26.3.13

March 26th

HAPPY EASTER!
Holidays at last!

Our next class will be on April 8th/9th. In the meanwhile, you have a few days to catch up with your English work.

Homework:

Groups A and B: finish the photocopy about modal verbs, do your workbook (!!)  and composition.

Group C: composition and catch up with your workbook if you need to.

Have a lovely holiday!

Composition. Deadline, April 11th

A formal letter of complaint.
If you weren't in class and you need some help with the layout and language of a formal letter, you can click here or here for a sample letter.

Modal verbs: permission and obligation

Try some exercises about modal verbs here and  here 

If you need further explanation about the uses of need, click here.  Click here and here for exercises.

Wikileaks

Watch this BBC documentary about Wikileaks.




Watch the first five minutes and answer the questions below:


Fill in the gaps with the words you hear:

  1. It was the ………………… of the century.
  2. Wikileaks lifts the curtain on the …………………. between Washington and the Diplomats.
  3. These were cables that showed the superpower’s secret …………………
  4. Messages apparently stolen by one of their own soldiers, turned into a global …………………… by a whistleblowing website and its ……………………. founder.
  5. In the first in-depth television analysis of the secret cables, we lift the lid on how the superpower does …………………
  6. We reveal a superpower on a …………………………… to change the world.
  7. Over a year has passed since the ………………… of the cables.
  8. Now we assess what the ………………….. has been on the US and beyond.


Watch the second part and answer the questions:

  1. What are the US State Departments?
  2. What were the two journalists about to do?
  3. How many cables found their way to the website?
  4. How many major newspapers were involved?
  5. According to P.J. Crowley, why is it their responsibility to protect the material?
  6. What do the cables reveal?
  7. What are some of the things revealed about:
. Berlusconi
. Merkel
. Gadafi
. King Abdullah

Click here to go to the Wikileaks page.

22.3.13

March, 22nd

This week we've been learning a few multiword verbs. Click here for practice or here and here to listen to songs with lots of phrasal verbs.
We've also been talking about...shhhhh ...secrets.
Group C has also started working on modal verbs.
Homework:
Groups A and B: page 56 (vocabulary idioms, secrets), exercises 3A and B; page152 (idioms, secrets)
Group C: finish the photocopy about modal verbs and do the exercises on page 136.

Have a nice weekend!

19.3.13

Looking back

Cast your mind back to 1981... if you were even born!
Listen to the winning Eurovision Contest song for that year, pay attention to the multi-word verbs and fill in the gaps with the correct particle.

Good luck





You gotta speed it _____
and then you gotta slow it _____
cos if you believe that a love can hit the top
you gotta play ____
and soon you will find that there comes a time for making your mind _____
you gotta turn it _____
and then you gotta cool it _____
you gotta be sure that its something everybodys gonna talk _____
before you decide the times right for making your mind _____

don´t let your indecision take you from _____
trust your inner vision
don´t let others change your mind

and now you really gotta burn it _____
and make another fly by night
getta run _____your money
and take a chance
and it´ll turn _____right
and when you see how its gotta be
you´re making your mind _____!

and try to look as if you don´t care less
but if you wanna see some more
then the rules of the game
will let you find the one you´re looking _____
and then you can show you think you know
that you´re making your mind _____

don´t let your indecision take you from _____
trust your inner vision
don´t let others change your mind

and now you really gotta speed it _____
and then you gotta slow it _____
cos if you believe that a love can hit the top
you gotta play _____
and soon you will find that there comes a time for making your mind _____

and now you really gotta speed it _____
and then you gotta slow it _____
cos if you believe that a love can hit the top
you gotta play _____
and soon you will find that there comes a time for making your mind _____

for making your mind _____

for making your mind _____

for making your mind _____

Phrasal verbs


Who doesn't need to practise phrasal verbs?



Here you have lots of exercises.



15.3.13

March, 15th

This week we've been discussing myths and learning some special uses of the passive voice. If you're interested in some myths that have been scientifically debunked, click here

If you need more practice with causative verbs, both active and passive, click here.

If you want to try the passive of reporting verbs, check this one out.

And this is the one you need if you want to revise the passive voice in general.

Homework:
Groups A and B: finish photocopy Distancing the facts and exercises 5.2 (1A and 2) on page 137.
Group C: Exercises 5.2 (1A and 2) on page 137 and exercise 2A (multiword verbs) on page 152.

Have a nice weekend!


14.3.13

Distancing the facts

Computers are believed to be addictive




Click here or here to try some exercises.
A couple more here and here
Download more exercises here

12.3.13

8.3.13

March 8th

This week we´ve finished unit 4. It's been a long one! Check out previous posts for more practice. Hopefully, the evening groups will be catching up with the morning group soon and posting in the blog won't be so chaotic!

Homework:

Groups A and B: page 54, exercises 1A, 2 and 4A.

Group C: photocopy Causative Verbs

Have a nice weekend.

Composition: deadline, March 21st

Write a problem-solution essay about a social issue. Please, look at the model text on page 29 of your book.

Write 5 paragraphs:
1. Introduce the problem.
2. Describe causes of the problem.
3. Describe consequences of the problem.
4. Suggest solution.
5. Conclusion.

Please, NO MORE THAN 200 WORDS.