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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 study.

used to grammar

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise about song

May 24, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, GRAMMAR, MUSIC | Leave a comment

What did she say?

dog

Last day we learnt that 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.

Reported Speech grammar.

Reported statements exercise.

Reported questions exercise.

Funny video: “Office Gossip”

May 14, 2016 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 9, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT | Leave a comment

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

1ºD (15:30h), 1ºF(17:00h), 1ºH (20:00h)

  • Monday 16th May: Listening+Writing

  • Friday 20th May: Reading

  • Wednesday 18th May: Oral /Monday 23rd May: Oral

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1ºG (17:30h), 1ºJ (20:00h)

  • Tuesday 17th May: Listening+Writing

  • Friday 20th May: Reading

  • Thursday 19th May: Oral /Tuesday 24th May: Oral

April 25, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | | Leave a comment

Nothing compares to you?

comparison

superlativebasket

 

  • Below you can read about the most interesting,  funniest or  wierdest records in the world. What is your favourite World record?

    The Guinness World Records

April 8, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , | Leave a comment

It’s all about experiences

Last Friday we learnt how to write posts on a Padlet – a virtual board- and you started to share some of  your experiences with your mates. I asked you to write about things you’ve done and/or you haven’t done in your lives yet. Some of you have already participated in this activity, but if you haven’t, you can still take part; you just need to click on the image below and follow the instructions there.

 

Made with Padlet

February 26, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, STUDENTS' CORNER, Writing | Leave a comment

1st INT (1ºD, 1ºF, 1ºH, 1ºG, 1ºJ) 2nd term tests

1ºD (15:30h), 1ºF(17:00h), 1ºH (20:00h)

  • Wednesday 2nd March: Listening+Writing

  • Monday 7th March: Reading+Oral /Wednesday 9th March: Reading+Oral

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1ºG (17:30h), 1ºJ (20:00h)

  • Thursday 3rd March: Listening+Writing

  • Tuesday 8th March: Reading+Oral /Thursday 10th March: Reading+Oral

February 12, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, BLOG BOARD | , | Leave a comment

Let’s go shopping!

Here is a video on the topic

http://dailydoseofenglish.com/

Mr Bean again! This time he’s gone shopping; I hope you’ll get a bit of fun watching him.

February 2, 2016 Posted by | 1st INT, VOCABULARY | | Leave a comment

What are you looking forward to?

Are you really excited and pleased that something is going to happen to you this year? Maybe it has already happened. Are there any good things coming up in the next few months: perhaps a special celebration or a long-awaited event in your life, or just a holiday?

Well, if that is the case, which I hope it is, you might be counting down the days. Supposing you even like to count down the seconds to a particular event in your life, I suggest you this website where you can personalize your own countdown timer.  Here you can see an example of a timer for New Year.

Countdown

Last year -such a ‘long’ time ago already!- some of you shared your dream New Year’s plans with me. However, most of you were not able to make your dreams come true, I guess. But why not next Christmas? Let’s be optimistic and hope next end of the year you will be having that fastastic celebration you’ve already planned.

 

View this document on Scribd

 

January 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An adaptation of Man from the South

Here you can watch a television adaptation of Man from the South, a short story written by Roald Dahl in the late forties. This is the first episode of the British TV series Tales from the Unexpected, which were broadcast between 1979 and 1988. However, Dahl’s story has been adapted on other occasions for film, for example as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents American television anthology series in 1960 and in his second adaptation in 1985, and also as a  segment from 1995’s Four Rooms by Tarantino.

 

 

January 16, 2016 Posted by | Listening, VIDEOS | , , | Leave a comment