Thursday, 6 December 2018
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)
Friday, 30 November 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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 B, group 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
Monday, 5 November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
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
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
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
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Here is listening 2.8 and reading 2.10. You can revise the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives here. This is the listening for 2.14. Try this exercise on must vs have/has to and this one and this one. Then have a go at this one on must vs mustn't. Read this text and answer the multiple choice questions. If you do this one, with tips for being a super-organised student, you can then enjoy the rest of the weekend. Don't forget to read a book!
Friday, 12 October 2018
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Read these two short texts on going back to school and be prepared to talk about them in class next week. Here is the listening for activity A on worksheet 1.12 - don't forget the writing task too! You can compare Topic One classroom notes for NIB1 B, C and D and compare them with your own. Here is the presentation for the first topic. The first part of listening 2.7 is here and the second part here. Check out these learning strategies. And here is a wealth of reading material for you - your own personal library! So make the most of the long weekend to get started.
Friday, 5 October 2018
You can revise the use of the present continuous and present simple here. Listen to this BBC programme on the pronunciation of regular "-ed" verbs. Then try this reading test. In preparation for next week, you can check out how to correct your written assignments here. Enjoy your English and the weekend!
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Here are the worksheets with the questionnaire and questions on how to study English. Here is the organisation of the contents of the course. Here is the first listening, and here is the second one. Here is the phonemic chart and here is the interactive version. Here is the book I think you should read and listen to, along with 29 others! You can find graded readers for free here. So keep busy and have a good weekend!
Saturday, 29 September 2018
With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. (Zig Ziglar)
Here are September's classroom notes. Check out how to give advice and make suggestions here. What do you think of these 22 tips for learning a foreign language? You can learn more about prefixes and suffixes here. You must read this to the very end to make the connection between cyclists and getting from B1 to B2 with your English.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege, if short-lived. Unfortunately, it was not in my hands to avoid what has happened.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege, if short-lived. Unfortunately, it was not in my hands to avoid what has happened.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Here are the classroom notes for NB2B and NB2C. You can revise how to write and say the date in English here. Watch this video on describing a holiday with adjectives here. You can practise describing your daily routine here. This is the interactive version of the phonemic chart. Enjoy your English and the weekend!
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Welcome to all my NB2 students. Here is the organisation of the contents of the course. Here is the phonemic chart to help you with pronunciation. Here is the book I highly recommend you read and listen to. Here is basic information for all students. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started! Don't forget, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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)
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Saturday, 26 May 2018
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
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
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
Friday, 18 May 2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
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
Friday, 4 May 2018
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
Friday, 27 April 2018
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)
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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)
Friday, 20 April 2018
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
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)
Thursday, 12 April 2018
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
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
Thursday, 5 April 2018
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!