Friday, 27 March 2015

Cartagena's HOLY WEEK

Visit the Town Hall website in English.

Have a look to get familiar with the vocabulary and concepts of our Holy Week in this "guide" and in Holy Week Step by Step.

Enjoy your holidays !!!
See you on Wed. 8th April

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Interesting suggestions...

News in levels
English Series
Grammar through movie segments
Browse these sites... (Thanks Carmen once more)

Tenses Review

Final Written Exam Dates June and September

1st June at 16.30

11th Sep at 16.30 

G o o d      L u c k !!!
(... but you'd better study hard!)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Writing Task: ESSAY

Write a 350-word ESSAY giving your opinion on one of the following statements:

A) The mass media, including TV, radio, newspapers have a great influence on people and especially on the younger generation. It plays an important role in shaping the opinions and positions of the younger generation. Argue for or against this statement.

B) Technology makes communication easier in today's world. Many people choose to work at home in front of a computer screen. What danger does the society face depending on computer screens rather than face-to-face contact as the main means of communication? Are we the prisoners of the progress?

C) "The concept of prison as society's punishment of the offender is both barbaric and ineffective".

D) What are the arguments for and against modern advertising methods? Are there any controls which you think should be imposed on advertisers?

OR choose any other topic you might be interested in. If you choose this, provide the title of the essay.

To be handed in or e-mailed before 13th April.

More for Essay Writing

Useful chunks for essay writing.

Learn more about "writing essays" under the heading Reference Material on your right below or here.

Review connectors as well! ... and punctuation if necessary.

IELTS Essay Topics

Check different topics for essays and samples on this page.

Argument / Opinion Essay Writing

First thing, check The Essay Writing Process. After that, if you want to learn some tips for essay writing, have a look at this. Interesting information on argument and opinion essay writing and two samples (one for each) for you to read.

El blog para preparar el "writing" de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas: General vocabulary

El blog para preparar el "writing" de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas: General vocabulary

Friday, 20 March 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

El tirón del bilingüismo (El País)

Read the article here, if you're interested in the topic. (In Spanish)

Monday, 16 March 2015

Speaking Lesson: Description of Cartagena's Landmarks

After studying the previous post...

1. Describe one famous monument / castle / building ... in Cartagena. Do not name it. Your classmates must guess which one you are describing. (maximum 3 mins description)

2. Describe a famous landmark you've visitied. Describe it, what you could do there, your impressions, who did you go with / why, etc. (maximum 4 mins.)

3. Which will be the next big technological development? Discuss in twos. (10 mins.)

4. Think of something which hasn't been invented yet and describe it. (10 mins.)

5. P. 81. Activity 5 (15 mins.)

City Description

Have a look at general vocabulary about Home, Neighbourhood and City first.

Then check below...

... and finally learn from our Town Hall website about Cartagena Heritage.

Unit 5 vocabulary KEY

Check your answers to unit 5 vocabulary activity here.

Friday, 13 March 2015

200,000 Visits!!!

Thank you for visiting the blog. 
It is immensely rewarding to check that the work done is shared and appreciated by so many English lovers. 
Keep on visiting the blog… 
I’ll just try to keep up with your expectations.

Verbs followed by infinitive / gerund

Have a look!
It's always helpful to have a reference in case of doubt.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Writing Task: REVIEW

Remember to review (examine again) the review (report to give opinion) samples posted so far. Check this Restaurant Review and Useful Vocabulary before getting down to writing.

Write a 350-word review on a film / play / concert / CD / restaurant / book / TV programme...

Deadline: Mar. 25th

A couple of interesting things...

Some vocabulary to mean Exciting and Interesting & collocations with Interesting.
Remember: it is strictly forbidden to use the word "interesting" in the reviews.:-D

Check reviews

Have a look at some reviews of the latest literature on PASAJES. Pay special attention to the vocabulary (especially adjectives, adverbs and verbs) used in the comments.
To revise film reviews check theguardian

Extra Vocabulary for Reviews

You can use the following Usage Notes to improve your collocations when you talk or write about Music, Restaurants, Cinema & the Movies and Literature (from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 8th Edition).
A Beautiful Mind review sample (from Tomeu Aloy's English Advanced 2 Blog)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Review Writing

Let's start with an activity from Oxford Learner's Thesaurus Study Pages: A Film Review. Then have a look at another sample of Film Review; study the structure, phrases and some useful vocabulary.
In this presentation (by Javi) you can see some more extra useful vocabulary for Book Reviews (remember to check How to Write a Book Review)

Friday, 6 March 2015

How big is a billion? - Numberphile

We're always talking about words, words, and words. Have a look at this wonderful video sent by Andrew the Ripper. It's about numbers. Thanks Andrew!!!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Luke's English Podcast

Luke has won the prize of Best Blog in English awarded by MacMillan Dictionary Love English for the fourth running year.
Of course, visit it!

British Expressions I

Check how many of these British expressions you already know and try to remember at least 7 new ones which you think you might use...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Just a reminder ... 
You have to do / give / make a presentation before the end of the (academic) year. It will help your oral skills dramatically / enormously / immeasurably / significantly / tremendously.
Tips to start working on it.