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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.

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.

In class we learnt about the TV programme “Dragons’ Den” in which contestants present a business idea and try to get the financial backing of the multimillionaire business people, the “Dragons”.  Here’s the full video of Levi Roots when he got the backing for his hot sauce. If you don’t want to watch all 15 minutes of it, here’s the song he sang.

Now watch this interview with him about his life now. Answer these questions and find out if the answers are true or false.  You can check your answers here.

Remember, you can practise the vocabulary for work on the English File website here. And finally, why don’t you do this quick questionnaire on the website to find out if you have the correct balance between work and play?

Do you remember a really good night out? Click here to listen to an interview with me about a memorable night I had.

Now it’s Fileyour turn.  Study the irregular verbs first from unit 7 and think about your answers to the same questions. Why don’t you do these exercises from the English File coursebook website to practise?

Now click here and answer my questions.  I give you time to answer so there is a pause after the questions.

1. Do you think that love can be forced?

2. Do you think you can decide who you feel in love with?

3. Or that someone can decide it for you?

More than 20 years ago, an American psychologist, Arthur Aron, designed a plan to make people fall in love quickly. His plan consisted in 36 questions organised in 3 sets that have to be answered by the two people involved. After answering the questions, they have to look at each other in the eye for 4 minutes, which I find very difficult to keep. It appears that some of the people fell in love that day, or just felt something for the other person, a couple even got married six months afterwards.

This experiment has become known by the general public because The New York Times has recently published an article about a lady named Mandy Len Catron who decided to try the experiment with someone she previously liked, and at the end of it, there were fireworks.

In this link you can read Mandy’s story, and in this other one you can read the 36 questions. But I would like to know your opinion. I would appreciate that you leave your answer to the questions at the beginning of this post in the comments section of this article.

To finish the post, I would like to leave here the links to some of the St Valentine’s cards we saw in class yesterday. Which one would you send to your other half?

Link to 21 Awkward Valentine’s cards.

Link to 11 emotionally repressed Valentine’s cards for British people. 

In this post you are going to find a presentation with all the information you need to write any kind of report, and at the end you will find some useful links with language and examples. I’m sure you’ll find them useful.

This presentation has been updated for course 2014-15.


In the exam I asked you to write an e-mail to a newspaper.  Here‘s an example of what you could have written.  Look at how I’ve used the passive voice to avoid personal reference, and how I’ve organized the article into paragraphs.  A paragraph should be more than one sentence long!

After you write “Dear Sir/Madam” your first paragraph has to give the main information, usually answering the questions “why, what, when and where”. Don’t give lots of detail; you have the rest of your e-mail to do

Try writing the e-mail opening paragraphs for these situations:

  1. You bought an iPhone on and it doesn’t work.
  2. You have seen a job in the Guardian newspaper for a Spanish language assistant at Bowden Grammar School in London.
  3. You want to stay at the Mayfair Hotel in London and you want to know if there are available rooms.
  4. You have read an article in a newspaper about the Spanish education system and you do not agree with it.

When you have finished, check your answers by comparing to these examples here.

Remember that e-mails are generally less formal, but if it is the first time you are writing to someone you don’t know, then follow the same rules as for formal letters.


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