Friday, 24 January 2020

MY COURSES - February/May 2020


Monday - Wednesday 16 - 18
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Please, fill in the two questionnaires you will find here and mail them to me.

B2.4 (A)

Tuesday - Thursday 16 - 18
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Please, fill in the two questionnaires you will find here and mail them to me.

C1.2 (A)

Tuesday - Thursday 16 - 18
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Please, fill in the two questionnaires you will find  here and mail them to me.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Tuesday - Thursdays 4 - 6 pm

Check post MY COURSES for more info and to get materials

+ 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/materials (for you, we won't use them in class) by clicking 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)
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.



LISTENING 12.05.2020 (Tuesday from 4 to 4.30 + normal last class after)
WRITTEN (2 readings/ 2 writings) 14.05.2020 (Tuesday from 4 to 6)

SPEAKING 19.05.2020 (Thursday from from 4 to 6) or any other day from 05.05 (from 3.30 to 4)

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 and hand in your writings.

Al aprobar este examen tendréis derecho a presentaros GRATIS al examen de ACLES B2.


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).

2 TEXTOS - posibles formatos:
- preguntas tipo A, B, C,
- matching,
- true/false (justificando las falsas)
- poner en orden los parrafos

2 AUDIOS (cada uno se escucha 2 veces) - posibles formatos:
- preguntas tipo A, B, C
- matching
- rellenar huecos,
- true/false

2 WRITINGS a escoger entre 3 - posibles formatos:
- informal letter/email
- formal letter/email
- essay/blog post/webpage post
- film review
- short story
- report

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)

2 partes

2-3 preguntas generales sobre temas parecidos a los del libro
--- to practice check:
Tenéis que hablar alrededor de 3 minutos cada candidato/a (1 minuto y medio cada pregunta)

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)
Tenéis que hablar alrededor de 7 minutos entre dos, 10 minutos si fuera un grupo de 3.

Encontraréis ejemplos aquí

- 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

Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Materials you need to get (both 1 and 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)
I won't accept writings handed in past the deadline.


WRITTEN 14.05 (we will probably do the listening exam separately from the rest on May 12th)
SPEAKING 19.05 (other dates available, we will discuss them in class)

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


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.


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.


30- 50 preguntas de rephrasing, choose the correct option or use the correct word (aquí entran verb + object + infinitive/ gerund, conditional sentences, permission/obligation and necessity, verbs of the senses, gerunds and infinitives, expressing future plans and arrangements, ellipsis, nouns: compound and possessive forms, adding emphasis: cleft sentences, relative clauses + phones and technology, prefixes, travel and tourism, animal matters, preparing food, dependent prepositions-  todo lo que sale en la parte de gramática p.150-159 y vocabulario p. 167-172 de los temas 6-10 del libro)

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.

A escoger 1 entre 3 de los formatos que hemos visto en clase:
1) Web post giving tips (p. 54-55)
2) Discursive essay: a balanced argument (p. 118-119)
3) Report (p. 120-121)
4) Discursive essay: taking sides (p. 122-123)
5) Complaint letter (p. 124-125) --- IF WE HAVE TIME TO DO IT


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

Ejemplos aquí

Monday, 28 October 2019


Materials you need to buy/ get


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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.

2-3 LISTENINGS + WRITING (ESSAY): 13.05.2020

2-3 READINGS + WRITING (ANOTHER FORMAT): 18.05.2020 - from 3.00pm to 6pm

SPEAKING: according to the calendar arranged in class (either 20.05 or any other day from 04.05)

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



Cada parte = 25% de la nota - there is no grammar/use of English in the exam at this level


a) You are going to read an article. For statements 1–?, choose from the sections (A–D) the one that contains the information mentioned. The sections may be chosen more than once.

b) You are going to read an article, ? paragraphs have been removed. Choose from A-? the one that fits in each gap (1-?). There are two extra paragraphs you do not need to use.


You will listen to each track twice.

1) You will hear 2 extracts. For questions 1-4, choose the answer (A, B or C) which fits best according to what you hear.  You will be given 15 seconds  before each extract to read the questions. 

2) You will hear an interview. Complete the sentences with a word or a short phrase. You will be given 45 second to read the task.

3) You will hear part of a radio programme.  Choose the answer A, B, C, or D which fits best according to what you hear. You will be given 1 minute to read the questions.

4) WRITING - word in progress / updating!

You will have to do 2 different writings:
1) essay
2) another format

1) ESSAY (240-280 words)

Check p. 29-30 (solutions p. 8)

Check p. 49-50 (solutions + example p. 15 ) 
Check p. 79-80 (solutions + example p. 26-27)
Check p. 105-106 (solutions + example p. 35)

Check p.138-139

Write an essay based on 2 short texts provided, presenting either opposing or complementary viewpoints.

Summarise and evaluate the 2 main key ideas expressed in each text, 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).

- Write a short introduction saying what the general topic is about.
(You can ask a catchy question at the end of the intro, which you will have to answer in your essay)
- 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 ONLINE (click on the links below)





Check p. 89-90 (solutions p. 30)
Check p. 119-120 (solutions p. 40)

Check p. 146-147

Extra example on google drive here


Check p. 99-100 (solution p. 33)

Check p. 142 


Check p. 124-125 (solution p. 42)

Check p. 140



20 minutes 
1-2 questions, both individual and in pairs.
You can find examples HERE

Sunday, 27 October 2019




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?


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
(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.

Saturday, 26 October 2019



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
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?


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?

Friday, 25 October 2019




1) People are becoming too insular because of technology. Furthermore, the need to produce an instant response to online messages has had a damaging effect on the way we communicate with each other. Do you agree with these statements?

2) More and more people are working from home, which is causing a blur between the boundaries of the home and the work environment. It also means that people are starting to work longer and more irregular hours. Consequently, many families are feeling an additional strain. Technological advances in this case only benefit companies.

3) Do you think scientists should be free to research and develop new technological advances without any constraints or restrictions? Do you think life was simpler and more enjoyable without modern-day technology?


1) What do you think about granting people these 'human' right? Is it all becoming too far-fetched?
The right to:
- an emotional support animal
- vegan meals in schools, hospitals, planes. canteens etc
- left-handed desks
- use any bathroom one wants
- not declare one's gender

2) Do you think the system of justice that operates in your country could be improved? Are you in favour of stricter measures for certain crimes, e.g. reckless driving or hate crimes?
 Do you think governments have the right to prevent people from doing things they enjoy but might not be good for them, e.g. smoking, drinking. eating fast food?


1) Imagine you are selecting people to fill vacancies in your company/workplace.
Would you rather choose
sb who is a bit too conservative, but orderly and happy when things follow protocols,
sb who is individual and creative but not systematic or always reliable
sb who is sociable and a great team worker, but not happy to follow rigid systems


1) Why do you think people often consider celebrities as role models? How influential do you think celebrities are on younger people? What is your opinion about youtubers/instagrammers that call themselves influencers?

2) What is your opinion about (TV) programmes like these:
- crime reconstructions, the life of serial killers
- reality TV programmes, like 'Temptation Island', with or without celebrities
- 'health and fitness programmes' in which contestants are followed by a team of experts to lose weight and become fit in a short period of time


1) Money is the root of all evil ... and money makes the world go round.
What is your attitude to money? Do you feel comfortable talking about it, discussing your salary and your shopping habits? Do you think teenagers should be taught Money Management and Finance at school?

2) Should commercials aimed at children be banned? What about marketing strategies like giving out  toys with Mc Donald's Happy Meals? Is there any other form of advertisement that should be restricted/controlled by the Government?


1) Flygskam is a Swedish word that literally means flight shame. It is a climate change movement, which encourages people to stop travelling by plane. How do you feel about it? Do you think it is a sensible solution? Should we all go back to train journeys and local holidays?

2) Sounds, smells and tastes. Is there any particular city that had an impact on your senses? (not because of its monuments and museums). Any journey that was different from all others? Why?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Useful expressions for your speaking exam

This material is free to re-use, but it would be nice if you mentioned where you got it from if you use it in your classes! :-)

As far as I am concerned ...
As I see it,
For my part,
From my point of view ...
From where I stand,
I am (totally) convinced that ...
I'd say that ...
I feel that ...
If you ask me, ...
In my opinion, ...
In my view ...
I reckon ...
I suppose ...
It is my belief that ...
My feeling is that ...
Personally, I think that ...
Personally speaking,
The way I see it,
That's my personal opinion.
That's about it, I think.
That's how I see things.
That's basically where I am at on this.
To be honest,
What is even more important perhaps ...

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.
I'd go along with that.
I can't disagree.
You are right there.

I see/ take your point, but ...
I see what you mean, but ...
I agree up to a point, but ...
You have got a point, but ...
I sort of agree.
I know what you mean, but isn't it also true that?
That may be the case, but ...
I see where you are coming from, but ...
There is some truth in that, of course, but ...

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.
I think there might be another way of looking at it.

Can I just add ...
I am sorry, but ...
If I could just come in here ...
Sorry to interrupt but ...

Any ideas?
What are your thoughts on this?
What do you think?
What do you reckon?
Would you care to tell me what you think?

I am undecided ...
I am unsure ...
I am ambivalent about ...
I am in two minds about ...
It is not something I have very strong views about,

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

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

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?

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 …

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

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)?  

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)

How weird/ strange/ bizarre/ odd!
How spooky!
How awful!

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!

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.
That's quite a difficult one.
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 ...
I must admit I haven't really thought about it much before ...
Well, how can I put it ...

Broadly speaking ...
To a great extent ...
In general ...
On the whole

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.  

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 as a consequence ...
It has (had) a rather negative effect.
It has had very little impact on ...
It has led to ...
It had resulted in ...
That has been a very positive step.

And you'll find many more here:

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Volunteering/aupair opportunities

If you would like to spend some months as an aupair or volunteering abroad, check these pages:

AuPairWorld allows you to find a host family according to your own wishes without the interference and high expense of a traditional agency. All of the profiles of au pairs and host families listed at AuPairWorld are up-to-date and carefully checked. is a site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers who can stay with families, individuals or organizations that are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

WWOOF organisations connect people who want to live and learn on organic
farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.
WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic
lifestyles. Volunteers give hands on help in return.

Monday, 8 April 2019

LISTENINGS (podcasts, videos etc)

Useful pages to practise listening 
Watch videos with transcript and listen
Learn English with English class 101 - English listening Practice
Cambridge Assessment English

RADIO BBC SCOTLAND and many more (enjoy some sexy Scottish accent!)



America - History - Mosaic - People - Places - Stories - Quizzes - Studying - Words - RSS - More

AQUÍ TENÉIS UNA SERIE DE LA BBC, con quizzes, language points, discussions etc.

En este canal de youtube podéis escuchar historias/audiolibros con subtítulos.

Aquí tenéis unos ejemplos:

LEVEL 0: Around the world in 80 days
LEVEL 1: The locked room
LEVEL 2: The crown
LEVEL 3: Five children and it
LEVEL 4: White fang
LEVEL 5:'s travels