Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Santa María de Guía

Location, location, location

Do you remember when Mario Casas came to Guía to make a film last year? The traffic literally stopped for the day. We love to see films made and catch a glimpse of famous actors. And we also love to visit film locations, and take a selfie in the same place as if we were Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. Here are two videos about two locations that have been used for films. The first is of Chatsworth House which was Darcy’s stately home Pemberley in the film version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Many people now visit Chatsworth House to imagine themselves in the romantic lead roles.

Another film location is the university city of Cambridge. Have you seen the film about Stephen Hawking “The Theory of Everything”? And you also see Ely Cathedral in “The King’s Speech”. You might also remember Trinity College in the film “Chariots of Fire”.

Listening to Podcasts

As we said in class, listening to podcast is an easy way to be in contact with the English language. You can listen to them anywhere and as many times as you want to. You only need to download an app on your smartphone, find a podcast you find easy to follow and interesting, and press play.

You can use a computer to listen to podcasts, but the easiest way is using a portable device. Here are my recommendations:

Podcast Addict for Android users.

Podcasts for iPhone, iPod and iPad users.

I recommend you the NPR programme “Fresh Air“. Why don’t you give it a chance?

Just Dance Now

If you like dancing, this is definitely your app to practise English. You can download it to your Android phone or iphone and start dancing and singing at the same time. You also need to have a computer nearby, so that you can see the moves as you hold your phone with your right hand. The better you dance, the more points you obtain.

There are 5 songs you can dance for free, and that are changed regularly, if you want to access to the whole pack of songs, you have to pay for a subscription.

You can dance on your own, or with friends, as there is a multiplayer mode.

Just check it out and let us know what you think. Click here to download the app.

You can see the instructions in the video below.

New English File Advanced, website activities

Now that we have started with our book, it’s a good time to find out what it’s website has for us. The book New English File has a website which contains activities for all the contents seen in each file. Below you can see what I’m talking about. Just click on the image and do the online activities.

New English File Advanced


Click here to access the BBC website for English language learners. It’s a great website for intermediate learners. There are different sections you can use depending on what you want to practise. For example, there is a grammar section which focuses on language at this level, such as phrasal verbs. You can do interactive exercises and see how the language is used in context.9Pdrd-66

Click on the option “Features” and you will see a menu of all the different pages. You can practise your listening skills in “Drama” by listening to episodes which you can download so you can listen to them wherever you are. Another good section is “Words in the News”  which is a short news report you can read and listen to.  “Lingo hack” and “News Report” are similar too but the news story is probably a bit more difficult. They help you understand authentic BBC TV news stories.  Excellent to help you with listening skills.

And if you want to learn a more conversational English, look at the section “The English We Speak” – a 3 minute download to read or listen to and learn about current words people use. But perhaps my favourite section is “6 Minute English“, which is a conversation you can download. Two people discuss topics as varied as clothes, evolution and space, and you learn new language that will help you understand and increase your vocabulary. There is also a section on pronunciation to help you master those difficult sounds.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your favourites list and check it every week. You will notice a difference!

Facebook groups for this year

Welcome back, everybody. Today we will start the academic year full of energy and new ideas for you.

If you are a registered student, please click the corresponding link to enter your facebook group. Remember that not all groups have one.

Básico 1 (groups A, B)  coming soon

Básico 1 (groups C, D – Michael’s groups)   Click here to access your group

Básico 2 (groups A, B) – Students will receive information in class

Básico 2 C   coming soon

Intermedio 1Click here to access your group

Intermedio 2Click here to access your group

Avanzado 1 – Students will receive information in class

Avanzado 2Click here to access your group

Curso de especialización lingüística (clil) – Click here to access your group

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Preparing for your final exams 2015

Certificate exams and final exams are round the corner and this blog is full of recommendations for you. Let’s talk about all the possibilities we offer here once again. Don’t say you don’t know where to start from!!!


  • Watch these videos of students taking their English exams, revise the teachers’ notes and try to improve your skills.
  • Watch these videos by the British Council, they give you advice about what to do and what not to do during your speaking test.
  • Saro Rosales, a teacher at EOI Las Palmas GC wrote an article for her students giving advice for the speaking test, don’t miss it.
  • Would you like to do a language exchange? Here you have a list of sites where you can do them.
  • Intercambio de idiomas, a website where you can find out about places to practise English with other learners and native speakers. People gather together to practise while having a drink.
  • Here you are a list of the topics you might be asked about during your exams.
  • Finally, here you have a list I wrote for my students back in 2009, why don’t you take a look at it?
  • Examples and tips to pass your speaking test, level Avanzado 2.

vocabulary and expressions

  • Read this document written by my friend María Valdés, it contains expressions that can help you both with your writing and with your speaking.


  • This post contains a slideshow presentation with a summary of the different types of texts you could find in your certificate exam.
  • Guidelines for writing, a slideshow presentation with lots of tips.

assorted skills

  • Try to follow the advice given in this article, where you can find tips to practise listening, writing and reading.
  • Do you know ELLA? Here you can practise all skills.
  • Busuu helps you with all skills, and you can even practise Engish with other students and native speakers. It’s a great community to learn different languages.


All levels:


  • Randall’s Cyber ESL Lab: Listening activities – do the activities for the easy level.
  • Weekly podcast with video and activities. Do the activities for Level 1. Podcasts are free, but to download activities you need to pay for a subscription.
  • mansioningles:  listenings with differentiated tasks – do the activities for level ‘Básico’.


  • ELLLO: Real life conversations with different accents. Good for Intermedio 1 and 2, y Avanzado 1
  • Global English Salon: Artículos actuales que se pueden escuchar (con acento americano) y leer
  • Breaking News English: news articles for reading or listening. Good for Intermedio 2 and above.

Avanzado 1 and 2:

Certificate exams

Remember that the Consejería de Educación del Gobierno de Canarias has published some examples which contain the certificate exams used last year. You can see them here, and if you want to practise even more, please visit these links, which contain examples from all over Spain.


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