Monday, 28 September 2015

B2.3 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

BOOK YOU NEED TO BUY as soon as possible

English File Upper-Intermediate, STUDENT'S BOOK
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
(Or get photocopies at D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)



+  extra PHOTOCOPIES (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)
English File Upper-Intermediate B2.3 Extra Materials, Chapter 6 to 10 (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!
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.

Holidays
Bank holidays: 1/11 -  6/12 - 8/12
Last class before Xmas: 22/12
First class after Xmas: 10/01

FINAL EXAM (to be confirmed)
WRITTEN  24/1 4-6pm
SPEAKING 26/1 4-6pm

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

B 2.3.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 con la linea que falta en cada párrafo o true/false (justificando el porque si es falsa).

USE OF ENGLISH - 40 items

a) Rephrase the sentences
9 sentences = 18 points

b) Complete the sentences with the derived word
6 sentences = 6 points


c) Complete the sentences choosing the correct option
 16 sentences = 16 points


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) o completar con la palabra(s) correcta.

WRITING

1 WRITING a escoger entre 3 tipos, aprox. 180 palabras (no os paséis!)
Puedes ser de todos los tipos que hemos ensayado en clase

- DESCRIPTION OF A PHOTO p. 117
- ARTICLE EXPRESSING OPINION p. 118
- REPORT p. 119
- 2 SHORTER NEWS ARTICLES (using reporting verbs and passives)


SPEAKING

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




Friday, 25 September 2015

C1.3 INFO AND EXAM STRUCTURE

Materials you need to buy:

1) ADVANCED EXPERT COURSEBOOK -  THIRD EDITION
(Photocopies at D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2 - in C1.3 Cecilia)

2) Photocopies of listening transcripts (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2 - in C1.3 Cecilia)
 OR Go to your class padlet http://padlet.com/sheaven7/ENGLISHC13  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 exercises (At D' Lola Photocopy Shop, Calle Actor Isidoro Máiquez, 2)


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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
Last class before Xmas: 21/12/2016
First class back after Xmas: 9/1/2017

Bank holiday: 12/10/2016

FINAL EXAM 

WRITTEN 23.01.2017 (Monday from 4 to 6)

SPEAKING (to be confirmed) 25/01/2017 (Wednesday from 4 to 6)

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

C1.3. 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 - 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 si las instrucciones lo requieren)

USE OF ENGLISH
De los temas temas  1-5 del libro.

A) Underline the correct option.  (10 sentences - 10 points)  - from vocabulary pages: verbs, phrasal verbs, expressions, idioms etc.
B) Rephrase the following sentences. Do not change the words given. (10 sentences - 20 points) - grammar: passives, relatives, modals, future, noun clauses etc
C) Complete the sentences  with the correct adjective from the list given (10 sentences - 10 points)  - from vocabulary pages
 
LISTENING
2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) - options:
- Preguntas tipo A, B, C  
- TRUE/FALSE  (justificando el porque si es falsa si las instrucciones lo requieren)
-  Completar con la palabra(s) correcta.

WRITING

A escoger entre 3 opciones, 250 palabras
- COMPLAINT LETTER(check p. 14 + 195)
- ESSAY (check p. 52-53)
- REPORT (check p. 36-37 + 193)
- Any other format that we manage to see during the course

SPEAKING (CHECK HERE: http://ceciliasclasses.blogspot.com.es/2016/05/c13-speaking-exam.html)
1-2 Preguntas individuales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.
1-2 preguntas en parejas sobre temas parecidos a los del libro.


Monday, 14 September 2015

SPEAKING PRACTICE - B2.3

 INDIVIDUAL

1) Do you sometimes have problems getting to sleep? Do you take sleeping pills? Do you have any tips for people who suffer from sleep related problems? Do you ever have nightmares? Do you normally remember your dreams? Are you a light sleeper or do you sleep like a log? Have you ever overslept and missed something important?

2) When you were a child did you use to share a bedroom with a brother or sister? At University, did you ever cheat in exams? Would you ever get used to waking up at 5am everyday? If you lived in the UK what would be the hardest thing to get used to? Is there something you usually do everyday, a special routin or habit you have?


3) Do you read newspapers/ watch the news? How do you normally find out about what is going on in the world? What stories are in the news at the moment?What do you think about celebrity gossip? What's your opinion about adverts on TV?

4) Could you manage to live for a week without your phone/ the Internet? Are there any apps you'd recommend?  Is there something you are addicted too and ought to give up? Would you rather read an e-book or a paper book?

5) Do you have a favourite kind of music? A favourite band or solo artist? Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to learn to play one? Have you been to a concert recently? What music would you play if you were feeling sad and wanted to feel better? If you wanted to create a romantic atmosphere?

6) Is there a city you'll never forget visiting for the first time? Is there something you normally forget to do (e.g. before leaving the house in the morning)?  Was there something you particularly used to hate (doing) when you were a child? Do you think you could get used to living in the UK / USA?

PAIRS
1) In your experience what do normally couples argue about? Do you think men and women are different when arguing? What do you normally get angry about? What would you advise a friend to do if he/she is always arguing with his/her partner?

2)  Have you ever been robbed? Do you know anyone who has? What tips would you give someone to protect themselves from being burgled? What advice would you give to a tourist visiting your city or region (to be safe)? What are the most common crimes in your town?What do you think about illegally downloading music/books/films? What do you think about squatters?

3) What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a megacity, like Tokio o Mexico City? What are the biggest problems for people who live there? Which city in your country do you think is the most multicultural?  What entertainment options does your city offer?


Friday, 11 September 2015

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C1.3



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?

2)    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?

3)    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?

4)    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?

5)    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?

6)    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?

7)    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?

8)    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?

9)    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?

10)                      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?

11)                      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?