In Intermediate 1 we have been studying the vocabulary of clothes as well as the materials and patterns related to this topic of clothing. Use the above slideshare to tell what some of our celebrities are wearing in the attached photos. You can also click this link to see and name some of those items. Finally, if you want to revise the order of adjectives in English, check this slideshare or practise with some of the activities you will find in this website.
Here are some websites to practise listening. They also have other ways to practise English
The first website is www.englishmedialab.com . This link takes you to the beginner videos. Click on the options and you can also practise grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and there are games, puzzles and exercises too.
www.esl-lab.com has listening exercises too. Choose an exercise from the ‘Easy’ option. The language they use is real, so don’t worry if you think ‘easy’ is difficult!
www.mansioningles.com is an excellent website. You can practise listening, vocabulary and grammar.
You can also practise dialogues on the website www.ompersonal.com and listen to podcasts on the website www.podcastsinenglish.com . This level is for Básico 2 and 1 so some listenings are more difficult.
Writing a review is not difficult if you know how to. Here I leave you some examples and tips that will make your review a great success.
In this presentation created by my colleague Saro Rosales from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can see the structure of a film review.
The elements of a book or film review include:
Genre and or Writing style
Background of the book/author/film/director
Adjectives to describe this book/film
Setting of the story (time and place)
Main characters and their roles in the book/film
Main story (in 2-3 sentences, what was the main conflict/problem?) (no spoilers, please)
Success of the book/film
Strengths of the book (why is it good?)
Weaknesses of the book (why isn’t it good?)
Is it recommended? Why or why not?
You can even include an anecdote of when you read/saw it and how you felt.
- vocabulary for different book/film genres
- useful words and expressions (like ‘is set in’, ‘takes place’, ‘revolves around’, ‘point of view’, ‘characterisation’, ‘dialogue’, ‘cast’, ‘special effects’, ‘filmograph’)
- vocabulary for describing a story (compelling, fast-paced, dull, gripping, thrillingetc)
- using quotes in a review (do we use citations, etc?)
- passive voice (‘is set in’, ‘was written by’, ‘has been translated’, etc)
- past or present participles
- the way reviewers usually use present tense to describe the events of the story (yes, reviews are usually written in the present tense)
Finally, here you are some links where you can find authentic reviews that you can use as examples or just to know what to read/see next.
For reviews of books you can visit the following sites:
- The New York Times
- Reviews Of Books.com
- Goodreads, with readers’ reviews and opinions.
For film reviews you can visit these other sites:
- The New York Times
- The Four Word Film Review, in this site films are reviewed using 4 words only.
- Imdb, with viewers reviews and opinions.
Finally, if you want to know about any music, artist, cd, etc., you can visit these websites:
Do you have noisy neighbours? What are they doing now? Are they arguing? Are they moving furniture? Are they listening to loud music?
Do you know Peppa Pig? They spend the night with a very noisy family. Watch this episode and answer the questions here. Don’t look at the answers!!!
Can you hear the present continuous in the episode. What are they doing?
Don’t forget to do extra practice from the English File website. Click here for some interactive exercises to practise ‘can‘ and the present continuous.
Check this link to watch some videos of great love stories selected by The New York Times for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Watch them and let us know which one is your favourite.
This is a photo of my parent’s wedding. They got married in the Sahara and that’s why my mum is holding a bouquet made from plastic flowers. Their love story lasted as long as those flowers. They were happily married for forty years! Do you know any good love stories (about your grandparents’, parents’ or your own story)? Share them with us here or on your Facebook classroom group. We just love love stories!
Happy Valentine’s Day!