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I have to tell you that there is not much you can do if you haven’t worked within the year to improve you English, but you still have 2 weeks to practise as much as possible and try to do your best in your final and certificate exams.

As you know, this blog is full of resources thought for our students and for everybody who wants to practise English. I just want to give you some recommendations for these last days:

  • Read as much as you can:
  • Listen to English everyday, you can check our resources section.
  • Watch TV, news, series, etc in English of course.
  • Listen to songs in English, when driving, working at home, etc.
  • Do exams, you can find many examples here.

What do you do to practise for your exams? Why don’t you leave your answer in the comments section and practise your writing at the same time?


I remember when I first studied reported speech. Everything seemed so difficult to understand. Unfortunately, in those times we didn’t have so many resources. I only had my class notes and maybe a couple of photocopies my teacher had given me.

But this is not your case. I have selected a list of links where you can find different explanations and activities. Visit them and try to read the explanations, sometimes a different point of view can help you solve a doubt you have. I also encourage you to do the online activities, they’re a fast way to assess your learning and to practise.

These are the links I’ve selected for you:

The EOI Cartagena has published two posts on Reported Speech, you can see them here: Reported Speech 1, Reported Speech (theory).

English Grammar Online 4U: here you can find all the explanations you need with examples and online activities.

Englisch Hilfen: Here you also have explanations and online activities.

Finally, this is the slideshow presentation I created to help you with reported speech. I hope it works for you.

If you find any other interesting link, just send me an email or leave a comment. See you!

Hello, everybody. Some weeks ago we published a post with a link to the online activities for our book, New English File Upper-Intermediate. Now that we’ve finished File one, you can review all items seen following these links:

Don’t forget to finish all the activities for File 1 on your Workbook and play the CD-Rom for supplementary activities. You can rewatch the section “Colloquial English” and do more grammar and vocabulary activities among others.

Once you’ve finished with the activities on the website, please leave a comment saying if they were useful or not.

See you!!! is a site where you can submit or do a quiz based on a video.

Videos are organised in categories, depending on the level of the activity. After selecting a video, you can decide if you want to see these items:

  • Questions
  • Transcrip
  • Notes

I think is a good option to practise your English, because videos and activities are uploaded and created by teachers or people involved in the learning and teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL).

I hope you enjoy it!

What’s Twitter?

According to the Wikipedia, Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. The most important characteristic of the tweets is that they are limited to 140 characters.

What can we do with Twitter?

Twitter can be used for different purposes: professional, personal, educational, etc. These are some of its features:

  • You can follow the people you are interested in, or be followed by other members.
  • You can make your tweets private or public.
  • You can tag the your tweets using the symbol #, or find tweets using your tags.
  • You can ask and answer questions.
  • You can create lists of the people you follow to classify them.
  • You can retweet the tweets you like to your followers.
  • You can add pictures and links.

Nowadays most important events (sports, politics, economy, culture, showbusiness, etc.) can be followed on Twitter. What is more, you can read tweets from everywhere using a PC, laptop or smartphone. So now you don’t have to worry if you’re out and you want to know what’s happening around certain issue, how the Oscar’s Ceremony is going or if your team has scored any goal.

How does Twitter work?

The only thing that you have to do is register and you can start tweeting. There are multiple way of reading and writing tweets, though the easiest and fastest way is using the Twitter official website. Here you can find a list of services and applications that can be used to read and write tweets from PCs, Macs or smartphones.

What do people tweet?

As we said before, people use Twitter for different purposes:

  • In education, as a way to share knowledge, to communicate with students, to practise foreign languages, etc.
  • For personal reasons: to communicate with the people you know, to share what you are up to, etc.
  • To give information and be informed.
  • To find jobs.
  • To everything you can imagine.

Twitter in Plain English:

Common Craft is a group of people that work on creating videos to explain things. Their videos are simple and effective and use English in a clear and understandable way. Besides videos include their transcripts, so no intermediate student will have problems picking the language. Apart from Twitter, you have other videos about society, technology and money. Many of their videos can be also found in other languages, including Spanish. Twitter is explained in this site with two videos I’ll leave at the end of this post with their transcription. I hope you enjoy them.

Twitter in Plain English

You can read the transcript of this video here

Twitter Search in Plain English

If you want to read the transcript of this video click here.

Yappr is a site created to practise English with videos and games. For some of its features, a fee is reqeusted, but you can use most of them for free. Let’s take a look at the site.

  • Videos: You can watch a video (music, news, spots, etc.) and see its transcription and translation.
  • Pronunciation: You need to install a programme to use this feature.
  • Games: You can play the following games:
  1. Alphabet Soup: The classical game where you have to find words.
  2. Bank Robber: Guess the word before the robber takes all the money.
  3. Twist List: Find words with the given letters reading their definition or translation.
  • Community: This section includes a chat room and a message board.

As you have seen, Yappr is a place full of possibilities. A different way to practise English. See you!

Today I would like to invite you to visit ELLA (English Language Lab Asturias), a site created by several teachers of Asturias and especially designed for EOI students.

In this site you can find different units of work organised into three levels (elementary, intermediate and advanced). Each unit contains activities related to all skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening). I would highlight the video activities, where you have to answer some questions after watching a video.

Summarising, to get started, you only have to click the link above to go to ELLA, select your level, and select a topic to start practising. All activities can be done online and it also allows downloading of materials for teachers.

What are you waiting for? Visit ELLA and leave your opinion about the site below.

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