Monday, 28 January 2019

B2.4 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Tuesday - Thursdays 6 - 8pm

Check post MY COURSES for more info

+ 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)

+ you will find extra info here

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

NO CLASS: 19.03 (Tuesday)

EASTER AND SPRING WEEK: 15.04 - 28.04

Last class: 14.05


FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 16.05.2019 (Tuesday from 6 to 8)

SPEAKING 21.05.2019 (Thursday from from 6 to 8)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 5 classes / 10 hours) to take the exam.
REMEMBER YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WORK 25hours at home

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



EXAM STRUCTURE

You can find more materials to practice for your final exam here

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 informal, carta formal, essay/opinion article (in the form of blog post, webpage post, newletter post etc),  film review, short story, report.

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

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
- Houses

Sunday, 27 January 2019

C1.1 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy/ get (obligatory)

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

2) EXTRA PHOTOCOPIES

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3) EF ENGLISH FILE ADVANCED, WORKBOOK - NOT OBLIGATORY, EXTRA!

Follow us on FACEBOOK

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

NO CLASS: 19.03

EASTER AND SPRING WEEK: 15.04 - 28.04

Last class: 14.05


FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 16.05.2019 (Tuesday from 4 to 6)

SPEAKING 21.05.2019 (Thursday from 4 to 6)

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 5 classes / 10 hours) to take the exam.

REMEMBER YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WORK 25 hours at home

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EXERCISES TO PRACTISE FOR YOUR FINAL EXAM

LISTENING
Your will find the tracks here and the solutions here
p. 12-13
p. 32-33

USE OF ENGLISH AND READING
p. 22-23
p. 42-43
You will find the solutions here

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)Film/ book review (250 palabras) - check p. 116/117

4) 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)



Saturday, 26 January 2019

C2.4 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy/ get

PROFICIENCY EXPERT - PEARSON


Follow us on FACEBOOK

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.

NO CLASS 18.03 (Monday) --- MAKING UP FOR THIS ONE BY HAVING THE SPEAKING EXAM FROM 3 TO 4PM

EASTER AND SPRING BREAK: 15.04 - 28.04

NO CLASS 01.05

LAST CLASS: 15.05 (+ LISTENING)


FINAL EXAM 

SPEAKING 20.05.2019 (Wednesday from from 3 to 4) + or any other day from 06.05.2019 from 3 to 4

WRITTEN 20.05.2019 (Monday from 4 to 6)



REMEMBER YOU NEED TO HAVE 80% ATTENDANCE (you can miss 5 classes / 10 hours) to take the exam.

REMEMBER YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WORK 25 hours at home


C2.4. EXAM STRUCTURE (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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.

1) READING

1) Multiple choice (A, B, C) 
2) Paragraphs removed

2) USE OF ENGLISH

GRAMMAR 


Underline the correct option

Revise grammar p.

Choose the correct option

COLLOCATIONS, PHRASAL VERBS, PHRASES and IDIOMS


Complete the sentences with the correct idiom, collocation or part of a set phrase using the words given


p.


PHRASAL VERBS

p

WORD FORMATION (based on Use of English 1 - paper 1, part 3)

p.

3) LISTENING
Formats:
Multiple choice (a, b, c)

Fill in the blanks


4) WRITING - to be updated!!!!

1) ESSAY

Check p. 94 + solutions p. 23-24 (+ example)
Check p. 100 - 101 + solutions p. 25 (+ example)

Write an essay based on 2 short texts provided, presenting either opposing or complementary viewpoints.
Summarise and evaluate the key  ideas expressed, using your own words.
Add your own ideas where relevant, deciding how far you agree with the points presented.
Eventually select 1-2 important short phrases to 'quote' from the texts.
Use an unmarked register (neither formal, nor informal)
Use an impersonal tone and NO reference to personal experience (BUT you
do need to share your opinions)

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

EXTRA EXAMPLES (C2.3)
Check example p. 14 + p. 192/193
Check example p. 20-21 + solutions p. 3-4 (+ example)
Check p. 52-53 + solutions p. 12 (+ example)

EXTRA EXAMPLES ONLINE (click on the links below)

ESSAY 1 - STRESS
ESSAY 2 - TOURISM
ESSAY 3 - FOOD 
ESSAY 4 - SPORT


2) LETTER

Check p. 110 + solutions p. 27-28
Check p. 116-117 + solutions p. 29 (+ example)
Check example p. 198

Do not include a postal address
Divide it in paragraphs
Use a suitable opening and ending
Use a formal or semiformal register (depending on who you are writing to) and a neutral tone
Use appropriate expressions to argue for or against something, to give descriptions
Add anecdotal comments if appropriate
Use connectors and cohesive devices

STRUCTURE

State the reason for writing in the first paragraph
Write 2-3 more paragraphs containing suitable arguments and information
Conclude the letter clearly adding a formal close (yours faithfully or your sincerely)

STRUCTURE OF A LETTER TO A MAGAZINE TALKING ABOUT AN EVENT, FESTIVAL, FAIR etc

- Dear Editor or Dr Mr/Ms Smith,

PARAGRAPH 1: Reason for writing (= reading an announcement or request for articles) / Description of the event
PARAGRAPH 2: Reasons to attend/ what you liked
PARAGRAPH 3: What you disliked
PARAGRAPH 4: Final recommendations

Yours faithfully / Yours sincerely,

Your name + last surname

STRUCTURE OF A LETTER TO A MAGAZINE TALKING ABOUT A PROJECT, SCHEME etc.

- Dear Editor or Dr Mr/Ms Smith,

PARAGRAPH 1: Reason for writing (= reading an announcement or request for articles) / Description of the scheme/project
PARAGRAPH 2: Reasons why it is a good idea, advantages
PARAGRAPH 3: Further developments and aims (for the future)
PARAGRAPH 4: Final recommendations

Yours faithfully / Yours sincerely,

Your name + last surname


STRUCTURE OF A LETTER TO A MAGAZINE TALKING ABOUT AN UNEXPECTED EVENT/EXPERIENCE.

- Dear Editor/ Dear Sir/Madam or Dr Mr/Ms Smith,

PARAGRAPH 1: Reason for writing (= reading an announcement or request for articles) / General description of the event (without giving away why it was surprising)
PARAGRAPH 2: Set the scene that led up to the surprising moment
PARAGRAPH 3: Describe the surprising event
PARAGRAPH 4: Conclusion/ Your feelings and what effect it had on you

Yours faithfully / Yours sincerely,

Your name + last surname


EXTRA EXAMPLES ONLINE (click on the links below)

LETTER 1 - MERGING CULTURES


ARTICLE (semi-formal)

Check p. 30 + solutions p. 6-7 (+ example)
Check p. 197 example and structure
Check p. 36-37 + solutions p. 8 (+ example)


Choose a suitable, snappy title that will capture the readers' attention

Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I completed the task? (Content): it will require you to describe and evaluate
- Is my article well-organised? (Organisation)
- Have I used a wide range of vocabulary? (Language) : you can also use idioms and collocations
- Have I used different grammar tenses? (Language)
- Is all the article writen in the same style? (Style) : in the exam - semiformal and anecdotal
- Is the article interesting enough? (Reader)

STRUCTURE

Introduction that outlines the article coverage and ties it with the title
Order (3-4) paragraphs logically
Summarise the main ideas in the conclusion

REPORT
Check p. 62 + solutions p. 14-15
Check p. 68 + solutions p. 16-17 (+ example)
Check p. 200 example

Use impersonal language and a neutral tone
Use passive structures
Use sub-headings for each section
Add bullets when listing information
Use linkers and connectors

STRUCTURE
Intro: say what the reports presents, examines and that it makes recommendations.
2-3 paragraphs (don't forget to state the findings of the research)
Conclusion and recommendations (and the benefits of implementing them)


REVIEW
Check p. 84-85  + solution p. 22 (+ example)
Check p. 78 + solutions p. 20-21 (+ example)
Check p. 201 example

STRUCTURE (review of a book)

1)     Who it was for and why you thought of a specific genre/topic

2)     Outline of the plot, highlighting what is special/peculiar
3)     What makes it attractive, e.g. some specific detail
4)     Why you picked that book and not another
5)     Criticism, if any
6)     Final general recommendation



SPEAKING


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

EXAMPLES WILL BE PUBLISHED HERE

Friday, 25 January 2019

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.











Thursday, 24 January 2019

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.