Big Ben and the English Parliament (London)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Test Unit 8: Contents

  • Past Simple: Questions & Short Answers
  • Past Simple: Negatives
  • Adverbs of manner
  • Action verbs
  • Time Units

Monday, May 28, 2012

Making Deductions: Sherlock Holmes, a Web Task

Sherlock Holmes was famous for his DEDUCTIONS and must have been the greatest fictional detective of his day. He certainly solved a lot of cases so he can't have been very bad at it...

1) Watch this presentation and make deductions in the past and in the present about the pictures:
  • What is deduction?
  • What are modal verbs?
  • When do we use must? And can't, may or might?
  • How do we make deductions about the past?
2) You are going to watch the first part of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in which Sherlock Holmes has to investigate a mysterious dog.

- Watch CLIP 1 and answer the following questions:
  •  Did Sir Charles of Baskerville die of natural causes?
  • According to the legend of the Baskerville hound, what happens to all the members of the Baskerville family?
  • Does Sherlock Holmes believe in supernatural legends?
- Read about the legend and the characters HERE. Find out the meaning of the words in bold.

3) Try to solve the mystery as Sherlock Holmes would do. Prepare an oral presentation making deductions about what could have happened.

4) Read the complete summary HERE

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mr Bean's Christmas: Web Task

Mr Bean celebrates the traditional British Christmas. Find out how. Click on the Web Task and do all the activities.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Web Task: Friends in TV shows

Friends and The Secret Circle are two American TV series about a group of friends. Can you see any difference between them? What are the two shows about?

A Watch CLIP 1 and answer the following questions:

1 Where do the girls come from?
2 What is UNAGI?
3 Does UNAGI prove to be effective in the end?

B Watch CLIP 2 and answer the questions too:

1 What does the protagonist have to fix in her car?
2 In the video we see that Cassie has to start over. How?
3 In what way is her new circle of friends "different"?
4 What does the "secret circle" refer to?
5 What is special about Cassie?
C Imagine you are the owner of a successful TV channel. Which one would you choose?

Read how to express opinions in English and prepare a discussion.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Web Task: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)

Do you normally go to art exhibitions? Have you got a favourite artist?

Click on this web task on Renoir, a famous French painter, and do the activities.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Life at a Secondary School

Read this text about a teenager at school in Britain. Then do the activities in the worksheet.

Is his school day very different from yours?