Friday, 4 April 2014

Review of Present Perfect

1.       Experience (in life)
2.       Unfinished actions (Actions started in the past and haven’t finished)

Have you ever ridden a motorbike?  Yes, I’ve ridden a motorbike several times/ Yes, I have.
Have you ever been to Moscow? No, I haven’t  been to Moscow/ No, I haven’t.

UNFINISHED ACTIONS: (For –a period of time-// Since -a point in time-) 
How long have you studied English? For nearly 2 years / Since 2006 / Since I was a child.
How long have you lived here? For 40 years / Since 1974 / All my life / Since I was 10.
How long have you worked as a waiter? For 8 years / For a long time/ Forever. 
How long have you worked in your present job? / How long have you been unemployed?

-            Llevo trabajando/trabajo desde los 14.
-         I have worked since I was 14.
-         Tengo mi coche desde el año pasado.
-         I have had my car since last year.
-         Busco trabajo desde hace 2 meses.
-         Aún No he encontrado trabajo de camarero.
-         I have looked for a job for 2 months. /I       haven’t found a job as  a waiter yet.
-         Conozco a mi mejor amiga de/desde siempre.
-         I have known my best friend for ever.
-         Salimos desde hace dos años.
-         Llevamos saliendo dos años.
-         Estuvimos saliendo un año.
-         Salimos un año.
-         We've gone out for 2 years.
-         We have been going out for 2 y.
-         We were going out for 1 year.
-         We went out for 1 year.
-         ¿Ya terminaste la tarea?  
-         ¿A qué hora terminaste la tarea ayer?
-         Have you finished your homework yet? //     What time did you finish yesterday?
-         ¿Alguna vez has hecho algo raro?
-         Have you ever done something strange?
-         Acabo de sacarme una foto (de mí mismo)
-         I've just taken a photo of myself.
-         ¿Desde cuándo trabajas en este colegio?
-         How long have you worked at this school?

-         ¿Qué hiciste ayer?
-         What did you do yesterday?
-         ¿A dónde viajaste el verano pasado?
-         Where did you travel last summer?
-         ¿Cuándo conociste a tu pareja?
-         Nos conocimos hace 1 año.
-         When did you meet your partner?
-         We first met a year ago.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Our trip to London-Brugge-Amsterdam_2013


Real English: Past tense

The English Alphabet with Sesame Street

Monday, 7 January 2013

Basic Listening activities

Listening activities on Lauri's website

Here you can find some simple listening activities to help you understand English better.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Expressions: Shopping at a department store

-          Can I help you?
-          No, thanks, I’m just looking
-          Yes, please, I’m looking for a white sweater.
-          Yes, please. Have you got / Are there      any black ties?
-          Do you have any more?
-          I’ll go and check.
-          I’m sorry, we’ve run out of black ties.
-          We can order one for you/ Shall I order one for you?
-          It’ll come tomorrow.
-          It’ll only take a few minutes.
-          What size are you?
-          Can I try it on/them on?
-          Would you like to try it on? / them on?
-          Excuse me, where are the fitting rooms/changing rooms?
-          Did it fit you?
-          Here you are (the sweater/ your change)
-          How much is it/ are they?
-          How much is it altogether?
-          How would you like to pay?
-          Can I pay by credit card/visa)?
-          I’d like to pay in cash.
-          Sorry, you’ve made a mistake in the change/ you gave me the wrong change.
-          Would you like to exchange it?
-          Could I have a refund?
-          I’d like to make a complaint.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Video links to compare London and other cities

Click on these links to see the videos of some cities in the world. Then you can compare three cities of your choice. Bon voyage!!!





New York:

Thursday, 13 December 2012

In Montmartre, Paris, Mon amour!

In front of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris, Ile-de-France, in a Romanesque-Byzantine architectural style.

All girls in Canterbury 2012

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

VIDEO practice

 Here you can find lots of videos to practise your listening and maybe your speaking , too. Don't worry if you don't understand everything! You can read the scripts if you click on the right.Good luck!!

Listening Practise

If you wish to listen to different situations.  Now you have no excuse! This is a link full of them:

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Grammar explanation: The present perfect

1. For actions totally finished in the past we use PAST SIMPLE.
2. For experiences and actions which still have an effect or influence in the present,

     PRESENT PERFECT + ever / yet / already / just
A. Have you ever been to London?          Yes, I have.
                                                                Yes, I went to London last year.
B. Have you finished yet?  
    No, I haven't finished yet.
    Yes, I have already  finished.

C. I've just finished.

  • Ever ( Middle position in questions) (alguna vez)
  • Yet (Final position in questions and negative) (ya, aún, todavía)
  • Already (Middle position in affirmative) (ya)
  • Just (Middle position in affirmative) (acabo de ...)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The comparative and the superlative

This is a summary of the comparison of adjectives. Now practise writing some comparisons.

1. Compare 2 elements (Superiority and inferiority): A monkey and an elephant.
2. Compare 2 elements (Equality): A lion and a tiger.
3. Compare 3 elements (Superlative): A monkey, an elephant and a tiger.

DIRECTIONS on the road

Excuse me, how can I get to the cinema, please?
Excuse me, can you tell me the way to the hospital, please?
Excuse me, is there a chemist near here?
Excuse me, I’m looking for the Official School of Languages. 
Can you tell me where it is?

Go out (of the hotel)/ Outside the hotel, turn left/right
Go straight (ahead) on/ down Canarias Avenue
Go along this street
Go across the level crossing (paso elevado)/ bridge/ 
subway (paso subterráneo)
Go down / up the street / the road
Go round the roundabout and take the first exit.
Go past the traffic lights / the pedestrian crossing/ roundabout.

Turn right/left into Oxford Street
Take the first/second turning on the right/ left
It’s the third street on the right
It’s three blocks / a few buildings   ahead
And it’s the first building on the right/left

And it’s there, opposite the bank / in front of you
Between the bank and the dental clinic/ next to the church

Slow down // Give way// Pull over (detenerse en el arcén) 
Hurry up//
Take the left/ middle/ right  lane (carril)
Pass / Overtake the slow cars (adelantar)
Find a parking place in a car park (BrE)/parking lot (AmE) 
rest area // park-and-ride

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Vocabulary: Asking for directions

Click on the picture to read vocabulary about directions.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Video: Asking for and giving DIRECTIONS

Click on the map to see the video:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Game: PAST verbs

This is a game to practise irregular past verbs.
Click on the image. GAME: PAST VERBS

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Vocabulary: "At the airport"

Here you can find a long list of vocabulary. Choose ONLY what you need. Click on the image above.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

VIDEO: "At the airport"

Watch this video session:
Video: "At the airport"

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Useful expressions: At the airport

Questions you will hear at the check-in counter: 
Ticket please.
May I see your ticket?
Do you have an e-ticket?
Do you have some photo ID?
How many bags are you checking?
Did you pack these bags yourself?
Do you have a carry-on bag? (a bag or purse to take on the airplane)
Do you require special assistance? (example a “wheelchair”)
Have you paid your airport improvement fee/tax?
Would you like a window or an aisle seat? (aisle is pronounced “eye + l”)

Problems you may hear: 
Your baggage is overweight. (Remove some contents or pay a fine.)
Your carry-on luggage is too large.
Your flight is delayed. (It’s late.)
Your flight has been cancelled. (You must rebook a new flight)
Your connecting flight/connection has been cancelled/is delayed.
Your ticket is expired.
Your passport is expired.

Commands and questions at the Security Checkpoint: 
Boarding pass, please.
ID please. (show your photo ID)
Spread your arms out please. (Put your arms up and out to the sides of your body)
Take your shoes off.
Open your bag.
Take off/remove your belt.
Do you have any change in your pockets?
Do you have any metals?
Do you have any food/produce?
Do you have any liquids or medicine?
Walk through.
You must dump all food or beverages. (You can’t bring it through the gates.)

Questions YOU may need to ask: 
Is my flight on time?
When should I be at the gate?
Where is the boarding gate?
Where is the washroom?
Can I get a window seat?
Is there somewhere to eat?
Can I get a coffee at the gate?
Is my connection on time?
Where do I collect my baggage?
Where can I find a taxi?
Where is the departure gate?
Where is the arrival gate?
Where is the check-in desk for ….airlines?
Where is the domestics level?
Where is the international level?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

List of Topics for Level 2

LEVEL 2:      NEF Pre-Interm TOPICS             WRITING                         ORAL*     
1.    Family. (Pres.S, Pres. Cont, Relative pron.)
a.    Introducing each other
b.    Family matters*                                  - Correct e-mail                     
c.    Describing pictures*                                                              
d.    Definitions of words
e.    At the airport.                                                                  - Pwk dialogue
2.    Holidays.  (Past S., Past Cont.,connectors)                                                                                 
a.    Describing places*                                                                 
b.    Describing events
c.    Pop music.
d.    Telling stories*                                   - Hand in pwk photo (U.2+4)
e.    At the hotel.                                                                      - Pwk dialogue
3.    Stories. (Pres. Cont., Going to, Will)
a.    Plans*              
b.    Predictions
c.    Promises, offers, decisions               - Hand in gwk infml letter
d.    Dreams.                                                       
e.    Restaurant problems.                                                        - Pwk dialogue
4.    Everyday life.  (Pres. Perf. + ever, just, yet, already; Comparatives + Superlatives)
a.    Clothes*
b.    Family conflicts.
c.    Living faster.
d.    Describing cities*                              - Pwk Comparisons
e.    Giving directions.                                                                - Pwk dialogue
5.    Feeling good.  (Verbs + to / -ing, have to, must, prep of movement)
a.    Parties.                                              
b.    Likes*
c.    Learning.                                           - Hand in pwk fml e-mail
d.    Sports*             
e.    At a department store.                                                        - Pwk dialogue
6.    Taking decisions.  (If + will, if + past, should, may, might)
a.    Murphy’s law.
b.    Surviving.
c.    Decisions*                                                                             
d.    Advice*                                            - Hand in gwk opinion essay (U. 8)
e.    At the pharmacy.                                                                  - Pwk dialogue
7.    Fears, inventions.  (Present perf + for, since, used to, passive)
a.    Fears
b.    Biographies                                                                          
c.    Inventions.
d.    Trips. Describing a building.                                                                                                                       
8.    Your body.  (Something, quantifiers, so/neither + aux.)
a.    On the phone.                                                                      
b.    Giving your opinion.                          - Hand in gwk opinion essay 
Sept-Oct:       unit 1                                      Oct:             unit 2 
Nov-Dec:        units 3-4                                  Jan:             unit 4
Feb:               units 5 - 6                               March:          units 6 - 7
April:              unit 8                                      May:            unit 9