February 24, 2014
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.
February 22, 2014
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.
February 21, 2014
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:
For film reviews you can visit these other sites:
Finally, if you want to know about any music, artist, cd, etc., you can visit these websites:
February 20, 2014
Next Thursday 27th of Febrary we are starting our new Conversation Club. Each will take place every Thursday at 18:00 in the library. We hope to see you there.
February 20, 2014
Next Thursday 27th of Febrary we are starting our new Conversation Club. Each will take place every Thursday at 16:00 in the library. We hope to see you there.