The winners were chosen by their classmates and the awards were books: some extra reading for the summer!
Here you can read the stories:
Every day I sit down under a chair in a small restaurant in the city. From there, I can see a lot of people running along the street to buy in the best shops, talking to their best friends about their terrible problems, crying with pain because of their unfortunate life, laughing with happiness because of nothing… And I wonder why life has to be so complicated.
My life is quite simple! I don´t worry about buying, I don´t need to tell anybody my problems, I don´t remember crying and I never cry.
Maybe you are thinking I am a strange person who sits down under the chairs, but I am not a person like you, really. I am a sensible and critical dog.
Written by Mª Belén Díaz Hernández.
A FAR AWAY DREAM
Once upon a time there was a boy. His name was Johnny. His dream was to go to Australia, but he didn´t like kangaroos or koalas, he loved surfing. He lived near the beach in a very small flat.
Johnny was twelve years old. His family was really poor, therefore he didn´t have money for his dream.
One day his life changed. A film director arrived in the small village. This director saw him surfing and invited him to take part in his film because he liked him very much.
In the end Johnny achieved it. He could travel to Australia, surf with the best surfers and take the best waves.
Written by Eleazar Pérez López
If you want to do some listening over Christmas, clic here to go to the website Podcasts in English and clic on recording number 70. In this podcast, Richard speaks about the presents he has for his family. After listening, answer these questions:
– Which members of his family are getting presents?
– What are the presents?
If you are from BÁSICO 1, try to understand and write down the family members and the present, for example, “Richard´s sister gets socks.”
If you are from INTERMEDIO 1, try to understand and note down the characteristics of the presents and why Richard chose those specific presents.
Enjoy the night!
Thanks to Podcasts in English for their valuable contribution!
Prince William is single but he´s got a fiancée, Kate. The news: their wedding is planned for 2011!
In Basic 1 we learn vocabulary about the family and we use this vocabulary with the apostrophe + s. Why don´t you practise with the British Royal Family? For example: William is Charles´son.
You can also watch the news in this video. For basic level it may be a bit complicated.
The Royal Family Tree is from the web site Letaway.
One of this pages is http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/speech.asp?dir=en. If you go to this page, you first need to paste or write a full text or sentence in the box. Then, click on ‘Say it’. Wait a couple of seconds and you will hear the text.
You have to make sure that the grammar and the spelling are correct, otherwise you won´t get the right pronunciation. It´s a good resource to paste sentences from a book or from internet.
Do you like this website? Do you know similar web pages? Please comment!
However, you might not be pronouncing your ‘-ed’ right. Are you sure you treat your ‘-eds’ as they deserve? What I mean is: do you pronounce the ‘-ed’ ending of the simple past in regular verbs as you should?
At Intermediate Level I you have already learnt to distinguish between the verb endings you pronounce as /id/ and all the rest. It is very important to remember that regular verbs ending with a /d/ or /t/ sound in the infinitive have their simple past in ‘-ed’ pronounced as /id/. The rest have their ‘-ed’ pronounced as /t/ or /d/ depending on whether they are voiced or not (you will practise this with more detail in more advanced levels).
Today I´d like you to have a look at a video by an English teacher who lives in Italy. He has a very entertaining and simple way to teach his ‘-eds’, check it out below!
In his videos he uses some Italian words because he teaches English in Italy. Still, he speaks a very clear English and I´m sure you´ll enjoy his accent. You can also see other videos he´s published in his cool blog: http://www.coolenglishonline.com/
I hope you enjoy it! Leave a comment if you wish.