Thursday 27 December 2018

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with Merriam-Webster 10-question challenge!

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Tuesday 25 December 2018

Thursday 20 December 2018

Food Phrasal Verbs

Learn cooking, eating, and food related phrasal verbs in this English lesson with your English teacher Lucy.
Get ready for Christmas!!!

Wednesday 19 December 2018

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Check new words or phrases in a monolingual dictionary ...

Instead of SAID...

Here are dialogue words you can use instead of ‘said’, categorised by the kind of emotion or scenario they convey:

Anger: Shouted, bellowed, yelled, snapped, cautioned, rebuked.

Affection: Consoled, comforted, reassured, admired, soothed.

Excitement: Shouted, yelled, babbled, gushed, exclaimed.

Fear: Whispered, stuttered, stammered, gasped, urged, hissed, babbled, blurted.

Determination: Declared, insisted, maintained, commanded.

Happiness: Sighed, murmured, gushed, laughed.

Sadness: Cried, mumbled, sobbed, sighed, lamented.

Conflict: Jabbed, sneered, rebuked, hissed, scolded, demanded, threatened, insinuated, spat, glowered.

Making up: Apologised, relented, agreed, reassured, placated, assented.

Amusement Teased, joked, laughed, chuckled, chortled, sniggered, tittered, guffawed, giggled, roared.

Storytelling: Related, recounted, continued, emphasized, remembered, recalled, resumed, concluded

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Thursday 13 December 2018

Reading Comprehension Activity

Do this Reading Comprehension Activity created by Pablo to review.
Answers in class on Monday

If you're Trying to Fit in, you Need to Hear these Quotes

20 Quotes from

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Monday 10 December 2018

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 7th December 2018

What's On Weekly Bulletin News

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 7th December 2018

Facial Expressions in English Language

Check the activity done in class here.

Mistakes in Article Writing

Check writing article typical mistakes here.

If you don't know where you make your mistakes, that's your worst mistake: not knowing where your mistakes are at. 
Meek Mill

Friday 7 December 2018

Adverbial Phrases

We often use a comma to separate multiword adverbial phrases or clauses from the rest of the sentence when the phrase or clause comes first. In these next examples you’ll recognize a dependent clause, a prepositional phrase, a participial phrase, and an infinitive phrase.
  • When the clock strikes twelve, my dog howls. 
  • Over the course of a very long night, the surgeon operated on three children. 
  • Wanting to earn a place on the podium, the runner accepted the steroids. 
  • To make her decision, Mary studied each option for hours. 
The use of commas after prepositional phrases isn’t always straightforward. We use a comma after some prepositional phrases at the beginning of a sentence but not after others. So when do you use a comma and when don’t you?

1. Use a comma after prepositional phrases of five or more words:
On the counter sat a bundle of old letters. (fewer than five words)
From the elevator’s control panel, red paint dripped like blood. (five or more words)

2. Use a comma to eliminate confusion:
In the contest entries were arranged alphabetically. (confusing)
In the contest, entries were arranged alphabetically. (Without a comma after contest, readers might assume that contest entries was a unit, with contest modifying entries.)

3. Use a comma when a series of prepositional phrases starts the sentence:
During drought and famine, in good times and bad, I’ll be there for you. (A series of two prepositional phrases.)

(from The Editor's Blog A Tale of Adverbs and the Comma)

Thursday 6 December 2018

Wednesday 5 December 2018

KEY to Cloze 3rd Dec.

Check your answers here  and see some collocations and vocab from the text at the end.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Inversion Review

If you feel like reviewing all type of inversions, click here.

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Article Review

(Re)read the articles on the following entries:
Articles I
Articles II
Articles III


Assimilation is when two sounds come together and change or melt into a new sound. Assimilations may happen inside a word, or between two words, when the final sound of a word touches the first sound of the next word (because when we speak we join all the words together). When speaking, people make many assimilations, most of them can only be noticed by the trained ear of an academic speaker and are not important for us. But there are 4 assimilations that are very important, because the sound changes a lot and the student of English can notice the difference and feel confused about it. See examples of these four assimilations here. (Multimedia - English)

Friday 23 November 2018

2 T's in a Pod TRAVELLING

Episode 9 of the podcast is all about travelling, do you like to travel light? Have you got the travel bug? We spoke to two people who definitely have, Jon and Ania from; they came on the show to tell us about their various adventures. We also spoke to people about their weird and wonderful travel experiences as well as our vocabulary section “5 Ways to Say.” Below you’ll find the timings of the episode in case you want to skip ahead or use specific parts in class:

Tim and Katy travel stories – 0 -13.30
Main Interview – John and Ania – 13.30 – 30.00
5 Ways to say – travel vocab – 30.10 – 35.00
Vox pops – Shay – 35.20 – 40.30
Outro – 40.35 – End

‘The Ear of the Beholder' with Laura Patsko; a Cambridge English teacher...

KEY to last Fri. ON activities

Thursday 22 November 2018

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Pronouncing English place names

London, Durham, Leicester, Edinburgh, Lincoln, Greenwich, Oxford, Cambridge ... Can you pronounce all of them correctly?
Check here!

Monday 19 November 2018

Friday 16 November 2018

On and on & on and on & on...

Law and Order and Opioids

The opioid epidemic in America is impacting the criminal justice system. We meet the drug court judge who tells us about her hopes for those going through the court. We attend the drug court graduation ceremony and follow the police as they search for drugs. And, we assess the impact on Louisville's city jail, which runs the state Kentucky's biggest detox centre.

Key to last Friday Activity

Thursday 15 November 2018

Flipped Learning in the ELT

Read the blog post on Flipped Learning (Cengage IN FOCUS) and watch the webinar at the end of the post if you're interested.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

"God Says Yes To Me" by Kaylin Haught

God Says Yes To Me
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic 
and she said yes 
I asked her if it was okay to be short 
and she said it sure is 
I asked her if I could wear nail polish 
or not wear nail polish 
and she said honey 
she calls me that sometimes 
she said you can do just exactly 
what you want to 
Thanks God I said 
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph my letters 
Sweetcakes God said 
who knows where she picked that up 
what I'm telling you is 
Yes Yes Yes

Kaylin Haught

Top 10 Mistakes Spanish Speakers Make in English

I know you don't make these mistakes... but just have a look, remember when you made them and have fun...

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Easy Peasy vs Painstaking Work

Easy Peasy (UK informal or child'sword: very easy)
Words and phrases to describe things that are EASY.


Uphill battle (needing a large amount of effort)

Friday 9 November 2018

Listening, Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation Activity

Webquest: Bonfire Night | Onestopenglish

Last Monday 5th was Guy Fawkes' Night in the UK. If you don't know what it is about, click Webquest: Bonfire Night | Onestopenglish: This webquest by Gabrielle Jones includes activities about the history and traditions of Bonfire Night.

Register Activities KEY

Wednesday 7 November 2018

VAK Learning Styles Understanding

VAK Learning Styles Understanding How Team Members Learn: Understand your team members' preferred method of learning with the VAK Learning Styles model, so that you can engage them in training more effectively.

Or you can use them to improve your own learning!

VAK Learning Styles Questionnaire (on-line)
Click here to download a copy of the VAK self assessment tools or if you wish to use or share it with others.

More useful collocations...


Tuesday 6 November 2018

Sunday 4 November 2018

Murcia and Spanish news round-up 27th to 31st October 2018

Murcia and Spanish news round-up 27th to 31st October 2018: A foretaste of winter in the Costa Cálida before the long holiday weekend An early bulletin this week as the newsdesk is taking advantage of the 'puente' this weekend, with the bank holiday on Thursday 'bridging' the weekend and allowing those who take one day of holiday leave to enjoy a four day break. Winter arrived with a jolt in the Costa Cálida this week, as maximum temperatures fell from almost 30 degrees on Thursday and Friday to well under 20 by Sunday;

Murcia Today - News

Friday 2 November 2018

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Monday 29 October 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 26th October 2018

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 26th October 2018: The Costa Cálida weather is in the spotlight again as uncertainty over flight schedules at Corvera airport continues Once again much of the talk in Murcia this week has revolved around the weather, first when the Region was bypassed by the torrential rain which threatened the Mediterranean coastline last weekend and then by a dramatic drop in temperatures which is forecast all over Spain over the coming Saturday and Sunday. Last weekend’s storm saw the setting of new Spanish rainfa...
Murcia Today

Friday 26 October 2018

Stress Patterns

Key next week

Thursday 25 October 2018

Change of lesson

Week 28th Oct. to 2nd Nov., we'll have our Monday lesson ON TUESDAY (same time, 9.30-12.30 and same classroom, 6).
Sorry for the inconvenience.