Friday, December 23, 2011

Let's travel

Are you interested in spending a fortnight abroad to improve your English, French or German? If so, have a look to this link. Click here and browse the offer. Good luck and don't put it off!  The deadline is 31st January.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Get ready for your next English exam

Girl reading, by Auguste Renoir. 
  • PRESENT SIMPLE  1  2  3 
  • PRESENT CONTINUOUS 1  2  3
  • PRESENT SIMPLE vs. PRESENT CONTINUOUS 1 2
  • SIMPLE PAST  1  2  3
  • PRESENT PERFECT  1 
  • PRESENT PERFECT vs SIMPLE PAST 2  3

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Present simple vs Present continuous

Bayeux tapestry. (Detail)

Are you ready to face this challenge? Click here and check your answers. Good luck!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Revising the articles

Surfing the net, I've found this useful summary about definite and indefinite articles in English. Just have a look on it and do the exercises below.

Right, Picasso's painting Student with a pipe.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

On Phonetics

Whenever we look up any new word in a dictionary, we face a cluster of strange words enclosed between forward slashes beside each term. However, do we really know how to interpret them? And if so, how can we check it's being properly done? As far as I know, it's really hard for a non-native speaker to learn new sounds after a certain age. Unless you belong to this latter gifted sort, how will we manage to fill that gap? Fortunately for all of us, many researchers have borne that in mind and they have already published a great amount of resources to overcome it. While I've been surfing the net, I've found this phonemic chart published by Cambridge English Online. It provides the learners, on the one hand, with their isolated phonemic pronunciation, on the other one, with  their clarifying phonetic performance within a word. We can't deny this helping hand! If you're interested in it, just click here.
If you want to refresh your spelling, click on this link to the English Alphabet.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

About films and stories...

I have already collected some of the film titles I strongly recommend. Maybe you don't like them, but they are really worth watching. Have fun!




Saturday, June 18, 2011

Once upon a time

...there was a girl who wanted to become Little Miss Sunshine. Check the trailer and have fun.



Monday, May 30, 2011

Get ready for your listening exam

Watch this sequence taken from the film My big fat Greek wedding and answer these questions:

a-Where does Tula live?
b-What does she compare her house with?
c-How did Tula feel when she was a child?
d-What are Greek women expected to do for their whole lives?
e-What's the point of attending Greek lessons according to her mother?
f-What is her father obsessed with?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Revising last films

As many of you have asked me about the films we have been working with, here you can have a look to their trailers. It's up to you if you want to go on watching them or not. Have fun!




Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Best wishes for your future exams!!!!

You will be showered with good luck. Cheer up!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Exhibition of works

Congratulations to all our students on their amazing banners. We hope you have revised some English while you have been learning more about postural and personal hygiene. Anyway, thank you for taking part in this school project and remember to put into practice everything we have worked on.GThygiene
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

World Book Day

 This date commemorates the death of two universal writers: Shakespeare and Cervantes.

I have got very good quotations on books some lines below next paragraph. 

Although if you want to start your own reading adventure, I've found this interesting blog: Click here and you'll be able to choose as many titles as you want.

As an Indian proverb says,
a book, opened, it is a speaking brain;
closed, an
awaiting friend ;
forgotten, a forgiving soul;
destroyed, a crying heart.


Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.  William Hazlitt.

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  Author Unknown.

Love the heart that hurts you, but never hurt the heart that loves you. Hindu proverbs.

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Revision


PRESENT SIMPLE 1 2 IMPERATIVE 1
PRESENT CONTINUOUS 1 2 3
ADJECTIVES 1 2
THE TIME 1
PRONOUNS AND DETERMINERS  1 2
PAST SIMPLE 1 2
PAST CONTINUOUS 1 2
PRESENT PERFECT 1 2 3
TOO/ENOUGH 1
MODAL VERBS 1 2 3 4
SIMPLE FUTURE 1 2
FIRST CONDITIONAL 1
SECOND CONDITIONAL 2
PASSIVE VOICE 1 2 3 4 5

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Art for Art's sake

Imagine you work as an antique dealer. One day, you visit a museum. There's an exhibition on Klimt's paintings and you're very interested in buying one. If you could choose one of these, which would it be? Why? What does it evoke to you? Justify your answer.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Making predictions

Do you think future is written in the stars? Do the features related to your zodiac sign fit into your own personality? What about your Chinese sign? Has it foreseen any event in your life?
Read your horoscope thoroughly and write your own opinion using the first conditional and the future simple tense.


AQUARIUS (Independent, critical, inflexible and rebellious).
Something you have taken for granted may no longer be an option. Make life easier for yourself.


PISCES (Creative, emotional, kind and intuitive).
Take care with a sensitive soul or you could put your foot in it. Check arrangements you have made for the weekend.


ARIES (Active, straightforward, energetic, honest and aggressive).
Don't let the risk of failure hold you back. Just be yourself and enjoy whatever comes along.
 
TAURUS (Possessive, loyal, inflexible and strong).There is something you are dying to ask someone, why don't you try to make a phone call? Do it and it will lift a weight from your mind.


GEMINI (Intellectual, flexible, optimistic and volatile).Make a list of your best points, now do you see why someone is so fond of you? Let them back into your life before they give up.


CANCER (Perfectionist, over-sensitive, secretive and emotional). Try to see the funny side this week. Be more flexible and don't expect perfection.


LEO (Generous, caring, arrogant and self-centred).Spring cleans your mind and gets rid of the clutter. This weekend will bring a happy memory.


VIRGO (Observant, organized and shrewd). Talk to other people, they share your hopes and concerns. What you need is a bit more security.


LIBRA (Understanding, diplomatic and charming). Other people seem to have all the luck. Count your blessings. Make friendships stronger by more regular contact.


SCORPIO (Jealous, courageous, determinant and possessive).The easiest way forward is not always the best. Like chess, making the wrong can set you back.


SAGITTARIUS (Innovative, practical, optimistic and generous). More effort and your prospects will change dramatically. Give more of your time and less of your cash. Relax at the weekend.


CAPRICORN (Introvert, reserved, patient and spontaneous).Just sitting around is not an option. Get together with a friend and bring a sense of ridiculousness to get rid of an old problem.


CHINESE HOROSCOPE


Friday, April 1, 2011

Le poisson d'Avril


HAVE A FUNNY DAY!



I'm sure you will understand what Simpkins' boss means!happy april fools day comments and orkut scraps

Sunday, March 27, 2011

On the road

Bus driver gets black eye after collision.

A motorist gave a bus driver a black eye after a collision between their vehicles at the junction of George Street and High Road in Croydon. The man appeared in court yesterday morning. He got a suspended prison sentence and had to pay compensation to the bus driver.
Randolph Green, aged 28, an electrical engineer, of Blackthorn Road, Tooting, admitted hitting Mr. Michael Teal.
Mr. Charles Smith, who was outside the cinema in High Road when the accident happened, gave evidence at the trial. He said: “After the collision between the bus and Green’s car there was an argument about the cause of the accident and the two men got very angry. Green jumped on the bonnet of the car, put his hand through the open window of the bus and hit the driver in the eye.”
The judge sentenced Green to 28 days imprisonment suspended for a year and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to Mr. Teal.

AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
a)Where were the bus and the car when the accident happened?
b)Who were the two men involved in the accident?
c)How much compensation did Mr. Green have to pay Mr. Teal?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Heroine full time

Tobacconist heroine fights armed robber
Sixty-nine year old Monsalud Cabrera didn't think twice when faced with an armed robber in her Malaga shop on Tuesday. She defended herself with the first thing she had to hand: rolls of gift wrap. The tobacconist, who was behind the counter with her assistant at the time, started hitting out at the gun with the paper shouting "That's not real". A shot was fired, shattering the glass at the front of the counter, but by then, the robber had been sufficiently intimidated and left the premises empty-handed. "Divine intervention" was Monsalud's explanation for her instinctive reaction. 
Article taken from El Sur In English, by J.Cano.

Answer the following questions:
What happened?
Where did it take place? When?
What did the woman do?
What do you think of security measures at grocers' and department stores?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Irish Coffee

As Saint Patrick's Day is approaching, I have found this delicious recipe to start tasting the Irish scent. Enjoy!!


Coffee & Hot Drinks: How To Make An Irish Coffee

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grants

Maybe you're interested in travelling while learning English, French or German, aren't you? If your answer is affirmative, just have a look to this link. Don't miss the chance if you can!



Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. ~Seneca

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine
 
ENGLISH COURSE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

Monday, February 14, 2011

Looking for music for your Valentine?!

Which song would you choose to dedicate? Any other suggestions? Please, leave your comments here. By the way, happy Valentine's Day!










Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's joke!

I just had a dream about it

A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's day. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know tonight." he said.

That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--only to find a book entitled "The meaning of dreams".

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love or consumerism?

Has LOVE become big business? Can't we show our love the rest of time? WHAT DO YOU THINK? Leave your comments here. They'll be all welcome!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Revision

Do you understand the contents we have learnt by now? Can you use any tense? Let's revise them all!

PRESENT SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS 1 2 3
PAST SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS 1 2 3 
PREPOSITIONS 1 2 3
PARTS OF THE BODY / GAME

GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New music version to dance

I have just listened to this song and I've recognized Lambada, a tune from the eighties. Fortunately, the outcome improves with time! I hope you have fun.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Housework

Have you ever thought about the frequency you do the housework? Do you help at home? Is your bedroom the most suitable soil for dust mites to thrive in? Are you also aware of the relevance of your personal care? Have a look to the photo on the right. Do you know what they exactly are?

What about cleaning to start? Dead skin cells, mattresses, blankets and carpets are their commonest habitat. The more there are, the sooner allergies and other illnesses come up.

Therefore, I give you this handy list for the brainstorming activity. Make questions and answer them using the adverbs of frequency you've learnt. Write full answers.

How often do you ....
  • hoover the carpet?
  • change your sheets?
  • dust your furniture?
  • clean the floor?
  • do the washing?
  • air your room?
  • have a shower?
  • change your underwear?
  • use deodorant?
Afterwards, build up sentences following the instructions given on this poster. Start like this: I look my best when I...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prevention for health

Winter is the best season for diseases such as flu and cold to spread throughout. The huge shift of temperatures from homes to the outside can be one of the causes, but do we really take all measures in hand to prevent from them? Let's have a look to this video. Then, make a list with the health tips mentioned. Finally, add your own tips!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tales to remember



Hello, there!!!! I haven't written a line since last year yet. L.O.L. Okay, I'll go straight to the point. Ready? Let's start!
Spending a time surfing the net has its reward in the end. In fact, I've just found this tale written by the Grimm Brothers which is so up-to-date because of Disney's latest film Tangled and its forthcoming launch in Spain . Honestly, I didn't remember the story like that, but I've found out this handy Indian website, www.appuseries.com, where we can find lots of titles in several languages. Among its resources, it provides us with these talking books so useful for English learners. Finally, I must confess I love cartoons, so I've added the trailer of the above mentioned film. Just for fun. I hope you enjoy both!