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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.

I know you love the wonderful world of prepositions. So do I. Well, I’ve found these two wonderful presentations about the prepositions we have to deal with and I would like to share them with you. They appear in the web Slideshare, a place where you can find all kinds of slideshows or presentations about different topics. You can also upload your own presentations and share them with the world. I was going to preper a presentation for you, but then I remembered this wonderful site and found them ready for me.

After watching the presentations, you can also practise with some online activities like the ones you can find in the site English as a Second Language, where you can also find great explanations. Here, in the site Eslpartyland you also have more online activities on prepositions.

All this information, apart from you can find in your grammar book and in your coursebook, should be enough for you not to have problems with these prepositions anymore. Bye!

Check after the slideshows because there are even more online activities you can do at home.

I’ve been marking and revising lots of writing papers this week, and I’ve found some common mistakes that we have to solve immediately. We are going to revise all these issues in class, but as it is a widespread problem, we have to start working on it as soon as possible.


To read a simple explanation, check this site.

To do some online activities, click here.


You can read here an explanation and some questions.

Click here and here for further practice.


We “make mistakes“, we never commit them. This is a collocation, in this case “commit” can be seen as a false friend.

We write communication, another typical mistake for Spanish learners.

Get ready to express your opinion!

Our mid-term speaking test is around the corner. Get ready to express your opinion! Check the above table to find some expressions you can use when giving your opinion. Meet one of your classmates outside the classroom and practise your interaction task using some of the topics in the following list. They are all related to the topic of transport and vehicles we have studied on unit 3 (English File Intermediate). Check their website to review the vocabulary before you start talking like crazy! • Slow drivers cause more accidents than fast drivers. • People who drink and drive should lose their driving license for life. • Speed cameras do not stop accidents. • Drivers who are over 70 are as dangerous as young drivers. • The minimum age for riding a motorbike should be 25. • The speed limit on motorways should be lower.


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