miércoles, 15 de noviembre de 2017

LESSON 3: TALKING ABOUT HOUSES AND HOMES


1) READING COMPREHENSION: "HOW GREEN IS YOUR HOUSE?"

2) TYPES OF HOUSES: VOCABULARY

3) SPEAKING ABOUT HOUSES AND HOMES:

Let's watch this VIDEO: "How to describe your home in English"


Here are some very common questions from part 1 of the speaking test. How would you answer them?
  1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  2. Which is your favourite room in your home? Why?
  3. Would you change anything about your home? Why / why not?
  4. Would you like to move to a different home in the future?
You'll find many more questions to prepare HERE

LESSON 2: TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION

1) CONNECTORS TO ADD NEW IDEAS IN A TEXT:

We will use the same sentences in order to illustrate how the words are used and to show their different positions in the sentences.  The positions of the words that we show you are the most common but not necessarily the only positions.

Moreover,
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  Moreover, it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.  
In addition,
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  In addition, it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.  
Furthermore,
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  Furthermore, it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.  
Also
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  It also has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.   *The word also comes before the verb.  If the verb is a form of to be, also is placed after the verb.
As well
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  It has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world as well.  
Too
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  It has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world, too.
Additionally,
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  Additionally, it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.  
And
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research, and it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.  
Not only. . . but also
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is not only one of the best places to do research but also has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world. *The subject after but also is usually omitted if but and also remain together, and the subject is the same for both clauses (parts) of the sentence. 
Besides that,
The library on 5th Avenue in New York City is one of the best places to do research.  Besides that, it has hundreds of the most respected magazines and journals in the world.*That refers to what was said in the first sentence.  Though this use of the word besides is not written often, it is commonly used in speech.  Besides must be followed by an object.



CONNECTORS TO ADD IDEAS THAT CONTRAST WITH THE PREVIOUS IDEAS IN THE TEXT

However
It is used to indicate a contrast or contradiction.
Examples:
That man has much money. However, he isn’t happy at all.
She sings very well. However, she is a stutterer.
I respect my best friend’s ideas however we do not have the same thoughts.



On the other hand
It is used to say something that is different from the first thing mentioned.
Examples:
I like playing football. On the other hand, my brother likes playing basketball.
This private school is very expensive. On the other hand, education of the school is very well.
We had no money but, on the other hand, we were very happy.

Even so
It is used to indicate something that is unusual or extreme.
Examples:
This hypothesis is true, but even so, further research is required.
This dive may be dangerous for us, even so, we have to do it.
Your thoughts are very fanciful, but even so, they are worth to imagine.

Though
It is used to show that two ideas are opposing one another.
Examples:
Though it is not exactly accurate information, it is said that there are 3 workers under the dent.
Though the meal was spicy, it was really delicious.
Though he loves his teacher very much, he did not get used to his friends.

At the same time
It is used for two things which happen together.
Examples:
This is so people can watch TV and play playstation games at the same time.
Child’s story made us cry and laugh at the same time.
I study architecture at university. At the same time, I work part-time at a firm.

Instead
It means in place of something or someone else.
Examples:There is no chocolate now, I can give you some sugar instead.
Would you like to go to another place instead of cinema?
Instead of complaining, you should try to be a constructivist.

Conversely
It is used to express an idea that is different from or opposite the other idea mentioned before.
Examples:
I thought she would not come to the party; conversely, she came to the party with her boy friend.
Women want a lot of things from their husbands. Conversely, men don’t want many things from their wifes.
His family made a lot of effort to make their son’s lessons better, conversely, he never made any effort.

In contrast
It is used to compare two things or people and to say that the second one is very different from the first one.
Examples:This child is short and fat. In contrast, her sister is tall and thin.
Some people are extroverts. In contrast, some people are introverts.
In contrast to his big brother, he speaks English very well.

Yet
It is used to add something that is surprising after the first sentence which are mentioned before.
Examples:
It’s a long-term business, yet it’s more fun than other jobs.
The weather was snowy, yet it was not cold.
That woman was short and overweight, yet somehow, she was attractive.

Whereas
It is used for comparing two things which have significant differences from each other .
Examples:
Chicken meat is white, whereas cow meat is red.
You can do what you want outdoors, whereas it’s impossible to do them at home.
Her hair has a natural wave, whereas her sister’s hair just straight.

Even though
It is used as a stronger way to say “though” or “although”.
Examples:
He always gets the highest grade from the courses, even though he does not work regularly.
Even though I met all the criteria needed for the job, I was not hired.
My father will go to the work, even though he has two painful operations.

Nevertheles
It is used to say something which contrasts with what has just been said.
Examples:
The place was so beautiful; nevertheless, we did not want to spend our holiday in here.
They lost the game; nevertheless, they continued to play.
It is a very crowded city. Nevertheless, thousands of migrants come to the city each year.

On the contrary
It is used to show that a thought or feel which is the opposite of what has just stated.
Examples:
  • A: “Have you written the letter?”
  • B: On the contrary, I have not even started writing.
I’m not sad; on the contrary, I’m very happy.
This election will not bring prosperity to the country. On the contrary, chaos will increase.

Notwithstanding
It means despite the thing mentioned.
Examples:
He continues to exhibit the same behaviors, our warnings notwithstanding.
These drugs seem to be different, notwithstanding having same contents.
Notwithstandig two players getting red card, the team won the game.

Otherwise
It is used to show what the result will be if the thing or condition, mentioned before, does not occur.
Examples:
I had better study for my exams. Otherwise, I won’t pass the courses.
Leave my house now, otherwise I will call the police.
Tke your umbrella, otherwise you will get wet.

Alternatively
It is used to propose another possibility.
Examples:
You can play football. Alternatively, you can go to the cinema with me.
They can call us to contact, or  alternatively, they can send an email to us.
I think we can go far away for vacation, or alternatively, we can go where we went last year.

Nonetheless
It is used to link two contradictory thoughts.
Examples:
He worked with very little salary but he was happy with his job nonetheless.
She did not like teaching, but she became a teacher nonetheless.
The food was unsalted,but it was nonetheless delicious.

By contrast
It is used for the act of comparing in order to show differences.
Examples:
David is unaware of what is around. By contrast, Lisa is very cautious.
Children like crowds. By contrast, elders prefer solitude.
My daughter is very active. By contrast, my son is so moody.

But
It is used to add statement which is different from what you have said before.
Examples:
I know the answer to the problem, but I do not know why it is.
He is a very handsome but he is very rude person.
They heard us but they did not understand what we said.

While
It means “during the time” or “throughout the time”.
Examples:
While Jakson was in London, he went to see Jully.
While you were pregnant, my little girl was one year old.
While you were talking on the phone, the door was knocked.

Although
It is used for introducing a new statement that makes main statement surprising.
Examples:
Although no body is at home, some sounds are coming from the house.
Although she loves her job, she decided to quit her job.
Although he works hard, he is not successful in the course.

Despite / In spite of
It is used to show something which happen without being affected by something else.
Examples:
I can manage to stay cheerful despite everything.
In spite of warnings, he did not take any precautions.
That man is very stingy, despite having a lot of money.



Now practise the use of connectors (there are 14 exercises, with answers): CLICK HERE

Let's revise some vocabulary related to education HERE

2) SPEAKING PRACTICE: EDUCATION

a) You'll watch a short video (7 min) in which you'll see how a set of 6 questions regarding education could be answered. Remember that in your final exam you'll be asked to answer some questions too, so this is going to help you a lot. Watch, listen and read!

b) Now prepare your own answers for the 6 questions. Remember to use connectors to link your ideas.

3) WRITING (HOMEWORK)

Write a description of the primary school you went to. Include the following information: (180 words). Use connectors!

Hand it in before November 22nd, please.

-a brief introduction: the kind of school, size, location, your age when you went there,
-number of pupils in each class
-homework, uniform, discipline, teachers
-subjects – best / worst
-your general opinion of the school – good / bad? Why?

miércoles, 25 de octubre de 2017

WELCOME!

On our first lesson we talked about the importance of getting an EOI certificate. After that, we talked about the advantages of the EOIES programme and what the final exam will be like more or less.


1) USE OF LANGUAGE: PREPOSITIONS

Collocations are very common in English, and learning them will help you a lot to pass the Use of English section.

Do this EXERCISE to see how many collocations you know. Check your answers. Learn from your mistakes. Next month we'll do a similar exercise. Try not to make the same mistakes again!

Study this list:



More exercises here: 1



2) LISTENING COMPREHENSION:

Listen to this text once. Do not get discouraged. Listen to it again but this time read the transcript while listening. Now answer the questions.


3) SPEAKING:

(In pairs): Talk about your favourite means of transport. When did you last travel? Where did you go? Who did you go with?

miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

LISTENING: HIGH-ACHIEVING TEENAGERS




Listen to the text and answer the questions online. In this LINK you'll find the text, the questions, the answers and the transcript, in case you want to read and listen at the same time.



Discussion
Do you think Justin Bieber and Tavi Gevinson deserve their success, or are they just lucky?

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

IT'S TIME TO REGISTER!



Aquí teniu les instruccions. Heu d'emplenar la inscripció online i fer el pagament. Per favor, entregau-me el justificants de pagament i la documentació abans de DILLUNS 6 de febrer.

Aquí teniu les instruccions:


http://www.eoipalma.com/images/stories/PROFESSORS_EOIPALMAfile/caps_estudis/16-17EOIES/mat-EOIES-EOIPalma-def2.pdf

Pensau que vos matriculau per fer la prova d'INTERMEDI 2 d' ANGLÈS a l'IES MADINA MAYURQA.

DATES DE L'EXAMEN:

22 DE MAIG, A L'IES MADINA MAYURQA: 16h.

Recuperació de les parts suspeses:

4 SETEMBRE, A L'IES MADINA MAYURQA: 16h.





Gabriela Torrens

miércoles, 21 de diciembre de 2016

ROAD TO B1+: LESSON 7


1) Use of English (worksheet)

2) Reading: Community service (worksheet)

3) LISTENING AND SPEAKING PRACTICE: STRESS (after watching the video you should try to answer the 5 questions from the video)

4) Homework: WRITING TASK
 (send them to: gabytorrens@hotmail.com before January 11th).

1) Write an email letter to the school owner saying why you think you are suitable for the job (100-125 words).

"Do you like working with groups of people? Are you interested in films? FILM CLUB ORGANISER NEEDED!: Our language school is looking for a person to help organise a Film Club for students of English. If you think you are a suitable person to organise our Club we would like to hear from you."


2) Write an informal letter to your friend (100-120 words) talking about the following things:

- You went to Gerry's surprise birthday party. Who was there? What happened? Describe Gerry's presents. Describe Gerry's reaction.Say that you met an old friend at the party. Describe the situation and how you felt about it.





Do you fancy reading something in English?

The books you should read at this stage should be over 1800 words. In this link you can read books online or download them for free. You can also listen to them while reading: http://english-e-reader.net/findbook

miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2016

ROAD TO B1+: LESSON 6



1) USE OF LANGUAGE: Correcting common mistakes (2nd part of the exercise)

2) USE OF LANGUAGE  (worksheet)

3) LISTENING PRACTICE (worksheet)

4) LISTENING AND SPEAKING PRACTICE: PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS (after watching the video you should try to answer the 6 questions from the video)