Intensive Advanced 2

Monday, December 10, 2012

Intermediate 1. Questions with/without an auxiliary.

Watch the video and learn how to make questions with / without an auxiliary. In the second part of the video you can also practise the pronunciation of the regular past forms (-ed). Click here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Intermediate 1. Time prepositions

Visit the "Grammar Challenge" page and practice the use of AT / IN / ON. You will find some quizzes and also a podcast which includes a grammar explanation. Click here, listen and do the exercises.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Intermediate 1. Destination Anywhere

Do you like travelling? Well, I LOVE it!!!! One of my favorite places in the world is London. What about you guys? Have you got a favourite destination? Why don't you leave a comment and tell the other students something about a place that you like?

In the meantime, listen to some people who live or have lived in an interesting place.

Click here and listen to Steve, who tells us about his European holiday. Click the grey tab on the right to view the comprehension questions (Quiz: Comprehension Q's)

Now click here and listen to Shane talking about his hometown in Ireland. Again, do the comprehension activities.

Hiroe Hashi is a Japanese guy who spent some time in Idaho (USA). Click here and listen to the story. Did you manage to answer all the questions?

And finally, Phil lived in China for a few years. He discovered a lot of interesting things about the country and the places he visited. Click here and listen to the story.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Game. Working with the past tense

How fast are you? Well, click here and find out! Help Fernando get to school and practice the past tense of the verbs... but be careful! If you don't type the word quickly, Fernando will skate into the rock and you won't win.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Intermediate 1. The Tale of Stingy Jack

Watch the video and enjoy!

The Tale of Stingy Jack

Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, but true to his name Stingy Jack didn't want to pay. Somehow, he managed to convince the Devil to turn into a coin so that Jack could use it to buy his round. However, as soon as the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money for himself and put the coin into his pocket next to a silver crucifix. This had the effect of preventing the Devil from changing back into his original form.

Jack eventually freed the Devil, but he imposed several conditions beforehand. The first was that the devil would not bother Jack for one whole year and that - should Jack die - he would not be able to claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack let him go.

The following year, the Devil found Jack again and was determined to see him punished after the trick that was played on him. However, Jack tricked the Devil again, fooling him into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil was unable to make his way back down again. Once again the Devil had to remain there until he promised Jack that he would never bother him for a further ten years.

Soon after, Jack died, and as the legend goes God refused him entry into heaven because of his unsavory deeds. However, neither would the Devil allow him into Hell as he had already promised not to claim his soul. The Devil sent Jack back to the living, but he was only to appear at night with a piece of burning coal to light his way.

The story goes that Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has roamed the Earth with it ever since. The Irish referred to this ghostly figure as 'Jack of the Lantern'', but as the centuries passed it was eventually shortened to Jack O'Lantern.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Intermediate 1. Pronunciation

Would you like to learn the sounds of English? Visit these webpages and use the phonetic charts if you want to practise the sounds we learnt in class. Click here and here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Intermediate 1. Series

"Living English" is a TV programme and website for learners of English. The drama series "Sisters and Brothers" will help you to learn and revise your skills. Click here and select the episode that interests you (plus a full transcript and notes). Enjoy!
New link here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Intermediate 1. Families (listening comprehension)

Click here and listen to Nicola. She talks about her twin brother, their similarities and differences. If you click on QUIZ: COMPREHENSION Q'S on the right, you can answer the questions as you listen.
Useful vocabulary:
"We used to" means "solíamos"
"A's" means "matrículas de honor"


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pronunciation. University of Iowa.

This site contains flash animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of American English. Use the library to  review the sounds. Hope you enjoy it! Click here.