Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Conditional Sentences

Practice the Second Conditional and your listening skills by learning Beyonce's If I Were a Boy a really interesting song about sexism, so further discussion is advised. You can also try the awesome Lyricstraining verision here.

You can also work with some activities on What If, by Coldplay, here.

Speaking activities:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Modal Verbs

There it goes! Extra practise on Modal Verbs.

Activities to revise have to, must/ musn't, musn't/ don't have to.
Some more theory and activities:

Listening activity: how much can you learn in a month?

And a couple of songs:

Gerunds and Infinitives

Here you can find the presentation to revise the use of Gerunds and Infinitives, and activities to practise it.

Activities to revise the use of infinitives123 and 4.
Activities to revise the use of gerunds: 12 and 3.
Gerund or infinitive? 1 and 2.

Listening activity: the sound of music 1 and 2.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Comparative and superlative adjectives + travel. As and like.

In order to revise Comparative and Superlative adjectives, here you have the rules and some practice.

Activity 1: comparatives and superlatives.
Activity 2: comparatives.
Activity 3: superlatives.
Activity 4: comparative or superlative?
Some more funny activities: The biggest and the best.
And here you have a little game about your knowledge of the world: Sentence Monkey and the Natural World. 

And a couple of songs: 

A very old-fashioned but funny one:

And one from the official Shreck soundtrack:

Travel, describing places.

Describing a place.
Project: my city now and then.
Would you like to visit London? Do you already know it and want to see it again? Have a look and the following video and listening activities. I'm sure you will feel like being there!

As and like. 

In order to revise a problematic point, that is, the common mistake when using "as" or "like", go through the following theory and activities.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Revision of tenses

Play the following game in order to revise all the tenses we have been working with. In the same webpage there are plenty of games to revise and learn vocabulary and grammar. Have a look!!!!

Why don't you listen to the following song? It's really beautiful! We are the world.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Present Perfect, Clothes, Revision units 4A and B, 7A and B.

I know you are experts on the Present Perfect, but you can revise it a bit with the following presentation and activities, as well as the vocabulary on clothes and the listening activities from units 4A and B, 7A and B.

Just, yet, still, already.

And here you have a wonderful song to practise the Present Perfect:

U2 — Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from Adam Fromm on Vimeo.

Do you think you know the lyrics? Try the following game, really fun!

 And click on the following link to watch a nice video with some activities to revise the vocabulary on clothes. Enjoy it!

Finally ... why don't you do this awesome quizz on Fashion?

Friday, January 3, 2014


Do you think English pronunciation is difficult? You are not the only one...

Listening activities are really useful in that sense, but practising a bit with the phonemic chart is also necessary. Have a look!

BBC Learning English also contains a phonetic chartlearning tips and quizzes.

If you want to know even more resources, this webpage contains links to many more. Take your time, investigate a bit, and share the best you find!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Talking about the future - revision on Unit 3

Revise the theory with the following presentation:

And if you feel you need more practice, why don't you do these activities?

Activity 1: some examples.
Activity 2: use.
Activity 3: more detail about use.
Activity 4: "Will" or "Going to" 1
Activity 5: "Will" or "Going to" 2
Activity 6: "Will", "Going to" or Present Continuous? 1
Activity 7: "Will", "Going to" or Present Continuous? 2
Speaking activitiy: "going to" for predictions. What's going to happen?

And here you have a really funny song which uses the futures:

To hear a really nice one with a fill in the gaps activity, click this link.

And still one more, but this one is a bit sad...

As you know, you can also revise the vocabulary and the listening activities we've done in class here.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Reflecting on our learning and learning a bit more with jokes

Are you good at learning languages? Have you already found your best strategies? Take the following quiz in order to know you a bit more.

One of the best ways of learning is by having fun! So, why don't you visit the following page, with jokes in English?

Revision Unit 2

Here you can find activities to revise unit 2, including the listening ones. Enjoy!

You can also watch the video Mr. Bean's Sandwich and practise Present Simple and Continuous, Past Simple, vocabulary on food, and even some and any.

Subject Questions

Past Simple and Past Continuous

Revision on Past Simple:

Activity 1: affirmative.
Activity 2: negative.
Activity 3: questions.
Activity 4: mixed
Do you want to play a Quiz Show with irregular past forms? Here it goes!
More activities: Mr. Bean at the Dentist.

Past Continuous: 

Activity 1: affirmative.
Activity 2: negative.
Activity 3: questions.

Past Simple and Past Continuous:

Activity 1.
Activity 2.
Activity 3.
Activity 4.
More revision and activities
And still more!

With the lovely song "Yesterday" you can practise the Past Simple:

Find a" fill in the gaps" activity here, and one more here.

Another song by John Lennon to practise the Past Continuous: Jealous Guy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Revision on Unit 1

Clik on this link to revise the contents in Unit 1: introductions, describing people, describing pictures, Art, definitions, Present Simple and Continuous, Relative Clauses... You will also find the listening activities we've done in class.

You can use the following link, too:

And the wonderful song "Imagine":

Would you like to hear a really funny song about family? Check this one!

Defining Relative Clauses

Here you can find theory and some games to practise the use of defining relative clauses. Play the games and have fun!

Present Continuous

In order to revise the Present Continuous tense, here you can find the presentation with the theory and some activities. Enjoy!

Present simple or continuous? activity 123 and 4

Describing and contrasting pictures.

And also you can learn this funny song:

Fancy another funny one? Listen to Lemmon Tree, with comprehension activities.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Present Simple

We have been talking about the Present Simple Tense. Here you can find some extra practice.

Video and activities 1: Daisy's hobbies.
Video and activities 2: It's a dog's life!

Present Simple, by Jess_teacher from Jess_teacher

Would you like to listen to a song to practise the Present Simple? I'm Like a Bird, by Nelly Furtado. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Adjectives - describing people. Personality, appearance, clothes & fashion...

Here you can find some games to revise and learn adjectives and word order.
 Activity 1: appearance.
 Act. 2: appearance 2.
 Act. 3: appearance 3.
 Act. 4: personality.

More activities with useful vocabulary: describing a person.

Try also the following listening activity on personality types, and this video on describing people.

Why don't you create a gift describing some feelings? Use Giphy; or create a meme with Picmonkey or  Pixrl.

Do you want to learn more about adjectives and more adjectives of personality and appearance? Look at this!

And still some more! On personality:



And finally, some on feelings:

What is an adjective? Have a look at the following presentation.

Adjectives from GabbieAllTheWay7

One more set of adjectives, with audio.

MOODS (estados de ánimo)

1. SURPRISED (sorprendido/a)
Well, well! 
Good heavens! 
Did you really? 
2. ENTHUSIASTIC (entusiasmado/a)
Oh, I think it's wonderful!
Tennis is a great sport!
I can't think of anything better!
3. IN PAIN (dolorido/a)
Ouch! I've just cut my finger!
Phew! I thought you said that wouldn't hurt!
4. DISGUSTED (disgustado/a)
Ugh! How can you eat that stuff? 
Yuk! How can you eat that stuff? 
Eeugh! That looks awful! 
5. APPREHENSIVE (atemorizado/a)
Well, I don't know . . .
Oh, dear!
6. BORED (aburrido/a)
Mm, it's all right, I suppose, if you like that sort of thing.
Well, I don't worry either way, really.
7. ANNOYED-ANGRY (molesto/a-enojado/a)
You might have told me!
I don't think that's funny at all!
Would you please close the window!
He must have know, surely!
8. IRONIC (irónico/a)
Oh, yeah! Fantastic!
Opera? Oh, I love opera. I can't get enough of it.

EMOTIONS (emociones)

1. ABSOLUTELY AMAZED (estupefacto/a)
You say you've passed the exam? That's incredible! 
You never thought you'd pass, did you? 
2. DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED (muy decepcionado/a)
Oh no, that's really bad news. He'll be so upset. 
I really thought he stood a good chance. That's awful. 
3. THOROUGHLY ANNOYED (sumamente molesto) 
Oh, for goodness' sake! Can't you get anything right?! 
4. UTTERLY DISGUSTED (completamente disgustado/a) 
Ugh! You're not going to eat that, are you?! It looks dreadfull Ugh! 
5. THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTED (totalmente extenuado/a) 
Phew! After all that exercise, I'm worn out! Phew!
6. DEEPLY OFFENDED (profundamente ofendido/a) 
How could you've treated me like that! I just don't understand...
7. HIGHLY AMUSED (muy divertido/a)
That was very funny. Really - very, very funny!
8. ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED (categóricamente decidido/a) 
I'm going to finish putting this table together if it's the last thing I do! 
9. DEEPLY MOVED (profundamente conmovido/a)
I think that must be the most moving film I've seen for a very long time. 
It was done so beautifully. 
10. UTTERLY DEPRESSED (completamente deprimido/a)
I just don't feel like it, that's all. I just can't be bothered... 
I don't know... I just don't... I just don't want to do anything.

And now... let's practice! Describe these people: 

Describing people from Susana Sousa V

Finally ... why don't you do this awesome quizz on Fashion

Welcome, my Basic 2 students!

My dear students, HERE WE ARE! Facing a new adventure: learning a bit more English! I hope this blog will be useful and fun. Enjoy!
To begin with, I would like to recommend you a place where you can practice some basic concepts by playing: my Wiki. Also my wonderful partner has created many activities to work on the contents of your level on your own. Have a look here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reflecting after your essay on art

After doing the activity, I would like you to answer to this questions. You may do it using a Voki, it will look great!

1- What have I learn with this activity? Which new things can I do now?
2- Am I satisfied with my work?
3- Was the activity difficult? Was it entertaining? Was it useful?

Reflecting after completing a task is really helpful. Looking at the final product and the process which lead you to it, you can identify what you learn and how, in order to apply the same methods in the future, and to feel proud about your new knowledge and capacities!

And here we have some reflections:

1-I learned new vocabulary about the interpretation of art, textures and this kind of things. Now I can express what I see or the texture of an object more easily.
2- I'm satisfied so I hope I'll pass the exam!!
3-It has been very difficult but quite useful.

1- With this activity I learned a little about one painting. Now I can describe a painting. 
2-Yes, because I like art and now I can do a new thing with the art.
3-Only finding a little information was difficult. I didn't have a lot of fun but I think that it is very useful.

And Otman's:
1- With this new way of working you learn to work with your computer in a cleaner way, without contaminating. I really enjoyed it.
2- Yes,very satisfied because whit this new way I can see the work I do and more people can see it, too.
3- No, the activity was very easy and useful.- maybe it's not easy at the beginning, but it is once you start writing. It is also entertaining, and I like this way of working.

So we may conclude that this new way of working is useful and a good idea. We learn how to work in a different way, how to find information, interpret it and then share our conclussions with the rest, using new technologies. I'm really happy you enjoyed this activity, at least a bit, and that you took some profit of it!! THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORK!!

First essays on art

We are already getting the first essays, they are great!

You can visit Jessica's portfolio here. This is her description of an sculpture:

This is a sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture is made of metal. It isn't abstract art, we can see perfectly that it is a spider. It hasn't a defined colour, but the family of dark colours is used. The sculpture is very curved and probably with a smooth surface. In conclusion it is a three-dimensional sculpture with a very scary form. I've searched in Google and Maman is more than 9 meters high, it has been exposed in many museums of the world.

Here we have Laura's blog and essay:

The Lower Falls Of The Labrofoss was painted by Johan Christian Dahl in 1827. In it yo can see a very beautiful landscape with a waterfall. This painting is realistic.
In the painting you can see the waterfall and a little part of the forest. This painting is very simple, the shapes are common and are very realistic. The colours are a little bit dull, but it looks like a day of storm or a sad landscape. You can see easily that the focus of the painting is the waterfall, because it is more colourful. 
In this painting, I think the painter maybe was sad, so he painted with dull colours. Maybe it was a stormy day. In my opinion, this painting shows a relaxing and a beautiful landscape.

This is Otman's blog and essay:

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel was painted by Judith Leyster in 1635. It shows a girl and a boy with a cat on his hands. The painting is very beautiful because it represents two happy children. Tthis painting is a realistic piece.
The boy is wearing a black hat and a black dress, and the girl is wearing a white hat with a black skirt. The cat is grey and black. The foreground is brown. The boy and the girl are very beautiful  because they have little eyes and white skin.
In my opinion this artist was trying to express the very happy life of the children when they have a pet. I think the piece is realistic and truthful because children are happy and innocent.  

Here we have Belal's e-portfolio and description of a painting:

The House of Art was painted by an artist in the National Gallery of art in 1831. It shows a room with an extraordinary number of pieces of art. This pieces represent all the family ancestors that have lived in this house. There are eight people and one sculpture.
It looks as if the artist is happy because he painted their bodies and faces. The thin a big pieces of art seem to show that his family is bleeding. The colour of the house is yellow, and the pieces of art have got the different colours of the world. There is a big yellow door and a wide variety of windows. The sculpture is big and withe, and it represents the body of a boy.
In The House of Art the painter portrayed the life of the different people who had lived in this house.

Anabel's description of a beautiful and sad painting:

The picture was painted by John Everett Millais (1829-1896).
This is a very realistic image because you can see perfectly what is it. It shows a dead woman on the water with some flowers in her hand.
It's not very colourful but it has different shades of green and brown and some colours for the flowers.
The women's face is very shiny and luminous.

This is Marga's essay on a painting:

Inland in Australia was painted by Sidney Noland in Australia, in 1948.
These paint is realistic, you can see a landscape and a dry climate. And it's three-dimensional, because you can see little mountains.
It's a traditional town in Australia, and the paint has cheerful colours painted with watercolours. It has mainly straight shapes to design the blue and cheerful sky and sad colours for he mountains and the sand on the floor.
I think Noland wants to express that in Australia there are many land empty and poor. He wants to transmit that we have to change that. The sky is important too, because it reflects that behind the sad things there are always are good things.
In my opinion, these paint is a beautiful way of making people think about the bad and good things.

Really interesting! Well done, my dear students!