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