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Macmillan REAL SERIES: Grammar, Vocabulary and Real World English

Do you have a couple of minutes a day to spare? I'm sure you do. That's what'll take you to practise grammar, vocabulary and real world English using the Macmillan Real Video series:




Real Grammar







Real Vocabulary




Real World English



BEST OF BE Alcalá de Henares 2018

Birmingham European Festival http://www.corraldealcala.com/es/temporada/1044/best-of-be-festival/ October 2018. Don't miss it!
BEST of BE FESTIVAL’s tour showcases three of the festival’s favourite shows. Birmingham’s BE FESTIVAL features a genre-bending selection of European theatre, dance, comedy, circus, live music & DJs, food, visual and performing arts.
Some theatres provide the opportunity to take part in workshops with the artist. Check with your local theatre for information.

PATÉTICA FONÉTICA

/ɪtsnɒtðəseɪm/ For the whole EOI Laredo videocast series, click here.

Pronunciation dictionaries:
Howjsay
Forvo
HowToPronounce
Inogolo
Read with a British accent

MAKING THE LEAP TO THE C1 LEVEL

The leap to the C1 level is no small feat. If you really want to get there, there are important habits you must consider. Just coming to an English class is not going to be enough. Having a B2 level is quite good already, though. You might choose to remain there (I hope you don't).



• Communication depends upon mutual intelligibility. That is to say that it is only possible if the language forms produced by the speaker are identified and understood by the listener. It is, therefore, the responsibility of speakers to pronounce them as intelligibly as possible (pronunciation and stress patterns).
• A considerable enlargement of concrete vocabulary.
• The refinement of functional and general notional categories.
• Recognition and limited control of important register varieties avoiding excessive formality on the one hand and colloquial or familiar usage on the other.
• Increased ability to understand and produce longer and more complex utterances. 
• Interaction is less constrained and both…

SOCIAL MEDIA AND RECRUITMENT - opinion essay (5D)

How Marketers Use Social Media for Recruitment
An opinion essay (Look at the essay and do the exercises to improve your writing skills)
5D SKILLS FOR WRITING: 2. READING
3. WRITING SKILLS
a. 2, 4, 3, 1
b.c, d b, c, d because it's goog to create interest (b, c) and introduce an issue objectively (d), but not stating an opinion before presenting the arguments isn't logical.
c.a, b, c a, b, c because the conclusion should not contain new information or arguments.

e.Also    What's more    Moreover    as well as    Above all    Besides    Furthermore
f.  g.  h.

MINI GROUP #7: Txtng: the Gr8 Db8

Texting, the great debate
TEXTING IS GOOD FOR THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Prof. David Crystal debunks the myths (S1Ep2 ofIt's Only a Theory, 11 May 2013)

"illiterate"
" ... and every one of those statements are a load of chicken droppings"
"nobody sends a text withoutnot being a point"
"why are they leaving the letters out?"
"... the more you text, the better your literacy scores"
"... abbreviations are new-fangled, cooked up by today's youth - not so". "textiquette" "... they'd look at me as if I am nuts."
"... there are downsides to texting"
2b or not 2b?(The Guardian)

Video games testing reading exerciseKEY: 1. d 2. a 3. b 4. b 5. d 6. a 7. c 8. c



LISTENING PRACTICE AND VOCAB: MINIMUM WAGES

Multiple-choice listening: Gregg and Todd debate the necessity of minimum wages. TIP: Make sure you hide the script and do the quiz and vocab exercises before you read it.
Now, let's see if this pic jogs your memory: With lyrics.
ODE TO WORK
I AM TIRED BECAUSE I AM OVERWORKED The population of Britain is 51 million. 21 million are retired. That leaves 30 million to do the work. There are 19 million in school. That leaves 11 million to do the work. Of this total, 2 million are unemployed and 4 million are employed by the government. That leaves 5 million to do the work. 1 million are in the armed forces which leaves 4 million to do the work! From that total 3 million are employed by the County and Borough Councils