Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Article Writing: Introduction


Tomorrow we'll start with article writing. This is just an introduction.

CAE Activities (By Tim Warre)

Monday, 24 April 2017

State of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?

Increasing numbers of Europeans faced with austerity, unemployment and inequality are seeing globalisation as a threat and are tempted by populist parties. To address this trend, it is vital that social rights such as employment, health and education be respected within inclusive societies. Citizens must also be fully confident about their national and European institutions. They require independent and impartial justice, effective parliaments and pluralistic media.
The new report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe State of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances? assesses the functioning of institutions and of societies across the 47 countries of the Organisation in the current political and social context. The report also explains how responsible political players can work together to challenge populism and to foster safe and stable states.

EOI CT Quality Survey

From today you can fill in a survey about our school and the classes you are given. Do this survey, please; we want to improve. Speak freely, it is anonymous that answers, not you! ;-)

Key to Passive Voice activities

Check your activities about Passive voice here.

Murcia Today Weekly Bulletin

Murcia Today Whats-on-weekly-bulletin

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 21st April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

The most complicated word in English ...

... is only three letters long. [Not GET]
Read this msn article.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Passive Verbs (Activities)

Do these to review verbs in the passive voice: 1 & 2.
We'll be checking answers in class next Monday 24th.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

New Words

See these slides to learn 12 new words you'll be using soon. (From Dictionary .com)

[The ones from the picture entered Webster Dictionary in 2011]

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

See these sample student answers to CAE Writing questions with feedback

See these sample student answers to CAE Writing questions with feedback (From Flo-Joe)

Writing

Just in case you fell like writing these holidays and you don't know what about. Here is a list of possible topics for writing.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Reading

If you feel like reading and you don't know what, you can find some pieces of reading here, on National Geographic Learning.
(You can also listen to them and do activities)

12 surprising facts about the English language

ELT Learning Journeys PEARSON

Friday, 7 April 2017

Key to last week's phrasals








Check your Phrasal Verbs here.

Interview: Gabby Salazar on Inspiring Environmental Responsibility in the Young Learner Classroom through Photography

Listen to Gabby Salazar and read Gabby's article.
Photographer and conservationist Gabby Salazar travels around the globe to document rare and endangered species and to raise awareness about their plight.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cartagena Holy Week '17

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. Tourist Brochures available here.
Enjoy your holidays !!!
See you on Wed. 19th April

British Easter

Learn about British Easter here.

Free English Course


Zlopp! Ptakk! Biff! Holy Bat-Onomatopoeia!

Zlopp! Ptakk! Biff! Holy Bat-Onomatopoeia!: We define onomatopoeia as 'the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its reference.' Or, if you prefer, 'the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect.'

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Blog writing

Read this How to write a good blog by British Council BBC Teaching English. Then write a 350-word entry for your blog (real or not). If uninspired, I suggest some titles:

  • Holy Week in Cartagena
  • Learn English Differently (5 wacky, or not, ideas)
  • Beware Advertising and Commercials!!!
  • My Perfect Weekend
Deadline 19th April

Typical mistakes in Reports

Check your mistakes in Report Writing here.

Improve your vocabulary


Monday, 3 April 2017

April fool – the language of jokes and tricks

Read this interesting article about April Fool's Day (a day when people play tricks on other people) on

Cambridge Dictionary About Words Blog.

Do read the comments after the post!

Digital Media (Speaking class with Parker)

Next Monday we'll be talking about  Digital Media. Read Wikipedia definition ...
"Digital media is any media that is encoded in a machine-readable format. Digital media can be created, viewed, distributed, modified and preserved on digital electronics devices. Computer programs and software; digital imagery, digital video; video games; web pages and websites, including social media; data and databases; digital audio, such as mp3s; and e-books are examples of digital media. Digital media are frequently contrasted with print media, such as printed books, newspapers and magazines, and other traditional or analog media, such as pictures, film or audio tape."... and be ready to answer the following questions:

  • How can it change the way we experience the world?
  • How do audiences use digital media at concerts and conferences these days?
  • Do you download anything / post comments / review products / tweet / upload anything / use social networking sites? 
  • How often?


Quotes


Murcia Today

Murcia Today Whats-on-weekly-bulletin

! Murcia Today - Murcia And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 31st March 2017

Friday, 31 March 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

British vs American English

Study differences in spelling and pronunciation (videos included) on Oxford Dictionaries.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Gender-Neutral Singular They

Gender-Neutral Singular They: On January 8th, 2016, approximately 300 linguists crammed into a room to vote on the American Dialect Society’s 2015 Word of the Year. From microaggression to man bun to emoji with x-rated connotations, dozens of lexical items were debated, but only one could take home the ultimate honor of Word of the Year. This year that title went to they, or more specifically, to the gender-neutral singular use of they. The current discussion of they touches on two distinct conversations: grammar usage and gender identity. Many style guides instruct editors to never use they with a singular antecedent. ... (Read more)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Key Word Transformation Training


Key next week

Foodies! Put Down That Fork And Take This Quiz!

Foodies! Put Down That Fork And Take This Quiz!: Is anybody hungry out there? We all call food different things in different places. In other words, one man's soda is another man's tonic. It's called regionalism, a speech form, expression, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of a particular area. There are food items with unique names that are particular to a certain part of the country, too—can you guess where they're from? Take this mouth-watering quiz! And while you're here, share your thoughts on your favorite food of the day!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

OH (key)

Check your last week activity answers here.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

QUIZ: How good is your grammar?

Check your grammar knowledge. (Just 17 questions)

Friday, 17 March 2017

British Gardens

The loveliest British gardens to see in springtime.
If you like gardens, you'll love these 16 slides.

Writing: A Report

Choose one of the following tasks  to write a 350-word report:
  • More and more young people must leave Spain in order to find a job. Invent facts and figures for the last ten years and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • Crime rate is increasing in your area. There are more thefts, robberies and burglaries than ten years ago. Invent facts and figures and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • The number of young people betting on football matches results /numbers of goals scored, etc.  has risen dramatically in the last five years. Invent facts and figures for the last ten years and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • You have given out a questionnaire to your classmates to check how happy they are with the amount of time devoted in class to the 4 skills (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking). Write a report to your teacher showing your findings and give some suggestions.
Deadline: 27th March

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Report Writing

Have a look at...
· Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Writing task: Sample
· Impersonal Report Structures
· Report Sample (200 words)
· Report Phrase Sheet
· Statistical Reports (extra info, not compulsory)


Tuesday, 14 March 2017