30 March 2009
28 March 2009
Wilkins is right, of course, but one might add that pronunciation plays a very important role in second language learning, especially as far as English is concerned. You know that being able to pronounce English sounds is one of the keys in order to succeed in learning English. So, what are you waiting for? Why don't you start paying more attention to this area right now?
Yes, I want to improve my English pronunciation.
No, I don't want to improve my English pronunciation (watch this video, then)
After watching the video, I suppose you are having second thoughts about priorities, aren't you?
27 March 2009
So, the quotation by Mark Twain is "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter". Clever, isn't it? The author is playing with the double meaning of the words "mind" and "matter" since these two words have different meanings depending on what part of speech they are, noun or verb.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an Amercian writer, famous for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Both the Mississippi River and the institution of slavery are recurrent elements in his writing. He was also very popular during his lifetime.
Wanna know more? The Mark Twain House & Museum
Well, turn for practice. First of all, go through the first link so that you can understand the difference in meaning of "I don't mind" and "It doesn't matter", will you?
Maybe, this link will also help: www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic36370.html
Exercise 2 (more confusing words)
23 March 2009
17 March 2009
Vocabulary exercises. Please, have a look at the following website where you can find lots of exercises related to crimes and criminals. You just have to go through the different links and have a good time.
Listening practice. Click on the following link to do a multiple choice listening exercise about security systems (don't forget to listen to it again while reading the quiz script after checking your answers).
Watch a video. Now, you are ready for some real English.
Close to home is a legal drama in which Annabeth Chase is a criminal prosecutor with a near perfect conviction record. In the episode "Parents on trial" from Season 1, Annabeth must combat the defense’s strategy of putting the victim’s parents on trial by claiming their lifestyle and the father’s relationship with the defendant is to blame for their son’s death. Now, Annabeth must find evidence that will convince a jury that the defendant is guilty of the murder of Baily, the 6-year-old boy. Watch the following video and let's see how much you can understand.
Grammar exercises. Before tackling these exercises, read this fragment from the trial:
Lawyer: "I have two independent witnesses who would say that you told them that you were worried about money and terrified about having another child."
Child's father: "I might have said a few things but I never said that."
Do you remember the use of past modals to make deductions or speculate about past actions? Do you? Anyway, here you have two links in which your find a couple of exercises to do some practice in case you might need it.
Well, you're done. How do you feel? I hope you enjoyed this lesson and found it useful. See ya!
16 March 2009
How do you feel when you listen to the tune of the TV series you wouldn't miss for anything in the world when you were younger? But, before you carry on reading, let's watch the following video, shall we?
So, do you remember? Yes, it's Northern Exposure (1990), translated as Doctor en Alaska for Spanish television. Do you remember cute but obnoxious New York doctor Joel Fleischman? What about the town beautiful pilot, Maggie O'Connell, and his love-hate relationship with Fleishman? And we cannot forget the rest of Cicely's quirky characters: Maurice, Ed, Holling and Shelly, Chris and his radio programme, "Chris in the morning", etc.
This show has been labelled as a dramedy (a balance between humour and serious content) and it certainly has humorous elements together with more serious topics. I still remember the episode when Maggie's boyfriend is killed by a satellite that fell from the sky. At the funeral, everybody tries to feel sorry for him and for Maggie, who is said to be cursed (four former boyfriends were also killed in strange circumstances), but, when they see the satellite protruding from the coffin, all of them burst out laughing in spite of Maggie's anger.
Well, what else can I say? You know that watching TV in English is essential for you to improve your English level. So, what are you waiting for? There are plenty of films, sitcoms and TV series in general that you like and watch so why not in English? Believe me, it's much more fun.
Wanna know more? http://www.moosechick.com/ (by the way, do you know what a moose is?)
15 March 2009
This blog is aimed at all students of English, all EOI students and Laura's Avanzados in particular at EOI Alcalá de Henares.
I've been thinking about what to include in this first post for a while but I couldn't make up my mind. In the end, I thought that some exam tips would do (this year you are taking so many tests for Evaluación de progreso that I kind of feel sorry for you). Enjoy!