Monday, October 9, 2017

Past tenses

Listen to the story and answer the questions below:
What was Nelson and Catherine’s relationship? Catherine had been his student
Why hadn’t Nelson retired? Because he loved teaching and his students gave him something to look forward to every day
Why did Catherine call Nelson? She invited him to dinner
What did Nelson do before going to see Catherine? He looked for a present
What was Catherine’s reaction when she saw the present? She made a funny face
Why did she react like that? Because she had given the same present to him the previous semester
What did Nelson do when he realized his mistake? He apologised
What did Catherine say? She said that it was the thought that counted

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What did her stepfather like having for dinner? Vegetables
Where did the vegetables come from? The stepfamily cultivated them
What did the girl like eating? She loved linguini
Why was she in the treehouse? She didn’t like her stepfamily
Why couldn’t she open the tin? She had forgotten the tin opener
How did she communicate with her mother? She wrote letters and let them fall down
What did she tell her mother? She explained why she had moved to the treehouse.  She said that she was ok and asked her not to send rescue
What did she see on TV? The news talked about her
What did her mother tell her? That they loved her
What did she make with the tins? She made a phone to speak to her mother
What was in the chest? She found decorations for her birthday party, a birthday card and a present
What did she do with the seeds? She planted them
How did she get down the tree? She made the pea plant grow with fertiliser and used it to go down
What did they have for dinner? They ate giant peas

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Languages - mindmap


Auxiliary verbs


Present simple
Do/does
He doesn’t live here
Present continuous
Am/ is/ are
He is studying
Past simple
Did
Did you call him?
Past continuous
Was were
I wasn’t listening
Present perfect
Have/has
I’ve known him for a year
Past perfect
Had
She had already been here
Future
Will
Will you come to class with me?
Conditional
Would/would have
We would go with you if we could
Modals
-permission and possibility
-ability
-obligation and prohibition
-logical deduction
-suggestion

Can, could, may, might
Can, could
must, have to, need, can’t
Must, can’t
Should, ought to

You can call me some time
I could read when I was 3
You must do your homework
You can’t copy in the exam
We should watch films in English

Find exercises in the grammar section on the right.

How I learnt English

Watch this video and take notes

Watch and do the tasks below

Write a summary of how she learnt English (0-3.33)
Write the list of tips she gives.

2nd Intermediate - Learning languages

Listen to this man talking about the secrets of language learning. Decide if the following statements are true or false.


1. He says there are 6 secrets to learning a language
2. He learned 11 languages before he was 15
3. He is learning Korean
4. He spends 1h a day trying to learn a language
5. He spends this time reading, listening or speaking the new language
6. To improve your oral skills talk to a friend who speaks the language
7. Use a computer to improve your skills
8. In class people only learn grammar
9. If you dedicate 3 hours a day you can learn a language in 3 months

Answers written in white. Select this line to see them: 1F, 2F, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6T, 7F, 8F, 9F

Do you want to know the rest of the secrets? Click here and find out.


More about learning a foreign language


1. Many teachers don’t speak the language __________________
2. You should use a __________________ to practice on your own
3. Languages have a lot of different __________________
4. In Texas there were a lot of __________________
5. Your need and __________________ the time determines your experience with learning languages


6. English students want to __________________ in the English language
7. The __________________thing is that there are a lot of idioms
8. We are a __________________ nation and many countries learn our language
9. Americans don’t know _____________________ as other people around the world.

Answers written in white: 1. fluently, 2. taped system, 3. dialects, 4. Spanish speaking people, 5. willingness to spend, 6. immerse themselves, 7. unfortunate, 8. powerful, 9. as many languages

English Mania

Watch the video and answer the questions


  1. What three other manias are mentiones? Beatle mania, sports mania, religious mania
  2. How many people are learning English around the world? 2 billion
  3. When do Chinese people start learning English? In third grade
  4. Why is English so important? It means opportunity for a better life, a job, to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table
  5. What other universal languages are mentioned? Mathematics and music
  6. What does English represent? Hope for the future

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Read the transcript or watch with subtitles here