Thursday, 25 February 2010

File 5D. Grammar: Past Simple (Regular vs Irregular) + REVISION

Lesson D past simple regular and irregular (1)
Lesson D past simple regular and irregular (2)
Lesson D past simple regular and irregular (3)

Past simple (negatives)
Past simple (questions)

For more information about irregular verbs, please visit this website.

Have fun!

File 5: Extra listening: What did you do yesterday? (for upper-NB1 students)

Real English Unit 46 Exercises

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