Thursday, 14 September 2017

Homework 2016-2017

Workbook:
You can do the exercises in Units 1-10

Blog: 
In this blog you will find extra material to improve your English.

Bibliography Advanced 2
Speakout LEAD-IN
Unit 1: Speakout 1.1  Speakout 1.2  Speakout 1.3  Speakout 1.4 & 1.5
Unit 2 : Speakout 2.1: p 20  p 21 & 22  Speakout 2.2  Speakout 2.3 Speakout 2.4 & 2.5
Unit 3 : Speakout 3.1  Speakout 3.2  Speakout 3.3  Speakout 3.4 & 3.5
Unit 4 : Speakout 4.1  Speakout 4.2  Speakout 4.3  Speakout 4.4 & 4.5
Unit 5 : Speakout 5.1  Speakout 5.2  Speakout 5.3  Speakout 5.4 & 5.5
Unit 6 : Speakout 6.1  Speakout 6.2  Speakout 6.3  Speakout 6.4 & 6.5
Unit 7 : Speakout 7.1  Speakout 7.2  Speakout 7.3  Speakout 7.4 & 7.5
Unit 8 : Speakout 8.1  Speakout 8.2  Speakout 8.3  Speakout 8.4 & 8.5
Unit 9 : Speakout 9.1  Speakout 9.2  Speakout 9.3  Speakout 9.4 & 9.5
Unit 10 : Speakout 10.1  Speakout 10.2  Speakout 10.3  Speakout 10.4 & 10.5



Get ready for the speaking exam
Guide
pictures & questions


Assignments
Unit 1: Personal profile:
Our language assistant this year is called Natalie. She is from Minnesota. Write an email to her with your personal profile. (deadline: 17 Oct)
You will find useful language here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
More ideas on how to write personal profiles on page 10.
 
Unit 2: Discursive essay: write a balanced discussion (discursive essay) on the following theme:
Social networks have drastically changed the way people communicate and interact. Discuss. You will get more ideas on how to write an essay on p 25 & 121, here and here. You will find useful language, here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 7 Nov). 
Here you have other ideas for a discursive essay:

  • Medical advances will soon mean that people will live until they are 200 years old.
  • Individual countries do not have the right to interfere with the affairs of another country.
  • Students, not the state, should pay university tuition fees.
  • Women should be promoted to top jobs in business and politics before men.
  • E-books: the end of the word as we know it.
Unit 3: Proposal: 
Has Mallorca reached a ceiling on visitors? Your local government intends to solve the issue of tourist overcrowding and invites residents to send in proposals. In your proposal you should outline any problems there are, and make recommendations for improving the current situation. You can find useful language and ideas for this topic here and here. You can find more ideas for writing proposals on page 41. Here you can see examples of how to write proposals. Finally, you can find useful language for writing proposals on pages 39 and 132 (3.3) and  here. (Deadline 28 Nov) 

Unit 4: A problem-solution essay:  


According to a recent survey conducted by a government unit responsible for gender violence, two million women in Spain say they have been the victims of some type of abuse at some point in their lives. How would you solve the problem of gender-based violence in our country nowadays? 
Write a problem-solution essay about gender-based violence. You will find useful language for this topic here and here. You will get more ideas on how to write a problem-solution essay on p 49 and here. You will find useful language, here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 19 Dec).

Here you have other ideas for a problem-solution essay:

  • Human rights
  • Child labour
  • Economic development
  • Intellectual Property
  • Capital punishment
  • Religious freedom
  • Environmental awareness
  • Illegal immigration
  • Civil liberties
  • Free trade
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gun control
  • The Global Refugee Crisis (you will find useful language for this topic here, here and here.)
  • Economic inequality: the gap between rich and poor 
Unit 5: A narrative.  Choose one of the two options below and write a narrative. You will get more ideas on how to write narratives on p 58 and here. You will also find useful language   here
 
A) You decide to enter a writing contest. The rules say: Write a narrative that ends with the words “Before leaving, he said – Please, keep it under your hat.”
keep something under your hat: (informal) to keep something secret and not tell anyone else.

 

B) Write a scrapbook after Christmas with the activities you did together with family and friends. 
(deadline: 16 Jan) 

Here you have other ideas for a narrative:
  • Identify a significant experience in your life and write about it. You will find useful language here.
  • Write a story which ends as follows: "He picked up the unopened envelope and set light to it with a match. With a faint smile on his face, he watched the remains crumble in the ashtray". 
Unit 6: Write a report 

The language school where you study English would like to know the opinion of its students about the school web page and the teachers' blogs. To see how to write a report click here.

Here you have another idea for a report:
Write a report about the housing situation for young people. Find the details here. (Deadline: 6 Feb)

Unit 7: 
Make a presentation. Give a 10 minute presentation on one of the curriculum topics. You can find some tips here. Deadlines: before 31 Oct tell your teacher the topic. In February give the presentation. 



A formal letter or email
You are given a spa voucher as a present. According to the brochure you can choose from a wide range of pampering spa services and luxury treatments. You are looking forward to a weekend of well-being and relaxation, but after redeeming your voucher you feel worse than ever. Write an email of complaint to the spa resort.
redeem something to exchange something such as shares or vouchers for money or goods. Sp. canjear. E.g. This voucher can be redeemed at any of our branches.

Useful language for writing letters: here , here and here.
(Deadline: 20 Feb)
  

Unit 8: Article. A series of articles is being published in a magazine you read under the title Tell Me What It's All About. The articles are all attempts to explain something that is currently popular to people who have never heard of it and know nothing whatsoever about it. Readers have been invited to send in their own articles under this title. Write your article, remembering that it must assume no knowledge of its subject on the part of the reader. To see how to write articles click here and also here. On page 97 you can also read some guidelines to improve descriptive writing. Finally, you can find useful language for writing here. (Deadline: 13 March)

Unit 9: Write a review of two books you have read this year and compare them.   Useful language.  (Deadlines: before 31 Oct tell your teacher the books you are going to read. In April hand in your review) Click here for a list of readers and more instructions for this assignment.



Alternatively, write a review of two hotels / two art galleries / two museums/ two films / two concerts... and compare them.
 

Unit 10: Application letter and Character Reference. (deadline: 8 May). Find the details here.
More ideas on how to write letters: 
You will find a letter writing guide here and here . You can find useful language here. 
Formal letters.
How to write. 


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Homework 2015-2016

Workbook:
You can do the exercises in Units 1-10

Blog: 
In this blog you will find extra material to improve your English.

Bibliography Advanced 2
Speakout LEAD-IN
Unit 1: Speakout 1.1  Speakout 1.2  Speakout 1.3  Speakout 1.4 & 1.5
Unit 2 : Speakout 2.1: p 20  p 21 & 22  Speakout 2.2  Speakout 2.3 Speakout 2.4 & 2.5
Unit 3 : Speakout 3.1  Speakout 3.2  Speakout 3.3  Speakout 3.4 & 3.5
Unit 4 : Speakout 4.1  Speakout 4.2  Speakout 4.3  Speakout 4.4 & 4.5
Unit 5 : Speakout 5.1  Speakout 5.2  Speakout 5.3  Speakout 5.4 & 5.5
Unit 6 : Speakout 6.1  Speakout 6.2  Speakout 6.3  Speakout 6.4 & 6.5
Unit 7 : Speakout 7.1  Speakout 7.2  Speakout 7.3  Speakout 7.4 & 7.5
Unit 8 : Speakout 8.1  Speakout 8.2  Speakout 8.3  Speakout 8.4 & 8.5
Unit 9 : Speakout 9.1  Speakout 9.2  Speakout 9.3  Speakout 9.4 & 9.5
Unit 10 : Speakout 10.1  Speakout 10.2  Speakout 10.3  Speakout 10.4 & 10.5



Get ready for the speaking exam

Guide
pictures & questions

Assignments
Unit 1: Personal profile: write a personal profile for your new English class  (deadline: 14 Oct) More ideas on how to write personal profiles on page 10. You will find useful language herehere, here, here, here, here, here and here.
Unit 2: Discursive essay: write a balanced discussion (discursive essay) on the following theme: Technology is replacing personal interaction. You will get more ideas on how to write an essay on pages 25 & 121, here and here. You will find useful language here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 4 Nov). 
Here you have other ideas for a discursive essay:


  • Medical advances will soon mean that people will live until they are 200 years old.
  • Individual countries do not have the right to interfere with the affairs of another country.
  • Students, not the state, should pay university tuition fees.
  • Women should be promoted to top jobs in business and politics before men.
  • E-books: the end of the word as we know it
Unit 3: Proposal: write a proposal for improving the area where you live: the town council intends to spend money improving your area, and invites residents to send in proposals. In your proposal you should outline any problems there are, and make recommendations for improving the current situation. You can find more ideas for writing proposals on page 41. Here you can see examples of how to write proposals. Finally, you can find useful language for writing proposals on pages 39 and 132 (3.3) and  here. (Deadline 23 Nov) 

Unit 4: A problem-solution essay: tens of thousands of people are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe—sometimes with tragic consequences. The U.N. estimates that more people have been displaced than at any time since World War II. Write a problem-solution essay for your local newspaper about this social issue entitled: The Global Refugee Crisis.  You will get more ideas on how to write a problem-solution essay on p 49 and here. You will find useful language for this topic here, here and here. You will find useful language for writing here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 14 Dec).
Here you have other ideas for a problem-solution essay:

  • Human rights
  • Child labour
  • Economic development 
  • Economic inequality: the gap between rich and poor
  • Intellectual Property
  • Capital punishment
  • Religious freedom
  • Environmental awareness
  • Illegal immigration
  • Civil liberties
  • Free trade
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gun control
  • Forced evictions: Global Crisis, Global Solutions
Unit 5: A narrative.  Choose one of the two options below and write a narrative. You will get more ideas on how to write narratives on p 58. You will also find useful language   here
A) Identify a significant experience in the life of a family member or a friend and write about it. You can find useful language here.
B) Write a scrapbook after Christmas with the activities you did together with family and friends. (deadline: 13 Jan) 

Unit 6: a report: your school would like to know how much the students practise their English both inside and outside the school with the aim of encouraging more students to use it as much as possibleYou will get more ideas on how to write reports on p 73 and here.  (Deadline: 10 Feb)

Unit 7: 
Write a formal letter: Read this article and write a formal letter to the newspaper, giving your version of what life is like on the island and asking them to print another article. Use the comments below the article to get some ideas of what to say. You will find a letter writing guide here and here. You can find useful language here, here: Formal letters, here:  How to write.  and here (deadline: 24 Feb) 

Make a presentation. Give a 10 minute presentation on one of the curriculum topics. You can find some tips here. Deadlines: before 30 Oct tell your teacher the topic. In February give the presentation.


  Unit 8: Article. 

Your English teacher would like you to share your ideas and experiences on how to succeed in exams and for this purpose you have been asked to write a contribution for the class blog.
Write an article suggesting the best ways of preparing for exams, saying what you should or should not do, not only to prepare for them, but also on the day of the exam.
To see how to write articles click here and also here. Finally, you can find useful language for writing here. (Deadline: 14 March)

Unit 9: Write a review of two books you have read this year.   Useful language .  (Deadlines: before 30 Oct tell your teacher the books you are going to read. In April hand in your review) Click here for a list of readers and more instructions for this assignment.

Unit 10: Letter of application
(deadline: 2 May) Find the details here.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Resources for Learning English





GENERAL


EE


EO
Vídeos per fomentar el debat: http://film-english.com/
Questions for peaking: http://iteslj.org/questions/
Movie Segments for Warm-ups and follow-ups http://warmupsfollowups.blogspot.com.es/
English pronunciation and sounds http://tv.uvigo.es/gl/serial/1432.html





CL
Readings with audio and activities: http://www.cdlponline.org/




CA

-  BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ 
-  LISTEN A MINUTE: http://www.listenaminute.com/ 
-  ESL-LAB. Randall´s Cyber Listening Lab: http://www.esl-lab.com 
-  ITESLJ.  ESL: Listening: http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Listening 
-  ManyThings- Interesting Things for ESL Studentshttp://www.manythings.org/e/listening.html
-  Resources for Listening and Speaking Practice:http://www.xtec.es/~dpermany/globalsite/listening.htm
BBC- News in English from many different channels
Storyteller- Storytellers perform their stories
BBC interviews- interviews with very famous people: actors, actresses, singers, etc...
Focus English- Everyday conversations
NBC- Watch TV on the net
English the International Language- Listening comprehension exercises on various topics.




GR

-          Movie segments to assess grammar: http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com.es/
-          Oxford grammar online http://www.english-4u.de/
-          Oxford practice grammar Advanced https://elt.oup.com/student/practicegrammar/advanced/?cc=global&selLanguage=en



LÈXIC

General:
·         www.agendaweb.org
·         www.busyteacher.org
·         http://ed.ted.com/
·         http://linguapress.com/
·         http://eslgold.com/

EE;
·         www.reddit.com/WritingPrompts/
·         http://www.bitstrips.com/

EO:
·         www.howjsay.com
·         http://iteslj.org/questions/
·         http://www.shiporsheep.com/
·         http://ca.forvo.com/

CL:
·         http://www.theguardian.com/uk
·         www.mirror.co.uk
·         http://www.digamemallorca.com/

CA:
·         http://www.npr.org/
·         http://www.filmon.com/

SONGS:
·         http://film-english.com/
·         http://songmeanings.com/
·         http://es.lyricstraining.com/
·         www.elllo.org
·         http://www.esl-lab.com/
·         www.youtube.com
·         http://www.lyricsgaps.com/
·         http://www.esl-lounge.com/
·         http://tefltunes.com/
·         http://earwormslearning.com/

GR;
·         www.ego4u.com
·         https://www.grammarly.com/1

Lèxic:
·         www.busyteacher.org
·         www.wordreference.com
·         www.dictionary.com
·         http://www.etymonline.com/

 



Learner’s ideas for Using Technology to learn English
01. Websites
British Council LearnEnglish http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
British Council LearnEnglish Teens http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/
EngVid https://www. engvid .com/
Linguee http://www.linguee.com/
GoSpeaky http://www.gospeaky.com
Exercises for Advance Learners http://www.ihbristol.com/freeenglishexercises/
esol
iTalki https://www.italki.com/home
Cambridge FCE www.examenglish.com/FCE/index.php
British Council LearnEnglish Pathways https://lepteachingcentreve.
english.britishcouncil.org/
http://www.lingualeo.com
BBC learning english http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/
Britannica http://www.britannica.com/
www.usingenglish.com/
http://legacy.australianetwork.com/studyenglish/
http://www.esllab.
com/
Learn american English online (free) http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/
http://www.flojoe.
co.uk/
http://www.esolcourses.com/
https://www.ego4u.com
www.engames.eu
www.eslgamesplus.com
www.anglomaniacy.pl/index.html
http://www.babbel.com
www.busuu.com
Learn English with AntriParto
www.lyricstraining.com
http://www.tvlink.org/
https://www.edx.org/
http://biblio.toutapprendre.com/MesCours.aspx?type=biblio&pke=872
Grammar quizzes and tests http://
www.skypeenglishclasses.com/quizzes/
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/
https://www.ielts.org
02. Memorising Vocabulary
http://www.memrise.com/
http://www.lingualeo.com
https://quizlet.com/
https://cerego.com/home
https://www.vocabulary.com
vds
03. Online dictionaries
Learners dictionaries with easier definitions:
http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/learnerenglish/
www.dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english
http://www.wordreference.com/
http://www.urbandictionary.com/
The pronunciation dictionary forvo.com
http://www.merriamwebster.
com/
http://www.oxfordreference.com/
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/es/
www.thefreedictionary.com/
http://www.thesaurus.com/
http://www.collinsdictionary.com/
http://www.linguee.com/englishspanish
http://www.onelook.com/
http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/index.htm
http://www.worddetective.
com/
http://www.elizabethanera.
org.uk/elizabethanonlinedictionary.
htm
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/
http://www.dictionary.com/
Macmillan Dictionary
Vocabulary.com
Wordnik
http://www.wordreference.com/
04. Apps
British Council apps (iTunes and Android) http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps
Memrise
BBC learning english
Duolingo
VOA learning english
Pinterest
Anki flash cards
http://www.learningapps.org
https://quizlet.com/
English Grammar Test
English Central
English Delivery
Biscuit
QuizeUp
Hello Talk
Rosetta Stone
05. Video
YouTube
TED Talks
BBC iplayer
The New York Times Videos
LyricsTraining
Amara.org (Subtitling Videos)
Learn English Listen
and Watch ( http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/listenandwatch)
Ororo.tv https://ororo.tv/
www.ted.com
Doing English With Julian
JamesESL English Lessons
BBC Learning English
Macmillan Education ELT
The School of Life
Video Vocab (Learn English Vocabulary for Business)
www.rebeats.com
Misterduncan ( https://www.youtube.com/user/duncaninchina )
06. Radio
BBC radio
http://grupovaughan.com/vaughanradio/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra
US National Public Radio http://www.npr.org/
A Way With Words http://www.waywordradio.org/
Tuneinradio
Democracy Now!
BBC Radio
07. Music
YouTube
http://lyricstraining.com/
www.inglesdivino.com → music of many popular singers of different generes with subtitles and
exercises.
08. Movies (legal and copyright free only, please!)
http://www.netflix.com
http://www.stan.com.au
09. Podcasts
British Council LearnEnglish Podcasts
ESLpod http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html
Culips
Luke’s English Podcast
Expresso English Podcast
Elllo
Splendid Speaking
http://www.esllab.
com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9zn/episodes/downloads
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4
http://www.ivoox.com/escucharvaughan_
nq_255_1.html
Business English Pod
10. News
BBC News
The New York Times
http://www.allkpop.com/
CNN International http://edition.cnn.com/
The Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/
The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/
The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/
The Saturday Evening Post http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/
Democracy Now!
The Guardian
Euronews http://www.euronews.com/
11.Translators
Google translate https://translate.google.com
Bing translate http://www.bing.com/translator/
Linguee www.linguee.com
Multitran http://www.multitran.ru
12. TV
English Club TV
National geographic videos: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/
US Public Broadcasting System http://www.pbs.org/
13. Poems and songs
Especially for younger learners
Super simple songs: http://supersimplelearning.com/songs/
14. Works of art
http://www.europeana.eu/portal/
http://smarthistory.org/
15. Free Audiobooks
https://librivox.org
Storylineonline → www.youtube.com/storylineonline/
Manga and manhwa
16. Text To Speech
https://www.ivona.com/
17. Reading Material, videos and assorted contents
Cultural Articles, Videos, Archives, MOOCS http://www.openculture.com/
Nature and Science http://www.smithsonianmag.com/
History & Culture Articles, Videos and Audios http://www.history.com/
Science for the curious http://discovermagazine.com/
Arts & Letters http://artsandletters.gcsu.edu
Literature in General https://www.ego4u.com/en/readon/
literature
Ebooks, Movies, Audio, Music https://archive.org/
Copyright Free Ebooks https://archive.org/
Boos & Ebooks https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en
Books https://www.goodreads.com
Grammar
Perfect English Grammar
About Education Grammarly Handbook
Linguistics Girl