miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2012

Present simple + Working

In this unit we work with present simple and the topic of working and we can use a file I did for That's English!, although it's for an intermediate level. Go to this link and you'll find explanations and exercises to do:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/g90sq2hivruvbsw/present%20simple%2Bworking.doc

There is also a link about articles, if you want to see it and do some practice.

If you want to practise the song  Please, Don't Go we saw in class here you have the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZHE2xoAo9I

See you in class!

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2012

ALCINE: SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN ALCALA

Last week we had the chance to see 5 short films in English. I enjoyed them a lot and one of my colleagues has a good reference of the films. Go to this link to see or remember what you saw: click here and look for the post on November,12.
If you lost the photocopy I gave you or you want to read it, go to this link. See you in class!

Present Simple versus Present Continuous

To start with I usually called present simple as habitual present because it shows better when we use this tense. It's referred to habits, routines, general truth or similar statements, while present continuous is referred to a particular moment of an action or something that happens in a particular time or period of time.
Have a look these examples:
   What do you do?  ---  I'm a teacher; I teach English at school
   What are you doing this week? -_- I'm explaining present tenses to my students
In many occasions, habitual present is used with frequency adverbs such as usually, often, hardly ever, sometimes, etc.
If you want to practise with these tenses you can do these exercises:
  • exercise 1: a good explanation about both tenses with exercises at the end
  • exercise 2: another longer explanation but it's useful for the examples and it includes many special cases such as havethink, want, etc. Very few exercises but interesting.
  • exercise 3: short simple explanation and some exercises to practise
  • exercise 4: a filling the blanks exercise
  • exercise 5: a very complete page with grammar and exercises at the end.
See you in class!

Working with Phonetics

Some students want to practise with phonetics and a good way of distinguishing phonemes is with pair words, that is, two similar words with a little difference in pronunciation. If you want to practise with this kind of exercises go to this link: http://www.shiporsheep.com/ When you click on one of these pairs you are sent to some exercises to pronounce. Have a look and practise as much as possible.
 This other link is a chart of the sounds in English: http://www.oupchina.com.hk/dict/phonetic/home.html
If you want to know something peculiar about the different pronunciations of English in the UK, Ireland, America, Australia, etc. you should go to: http://www.fonetiks.org/
But if you want to practise and go further with phonetics you can go to this link with examples and exercises http://www.agendaweb.org/phonetic.html
Have a nice practice!