Friday, December 13, 2013

This is the key

Here yoy have the key to the exercises in the workbook and the copy I gave you
Click here
Remember if you have doubts contact me!
THERE'S A MISTAKE IN 2.2
2. what time do the banks close

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mandela is Dead

I have to admit this piece of news has made me very sad.
Thank you for making a better world.

Click here to read inspirational quotes from Nelson Mandela
For example:
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Read and listen about Nelson Mandela by clicking here

Christmas is coming

...and this is the song we listened to the other day in class
If you prefer the oldies, here you have the original song by Frank and his daughter Nancy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Speaking about anniversaries...

Yesterday with one of my groups I played this song after class.

A "different" birthday song.
If you want to know the lyrics

25th Anniversary


Read the following information about the 25th anniversary.
This is the official blog
25 Aniversario de EOI Las Rozas

Letter to the students
Logo contest

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Video about the UK

An interesting video about the UK that we watched in class.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Imperative

Some extra exercises on imperatives:
Exercises 1
Exercises 2

REM song

Here it is the original version of Shiny Happy People
Song with lyrics, so you can sing along at home

And this is Furry Happy Monsters
If you want to see the lyrics click here to

Friday, November 8, 2013

How do you feel?

Watch this video where Elmo speaks about feelings.
What are the feelings that he mentions? Sad, angry and happy. Highlight the text to read the answer (subraya o resalta el texto para ver las respuestas).


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Colours

This is the song we listened to in class




Note: Colours in British English and colors in American English

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween

Thank you everybody for taking part and I hope you had a ....











This was part of the decoration in the school.


This is a video we watched in class explaining how to trick-or-treat.
 And the songs we listened to...





This is the video that Antonio recommended and we partially watched in class.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween costume contest

As you all know on Thursday it's Halloween, and so there will be a costume contest in every class. Come with your Halloween costume, there will be a prize for the best one and sweets for everyone in disguise.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tower Bridge



London's Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Its Victorian Gothic style stems from a law that forced the designers to create a structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London.
The proximity of the harbor and its location in the direction of the sea required for the bridge to allow the passage of large vessels. Hence the decision to create a moveable bridge which can be opened to accommodate boat traffic. The mechanism to open the bridge is hidden in the two towers.
Taking photographs of the Tower bridge is a favorite London tourist activity, but you can also go inside the bridge, where you'll have a magnificent view over London from the walkway between the two bridge towers.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brighton

The Royal Palace
The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.  The Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt.

The Brighton Pier
Displays activities such as restaurants, kids games and funfair.




Courses recommended by your classmates

Aba English recommended by Almudena
Hugo's site recommended by Juan
Thank you for your contribution!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Video about classroom language

You can extend your vocabulary about classroom language with this video.

The alphabet

Have a look at this website.
And you can also use this video to help you learn the alphabet


All over the world by ELO

This is the song we sang in class



Monday, October 14, 2013

A good dictionary online

Click here and access an excellent online dictionary. And remember it's not just English, you can also find other languages.

Video about countries and nationalities

Real people saying the names of their countries and nationalities. I know,  the image seems a bit outdated...

Days of the week

Having problems remembering the right pronunciation of the days of the week?
Watch this video

Friday, October 11, 2013

Somebody asked this in class...

It wasn't Lord but God.

Football or soccer?

Some words have a different meaning in British and American English. Have a look here.
  

Welcome to my blog



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Common pronunciation mistakes Spanish speakers make in English

Although it is in Spanish it is really interesting especially for Spanish speakers.
Read here

Thursday, June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini dies

You know I'm talking all the time about TV series and maybe the Sopranos was my favourite. James Gandolfini played the main role.
Read about it here.
Watch about it here


Here you can see a video about The Sopranos 
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Local: Spain's News in English

It is an intersting newspaper, Spain's news but in English and I'd also say from a different point of view. Useful to practise your reading skills and keep updated before the exam.

Key for the exercises we did in class on Tuesday

Click here.
If you have last-minute doubts you can always send me an e-mail.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Super short survey about the books

I would love to know your opinion on the books to read this course. For this, I've created a very short survey. Please answer it, it doesn't take more than 1 minute.
Go to the Survey.
Thank you for your contribution.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Learning languages at the EOI

You know I don't usually post anything in Spanish but being about the EOIs and Madrid I thought I had to do it.
Read it here.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Report

This is the report you have to write. Good luck!



You have been asked to write a report for an international survey about attitudes to jobs in your country. You should:

  • ·         Describe the ways in which some jobs have gained or lost respect during the past twenty years
  • ·         Explain why you think this has occurred
  • ·         Say what other changes in jobs status may take place in the future

The key for the exercises on gerund or infinitives

Here is the key to the exercises on gerinds and infinitives that we dind't do in class.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxiVRdFY3kIRdGJmODdWX05uaHM/edit

This is the astronaut everbody is talking about

If you want to know more about him. Read this article.

Questions for Invictus/Playing the Enemy

Introduction 

  1. Where and when did John Carlin speak to Mandela about writing the book?
  2. What other sportsmen does Carlin mention as having been a shaper on political perceptions?
  3. Who did Carlin have a very emotional interview with and why did this surprise him?
  4. What does Carlin say are the basic conditions for a fairy story?  Do you agree?
  5. In what way does Carlin say Mandela had the edge over other charismatic politicians?

Chapter 1  Breakfast in Houghton

  1. What ritual could Mandela never fail to do no matter where he was?
  2. What ritual annoyed his cell mates on Robben Island?
  3. How did the Springboks feel that they could play a part in politics by winning the final?
  4. What figure did Mandela’s bodyguard, Moonsamy, compare Mandela to on entering the stadium?
  5. Name two things they were afraid could happen in the stadium to upset the atmosphere.

Continue reading to see ALL the questions.

Oral situations June

Finally you have the oral situations to practise for the exam.
Click here

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A touchy subject

We tend to think that we (Spaniards) are normal and the foreigners are strange. See through a foreigner's eyes how they see the touching issue.
Read the article

Monday, May 13, 2013

Passive reporting

Feel too lazy to flick through your notes? Just watch this video.


Extra exercises on inversion

Have a look here if you'd like to practise more.

Quick review on conditionals (thanks to my colleague María Jesús)

Conditional sentences (OUP)

Type 1 conditional sentences

They are used to talk about a possible present or future situation and its result.

You can use any present tense in the if clause and any form of the future in the other clause.

Examples:

They won’t get a table unless theyve already booked.

Can I borrow your dictionary a moment if youre not using it?

If it stops raining, Im going to walk into town.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Linguee very useful to see words in context

This is a very recommendable website since you can see the words in context. And for once not only in English!!!
Click here

Those Summer nights...


There is just something in this film I've never understood, are they supposed to be teenagers???

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Queen

This is the film we were speaking about in class, it's not exceptional but entertaining and I think it's a realistic portrait of the British monarchy.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

How Much Food Can You Buy For $5 Around The World?


Different way of reviewing vocabulary about food...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Obsolescence

We all have built-in obsolescence, but can obsolescence be programmed or planned? (I'm not referring to humans, of course)
If you are interested watch this documentary. Video


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I couldn't believe my eyes...

Did you know you could read "El País" in English? I didn't.
You just have to follow this link  http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

If you want to know more about Henry VIII

and the Tudors you can click here

or you can also watch IN ENGLISH the TV series the Tudors


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lemon Tree

I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. It reminds me when I spent that summer in Germany...

Margaret Thatcher: The best anecdotes

Find here some anecdotes about UK's former prime minister.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2013/apr/09/margaret-thatcher-the-best-15-anecdotes

Monday, April 8, 2013

Do your genes make you a criminal?

If you want to know the answer read this article in The Independent.
Click here

Friday, April 5, 2013

Juan in Avanzado 2 (19:00) spoke about this in class

He was so nice to send me the links about what he thought was a real unsung hero. Thank you




Its slogan "Learn almost anything for free"

 In Kahn Academy you can find videos about anything for free, learn English at the same time you learn something new.

Very useful apps to learn English with your phone

It's a pity its in Spanish.

The Great British Class Calculator

This is a curious calculator. Remember we aren't British so the results may not be very accurate. Traditional British social divisions of upper, middle and working class seem out of date in the 21st Century, no longer reflecting modern occupations or lifestyles.
Calculator

Recommended websites

Esther in Avanzado 2, sent me these two sites. (Thanks for your contribution)
This is Russia Today, but it's international and in English, of course from a Russian point of view.
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, an excellent dictionary, it also has an American version.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Do you like stand-up comedy?

Now you have the hance to enjoy it in Madrid and in English for just 6€.
Have a look here

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

If you thought cuts were just taking place in Spain....

have a look at this...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jun/25/david-cameron-wants-further-welfare-cuts
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/public-sector-cuts



Breaking my own rules...for a good reason

Only for students in Básico 1
It would be a great idea if you read this brief summary ( from Wikipedia )in Spanish before watching the film.
Lincoln es una película que narra los esfuerzos del presidente Abraham Lincoln, en enero de 1865, para pasar la Decimotercera Enmienda a la Constitución de los Estados Unidos que abolió formalmente la esclavitud en el país

Monday, March 18, 2013

Create your own dictionary and review the new words

Some time ago Marian student in Avanzado 2 (16:30) recommended in class this app, I think it can be very interesting to review new words.
Click here

Better late than never, it was yesterday

If you want to learn about its origins you can watch this (it's just 1 minute)


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Useful site to practise listening and keep updated

Recommended by Miriam, student in Avanzado 2 (19:00). Thanks for your contribution!
Ted Talks