Big Ben and the English Parliament (London)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Countable and Uncountable Nouns in English.

(source: English Is Fun/Facebook)

  • Countable Nouns are used in singular and plural forms.
  • Uncountable Nouns are ONLY used in singular forms.
  • A/an, many and a few are used with countable nouns; much and a little with uncountable nouns.
  • The, some and any are used with both countable and uncountable nouns, but you will find some only in affirmative sentences.
  • You can do some online exercises HERE.
  • And you can see an interesting PowerPoint presentation HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Grammar Tips - Relative Clauses & Passives

  • We use Relative Clauses to join two sentences, and to give additional information about something:
              - Do you know the girl who is talking to Tom?
              - George ate the apple which was lying on the table.
  • By combining sentences with a relative clause your text becomes more fluent and you avoid repeating certain words.
  • If you want a more detailed explanation, click HERE.
  • If you need more practice you can do some online EXERCISES.

  •  The Passive voice is used when the focus is on the ACTION, it's not important who or what is performing it.
                - My bike was stolen.
                - The road is being repaired.
  • See uses & form of passive sentences HERE.
  • You can practise by doing some EXERCISES. For exercises with passives in simple present click HERE; for passives in simple past click HERE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Price Tag

  • Watch the video Price Tag by Jessie J and do the following EXERCISE. Do you think everybody's got a price?
  • Russian buys world's priciest home: A LISTENING. And HERE is the audio transcription and the answers of the exercises we did in class.

Monday, November 11, 2013

End-of-Term Homework

The 1st Term is almost over and you will have to make the last effort to be successful...

These are your tasks:

  • Grado Medio:
TASK 1  (deadline November 18th, 20th) - Instructions.
    - Translate the text from a user's manual and do the exercises. Worksheet HERE.
TASK 2 (deadline November 25th, 27th) - A Dialogue.
          - You want to take a friend to dinner. Make a dialogue. Introduce yourself, make arrangements and give directions to get to the restaurant.

TASK 3 (deadline December 2nd, 4th) - A Listening.

          - Listen to this recording about electricity. Download the script and correct the spelling of the underlined words HERE.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Everyday Problems

Look at the problems you might have at home and match them to consequences a to g.

  1. I'm having problems with the bathroom taps...
  2. The TV isn't working properly...
  3. The phone's out of order...
  4. The washing machine's leaking...
  5. The fan isn't working...
  6. I'm having problems locking the front door...
  7. There's something wrong with the iron...

      a. ... and I need to ring my family.
      b. ... they keep dripping and I can't turn them off.
      c. ... I can't turn the key.
      d. ... and we can only get one channel.
      e. ... It's not just getting hot enough.
      f. ... and there's water all over the floor.

Highlight here for ANSWERS: 1B, 2E,3A, 4G, 5C, 6D, 7F


You can also read this interesting article on how to troubleshoot electrical problems at home.