Friday 28 April 2017

Really GOOD!!!

Improve your formal writing and speaking: "Good" is OK for beginners... but you are a C1 student: Do use the adjectives below (all meaning good)

We have had a third of a million hits on our blog!!!

REGISTER: Formal vs Informal

Thursday 27 April 2017

Curso de inmersión lingüística en lengua extranjera para la obtención del certificado C1

Al igual que en los últimos dos cursos pasados desde el Servicio de Innovación y Formación del Profesorado a través del Centro de Profesores y Recursos Región de Murcia se viene organizando un curso de inmersión lingüística en el extranjero dentro del programa “+Idiomas” que la Consejería de Educación ha puesto en marcha con la finalidad de que todos los centros educativos sean bilingües en el año 2019. Este curso conlleva una inmersión durante 4 semanas (mes de julio) en un país extranjero. La actividad formativa está financiada con Fondos Europeos. Adjunto la convocatoria del curso para la acreditación del nivel C1 del MCERL . Por lo que os pedimos se difunda esta convocatoria entre el alumnado que actualmente está cursando el curso de especialización en C1 por si están interesados en inscribirse. Adjunto el enlace a la web del CPR para ampliar información.

Article Writing Task

 Write a 350-word article about one of the following topics (if you run short of ideas) from

1) A local councillor has made a terrible mistake that has caused the loss of 700 million euros of public money. However, no one thinks he should resign. You have decided to write an article for your local magazine stating your opinion. Include the following points:
· Current state of affairs.
· Liability.
· Accountability.
· Consequences.

2) The government wants to keep primary schools open all year round so working parents can combine childcare and work. You have decided to write an article for the parents’ association magazine stating your opinion. Include the following points:
· Cost.
· Effectiveness.
· Impact on adults.
· Impact on children.
3) An English language magazine to which you are subscribed is appealing for short articles for a series called Me and My Mates. Write an article to the magazine including the following:
· The values you and your friends share.
· The things you like to do together.
· How you think your generation differs from others.
Deadline 3rd May

NOTE: If you write an article different from the suggested ones, do write the title and type of paper / magazine / website it will be published

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Article Writing: Introduction

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

Buzz or Bull? The Top 21 Buzzwords of 2015 & 2016

Buzz or Bull? The Top 21 Buzzwords of 2015 & 2016: After scouring the web I have found the top marketing buzzwords for 2015/2016. Check them out and let me know if I have missed any.

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

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! 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)


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

Monday 10 April 2017


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.

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?


Murcia Today

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