BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

viernes, 3 de abril de 2020

Wild life taking over cities (QUARANTINE: DAY 19)


 

 



Now that humans have abandoned the streets of our cities, towns and villages, wildlife is taking over. Isn't it bizarre to see wild goats strolling around the city centre? People had never seen the water of the canals in Venice so clean and clear in their whole lives!!


 

Wild comes marching back while humans kept at bay

 



When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play (The New York Times)

 

House sparrows flocking back to British gardens, survey shows (The Guardian)

 

Coronavirus: Venice canals clearer after lockdown  (BBC News)

 




Breaking news   >>>>   These are no fake news!!!   The Official Language School has cancelled the period of registration for the freelance students for the B1 and B2 exams!!!! I'll let you know when the registration time is open.



US death rates v UK, Italy and South Korea - BBC News





Quarantine Scoreboard

Posts uploaded:  16


Students participating:  about 65 out of 110 (60%)


Comments written and corrected: 450


Emails exchanged: more than 800


PASEN announcements & messages: almost 1500


Things handed in and corrected: around 400

 

Visits to blog and site during quarantine: more than 4,500 (Average of 300 visits per day)

 




RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE QUARANTINE


 Thursday, 3rd April



No homework for today as we have no classes on Fridays. 

 




 


 

Study for the exam (first 7 units) that we will do after Easter. It will probably be on Tuesday and I will give you 2 hours to do it and send it to me. You will write the answers (handwriting) and send me photographs or scanned images of them.

Smart Planet Digital books



These are the tasks for today: 

  • Do this exercise about the difference between TOO & ENOUGH: Exercise on TOO & ENOUGH 

  • Unit 7 (Smart Planet 4)    >>>   page 80   , and start having a look at unit 8.

  • Writing exercise for you to do based on what you learned on page 79    >>>>>   

     

Wr13: Ejercicio de producción escrita sobre el tema: "Describing a celebration" teniendo como referencia lo visto en la página 79. No se olviden de utilizar lo visto en la lección, además del TOO & ENOUGH.


 

Listening exercise for you to do:  Music with a smaller carbon footprint- Touring bands and climate change   (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 



 

 

 

No homework for today as we have no classes on Fridays. 

 

 

 

Final musical hint  >>>>

 

Bobby Charles - See You Later Alligator

 

 

See You Later, Alligator (w/lyrics) ~ Bill Haley & His Comets

 

 

 


I wish you all the best for the coming Easter holidays no matter how long we have to stay at home as long as we are HEALTHY!



jueves, 2 de abril de 2020

It is not the first time (QUARANTINE: DAY 18)

No, it is not the first time this has happened in history. Actually, it has happened many times if we take into account not only plagues or pandemics, but also wars. So it is a DÉJÀ VU (this is a French expression used in English to refer to something that has happened before).  

 

By the way, have you ever seen the film "Déjà vu"?

Deja Vu - Official Trailer



And this is also what happens in the next episode of LINGOHACK  >>>>


LINGOHACK  >>>

  • Episode 200401 / 01 April 2020    >>>  Coronavirus: Learning from the past  -    Language related to 'survival'.  Need-to-know language: isolate, measure up, acts of kindness, close-knit & humanity.



Breaking news   >>>>   These are no fake news!!!   The Official Language School has cancelled the period of registration for the freelance students for the B1 and B2 exams!!!! I'll let you know when the registration time is open.



US death rates v UK, Italy and South Korea - BBC News





Quarantine Scoreboard

Posts uploaded:  15


Students participating:  about 65 out of 110 (60%)


Comments written and corrected: 350


Emails exchanged: almost 800


PASEN announcements & messages: almost 1100


Things handed in and corrected: around 350

Visits to blog and site during quarantine: more than 4,300 (Average of 300 visits per day)






RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE QUARANTINE


 Thursday, 2nd April



Tasks for today & Easter: 

 

  • Still revising GIVING DIRECTIONS. Watch these 2 other episodes from the NEW THAT'S ENGLISH     Unit 4A            Unit 4B        (MODULE 2)

  • Do exercises on pages 73-75 (Unit 6)

  • Study for the exam (first 5 units) that we will do after Easter. It will probably be on Tuesday and I will give you 2 hours to do it and send it to me. You will write the answers (handwriting) and send me photographs or scanned images of them. 

 

TIENEN QUE ESTUDIAR PARA EL EXAMEN DE LAS 5 PRIMERAS UNIDADES, QUE HAREMOS DESPUÉS DE SEMANA SANTA. SERÁ PROBABLEMENTE EL MARTES A UNA DETERMINADA HORA Y LES DARÉ 2 HORAS PARA HACERLO (A MANO) Y MANDÁRMELO O EN FOTO O ESCANEADO. TAMBIÉN LO PUEDEN IMPRIMIR Y HACERLO EN EL MISMO EXAMEN. 

 

INTENTEN SER HONESTOS PORQUE YO SÉ LA NOTA QUE SUELEN SACAR Y LA QUE SACARÁN DESPUÉS CUANDO HAGAMOS UN EXAMEN NORMAL. ESTABLECERÉ DISTINTOS NIVELES Y LES DIRÉ EXACTAMENTE QUÉ NIVEL TIENE QUE HACER CADA UNO.

 

¡FELICES VACACIONES, AUNQUE SEA EN CASITA!




 

English with Lucy  >>>>  SHOULD'VE | WOULD'VE | COULD'VE - Complete Grammar & Use

 


 

No homework for today as we have no classes onThursdays.

Smart Planet Digital books




News Review:  Is self-isolation making you anxious?   (BBC Learning English)

 



 

 


Homework for today and Easter holidays:


  Unit 6  (page 80-82)

Comp08: Composition (A review) about: Write a review of your favourite film or film series after doing all the activities on pages 80-81. 

 

After Easter, remember that we will have a little exam on the reader the Hound of the Baskervilles, as soon as we haver ordinary classes. And also remember to read the book we have for the third term: "Cervantes Meets Shakespeare".

 

Your digital project will have to make reference to the two writers and you'll have to write a comment in the post in my blog:



¡FELICES VACACIONES, AUNQUE SEA EN CASITA!


 

May the Force be with you

 

 

miércoles, 1 de abril de 2020

APRIL FOOLS' DAY (QUARANTINE: DAY 17)


I know it is no time to play any tricks on anybody, but we can at least get a good laugh.

 

Breaking news   >>>>   These are no fake news!!!   The Official Language School has cancelled the period of registration for the freelance students for the B1 and B2 exams!!!! I'll let you know when the registration time is open.

 

APRIL FOOLS' DAY  Be careful today!

Read about April Fool's Day and write about any tricks you played on someone.

 

April Fools' Day 2019: the best jokes and pranks in one place  (The Guardian)

 

What's The Story Behind April Fools' Day?

 

 

Some other videos to watch:

 

When and what is April Fool’s Day? (LearnEnglish Teens, British Council)






Quarantine Scoreboard

Posts uploaded:  14


Students participating:  about 65 out of 110 (60%)


Comments written and corrected: 300


Emails exchanged: more than 700


PASEN announcements & messages: almost 1000


Things handed in and corrected: around 350

Visits to blog and site during quarantine: more than 4,000 (Average of 300 visits per day)






RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE QUARANTINE


 Wednesday, 1st April



Solutions to exercises on page 150.


Exercises on page 150 (Unit 5)


4. badly , hard , beautifully , fast , slowly ,  nicely , happily , high , terribly
5  1. well  2. beautifully   3. high   4. easily     5. quickly
6  Kate and James can swim far  //   Paul and Sandra can't swim far  //  Kate  can't kick hard  //  Kate can walk quickly.   //  Kate and James can't dance nicely.   //   Paul can't kick hard.     //  Paul can walk quickly.    //  Sandra can kick hard.     //    Sandra can't walk quickly.    //  James can kick hard.   //   James can't walk quickly.
7. 1. must  2. mustn't   3. must  4. must  5. mustn't
8  1. can    2. must    3. mustn't    4. can't    5. can
9  1. should    2. shouldn't    3. should    4. should    5. shouldn't
10  1. Should people wear shoes in a swimming pool?    2. Should students do sport during the week?
   3. Should a school have a computer room?       4. Should parents help their children do homework?
   5. Should you study before a test?      6. Should teenagers meet their friends every night?

  

Tasks for today:

  • Revising GIVING DIRECTIONS. Watch these episodes again from the OLD THAT'S ENGLISH ( Here's the page in my site OLD THAT'S ENGLISH COURSE  and some Notes):  Unit 4   >>   Programmes   1    010   2   011   3   012     (MODULE 1)

  • Do exercises on page 70 (Unit 5) and then write a similar dialogue giving directions (Exercise 4)

Wr11: Diálogo basado en lo visto en la página 70 y en los episodios del OLD THAT'S ENGLISH ( He aquí la página en mi site OLD THAT'S ENGLISH COURSE  y los correspondientes apuntes: Notes):  Unit 4   >>   Programmes   1    010   2   011   3   012     (MODULE 1) :  GIVING DIRECTIONS TO A TOURIST IN YOUR HOMETOWN/VILLAGE.




 


 


Smart Planet Digital books


These are the tasks for today: 

  • Watch this video about the difference between TOO & ENOUGH:

How To Use TOO & ENOUGH | English Grammar Lesson   (mmmEnglish)

  • Unit 7 (Smart Planet 4)    >>>   page 79

  • Writing exercise for you to do    >>>>>  

Wr12: Diálogo basado en las funciones vistas para la expresión de las POLITE OFFERS & REQUESTS, aparte de lo visto en la página 78, sobre el tema: "Organising an activity".


 

English with Lucy  >>>  WE MOVED TO THE FARM - spend the day with me!

 





 

 


No homework for today as we have no classes on Wednesdays.





Some recommendations by the British Council: Covid-19 learning support   




martes, 31 de marzo de 2020

Times of hope (QUARANTINE: DAY 16)

 

It is indeed a time of hope. We hope that scientists will find the solution in a near future and the measures governments are taking will have a positive impact on this health crisis.

 

Eddy Grant - Gimme Hope Jo'Anna

 

 

 



Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready? (The Guardian)






Quarantine Scoreboard

Posts uploaded:  13


Students participating:  about 65 out of 110 (60%)


Comments written and corrected: 270


Emails exchanged: almost 700


PASEN announcements & messages: more than 800


Things handed in and corrected: more than 300

Visits to blog and site during quarantine: more than 3,800 (Average of 300 visits per day)






RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE QUARANTINE


 Tuesday, 31st March



Solutions to exercises on page 149.


Exercises on page 149 (Units 4 & 5)


7. 1. right now   2. never    3. now   4. every summer   5. at the moment
8  1. do  2. am exploring   3. watches   4. play     5. are swimming   6. is eating
9  1. walk    2. isn't swimming   3. don't speak    4. are planning   5. studies    6. is saying
10. 1. Is Kate travelling in France at the moment? Yes, she is.
2. Does Paul often visit Italy? No, he doesn't.
3. When does your family usually go on holiday? In June.
4. Where are the boys staying at the moment? At Paul's house.  
5. What are you doing at the beach right now? I'm reading a book.  
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1  1. can't    2. can    3. can't    4. can't    5. can
2  1. She can't catch the ball.    2. He can't play volleyball.    3. They can swim
    4. They can play tennis.      5. She can't run.      6. He can do karate.
3  1. Can your mother play football? No, she can't.    2. Can your friends speak Italian? No, they can't.
   3. Can you see the mountains from your house? No, I can't.
   4. Can your father lift heavy weights? Yes, he can.
   5. Can you throw a ball into the basket? Yes, I can.

  

Tasks for today:

  • Watch New That's English:        Unit 10A         Unit 10B    (MODULE 1)

  • Do exercises on page 150 to continue revising Unit 5.



 


 

First of all, here are the solutions workbook pages 43-44 .

Solutions: 

Grammar 2
1 1b  2d   3a   4e   5c
2 1. must  2. have to   3. must   4. had to   5. don't have to   6. has to
3  1. can't , mustn't   2. infinitive
4  1. mustn't forget   2. can't bring   3. mustn't leave   4. mustn't be    5. can't play
5 1. can't   2. must   3. don't have to   4. mustn't   5. can't   6. have   7. can't   8. had to
6 1. You mustn't run too fast at the start of a race.
2. We can't wear trainers to school.
3. He had to go to the doctor the other day.
4. You don't have to wear special clothes for this activity.
5. He can't play in the match.
6. You must remember to bring flip-flops.

Reading
1 Volleyball, if you find a free court.
2  1.membership rates  2. latest craze   3. lead to   4.  stamina  5. sweat   6. burns up   7. workout  8. pick out
3    


Running
Weight training
Volleyball
Hot yoga
Calories/hour
500
400
500 (beach) /300
475
Place
Street or park
A gym
Beach, park or club
Yoga centre
How often need to do it
20 minutes, 3x a week
2/3 times a week
weekends
2x a week
Benefits
Lose weight, get in shape
Strong muscles, get in shape
Improve general fitness
Give stamina and strength
Risks
Injuries if you don’t have good shoes
Muscle injuries
Sprained ankle
Dehydration
Equipment needed
Good running shoes
Machines
Volleyball
None

Smart Planet Digital books


These are the tasks for today:

  • Unit 7 (Smart Planet 4)    >>>   pages 77-78

 

 



Learners' Questions:  SITUATION, POSITION or CONDITION   (BBC Learning English)





 

 


Homework for today:


  Unit 6  (page 77-79)





Bill Gates makes a prediction about when coronavirus cases will peak

 

 



Matthew McConaughey shares message of hope amid coronavirus pandemic (Pay attention how he uses the term 'resilience')




‘Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives’: Prime Minister writes to every UK household (TransportXtra)