Saturday, June 30, 2012

This Week's Campaign

In defence of State Education.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Some Summer Activities

An EOI student from Santa Brígida enjoying an exciting Agatha Christie novel
on Jandía beach. (Or is it Diane?)

It's essential that you keep up-to-date with your English studies during the summer months. If you don't, you will find the next academic year very, very challenging. Here are some ideas to help you.

Speaking activities.

Meet up with a classmate or a friend who speaks English and go to this website. Here, you will find hundreds of interesting topics to explore. Choose a topic, left click, and interview your partner by using some of the questions. Remember to expand your questions, listen carefully to what your partner says and ask for more information based on what you hear.

Listening activities.

There are hundreds of sites on the internet to explore listening. Here are some of them:

Grammar Activities.

It was amazing (and embarrassing) to see how many BASIC errors were made in the May exams. My recommendation is for those students who have just completed NB2 to start with Elementary and those who have just completed NA1 to begin with Pre-intermediate or Intermediate.


Practical English.


This link is really for more advanced students. However, if you are going into NI 1 in September, why don't you go to Canary Books or Idiomática and choose a reader to read and listen to while at the beach?

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    This Week's Nature

    A male Sumatran rhinoceros is born in a conservation park in Indonesia. His mother, Ratu, is one of only 10 Sumatran rhinos living in captivity. Only 200 Sumatran rhinos now live in the wild in Indonesia and Malaysia. But Indonesia's forest minister Zulkifli Hasan says the birth has boosted confidence in efforts to conserve endangered species.

    Source: The Guardian newspaper

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    This Week's Politics

    Burmese opposition leader returns to the city where she raised
    a family to receive honorary doctorate from her alma mater

    For more information, click here.

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    Certification Results

    Results for the Certification Exams will be available for Nivel Básico after 5 o'clock on Monday 18th June. Please remember that, if you want the certificate, you must ask for it. See the School's webpage for more information. If you'd like to see your exams, I'll be available on Monday between 5 and 7 o'clock and on Tuesday between 4 o'clock and 5.30 pm in Room 20 or Secretaría. You have until Wednesday 20th at 8 pm for "aclaraciones" and "reclamaciones".

    PS: I'll be posting some work for you to do over the summer soon. :)

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    This Week's Architecture

    This hermit's castle, in Scotland, is one of the edifices featured in the Telegraph's slideshow of the world's most unusual buildings. Click here to see more.

    Saturday, June 9, 2012

    This Week's Congratulations

    Warm congratulations to Manolo on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time!

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Answer Key for NB2 CD 5

    Ex 1  Yes  Yes  No  No  No.
    Ex 2  B  B  C  A  A
    Ex 3  500    one hour     floors    living room     July
    Ex 4  No  No  No  Yes  Yes
    Ex 5  C  C  B  B  A

    Ex 6  30    weeks    notes     quickly     body language
    Ex 7  B  C  B  A  A  C
    Ex 8  nature   wildlife     forest    12    fire    bird house
    Ex 9  Yes  No  No  Yes  No  No
    Ex 10  A  C  B  C  A  B

    Ex 11  March    England    father    money    trainer    apples
    Ex 12  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  No  Yes
    Ex 13  B  C  A  B  C  A
    Ex 14  rope   20   tall   band   rabbit   ice-cream
    Ex 15  No  No  No  Yes  No  Yes

    Ex 16  A  C  A  B  A  C
    Ex 17  tiger  change   trains  2000   library   website
    Ex 18  Yes  Yes  No  No  Yes  No
    Ex 19  No  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  Yes
    Ex 20  B  C  B  A  B  C

    Ex 21  16th    town centre   dancing     Friday     film     modern
    Ex 22  Yes  No  Yes  No  No  Yes

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    This Week's Lost and Found

    She's in desperate need of a home - and some serious loving. Can you help? Please?

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    Timetable for Oral Exams (NB2A and NB2C)

    Certificación.  Oral timetable.  Don’t be late!

    Tuesday 5th June – NB2A.   Room 20

    4.30           Yurena S and Marta

    4.50           Manuel G and Laura

    5.10           Elba and Luis

    5.30           Leti and Adela

    6.20           Guillermo and Nisa

    6.40           Alberto and Daniel

    7.00           Pepe and Mónica (NB2C)

    7.50           Paz and Mar

    Thursday 7th June – NB2A.  Room 18

    8.00           Yurena G, Naira and Mónica R

    Monday 11th June – NB2C. Room 18

    5.05           Iris and Antonio

    5.25           Yumara and Güise

    Tuesday 12th June – NB2C.  Room  20

    5.10           Mario and Nati

    5.30           Cristina and Manuel H.

    6.15           Ángela and Inmaculada

    6.35           Jose Luis M  and Silvia

    7.00           Isabel, Montse and Gustavo

    Friday, June 1, 2012


    NB2 start "Certificación" on Monday 4th. This is our timetable:

    15:45    Comprobación de identidad / Cumplimentación de ficha de resultados

    16:00    Expresión e interacción escrita              (75 minutos)

    17:15    Descanso

    17:25    Examen de comprensión auditiva          (35 minutos)

    18:00    Descanso

    18:10    Comprensión  de lectura                        (65 minutos)

    19:15    Final del examen

    NB2A should go to Classroom 17.
    NB2B should go to Classroom 19.
    NB2C should go to Classroom 18.

    On Monday, during the breaks, we will finalise the oral timetable. For NB2A and NB2C, the oral exams will be held on the following days in the afternoon / evening:

    Tuesday 5th; Monday 11th; Tuesday 12th.

    Remember, do your exam calmly and well! Good luck!