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29 October 2015

CERTIFICACIÓN DE NIVEL C1



At last, some good news!

From the academic year 2016/17 the Official Schools of Languages in Madrid will offer C1 certificate courses!!!

La Comunidad de Madrid ofrecerá la certificación del nivel C1 en varios idiomas el próximo año.

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

Halloween corner:
   Treasure hunt
   Listening exercise
   Reading exercise

History of Halloween: listening comprehension
Halloween quiz: spooky destinations
Halloween in the USA: listening comprehension
Learn English with songs: prepositions exercise

For older posts about Halloween, do click here.

22 October 2015

I LOVE ENGLISH AND SO DO YOU!



Explanation
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
More practice
And a bit more...

Watch this video with extracts from TV series to be able to see this grammatical point in real context:


Listen to these two songs to practise past tense pronunciation and our grammatical point today:


http://lyricsvault.net/php/artist.php?s=39553

Teacher: You copied from Fred's exam paper, didn't you ?
Pupil: How did you know ?
Teacher: Fred's paper says "I don't know" and you have put "Me, neither" !
Jokes for teachers )

21 October 2015

GETTING IN THE MOOD FOR HALLOWEEN

Hello, boils and ghoulstime to get ready for Halloween?     (whooops, sorry, boys and girls, I meant)

Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven (interactive poem)

Summary. It is midnight on a cold evening in December in the 1840s. In a dark and shadowy bedroom, wood burns in the fireplace as a man laments the death of Lenore, a woman he deeply loved. To occupy his mind, he reads a book of ancient stories. But a tapping noise disturbs him. When he opens the door to the bedroom, he sees nothing–only darkness. When the tapping persists, he opens the shutter of the window and discovers a raven, which flies into the room and lands above the door on a bust of Athena (Pallas in the poem), the goddess of wisdom and war in Greek mythology. It says “Nevermore” to all his thoughts and longings. The raven, a symbol of death, tells the man he will never again ("nevermore") see his beloved, never again hold her–even in heaven. 




For older posts on Halloween, please click here.

13 October 2015

03 October 2015

WHAT'S ON


BEST OF BE FESTIVAL
in Alcalá de Henares
The Birmingham European Festival

The Madrid Players presents An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly. 


An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre.

Summary (and notes)
Character and theme
BBC - GCSE Bitesize: English Literature, An Inspector Calls

GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). In the UK except Scotland, a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
  •       a GCSE exam or pass 
    "you need five GCSEs"

An Inspector Calls (Complete BBC Edition, Bernard Hepton, 1982) by JB Priestley: