Saturday, March 31, 2012
NB2: Complete the listening activities of CD4; finish work on "How I Met Myself"; try and do Lesson 6B Workbook and CD Rom. It would be a good idea to have a look at Student's Book P 56 for our next class.
NA1: Do Listening Test 2; work on "Dragons' Eggs"; prepare Grammar Bank P 140 - 141 Section 5C.
|Easter Greetings by Kustodiev|
The exact origins of this religious feast day's name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term "hebdomada alba", or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing worn by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as "esostarum" in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
NB2A and NB2B: Listening CD2 Ex 15 - 18; complete pages 1 - 3 of revision Unit 5; do "progress test 5" at the weekend, if you want.
NA1: Prepare SB P 81 Ex a and b; Ex c will be for Wed 28th March. Please do it well. Do the exercises on infinitive or gerund in our Supplementary handout for Unit 5.
Our May exams will start on Monday 14th / Tuesday 15th May. These exams are very important and are instrumental in deciding if you are promoted to the next course.
The proposed date for the Reading, Writing and Listening Exams for Certificación is Monday 4th June for Nivel Básico, Tuesday 5th June for Nivel Intermedio, and Wednesday 6th June for Nivel Avanzado. The oral exams will take place after the written papers.
Any student in NA1 can sit Certificación for Nivel Intermedio "por libre".
Monday, March 19, 2012
NB2: Listening CD4 Ex 1 - 14; Oral activity. Revise Unit 5 (grammar and vocabulary).
NA1: Prepare Grammar Bank 5A (P 140 - 141). The Writing assignment for Unit 5 is P 81. This piece of work should be done carefully and well and sent to me by Wed 28th March.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
We have an expression in English “going to the dogs”. If something is “going to the dogs”, it means that everything seems to be getting worse and worse. There is a special sort of English person – perhaps you have met one – who will tell you that England is going to the dogs. He means that he doesn’t like the sort of clothes that young people wear, that he doesn’t like computers, that he doesn’t understand what an iPhone app does, that there are too many foreigners, that the Australians have just beaten England at cricket and that beer doesn’t taste like proper beer any more. It wasn’t like this when he was young. The country is going to the dogs! To continue reading, click here. You can also listen to the article.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|Rhododendron "Saint Valentine"|
Adela and Leti NB2A
Inmaculada and Mario NB2C
Dunia and Idaira NA1
You can read their poems on our noticeboard together with all the other entries!
Well done, everyone!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
A massive solar storm is headed for Earth, threatening to disrupt flights and power lines. Solar flares have erupted from the surface of the sun, releasing the energy equivalent of billions of tonnes of TNT towards the Earth. Solar storms can cause communication problems such as radio blackouts, as well as affecting satellites, disrupting oil pipelines and making global positioning systems less accurate. Radiation caused by the storm is likely to be most intense at the poles. For more info, click here.
Source: The Guardian
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
|One of my favourite paintings is by Renoir|
Work in Pairs. There are two parts to this assignment.
Part One: Talking about a favourite painting or photo.
Person A: You are going to interview your partner about one of his / her favourite paintings or photos for the school magazine.
If you interview him / her about the painting, find out:
- name of the painting
- who / paint it
- what / know about the artist
- what / be able to see in the painting
- where / see it
- why / like it
- other famous paintings by the same artist
- if your partner paints
If you interview him / her about the photo, find out:
- who /take the photo
- where / take it
- when /take it
- what / happen when the photo was taken
- more information about the photo
- where / keep it
- why / like it
Person B: Answer your partner's questions.
Some advice: Be very careful with verb tenses when asking the questions. Have a clear introduction and conclusion to your interview.
Part Two: A Telephone Call.
Person A: Answer the phone.Person B: Identify yourself and make a suggestion.
Person A: Reply.
Person B: Give a piece of advice. Make another suggestion.
Person A: Reply. Make a suggestion.
Person B: Agree. Conclude the conversation.
Please send me your recorded conversations by Monday 19th / Tuesday 20th March. If you have a microphone for your computer, you might find vocaroo, an online recroding programme, useful.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
There's a saying in English which goes: "An image is worth a thousand words." To celebrate 170 years of the camera in the public domain, The British paper, The Telegraph, has published an article which looks back over photographic images that have had a profound impact on the way we live today. Click here. (Some of them are very disturbing.)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
|The Welsh flag|
March 1st is Saint David's Day. St David is the patron saint of Wales, a very beautiful country in the United Kingdom. Although the people there speak English, they also speak Welsh. It's a Celtic language. You can find out about Wales here.
Our next writing assignment is taken from Workbook P73 (or P67 if you've got a different edition) Exercise 7B. (Reading and Writing Portfolio 2: An email with news.) We will do some preparation in class beforehand. Write about 150 words.
Please note the following:
- Deadline is Monday 12th or Tuesday 13th March.
- Use the format for an email.
- Use an informal style with contracted forms of the verbs.
- Use a variety of connecting words: and, also, What's more; but, however, though . . .
- Use a variety of verb aspects correctly: present simple, present continuous, present perfect, past simple, past continuous . . .
- Use modal verbs correctly: will, can, should, must . . .
- Look at Sections 24 and 25 of our Language Functions handout to get some ideas about starting and ending a letter or email.
- Check your work carefully for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Be proud of your work; do it well.