lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

Houses of the future



   What kind of homes will we live in in the future? What kind of technology will we have? Watch this video for a glimpse of the homes of tomorrow. 



The city of London



   Everyone knows Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, but what else is there to the city of London? Learn about London's past, present and future in this video.








martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

Domestic VIolence



 

Monsters In the Closet - Domestic Violence From a Child's View




International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 november)






Something good to finish...



   Vocabulary.

   Lesson Plan       II                          Listening                     Blog

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2015

Thaknsgiving Facts


Origins of Thanksgiving tradition.






Answer these questions  

What was the name of the ship that sailed to America? 
Who were the Pilgrims? Why did they leave England? 
What year did they arrive in America? Where?
Who was the 1st. President to celebrate Thanksgiving?
What is Sarah Josefa Hale best known for? 
Who was the President that listened to her pleas? 
What began in 1924? 
What sport competition is held on this day?



 When was the holiday established?





The ship on which the Pilgrims sailed to America.

   


Have a look at this Reading Comprehension about The Mayflower:

What is the traditional Thanksgiving menu?


In this e-book you have got extra-material

Thanksgiving Rap!


Thanksgiving famous movie scenes

And after Thanksgiving, we have Black Friday.  Listen.


domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2015

lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2015

Ten amazing jokes



  Do you like playing tricks on your friends? Watch this video to get ideas for some creative practical jokes. -


What do you Love?

     This is a great idea to join people from different countries under the same question:

   


Can you name things you love? Can you make a ranking? What do you love first? 

Bullying


  Writing skills practice about Bullying: LINK

Bullying activities about a video

Different families


  Have you got a dream in your life?  Have you got plans for the future? Would you like to travel around the world? Here we have the Zapp's, this family has travelled around the world for fifteen years. They have got four children from four different nationalities.
Listen  to their story:




viernes, 13 de noviembre de 2015

Jobs and personality



    Do you think everybody can work in all jobs? Are you ready to work helping 
people? Are you the right choice to lead a working team?  Do you prefer  a secondary position but you are a hard worker?
In this article they help us match our personality with different jobs:




Do you agree with your personality type result? What are your traits and qualities? Which celebrities and role models are similar to you?

Inspiring video about evaluation



        When you have to help students in their progress you cannot just say that something is not correct, you should give some feedback and help improve. This is an example of how things can be done at this respect.


miércoles, 11 de noviembre de 2015

Description of a picture


 

DESCRIPTION OF A PICTURE.



Do:


  • Look at your picture carefully and take a few moments to think before you start talking.
  • Talk for all the time you are given. If you have one minute to do the task, use every second.
  • Practise the useful language below so you can explain which part of the picture you are talking about.

Don’t:


  • Panic if you don’t know the words for all the things in the picture. You don’t need to know all the words for everything in the picture if you know what to say when you don’t know an exact word.
  • Get distracted and start talking about something else. Focus on the photo or picture.
  • Panic if your mind goes blank. Take a deep breath, look at the picture and start again.

If you are asked to describe a photo or a picture in the exam, here is some language you can use:

What is in the picture?


In the picture I can see …
There
s / There are …
There isn’t a … / There aren’t any ..

Say what is happening with the present continuous

The man is …ing
The people are …ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture …
In the middle of the picture …
On the left/right of the picture …
next to
in front of
behind
near
on top of
under

If something isn’t clear

It looks like a …
It might be a …
He could be …ing
Maybe it’s a …
   

USEFUL EXAMPLES AND ADVICE

– See more at:   
   
– Also visit this website: 
 http://www.autoenglish.org/oralexams/describing.htm

Happy



       A song that makes you feel HAPPY


Writing



      This is a guide to make Opinion essays


lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2015

¿Quién soy?

     
    Una investigación filosófica de Amy Adkins


Teenagers




    Will Reid is a normal dad with teenage kids. He found his kids weren't listening to him when he asked them to do a few simple jobs around the house so he started to make instructional videos to help them and they have been very successful on YouTube. 

British Council lesson...     


Dishwasher Loading - Teenage Instructional Video 2

Hanging Up Wet Towels - Teenage Instructional Video 3


Turning Off Lights - Teenage Instructional Video 4


Vacuuming - Teenage Instructional Video 5





As you are listening to the radio podcast about teenagers, take notes of the important facts for later discussion.



Bonfire Night



     Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes DayBonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Actenforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

  Watch this video to know the story:






Some Reading and trivia questions ...                     An interactive Game...

                                             



Discussion Questions:



  1. Which festivals in your country remember historical events? 
  2. Do you have any festivals that are similar to Bonfire Night in your country? 
  3. When do you have firework displays in your country? 
  4. Do you think you like Bonfire Night? Why / why not? 
  5. Do you think festivals area good way to remember historical events? 
  6. Are fireworks legal in your country?
  7. How do you feel about fireworks and crackers?
  8. Have you ever handled them?
  9. Some people think that children shouldn't be allowed to handle fireworks. What are some of the possible risks?
                                          British Council Bonfire Night                    

                                                                      


                                            Bonfire Night recipes


                                                    

domingo, 8 de noviembre de 2015

Talking about your family



   In this video you can see different members of your family

   Speaking situation about family                            My family (A1-A2)  



How big is your family (List. A1-A2)                 Different personalities in the family (List.B1)

Questions, vocabulary and Idioms related to family                  Family members (A1-A2)

Questions about family (A1-B2)                                                Vocabulary B1-B2

Describing people adjectives (B1-B2)


domingo, 25 de octubre de 2015

NAMES

    What is your name? Do you think that if you have a strange name it can affect you?  Do you like your name? 
We will listen to some articles related to this topic.


These lessons are for teenagers or young adults with a language level of A2-B1-B2 and focuses on developing listening skills based around the topic of ‘names’. They are graded from A2-B2


1. A2


2.B1


3. B2. This is a higher level activity based on an interview.


25 expressions with the word NAME:



A list of phrases about peoples' names                            Idioms about names




Halloween


" La verdadera historia de Halloween " (Docum. Spanish)



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Short docummentaries in English






Listening for Beginners                             Halloween Quiz



sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

STRANGERS - DESCONOCIDOS


1.- Here you can see the poster of the short you are going to watch. Pay attention to the image. What do you think that represents?

                                   

2.- Have a look at the title. Why do you think it is in two colours?

3.- In the following fotograms you will see people with a different mood. Match the pictures with the adjectives.


               BORED
               WORRIED
               HAPPY
               NERVOUS                                      









4.- Why do you think they are in that mood? Think about activities you do in your free time.

5.- Have a look at the Synopsis: The night is progressing normally for four people until an unforeseeable event prevents them from contiuning their actions....
     What type of unexpected event is going to be?

6.- Watch the video and answer: Where are the characters and what relation is there between them?


                                     


7.- Pilar has got a private diary in which she writes every day. This is her latest entry:

     What a day today! As lately I'm not feeling very well, this morning I decided to run away from math class, how boring! , and I went to the gynecologist. Katy gave me a lift in her car; my goodness: I wouldn’t like anybody to go through this alone. It has made an ultrasound and told me that I'm pregnant. I went really very nervous. Imagine the situation: I still do not know how I'm going to tell my parents or David. What a shit! I have written a letter to David to tell him but I’ve just torn it up. Moreover, my philosophy teacher has found me cheating in an exam. He has opened my pencil case, he discovered the cheat sheet and has shown it to the rest of the classroom. I nearly die of shame. I’ve come back from school and got in my locked in my bedroom. I’ve only come out because of the blackout. Tomorrow it will be a new day.

8.- Decide if the following statements are TRUE or FALSE:

a. This morning she skipped her maths lesson.
b. She's gone to the doctor by car.
c. She has copied the exam from a classmate.
d. She has got home and slept all day.
e. She has sent David a letter.
f. Maths lesson is really boring.
g. After the lessons,she has gone for a walk.

9.- What has Sara done? Find seven differences in the pictures:


10.- How is the relation in the movie between parents and children? 
        Do you behave in a way similar to the brother or sister? 
        Do you like it? 
        Do you spend your free time with your family? 

11.- Give advice to this family:

     a. You should...               b. You ought to....           c. I wish you could.....

     d. If I were you....           e. You could...                f. You had better.....

12.- What ending would you like for this story? Could you think of a different one?

Advice and Suggestions      Giving Advice (all levels)

Trad. de materiales de Sandra Soriano Fernández "Con cortos y sin cortes. Una propuesta didáctica para el uso del cortometraje en la clase ELE"

Brain pop

    Learn English with animated movies.

                                                                 

SIGNS

       This lesson is based on a beautiful short film called Signs by Patrick Hughes about communication. We are going to talk about communication, watch a short film and write a composition about improving their communication.

1. If you hear the word COMMUNICATION, what different forms of communication are there?

   You may well come up with  the following forms: 

- Oral communication 

- Written communication 


- Non-verbal communication  


- Visual communication

_______________________________________________________________

2. Can you think of examples of each form of communication?
_____________________________________________________

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of communication?
__________________________________________________

4. You are going to watch a short film about communication, and you should watch out for the different types of communication used.



5. Let's get feedback on the film. Let's discuss the questions about the film.

     a. Why is the film called Signs?               
     b. How does the young man feel at the beginning of the film? Why? 
     c. What’s a normal day in his life like?      
     d. What’s his job like? 
     e. What do his parents think his life in the city is like?       
     f. How do the young man and woman communicate?
     g. What’s her secret? 
     h. Did you like the ending of the film? 
_______________________________________________________________
6. How can we communicate more effectively? 
    In small groups, brainstorm ideas. Write a composition titled: How can we communicate more effectively?




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