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

Digital painting: painting on a screen

Can you image Velázquez, Van Gogh, Picasso,  and many other great artists replacing canvas and paint with a screen? That ‘s digital painting: a virtual canvas -the traditional medium-  and virtual brushes and colors. David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers is a good example of this method of creating art.

Now, I recommend you to do the listening activity on page 9 in your Workbook, so you know a little more about the artist and the new technique.

Finally, I suggest these two links to previous entries on the topic of picture description. :



November 4, 2015 Posted by | Listening, Speaking, Writing | , , | Leave a comment

World Teachers’ Day 2015

World Teachers’ Day, held on 5th October, and the beginning of our classes at the EOI have happened on the same day this year. What a happy coincidence! We have started our classes on a day when countries all over the world honour and show their support to teachers. What better way is there for showing them appreciation and respect than giving teachers the opportunity to guide and help students to learn, even in the most unsuitable and disadvantageous conditions?


Describe the picture above.

What do you think about it?

How would you feel if you had to learn in such conditions?

Compare the picture with the one below:


Picture descriptions

October 13, 2015 Posted by | 1st INT, Speaking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pronunciation of /s/ /z/ /iz/ endings

I recommend you this video if you want to learn and practise the pronunciation of the “-s/-es” endings.

But if you still have some doubts or you want to consolidate what you’ve learnt, look at these other sites.

English Pronunciation – Plural Noun Endings (-s/ -es) – Full Interview

Christine and Einstein – /s/ /z/ /iz/ endings

Word Final -s = /s, z, Iz/

October 30, 2014 Posted by | Speaking | , , , , | Leave a comment

What do you think about …?

Below are the statements I asked you to give your views on last week. They have been taken from esl.about.com

  • Making mistakes in English is OK as long as people understand you.

  • My friends should come from the same social background as I do.

  • It is impossible to have a happy family life and a successful career.

  • War is not an option for solving international disputes.

  • Multinational global corporations are to blame for most problems in the world today.

  • Women will never be equal to men in the workplace.

  • Marriage is outdated. There is no need for state or church approval or recognition of a partnership.

  • Gay marriage is wrong.

  • The death penalty is acceptable in some cases.

  • Celebrities earn too much money.

  • Foreigners should not be allowed to vote.

  • The government is responsible for making sure that all citizens of a country have at least a minimum living wage job.

  • Quality of life will greatly improve in the future.

  • Teachers give too much homework.

  • Military service should be obligatory.I-think.._large

You can use the expressions you learnt from the coursebook or you can choose others from the following list:

expressing opinions


January 28, 2013 Posted by | 1st ADV, Speaking | | Leave a comment

Getting to the point can be dangerous!

I’ve just seen this cartoon and I think it is a very good example of two different ways in which you can say the same in English: using the minimum number of words possible or expressing the same idea in a less direct but more polite form – an extremely and unnecessarily polite way in these circumstances, though!

However, in normal conditions you may use an indirect question to sound more formal and polite, which is highly recommended when you are speaking to strangers.

Here you have some links to help you understand “indirect questions”

Asking polite questions

Indirect questions

Indirect questions quizzes: quiz 1     quiz 2

November 8, 2012 Posted by | 1st ADV, GRAMMAR, Speaking | Leave a comment

Make your tongue twist a little!

This is a different way to practise sounds which we find difficult to articulate in English. Why don’t you give it a try? Practising these sounds can become something more enjoyable, even a little funny. You can find  tongue twisters as well as their audios here:




October 19, 2012 Posted by | Speaking | Leave a comment

Websites for pronunciation

  • General ESL website with good pronunciation tips and overview of the sounds of English:


  • General ESL website with good minimal pair practice (Am E)and ‘listen and repeat’ videos:


  • Talking dictionary:


  • Lots of links to pronunciation sites:


November 8, 2011 Posted by | RESOURCES, Speaking | Leave a comment