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.











Monday, 12 September 2016

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C1.2

INDIVIDUAL

1) When you have a technical problem, e.g. with a smartphone or tablet, do you
ask someone to help you or do you try to sort it out yourself?
2) Who taught you to swim? How quickly did you learn?
3) What three things would you recommend tourists to do if they were visiting
your town for 24 hours?
4) How long does it normally take you to get ready in the morning or before a
night out?
5) How would you try to persuade someone to do you a really big favour?
6) How do you think computer and video games might make young people
behave violently?
7) Is there any aspect of your daily life which involves you speaking English?
8) What do you dislike other people doing when you’re watching a film at the
cinema?
9) What things did your parents let you do as a child that parents probably
wouldn’t allow their children to do nowadays?
10) How do you think local councils could encourage people to recycle more?
11) What apps or websites do you use which help you improve your English
outside the classroom?
12) What kinds of excuses do you give when someone invites you to do
something or go somewhere and you don’t really want to?
13) If a friend asked you to look after their pet while they went on holiday, would
you? Why (not)?
14) Is there anything that sometimes prevents you from sleeping at night? What
do you do when you can’t sleep?
15) If you have to do something you don’t really want to, like homework or
housework, what ‘distractions’ do you find to stop yourself from having to
do it?
16) How could governments encourage citizens to use public transport rather
than cars?
17) Which country or city that you have been to would you recommend
someone to go to for an unforgettable holiday? Why?
18) Think about a bad journey you have had. What happened and how did you feel?
19) If a friend wanted to contact you, would you prefer them to call you or send
you an instant message? Why?
20) Do you prefer shop assistants to help you to choose new clothes or leave
you alone to choose yourself?
21) What gadgets or techniques do you use to help you remember important
dates like birthdays?
22) Think of a disastrous meal out you have had. Why was it so awful?


PAIRS - DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES TOGETHER

1) Parents ought to reward their children for passing exams, for example with a cash payment.
2)  Children shouldn’t have to memorize facts like multiplication tables and important historical
dates, as the information is now instantly available on the internet.
3) Secondary school teachers should never be made to teach more than four hours a day.
4) People shouldn't be allowed to keep very aggressive breeds of dogs such as pit bulls.
5) It should be against the law for parents to give fast food to obese children.
6) Which are the pros and cons of living in a country which is not your own?

Saturday, 10 September 2016

SPEAKING PRACTICE - C1.4

More questions will be added throughout the semester


1) What makes a good communicator?  Do you know anyone who goes on about something all the time? In what situation have you not been able to get a word in edgeways? Have you ever got hold of the wrong end of the stick? Is there something you haven’t been able to make head or tail of?

2) In general, are you a rational person or do you base decisions on your emotions? What are the advantages of each approach? Do you think women are generally more emotional/intuitive than men? Are we less patient and less considerate nowadays than 30-40 years ago?

3) Have you ever struggled with some subject at school? Have you ever attempted  doing something new and failed? Have you ever neglected your family and friends because  of your job or studies?

4) Do you believe people in your country should be encouraged to leave their parents’ house when they are younger and be more independent? How does a child relationship with their parents affect their character? Has it affected yours? How?

5) Where do you most feel at home? What would you miss about your home town if you had to move away? How could people’s life change while travelling? What is the place that you like best in the world? Why?

6) How would you react in stressful situations, e.g. travel plans going wrong, being stranded in the middle of nowhere, cancelled flight etc? Have you ever lived any memorable situation while travelling that had an impact on your life?

7) Would you ever go into business with a family member? Why (not)? Which kind of business would you find most interesting to be involved with? What personal qualities does one need to be a successful businessman?

8) Why do people do yoga? What kind of people do you associate with this activity? Do you think you’d benefit from it? Which activities do you do when you want to unwind and relax? What about to focus and maximize your potential? 

9) What is your relationship with money? Are you a spendthrift or a saver? Do you buy on impulse or shop around? Compare your life with how it was 2 generations ago. Do you think it is better? How?
10)   What do you think are the biggest dangers of current scientific advances? How would you feel about working in a Space Station? Is exploring space a good thing? What would be the consequences for civilization if we discovered life on other planets? Do you know anyone who acts as if they lived on another planet?

11)   When people criticize you, are you unaffected by it? What topic of conversation is likely to be like a red rag to a bull for you? In arguments, are you like a dog with a bone? 

12)   What is the most difficult challenge you have set yourself? Which inventions do you think have been the most important for our lives? What scientific research should be given priority by the government? Are labour-saving devices a good thing? Or do they also have downsides? 

13)   What are the reasons for unacceptable teenage behaviors? Do you think teenage behavior nowadays is worse than it used to be? What do you think is the best time in life to develop your brain? Do you think society takes mental health seriously enough? 

14)   Do you think people are obsessed with their health? What most affects your sense of well-being? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? What are the most important factors for a healthy life?


Friday, 9 September 2016

SESIONES ACLES - info

Cada una de las partes del examen supone un 25 % de la calificación total. La calificación global del examen será de APTO / NO APTO. Para aprobar cada parte será necesario obtener una calificación de 5, como mínimo. Para obtener el APTO global en el examen hay que superar todas las pruebas y obtener una media superior a 6.


SPEAKING  (15 – 20 minutos)
Los candidatos realizarán dos tareas, una de expresión y otra de interacción con un compañero según esta estructura:
  1. Preguntas de toma de contacto (no evaluable): diálogo dirigido por el examinador. (1 minuto)
  2. Monólogo: estímulo visual (foto, viñetas, etc.) o ante unos temas propuestos (preguntas) 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) ---- IMPORTANTE: no se trata de describir fotos, a no ser que las instrucciones lo requieran.
  3. 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. (6 – 8 minutos) ---- IMPORTANTE: no se trata de describir fotos, a no ser que las instrucciones lo requieran.

Esta prueba será grabada en su totalidad y podrá ser usada en caso de reclamación y / o revisión.
Será necesario obtener al menos un 5 para superar la prueba.
Criterios de evaluación
  • Adecuación.
  • Pronunciación.
  • Fluidez.
  • Competencia gramatical.
  • Organización discursiva.
  • Interacción en la tarea 2
La adecuación (criterio 1) es un requisito evaluable es decir, es imprescindible realizarlo según las indicaciones para que se evalúe la prueba y, si se cumple, se puntúa como el resto de los criterios. 
En cada uno de seis los criterios se otorgará una puntuación del cero al dos. Las puntuaciones finales se establecerán ajustándose a la escala del 1 al 10 para establecer la equivalencia con las otras partes de la prueba.
Pincha aquí: expresiones utiles speaking

LISTENING (30 – 40 minutos)
2 - 4 pistas (total 12-20 minutos ). Una tarea por pista, mínimo de 20 items/ preguntas en total. Se escuchará dos veces cada texto.
Fuentes: radio, televisión, youtube, grabaciones no comerciales, etc. noticias, previsiones del tiempo, mensajes telefónicos, anuncios públicos y publicitarios, reportajes o entrevistas sobre temas generales.

Tipos de tareas:
- opción múltiple (a, b, c)
- emparejamiento (matching)
- ordenar
- rellenar huecos
- transferir información
- respuestas cortas a preguntas abiertas
No se penalizan las respuestas incorrectas. 
Será necesario obtener al menos un 5 para superar la prueba.


READING (70 minutos máximo)
Dos o tres textos (total 1.400 - 1.700 palabras). Una tarea por texto, mínimo de 20 items/ preguntas en total. 
Fuentes: artículos de divulgación científica y de actualidad, información de los medios de comunicación, documentos institucionales, textos literarios, internet (blogs, páginas web), revistas, etc.
Tipos de tarea:
  • opción múltiple (a, b, c)
  • verdadero/falso/justificar
  • emparejar y relacionar (matching)
  • ordenar
  • rellenar huecos con palabras o fragmentos
  • respuestas cortas a preguntas abiertas

No se penalizan las respuestas incorrectas.
Será necesario obtener al menos un 5 para superar esta parte de la prueba.

WRITING (máximo 90 minutos)
Los candidatos realizarán dos tareas, de 150 - 200 palabras cada una. El número total de palabras no excederá las 450.
Tipos de tareas:
    • Elaborar un informe a partir de varias fuentes (report)
    • Carta o email formal 
    • Responder a un anuncio 
    • Escritura creativa (short story)
    • Reseña (review)
    • Argumentaciones sobre algún tema (article or essay)
Criterios de evaluación:
  • Cumplimiento de la tarea: adecuación al registro, pertinencia del contenido.
  • Cohesión y coherencia: uso de conectores, organización de la información, puntuación.
  • Vocabulario: propiedad y variedad de léxico
  • Corrección: variedad de estructuras, corrección gramatical, ortografía.
El cumplimiento de las tareas propuestas (criterio 1) es un requisito evaluable, es decir, es imprescindible realizarlo según las indicaciones para que se evalúe la prueba y, si se cumple, se puntúa como el resto de los criterios. 
En cada uno de los cuatro criterios se otorgará una puntuación del cero al dos. Las puntuaciones finales se establecerán ajustándose a la escala del 1 al 10 para establecer la equivalencia con las otras partes de la prueba
Pincha aquí: LINKING WORDS / CONECTORES

Pincha aquí: VOCABULARY