Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía

‘Halloween’ around the world!

‘Halloween’ in the United States, ‘Obon’ in Japan, ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexico, ‘Los Finados’ in Gran Canaria. Check this website in which we are told about the different ways we celebrate ‘Halloween’ around the world. Then, let us know if you have ever participated in any of these traditions. What do you do? What do you eat? Any special customs? Tell us all about it!

My Favourite Things

Today we had a hilarious lesson, but that’s another story. What I want to share here is the result of an activity I adapted from Lessonstream, a website for teachers.

After studying the stress patterns and singing for a while, students in the CLIL course wrote their one sentences for the song. This is the result:

Chocolate pudding and Vanilla Ice-cream
Football and swimming or singing and dancing
Teddies and trains or dollies and toys
These are a few of my favourite things.

Boys in black trousers with big and red noses, 
mermaids are swimming with smiling seahorses, 
students are singing and teachers are drinking,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Chocolate and cookies when the rain is over,
carry my jacket and open the umbrella,
meeting my friend and a coffee together, 
these are a few of my favourite things.

Red coloured roses and watching a rainbow
When children are playing a delicious ice cream,
Laughs of a child and a big apple tree,

These are a few of my favourite things.

English File Website

Did you know that you can use the English File website for extra practice?

Click on the link for your level and put in favourites on your computer so you can find it easily.

Básico 1               Básico 2              Intermedio 1 and 2            Avanzado 1                Avanzado 2


Tell me about when you were a child…

In class we listened to three anecdotes about early childhood memories.  Now it’s your turn to tell me about yours.  Follow the structure in the table – age; the occasion and background to the story; what happened; what happened in the end; and how you felt.  Choose one of the topics from the list in  “Can you remember?”  This is a great moment to show how much you have learned about narrative tenses.  You can also use “used to” (from Intermedio 1) and  adjectives -ing/-ed…childhood-memories1

You will need to write notes to help you but DON’T write the script!  This is reading and not speaking.  I want to hear you speak naturally.  It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes (well, not too many).  This is natural when we speak.  Here’s an example I’ve done to show you.

I’ve chosen the story of a really embarrassing incident I had when I was a child.  Click here to read my notes and click here to hear my story.  It lasts for 3 minutes.  Can you hear any language from the course? You can use Vocaroo to record it and you can send me the link to my email, or use an mp3 recording device or your phone and attach the file.  If you use your mobile, DON’T use the extension 3ga as I can’t open it.  Thanks. I look forward to hearing your tales. Length: 3 minutes.  Deadline:  Friday 17th October.

Pronunciation of -ed and plural endings.

Today I’m posting two videos about pronunciation that I’ve found on a website called Elemental English.

This is the video we saw in class, it contains a clear explanation of how these endings are pronounced. Remember that pronunciation is very important if you really want to improve your speaking skills. You can also read a lesson here, it belongs to the same website.


A similar rule applies for plurals and third person singular endings. Watch this video to learn them. You can also visit the author’s website to see the written lesson that pairs this video.

Working with new vocabulary, houses

Today we’ve seen how to learn new vocabulary and how to work with it. All this vocabulary was related to homes and places to live.

To find new ideas to work with vocabulary, click on the image below and you’ll find lots of visual inspiration to introduce new vocabulary in class.

Learning new vocabulary

If you want to see the presentation with all the vocabulary about houses and and elements inside a house, you can see it here again. I must thank my mate Michael for this wonderful slideshow.

Names and numbers

Here is a fantastic website to practise the alphabet.  Touch the letter and listen to the pronunciation.

Now, watch this video and hear people spell their names.  How do you spell your name?  An alternative way to ask is, “Can you spell your name?”

Can you remember numbers in English.  Watch this video and write the phone numbers.  It is very fast!

Now, check you answers here.


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