Tuesday, 24 November 2009

File 3A. Grammar: Adjectives

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

Click on the link to play a game


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


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:

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


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


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)


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

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


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

Ejercicios de Presente Simple -

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

Espero que os sirva.