martes, 22 de enero de 2019

Use of CAN and CAN'T

I told you in class that CAN is a modal so let's see what that means:

  • A modal verb is a verb used to say something in a particular way. It completes or modifies the following verb or action. Here are som examples:
    • Can I have your passport, please?   ----    Permission or request
    • You can't park here.   ----   Prohibition
    • You can buy a present   ----    Possibility
    • She can cook very well   ----   Ability
This modal verb is also an auxiliary so I use it to make questions or in negative forms, but pay attention that the meaning can change if you use it in those ways as you can see in the examples given above.

Another characteristic is the fact that it is followed by infinitive and you don't use -S for 3rd person in singular.

You can do these exercises to practise with this verb:
We'll review this grammar point when we finish with the exam. See you in class!

jueves, 10 de enero de 2019

Starting class after Christmas

We reviewed what we have learnt in class. If you remember there is an example of description of a person in the exam we had before Chistmas and we saw an example in this link.
We have this sample (model) to work with a description. Remember to follow and answer the questions below:
  • Who is this person?
  • What does he/she do 
    • in the morning
    • in the afternoon
    • in the evening
  • What does she/he do in her/his free time?
  • Why is this person so important for you?
We also worked with two typical situations:
  • going shopping to a gift shop to buy some souvenirs: you have this video and this video was taken from our textbook
  • going to a restaurant here

miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2018

A2.1 - The end of the term

This is a summary of the things we've already seen in class in these three months:
  • the verb TO BE and presentations: What's your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
  • habitual present and routines: I live in Alcalá, I usually go to work by car, I never play golf
  • my hobbies and what I like: I love cinema, I often go out with friends, I hate going shopping
  • to speak about people (3rd person in singular with -s): Peter has breakfast at home
  • to tell the time: What time is it? It's quarter to nine (it's 9.45)
  • your family and friends: My sister is a nurse and she works in a hospital in Madrid
  • the food you eat: vocabulary and principal meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • to describe things: A glass is something I use to drink water, wine, milk...
  • prepositions of time: IN - a period of time (in July, in the morning...); ON - with days (on Monday, on holyday...) AT - festivities or times (at Christmas, at half past seven...)
  • prepostions of place: in - on - under - near - next to - far from - behind - in front of - over ...
  • different vocabularies: colours, food, numbers, characteristics (adjectives: big-small), family members, countries, professions, objects in the class and in a shop...
You have learnt a lot! Here you are my presents for you:
  • the song A big, big world: click here
  • a "difficult" grammar course of 4 minutes: click here
  • Another song that I like for you (My name is Luca): click here
  • Some Christmas carol: (Silent Night) click here (We Wish You a Merry Christmas) click here
  • This easy video is about Christmas in the UK: click here
If you want to check your level, go to this link to see what level you have: click here

martes, 18 de diciembre de 2018

There is / there are

This is a lesson in your book (10A) but it's something we're going to do now as a review of the verb TO BE and to start (or continue) with the use of prepositions.

Here you are a very good link to a blog with a drawing and some exercises to practise: click here.

Remember that:
  • THERE IS: singular, so you use A when it's necessary --- there's a car in the street but also you say there's (some) milk in the glass. You can say some to indicate the quantity
  • THERE ARE: plural, so we say the number or a quantity --- there are some chairs or there are 3 children in the room.
About prepositions (taken from this link)

To practise you have some exercises here:

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2018

Habitual actions - present simple (1)

The typical or habitual actions are with present simple. You need the auxiliary DO/DOES for negative or interrogative sentences. Here you are some examples:
  • I study English  ---   I don't study Japanese   ---  Do you study French? No, I don't / Yes, I do
Here you are some videos with some verbs about daily routines: 
  • these are videos for children and they are very easy: click herehere or here
  • this video is with the 1st person in singular and the 3rd person in singular: click here
  • This is the video we saw in class. Fred talks about his routine: click here
Now do these exercises to practise with present simple or habitual:
  • The Queen's routine: click here
  • A video with grammar explanation: click here
  • a video to practise pronunciation: click here
Grammar exercises:     exercise 1    exercise 2    exercise 3    exercise 4    exercise 5    exercise 6

See you in class!

lunes, 5 de noviembre de 2018

Adjectives - A2

Adjectives are words to describe charcteristics. Let's see the most typical ones:
How to learn vocabulary:
  • Think of one thing to describe and try to say its characteristics: a Mercedes (big, expensive, fast, strong, luxury, German, good...) Do the same with a ring, an elephant, a coffee table, a pencil, a computer...
  • Write a chart with different adjectives: in green the positive and in red the negative or the opposite.
  • Think of an adjective and use it in different contexts: lovely; e.g. a lovely story, a lovely baby, a lovely picture, a lovely sandwich...

miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2018

Possessive Adjectives - A2

On unit 4A we have possessive adjetives. This is a poem and a chart using them: click here.

Here you have an easy video about possessive adjectives: click here

If you like, you can practise with the Simpsons' family tree: click here

Some practice:
See you!

Use of CAN and CAN'T

I told you in class that CAN is a modal so let's see what that means: A modal verb is a verb used to say something in a particular w...