lunes, 28 de octubre de 2013

The ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN. LISTENING FOR ELT

What do you know about the origins of Halloween?

Watch the following video and answer the questions:





  • When do we celebrate halloween?
  • Where did it originate?
  • When did it start?
  • What did the Christian Church do at 31st October? What did they conmemorate?
  • Why did people wear costumes?
  • Why did the celebration go to North America?
  • Name four words related to ghosts and spirits
Now, you've got a more complex video  by National Geographic on the history of Halloween :

The following glossary can help you to understand:
-Celts (celtas) pronounced /kelts/
-Harvest (cosecha)
-The dead and ghosts walked the Earth: (los muertos y fantasmas paseaban por la tierra)
--Gather: (reunirse)
-Bonfire (hoguera=
-THe Vatican (el Vaticano)
-All SAints day (día de Todos los Santos)
-Survival: supervivencia
-Eve (la noche víspera, all hallows eve : noche anterior al día de los santos)
-Wave of inmigrants: ola de inmigrantes
-Potato FAmine (hambre de la patata, vivida por los irlandeses)
-Tricks (trucos, bromas)
-REmoving gates (quitar portones)
-Masks. máscaras
-VAndalism (vandalismo)

Finally, what do you do to celebrate the 31st October and 1st November in your country?

jueves, 24 de octubre de 2013

AMERICAN ENGLISH.PRONUNCIATION AND VOCABULARY

Do you know any typical American English words? For sure, COOKIES or CANDY come to your mind. Now, we are going to check some other differences as far as pronunciation and vocabulary are concerned. 


Did you notice the difference between the English and American pronunciation? The best way to do it is to listen to a lot of music, and tv series, which are mostly broadcasted in the United States. 

In the following video you can also see some funny vocabulary differences which can be found
You can check for more realted to common words and slang at:
LA MANSIÓN DEL INGLÉS

lunes, 21 de octubre de 2013

PARTS OF THE FACE FOR ELT (1º, 2º ESO)

The parts of the face are also very important when describing a person.Watch the following video to complete your description from Creative English


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REMEMBER: 

  • Adjectives go before nouns: BLUE EYES, BROWN HAIR, 
  • Some other words which can be useful:
  • skin: piel. We say: fair skin -(piel clara), dark skin (piel oscura)
  • hair: pelo. We say: fair hair (pelo claro) blond hair (pelo rubio), dark hair (pelo oscuro) brown hair (pelo castaño); black hair (pelo negro)
  • Typical words to give opinion on people can be: 
  • Beautiful (guapa, only for girls)
  • Handsome (gupao, only for boys)
  • Pretty (guapa))
  • Ugly (feo/a)
  • Good looking (guapo/a)


lunes, 14 de octubre de 2013

DAILY ROUTINES. What do you usually do? ELT PRESENT SIMPLE AND VOCABULARY


Which things do you do everyday? Which are your favourite?
As you know, to talk about our routines we use the SIMPLE PRESENT (remember, the base form plus "s" for third person singular. Auxiliary verb Do/does for negative and interrogative)
In the following video, you can see some of them and also make a quizz at the end.


 As you know, to express the frequency we use some expressions like FREQUENCY ADVERBS:
  • ALWAYS (siempre)
  • ALMOST ALWAYS
  • USUALLY
  • SOMETIMES
  • HARDLY EVER
  • NEVER (nunca)
For example: I usually play tennis. //// I hardly ever study. ///// Peter is always noisy.
We can also use other expressions to express frequency such as: 
  • Once a (una vez) twice a (dos veces) three times a (tres veces) I go swimming three times a week/// twice a week....
  • Everyday (todos los días). It usually appears at the end of the sentence
  • How often....? (Con qué frecuencia)  THis question word is used to ask about the frequency. 



Among them, which are your favourites?
Which ones do you usually do?
How often do you do them?

domingo, 13 de octubre de 2013

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? CLOTHES VOCABULARY

Can you describe the clothes you are wearning at the moment?A good help can be the following worksheet in which there are pictures of some typical clothes:

TIPS TO REMEMBER 

  • WEAR means llevar puesto (I'm wearing a tracksuit)
  • CARRY means llevar, transportar (I'm carrying a school bag)
  • PUT ON means ponerse. TAKE OFF means quitarse
  • GET DRESSED means vestirse. GET UNDRESSED means desvestirse
  • NAKED means desnudo. BAREFOOTED means descalzo
  • TO BE DRESSED TO KILL means something like: de punta en blanco
  • When describing clothes, don't forget to write adjectives before nouns: A RED SKIRT, A SILK SHIRT (note that materials are also adjectives and don't need preposition in English:  una camisa de seda in Spanish: a silk shirt, or a wool sweatshirt (un jersey de lana))

The following video  can also help you to improve your pronunciation






Now, go ahead and describe everyone's clothes!!

viernes, 11 de octubre de 2013

STORIES WITH SUBTITLES: THE GREATEST TREASURE. ELT LISTENING

Let me present an activty quite interesting for 2nd or 3rd year of ESO. It is watching a story with subtitles. It is called The Greatest Treasure. 
To do this activity, you should listen to the video first without reading the subtitles and get the general idea. Then, you can watch it as many times as you wish. 
Here is a list of words which appear in the story which can be useful to understand it. After listening, you have ot answer the following questions. 

GLOSSARY: 
cozy: cómodo
agree: estar de acuerdo
set off: empezar, emprender
make through: atravesar
join: unirse a, juntarse con, apuntarse
sharp vision: vista aguda
cheer: animar
drown: ahogarse
pull up: tirar hacia arriba
eagle : águila
slip. resbalar, deslizar
climb: escalar
wisdom: sabiduría
owl: búho
brave: valiente (corageous)
cross: cruzar
at each other: el uno al otro
friendship: amistad
QUESTIONS: 
  • What did Peter find at home?
  • Where did he arrive first?
  • Who did they meet in the mountain?
  • Who did they meet in the desert?
  • Who helped them cross the ocean?
  • Which animals appear in the story?
  • What was the treasure?
  • WHich places appear in the story?

lunes, 7 de octubre de 2013

BASIC ANIMAL VOCABULARY FOR PRIMARY AND 1º ESO.

Do you remember the names of most animals in English? How many can you say?

You can watch a video to check their spelling and  pronunciation





Remember, animals can be grouped into: SEA ANIMALS (also fish,in general), MAMMALS, REPTILES, BIRDS,INSECTS (also bugs), FARM ANIMALS (domesticos) and WILD ANIMALS (salvajes) .