing is an art form. (Jennifer Lee)

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

Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. (Albert Einstein)

Here is Topic 10 and audio 10.8. Check out how to ask for and give directions in English, and there is more here. Read about 12 incredible journeys to school. Don't forget to compare the classroom notes for Topic 8 with your own, to read another book in English, and to have a fantastic weekend! 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. (Colin Powell)

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 patternsCompare 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

I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. (Michael Jordan)

Here is audio 8.15 and some more information on the  past perfectWatch 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

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. (Susan B. Anthony)

Look at the recipe and then do the exercises to improve your writing skills. Try reading a recipe aloud and doing the activitiesHere is the audio M requested. For next week, be prepared to describe something you cook this weekend or a meal you have out. Don't forget to read!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Life is too serious to be taken very seriously. (unknown)

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

Everyone would be healthier if they didn't eat junk food. (Robert Atkins)

Read all about English food and meals. There is even more information here. Try this vocabulary quiz to practise food and containers. There are lots more vocabulary exercises here. Write your shopping lists in English for the next month and don't forget to keep reading.  

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. 

Friday, 15 February 2019

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. (English proverb)

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

When reviewing your notes before an exam, the most important will be illegible. (Murphy's Law)

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 RainThen spend the rest of the weekend reading an English book. Topic 8 coming up!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. (Prince Philip)

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 hereTry this reading exercise about online dating and listen to some conversations about romanceThen read about the difference between defining and non-defining relative clausesYou 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

Our families have values. But our government doesn't. (Bill Clinton)

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

Too Much is Not Enough (David Bellamy & Ron Taylor)

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

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. (Charles R. Swindoll)

Here are the dialogues for 6.6 and the audio for the questions on slide 6. You can revise the past tense here and practise ago here. Check out the information on extra activities to participate in the life of the school and its extracurricular programme. Topic 7 coming up!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

City people make most of the fuss about the charms of country life. (Mason Cooley)

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.

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. You can listen to the audio for 6.9 here. Sorry!

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!