Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chinua Achebe

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-21898664
Who was Chinua Achebe? Why is he such an important writer?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHF_w0gkyiI
When was Chinua Achebe's "Things fall apart" published? In the 50s (1958)
Who told almost exclusively the story of Africa for many years? When did this situation start to change? European writers. 1950s as African countries became independent.
"Things fall apart" has became a (4 words) classic of world literature.
How many copies did it sell? 11 million copies
How old was Chinua Achebe when he wrote this book? just 28
Where are most of his books set? Post-colonial Africa
When and how was he partly paralysed? In a car accident in Nigeria in 1990
Where did he live his last years? In NY


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Commonly mispronounced words



Interesting list of words that Spaniards tend to mispronounce.
http://blog.metodoenglish.com/palabras-ingles-solemos-pronunciar-mal/#

Key articles

 

  1. a, a the
  2. a, the
  3. -, -, -

Monday, November 13, 2017

This is a call for all the students in Team C (blue)

These are the texts that you need to read for this week. Don't worry much about all the new vocabulary in the second text, just try to get the gist. Students in Team C (blue)
Texts


Monday, November 6, 2017

Key future

Click here to find the key.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Families

Because families are changing...Interesting video about different types of families


The Optimism Bias

This is the video we watched in class. It's really interesting, now you can watch from beginning to the end.

Key present perfect

I finally post the key of the exercises on present perfect. I can help with your doubts on Thursday.
Click here.



A bit late but...

This is the video we watched in class.




If you want to learn how to trick-or treat properly and safely, watch this.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fats Domino died

Fats Domino rock and roll symbol dies at 89.
If you want to read more click here
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fats-domino-rock-and-roll-pioneer-dead-at-89-w473594

Past Simple vs. Present Perfect

Find here some extra exercises to practise and review the difference between Past Simple and Present Perfect.
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Enjoy!

Recommended reads

Recommended books*
*These recommended books are not graded.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm my own grandpa


We've just been speaking in class about the family. Here you have a funny song explaining that you can be your own grandfather. Is it possible? Listen to the song, draw the family tree and find it out.

Do you find it too difficult to make the family tree yourself???

Have a look at this then...

Second cousin and more...

If you'd like to know how to call your primo segundo and primo tercero por parte de madre😜😜😜, this might give you some clues
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin

Monday, October 23, 2017

Predicative adjectives

Click here to see the document about attributive and predicative adjectives.

Why is English a global language?



Listen to David Crystal and find it out

Learning a language isn't easy


Friday, June 16, 2017

Oral exam

Some of you asked me to post all the information about the oral exam. I hope I haven't forgotten anything!

Oral Exam
  • Task 1 (Monologue). You pick two topics and then you have to choose one. You have 1-2 minutes to think about the subject, but you can’t write down anything. You have to speak for 3 minutes.
  • Task 2 (Dialogue), you just have the time to read the task and then you must speak for 4-5 minutes (6-7 if you are a group of three).

I’ll set a timer (as I did in March) that will beep when you reach the minimum number of minutes, so you have the time to finish off appropriately.


There are two teachers (I'm one of them). Remember you’ll be recorded!



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ignacio Echeverría

Meeting today at Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 20:00 to pay tribute to Ignacio Echeverría, neighbour of Las Rozas and former student of this school.

People like you make me believe in the goodness of humanity.

News

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Extra exercises

Some of you asked for extra exercises on causative have and mixed conditionals in context.
Here you have them.
Enjoy!
Mixed conditionals
1. in context
2. long explanation
3. Excersises 1
4. Exercises 2 (difficult)

Causative have
Exercises +explanation
Exercise (easy)




Encuesta de Evaluación EOI Las Rozas Curso 2016-2017


Your opinion is very important!!! Please fill in the form before 15 th June.
THANK YOU!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Reported Speech 2

Click here to get the key of the extra exercises on reported speech (46-47)

Exam times of the oral exam


JUNIO 2017Speaking  Exam AVANZADO 1


*Se trata de horarios orientativos, que pueden adelantarse o retrasarse según las circunstancias del examen. El alumno deberá estar siempre al menos 10 minutos antes de la hora a la que está citado. Las parejas también se pueden modificar dependiendo de las necesidades del examen.

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Honest London

Hereyou can read the real story

Canary Islands Samples

Click here.


Passive

Here you can find the key of the exercises on the passive.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Catalonia samples

Here you can find some samples of Catalonia.


Board Game Reported Speech

Find here the key.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Andalusia samples

Here you can find some samples from Andalusia.

Key reported speech

Click here to have access to the key.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Madrid samples

Here are the samples of Madrid.

Passive with Reporting Verbs

For those of you who need to practise, here you have an interesting exercise on passive with reporting verbs.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

to- infinite or the gerund?

Here you can find the key of the exercise I've handed out this week.


Very interesting blog, link with a lot of information related to this

Click here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

EOI sample

Click here to find sample exams of Navarra. Try first Nivel Intermedio and then go for Nivel Avanzado (remember this is the exam you do when you finish Avanzado 2!!!)
In case of problems or doubts, tell me in class. Good luck!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Enjoy your holidays!


Tips and topics for the oral exam

TIPS FOR THE ORAL EXAM


  • ·          Read carefully the instructions and make sure you understand everything.
  • ·          Give a short introduction (greeting)
  • ·          Speak about all the points you are required. Stay focused on the task.
  • ·          Introduce the points one by one. Express your opinion but don’t agree too soon. At the end try to summarize all the agreements you’ve reached. Warn, advice, persuade….
  • ·          Use specific vocabulary related to the issue.
  • ·          Make use of some of the grammar structures you’ve studied during the course.
  • ·          Express agreement and disagreement using some of the structures you’ve learnt. You also need to warn, advice, persuade….
  • ·          Adapt the register(formal/informal)  you use to the different situations
  • ·          Show interest
  • ·          Take the floor, interrupting if necessary, involve your partner(s) in the conversation



TOPICS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Timing for the oral exam

Speaking  Exam AVANZADO 1

*Se trata de horarios orientativos, que pueden adelantarse o retrasarse según las circunstancias del examen. El alumno deberá estar siempre al menos 10 minutos antes de la hora a la que está citado. Las parejas también se pueden modificar dependiendo de las necesidades del examen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Always look on the bright side of life

Because learning phrasal verbs is not always dull.


This is a golden oldie.

With subtitles in both Spanish and English. Enjoy it!


Key modal verbs

Click here to check the key of the excercises on modal verbs. I have already included the exercises on must/mustn't/needn't


Thursday, February 16, 2017

And the winners are....

Miss Vogel's Vacation and The Women in Hats
Remember you have to read the stories and write four questions about each of them.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Expressions with the word face

Rewrite these sentences using expressions with the word face:

1.       He was very disappointed when he learnt he had failed the exam.
2.       I don’t want to walk five more miles, we’ve already been walking for hours.
3.       Maria was continuously making gestures as she was listening to John.
4.       You have to accept it, Donald Trump is the current president of the USA.
5.       He felt so ashamed  after falling down in an embarrassing way in front of his fiancée.
6.       You decided to hide the truth, and now it’s been made public, I’m afraid you will have to accept the unpleasant consequences of your action.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Present perfect simple and continuous

Click here to find an extra exercise and its key.

Charts and graphs for the writing

Don't forget to hand in your writings  (14th February) describing ONLY ONE of these charts and graphs, please remember to include the chosen chart or graph.








Comparatives and superlatives

With many two-syllable adjectives (e.g. polite, common-er/-est and more/most are both possible. With others (including adjectives ending in -ing, -ed, -ful, and -less), only more/most is possible. In general, the structure with more/most is becoming more common. To find out the normal comparative and superlative for a particular two-syllable adjective, check in a good dictionary.

This is the website I have shown in class


http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/adjektive_steig.htm






Monday, January 23, 2017

Consonant sounds

Two groups of consonant sounds sometimes difficult to pronounce or distinguish for Spanish speakers

/v/ and /f/
/p/ and /b/

Monday, January 16, 2017

One-minute world news

1 minute is enough to keep up with the news
Click here

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Native Americans

Smoke Signals

MOVIE INFO

The unavoidable synopsis -- two young American Indians leave the reservation to resolve their problems and to find themselves -- belies the poetry of this well-acted, well-directed and largehearted movie.
Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com)
It was shocking to realize that as late as 1998, this was still one of the few movies made by insiders, written, directed, and acted by Native Americans. The father-son narrative is conventional but it has humor and is well acted.
Emanuel Levy


According to this part of the film Tom must change some aspects of his appearance to  be a real Indian.
  1. Indians are not supposed to ___________
  2. You must look _________ and look like a ___________
  3. You should look like you’ve just been _________________________
  4. You have to know how to____________________. An Indian man is nothing________________.
  5. You have to ________________ that suit.

REEL INJUN

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

Key prefixes and suffixes

Click here to se the key.