Thursday, December 22, 2011

Week Beginning Monday 19th December

This Week's Art

The Adoration of the Magi. A Yu Safronov.

My warmest wishes to everyone at Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you again on January 9th / 10th.

This Week's Message

This kindness boomerang video might be a little bit too sentimental, but I think the message is important. Not only at Xmas time.

source: Larry Ferlazzo

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This Week's Oral Assignment

NA1: You are invited to record yourselves speaking about ONE of the themes below and then send your work to me for assessment. Your monologue should be about 3 - 4 minutes in length. I shall be listening out for the following characteristics:
  • clear organisation and structure, and an appropriate variety of discourse markers;
  • vocabulary that is varied, concise and appropriate to the task;
  • pronunciation that is correct and intonation that is appropriate;
  • a fluent discourse with appropriate pauses;
  • a variety of grammatical structures appropriate to the advanced level;
  • an awareness of "audience".

Your writing task from Unit 3 is expressing your opinion about climate change. Now let's literally hear your opinion on one of these topics:

  • Men are from Mars, women are from Venus
  • It's better to travel than to arrive
  • Education is becoming less important
  • Any form of stereotyping is destructive
  • Rich countries should help poor countries
  • Television has made us a nation of watchers, not doers
  • Music is the poetry of the air
  • Children are our most valuable resource

New deadline for this assignment is Friday 13th January on the understanding that I cannot guarantee feedback before the January "prueba de dominio" exams. Importantly, do NOT WRITE OUT your work in order to read it as if it were a text from a book. This is supposed to be a spontaneous activity as well as constructive preparation for the oral exams. So take five minutes to prepare your ideas in note form and then start recording. A clear introduction and conclusion are essential. Do it quickly but efficiently.

This Week's Important News for NB2

The reading books for this academic year have arrived. They cost 6 euros each. We will start with The New Zealand File. You can buy it from Ana from Monday onwards. Please bring the exact money. You have to read and listen to the story and complete the activities for 16th / 17th January.

We also have to start thinking about our next oral assignment. This time, you will work in pairs. You have to do two assignments.

Assignment One:

Person A: interview Person B about his / her special job as a tour manager for a famous person. Importantly, you must introduce your work, for example, "Hello, Carmen! I want to ask you about your job." You should have a conclusion, too: "Well, that was very interesting. Thank you for your time."

Assignment Two:

Person B: phone Person A to explain why you cannot keep your date with him / her. Apologise to him / her, give your reasons and promise to do something else on another occasion.

Both tasks should last a total of 5 minutes, that is, about 2 minutes 30 seconds each.

Important advice: don't read your work; it should sound as spontaneous as possible!

Deadline = 13th January.

This Year's Photos

Chile's Puyehue volcano erupting
This is an amazing, but often disturbing selection of images from around the world in 2011. Didn't anything good happen?!

This Week's Astronomy

Nasa discovers two Earth-size planets outside our Solar System
Astronomers have spotted the two smallest, most Earth-like planets to be discovered outside our solar system. They are orbiting a star called Kepler-20 almost 1,000 light years away in the constellation Lyra. Reaching the two newly-discovered planets would take the fastest spacecraft more than 4m years. For more info, click here.

Source: The Guardian newspaper

Monday, December 19, 2011

This Week's Homework

NB2A:  do listening activities 1 - 9 of CD 2; do SB P 39 Ex 6 and 9; do Workbook and CD Rom Lesson 4C and 4D. The New Zealand File. Oral presentation.

NB2C: listening 1 - 4 CD 2; SB P 39 Ex 9 and 10; Workbook and CD Rom Lesson 4C.

NA1: reading comprehension test 3; correct consolidation test. Don't forget about oral assignment.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Week Beginning Monday 12th December

This Week's News

NA1: Consolidation Test of Unit 3 on Monday 19th December. We need to know the following:

Vocabulary:  crime and punishment; weather; parts of the car; parts of the bicycle.

Grammar:  passive (all forms); it is said that . . . ; he is thought to . . . ; future perfect; future continuous; zero conditional and first conditional; if / as soon as / when / unitl/ unless / before / after / in case + present; modifiers.

We will also do a listening exam in class on this day.

Please confirm on Monday in class that I have returned all the compositions from Unit 3. If you have been asked to rewrite yours, please send it to me by Wed 21st. Please note that from now on I will not accept any work outside the deadline.

This Week's Essay

Earth seen from Apollo 17

The Gaia theory was formulated by James Lovelock in the 1970s. This theory says that the Earth is like a big organism that regulates the natural environment to keep the necessary conditions for life. 

I believe that the Earth is telling us that we have chosen a wrong way to live on the blue planet and we must change immediately. Floods, hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, earthquakes and tsunamis are some of the signals that show me that something wrong is going to happen.

I believe that we still can do something. For example, two years ago I participated in a project to save energy in buildings. I chose the bathroom to study how to save water. Every time we use the lavatory we consume ten liters of water. In a family with four members this is 58,400 liters for a year. Connecting the waste pipe from the washbasin to the cistern of the lavatory we can save all that water. It is easy, and Roca has manufactured a washbasin and water that they have called W+W.  The problem is that, at the moment, it costs 3,000 euros.

In conclusion, I believe that everyone can contribute to changing the world, but we are too lazy.

NA1 Pedro

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This Week's Nature

Meerkats at Blair Drummond safari park, near Stirling, Scotland with an eye for a festive photo opportunity have enjoyed a taste of Christmas, with their keepers giving them stockings and baubles filled with treats … if you can call worms that. For more photos, click here.

Source: The Guardian newspaper

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This Week's Topic

Everything you ever wanted to know about climate change . . .

In NA1, we've been looking at the theme of climate and climate change. I've just come across this fascinating interactive from The Guardian Newspaper; you may find it of interest.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This Week's Homework

NB2A: SB P 34 Ex 4 and 5; listening 33 - 36; start reading The New Zealand File; think about how you are going to organise the next oral activity; do handout on the Present Perfect; workbook and CD Rom Lesson 4A.

NB2C: Listening 37 - 40; start reading The New Zealand File; think about how you are going to organise the next oral activity; do handout on the Present Perfect; workbook and CD Rom Lesson 4A.

NA1: Continue working on your workbook, of course! Start planning your oral presentation. Consolidation test of Unit 3 on Monday 19th December. We will also do a forma listening exam on this day.

This Week's Writing

5, Rue Bretonneaux
37000 Paris

30th November 2011

Dear Sofía,

Thank you so much for your letter.

My sweet friend, only a few weeks have passed but I miss you terribly. Is everything okay without me?

Last Monday I started my new job. The commute is too long! Every day, I take the bus next to my house, and it takes an hour to arrive! It's terrible! I have no time for anything.

The flat is wonderful! It is very big and it has a terrace near the Eiffel Tower. The furniture is from the period of the French revolution. In this house I somethimes feel like a distinguished lady: vive la revolution!

Fortunately, I don't have any problems communicating with the French people because I'm bilingual.

At the weekends, I have French cooking classes. Last week, the academy staff called Jamie Oliver. With him, we learned to cook a camembert cheescake! It was delicious!

Remember the plane takes only 40 minutes to arrive. I hope to see you soon.  Guillermo sends you a big kiss. He's studying French at the moment.

Anyway, that's about it for now.

Best regards,


PS: When you come next month, don't forget to bring a warm coat because Paris is very cold!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Week's Advice

The American jazz singer, Dianne Reeves is in town. She recommends NOT exchanging gifts this Christmas. Instead, she proposes that we sit together around the table with our loved ones and exchange (life) stories. What do you think about this?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Week Beginning Monday 5th December

This Week's Homework

NB2A: Reading Comprehension number 4; listening tasks numbers 25 - 28. Start thinking about our next oral assignment.

NB2C: Reading Comprehension number 4; listening tasks numbers 39 - 32. Start thinking about our next oral assignment.

NA1: Make sure you have completed SB P 42 - 43 (everything.)  Prepare P 44 - 45 Ex 1 a - 3; Page 2 of the Supplementary handout for Unit 3; start thinking about oral assignement; writing task for Monday 12th.

This Week's Writing

Our punctuation skills are not good. Go to this BBC site to learn how to improve!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This Week's Trees

A Norewegian Christmas Tree lights up Trafalgar Square in London
This photo is taken from The Guardian photo-gallery of Christmas trees from around the world; you can explore the history of Christmas trees here; discover what the History Channel has to teach us about Christmas here; check your Christmas vocabulary here and here; explore the tradition of the Caga tió here and here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

This Week's Homework

NB2A: Prepare for Progress Test and do listening Ex 21 - 24 for Wed 7th. Do Reading Comprehension 4 for Monday 12th. Complete Unit 3 in Workbook and on CD Rom.

NB2C: Prepare for Progress Test and do listening Ex 25 - 28 for Friday 9th. Reading Comprehension 4 for Tuesday 13th. Complete Unit 3 in Workbook and on CD Rom.

NA1: Reading Comprehension 2 for Wed 7th. Composition 3 for Monday 12th. (See SB P 49 Ex c.) Listening Test 3 for Wednesday 14th. Prepare SB P 44 - 45 for class on Wed 7th. It goes without saying that you continue to work on the exercises in your workbook.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This Week's Important News

NB2A: Progress Test on Unit 3 on Wednesday 7th December. NB2C: Progress Test on Unit 3 on Friday 9th December.

This is what we need to know:

  • have to / had to
  • present simple / present continuous
  • activity and state verbs
  • jobs
  • employment
  • word building
  • argue / discuss / fight

Real World:
  • how to apologise. (e.g. "I'm sorry but I can't go to the cinema tonight.")
  • how  to give a reason for (not) doing something. (e.g. "I have to take my parents to the airport.")
  • how to make a promise. (e.g. "I'll phone you tomorrow.")
  • how to write an informal letter.
PS: Don't get stressed if you can't come to class on this day. We can come to some agreement.

This Week's Homework

NA1: Prepare SB P 42 (everything) and Grammar Bank P 136 - 137 Section 3B. Make sure you have also prepared P40 Ex 1.  Reading Comprehension 2 for Wednesday 7th December; Composition Three For Monday 12th December; Listening Test Three for Wednesday 14th.  Work on Dolphin Music for 27th January 2012.

NB2A: Reading Comprehension 3 for Wednesday 30th; Writing Test for Wednesday 30th. Prepare SB Page 32 Ex 1 and 2. Listening Comprehension Ex 21 - 24 for Wednesday 7th December. Consolidation Test of Unit 3 on Wed 7th. Do Lessons 3B and 3C in Workbook and CD Rom.

NB2C: Listening Exercises 21 - 24 for Thursday 1st; Prepare Workbook P70 - 71 (or P 64 - 65, depending on your edition) "Staying in Touch". We will do Ex 6b as part of an exam in class. Reading Comprehension 4 for Tuesday 13th. Do Lessons 3C and 3D of Workbook and CD Rom.

Week Beginning Monday 21st November

Friday, November 25, 2011

This Week's Important News (3)

Avid readers on the underground in London
NA1 (only): This year's Readers (Dolphin Music and Dragons' Eggs) have now arrived at the School. If you'd like to buy a copy with CD, they cost 8 euros each. Please see Diane on Monday.

This Week's Important News (2)

NB2: We are finishing unit 3. As you know, at the end of each unit, we do a Consolidation Test. We will do it very soon, so be prepared! This time, we will do it in small groups. That way, you can help each other to learn.

This Week's Important News

On Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December, NB2 will do a writing task in class. You have to imagine that you have moved to another country. You have to write an informal letter to a good friend about your new life. You have to give the following information:
  • where you now live;
  • your new job;
  • your new commute;
  • a new language.
To help you do this activity, look at the Reading and Writing Porfolio 1 - Staying in Touch - in your Workbook. If you have the new Workbook, look at Pages 70 - 71; if you have an old version, look at Pages 64 - 65. Do the exercises, check your answers, and plan what you are going to write. Askk me if you have any problems. We will talk about the exercise in more detail in class on Monday or Tuesday.

This Week's Festival

American actress Virginia Gibson in a glamorous version of puritan costume, rides a giant Turkey, circa 1952.
The fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. If you'd like a general overview of Thanksgiving, click here. Who were the Pilgrims? Find out here. If you'd like to know more about The Mayflower, click here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This Week's Video

In our Advanced class, we've been looking at the theme of crime and punishment. I think this video is about self-inflicted punishment. It's taken from an Indian "talent" show. Personally, I could only watch the first 3 minutes. What do you think of it?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Week's Homework

NB2A: Listening Test Ex 17 - 20 for Monday 21st; Do SB P 26 Ex 1, 3, 4 and 6 and SB P29 Ex 6. Reading Comprehension Test 3 for Wednesday 30th November. Do Workbook and CD Rom Lesson 3B. Importantly, do the Reading and Writing Portfolio 1 - Staying in Touch - from Ex 1 to Ex 6a on Pages 70 - 71 OR 64 - 65, depending on the edition of the Workbook that you have. We will do Ex 6b (Write an informal letter to a good friend about your new life) as part of a writing test in class on Wednesday 30th.

NB2C: Listening Tests Nos 17 – 20. Reading Comprehension number 3. Workbook and CD Rom Lesson 3A, 3B and 3C. If you did not come to class on Thursday or Friday, make sure you complete all that you can of Lessons 3B and 3C in you Students' book. For Tuesday 29th, prepare SB P 32 Ex 1 and 2.

NA1: Make sure you have completed P 36 - 37, including Vocabulary Bank. Page 38, including Grammar Bank 3A, should be done as well. Do P49 "Expressing your opinion." Ex c - the actual writing activity - is for Monday 12th December. Note carefully the title of your work. Do Page 1 (everything) of the Handout for Unit 3. Do Listening Test 2 for Monday 28th. Prepare SB Page 40 (reading) and Vocabulary Bank P 150 (weather.)

Week Beginning Monday 14th November

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What Did You Learn about Vampires?

The Abbey in the Oak Wood by Caspar David Friedrich

Sincerely speaking, there was nothing that Milena said I didn’t know. Well, she said that Stoker was English but he was born in Ireland so I suppose she made a little mistake. In fact I have to say that I’ve been a vampire freak since I was a child and everything related to vampires appeals to me, especially the figure of Count Dracula. Actually, every year for carnival or Halloween I dress up in a Dracula costume.

I think I have read the story of “The Prince of Darkness”, written by Bram Stoker, three or four times and I’ve got a special edition of the film version on DVD besides a lot of movies on my computer.

I don’t know the reason why I’m so fond of Gothic horror stories; maybe it’s the atmosphere because they always take place in castles steeped in mystery and darkness… If I had to choose a destination in Europe I would choose Romania for holidays.

In conclusion, I felt very happy when I found out that a specialist would give us a lecture about vampires but a little disappointed because this didn’t give me a new focus on the issue. Don’t you agree?

Expédito NA1

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Week's Homework

A typical excuse that English school children make for not giving their homework to the teacher is: "I'm sorry, the dog ate it." Please make sure that your dog doesn't eat yours! (Sara in NA1 is in special danger: she has SEVEN dogs!)

NA1: Listening Test Audio CD2. Test number One for Monday 21st November. Don't forget the Reading Test fot this date, too. We've started Unit 3. Do SB P 36; P37 Ex 2 a. Prepare SB P 38 Ex 4a, b, c, d and e.

NB2A: If you did not come to class on Wed, make sure you have done SB Pages 24 - 25. Homework is SB Page 26 Ex 1, 2, 3 and P 27 Ex 4a, b, c, d and e. Remember that you must give me the Reading Test 2 on Monday 21st together with the Listening tests 13 - 16. I'm also expecting your oral presentation (see below).

NB2C: Prepare SB P24 Ex 1, 2,and 3; P25 Ex 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  Reading Test 3 is for Tuesday 29th Nov. If you do not have a copy, ask me. Remember that you must do Listening Exercises 13 - 16. Don't forget about your oral presentation (see below).

This Year's Readers

The School can order these books for you. See Diane a.s.a.p.

NA1: These are the readers (with Audio CD) for 2011 - 2012.  Dolphin Music is a science fiction novel set in 2051. CONTROL, the government of Europe, keeps everyone happy in a virtual reality where music made by dolphins gives exquisite pleasure. When Saul Grant, a writer, discovers the truth about the music, the illusion is shattered. He soon sets out to free the dolphins but CONTROL is aware of his actions and will stop him at any cost.

Dragons' Eggs focuses on Tendai, who comes to live in an isolated African village. Tendai is a runner, a dreamer and a storyteller. When landmines turn his world upside down, he runs, dreams and tells stories to try to deal with a terrible tragedy. It has been described as a gripping story of victory over man-made evil, and of a young man who never gives up.

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The School can order these books for you. See Diane a.s.a.p.

NB2: The New Zealand File and How I Met Myself are our stories for this year (both with Audio CD). The first book is about a British spy, Ian Munro, who was suddeny called to a secret meeting in New Zealand. He senses that he is being followed. Who's following him? And why is the coded information he is given so secret that others are prepared to kill for it? Can Munro escape and crack the code?

How I Met Myself  opens on an icy winter's evening in Budapest. John Taylor is on his way home from the office when a man runs into him and knocks him over. The man turns to say sorry and John is amazed at what he sees: the man is John's double. The double rushes away but leaves no footprints in the snow. Over the next year it becomes clear to John that the meeting was no accident and that his double has a very important message to give him.

This Week's Oral Assignment for NB2

In the oral exam, you are required to give a short monologue on a specific theme. It lasts for about 2 minutes.
Choose ONE of these options:

SB Page 17 Ex 8 or SB Page 19 Ex 10.

Use the prompts to give a talk which lasts for 2 minutes. Record it on your ipod / mobile phone and send it to me by email.

Please note that I shall be listening out for:

·       Content. Did you cover all of the points?

·       Organisation and cohesion. Do you have an introduction and a conclusion?

·       Interesting and appropriate vocabulary.

·       Good pronunciation. Can you hear the /t/, /d/ or /Id/ of the past tense? Can you hear the “s” of the 3rd person singular present tense?  Can you hear good pronunciation of “th”? Can you hear any negative words?

·       Fluency. 

·       Good grammar.

·       Appropriate register. (Not too formal; not too informal.)

IMPORTANTLY, this is a SPEAKING activity and not a READING activity.

Deadline for NB2A is Monday 21st November; deadline for NB2C is Friday 25th November.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Seven Natural Wonders of the Canary Islands

Paz (NB2) says that she has been in love with the dunes of Maspalomas since she was a little girl. And who can blame her?

Sunset at Sardina

Ana Elisa (NA1) took this photograph. She loves to see the sunset at Sardina. Isn't it a magical view?

Pedro (NA1) has sent us this old photo taken in a corner of the Laurisilva forest in the Canary Garden, Gran Canaria. It contrasts greatly with my first impression. When I visited the Laurisilva forest in La Gomera for the first time, I found it cold and spooky. Maybe it was because it was a particularly grey day.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This Week's Nature

Iguazu Falls, Brazilian / Argentinian border

Idaira has sent us this video about the new 7 Wonders of Nature. Thank you so much!

If we were to run a competition about the 7 Natural Wonders of the Canary Islands, which places would you nominate? Why don't you send us a photo, too? (My personal choice would  be the Cola del Dragón as seen from Agaete. I remember the first time I saw it from the bus window I almost stopped breathing; I was so captivated by its beauty.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Week's Important News

NB2A will do their Consolidation Test on Unit 2 on Monday 14th. NB2C will do it on Thursday 17th. We will do it individually. We will look at the following items:
  • Past Simple of regular and irregular verbs (positive, negative and questions);
  • Past Continuous (positive, negative and questions);
  • when we use the Past Simple and when we use the Past Continuous;
  • vocabulary associated with relationships;
  • when / so / because / while.
We will also do a Reading Comprehension and, if there's time, a Listening Comprehension.

NA1 will do their Consolidation Test on Unit 2 on Monday 14th as well. We will look at the following items:
  • using adjectives as nouns;
  • order of adjectives;
  • narrative tenses, past perfect continuous;
  • so / such . . . that;
  • adverbs and and adverbial phrases;
  • confusing adverbs and adverbial phrases;
  • clothes and fashion;
  • air travel;
  • vowel sounds.
NA1 will do the test in small groups.

This Week's Homework

NB2A: Reading Test 2 and Listening Tests Ex 13 -16 for Monday 21st November.

NB2C: Reading Test 2 for Thursday 17th November; Listening Tests Ex 13 - 16 for Tuesday 22nd.

Week Beginning Monday 7th November

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This Week's Important News

We are coming to the end of another unit in our textbook. Remember that we always do a Consolidation Test when we finish each unit. Be prepared!

This Week's Art

A Man Tricked by Gypsies: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci: painter at the court of Milan is the title of a new exhibition at The National Gallery, London. To celebrate this, The Guardian Newspaper  takes a detailed look at some of the Renaissance master's most admired drawings – from grotesque caricatures to sublime nudes. Click here to view the interactive.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This Week's Words in the News

Listen to the BBC's video about freak weather conditions in New York and learn some new vocabulary.

This Week's Homework

NB2A: Prepare SB Page 20 Ex 1, 2, 3 and 4a. Start preparing your monologue. Make sure your workbooks are up-to-date. Do corresponding exercises on the CD Rom. Prepare SB Page 21 Ex 8.

NB2C: Prepare SB Page 19 Ex 10; SB P 20 Ex, 1, 2, 3 and 4a.

NA1: If you did not come to class, make sure you have completed pages 24 - 26. Prepare p 28 - 29 Grammar 1 parts a - e. Ideally, you are working hard on all the activities in your workbook and have now completed everything as far as lesson 2C. Don't forget the written assignment on p 33 section d for Monday 14th. Complete the vocabulary worksheet on Air Travel; do Page 2 and Page 4 of the Supplementary Handout for Unit 2. You have a Reading Test to complete by Monday 21st. Ask me if you do not have a copy of the test.

Monday, November 7, 2011

This Week's Photo

The volcanic eruption off El Hierro, as photographed by NASA

In July 2011, volcanic tremors began on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. By September, many tourists evacuated the resort island, fearing a volcanic eruption. In early October, an underwater volcanic vent began erupting, sending ash and chemicals into the sea and causing muddy discolouration of the waters south of the island. Reports from a recent underwater survey by a Spanish research vessel revealed the presence of an eruptive vent and crater about 500 feet (150 metres) below the surface, accompanied by submarine 'pillow' lavas – pillow-shaped lavas that form underwater. The vent location was marked by brownish discolouration off the south tip of the island. Currents diluted and dispersed the volcanic material to the south and west.

Source: The Guardian Newspaper

This Week's Curiosity

The German magazine, Speigel online offers us a curious photo gallery of pedestrian signs around the world. Click here.

Source: Larry Ferlazzo

Friday, November 4, 2011

This Week's Important News

There'll be no class on Friday 4th November for NB2C because I'm going to a congress in Las Palmas. Please take advantage of this extra time and use it constructively to revise what we've seen and what we'll be looking at next week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This Week's Pronunciation

You might be interested in this dictionary. Apparently, it's got all the words in the world. Pronounced.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This Week's Reading and Listening

You might enjoy listening to and reading this article about the scariest night of the year.

Source: listen to English, learn English

This Week's Answers

Here are the answers to Milena's quiz.

  1. Our speaker comes from a spooky place called Transylvania.  (False and true.)
  2. he learned many languages to help her study vampires. (False. But she loves learning languages.)
  3. The term vampire comes from the Romanian language. (False. It’s origin is not known but scholars think the word came from  Serbian and entered the German and English languages from there.)
  4. Vampires are dead people who died in strange circumstances. (True.)
  5. Elizabeth Bathory was a Romanian countess. (False. She was Hungarian.)
  6. One of Elizabeth Bathory's handmaids was a witch. (True.)
  7. Bram Stoker was an English writer. (False. He was Irish.)
  8. Bathory’s legend played a major role in the creation of the character of Count Dracula. (False.)
  9. The character of Dracula is based on Vlad the Impaler. (False.)
  10. Nosferatu is a Romanian word for vampire. (False.)
  11. Dracula must remain in the grave during the daytime. (False.)
  12. Dracula wore a cape. (False. He was dressed in black, but Stoker never said that Dracula wore a cape.)
Thanks to David for drawing up the questions and organising Milena's visit.

    This Week's Homework

    NB2A: Do pages 1 - 4 of the handout on Past Simple. Check your answers. Remember that you have to do the listening exercises 9 - 12 and the reading comprehension (2 texts) as well. Make sure you have completed P 18. Prepare P 19 Ex 4. Do Workbook Lesson 2B; do CD Rom Lesson 2B, too.

    NA1: Do Page 1, Activity B of our grammar handout for unit 2. Please note that the written assignment for this month is SB P33 Ex d; deadline is Monday 14th November. Kindly send your composition as an attachment to make things more efficient for me. Study the vocabulary on P122, Section 2.1.  Prepare SB P 24 (everything) and P 25 Vocabulary. Make sure you have prepared Grammar Bank Section 2B P 134 - 135.