sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2012

The Storyteller

When I was a very small girl, there was a tv series which was really striking for me. It was called THE STORYTELLER, and, I still remember, it was broadcasted on Mondays. THere were classical stories, but they were a bit dark and even scary for a little child; they looked really different indeed. 

I have reproduced three parts of one story called TRUE BRIDE (LA VERDADERA NOVIA), but there were many stories/ chapters  like: Hearless Giant, The thee Ravens, The Soldier and Death, Hans My Hedgehog, Cinderella, Fearnot, THe Luck Child, A Story Short, and Sapsorrow.
From my personal point of view, it is not difficult to understand because he speaks slowly and with a beautiful UK accent. You can also enjoy the chapters I mentioned before in Englsih or even in Spansih with the title: El Cuentacuentos. 







viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2012

Present perfect: what have you done? ELT.ESO AND BACHILLERATO

Let's imagine an interview to a famous musician who is touring all around the world:


-Hi what have you done in the last month?
-Well I've been to China three times, and it was awesome!
-Really? Have you ever been to India?
-No not yet but I have already visited other Asian countries like Pakistan.
-THat's amazing, what was the last thing you've done?
-Well let me think: I've j
ust come from a concert for a charity in England. There I could feel the real problems of people.
-Thanks a lot for your words.
-Welcome!!


This text talks about a person´s experiences and the recent events in his life. The words in bold refer to present perfect tense which is used for that.


FORM:

-have+ past participle

All perfect tenses are formed by the auxiliary verb HAVE in the tense which is referred to in the name (i.e. have in the present if it is present perfect). The main verb has to be in the participle which is the -ed form for regular verbs and the third  column (past participle) for irregular verbs.

Thus  the form is really easy. and the fuctions will be discussed in a few lines but you can guess by the text above.

USES
-Recent actions: I've just painted the room . you can see it is still wet. .
  Here, "just"" is used to express to express a very recent action. It can be translated by : acabo de pintar la habitación. puedes ver que todavía está húmeda. JUST is used between the auxiliary and the main verb.

-Life experiences: Have you ever been to China? Have you ever eaten frog´s legs? I've never learnt to cook
  Here "ever" means Alguna vez en la vida. "Never" can also be used, as it means nunca

-Actions happening in the past we don't know excactly when. I've lived in Pozoblanco for 5 years

OTHER EXPRESSIONS APPEARING IN THE DIALOGUE: 

ALREADY:It means YA. I've already eaten frog´s legs before. (ya he comido ancas de rana)

YET: It is used in negative sentences. It means "todavía o todavía no" and it is placed at the end of the sentence.  I haven't been to China yet.

FOR: For + period of time. I've lived in Jaén for 20 years (durante 20 años).
SINCE: Since+point in time. I've spoken English sin 1998 (desde 1998)


Now, let´s practice. There, you can also find explanations: 

 http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/complex_tests/present_perfect1/index.php
http://www.learn4good.com/languages/evrd_grammar/presentp.htm
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/pperf1.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/present_perfect_statements.htm

This is about the difference between past simple and present perfect:

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs5.htm

http://a4esl.org/q/f/z/zz29bms.htm

I hope it has been profitable for you!!!!


lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

LONDON

Let me show you a special presentation. It was done by my niece, who is in primary education, therefore, I am very proud of her. As you can see, it shows some of the most famous sights and places in London. Next term, you will have to do something similar, so, get it touch with it and enjoy it!!!!

jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2012

OUR TV SHOW. ROLE PLAY FOR ESO ELT

Next week is going to be great. We are going to have a great time preparing a role play on tv shows. In my opinion, that's going to be awesome!!!
You can choose the kind of programme that you prefer and do what you like, the main objective is to enjoy yourselves and speak in English!!! Before doing that, let's revise the types of tv programmes and films in English.



Now, I have introduced some videos to help you to see the different formats of tv programmes. The first one is from the news, and it is subtitled, so that you can focus on the expressions used:



What is it about?

Next one is also taken from the news, but there is an interview:




Now, an episode from a famous cartoons, ok, I'm not kidding, they are very easy to understand and they talk about next holidays!!!!



Next one belongs to a famous quizz show, I hope you like it:





Just to conclude, have fun and try to watch everything.

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2012

Christmas Celebrations

I have noticed that there are some people from different countries following my blog, together with my beloved students
Holidays will be very soon, and, even though I do not know all of you, I'd like to ask you to do a favour: could you please describe some typical Christmas traditions in your country? I think it can be a great way to learn more and to know about each other.
I'd like you to tell me your favourite thing about Christmas.
Thank you in advance!!!!



Happy holidays and new year!!!


viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2012

QUESTIONS FOR ANSWERS . PREGUNTAS PARA RESPUESTAS

I know questions for answers are one of the most difficult thing you've learnt so far, mainly because you have to practise all the verbal tenses combiend with the wh elements and word order. This post can help you to practice because activities are sorted at different levels. 

Nevertheless, it is worth practising, even though I didn't find any page with explanations and activities to help you.
So, in the next paragraphs I have written some answers for you to practice, below, you will find the solutions.


LEVEL 1: 

1. My sister can speak seven languages
2.The vegetables are in the fridge
3. No, I don't. I prefer footbal
4.I'm 23 years old
5. I'm fine thank you
6. My best friend has got the coat in the wardrobe
7. My shoes are size 6


LEVEL 2
1. I live in Paris with my brother
2.The students come from Liverpool
3.Maria is coming around next weekend
4. She usually visits us once a week
5.I usually buy a lot of oranges

LEVEL 3
1. I bought three tickets to London
2. María learnt to swim last summer
3.Peter was doing the washing up when -I phoned him
4.Sarah brought three books from Liverpool

LEVEL 1 KEY:
1. Who can speak seven languages? How many languages can your sister speak?
2. What is in the fridge? Where are the vegetables?
3.Do you like tennis?
4. How old are you?
5. How are you?
6. Where has your best friend got the coat?
7. What size are your shoes?
LEVEL 2 KEY:
1. Who do you live with? Where do you live with your brother?
2. Where do the students come from?
3. Who is coming round next weekend? when is María coming around?
4, How often does she usually visit you? Who does she visit once a week?
5. How many oranges do you usually buy?
LEVEL 3 KEY.-
1. How many tickets did you buy?
2. When did she learn to swim? What did she learn last summer?
3 What was Peter doing when you phoned him? when did Peter do the washing up?
4. How many books did she bring? Where did she bring the books from?

COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES. ELT NOTES

Like in Spanish, we can compare many adjectives in different ways in English. Here, we are going to discuss it very briefly.
COMPARATIVEWith this, we say something is more... than something else.
There are two ways: for short adjectives we add: -er than....
           eg. My house is bigger than your house
For long adjectives, we write more........than
           e.g.  My house is more beautiful than your house
There are some irregular adjectives: good-better; bad-worse (mejor, peor)
SUPERLATIVEThe superlative form is used to say that something is the most
There are two ways: for short adjectives we add: the adjective -est
           e.g. My house is the biggest
For long adjectives we write : the most + adjective
           e.g. My house is the most beautiful
There are some irregular adjectives: good-the best (el/la mejor) bad-the worst (el peor)
When we want to say that something is equal to something else we use this structure: as+ adjective+as           e.g. My house is as beautiful as your house


Now, here you are some links with extra explanations:
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/adjectives-adverbs/adjectives/exercises

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/regcom1.htm
http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/45.html
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/adjcompsup.php
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-9451.php

I hope it is helpful!!!

sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2012

PRONOUNS IN ENGLISH. ELT

Pronouns are a rather easy aspect in any language, but they have to be learnt by heart, and if you don't study, they can be really tricky.


PERSONAL PRONOUNS
. THey are the subject of the sentence, so, they appear at the beginning. They have verb concord. I,YOU, HE, SHE, IT, WE YOU THEY

POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES
THey are not pronouns, and they express possession; they accompany nouns, so, their position is before the noun they go with.

-My, your, his/her/its, our, your, their
e.g. My dog is small. //// Your friends study hard//////

OBJECT PRONOUNS
Object pronouns can be confused with personal pronouns because their meaning is the same, the only difference it the position. They always appear after the verb or after prepositions, because their syntactic function is COMPLEMENTO CIRCUNSTANCIAL, COMPLEMENTO DIRECTO, COMPLEMENTO INDIRECTO

-ME, YOU, HIM/HER/IT, US, YOU, THEM
E.G. Peter gave Mary a present: He gave her a present
I go out with my friends: I go out with them

POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS
-These can be tricky, because you mix them with the possessive adjectives. pOSSESSIVE PRONOUNS REALLY REPLACE NOUNS AND EXPRESS POSSESSION. They are not followed by anything
MINE, YOURS, HIS/HERS/ITS, OURS, YOURS, THEIRS
e,g, This car belongs to me: This car is mine

Here, you have some links with activities and more explanations:

http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=object-pronouns-possessive-adjectives-possessive-pronouns

http://www.musicalenglishlessons.com/grammar-pronouns.htm
http://www.learnenglishlanguagewell.com/grammar/possessive-pronouns-exercises

lower level

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=274
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/pronouns/exercises?02

Finally, a mix of activities of different levels with all kinds of pronouns:

http://www.angelfire.com/blues/writing/morepronouns.html

miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2012

THIS IS HALLOW'EEN.... HISTORY AND MUSIC

Halloween's Holidays are coming, that's why we have prepared some activities.
Fist of all, where does Halloween come from?

THe following link  from THE HISTORY CHANNEL explains that:



NOW, TRY TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS:
-What was the old name for Halloween?
-WHen was it celebrated? Where are its origins?
-What did people leave at their doorsteps?
-What is "souling"?
-Who brought these traditins to US?

Some of the typical traditions are the famous TRICK OR TREAT, wearing scary costumes and Jack O'Lantern. As you can seen in the following video, there are some of the typical motifs that you will find these days. I hope you enjoy it. It was taken from a film by TIm Burton and it is subtitled.



Which scary monsters does it mention?Do you know the
meaning of the following words? Skeleton, ghost, graveyard, tombstone, haunted, witch, vampire, warewolf.
Here, you've got some extra-links with information about pumpkins and other interesting elemnts:
http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/videos#all-about-the-pumpkin

viernes, 22 de junio de 2012

TODO LLEGA A SU FIN...


Ya quedan pocas horas para que os demos las notas, y vosotros, a punto de marchar, esperando las recompensas por el trabajo hecho, y solo pensando en las cenas, más que en las despedidas.

Con la mayoría de vosotros han sido dos años, y con algunos, tres, cuatro, o casi seis. De todos y cada uno podría contar un algo especial, que me hará recordarlo para siempre: una pregunta, una mirada, una sonrisa, un trabajo quizá, una redacción, un ejercicio oral, una ayuda a un compañero.

Este año se nos ha escapado entre los dedos, sin saberlo, sin darnos apenas cuenta, y me pregunto si hice algo o no, porque se hizo, con vuestra ayuda, tan corto y liviano. Pero basta ver los cuadernos, lo que sois capaces de hacer por vosotros mismos, para darme cuenta de que, efectivamente, hemos trabajado. A veces entre risas, a veces en silencio; interpretando role-plays imposibles, comunicándonos y dando opiniones improvisadas cada día (muchos días o hemos escrito apenas, y la hora se ha escapado hablando en inglés), hablando con Shana, escribiendo un artículo...

Y se me han quedado cosas en el tintero.... Cosas que no podré enseñar, y lo siento, porque fuisteis una audiencia excepcional, un público envidiable, unos clientes entrañables. Y siento que aprendísteis algo de la filosofía que os transmití: la comunicación, la manera de entender la gramática y de aprender a pensar.

Creo que no fallamos en la labor si por un momento os hice ser libres, críticos y responsables.
Creo que finalmente puedo y podré sentirnme orgullosa de todos vosotros, porque no ha habido barreras que os hayan parado, y tampoco las habrá.

Sed dueños de vuetros futuros, aprended todo lo que podáis, y si queréis, venid a contarlo. Aquí siempre tendréis alguien que os preste oídos. Ésta será siempre vuestra casa, mis clases, siempre serán un poco vuestras clases, y este blog, siempre será un espacio donde hablar y escuchar.
Séd felices.

lunes, 4 de junio de 2012

A MIS PEQUEÑOS GRADUADOS

Se acabó el curso para vostros y empieza un nuevo paso para vuestro futuro.
El viernes, un escalón más para convertiros en personas adultas, responsables, mayores.
Me hubiera gustado veros pletóricos, llenos de ilusión. Vosotras con vuestros magniíficos vestidos y tacones. Vosotros, con los trajes de chaqueta y las corbatas. Tod@s más altos y más guapos que yo.
Pero me quedaré con la imagen que habeis dejado ver en las redes sociales, plena de risas, poses y alegría. Dejaré para mi esa dulce melancolía, que siempre me quedará. Vosotors sereis mayores, pero yo siempre os recordaré pequeños, como el primer dia en el que os vi. Sencillos, pizpiretos, otros tímidos y callados. Con los cuadernos abiertos, los libros preparados. Los ojos al acecho, y el trabajo siempre listo en el momento.
Siempre sereis esos pequeños que revoloteaban a mi lado en el recreo en 1º, y que no se dejaban influir por nadie después; que sabían lo que querían y cómo conseguirlo. (Seguid así siempre). Los niños que me vieron dibujar con trsiteza el adiós del último día, y que hoy me ven desearles lo mejor, y que cumplan sus sueños.
Habrá médicos, abogados, directivos, empresarios, alguna maestra que otra, traductores, profesores tal vez, músicos y hasta algún filólogo.
Enhorabuena a todos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Siempre tendreis un hueco donde yo esté.