Thursday, 28 September 2017

B2.4 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Tuesday - Thursdays 6-8pm


Download the materials clicking  here

or buy the photocopies at D' LOLA photocopy shop, c/Actor Isidoro Máiquez 2)

DO NOT GET ANY NEW EDITION OF THE BOOK

+ more photocopies/materials will be given in class

(+ lots of materials and links published on our FACEBOOK, like us! I run the page, so the main focus is English)

Class rules
Switch off or silence your phone, NO whatsapping or or social media in class!
Sit with different people everyday
Get the email/ phone number/ whatsapp of a classmate or open your own whatsapp group (to be able to get your homework if you miss classes)
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.


Holidays Group Tuesday- Thursday

12/10 NO CLASS
07/12 'PUENTE' - to be confirmed in class

Last class before Christmas: 21.12.17
First class back after Christmas: 09.01.18

FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 23.01.18 (Tuesday from 6 to 8)

SPEAKING 25.01.18 (Thursday from 6 to 8)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 6 classes / 12 hours) to take the exam.

Al aprobar este examen tendréis derecho a presentaros GRATIS al examen de ACLES B2 en la convocatoria de junio.



EXAM STRUCTURE

Cada parte = 25% de la nota
(B2.4 Hay que sacar un 5/10 mínimo en cada parte, pero la media final tiene que ser 6/10 para aprobar. Sacando una nota inferior a un 5 en una de las partes se suspende todo el examen).

READING
2 TEXTOS con preguntas tipo A, B, C, matching, true/false (justificando las falsas), o seleccionar que información se menciona en el texto

LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) con preguntas tipo A, B, C, matching, rellenar huecos, true/false o seleccionar que información se menciona en el texto

WRITING
2 WRITINGS a escoger entre 3, para cada uno tendréis que escribir 140-150 palabras (no os paséis! No se corrige lo que supera el número de palabras requerido y se quitan puntos si escribís menos)
Puedes ser de todos los tipos que se hayamos practicado en el curso: carta formal, essay/opinion advertisement, notice, article, film review, short story.

SPEAKING
2 partes
Individual: 2-3 preguntas generales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro --- to practice check:
http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2016/09/speaking-practice-b24.html


En parejas: pregunta común con fotos, como las que vayamos practicado (opiniones sobre actividades, viajes, casas, hobbies o ponerse en una situación real de viaje, salir con amigos, cena etc)

Encontraréis ejemplos aquí http://es.padlet.com/sheaven7/ENGLISHB24
(La contraseña es mi nombre escrito en mayúsculas)
Check the photos/speaking prompts labelled: oral exam practice

POSSIBLE FORMATS:
- Activities (for families, for children, for teenagers, for foreigners, for couples etc)
- Activities pleasure/nightmare
- Travelling / Sightseeing/Means of transport
- Imagine meal
- Imagine afternoon/night out

Monday, 25 September 2017

C1.1 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy:

1) EF ENGLISH FILE ADVANCED, STUDENT'S BOOK
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS


Or get the materials here HERE
or buy the photocopies of the book At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)

2) Extra PHOTOCOPIES HERE
or At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)
C1.1 Extra Materials, Chapter 1 to 5 (Cecilia)

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Class rules
Switch off or silence your phone, NO whatsapping or facebook in class!
Sit with different people everyday
Get the email/ phone number/ whatsapp of a classmate or open your own whatsapp group
(to be able to get your homework if you miss classes)
DO YOUR HOMEWORK! We'll correct them at the beginning of every class.
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.

Holidays Group Tuesday- Thursday


12/10 NO CLASS
07/12 'PUENTE' - to be confirmed in class


Last class before Christmas: 21.12.17
First class back after Christmas: 09.01.18

FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 23.01.18 (Tuesday from 4 to 6)

SPEAKING 25.01.18 (Thursday from 4 to 6)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 6 classes / 12 hours) to take the exam.


C1.1. EXAM STRUCTURE (to be confirmed)

Cada parte = 20% de la nota
Hay que sacar un 5/10 mínimo en cada parte, pero la media final tiene que ser 6/10 para aprobar.
Sacando una nota inferior a un 5 en una de las partes se suspende todo el examen.

READING
2 TEXTOS con preguntas tipo A, B, C o matching o true/false (justificando el porque si es falsa si las instrucciones lo requieren) o seleccionar que información se menciona en el texto.

USE OF ENGLISH
30- 50 preguntas de rephrasing, choose the correct option or use the correct word (aquí entran have - auxiliary/main verb, discourse markers - linkers, pronouns, the past, get, discourse markers - adverbs and adverbial expressions, speculation and deduction, adding emphasis, distancing and unreal uses of the past tenses-  todo lo que sale en la parte de gramática p.140-149 y vocabulario p. 160-166 de los temas  1-5 del libro)

LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) con preguntas tipo A, B, C o matching o TRUE/FALSE  (justificando el porque si es falsa si las instrucciones lo requieren) o completar con la palabra(s) correcta.

WRITING
A escoger 1 entre 3 opciones:

1) formal letter  - job application (250 palabras) - check p. 112/113
2) article (250 palabras) - check p. 114/115
3) dos writings cortos (125 palabras cada uno) entre las siguientes opciones -
 a) blog entry about an experience you lived (terrible, rewarding, scary ...) - check p. 163, extra photocopies
b) blog entry about some childhood memory --- check p. 143, book (My earliest memory)
c) a short presentation about  somebody (a person who inspired you, a famous person in your city, a teacher you had) - check p. 167, extra photocopies
d) breaking news story using distancing expressions (check p. 148 grammar)


SPEAKING

1-2 Preguntas individuales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.
1-2 preguntas en parejas sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.

Check examples here: http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2017/01/c11-speaking.html (not finished, work in progress)



Sunday, 24 September 2017

C1.3 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy:

1) ADVANCED EXPERT COURSEBOOK -  THIRD EDITION
(also at At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)

Para descargar los materiales, pincha AQUÍ

2) Photocopies of listening transcripts (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)


There is a lot of extra vocabulary in the listenings, and they are not easy, so it's worth printing the transcript to take notes.

3) Vocabulary Revision exercises chapter 1-5  (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)

O aquí


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Class rules
Switch off or silence your phone, NO whatsapping or facebook in class!
Sit with different people everyday
Get the email/ phone number/ whatsapp of a classmate or open your own whatsapp group
(to be able to get your homework if you miss classes)
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.

Holidays Group Monday- Wednesday

01/11 NO CLASS
06/12 NO CLASS

Last class before Christmas: 20.12.17
First class back after Christmas: 08.01.18

FINAL EXAM  

WRITTEN 22.01.18 (Monday from 6 to 8)

SPEAKING 24.01.18 (Wednesday from from 6 to 8)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 6 classes / 12 hours) to take the exam.


C1.3. EXAM STRUCTURE (to be confirmed)


Cada parte = 20% de la nota
Hay que sacar un 5/10 mínimo en cada parte, pero la media final tiene que ser 6/10 para aprobar.
Sacando una nota inferior a un 5 en una de las partes se suspende todo el examen.

READING
2 TEXTOS con preguntas tipo A, B, C o matching o true/false (justificando el porque si es falsa si las instrucciones lo requieren) o seleccionar que información se menciona en el texto

USE OF ENGLISH
30- 50 preguntas de rephrasing, choose the correct option or use the correct word

LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) con preguntas tipo A, B, C o matching o TRUE/FALSE  (justificando el porque si es falsa si las instrucciones lo requieren) o completar con la palabra(s) correcta

WRITING
A escoger 1 entre 3 opciones:
- Report
- Essay
- Complaint letter


SPEAKING

1-2 Preguntas individuales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.
1-2 preguntas en parejas sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.

Check examples here:http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2017/07/speaking-practice-c13.html

Thursday, 21 September 2017

C2.1 (iniciación C2) INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE



Materials you need to buy:

1) OBJECTIVE PROFICIENCY, Student's book with answers
     FOR REVISED EXAM FROM MARCH 2013




Get the materials here

- or buy the photocopies at D' LOLA photocopy shop, c/Actor Isidoro Máiquez 2

+ more photocopies will be given in class

(+ lots of materials and links published on our FACEBOOK, like us! I run the page, so the main focus is English)

Class rules
Switch off or silence your phone, NO whatsapping or facebook in class!
Sit with different people everyday
Get the email/ phone number/ whatsapp of a classmate or open your own whatsapp group (to be able to get your homework if you miss classes)
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.

Holidays Group Monday- Wednesday

01/11 NO CLASS
06/12 NO CLASS


Last class before Christmas: 20.12.17
First class back after Christmas: 08.01.18

FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 22.01.18 (Monday from 4 to 6)

SPEAKING 24.01.18 (Wednesday from from 4 to 6)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 6 classes / 12 hours) to take the exam.

C2.1. EXAM STRUCTURE

Cada parte = 20% de la nota
Hay que sacar un 5/10 mínimo en cada parte, pero la media final tiene que ser 6/10 para aprobar.
Sacando una nota inferior a un 5 en una de las partes se suspende todo el examen.

READING
2 TEXTOS
- preguntas tipo A, B, C, (D)
- matching (e.g.: in which section are the following mentioned) 
- choose the paragraph that fits in the gap

USE OF ENGLISH
30- 50 preguntas
Grammar - 15 sentences : underline the correct option out of 3 options; Revise grammar p. 178-182, the sentences in the exam are similar to the examples on those pages.

Vocabulary - 10 sentences: complete the sentences about idioms or phrases with the correct word out of a list of given words; Revise Idiom spot and Phrase Spot p. 8, 20, 24, 36, 37, 43, 51, 54, 59, 70

Word formation - complete the sentences with a form of the word given ; Revise p. 14, 15, 29, 40, 59


LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (you will listen to each twice)
- multiple choice questions
- sentence completion
- multiple matching


WRITING
A escoger 1 entre 3 opciones:

1) ESSAY with discursive focus: texts with opposing views (check p. 22-23 and p. 199-200)
2) ESSAY with discursive focus: texts with complementary views (check p. 56-57 and p. 217 SAMPLE ANSWER)
3) REVIEW (check p. 38-39 and p. 208 CORRECTED AND IMPROVED ANSWER)

MORE INFO ABOUT ESSAYS

You will have to write an essay based on 2 short texts provided, presenting either opposing or complementary viewpoints.
You must summarise and evaluate the key  ideas expressed, using your own words.
You must add your own ideas where relevant, deciding how far you agree with the points presented.
You can select 1-2 important short phrases to 'quote' from the texts.
You should use an unmarked register (neither formal, nor informal)
You should use an impersonal tone and NO reference to personal experience (BUT you
do need to share your opinions)
You should use openers to preface your ideas (check p. 57)

STRUCTURE
Write a short introduction saying what the general topic is about.
Write a paragraph based on the main ideas of the first text + your ideas
Write a paragraph based on the main ideas of the second text + your ideas
Write an effective conclusion

MORE INFO ABOUT REVIEWS 

Name the film, book, play, exhibition you are reviewing  in the first paragraph
Provide a balance of information and opinion.
Introduce your opinions with a variety of linkers.
Use catchy rhetorical questions  (and follow them up, adding your opinion)
Use a wide range of adjectives and adverbs

STRUCTURE
Brief introduction, lead-in
General opinion and information, brief description of the content, plot etc
Specific opinion about sth that makes the film/book/exhibition memorable or terrible
(1 or 2 paragraphs)
Conclusion, assessment, recommendations


SPEAKING

1-2 Preguntas individuales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro/CPE y a los temas que vemos en clase.
1-2 preguntas en parejas sobre temas parecidos a los del libro/CPE y a los temas que vemos en clas.

EXAMPLES here: http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2017/08/speaking-practice-c21.html



Friday, 8 September 2017

Useful expressions for your speaking exam


MAKING YOUR POINT/ EMPHASIZING THAT SOMETHING IS YOUR OWN OPINION
In my opinion, ...
In my view ...
Personally, I think that ...
Personally speaking,
I reckon ...
If you ask me, ...
I'd say that ...
I feel that ...
My feeling is that ...
As far as I am concerned ...
From my point of view ...
It is my belief,
For my part,

AGREEING
I completely/totally agree ...
I quite agree ...
That's (just) what I think, too.
That's a good point.
That's exaclty the point.ç
You are absolutely right.
I'll go along with that.
Absolutely.

HALF-AGREEING
I see/ take your point, but ...
I see what you mean, but ...
I agree up to a point, but ...
I sort of agree.

DISAGREEING
I completely disagree.
I don't agree at all.
No, you are missing the point.
That's not the point.
I can't see your point at all.
But that's not always the case.
I am not so sure about that.
I am not sure I agree with you.
I am afraid I don't really agree.
I don't really think you are right.
Not necessarily.

UNCERTAINTY
I am undecided ...
I am unsure ...
I am ambivalent about ...
I am in two minds about ...

ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION
You mean ...
Sorry, I don't really see what you are getting at
Sorry, I don't quite follow you

END OF AN ANSWER
… in my view, anyway.
That’s my opinion, anyway.
So, in short …
All in all …
And that’s about it, really.

STARTING/CLOSING A DISCUSSION
We couLd start by talking about ...
Let's talk about ... first.
I think we need to make a decision.
Shall we try to come to an agreement?

 CONTRAST
But on the other hand …
But at the same time ...
Although I must admit that …
Having said that, …  

PREDICTIONS about yourself
I guess I’ll …
I reckon I will …
I don’t think I’ll ever …
I don’t imagine I’ll …

SUPPOSING ABOUT OTHERS
They are probably …
They probably + verb
They must + verb
It looks as if they are + ing
I imagine they might + verb  

PROPOSING
Let’s go to (this photography exhibition).
Well, why don’t we go to (this photography exhibition).
How does this sound?
Shall we go and see (this photography exhibition).?
How about going to (this photography exhibition).?
I have got an idea. We could go to (this photography exhibition).
Do you fancy going to see (this photography exhibition)?
Would you like to go to (this photography exhibition)?  

EXPRESSING OPINIONS/ REACTING
Believe me, …
… seems like the best option to me.
I am really keen on the idea of …
If you ask me, I really think we should …
But just think of the …. !
Personally, I am in favour of … (+ gerund)
I am sure it will be worth it.
Let’s go for it.
Oh, come on!
… , don’t you agree?  

REACTING in a negative way
I don’t find (modern art) very interesting.
I am not really into (modern art) In fact, I don’t really like(modern art) at all.
To be honest, (modern art) just makes me laugh.
(Modern art) isn’t really my thing.
I am not a big fan of (modern art)

REACTING TO STRANGE INFORMATION
How weird/ strange/ bizarre/ odd!
How spooky!
How awful!

EXCLAMATIONS
What a great/brilliant/fantastic idea!
What an amazing coincidence!
What a terrible experience!
What a pity!
What a waste of time!
What bad luck!
What a shame!

How interesting!
How annoying!
How embarrassing!
How awful!

ALLOWING YOURSELF TIME TO THINK
I need to think for a moment.
That’s an interesting question.
That's a tricky question, really.
Well, it’s difficult to say, really.
Let me see.
It depends …
I guess an honest answer would be …
I suppose the simplest answer to that question is …
If I think about it, I suppose …
On balance, I think …
The best example that comes to mind is ...
I have never given it a lot of thought ...

 TALKING ABOUT MISUNDERSTANDINGS
I was under the impression that …
I thought that … but in fact …
Naturally I assumed that …
It turned out that …
It was so embarrassing.
I was horrified.
I felt awful.
I felt such a fool.
We had a good laugh about it.  

COMPARING PHOTOS
The most obvious similarity is that both photos show …
You can see … in both photos.
The … in photo 1 is/are … . Similarly, the … in photo 2 is/are …
The … is the same in both photos.
In the first photo ... but in the second one ...
This picture ... while on the other hand this one ...
In comparison to the first photo, this one ...
The biggest difference between the photos is that photo 1 shows … whereas photo 2 shows …
While photo 1 shows ..., photo 2 on the other hand …
The … is completely different in the two photos.

And you'll find many more here:
http://www.uefap.com/speaking/group/grouplan.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv281.shtml

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C2.1



CHAPTER 1

INDIVIDUAL

1) Talk about a change of heart that happened to you.

2) What single change would most improve your quality of life? How could you achieve it?

3) Everything has positive/negative energy, not only people, but also objects, rooms, buildings. What do you think?

PAIRS

1) What change has been made in your town recently that you (don't) approve of? 

2) What advice would you give a friend whose teenage son/daughter has got in with the wrong crowd? 

3) What would you suggest a single friend to find Mr Right?

CHAPTER 2

INDIVIDUAL

1) How do you feel about the idea of becoming an entrepreneur? 

2) Is there something you are dead set on doing, whatever it takes?

3) What attitude really gets your goat?

PAIRS

1) Do you think museums should offer a discovery room for families? Should museum entertain as well as educate?

2) What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an independent traveller versus choosing package holidays? 

3) Do you think European countries should do more to shoulder the burden of refugees?

CHAPTER 3

INDIVIDUAL

1)                 Is there an activity you always do, rain or shine?

2)                 Supposing you woke up in another country surrounded by people who don’t

speak any language you know and with only the clothes you slept in, what would you do?

3)                 Do you remember any occasion (trip, excursion, sports event) which you ended huffing and puffing but with a great sense of achievement?

PAIRS

1)                 What anger management techniques can we use to control our anger?

2)                 Guests can stay at my house providing/provided that … (what rules should they follow?). Compare your ideas.

3)                 Suppose one of your best friends lost their job tomorrow, what should they do?

CHAPTER 4

INDIVIDUAL

1)                  If you got the job of your dreams, what perk would be the icing on the cake?

2)                  Have you ever had a colleague that simply couldn’t cut the mustard? (= not up to the job)

3)                  When you have a lot on your plate, how do you deal with it?

PAIRS

1)                 Big supermarkets offer maximum diversity, but minimal flavour. Discuss.

2)                  How could we tackle the problem of food waste?

3)                  How can our lifestyle choices be modified to promote a greener future?

CHAPTER 5

INDIVIDUAL

1)                 Would you ever buy: A title to become Lord/Lady of 20cm2 of land? ; shares in a startup?; a kit to know about your DNA/ancestry?

2)                 Have you ever had to complain about sth you bought? What happened?

3)                  When you were younger, where your decisions influencedby your peers? Did you make sensible choices?

PAIRS

1)                 What do you think of the threat to small independent shops from large chains?

2)                  Advertising exploits the vulnerable, i.e. children and teenagers. Discuss.

3)                  Environmental awareness has increased dramatically over the last decade. Do you agree?

CHAPTER 6

INDIVIDUAL

1)                  Have you ever taken exception to sb’s remarks and told them so?

2)                  What would you take into account if you wanted to buy a car/a flat/

a laptop/ a mobile phone?

3)                  What’s your opinion about manufactured boy bands? Do you think there is a relationship between fashion and music?

 PAIRS

1)                  Do you think when sb gets married/has children his/her friends

start taking second place?

2)                  Do you think music can help sick people heal? Do you think it affects unborn children?

3)                  Opera is just as chauvinistic as reggaeton. Discuss!

CHAPTER 7

INDIVIDUAL 

1) Is there some policy/rule at your workplace/university you are not in tune with?

2) Do you tend to buy things you don’t need because they are going for a song?

3) Were you the apple of sb’s eye when you were a child? (= sb’s favourite)

PAIRS

1) What would you suggest young people do to have a second string to their bows

in their pursue for a job? (besides learning English)

2) Would you turn a blind eye if you saw a child stealing candy in a shop? What if it was a teenager stealing a phone? What if it was sb throwing some rubbish on the ground?

3) What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over. Do you agree?

CHAPTER 8

INDIVIDUAL

1)                  Have you ever had to burn the midnight oil?

2)                  When a friend is disloyal, do you tend to burn your bridges and stop

being friends with them? What reason would make you want to burn

your bridges?

3)                  Have you ever felt out of place at a party/ in a group of people? Why?

PAIRS

1)                 What factor(s) might be more important for a person choosing to live in a big city? What are the main drawbacks of city living?

2)                  The amount of litter in the streets in some cities is appaling. What can we do to tackle the problem?

3)                  Living in the countryside and working in the city. The best of both worlds. Do you agree?

 

Monday, 3 July 2017

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C1.3


SPEAKING EXAM – C1.3

Individual

  1. How important is success to you? What are the key factors in becoming successful in your opinion? How much does finding/having a job with a high salary matter to you? What do successful people all seem to have in common?
  1. How important is the environment you study or work in? How would you change yours? Is there something (noise, workmate behaviour, feeling etc) that makes you lose focus?
  1. What impact did your teachers have on you? Have you ever felt directionless or disillusioned during your studies? Did you easily get distracted? Did you feel well-supported by your parents?
  1. What major life change do you expect to make in the future? What effect will it have on your life? Are you the kind of person who gets excited or frightened by change? Do you think the expression: A leopard can’t change its spots – is true?
PAIRS / GROUPS
  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having migrant children in our schools? Do you think foreign children should be kept in separate classes until they learn the language?
  1. What are the main health and social benefits of free time? Do you feel pushed for time? How would you change your work/study schedule?
  1. To what extent are grandparents valued in your culture? How did yours influence your growing process? What skills or life lessons did you learn from them?
  1. Which crimes involving young people are the most common where you live? Do you think young criminals are let off too easily by the courts? What do you think would be a good rehabilitation programme for young offenders?
  1. What do you think makes some people more creative than others? Can electronic games or gadgets stimulate people to become more intelligent? What influence, if any, do you think they have on health and crime?
  1. Which of your country's characteristics are you most/least proud of? How do you think your daily rituals might be different in your country from other countries?
  1. Which forms of protest do you think are the most effective? Have you ever taken part in a demo, a strike or a march? What local issues do you feel more strongly about?


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C1.1

 WORK IN PROGRESS - NOT FINISHED

 Individual

1) Can you remember something you were afraid of when you were a child? Do you have any childhood memory of any special event or celebration? Did you use to get pocket money? What was your favourite place when you were little? Were you part of any organization or youth club? Would you have liked to?

2) Is there some attitude you can't stand and drives you crazy? Is there a person in your family that particularly annoys you? What about at work? Do you prefer music or silence when studying/working/driving/ at the gym? Is there any sound that really bothers you? What about a sound that really relaxes you?

3) What's your favourite book? Why? Is there any book that you started reading and couldn't put down? What about one that you really disliked? Would you like to be a translator? Why? Why not? Do you prefer reading books and watching films in the original language?

4) Were there any favourite places where you used to like going as a child? What did you do there? Who were the people you felt closest to when you were younger? Did you have any chores while you were growing up? How did you feel about them? As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you change your mind afterwards?

5) Do you consider yourself a person who usually gets their own way? Do you know anyone who does? Do you think women are better than men at getting presents for people? Is there someone in your family or group of friends that really gets on your nerves? Do you tend to keep up to date with your studies/work, or do you often get behind?

6) Would you ever go on a blind date? What would be the best place to go for a first date?  Do you have any childhood memories of a nice day out or a special occasion?  How did you use to celebrate your birthday when you were younger? DO you have any good memory of when you were in secondary school?

7) Do you have a favourite historical film? Can you describe a scene of a film that particularly impressed you? Have you ever read a book after seeing a film based on it? Do you watch  TV series based on historical facts?

8) Is there anything or anybody that is taking up a lot of your time lately? What do you most enjoy doing when you have some me time? What do you usually do to kill time when you are waiting at the airport? Are you often short of time in the mornings? 

Pairs - Groups

1) Discuss the following statement:  when children are young it's better for one parent not to work and look after them

2) Discuss the following statement: there should be at least one hour every evening when all members of the family turn off their electronic devices and talk to each other.

3) Discuss the following statement:  marriage should be a 5-year renewable contract.

4) Discuss the following statement: the only way to learn a foreign language is to move to the country where it is spoken.

5) Talk together about what foreigners should do to fully integrate in Spain.

6) Talk together about the dos and don'ts at a first date, in terms of best place/plan, appearance, lying, politeness, first impressions.

7) Discuss the following statement: people get wiser as they get older

8) Discuss the following statement: school doesn't help you to get anywhere in life.





Monday, 19 June 2017

ENTRY TEST C1.1

QUESTION 1:
ADMIT + GERUND
(remember: some verbs require the gerund, some others the infinitive, some others the infinitive without to – there are plenty of lists on the Internet)
QUESTION 2:
With expressions like: this time tomorrow we use the future continuous to indicate longer actions in the future

QUESTION 3:  
 
Continuous infinitive passive - something going on at the moment
QUESTION 4:
AFFIRMATIVE : I USED TO BE
NEGATIVE: I DIDN’T USE TO BE (didn’t already contains the ‘past mark’)

QUESTION 5:
 
Use an auxiliary to avoid repetitions (but my parents don't speak Spanish)
QUESTION 6:
YOU WENT TO ICELAND LAST YEAR, DIDN’T YOU?
(BECAUSE THE AUXILIARY FOR THE PAST FOR THE VERB TO GO IS DID)
Compare with:
YOU WERE TRAVELLING TO ICELAND LAST YEAR WHEN WE MET, WEREN’T YOU?
(BECAUSE THE AUXILIARY FOR THE PAST CONTINUOUS IS WAS/WERE)

QUESTION 7:

Get used to (doing) something: (llegar a) acostumbrarse

COMPARE WITH:
 Be used to (doing) something: estar acostumbrado  
QUESTION 8:
Should = had better / 'd better
QUESTION 9: You shouldn't HAVE SENT because it refers to the past, so it needs a PAST INFINITIVE
QUESTION 10:
Revise adjective order
QUESTION 11:
Furniture is a collective noun, no plural
QUESTION 12:
Oceans and seas want article THE

QUESTION 13:
PARA EXPRESAR FINALIDAD
TO
-------------------------------------------
SO AS TO
SO AS NOT TO
IN ORDER TO
IN ORDER NOT TO

QUESTION 14:
Indirect questions, reverse the order (do you know, can you tell me, do you remember ...)
What time does the party start?
Do you know what time the party starts?

QUESTION 15:

After in case you generally use the present (simple, continuous, perfect) in conditional sentences.
QUESTION 16:
PROMISE + TO + INFINITIVE --- PROMISE + NOT + TO + INFINITIVE
(remember: some verbs require the gerund, some others the infinitive, some others the infinitive without to – there are plenty of lists on the Internet)
QUESTION 17:
I ARRIVED LATE AND CLASS HAD STARTED
LLEGUÉ TARDE Y LA CLASE HABÍA EMPEZADO
(use the past perfect when something in the past happens before something else in the past)
QUESTION 18:
I’LL TELL YOU AS SOON AS I HAVE TALKED / (TALK) TO MY FATHER
TE LO DIRÉ EN CUANTO HAYA HABLADO / (HABLE) CON MI PADRE
Future time clauses:
After as soon as, after, before, when, until, unless, if etc… we use a present tense while in the other part of the sentence we use a future tense

QUESTION 19:
WE ARE HAVING THE BEDROOM PAINTED
PASSIVE STRUCTURE: TO HAVE SOMETHING DONE
We you pay or ask somebody to do something for you
QUESTION 20:
YOU CAN’T HAVE LEFT YOUR PHONE AT THE HOTEL.
AFTER MODAL VERBS (MUST, CAN, SHOULD, COULD ETC.) WE USE THE INFINITIVE
QUESTION 21:
The woman with whom I worked …
After prepositions you use the relative pronoun WHOM for people
E.g.: We have ten employees, half of whom are carpenters
QUESTION 22:
I WAS SUCH A RAINY DAY (SUCH + A/AN + ADJECTIVE + SINGULAR NOUN)
I WAS SO RAINY (SO + ADJECTIVE)
QUESTION 23:
Although the plane departed late, we arrived in Hawaii on time.
In spite of the fact that / Despite the fact that the plane departed late, we arrived in Hawaii on time
In spite of / Despite / the delay, we arrived in Hawaii on time
QUESTION 24
THE THAIS / THAI PEOPLE
THE CHINESE / CHINESE PEOPLE
THE POLES / POLISH PEOPLE
There are lists on the Internet of nouns and adjectives of nationality.
When you use people with a nationality adjective, don’t use the!
QUESTION 25
NONE OF + GROUP OF PEOPLE / NEITHER + 2 PEOPLE



Saturday, 24 September 2016

C1.4 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy:

1) ADVANCED EXPERT COURSEBOOK -  THIRD EDITION
(also at At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)

Pincha aquí para descargar todos los materiales del curso

2) Photocopies of listening transcripts (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)

OR Go to your class padlet http://padlet.com/sheaven7/englishC14  password: my name in capital letters ;-) and download the listenings transcript. 

There is a lot of extra vocabulary in the listenings, and they are not easy, so it's worth printing the transcript to take notes.

3) Vocabulary Revision exercises chapter 6-10  (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2 or download from padlet)


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Switch off or silence your phone, NO whatsapping or facebook in class!
Sit with different people everyday
Get the email/ phone number/ whatsapp of a classmate or open your own whatsapp group
(to be able to get your homework if you miss classes)
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.




C1.4. EXAM STRUCTURE (to be confirmed)

Cada parte = 25% de la nota

NO GRAMMAR/VOCABULARY part in this exam!!!!! 

Hay que sacar un 5/10 mínimo en cada parte, pero la media final tiene que ser 6/10 para aprobar.
Sacando una nota inferior a un 5 en una de las partes se suspende todo el examen.

READING
2 TEXTOS - options:
- Preguntas tipo A, B, C
- Matching (e.g: which of the paragraphs fits into the numbered gap
- True/false (justificando el porque si es falsa)

LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) - options:
- Preguntas tipo A, B, C
- matching
- TRUE/FALSE  (justificando el porque si es falsa )
-  Completar con la palabra(s) correcta.

WRITING

1 writing a escoger entre 3 opciones, 250 palabras

- ESSAY (check structure, useful vocabulary etc p. 100-101)
- COMPLAINT LETTER (check structure, useful vocabulary etc p. 116-117)
- BOOK REVIEW (check structure, useful vocabulary etc p. 132-133)


ORAL

1-2 Preguntas individuales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.
1-2 preguntas en parejas sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.

(check: http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2016/01/speaking-practice-c14.html)


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

SPEAKING PRACTICE - B2.4

SPEAKING


INDIVIDUALES 

Monólogo: los candidatos reaccionarán ante un estímulo visual o ante un tema propuesto en la lámina de examen. Durante tres minutos como mínimo, tendrán que realizar descripciones, narraciones, expresar el punto de vista, etc., según la propuesta del tribunal. El entrevistador podrá realizar preguntas para guiar la prueba si lo estima conveniente. (3 – 4 minutos cada candidato)



1)      Would you like to have an identical twin? What advantages and disadvantages might there be?

2)      Would you like to be an only child? What advantages and disadvantages might there be?

3)      Tell us about a person you can’t stand and why.

4)      Do you have any particular good or bad habits? How easy is it to learn new habits or stop bad ones?

5)      Tell us about something strange or unusual that has happened to you.

6)      Tell us about a misunderstanding you have been involved in.

7)      In 5 years’ time, what kind of house will you be living in? clothes will you be wearing?

8)      In 25 years’ time, what kind of hobbies will you be doing? job will you be doing?

9)      Imagine that scientists could develop an ‘immortality pill’ that allowed people to live forever. Would you take it? Why/ Why not?

10)  What therapy or strategy would you use with an out-of-control teenager?

11)  Tell us about a funny thing that happened to you when you were out with your friends.

12)  Imagine you could have any superpower you can think of. What would you choose and how would you use it?

13)  A relative gives you a bag as a present. You don’t like it, so you give it away. The relative then asks you how often you use it. Would you tell a lie?

14)  One of your relatives is dating a person you don’t like. When he/she asks you what you think of this person, would you be sincere?

15)  What would be the advantages of doing a language course in an English-speaking country, rather than in your country? Would there be any disadvantages?

16)  Are zoos a good or bad thing?

17)  What do you think about graffiti? Are they vandalism? What is art for you?

18)  Have you seen any good film lately? Tell us about it.

19)  Tell us about something you were always warned not to do as a child.

20)  What is your learning style? What memory strategies do you use to prepare for an exam?

21)  Do you have any strange obsession? Are you addicted to someone? Do you know anyone who is?

22)  Nowadays people can’t live without their computers and cell phones. How important are new technologies in your life?

23)  Do you like travelling? Why do people travel? What’s your travelling style?

24)  If you could choose to live the life of another person for one week, which life would you most like to try?

25)  Do you judge people by the way they dress?

26)  What are your earliest memories?

27)  What would you do if you found yourself in a survival situation?

28)  Is there anyone your particularly admire? Why?

29)  Talk about things you don’t enjoy but have to put up with.

30)  What social problems are there where you live? How could individuals tackle them?


PAREJAS

Interacción oral: los candidatos dialogan entre sí para alcanzar un objetivo común o contrastar puntos de vista sobre el tema propuesto. Dispondrán de una ficha con la información suficiente para la realización de la tarea (aprox. 7 minutos)

Encontraréis ejemplos aquí http://es.padlet.com/sheaven7/ENGLISHB24
(La contraseña es mi nombre escrito en mayúsculas)
Check the photos/speaking prompts labelled: oral exam practice

Criterios de evaluación
  1. Adecuación.
  2. Interacción: las intervenciones favorecen la cooperación para el cumplimiento de la tarea propuesta.
  3. Pronunciación.
  4. Fluidez.
  5. Competencia gramatical.
  6. Organización discursiva.