Thursday, March 31, 2011

Week Beginning Monday 28th March

This Week's News

Just to keep you informed about the end of year exams . . .

Writing: Monday 16th May at 6 o'clock / Tuesday 17th May at 4 o'clock;

Reading and Listening:  Wednesday 18th May at 6 o'clock / Thursday 19th May at 4 o'clock;

Orals: between 23rd and 31st May.

This Week's Homework

Monday / Wednesday class: make sure you have done 5C (P174) of our grammar handout and Pages 82 - 83 in the Student's book. Start revising for your Consolidation Test of Unit 5 on Wednesday 6th April.

Tuesday / Thursday class: as above. We shall do our Consolidation Test on Tuesday 5th April.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This Week's Cinema

The Guardian newspaper has a look at Spanish cinema today. Click here, if interested.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Homework Planner

To help you plan ahead, this is the proposed timetable for written assignments for what remains of the academic year.

  • 10th January. Deadline for activities on second reading assignment.
  • 4th February. Deadline for Writing Activity SB Page 65. (Write an article.)
  • 4th March. Deadline for Writing Activity SB Page 81. (Formal letter.)
  • 14th March. Deadline for activities on third reading assignment. ( Write a book review.)
  • 14th April. Deadline for Writing Activity SB Page 97. (A report.)
  • 6th May. Deadline for Writing Activity SB Page 113. (A "For and Against" essay.)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This Week's Geography

How's your knowledge of the Middle East? Check out this fun video from youtube.

This Week's Listening

From Liz.
Like to listen to your favourite song and read the lyrics at the same time? Click here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

This Week's Video

Bet you haven't seen this video by Shakira before!

This Week's News

There will be no classes from Monday 21st to Thursday 24th March (inclusive). Sorry. Please check your email for extra listening activities. Kindly do the following preparation:

Student's Book Pages 76 - 77 (Everything except the listening activities, of course.)
Student's Book Pages 78 - 79 Activities 3a and 3b; Activity 4 a, b and c. Mini Grammar "as". Phrasal Verbs in Context.
Grammar Worksheet Page 174 Activity 5C (a and b).

This Week's Astronomy

Clear skies will reveal a "super moon" phenomenon on Saturday as the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth for almost two decades.  See here.

Source: The Guardian

Thursday, March 17, 2011

This Week's Grammar

Used to do / Get used to doing / Be used to doing . . .

For some extra practice, click here and here and here!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This Week's Listening

This is a fun activity I gleaned from my colleague at EOI Santa Brígida. Liz has written:

"It is a great tool which has articles from the news and you can listen to these articles as many times as you want while you write and the tool corrects you. You do not have to download anything but you have to register on the site. It is definitely worth exploring."

Click here to explore.


This Week's Homework

From Dulce
Mon / Wed class: complete vocabulary worksheet on "Entertainment and the Arts"; prepare Grammar Bank 5B P140 -141.

Friday, March 4, 2011

This Week's Nature

An Iberian wolf looks up at a centre run by the Grupo Lobo association. Grupo Lobo is a non-governmental association founded in 1985 to work towards the conservation of Iberian wolves and their ecosystem in Portugal. There are an estimated 2,000 wolves on the Iberian Peninsula, of which 300 are in Portuguese territory. For more This Week In Wildlife, click here.

Source: The Guardian Newspaper

This Week's Listening

It seems we all enjoy listening (and dancing) to music. But have you heard of Lyrics Training? It's an easy and fun method to learn and improve your knowledge of English through the music videos and typing the lyrics of the songs. Enjoy!

Source: Liz at EOI Santa Brígida

This Week's Topic

We've been listening to Debussy, Holst, Beethoven, Albinoni, Strauss, Messiaen and Mozart in class this week. If you'd like to find out a little about opera, why not check out My Opera Space?

This Week's Grammar

March 4th is National Grammar Day! For a catchy grammar song, click here. To practise this week's grammar point (gerunds and infinitives) click here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Important News!

There will be no class next week  (7th - 11th March) because it's Carnival. Looking forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 14th or Tuesday 15th. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This Week's Architecture

Zaha Hadid on song: China's Guangzhou Opera House

Jonathan Glancey explores Guangzhou's glittering, intergalactic new opera house, designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and opened last weekend. Sixteen years after a similar project in Wales ground to a halt, she explains why Cardiff's loss is China's gain.

Source: The Guardian Newspaper