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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”.

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.

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

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.

Mothers never give up teaching

Have you ever wondered how many things you’ve learnt from your mother? They teach us everything we need to know:
  1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A WELL DONE JOB.
    “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
  2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
    “You better pray that stain come out of the carpet.”
  3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
    “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
  4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
    “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
    “What’s for lunch, mom? – Food!”
  6. My mother taught me IRONY.
    “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
  7. My mother taught me about THE SCIENCE OF OSMOSIS.
    “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
  8. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
    “Look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
  9. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
    “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
  10. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
    “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
  11. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
    “I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
  12. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
    “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
  13. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION.
    “Stop acting like your father!”
  14. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
    “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”
  15. My mother taught me ESP (ExtraSensory Perception).
    “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
  16. My mother taught me BLACK HUMOUR.
    “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
  17. My mother taught me WISDOM OF AGE.
    “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
  18. My mother taught me VENTRILOQUISM.
    “Stop grumbling, shut up and answer me: why did you do it?”
  19. My mother taught me TO BE THRIFTY.
    “Save up your tears for my funeral!”
  20. And my mother taught me about JUSTICE.
    “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

As time goes by, we see our mothers in different ways: The images of mother.

Thanks to all the anonymous authors of these sentences for their sense of humour.

And remember that mother, there is only one, so don’t forget yours!

futureplanWhat are your plans for next weekend? Do you remember how to talk about future plans? Remember, you need “be +  going to” + infinitive.

Click here and here for interactive practice on the English File website and click here to hear me talking about my plans for next weekend.

Now why don’t you try it? Can you talk for 1 to 2 minutes about your plans?  What are you going to do? Where are you going to eat? Who are you going to meet?

The last kind of text we are revising (you had seen all of them before) are reviews. Here you have all the materials you need to write a good review of a movie or book. Just help yourselves!!!

Apart from what you can see in the presentation, don’t forget all the methods we have learnt to attract the reader’s attention, to use vocabulary related to the subject-matter and to use topic sentences.

For further information,  you can check the following links.


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