Monday, January 31, 2011

PASSIVE "It is said that..."

Hi, Guys!,

If you need to practise the PASSIVE OF REPORTING VERBS, just click on the following links, look at the structures, do those exercises and see the key below. It can be really functional and useful for you.

* (interesting, all types of Passive)

Nice To Meet You All!!!

Hi, Guys!,

Pleased to meet and teach you English.
Thank you all for your participation, effort, spontaneous conversations, quizzes, cakes, sweets points, the short story of the dog, the Golden Girls, ... and so on.
We've had a very good time all together! It's great!
I hope I'll see you again! ;-)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Test your English knowledge playing!

Hi, Guys!,

Would you like to test your English knowledge? I've just found an amusing way! If you click on the following links, you can check your English as well as play a game online.

For example, can you remember when you have to use MAKE or DO? and what about your vocabulary? You can enjoy and learn a lot! Ready, Steady, Gooooo!!!!!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Golden Globe Awards 2011

Hi, there!,

Would you like to be on the red carpet like a celebrity? How would you feel if you were an actor / actrees in L.A.? Imagine ... and later, "The Oscar goes to..." It must be so exciting!

But in the meantime, let's talk about The Golden Globe Awards, which took place on January 16th. I'd like to share with you some videos from the winning movies. I think these are worthwhile. And if you are more interested, click on the following link:

Best Actor for Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Natalie Portman won The Golden Globe in Black Swan

Best Motion Picture Drama for Social Network


Monday, January 24, 2011

Speaking - Describing Famous People

Hi, there!,

I'd like to share with all of you the following motivating task (similar to GUESS WHO?), it's very easy to prepare and really functional for students. By means of this oral activity, they are going to learn and practise how to describe physical appearance and clothes.

1. Firstly, children must learn how to describe people's complexion, hair, eyes, etc. such as "She has got long straight brown hair", "He's relatively tall", etc.

2. Secondly, they learn clothes vocabulary and write down sentences such as "She is wearing fantastic red cardigan, blue jeans", etc.

3. Materials: You need to buy a magazine (for example: Hello!). Then, you cut some photos of famous people and celebrities (look at the picture).

4. You deliver these photos to your students, they must hide these from the other students. At first, you can ask them to write down the description of their famous person, and / or then, they have to read their description. Besides, children can add more extra information, such as "She is married to David Beckham", by this way, your students write a more detailed description, and this makes easier for the rest of students to guess the famous person or celebrity. The student who guesses the celebrity described has a "sweet point". Now, it's his/her turn.

I hope you'll find it interesting! ;)

Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz

Hi, there!,

English teachers always say listening to music is actually a great way of learning English. So, would you like to listen and dance this popular song?

Monday, January 17, 2011

MoDaL VerBs ExeRciSeS (post 5)

Hi, Guys!,

Do you remember Modals? Well, you may need some practise. So, you can click on the following interesting links, they include key answers. Nevertheless, you can have a look at other previous posts related to Modals.

Have a Nice Day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Practical Idioms as well as Decorating Your Classroom

Hi, Teachers!,

Many times in class, our students ask us "How can I say 'hacer la vista gorda' in English?", "Fat sight?", "Oh, no, no, ... they say: "Turn a blind eye".
Becuase of that, it's very constructive and effective if you use a small white board in class and every week, you write down a new English idiom for your students.Even more, I'm going to propose you to have a look at the following list.

Obviously, you can create your own list of idioms and hang these later as a poster.

hacer falta to be lacking hacer la vista gorda to turn a blind eye
hacer las maletas to pack

hacer lo posible to do one's best

hacer muecas to make faces

hacer pinta to play hookey

llorar a lágrima viva to cry like a baby

llorar a mares to cry a lot

lo hecho hecho está what is done is done
lo mismo da it's all the same

manos a la obra get to work

meter la pata to mess up

muerto de cansancio dead tired

ni pensarlo don't even think about it

no poder dar crédito a los oídos to not believe my ears

por consguiente as a result
por lo tanto therefor
por resultas de as a result of

por su cuenta all by himself

prender fuego a to set fire to

puesto que since

Used To, Be Used To and Get Used To (post 4)

Hi, Guys!,

At Christmas, some of you asked me more exercises related to Used To, Be Used To and Get Used To. I hope you'll find them useful! Here you are ...

* (with key answers)

Relative Clauses (post 5)

Hi, Guys!,

These days, we're learning and revising Relative Clauses or Defining and Non-defining Cl. So, I hope you'll find these exercises interesting ;) Don't forget you can find more exercises on Lables - Relatives (Defin. and Non-defin.).


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tips to Improve your SpeakinG

Hi, Guys!,

I'm here again! I'd like to start this year giving some tips to IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING, thanks to Vanessa Addison! You all know how important is English in these days, but above all, speaking it. So, come on, don't waste time and try to follow the following TIPS.

1. Take every opportunity to speak!
2. Learn phrases (since they're easier to remember and more useful).
3. Learn with your ears (put more emphasis on listening).
Repeat, repeat, repeat...
5. Practise English with yourself (talk to yourself).
6. Little and often English everyday.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

NeW YeaR 2011 in different CoRneRs of the WorlD

Hi, three!,

Would you like to see how the NeW YeaR 2011 was celebrated around the world?

In London, there were awesome fireworks!

In Madrid, people meet at the Puerta del Sol and they eat 12 grapes to bring them Luck!

In New York, people count down aloud in Times Square and then, they kiss each other!

My Best Wishes for 2011

"Keep the smile, leave the tear.
Think of joy, forget the fear.
Hold the laughter, leave the pain.
Be joyous, because it's a new year!!!"
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