28 noviembre, 2007

wheel of fortune

Wheel of Fortune:
14. D, lines 1 and 2.
15. C, lines 2,3, 4.
16. A, line 4.
17. F, lines 8 and 9.
18. B, lines 6 and 7.
19. C, lines 5 and 6.
20. F, lines 2 and 3.
21. G, lines 9 and 10.

22 noviembre, 2007

Peter Sellers and the Beatles

Do you want to have fun?
Listen to Peter Sellers
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=O_sKAotTJiI&feature=related

Thanksgiving

Today is Thursday 22nd of November. One of the most important festvals in The USA and Canada. Do You want to know something about them? Have a look at this Link and learn.
http://wilstar.com/holidays/thankstr.htm
http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/recipes/index.htm
http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Video_Clips&content_type_id=50493&display_order=5&mini_id=1083

19 noviembre, 2007

KEY:When e-mail becomes e-nough

24.b, Paragraph 1 lines 7 & 8
25.a, Paragraph 4 lines 15 & 16
26.c, Paragraph 5 lines 22,23 & 24
27.c, Paragraph 6 lines 39 & 40
28.d. Paragraph 7

What is an article?

An article
• is a piece of writing usually intended for publication in a newspaper, magazine or journal
• is written for a wide audience, so it is essential to attract and retain the readers’ attention
• may include amusing stories, reported speech and descriptions
• can be formal or informal, depending on the target audience
• should be written in an interesting or entertaining manner
• should give opinions and thoughts, as well as facts
• is in a less formal style than a report
An article can
• describe an experience, event, person or place
• present an opinion or balanced argument
• compare and contrast
• provide information
• offer suggestions
• offer advice
A realistic article should consist of:
1. An eye-catching title which attracts the readers’ attention and suggests the theme of the article. (Think about why you read a magazine or newspaper article recently - what made you read it?) Articles can also have subheadings before each paragraph.
2. An introduction which clearly defines the topic to be covered and keeps the reader’s attention.
3. The main body of two to five paragraphs in which the topic is further developed in detail.
4. The conclusion - summarising the topic or a final opinion, recommendation or comment.
REMEMBER
Before you begin writing it is important to consider:
• where is the article going to appear - in a newspaper or magazine?
• who are the intended readers - a specific group such as students or teenagers, or adults in general?
• what is the aim of the article - to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc.?
These three points are the deciding factors in the layout of your article, its style, language and level of formality.
Determine the information you are going to use and organize your ideas carefully into paragraphs.
Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence.
The article could be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on your intended audience.
Use vocabulary and descriptive language appropriate for the article. Linking words and expressions, and a variety of vocabulary will only improve your work and make it more interesting.
DO NOT use over-personal or over-emotional language or simplistic vocabulary.
DO NOT talk about yourself. You are writing for the general public, not a close circle of friends.
Your opinions are only interesting to other people if you can make them amusing, justify them or explain them.

12 noviembre, 2007

Key pg 13Using Grammar (INNOVATIONS- Upper- Intermediate)

1 Presentt tenses
3. is 4. Work 5. Works 6. Work 7. Is 8. Is 9. Is 10. Do 11. Does 12. Is 13. Work 14. Runs.
4 Grammar in context
1.works, ‘s working, ‘s trying.
2. ‘s acting, ‘s not normally/isn’t normally.
3. Runs, ‘s looking after
4. Don’t talk, don’t you gat on
5. ‘s, ‘s still waiting.
6. Aren’t talking, ‘s still.

Jobs and Professions

Hi Firsts,
We're going to start talking about professions. Why don't you look at this link http://www.lingolex.com/job.htm It coul help you to remember some vocabulary.

11 noviembre, 2007

cloze test

Are you having fun these holidays! Let's do some exercise to practise your reading skills.

For questions 1-15, read the text below and then decide which word best fits each space. Use only one word in each space.
A Ballooning Challenge
For those people who go out in search of adventure, a long-distance flight in a hot-air balloon is a particularly exciting (1)_______. Indeed, a round-the-world balloon trip is widely regarded as the (2)_______ challenge. One well-known adventurer, David Hemplemann-Adams would not agree, however. Recently, he became the first man to (3)_______ the North Pole in a hot-air balloon, a more significant (4)_______ in his eyes. Given that the distance and altitudes (5)_______ are comparatively modest, you might wonder why the trip from Canada to the Pole, should present such a challenge.
Part of the (6)_______ was that such a flight had not even been attempted for over a century. In those days, such expeditions were huge events, with a nation's pride (7)_______ on their success, and so resources were (8)_______ to them. Although he eventually managed to secure a substantial sponsorship (9)_______ from an insurance company, Hemplemann-Adams had the added challenge of having to (10)_______ sufficient funds for his trip.
Then, of course, he had to face major survival concerns, such as predicting the weather (11)_______ and coping with the dangerously low temperatures. But most challenging of all was the incredibly complex problem of navigation. As the earth's magnetic field gets stronger, only the most (12)_______ of satellite-linked navigation systems can (13)_______ that one has got to the Pole. Without them, the chances of getting anywhere near it are extremely (14)_______. Not to mention an even greater problem that (15)_______ on Hemplemann-Adams' mind: getting back!
1 ______ 2 ______ 3 ______
A ultimate A campaign A meet
B extreme B prospect B reach
C motion C utmost C attain
D engagement D eventual D fulfil
4 ______ 5 ______ 6 ______
A recognition A engaged A appeal
B acquisition B regarded B beauty
C achievement C involved C charm
D realisation D connected D allure
7 ______ 8 ______ 9 _____
A leaning A commended A bargain
B resting B confided B purchase
C waiting C confirmed C transaction
D standing D committed D deal
10 ______ 11 ______ 12 ______
A elevate A tendencies A sophisticated
B lift B conditions B refined
C raise C circumstances C cultured
D build D elements D educated
13 ______ 14 ______ 15 ______
A approve A thin A pushed
B confirm B slight B stressed
C reinforce C slim C pressed
D support D tight D weighed

KEY
1b,2 A, 3b,4c ,5c ,6 A ,7 B,8 D ,9D ,10 C,11B ,12 A ,13 B ,14 C,15 D,

07 noviembre, 2007

Pronunciation- Past Tense regulars and Adjectives.

id
last letter t, or d
visited
started
t
last letters k/ss/sh/p/f/c
worked
passed
finished
pushed
dropped
d
last letters s/b/g/ll/m/n/r/v/w/y/z/j
closed
rubbed
banged
called
charmed
planned
tired
loved
played

Exercise 1.
Write id, t or d next to these words.
1. talked ............... 7. opened ................
2. waited ............... 8. closed ................
3. liked ............... 9. played ................
4. visited ............... 10. excited................
5. pushed ............... 11. bored ................
6. lived ............... 12. walked ................