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Monday, 21 December 2009

Christmas Carol: Happy Xmas (by Celine Dion)

Luz, an old NB2 student from the EOI Cartagena wants to share this beautiful Christmas carol with all of you. It includes the lyrics for your convenience.

Hope you like it.

Merry Christmas!



Friday, 18 December 2009

File 3D. Grammar: Prepositions of time

Hi

Here's an exercise to practise the prepositions of time. Click on the link below and choose the right answer.

Prepositions of time

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Culture: Christmas in England


Courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

Monday, 14 December 2009

Micro-challenge: the word 'Christmas'



1. What is the origin of the word 'Christmas'?

2. Find information about the following festivities:
a. Christmas Day
b. Boxing Day
c. New Year's Eve
d. New Year's Day

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Recursos: www.subingles.com




http://www.subingles.com/ es una página web educativa que recopila videos musicales subtitulados (y a veces traducidos) con los que podréis escuchar vuestra música favorita a la vez que aprendéis inglés. Merece la pena echarle un vistazo de vez en cuando


Además, navegando por sus foros he encontrado numerosos enlaces que seguro que os interesarán:



http://www.mansioningles.com
Ya os he hablado en clase de esta página. Aquí encontraréis de todo relacionado con el inglés.

http://www.agendaweb.org/
Los recursos están muy bien organizados, y hay de todo (mirad todo lo que ponga 'Elementary')

Y muchos más en el siguiente enlace del mismo foro.

Espero que os sirva

Thursday, 3 December 2009

File 3A. Grammar: Adjectives (extra)

Hi,

Here's a link to an excellent website to review and expand all you learnt in class about adjectives. Move your mouse over the words and phrases and you will listen to their pronunciation.

Visit www.languageguide.org for more exercises. It is highly recommended!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

File 3B. Vocabulary & Pronunciation: Daily routine



'During the week I am busy because I work a lot. I go to bed late so I am always very tired in the morning.'


Watch these videos for children. Practise your pronunciation.





Learn these daily routine expressions vocabulary

Finally, answer these questions

What do you do in the morning?
What do you do in the evening?
What do you do in the afternoon?

Courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

File 3B. Grammar: The Time



Hi!

Here are some clocks from an international airport. Can you tell the time in English? Click on the Comments section to check your answers.

Now read the information, do the exercises and play the games. Enjoy them!

Telling the time
The time I
The time II
Game I
Game II

Finally, here's a video about the time in English:




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Courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

File 3. Song: Oh pretty woman (Extended version)

ORIGINAL SONG






KARAOKE VERSION


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

File 3A. Grammar: Adjectives

EXERCISE 1
Click on the following link and try to find the opposite adjectives.

EXERCISE 2
Click on the link to play a game

EXTRA EXERCISES:

Adjectives I
Adjectives II
Adjectives III
Opposites Game I

File 3A. Micro-challenge: The Big Apple



Why do people call New York 'The Big Apple'?



Read more about the origin of the expression 'The Big Apple' here. :)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Pronunciation: Text-to-speech



Click on the picture, wait till the page is loaded, then enter the text to be pronounced (e.g. hello) and click on 'SAY IT'. You can also choose different speakers from the VOICE menu.

Try it! You can't miss it!

Thanks Paco for the link

File 2C. Vocabulary: jobs

File 2. Writing: An Informal e-mail / letter




Hi,

If you want to practise your writing skills, you can write to a 'penfriend' (or 'e-pal', if you exchange emails) in another country. Here are some links where you can find penfriends or e-pals to write to:
http://pen-friends.net/
http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/people.htm
http://www.penpalpalace.com/

Use the Comments section to write an e-mail or letter to a penfriend, or give it to me in class (See New English File Elementary, page 25, for more details)

Monday, 16 November 2009

File 2D. Grammar: possessive 's

Hi,

Here are some exercises for you to practise the possessive 's in English:

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3

Remember you have more exercises in your Workbook, section 2D, page 19.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

File 2C. Vocabulary: Jobs (Extra)

Working can be stressful but we need to have a job. What's your job? Click on the link below and do the vocabulary activities.

Jobs I
Jobs II (Video)
Jobs Mixer (Game)

File 2C. Grammar: a/an

Hi,

Here is a link for you to practice the indefinite article a/an. Remember that in English we ALWAYS use A/AN in front of jobs/occupations.

e.g. I'm a teacher. My friend John is an engineer.

Indefinite article a/an

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

File 2B. Extra video: Meeting people

Watch the video and notice how the interviewer asks about marital status and other extra information in English:




Use a dictionary or ask your teacher to guess the meaning of these difficult words and expressions from the video:

Engaged: ___________
By the way: __________
How dare you ask me?: _____________
Not any more: ______________
Heck, no!: _______________




Engaged: comprometido
By the way: por cierto
How dare you ask me?: ¿Cómo te atreves a preguntarme?
Not any more: Ya no.
Heck, no!: ¡Demonios!¡No!

Monday, 9 November 2009

File 2B. Song: Something Stupid


SOMETHING STUPID - Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman

Thursday, 5 November 2009

File 2A. Video: Present Simple, do/does, jobs

File 2A. Grammar: Plurals + Present Simple (3rd Person -s)




EXERCISES:


a. Write the correct form of the present simple for 'he/she/it'. Then, write full sentences

Example:
read --> reads --> He reads newspapers and magazines.

watch - go - carry - have - do - organize - finish - wash - dry


watches - goes - carries - has - does - organizes - finishes - washes - dries

b. The plurals below are spelt incorrectly. Read them and then write the correct plurals:

pictureies - watchs - bookes - knifes - mans - diarys - addressies - persons - scarfs - citys - childs - classies


pictures - watches - books - knives - men - diaries - addresses - people - scarves - cities - children - classes


c. Look at your verb sentences from Exercise a) again. Now try and make the sentences longer using ten of the words from Exercise b). You can change the sentences if you want.

Micro-challenge: The word 'soap opera'






soap + opera = soap opera




What is the origin of the word 'soap opera' in English?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Micro-challenge: The word 'Bobby'



There are two main police forces that patrol London streets. The forces are separate, but they wear similar dark navy blue uniforms.

But... why are British policemen called Bobbies?

As usual, write your answers in the Comments section.

File 2A. Present Simple

Hola,

Os incluyo un enlace en el que podréis practicar todo lo aprendido hasta el momento sobre el Presente Simple.

Ejercicios de Presente Simple - www.isabelperez.com

Aparte de la teoría, en dicha página podéis hacer varios ejercicios que tenéis en la parte de abajo.

Espero que os sirva.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Cambios de turno Nivel Básico 1

Tras analizar las solicitudes de cambio de turno presentadas, se informa que se han concedido los cambios de turno para los siguientes alumnos:

NIVEL BASICO 1

Carlos Caballero Martinez:
NB1-B -> NB1-A
Francisco Javier León Marín
NB1-B -> NB1-E
Celina María Ormaza Mendoza
NB1-B -> NB1-D
León Pedro García Cánovas
NB1-A -> NB1-D
Tomás García Marín
NB1-B -> NB1-D

Los alumnos arriba mencionados pueden incorporarse a sus nuevos grupos a partir de hoy mismo, informando al profesor el mismo día que acudan en el nuevo horario para proceder a la actualización de las listas y fichas.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Blog semi-oficial de la EOI de Torre-pacheco

Hi!

He creado el siguiente blog "semi-oficial" de la EOI de Torre-pacheco, que durante el curso 2009-10 utilizaremos a modo de tablón de anuncios virtual en lo que se refiere a información sobre horarios de profesores, atención de alumnos, jefatura de estudios, posibles ausencias del profesorado y otras cuestiones de interés general para el alumnado.

El blog es el siguiente:


Recordad que tenéis más información en la página oficial de la EOI de Cartagena, de la cual dependemos.


Espero que sea de utilidad.


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Song: Waltzing Matilda




"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's "unofficial national anthem" and its most famous country folk song. The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back.

The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker (or 'swagman') making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker drowns himself in a small watering hole and goes on to haunt the site.

VOCABULARY:
anthem: a song that represents a country, nation or group.
slang: a type of language, words or expressions that are very informal.
goods: things
slung over one's back: colgadoen la espalda
theft: the crime of taking things without permission
to drown: to die because you are underwater and you cannot breathe.
to haunt: when a spirit appears in a house or other places.
site: place


Thursday, 22 October 2009

File 1B & 1C - Game: The Hangman (Countries)


Hi,

Here's a little game for you to practise the vocabulary about countries:

The Hangman - Countries

Micro-challenge: The word O.K.


The word 'OK' is one of the most common expressions in English. We use it to express agreement, or when you find something satisfactory or acceptable.

But do you know the origin of the expression O.K.?

Do some online research and post the results of your search in the Comments section.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Thursday, 15 October 2009

File 1C. The English Alphabet & The Numbers



Hi everybody!

Here you have some useful links connected with the alphabet and the numbers:

The English alphabet (with sound)
The English alphabet (game)

The English Numbers - Exercise


THE ENGLISH ALPHABET (REAL VIDEO)



ATTENTION! The letter 'Z' is different in American English!
BrEng = Zed
AmEng = Zee

Lecturas recomendadas Nivel Básico 1

Hi all!

Tan sólo informaros que hay un libro de lectura recomendado para Nivel Básico 1:

Rip Van Winkle & The legend of Sleepy Hollow (Dominoes Starter, Oxford)




Desde ahora mismo podéis adquirirlo y empezar a leerlo. Después de cada capítulo suele haber algunos ejercicios que podéis intentar hacer según avancéis, usando un diccionario si es necesario.

En Febrero haremos un pequeño test que servirá para evaluar puntalmente la destreza de Comprensión Escrita (Reading Comprehension).

*NOTA:
Si alguien se ha leido ya el libro "Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", en su lugar puede leer el siguiente libro:
 
"The Great Fire of London" (Dominoes Starter, Oxford):



NOTA 2:
Y si alguien desea leer algo más por su cuenta, también puede leer el siguiente libro, aunque el nivel es ligeramente más alto que los anteriores:

"Legends from the British Isles" (Green Apple / Black Cat)





See you!

File 1B. Micro-challenge: Tennis score




Do you remember Activity 1.17 from the Student's Book?

When the point finishes, the referee says:




15-0 
("fifteen - love")


Why does he use the word 'love' instead of the number 'zero'?

File 1B. How good are you at geography?

File 1B. Extra grammar and vocabulary

GRAMMAR:
Lesson B verb be [-] and [?] (1)
Lesson B verb be [-] and [?] (2)


VOCABULARY:
Countries & nationalities

NATIONALITIES (Real English)



WEBQUEST: (Only for 'Pro' students!)
Where in the world...?

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

File 1B. Bingo!




Do you like games? Are you familiar with the numbers in English?

Then, let's play Bingo together!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

NB1 General: Correspondencia Gramatical

Hi, everybody

Here's a document with the grammar correspondence between the NEW ENGLISH FILE ELEMENTARY classbook and ESSENTIAL GRAMMAR IN USE grammar book, so that you can work autonomously at home as we progress in the course.
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Aquí tenéis un documento con la correspondencia gramatical entre el libro de clase, el "New English File Elementary" y el libro de gramática recomendado, el "Essential Grammar in Use", para que podáis trabajar de manera autónoma desde casa según avancemos en el curso.


Cheers!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Inicio de PROE: Martes 13 de Octubre

Hola,

Os informo que las clases de PROE (Práctica de Refuerzo Oral y Escrito) empezarán el próximo martes 13 de Octubre. El horario será de 18.45 a 20.00 (1 hora y 15 minutos por sesión).

Estas sesiones en ningún caso son obligatorias, y están destinadas a todos los alumnos de Nivel Básico 1, independiente del grupo y profesor, que tengan más dificultades de aprendizaje, y que deseen mejorar, especialmente, pronunciación y destrezas de comprensión oral y expresión oral.

Yo seré el profesor encargado de dichas sesiones PROE. Si estáis interesados, no olvidéis de apuntar vuestro nombre en la lista que he puesto en el aula 14, ya que me facilitará la tarea a la hora de realizar las fotocopias oportunas.

Próximos días festivos

Los días miércoles 7, jueves 8 y lunes 12 de Octubre no habrá clase por tratarse de días festivos.

Así pues, las clases se reanudarán el martes 13 de Octubre.

Monday, 5 October 2009

File 1A. Vocabulary: The days of the week + song

THE DAYS OF THE WEEK

The days of the week are usually abbreviated:

Monday (Mon)
Tuesday (Tue)
Wednesday (Wed)
Thursday (Thu)
Friday (Fri)
Saturday (Sat)
Sunday (Sun)

Now click on the links below and play two funny games:
Game 1
Game 2

Finally, listen to the song "When I'm feeling blue" by Travis, and pay special attention to the pronunciation of the days of the week:





Thursday, 1 October 2009

File 1A. Extra grammar & Vocabulary

GRAMMAR:
Lesson A verb be [+], pronouns (1)
Lesson A verb be [+], pronouns (2)

VOCABULARY:
Numbers

Listening: Esperanza Aguirre hablando inglés


What do you think? Does Esperanza speak good English?

File 1A. Video: What's your name?







File 1A. Micro-challenge: The personal pronoun "I"

Remember: Use CAPITAL "I"


You are a student and I am a teacher = CORRECT

You are a student and i am a teacher = INCORRECT


Why do we use capital "I" instead of low-case "i" for the first person singular personal pronoun?


Use the Comments section to write your answers.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

File 0. English is an international language



Si queréis ver una lista con muchas otras palabras que son idénticas tanto en inglés y español podéis consultar el siguiente enlace. Recordad que aunque la ortografía sea idéntica, la pronunciación puede (y de hecho, suele ser) diferente en inglés.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Materiales y recursos para la clase (NB1)

Hi everybody!

Los libros que usaremos durante el curso serán los siguientes:

New English File Elementary (Oxford)
Student's Book + Workbook




El libro que usamos en clase incluye además material extra ONLINE que podréis usar como complemento a las clases presenciales. Podéis ver el enlace pinchando aquí.

Essential Grammar in Use (3rd Edition with answers and CD) (Cambridge)



Existen también diversos libros para el refuerzo de la pronunciación especialmente indicados a aquellos alumnos con más dificultades. Como sugerencia, los interesados pueden adquirir el libro New Headway Elementary Pronunciation (Oxford) y trabajar con él en casa, ya que incluye el CD y las soluciones. Este libro en ningún caso es obligatorio.



See you soon!

Bienvenidos al blog de NB1 (Nivel Básico 1)

Hi!

Welcome to the official NB1 Course Blog!

Bienvenidos al Blog oficial para mis alumnos de Nivel Básico 1 (NB1) de la EOI de Torre-Pacheco.

Este blog os servirá como diario electrónico del curso y como complemento a las clases presenciales. El blog será actualizado regularmente con el fin de que podáis acceder a él fácilmente desde casa y repasar y profundizar en los contenidos vistos en clase.

Espero que os sirva de ayuda y que disfrutéis de esta nueva experiencia.

Un saludo.

Sergio