Friday, 31 December 2010

Monday, 27 December 2010

Boxing Day (yesterday)


Do you know what Boxing Day is? If you want to learn, visit this website and do the activities.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Songs, songs, songs...

There's a wonderful website (by Isabel Pérez)where you can find hundreds of songs (old and new) to listen to and do activities (or not) with their lyrics.

Vuelve a casa por Navidad (U2's English Version)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Writing Task: INFORMATION SHEET

If you didn't attend class last Wednesday, this is the writing task for next Wednesday; if you did, choose between the given options on Wed. and these:

Write a 220-250 Information Sheet on ONE of the three topics suggested below. Before you start, review p. 201 in your textbook. Do use the Useful Language provided and proofread it before handing it in / e-mailing it by next Wednesday 22nd.
· Traveller Advice for Cartagena Visitors
· Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Cartagena
· Your Own Business (real or not)

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The 50 Best Christmas Gifts for Men THE INDEPENDENT

Have a look here (click on the guide, see the photographs and read the comment on the right).

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

World AIDS Day

Welcome to
The Independent
with a difference.

Browse the official website

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

St. Andrews

Today is Scotland's Patron Saint Day (and my daughter's). If you want to learn more about the saint, do this Question and Answer Quiz Sheet. On the website you can also find lots of quizzes (I recommend Word Origins or superstitions) It's genuine Trivia, ie. details or information that are not important.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Answers to homework

Check your answers to activities from pp 31 & 32 here.

Modal Verbs

Check out this SlideShare Presentation to review:
Do this Multiple Choice Modal Review (from English Page) after watching the presentation. You can check your answers at the end of the activity.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monográficos at the EOI

Within the courses offered this academic year, we have one dealing with conversation given by a native speaker. More info here.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Vocabulary review Unit 2

Check your vocabulary of the unit filling in these sentences with words and phrases from the unit. Good luck!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

About English Idioms

Interesting Blog to Visit
English is full of funny expressions that don't always make sense. What do they mean? How do we use them? And where did they come from? Those are some of the questions we try to answer at About English Idioms.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Returns and Refunds


On English Page you can find loads of exercises. I suggest this one about returns and refunds. Try it and check your answers!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Listen and Read, Learn English

Elena (San Javier EOI Avanzado 2 teacher) suggests we should visit this website to Listen and Read English... and it's a good piece of advice. Thanks Elena!!!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Giving your opinion & Agreeing

Review the activity done in class about giving opinions & agreeing. The part of Agreeing was not seen in class and is worth being read.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Spanish English

Learn about Spanish English on Macmillan Blog

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Word Families

This is a long list of Word Formation from Cambridge Advanced Learners' Dictionary. You can check it here or on the right column in the Reference Material Section: Prefixes and suffixes and / or World Families.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Global Voices

Watch this video by Macmillan on Global Voices and listen to David Crystal talking on the subject.
Even though both videos have to do with the presentation of a new course for adult learners by the publishers, they're an excellent way to introduce this year and to make us realise why study English and what English to study.
Yes, definitely: we're going to study English by practising the four skills and we'll be helped with some grammar and loads of vocabulary.
Welcome!!!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Oral Practice by Splendid Speaking

Try the following Splendid Speaking Activities to rehearse both the speech and the interaction parts of the oral exam:
Technology, Music, Language Learning, Jobs, Environmental Concerns, Cultural Attractions, Jobs, Eating Habits, Travel.
Remember there are many other topics, all of which can be checked here ... and don't forget this.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Newsy

On NEWSY select the piece of news you want to watch / hear, listen to it as many times as necessary and then listen to it once more reading the transcript. Easy!!!

Monday, 24 May 2010

Passive Voice

Get some grammar practice with passive voice sentences here.
If you feel like some rephrasing, click here and here.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

elllo Listening Practice


Get listening practice on elllo advanced page: these listenings can be fast, long, and/or complicated.

Using a noun entry

A difficult activity from Oxford Collocations Dictionary. Key soon.

Phrasal Verbs

More phrasal verbs (up & down) you should know; and the KEY to the phrasal verb activity blogged on 22 March.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Bill Bryson: The story of the electric light

For centuries, we hunched over candles after dark. Then gas and electricity arrived – and the world lit up. In the latest extract from his new book, the acclaimed writer reveals the bizarre story of how artificial light came to transform our lives

Read this Bill Bryson's writing on the Guardian. It's a good read.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Modelos de tarea de pruebas de Certificación de las EEOOII del País Vasco


You can see the samples here. Go to Nivel Avanzado Inglés and remember that the exams are not exactly the same here and in the Basque Country.

Are our brains built for languages?

Learning a language is no easy task. Like optical illusions, language can play tricks on the brain, explained New York University psychologist Gary Marcus at a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Simple syntactic ambiguities, he argued, throw a wrench into prevalent theories that the human brain is well evolved—or even optimally evolved—for language.
Read this article about the brain and languages; it's interesting!
You can read more articles on CELT.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Mind & Brain(s) VOCAB


Mind and brain vocabulary for you to highlight (from collocation, mono and bilingual dictionaries)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

No class on Monday 10th May

Tomorrow's lesson will be on Thursday. See you on Wednesday

Friday, 7 May 2010

QUIZ

Try this 14-question Total English Quiz to revise your art, music, photograph vocabulary. Key on p. 2.

Monday, 3 May 2010

The Weather

Let's start with some general words; then some collocations (both from CALD 3rd edition). We will carry on with a dazzling activity prepared by Javi (English EOI teacher). Finally, more vocabulary about Natural Disasters and a reading comprehension activity by The Guardian Weekly, key included ...... we may as well look on the bright side!!!

Macmillan Buzz Words: Eco-bling

What does ECOBLING mean?

Global Warming in YAPPR

See an informative video about global warming with subtitles here.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Say goodbye to GOOD and NICE

Find other ways to express exciting and interesting events, people, experiences...

Monday, 12 April 2010

Would you agree with Tom Harel?

This EzineArticles.com author writes about The 5 Best Countries to Live In.

If you enjoy football...

... read about the classic in Guardian's La Liga.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Globish: the worldwide dialect of the third millennium

More than a lingua franca, the rapid adoption of 'decaffeinated English', according to the man who coined the term 'Globish', makes it the world's most widely spoken language.
Read this Guardian's Robert McCrum's interesting article on "Globish"

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Vocabulary Review Unit 8

Revise your vocabulary from this unit: Use dictionaries (preferably monolingual ones) or the textbook to find the hidden words. Keys after Easter.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Article on David Crystal's "A Little Book of Language"

"A Little Book of Language" Language is forever changing – and forms such as tweets and text messages are no less valid than any textbook version, says the linguist David Crystal, whose latest book encourages children to engage with the possibilities of their lingua franca
By Joy Lo Dico from The Independent.

Read it here.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Speaking / Listening Activity from SPLENDID SPEAKING

The World of Work is a Splendid Speaking Activity we'll be doing in class next Wed. You can listen to Eun-Kyung from South Korea using a Star Story and check her words with the tapescript.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Job Description

Did / Will you apply for this job?

Monday, 15 March 2010

Reporting Verbs

Have another look at reporting verbs: followed by To + V or V-ing or Preposition... Check them here, remember the examples and make your own sentences.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Self-Study Idiom Quizzes

To review, check, learn idioms / comparisons / phrasal verbs / slang... visit this helpful website.

Mobile Phones


Engrossing advanced reading comprehension activity on Mobile Phones by TheGuardianWeekly-OneStopEnglish. Keys at the end of the activity.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

ESL LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISES: Movie Clips

On learnenglishfeelgood you can do short listening activities and check them at the moment. Another good site to visit suggested by Murcia EOI English teacher Elena García.

Listening Activity


On Elllo, you can listen to hundreds of activities. Try this on Household Chores (rings a bell?)... and if you want some more... here it is (answers at the end).

Monday, 22 February 2010

Verbs followed by prepositions

Do this verb + preposition activity by filling in the blanks with prepositions to review the activity on p. 71. Key soon.

You can find an on-line dictionary about it on englishpage website.

Magazines and Songs

You can find here a web to read magazines in English on line: you Kioske.com

Lyrics Training is an easy and fun method to learning and improve your foreign languages skills like English through the music and lyrics of the songs.

Say thanks to EOI MU English teacher Lola Ros, who sent both links.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Wish, If Only and Others

Javi wishes to share with us a clear and brief presentation. If only you watched it... It's high time you clicked here.

New Blog: Talking Points

Have a look at: Talking Points. If you want to know a bit more about Australia (via a song), click here.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

More interesting practice...

Good material from AulaFacil.com. You can review reading and listening skills and with answers.

Friday, 5 February 2010

English Vocabulary for IT and Computing

Though a bit too long, extremely interesting ...

BBC Odd Box


Have a look at these 10 odd pieces of news from BBC. It's fun!

News English Extra (BBC)

Interesting stuff from BBC Learning English.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Tips for the Oral Exam

Try to practise these tips from Splendid Speaking.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Get

Get is another "forbidden" word in formal writing: use other verbs instead. Find them in this document from Oxford Thesaurus

Weather


You can find a useful and engrossing reading comprehension activity from the guardianweekly & onestopenglish. Key on last page.

Friday, 22 January 2010

An On-line English Test

David sent this link to practise tests. If you feel like trying, go to test-my-english.com and take it. They send you the results if you give your e-mail at the end of the test. Good practice, though mainly business English.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Where to play sports?


Choose where to play sports among the different places.

Friday, 15 January 2010

More Sport related vocabulary

You can find an interesting vocabulary activity dealing with Sports Vocabulary by OneStopEnglish here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

CNN Student News

You can watch January 5th news here.

It's good practice because the news are more or less known to you and it is extremely easy to follow.

Activity and Key to Unit 4 Vocabulary Review.

The activity is here. Once finished, you can check your answers here.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Gradable Adjectives

Javi is happy to share with us his presentation on Gradable Adjectives