26 feb. 2015

CONNECTORS AND SEQUENCERS

When we speak or write we have two options. We can use the formula  sentence + sentence + sentence + sentence + ..... which doesn't sound too natural

          I like Sundays.
          I don't work on Sundays.
          I wake up at 8.30.
          I get up at 10.00.
          I have a big breakfast.
          I sometimes read the newspaper.
          I sometimes work in the garden.
          I go out for a walk.
          I have lunch with my family.
          We watch TV.
          We talk. 
          We don't work.
          We don't study.

Or we can link the sentences and the discourse using CONNECTORS (and, or, but, because) and SEQUENCERS (then, before/after breakfast, ...) which sounds a lot more natural, don't you think so?

I like Sundays because I don't work. I wake up at 8.30 but I get up at 10.00 and I have a big breakfast. Then I sometimes read the newspaper or work in the garden. Before lunch I go out for a walk. Then I have lunch with my family. After lunch we watch TV and talk. We don't work or study.

Now time for you to practise!!!!!

Exercise

Write a composition about your favourite day and send it to your teacher!!

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23 feb. 2015

SAYING THE DATE

Let's revise the dates with this video. There are two parts. During the first part of the video just listen to it and try to understand as much as you can. You can take pen and paper and write the dates they say. In the second part you can read the subtitles and check your answers.


21 feb. 2015

THE CALENDAR SONG

This is the song I told you about in class, I am sure many of you have heard about it, but did you know it only says the months of the year? Enjoy The Calendar Song by Boney M


20 feb. 2015

WHAT'S THE DATE TODAY?

There are two ways to say the date:

     - Today is Friday, 20th January, 2012
     - Today is Friday, January 20th, 2012



To say the date you need, among other things, to know the days of the week, the months of the year, the year, and the ordinal numbers, of course. Now you can listen to them.


And now you can record yourself and compare with the original.


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17 feb. 2015

CARNIVAL TIME AT EOI EIVISSA - DON'T MISS IT!!!


AT, IN, ON (PREPOSITIONS OF TIME)

 When we say 'when' we not only say the watch time but also we refer to:
  • parts of the day (morning, afternoon, everning)
  • specific time in the day (lunch, dinner)
  • day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, ...)
  • month of the year (January, February, March...)
  • the year (2010, 1984, 1715...)
  • the season (spring, summer, autumn, winter)
  • specific periods of time (Christmas, Easter, weekend) ....
Three prepositions are used AT, IN and ON . Do you remember when to use them? If you don't then have a look at this powerpoint, it will help!!!



Exercise 1 (Choose the correct answer)
Exercise 2 (Write in, at, on, to complete the sentences)
Exercise 3 (Drag each word to the correct group)
Exercise 4 (Complete the sentences with the correct preposition)
Exercise 5 (Choose the right answer)
Exercise 6 (Which is the right preposition to complete the sentence?)



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16 feb. 2015

FASCINATING FESTIVALS

…but if you go, don’t wear new clothes!

Read the text while you listen to it. Then record yourself and compare your recording with the original. This will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills!!

THE TOMATINA



The Tomatina festival takes place on the last Wednesday in August in Buñol, Spain. The ‘tomato battle’ starts at 11 o’clock in the morning, and continues for two hours. During the Tomatina 35,000 people throw 125,000 kilos of tomatoes!



THE CARNAVALE D'IVREA



In January (the exact date changes every year) you can go to Ivrea in Italy and take part in the Carnevale d’Ivrea, where people throw oranges at each other. If you don’t want people to throw an orange at you, you have to wear a red hat!



THE WATER FESTIVAL



Thailand has a Water Festival (Songkran) every April to celebrate the New Year. It starts on 13th April and lasts for two days. People throw water at each other all day and also at night.



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15 feb. 2015

CHORES AND ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY

First click here to learn the vocabulary. Then practise chores and adverbs of frequency with this book. Click here to open the book in a new bigger window.

14 feb. 2015

MY DAY

Listen to Jaquie talking about her day.



Everyday I get up at seven o´clock. I have a shower and I get dressed. I have breakfast at quarter past seven. I usually have a big breakfast: cereal, toast, fruit and coffee. I get to work at quarter to nine. I work at a sports centre. I answer the phone at reception and give people the keys to the changing rooms. I start work at nine o'clock. At quarter past one I have lunch with my colleagues in the cafeteria. I usually finish work at six o'clock. Sometimes I stay late at the centre to do some exercise. I get home at quarter to eight. I have dinner at half past eight. Then I watch TV. I go to bed at half past eleven.

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And now, read the text and record yourself. Then listen to your recording, you can compare with the original and repeat it as many times as you want. Come on, don't be shy! This is good speaking practice.

13 feb. 2015

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ... (Present tense)

This is a video from MadridTeacher.com. Victoria Fontana tells us about a typical day in her life. There are two parts. During the first part of the video just listen to it and try to understand as much as you can, in the second part you can read the subtitles. Does she live in an Okinawa way? What do you think?


12 feb. 2015

TIME AND DAILY ROUTINES

This book will help you practise the times and daily routines. With audio too!! If you want to open it in a new bigger window, click here
NOTE: Be careful when you write, watch your spelling and don't use contractions, if you use contractions or the spelling is wrong (for example, not using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence) you will get it wrong.

THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR


There are four seasons that happen in a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Can you tell me which season it is?


10 feb. 2015

THE MYSTERY OF OKINAWA

In Okinawa people live a very long time. They are hardly ever ill. Many people live to be 100 – more people than in other parts of the world. Why? What is their secret?
 
Read the text while you listen to it. Then record yourself and compare your recording with the original. This will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills!!




A healthy diet



The Okinawans eat vegetables, fruit, fish, soya, and rice. They usually have seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. People don’t usually drink much alcohol or smoke. They don’t eat much meat or fast food.



Exercise



Physical activity is very important for the people of Okinawa. Martial arts, walking, traditional dancing, and gardening are very popular with people of all ages.



Low stress



In many countries people have healthy diets and do exercise. But the unusual thing about the people in Okinawa is that they are not stressed. They are relaxed and take their time. Buses are hardly ever on time, and people often arrive an hour late for meetings. Every evening hundreds of people, young and old, go to the beach to watch the beautiful sunset. People often meditate to relax.




Always active



Another important thing is that people often work until they are 80 – sometimes until 90! In the Okinawan dialect there is no word for ‘retired’. They are busy and active all their lives. Old people don’t stay at home – they go out and meet friends.

When journalists ask people ‘What is the secret of your long life?’, they answer ‘We are happy, we are always positive, and we are never in a hurry.’


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