Saturday, 1 August 2020

A warm, dead-to-rights understanding of the human heart, expressed in prose as clear as a glass of water. (Francis Spufford)


I propose Luke and Jon by Robert Williams for our fourth bookWhen Luke's mother dies unexpectedly in a car accident, he also loses his father who is trying to drown his sorrows in a bottle. They move to a remote town and an even more remote house where they meet Jon, whose own mother died when he was six.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Monday, 15 June 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020

You just need to start. Do it today. (Debora Robertson)


Here are some questions for you.
Worksheets for Chapter 1 & Chapter 2.
Worksheets for Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.
Worksheets for Chapter 5 and Chapter 6.
Worksheets for Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.



Thursday, 30 April 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Self-reflection is the first step to decluttering because it's not about the stuff. (Unknown)

The third book we will discuss is this one which is beautifully written. The content is inspiring, and the style immaculate. It's not just what she says, but how she says it. The author infuses her advice with humour and just enough down-to-earth reality to keep you hooked. This book will change your life!     

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book. (Jim Rohn)


Here is the book so you can do the exercises and activities at the back. Check out the answers here. You will be asked to summarise the stories in your own words so have a look at this and learn how. You have two weeks. Start practising! 

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Friday, 6 December 2019

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. (B.F. Skinner)

Stranger than Fiction:Urban Myths (Penguin) 
Sunday 19th January
How to be an Alien (Penguin)
Sunday 16th February
Capital (Faber and Faber)
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 19th April
Sunday 24th May


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

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)

Oops!
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!