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Advanced 5 – unit 11: speaking

Compare/Contrast Vocabulary

http://efllecturer.blogspot.pe/2011/09/describing-photos-comparing-contrasting.html

http://eldstrategies.com/functions1.html

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/4g2-the-the-comparatives.php

Language of comparison and contrast

http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/writingguides/1.18.htm

Comparisons with Nouns

https://www.seattlecentral.edu/faculty/dloos/Grammar/comparisons/comparisons_with_nouns_introduction.htm

 

CAE tips

https://www.caeexamtips.com/speaking/#speaking1

 

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Basic 6 -Unit: 5, electronics and appliances

Listening and speaking:

http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/electronics/

Exercise on appliances:

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vc-household-lb.html

http://www.elllo.org/english/Games/G038-Appliances.html

http://www.english-test.net/esl/learn/english/grammar/ei155/esl-test.php

Electronics:

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=9630

More vocabulary:

http://www.blairenglish.com/exercises/technology_web/exercises/computer_problems/computer_problems.html

http://www.tested.com/tech/584-how-to-spot-5-common-defects-in-your-lcd-warning-cannot-unsee/

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/vocabulary-lesson-household-appliances.php

 

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Basic 8: At the airport videos

Simple videos:

Getting through security:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nv0JGgoAo

Video with captions: listen to past simple, going to, ideas related to travelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cadyeW9CRcU

 

BNET videos

You can turn on the captions and read after you watch a first time to understand.  The captions are very accurate for these videos.

How to Speed Through Airport Security:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ySxQQeGAw

How to Score the Best Seat on the Plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48222aesNFs

 

Howcast video:

How to Get an Airline Upgrade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teg4pYuH5PY

 

Movie extract with captions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOn3xbI6Vyk

 

 

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Vocabulary to describe pictures – Advanced 7

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/words/describing_pictures.htm

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/5159053-untitled-infographic

https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/photography-vocabulary/

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/writing/picture-description

 

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Exploring English – Free MOOC

Futurelearn is offering a free MOOC (massive open online course)  from British Council (“UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities”) for people interested in learning more about the  British culture and improving their English language skills. The date hasn’t been announced yet, but I will inform you through my blog or you can register in Futurelearn and register you interest so they can  send you an email when the course opens.

This course is suggested for people with an intermediate or higher level of English. You will be able to watch videos and download them. Moreover, you will find quizzes and discussions to evaluate your understanding. The course also involves writing about your feelings and experiences about each week’s topic. However, it’s up to you to participate actively or to take the course and just watch and read other people’s comments.

The course lasts 6 weeks and it takes about 2 hours per week to cover each week’s tasks. You can get a cerftificate from Futuelearn at the end of the course or buy a Statement of Participation.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more!

Read more here:

EXPLORING ENGLISH: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

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Intermediate 5 – forget, remember, stop with infinitive and gerund

Gerund or infinitive after “forget”, “remember” and “stop”
Gap-fill exercise: http://www.bnv-bamberg.de/home/ba4613/flg/englischinteraktiv/gerundinfinitive4.htm

Explanation and exercises with more verbs:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/gerunds-and-infinitives-verbs-4.html regret

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=5401

Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper and then check:

http://www.fiestaesl.com/gerinf4_different_meaning_remember_stop_try.html

Choose the correct answer:

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/268.html

Listen to Shakira’s song, Can’t remember to forget you. Complete the following statements:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GRWiy9UFL4
What I tend ____ when it comes to you
I can’t remember _____ you
I keep ____ I should let you go
I never seemed ______ so stupid
The only memory is us ______ in the moonlight (o
What I’m trying ______ is not to forget

Read the lyrics, check your answers and sing!

http://www.metrolyrics.com/cant-remember-to-forget-lyrics-shakira.html

Lyrics on the screen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6lyJMr0pQw

 


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Tongue twisters – vowel sounds

Some of my students wanted to read the tongue twisters I presented in class. So I am posting them here with some links where you can also listen to others.

  1. Don’t wait there in wet clothes, and don’t sell sails when it is raining.
  2. The rain in Wales in April and May makes people stay away!
  3. The fat cat had an *uncanny way of catching rats.
    *Strange and mysterious
  4. These pieces of cheese are big.

You can copy these tongue twisters and paste them here: http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/ and then if you click on Say it! you can listen to them. In addition, you can change the speed and you can choose between female or male voice.

Here are other tongue twisters if you are interested.

Read and listen

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-b/twisters/load.htm?f

http://english-tonight.com/12-tongue-twisters-in-english-with-audio/

http://www.download-esl.com/tonguetwisters/easy/easytongue.html


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Basic 7- Unit 7

Many of you requested listening practice for the past simple ending of regular verbs. Here I have some links with explanations (if you were absent), examples, audios and exercises.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7hi-ipU2n0

http://www.elementalenglish.com/ed-ending-t-d-id-slow-practice-english-pronunciation-lesson/

http://www.espressoenglish.net/105-regular-verbs-with-ed-in-the-past/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413_gramchallenge26/

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-66969.php

 http://www.englishmaven.org/Pages/Pronouncing%20ED%20Endings.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413_gramchallenge26/

Intensifiers:

http://www.elementalenglish.com/very-pretty-so-really/

 


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Making sense of some collocations and phrasal verbs -Advanced 4

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Have a go with these exercises to reinforce your lessons.
 

Make, do, have, take:

ecenglish.com- simple quiz to warm up

english-to-go.com pdf with exercises

Woodward English: Do vs. make game

 

Telephone phrasal verbs:

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BBC Learning English

Ecenglish quiz

Language point – explanation + exercise

brookslanguage.com – with listening

 


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How do you say ___ in English?

Students are usually filled with questions and they always enjoy discoverying vocabulary that relates to their daily lives, especially slang. There are some words I have been asked about many a time. Below I have listed them with their meaning and an example sentence.

namesake (tocayo/a)

someone or something that has the same name as another person or thing.

One of my school teachers’ first name was Graciela which is my middle name. Sadly, we didn’t get along and I didn’t want people to know she was my namesake.

craving (antojo)

a very strong desire for something.

Honestly, I am unable to recollect if I had cravings during my pregnancy. It is said that pregnant women have  intense and unpredictable cravings.

sore loser, informal (Perú: picón/a)

someone who doesn’t take defeat well, especially one who complains. 

Several people dislike losing. Problems arise when some do not want to accept they have  lost. If you lose, don’t become a sore loser . Try to have fun!

hit man/ contract killer (sicario/a)

a person who is paid to kill someone.

It a pity this term is here. Some months ago there was news about contract killers or hit men murdering politicians or diverse victims of mafias.

henpecked, informal (pisado)

a man dominated by a woman, especially his wife

I believe that the use of this term is more than often unfair. When in a relationship,  both parts must make some sacrifices and spend quality time together. Agreeing with your wife’s or girlfriend’s requests isn’t a manifestation of domination. A henpecked man is dependent and easily controlled by his wife.

To my mind, people should stop using sexist terms as this one. Wives who are victims of violence or psychological abuse by their husbands can even put their lives in risk. It is a serious issue to bring under discussion. On the contrary, when the opposite happens –  a man being harassed by his spouse – it isn’t taken seriously.

capricious (caprichoso/a)

not logical or reasonable : based on an idea, desire, etc., that is not possible to predict.

As a teen I could be very capricious and change my mind suddenly. Like small children who might want something even if it’s bad for them, such as lots of candy.

Tupperware ® container

containers from a brand of plastic containers used for storing food.

I have just started taking my lunch to work in a plastic container. In Spanish we call this type of food storage boxes tappers. The name comes from Earl Tupper’s plastic products. Nowadays Tupperware is a brand name people use as a generic name for food storage boxes.

Notice that Rubbermaid doesn’t address its products as Tupperware ones.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/Category.aspx?CatName=FoodStorage

Mischief, uncountable noun  (travesura)

All Children make mischief without bad intentions. My daughter draws on the wall or uses the shampoo to blow bubbles and makes mischief out of curiosity and fun.

Since my students are Spanish speakers it’s inevitable they notice similarities between both languages. At times they just opt for constructing nouns, adjectives or verbs as if they were cognates -words that have  the same origin or roots and the same meaning. For instance, the word animal which differs in pronunciation or invitation which is written similar to invitación. It’s so common for beginners to substitute the  -ción ending for –tion in an attempt to speak more fluently but then they get some funny words or words that actually exist but with a different meaning from one language to another. In other words, false cognates or false friends.

The most recurrent in my classes are:

Question, verb (cuestionar)

to express doubt about.

A number of learners ask whether they can question me when they mean ask.  

Actually  (en realidad)

Numerous people believe I am Chinese. Actually, I am Peruvian with a Japanese background.

You will find tons of information on false friends online. Therefore, my main interest was writing in regard to other frequently asked vocabulary.

A simplet quizlet set to review and check pronunciation:

http://quizlet.com/_u71dc

Related links:

http://spanishcognates.org/

http://spanish.about.com/cs/vocabulary/a/obviouswrong.htm

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57195/50-spanish-english-false-friend-words

It’s enjoyable to learn some new words, but you must be careful how you use them.