Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Writing & Reading: What did you do last weekend? Error correction practice

Read the following compositions ('What did you do last weekend?' and 'A postcard') written by two anonymous NB1 students. Correct the mistakes and try to improve the style/structures. Pay special attention to:

- grammar
- spelling
- punctuation
- use/correctness of vocabulary
- possible incoherences



0. What is what I did the weekend?
‘What did you do last weekend?’

1. On Friday I went to the college to giving my lessons and we had a few activities of carnivals.
On Friday I went to school to give my lessons/ to teach and we had a few carnival activities.
2. The children with the help of the teacher had to elaborate your disguise.
With the help of the teacher, the children had to elaborate their costumes.
3. We all were disguised of rabbits.
We were all disguised as rabbits.
4. Later they were going out to the court of the college to dance.
Later they went to the playground of the school to dance.
5. I after my classes me was to eating with my cousin and his husband.
After my classes, I went to have lunch with my cousin and her husband.
6. We ate paella of vegetables.
We had a vegetable paella.
7. On Saturday morning I bought myself my newspapers and read them in my terrace to the Sun.
On Saturday morning I bought my newspapers and read them in my terrace in the sunshine.
8. Later we went to eat to the Plaza Bohemia to a restaurant.
Later, we went to a restaurant in Plaza Bohemia to have dinner
9. In the night we stay to have dinner and to disguise ourselves with a group of friends.
In the evening, a group of friends and I met to have dinner and to disguise/dress up.
10. We were dancing in the discotheque and they gave to us a prize to the best disguise.
We danced in a disco and they gave us a prize for the best costume.
11. Since we were very tired, on Sunday we get up very late and we went away to eating a 'caldero' to the restaurant The Mosqui.
Since we were very tired, on Sunday we got up very late and we had a ‘caldero’ for lunch at El Mosqui.
12. In the evening we sleep a great siesta and in the night we saw a movie in the DVD.
In the afternoon, we slept a great siesta and in the evening we watched a DVD/film.
13. Monday was a holiday for the teachers of Cartagena and then I was useful to do my English homework.
Monday was a bank holiday for teachers in Cartagena, and then I did my English homework.
An anonymous NB1 student.

COMPOSITION 2: A postcard

1. Dear Pepi.

2. Hope you're OK.

3. I write to you from Miami.

4. We have thought of passing here the vacations of Holy Week.

5. The trip was very heavy, several flight schedule.

6. But we fly very well, they were giving drink free.

7. And I remembered you since be what you like.

8. Here we were to 32 degrees of temperature.

9. We lodge at the apartment of a friends at Miami beach.

10. It is opposite the beach.

11. We rent a car and we were doing visits.

12. We have done some purchases, and do not worry that I have remembered you...

13. We were in C.S.I Miami recording studios and I have taken photos of the actors.

14. We bath every day in the beach.

15. But I have not put dark man since I began protective cream.

16. To the return we meet to Ana Obregón with his son in the airport.

17. She also has done a good flight.

18. Many kisses and we meet in class.

An anonymous NB1 student.

Monday, 10 May 2010

File 8: Song (Simply the Best)

File 8B. Grammar: Superlative adjectives


Here's some more extra stuff for File 8B (Superlative adjectives):

a. Superlative Adjectives:
Superlative Adjectives A
Superlative Adjectives B
Superlative Adjectives C

b. What is the superlative of each of the adjectives below?
1 healthy
2 quiet
3 fast
4 casual
5 hot
6 difficult
7 noisy
8 easy

1 the healthiest
2 the most quiet/the quietest
3 the fastest
4 the most casual
5 the hottest
6 the most difficult
7 the noisiest
8 the easiest

c. What do you think is...
1 ... the most interesting book to read?
2 ... the most exciting place to visit?
3 ... the best food to eat?
4 ... the funniest person you know?
5 ... most comfortable way to travel?
6 ... the worst show on TV?
7 ... the best song in the charts at the moment?

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Topics for oral tests


In case you still do not know what the topics for the oral test are, here's a list so that you can start preparing them:


File 8A. Grammar: Comparative adjectives


Here's some more extra activities for Unit 8 (comparatives):

Comparative Adjectives A
Comparative Adjectives B
Comparative Adjectives C


a. Complete the following sentences with the comparative form of the adjectives.

1 Fruit and vegetables/healthy/chips
Fruit and vegetables are healthier than chips.
2 The countryside/quiet/cities
The countryside is more quiet/quieter than cities.
3 Racing cars/fast/normal cars
Racing cars are faster than normal cars.
4 Jeans/casual/suits
Jeans are more casual than suits.
5 Jamaica/hot/the UK
Jamaica is hotter than the UK
6 Level 6 Maths/difficult/level 2
Level 6 Maths is more difficult than level 2.
7 Play times at school/noisy/lesson times
Play times at school are noisier than lesson times.
8 Level 2 spelling/easy/level 4
Level 2 spelling is easier than level 4.

Which of the two-syllable adjectives admits two possibilities (i.e. more + adjective & adjective-er)?
quiet --> quieter & more quiet

Triple-click in the blank spaces to see the answers.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

File 8A. Vocabulary: Personality adjectives (extra)


Here's a list with extra personality adjectives:

Enjoy it!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

File 7: Practical English (At a restaurant)


Here's a video for you to practise the pronunciation of some common words used at a restaurant. Listen to the words and repeat them. If you are not sure about the meaning, use a dictionary:

Now watch this funny video and answer the questions below:

1. What does Mr Bean order?
2. What is Mr Bean celebrating? How do you know?
3. Does Mr Bean tip the waiter?
4. Does Mr Bean like his meal?

1. Mr Bean orders a steak.
2. Mr Bean is celebrating his birthday, because he plays the 'Happy Birthday' song with the glasses, and the violinist plays the 'Happy Birthday' song for him.
3. Mr Bean tips the waiter.
4. Mr Bean doesn't like his meal.

File 6. Song: La Isla Bonita

Thanks Paco for the link

Monday, 26 April 2010

End-of-course schedule

26th - 29th April
File 7: 7C
File 7: Practical English
File 7: Writing
File 7: Revise & Check

3rd - 7th May
File 8A. Comparative adjectives, personality adjectives, sentence stress
File 8B. Superlative adjectives, the weather, consonant groups

10th - 13th May
File 8C. Would like to/like, adventures, sentence stress
File 8D. Adverbs, common adverbs, adjectives and adverbs

17th - 20th May
File 8. Practical English: Going home + Social English
File 8. Writing: Making a reservation
Unit 8. Revise & check

24th - 27th May*

* Seguramente, el jueves 27 de Mayo, de 19.00 a 21.00, habrá una sesión final extra de repaso final.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Listening: Yes Man!

Watch the movie trailer and answer the questions

1. According to the trailer, which is the first word we learn?
a. YES
b. NO

2. In Carl's life, the word YES was more common than the word NO.

3. What happened to Carl when he started to say 'YES' to everything?
a. His life stayed the same.
b. His life changed completely.

4. Do you normally say 'YES' or 'NO' in your daily life?

Resources: EOI Santa María de Guía's blog

Hi all,

If you have a chance, please check the EOI Santa María de Guía (Canarias) Nivel Básico blog. Although it comprises both Nivel Básico 1 & Nivel Básico 2, it has a lot of useful material and extra practice. You just can't miss it!

Thanks Laura Martín for the useful links :)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Writing resources:


The following link is strongly recommended for those who have difficulties with writing or punctuation. Lots of students at this EOI are doing the activities and they found the website really useful.

Also, you can't miss the other contents of It's really worth a visit.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks Ana Fúster for the link

Extra resources: Saber Inglés


Time to start revising for your June tests!

Here's a useful link to practise your reading/listening skills. Start with the Easy ones, follow the instructions carefully and do not try to understand every single word. Just listen carefully for the information you need to do the exercise.

Also, if you have time, pay a visit to the rest of the sections of the website. There are lots of useful exercises. Don't miss the Speaking and Writing sections either!

Enjoy it!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Files 7A & 7B. Yum, I like it!

There's a new Thai restaurant in town. Food is really good and cheap. You can try some typical Thai noodles, rice and vegetables. However, their speciality is spring rolls. They use cabbage, onions, carrots and meat to prepare this delicious meal. Would you like to try Thai food? Do you think it is healthy for your body?

To discover more information and ideas about food, do these activities.

a / an, some / any (1)
a / an, some / any (2)
how much / how many? a lot, not much, etc. (1)
how much / how many? a lot, not much, etc. (2)

Food 1
Food 2

My favourite food: pizza!
Todd's daily diet
Guess the fruit!

Food Glorious Food!

Blog entry courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

File 6. Practical English: Asking for and giving directions

Excuse me...

How do I get to …?
What's the best way to …?
Where is …?

Go straight on (until you come to …)
Turn back/Go back.
Turn left/right (into …-street).
Go along …
Cross …
Take the first/second road on the left/right

on the left/right.
next to
at the end (of)
on/at the corner
in front of
(just) around the corner

traffic lights

Asking for directions (Spot the mistake)
Exercise on Giving Directions (postoffice)
Exercise on Giving Directions (cinema)
Hangman on Giving Directions

Thursday, 15 April 2010

File 6D. The Place where I live...

Read the following description about my home town, Cartagena. Pay attention to the use of linking words (in bold)

This is my home town, Cartagena. It is near the coast, in the south of Spain. In Cartagena, there are a lot of things to do. For example, do you like archaeology? Then, you can visit its beautiful Roman theatre and its museum. Do you like shopping? There are lots of shops in the city centre and also in the surrounding areas. Do you like tapas? There are some tapas bars near the port, and a lot of good restaurants in other areas of the city, too.

However, there is a problem. There is a lot of traffic, so some people say that Cartagena is a noisy and polluted town. What do you think?

Now read this tale and answer the question at the end of the story.

Around my neighbourhood

Try now these activities about the use of English.

In town II

In town III

If you want to do some extra homework, and to continue practising 'The place where I live', please do these two activities:

Houses and gardens
Happy Places

Blog entry courtesy of Isabel Bastida

File 6. Song: Waterloo Sunset

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright

But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander
I stay at home at night

But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Millions of people swarming like flies 'round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound

And the don't need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset's fine

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Extra: Pronunciation

Listen and repeat the sentences. Copy the rhythm and intonation.

April Fools' Day

Sunday, 28 March 2010



Here's the document with the activities to be done during the Easter holiday.


Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Resources: Learn English with songs

If you want to sing karaoke online in your web browser, you can't miss KaraokeParty. Practice your singing and increase your score. Challenge your friends in becoming the next karaoke champion. All you need is a microphone, built in or connected to your computer.

Registration is free, so what are you waiting for?

Lyrics Training is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills like English through the music and lyrics of the songs.

File 6C. On the Catwalk (Present Continuous & Clothes revision)

Naomi Campbell is the best top model on the catwalk.

In the photo she's modelling casual clothes by Calvin Klein. Naomi's wearing a brown jacket and matching grey top. She's wearing jeans too. For a perfect look, she's wearing a golden belt and some bracelets.

But Naomi is sophisticated. She never wears casual clothes when she isn't working. She prefers dresses and high-heeled sandals.


Identify the tenses in bold. Why are we using them in the sentences?

What are you wearing now? What's your favourite style?

Buying Clothes

Guess the correct piece of clothing
What are you wearing today? (This is a bit difficult, but try!)
What do you think about shopping?

Courtesy of Isabel Bastida

File 6C. Grammar: present continuous

The Present Continuous Guy
Lesson C present continuous (1)
Lesson C present continuous (2)
Lesson C present continuous (3)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

File 6B: A Haunted House (Vocabulary)

I live in a big dark house near the main road. The house has ten windows and two of them overlook the garden. In the garden there is a green fountain with fish and a small swimming-pool.

On the ground floor there is a hall, a kitchen, a living room with lots of photos on the walls, a dining-room, a bathroom and a study room with hundreds of books in a giant bookcase. Upstairs, on the second floor there are three bedrooms, a bathroom and a small toilet.

This house is very cold because it hasn't got central heating. And it's dirty because there are lots of spiders and dust.

Strange things happen at night ...

Be careful with monsters and try to do these activities.

- Other rooms /things you may find around the house.
- House Words Quiz
- Flats and houses Crossword

Courtesy of Isabel Bastida

Monday, 15 March 2010

File 6A + 6B Grammar: there is / there are / there was / there were


Here are some grammar exercises to practise 'there is / there are' and 'there was/there were':

Lesson A there is/are (1)
Lesson A there is/are (2)

Lesson B there was / there were (1)
Lesson B there was / there were (2)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

File 6A. Listening: Houses

Click on the links below to practise some listening about houses:

Fran's House
Craig's house
Stephanie's house
Pam's house
A big house

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Funny stuff: Lip dub at the EOI Murcia, ext. Infante

A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. There is often some form of mobile audio device used such as an iPod. Often, they look like simple music videos, although many involve a lot of preparation and are well produced. The most popular lip dubs are done in a single unedited shot that often travels through different rooms and situations in, say, an office building. They have become popular with the advent of mass participatory video content sites like YouTube.

Here's a sample of what our fellow teachers & students at the EOI Murcia, Ext. Infante did for their "Jornadas Culturales 2010 Edition".

A masterpiece, isn't it?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

File 5D. More irregular verbs stuff


Here are two lists of irregular verbs:

Irregular verb list (from English Grammar in Use)
Irregular verb list (with translations and examples)
Irregular verb list (with phonetic transcription)

And here, a game to practise irregular verbs:

The instructions are very simple: just enter your name or login as 'guest', and then choose the level (beginner, easy). Finally, click on CUE and you can start the game.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Unit 5C. Grammar: Past Simple (Irregular verbs)

Lesson C past simple irregular verbs (1)
Lesson C past simple irregular verbs (2)

Play the game here!


File 5C. Reading: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes was born in England on 6th January, 1854. He worked as a detective and Dr Watson helped him. They shared a house at 221B Baker Street in London.They travelled a lot.

Sherlock Holmes didn't believe in superstition and was famous for his logic and astute observation to solve cases. So he always caught the murderer.

Apparently, he never fell in love with a woman, but Irene Adler stole his heart because she was good at deduction too.


1. Read the story of Sherlock Holmes.
2. Identify the verbs that are in the Past Simple form.
3. Say the infinitive of those verbs.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Unit 5B. Extra: Pronunciation: -ed (Regular verbs)

1. Classify the following verbs according to their pronunciation in the past simple tense, that is, /d/, /t/ or /id/. There are ten answers for each column.

allowed - asked - cracked - cried - damaged - decided - encouraged - ended - flooded - guessed - included - jailed - killed - landed - loved - missed - mixed - pasted - relaxed - repeated - shaved - slipped - stopped - tasted - visited - wasted - washed - watched - welcomed - yawned

2. Complete the rules for the pronunciation of regular verbs in the past.

a. When the regular verb ends in a vowel sound or voiced consonant sound, the -ed ending is pronounced /_____ /.

b. When the regular verb ends in an unvoiced consonant sound, the -ed ending is pronounced /_____ /.

c. The -ed ending is pronounced /id/ when the verb ends in the consonant sounds _____ and _____ .

In case you need more practice with regular verbs, have a look at this website if you want to test yourself. Remember, try to read out the verbs to practice your own pronunciation as you progress with the exercise:

Click here for another exercise about the pronunciation of -ed

Pronunciation (General & -ed)
Pronunciation -ed (Video)

File 5B. Pronunciation: regular verbs

Pronunciation of Regular Verbs (Part 1: /t/)
Pronunciation of Regular Verbs (Part 2: /id/)
Pronunciation or Regular Verbs (Part 3: /d/)

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

File 5B. Writing: A short story

Write a short story that includes the following verbs in the Past Simple. Use positive, negative and interrogative questions: 

play - want - need - clap - smile - be - cry - walk - answer - ask - stop

Don't forget to add, at least, another two extra regular verbs in the Past Simple to your story.

The best story gets two free tickets to a concert of your favourite band next April.

Use the Comments section to write your story.

File 5B. Grammar: past simple regular verbs

Lesson 5B past simple regular verbs (1)
Lesson 5B past simple regular verbs (2)

Monday, 15 February 2010

File 5A. Powerpoint: The 'be born' quiz

File 5A. Vocabulary: word formation (jobs)

You can often make the word for a person by adding an ending to a verb or noun:

paint (verb) -> painter
act (verb)  -> actor
art (noun) -> artist
music (noun) -> musician

Browse the following list of occupations and find, at least, five more jobs with the endings -er, -or, -ist and -ian.

Further readings: Sherlock Holmes: The case of the Blue Diamond


If you are interested in some further readings for NB1, you can choose any of the Oxford Dominoes One series.

We will soon begin the Past Simple, so you can start thinking about getting one of those books. If you do not know which to choose, you can get "Sherlock Holmes: the case of the Blue Diamond" (see picture above).

The reading of this book is completely optional. No tests will be taken at the end of the course. If you need the answers to the activities, just ask me.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Saturday, 23 January 2010

File 4 Practical English: Clothes

duvet: (here) plumífero
leggings = tights
sneakers (AmEng) = trainers (BrEng)
slacks = casual trousers
lace-ups = shoes fastened with laces

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Recursos NB1:

Sherton English es un portal para que puedas acelerar al máximo tu aprendizaje del idioma. Según su web, te recomiendan que sigas su Curso de inglés Sherton. Es completamente gratuito y tiene más de 700 lecciones con audio distribuidas en 52 semanas. Lo podrás complementar con el estudio de los recursos de gramática del sitio, donde hallarás miles de ejemplos traducidos al español.

Gracias a Javier Ibañez por el enlace

Recursos NB1:

AulaFácil es una colección gratuita de cursos online de todo tipo, entre ellos cursos de inglés. La web incorpora lecciones para Nivel Básico, Nivel Intermedio, Nivel Avanzado e incluso Inglés C2 (Proficiency), así como diversas actividades de Reading, Inglés coloquial, Inglés de negocios e Inglés infantil con sus respectivos videos.

Un complemento ideal para vuestras sesiones presenciales de Nivel Básico 1, sin duda alguna.

Gracias a Javier Ibañez por el enlace

File 4D. Song: Unchained Melody

File 4D. Grammar: possesive pronouns

Lesson 4D: possessive pronouns: mine, yours, etc. (1)
Lesson 4D: possessive pronouns: mine, yours, etc. (2)
Lesson 4D: possessive pronouns: mine, yours, etc. (3)

Write a question using a possessive adjective using the prompts below. Then write a positive answer for each question using a possessive adjective & another answer using a possessive pronoun.

E.g. pen/my
A: Is this my pen?
B: Ye
s, it is. It's your pen / It's yours.

1. Book/your
a) ________________________

2. phone/my
b) ________________________

3. bag/her
c) ________________________

4. house/their
d) ________________________

5. cd players/our
e) ________________________

6. trainers/her
f) ________________________

File 4C. Grammar: Object pronouns

"Talk to Her" is a famous drama film by Pedro Almodovar. In it, Pedro Almodovar tells us the story of Benigno. Benigno is a male nurse and from his window he looks at Alicia. With the passing of time Benigno is in love with her. When Alicia suffers a car accident and Benigno finds her in his hospital, he spends his days taking care of her, but she can't say to him, "Thank you".

In the text there are some object pronouns in bold. Who do they refer to?

Now you can try these activities, but remember we use object pronouns after transitive verbs or after prepositions.

Lesson C object pronouns: me, you, him, etc. (1)
Lesson C object pronouns: me, you, him, etc. (2)
Lesson C object pronouns: me, you, him, etc. (3)

Courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Practica y aprende inglés de la manera divertida con entretenidos videos en

No hace falta registrarse, aunque es gratis e interesante. Con darle al botón 'videos', elegís el nivel (fácil), y véis los videos con subtítulos en inglés y en español.


File 4: Extra reading: A day in the life of Shakira

Shakira has a busy life. From Monday to Friday she rehearses her songs in a famous studio in Los Angeles. She works very hard, about 9 hours a day.In the morning she goes to the gym to keep fit.

Her favourite day is Saturday because it's the beginning of the weekend. She loves belly dancing.

Is your daily routine similar to Shakira's? Is her life glamorous?

The following sentences contain one or more mistakes. Can you correct them?

1. My favourite day of the week is the thursday because I've got my favourites subjects.
2. In the morning of Friday I go shopping.
3. I usually listen music before going to bed.
4. After I meet my friends to go to ‘El Corte Inglés’.
5. Finally we dinner in a fast-food restaurant.
6. Then I go to the house of Emilio, my friend.
7. Later I brush my teeth and I play the computer.
8. On Friday I’m very happy because school finish.

Click on the Comments section to check the KEY to this exercise

Courtesy of Isabel M. Bastida

File 4B. Grammar: like + verb -ing

Lesson B like + (verb + -ing) (1)
Lesson B like + (verb + -ing) (2)

Monday, 11 January 2010

File 4A. Vocabulary: Verb phrases


Click on the links below and do the Verb Phrases exercises.

Verb Phrases (1)
Verb Phrases (2)

File 4A. Grammar: can / can't


Here's some stuff for you to practise the verb 'can/can't'. Enjoy the exercises!

Lesson A can / can't (1)
Lesson A can / can't (2)
can / can't + verb (possibility)

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Aprende Inglés TV en ONO Digital

Desde el martes 1 de diciembre, los clientes de TV Digital de ONO pueden mejorar su nivel de inglés gracias a la incorporación del canal Aprende Inglés TV. El canal,  creado por Unidad Editorial, responsables del diario El Mundo y también del canal VEO7, se puede ver en el dial 153 de la TV Digital de ONO. El grupo también opera una radio dedicada al aprendizaje del inglés que, según los estudios, cuenta con unos 300.000 oyentes.

Desde su creación, el canal ha ido aumentando el número de programas. Actualmente, entre otros, podemos disfrutar de "Rumbo al Inglés" o "Kid's Club" (un programa de nivel básico dedicado a los más pequeños), ambos especialmente recomendados para Nivel Básico 1.

Para otros niveles están "Vaughan en vivo" (conducido por el propio Richard Vaughan), "Culture Valture" (un programa dedicado a la comprensión de los términos más frecuentes en el mundo de los negocios), o "English On The Go".

Thanks Marietax for the information :)