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What did she say?


In English there are two different ways of expressing the words of another person: Direct and Indirect Speech. Indirect or Reported Speech is different to Direct Speech because it does not phrase the statement or question in the same way as the original speaker. Direct speech is very simple as the exact words of the original speaker are reported in quotation marks.

Direct Speech Reported Speech
She said, “You look good in that.” She said that I looked good in this.


May 5, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Past Perfect

Past Perfect explained easily

Grammar and exercises

Past Perfect tenses dictation exercise

Activity based on a video extract_1    Activity based on video extract 2

Past forms worksheets



May 3, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR | , , | Leave a comment

Would your life be the same if…?

Would your life be the same if you had been born in a different country? The answer to the question is pretty obvious, but just thinking about it can make us understand life outside our home. We can imagine what our life would be like in another country by comparing living conditions, and ifitweremyhome.com provides a tool to compare country conditions.


Conditional sentences links:




May 1, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT | , , | Leave a comment

This used to be my playground by Madonna

This is a beautiful ballad about wishing to keep your childhood memories when you’ve come to be an adult and life sometimes seems to be getting rougher and rougher every day. It’s all about longing for the time when you had lots of dreams and few worries. I’m not especially keen on Madonna, but I love this song.

The song is also a very good example of the verb form “used to” to express past habits or facts. Here you’ve got some links to help you understand it.

used to grammar

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise about song

ELS Quiz:  Memories_Used to

A whole lesson (BBC Learning English) with lots of activities on Used to for past habits


April 29, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, GRAMMAR, MUSIC | , , , , | Leave a comment

Modals of obligation, prohibition, possibility and certainty, and advice.

fair test

A student’s life: Modal verbs (listening and grammar_introduction)

There is a good choice of listening podcasts on modals from Paul’s English Podcasts. The podcast on strange UK laws is really amusing; you’ve got to listen to it!

Dictation: using modals

Modals of obligation presentation by David Manwood:


Modals of possibility and certainty by David Manwood:

Modals game

April 28, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1st INT (1ºF, 1ºJ, 1ºD, 1ºG, 1ºI ) 3rd term last tests

1ºF (17:15h) , 1ºJ (19:45h)

  • Monday 15th May: Listening+Writing

  • Wednesday 17th May: Reading+Oral

  • Monday 22nd May: Oral


1ºD (15:30h) , 1ºG (17:15h) , 1ºI (19:00h)

  • Tuesday 16th May: Listening+Writing

  • Thursday 18th May: Reading+Oral

  • Tuesday 23rd May: Oral

April 18, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | , | Leave a comment

Let’s talk; two by two!

Made with Padlet

March 20, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, Speaking, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

Relative clauses

Here you have a funny definition of the word ‘teacher’. Definitions usually contain relative clauses in English.
teacher funny

“We use relative clauses to give additional information about something without starting another sentence. By combining sentences with a relative clause, your text becomes more fluent and you can avoid repeating certain words.”  (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/relative-clauses)


The man looks tired.

The man is carrying a heavy suitcase.

We can combine these two sentences into one like this:

The man who is carrying a heavy suitcase looks tired.


More exercises:

Interactive Tutorial

Relative clauses with who, which or that – key



February 5, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, GRAMMAR | , | Leave a comment

A short story by Roald Dahl: ‘The Way Up to Heaven’

This is the short story that I asked you to read at Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have the opportunity to do it this weekend. You can download it from the link below:

The Way up to Heaven_INT1º



You can also download some the-way-up-to-heaven_activities. We’re going to comment and discuss your answers in class. But if if you can’t come, you can read the answers to the comprehension and vocabulary activities here: key_the-way-up-to-heaven_activities.

Here is a video based on the same story and it is part of a British TV series, Tales of the Unexpected, which ran between 1979 and 1988. Roald Dahl himself introduces the episode and tells the reader how he was inspired to write the story.

January 6, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD, Listening, Reading | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is the title of a song that Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote in 1984 in order to raise money to fight famine in Ethiopia. On 25 November 1984 it was recorded by Band Aid, a group of popular and successful musicians, in the United Kingdom, where it became a fast-selling hit just in a few weeks. Later it was also released outside the UK and reached the tops in thirteen more countries around the world.

The song raised much more money than Geldof himself had hoped, around 8 million pounds, in just 12 months. What’s more, this UK idea led to other charity musical projects and events such as the song “We are the World” by USA for Africa, charity Comic Relief and the Live Aid concert; but above all, it served to make people be aware and financially help alleviate famine in Africa.

“Do they know it’s Christmas?” has been recorded again three more times, in 1989, 2004 and 2014, to provide funds either for famine relief or for the Ebola crisis in west Africa. However, this song hasn’t been the first to be considered as a charity record.

Back in the early seventies, ex-Beatle George Harrison recorded the single “Bangla Desh” to raise money for the 1970 Bhola cyclone and the Bangladesh Liberation War. On 1 August 1971 Harrison and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar organized The Concert for Bangladesh in New York. That event, which gathered a supergroup of performers, was probably the first benefit concert ever. No only did it raise awareness and big money but it also inspired subsequent charity events and records, such as “Do they know it’s Christmas?”.


It’s Christmas time, and there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade
And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy

Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

But say a prayer and pray for the other ones
At Christmas time, it’s hard but while you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window, and it’s a world of dread and fear
Where a kiss of love can kill you, and there’s death in every tear
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you

Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa
A song of hope they’ll have is being alive
Why is comfort deadly fear
Why is to touch to be scared
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all

Here’s to you
Raise a glass to everyone
Here’s to them
And all their years to come

Can they know it’s Christmas time at all

Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world

Read more: Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics

December 18, 2016 Posted by | MUSIC, VIDEOS | , , , | Leave a comment