Intensive Advanced 2

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Intermediate. Halloween. Jack O'Lantern

October 31st is Halloween. One of its most famous symbols is the Jack O'Lantern, a pumpkin with a candle inside. But do you know why? Listen to Ginny talking about the legend of Jack O'Lantern. Watch the video and fill in the blanks in the transcript below. The answers are written in white, if you want to see them, just select the blank spaces.

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Hi, I’m Ginny on behalf of Expert Village and I’d like to tell you a story. Come, travel back in time with me as we explore the brief history of Halloween.
One of the biggest symbols of Halloween, the Jack O’Lantern, is associated with Irish tradition. This comes from the Irish belief, a long ago time, there was a rascal of a fellow named Jack, who had the audacity to trick the very Devil himself. It is said that Jack played a trick on the Devil by enticing him up into a tree, then carving the sign of the cross in the tree, so that the Devil could not get down. In exchange for removing the sign, the Devil had to promise not to come after Jack’s soul.
Well, the Devil kept his promise, but it did not prevent Jack from eventually dying.
Because Jack had been a stingy miserly drunkard in his life, he was not admitted into Heaven. Desperate for a place to rest his soul, Jack appealed to the Devil to let him reside in Hell. But, because Jack had tricked the Devil, the Devil would not let Jack into Hell. Instead Jack was condemned to roam the Earth forever, searching for an eternal resting place. The Devil gave Jack a candle, which Jack put into the turnip he was eating. From that day on he has roamed the Earth with his lantern, looking for that place to rest.
And that is how we got the modern day Jack O’Lantern. Stay tuned for History of Halloween Chapter 11.

Basic Level. Halloween.

Click here and enjoy. Happy Halloween!!

Basic Level. Halloween song

Sing along to this spooky Halloween song. Click here.

Basic Level. Halloween: Interactive book.

Happy Halloween!!! Click here and enjoy the stories and activities (please, remember that the crosswords are meant for French users!!!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Intermediate 2. Halloween: Horrifying and healthy recipes!

Are you tired of eating sweets at Halloween. Well, there are other types of food that you might like to try too. Click here and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Basic Level. Possessive forms.

Do you know how to use the possessive adjectives and the possessive 's? Well, if you need to practice, you can watch these videos and practice.

- Possessive adjectives. Click here

- Saxon Genitive (also known as possessive 's). Click here and here

Monday, October 27, 2014

Basic Level. Game: Prepositions.

Where is the mouse? Click here.
(Special thanks to Ruth Sánchez at EOI Coruña)
Inside: dentro de.
Between: entre.
Above: sobre (sin contacto).
Below: debajo de (en un nivel inferior) // under: debajo de (como escondido, metido debajo de).

Basic Level: Revision of prepositions of place

Watch this video and enjoy. Pay attention to the use of the prepositions. Click here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Intermediate 2: In the kitchen.

Vocabulary lesson. Click here and watch the video.
Expressions about the kitchen. Click here.
Cooking vocabulary. Click here.

Basic Level. Families.

First revise the vocabulary that we learnt in class. Click here.
Now practice the use of the possessive case ('s). Click here.
Now click here and practice.

Intermediate 1. Questions with or without auxiliaries and pronunciation of the -ed.

Watch the video as many times as you want and practice. The video has two parts: the first one is about questions with or without an auxiliary and the second is about the pronunciation of the -ed in the past tense.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Intermediate 2. Food: Pleasure Or Fuel?

Rob Stevens is the author and founder of the Thintuition weight loss programme. In this video he explains why he regards food as fuel. Click here and watch the video. While you listen, read the script and try to fill in the gaps with the missing words. When you finish, select the blanks to see the actual words he uses.  

Pleasure is a part of eating, and an important one.  That’s why it’s so vital to choose foods you like. But there is a big difference between pleasure being a part of eating and a purpose for it. The only purpose of eating is to replenish the nutrients and calories your body uses up. As a person who follows your Thintuition, you understand that food is just fuel. Any other meanings food has acquired for you are arbitrary. These meanings may enhance your pleasure in consuming what your body needs, but they become harmful when they lead you to consume food that your body doesn’t need; that’s called overeating, which leads to weight gain.
If you are not hungry and eating out of loneliness, your body doesn’t differentiate any reason why you’re overfeeding it. Only that you are. So it lays down the extra energy as fat.  When you truly understand that food is just fuel, hunger feelings begin to guide your eating, and you don’t eat for other reasons.
It can be challenging to stay focused on this idea. In a culture where we are bombarded with all sorts of contrary messages, advertisers are constantly enticing us to equate food with irrelevant emotions and conditions. Each time you are exposed to one of those distracting messages, you say to yourself: “Nonsense. Food is just fuel.”

You also begin to notice all the desires besides hunger that tempt you to eat. How your own mind proposes food as a solution to problems that have nothing to do with hunger. You feel bored, frustrated, or disappointed. And you imagine for a moment that eating something might make you feel better. When that happens, you remind yourself that food has never truly solved any problem for you except to satisfy your hunger. You repeat to yourself: “Food is just fuel.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Intermediate 2. Spanish Food.

Spain is famous for many things, and of course food is one of them. In this article you will find 15 reasons why the Spanish are better at life (or so it seems...). Click here and enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Intermediate 2. Food.

Hello intermediate 2 students! Welcome to my blog! I hope you find it interesting. The first question I'd like to ask you guys is: What's your food personality? No idea? Would you like to find out? Well, click here and answer the questions. 

Basic Level. Songs.

Are you a fan of pop music? Well, listen to these famous songs and sing along. Click here and here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014