jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2013

THANKSGIVING: HISTORY AND FACTS (ELT listening)

THANKSGIVING IS A REALLY POPULAR HOLIDAY CELEBRATED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
THis video explains a bit of its origins, with subtitles. However, some words can be a bit difficult.


ANSWER THE QUESTIONS: 

  • Who wanted to go to US to scape from prosecution?
  • What happened after 12 years in Holland?
  • WHere did the sip set sail?
  • How long did the journey take?
  • Where did they arrive?
  • What was the name of the ship?
  • Who was Squanto?
  • What did the native indians teach to the pilgrims?
  • What did they celebrate the first Thanksgiving?
  • When do they celebrate Thanksgiving now?

harvest: cosecha
sail: navegar
seek: buscar (look for)
Threaten: amenazar
The Puritans: Puritanos
exchange: a cambio de
weaken: debilitar
survive: sobrevivir
barn: choza
half: la mitad
sorrow: pena, tristeza
drought: sequía
trading relations: relaciones comerciales
poisonous: venenoso
crops: cultivos, semillas
fast: ayuno
gather: reunirse

Curious facts about THANKSGIVING from the History channel : 

  • What did they eat in the first Thanksgiving?
  • Was there turkey or pumpkin pie?
  • Which president made it a National Holiday?
  • Who was the first president to pardon a turkey?


martes, 26 de noviembre de 2013

WH QUESTIONS II

Sometimes, it is necessary to include more wh-elements in our list. THis chart may be helpful:

What ? - ¿Qué? ¿Cuál? ¿Cuáles? How often ? - ¿Con qué frecuencia?
What else? - ¿Qué más? How long ? - ¿Cuánto tiempo? ¿Qué longitud?
Which ? - ¿Qué? ¿Cuál? ¿Cuáles? How long ago? - ¿Hace cuánto tiempo?
How ? - ¿Cómo? ¿Cuán? How old ? - ¿Qué edad? ¿Cuán viejo?
How else ? - ¿De qué otra manera? How soon ? - ¿Cuán pronto?
When ? - ¿Cuándo? How big ? - ¿Qué tamaño? ¿Cuán grande?
Where ? - ¿Dónde? ¿Adónde? How far ? - ¿A qué distancia? ¿Cuán lejos?
Where else ? - ¿Dónde más? How tall ? - ¿Qué estatura? ¿Cuán alto?
Why ? - ¿Por qué? ¿Para qué? How deep ? - ¿Qué profundidad?
Who ? - ¿Quién? ¿Quienes? How early ? - ¿Cuán temprano?
Who else? - ¿Quién más? How late ? - ¿Cuán tarde?
Whom ? - ¿A quién? ¿A quiénes? How heavy ? - ¿Qué peso? ¿Cuán pesado?
Whose ? - ¿De quién? ¿De quiénes? How thick ? - ¿Qué espesor? ¿Cuán grueso?
How much ? - ¿Cuánto/a? What time ? - ¿Qué hora? ¿A qué hora?
How many ? - ¿Cuántos/as?
Let's do some activities

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/english_lessons/wh-questions-exercises
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=1718
http://personales.ya.com/mjandres/archivos/whq1.htm
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=1898

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lunes, 25 de noviembre de 2013

QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH I (Yes/ no and wh-) FOR ELT


QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH
A. Questions in English always require the use of an auxiliary verb that appears at the beginning of the sentence followed by the subject of the sentence. AUXILIARY+ SUBJECT+ (MAIN VERB)...B. The answers will depend on the type of question. Eye on the second person.



YES NO QUESTIONS

WH QUESTIONS
-ANSWER: YES/NO
-Start with an auxiliary verb:
         -To be, have got,  do/does, DID,  modal verbs (CAN, COULD, MAY, MUST, SHOULD...)
                        Is Peter Happy?
                        Do you like chocolate?
 AUXILIARY+ SUBJECT+ (MAIN VERB)...
               ANSWER
Is Peter good at tennis?
                   Yes, she is/ No, she isn’t
YES/NO +SUBJECT+ AUXILIARY(AFF/NEG)
Does Peter speak English?
            Yes, he does/ No, he doesn’t
Can they sing?  Yes, they can/ No, they can’t
Can you speak English?
       Yes, I can/ No, I can’t
Are you good at tennis?
       Yes, I am
Are you and Martin good students?
      Yes, we are/ No we aren’t
-long answer: extra information
-Start with WH element+ AUXILIARY VERB
          -WHO: PEOPLE……….. QUIEN
          -WHAT: THINGS…………qUÉ
          -WHEN: TIME………..CUÁNDO
          -WHERE: PLACE………DÓNDE
          -WHY: REASON ( because….)
                     POR QUÉ?
          -HOW:                 CÓMO?
                 -How often…Con Qué frecuencia
                 -How much…? Cuanto
                 -How many…?Cuántos
 WH WORD+ AUXILIARY+ SUBJECT+(MAIN VERB)....
               ANSWER
Where is Peter?
                   Peter is at home
        
Subject+main verb+answer
Who is your father?
                   My father is Pedro
When is the class?
                  The class is at 4.00
Why is Peter Sad?
             Peter is sad because he has got an exam
How is Joe?
             Joe is fine
How often do you play tennis?
           I play tennis everyday
How many pens has he got?
          He has got 5 pens

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domingo, 10 de noviembre de 2013

PAST PERFECT AND SIMPLE PAST. EASY

Past perfect is a tense used to refer to an action happening before something else in the past. Have a look at the following presentation to learn about it, and do some practice afterwards.

    EXERCISES: 

    • Easy activities with self correction 
    • Rewriting activities (higher level ) with self correction: 
      • Goconqur
    • External links: 

    SEE ALSO: 

    jueves, 7 de noviembre de 2013

    HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD. CEMENTERIO DE PERSONAJES ILUSTRES EN INGLÉS Y FRANCÉS AT IES RICARDO DELGADO VIZCAÍNO

    Halloween has passed and with it, the activities we have done for these days (which will last for some more days indeed).Thanks to a great collaboration from all the teachers, we have created a Graveyard collecting tombstones, skeletons, scary elements and even more important, brief biographies from paramount worldwide figures.

    They ranged from Mathematicians, Writers, Poets, Painters, Kings, Queens, Rulers, Scientists... from all over the world and from different periods in  History.
    Very wellcoming doors for our graveyard. Come in!!!

    The setting: A spooky graveyard full of famous characters
    Detail from the picture wall in the classroom display drawn by D. Irene Baños, Arts Teacher

    This idea was partly based on that of a Mathematics Graveyard found on the internet in a high school in Murcia, Spain, however, it took more than a month of hard work.
    Details on the  English and French graveyard layout. Excellent  classroom display for Halloween..

    After choosing the important characters, the students looked for information on them and wrote brief biographies with the help of the teachers both in French and in English.
    Biographies in English in the Graveyard classroom display for ELT
    Meanwhile, the Arts teacher was desiging the tombstones with the help of some students. They had to work really hard. Selecting and making the decorations was sometimes a bit difficult, but decorating itself was even harder.
    Tombstones in the ELT Graveyard for our Halloween Display in IESRV Hight School (Pozoblanco)

    Finally, the students were presented with some questions on the famous people in order to do a reading comprehension activity, similar, to a certain extent, to a treasure hunt. Interdisciplinarity was also fostered because the characters belonged to different fields of knowledge. In addition to this, it is essential to mention the use of different Arts and Crafts techniques.
    Students doing information gap activities in our ENglish Graaveyard Classroom Display.
    This great place will also be used to make other activties like storytelling, listening to scary songs videos or performing role plays.Thanks to everyone's help it was done... and it will be in our high school for a few weeks. Do you dare to come in?