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.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Punishment is justice for the unjust. (Saint Augustine)

Should you use burned or burnt? Check out  question tags. Read about three famous crimes and do the activities. You can also find out about how to prevent burglary in your home and do the activities. Then identify different kinds of crime and listen to the perfect crime. More activities on newspaper reports here. How to say the date in English!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sports are a great place to show that equality can happen. (Venus Williams)

Try this test on the simple past and this oneand here are lots and lots of exercises for more practice. What did you do today? Look at one, two, and three answers. Listen to this song. Then read this text on sport at school and do the activities.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

I've got two young children, so holidays are not the same as they used to be. There are now two types: family holidays and holidays you need from that holiday. (Diego Luna)

Check out all there is to know about describing a journey. You can complete a text about a disastrous holiday by clicking on the link and there are also other exercises and texts on similar topics like train journeys and flights. Don't forget to revise the use of verb tenses for narrating a story or anecdote. Exam feedback here.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. (Bill Gates)

You can check out the form of the passive visually here and the changes that have been made to the house here. You will need this information for next week's class. Have a look at the description of grammar in English newspaper headlines here. Exam feedback here.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. (Unknown)

Here is some more practice of past simple. You can find a listening activity on healthy eating here and another one on a healthy lifestyle. What do you think of these health tips? Read this email about sports and listen to Diego, from Mexico, talking about why you should stay in shape. Then go outside and practise a sport! 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. (Lao Tzu)

You can find this week's session here and all the vocabulary you need to talk about travelling here. Pay special attention to the prepositions and their complements! Then try this reading activity on travel for B1 learners.
Last month's oral test topics here

Friday, 6 April 2018

Here is Topic 9 and you can check out UK National Newspapers here. Have a go at this quiz on so and such and these exercises. Try the activities with this  news report Brexit: PM meets Euro leaders
You can find last month's oral test topics here.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. (Richard Carlson)

Let there be music: Once, twice, three times a lady - pay special attention to the pronunciation; Don't break my heart; and if that isn't enough, Don't go breaking my heart. Check out the vocabulary for illnesses and giving advice. Then go out and do some exercise and plan your food for next week. Make sure it's healthy! 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally. (Kylie Minogue)

Have a look at these tips on how to make your English sound more English. Check out the position of the adverb also. Notice none of the examples include the adverb in initial position! Try this reading exercise about how to make the most of your free time. Conversation questions about Easter here.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I have no intention of taking a break. (Gay Byrne)

Watch the video describing hair and eyes here, at last! Then do this listening activity on describing people. You can find the classroom notes for March here too. Check out adverbs of manner in English. Then try this reading exercise on free time. Have a good Easter!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future. (Frans Lanting)

Harrison Ford on biodiversity. Have a look at this reading exercise and quiz on endangered species. Check out one man's view on the future of our planet and the BBC's 10 grand challenges we'll face by 2015

Friday, 9 March 2018

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. (Heywood Broun)

Find out about who the top ten worst cheaters in sport are. Check out Topic 8. Check out the ten countries with the worst drivers. Revise the use of all, every, each, etc. and then do this exercise and this test

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

First appearance deceives many. (Ovid)

How to describe someone. Listen to this conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills. Try this activity. Last month's classroom notes are here.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. (George Carlin)

Is the British weather unique in the world? Have a look at how to describe the weather - it has some excellent examples. Listen to the weather forecast and identify the correct map. Then try this listening activity and have a good long weekend.

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

Forget the past. (Nelson Mandela)

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

I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you. (Robin Williams)

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

The recyling in my house was imposed by my kids. (Antonio Banderas)

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

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. (Charles M Shulz)

Do these shops and shopping exercisesTry this reading comprehension testThen have a go at this listening test. See if you can do the activities on giving directions. Don't forget to read the books from the library and have a good weekend.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest. (James Lovelock)

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

I love going shopping. (Serena Williams)

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

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. (George Santayana)

Have a look at this lesson on dating, family and friends which has a listening activity you can do. Here is some information on defining relative clauses. To help you with the quiz, you can check out the British royal family tree here.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. (Michael Jordan)

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

It is quality rather than quantity that matters. (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

You can practise how much?/how many?/a lot/not much/not many here. There's another lesson here on much and many and some and any here Try these food vocabulary exercises; and you can compare this month's classroom notes with your own.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. (Mencius)

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

Sometimes I say the medication is even tougher than the illness. (Sanya Richards-Ross)

You can check out the questions from Thursday's session here. Have a look at the difference in use between say and tell. Now listen to the pronunciation of these words related to health and these expressions. Finally, try this reading test.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

I believe in stopping work and eating lunch. (L'Wren Scott)

Here are some exercises to practise some and any. Choose whether to use have got or has got. Here is a daily routine exercise for you to do. Now read this text and do the comprehension exercises. Don't forget to revise last term's contents this weekend.

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)

Try this exercise and this one. Which of the following 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 in English. Topic 6.

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)

Here is an exercise for you to do; and here are some more. Revise telling the time and saying the date. Now read this and do the comprehension exercises. And of course, enjoy the weekend!