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  (to be confirmed)

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 or other options to be added

USE OF ENGLISH
30- 50 preguntas de rephrasing, choose the correct option or use the correct word or other options to be added

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 or other options to be added

WRITING
A escoger 1 entre 3 opciones:

or other options to be added

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:

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 (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
- 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
- multiple choice cloze
- open cloze
- word formation
- key word transformation

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)
2) ESSAY with discursive focus: texts with complementary views (check p. 56-57)
3) REVIEW (check p. 38-39)


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 advice would you give a friend whose teenage son/daughter has got in with the wrong crowd?
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) Should museum entertain as well as educate?
PAIRS
1) Do you think museums should offer a discovery room for families?
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) Guests can stay at my house providing/provided that … (what rules should they follow?)


PAIRS
What anger management techniques can we use to control our anger?

  1. Suppose you lost your job tomorrow, what would you do? 
  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?
  1. But for / Without ____________’ help, I would have been in trouble /
I wouldn't have been able to cope in a certain situation.
  1. Guests can stay at my house providing/provided that … (what rules should they follow?)
  2. Even if I had lots of money, I would never … (do what?)
  1. Is there an activity you always do, rain or shine?
  1. Do you remember any occasion (trip, excursion, sports event) which you ended huffing and
puffing but with a great sense of achievement?
 



CHAPTER 4

  1. If you got the job of your dreams, what perk would be the icing on the cake?
  2. When you have a lot on your plate, how do you deal with it?
  3. Is there some person’s opinion you always take with a pinch of salt?
  4. Is there some item that sells like hot cakes but you are not interested in?
  5. Have you ever had to eat humble pie?
  6. Have you ever had egg on your face during a presentation or public speech
because of some problem with technology?
  1. Have you ever had a colleague that simply couldn’t cut the mustard? (= not up to the job)


CHAPTER 5

Would you ever buy:
  • A title to become Lord/Lady of 20cm2 of land?
  • A map picturing the position of the stars on a particular day of your life
(e.g. the day your child was born, the day you got married etc)?
  • An internet domain name?
  • Shares in a startup?
  • A kit to know about your DNA/ancestry?
  • Bitcoins


What would you do if shopping for groceries online you got (and were charged for)
  • 5kgs of onions instead of potatoes?
  • 10 liters of wine instead of one?
  • Shaving foam for men being a woman?
  • Pink razors for women instead of your usual blue for men?

What would you do if you bought
  • A pair of wellies and realized they were not waterproof?
  • A light bulb that was just too bright?
  • A perfume/cologne and realized you don’t really like it?


CHAPTER 6

  1. Have you ever taken exception to sb’s remarks and told them so?
  2. Have you ever been taken by surprise when receiving a present?
  3. Do you think when sb gets married/has children his/her friends
start taking second place?
  1. Is there something you used to take for granted and realized how important
it was only when you lost it?
  1. What would you take into account if you wanted to buy a car/a flat/
a laptop/ a mobile phone?

  1. If you lived in a country like North Korea, where music is banned,
would your life be affected by it?
  1. If you had to choose a song to be the soundtrack of your life, which one
would it be?
  1. Do you think music can affect unborn children?
  2. Do you think music can help sick people heal?
  3. What’s your opinion about manufactured boy bands?
  4. Do you think there is a relationship between fashion and music?
  5. 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 to sb’s eye when you were a child? (= sb’s favourite)

PAIRS 
3) What would you suggest young people do to have a second string to their bows
in their pursue for a job? (besides learning English)
 
  1.  


    1. 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?
  1. I’ve never seen eye to eye with …
  2. Is there sth you can do with your eyes closed?
  3. What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over. Do you agree?
  4. Were you the apple to sb’s eye when you were a child? (= sb’s favourite)
  5. Do you think you have raccoon eyes at the moment? Why? (= bags under your eyes)


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?

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.