Friday, 28 June 2019

Perseverance and perspective until victory. (Lincoln Diaz-Balart)

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. 

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)

This year fewer people have translated out loud in class so only fifteen euros and twenty-four cents have been raised for the chocolate kitty. By the way, where would you write the euro sign with 15,24? And the pound sign with 15.24? Read this post on the good and the bad of literal translations which begins with a significant anecdote

Friday, 31 May 2019

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in day out. (Robert Collier)

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 forlisten 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)

Practise and improve your reading skills with these texts and exercises. Then practise and improve your listening skills with these audios and exercises. Then practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. (Alexander Graham Bell)

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

I quit flying years ago. I don't want to die with tourists. (Billy Bob Thornton)

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

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. (Henry David Thoreau)

Check out the use of the present perfect with the adverbs just, yetstill  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

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

Technology is getting smaller, faster, cheaper, and more powerful. (Tae Yoo)

Have a go at this listening activity. Then try this reading test. Go here to revise and practise how to say numbers in English, to say a price, a date, a time, etc. Don't forget to wear something exciting for Tuesday's class and to be prepared to describe exactly what you are wearing!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

We need to stop spending money we don't have. (Paul Ryan)

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

Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. (Gertrude Stein)

Here is Topic 11. Try this reading activity and this one. Do this listening activity and this one. Then you can do the exercises here. If you are bored and have time, check out these vocabulary exercises to find out and learn about other words to talk about money.

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)

You will find more answers here and audio 11 here. Find out about who the top ten worst cheaters in sport are. Check out the ten countries with the worst drivers. Here are some conversation questions  about Easter. Have a go at this quiz on so and such and these exercises. Topic 11 coming up!

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!