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What did she say?

dog

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.

philippines_vs_sweden

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:

animals

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

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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)

Example:

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.

Grammar:

More exercises:

Interactive Tutorial

Relative clauses with who, which or that – key

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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

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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

Exámenes de Septiembre 2016

Consulta aquí las fechas y aula para los exámenes de septiembre.

  • Pruebas escritas (listening/reading/writing):

1º de nivel intermedio: grupos 1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG y 1ºJ

Jueves, 1 de septiembre a las 16:00 h – Aula 21

  • Pruebas orales:

              1º de nivel intermedio: grupos 1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG y 1ºJ

              Viernes, 2 de septiembre a partir de las 16:00 h – Aula 21

Consultar la hora correspondiente en el tablón  de Conserjería o a través de la tutora en elenespina@hotmail.com

June 6, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | , | Leave a comment