Intensive Advanced 2

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas. Online Advent Calendars.

Would you like to know more things about how Xmas is celebrated all over the world? Well, you can use this interactive advent calendar and find out more about other people's traditions. Click here and enjoy!
You can also try to answer the questions you can find here


Friday, November 27, 2015

Buy Nothing Day. Newspaper article.

"Buy Nothing Day" is organized intentionally as a counter-act to "Black Friday". Originally organized in Vancouver in 1992, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated on Saturday. Occasional discussion has pointed out that, because of the anti-action of the event, it is very easy for people who are avoiding shopping on this day to observe the protest. However, there are also many other people who decide to take a stand and go one step further. 
In this article you can read the story of a woman who, inspired by the Buy-Nothing-Day movement, intends to live 12 months on a very tight budget. As a matter of fact, she is willing to spend money on nothing but bills and food. 
Read her story here and if you want, leave your comments below. Do you think she will succeed? Why/not?
Watch the following video if you want to find out more about Buy Nothing Day. Click here

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving.

Click here, watch the videos and learn more about the first Thanksgiving (if you click on CC, you can watch the videos with subtitles).

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween: Spooky travel destinations in the USA

Halloween in here again. In this video, the reporter takes us to one of the spookiest holiday destinations in the USA. Now, watch the video (if you dare) and try the quiz. Click here
(Special thanks to Lydia Sanjuán at EOI Coruña),

Halloween in the USA

Click here and watch the video, then answer the quiz questions.

Halloween!!!

Have a look at these pumpkin carvings!Click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Irregular verbs (pronunciation)

I know how hard it is to learn the list of irregular verbs, but here you will find some videos of commonly used irregular forms, so you can practice pronunciation while memorizing the verbs. I hope you find the links useful!!!







Thursday, May 21, 2015

Intermediate 2: Chicago, the windy city.

Click here. Listen to the recording and fill in the blanks with one word (select to see the solutions).

Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. Some of the things it is famous for are pizza, gangsters and sports. This is the Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago's oldest baseball team.
Many American people call Chicago the second city because for a hundred years it had the second biggest population in the country. It was smaller than New York, but until the 1980s it was bigger than every other American city. Today Chicago is a very popular tourist destination. Every year over 30 million people visit the city. They go to the Millennium Park, the newest park in Chicago They walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, the second largest of the five Great Lakes and they admire the view from the top of the Willis Tower. The Willis Tower used to be called the Sears Tower and for 25 years it was the tallest building in the world. In 1969 Sears Roebuck and Company, the largest department store chain in the world at the time, built the tower to use its office blocks. 
Today the skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is still the tallest skyscraper in the US, but it isn't as tall as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Chicago's other famous nickname is the Windy City. People say that it is windier than other major cities but weather experts disagree. In fact, scientists predict that Chicago will have a very different climate in the future. They say that it won't be as cold and windy as it is now but will be warmer and wetter
This will mean many changes but Chicago is further ahead than most other cities in its preparations for climate change. The city is constructing new environmentally friendly buildings, planning more parks and green areas and placing big hedges alongside the city's pathways. Chicago is also investing in new roads and car parks for electric cars.
Chicago is a changing city. The windy city's famous climate is going to become much warmer. Chicago will be a hotter more tropical place than it is today. This will cause problems but at the moment America's second city is one of the first places to properly deal with pollution and climate change. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

The British General Election

Here is a guide explaining the British general election for people who are not familiar with the political system in the UK. Click here and enjoy!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Education

Watch this video about schools in Great Britain. Click here.
And now learn more about education in the USA. Click here.
Click here if you want to read about the difference between a college and a university.

Basic 2. Clothes

Listen to the conversation and choose the best answer. Click here.
Glossary:
Pants (USA) = trousers (UK)
To rain cats and dogs: llover a cántaros
Might: podría
Tuxedo: esmoquin

Basic 2. Listening comprehension. Shopping and prices

Listen to the recording and choose a, b or c. Click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Intermediate 2. Modal verbs. Translation

As we've been studying the different modal verbs, I thought it would be a good idea to translate the following sentences. You can download both the exercise and the key here.

Basic 2. Listening comprehension. On the phone.

Listen and do the exercises. Click here
and here 
and here
and here
and also here (listen to parts of telephone conversations and choose the best response for each)
And now for a more difficult task... Click here.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Basic 2. Present simple / present continuous

Click here and do the exercises.

Intermediate 2. Listening comprehension. Health in Britain.

In this video you'll hear a woman talking about health in Great Britain. Listen carefully and fill in the blanks with ONE, TWO or THREE words (select the blank spaces to see the right answer).

Click here

Transcript:
In Britain today people are putting time, money and energy into keeping well and keeping fit. Health care is important, so is diet and so is fitness.
If you're ill in Britain, you go to see your GP. A GP is a general practitioner, or family doctor. There are over 36,000 GPs in Britain, and about a third of them are women. Each GP has nearly 2,000 patients. If you need medicine, your GP will write a prescription for you to take to a chemist's or pharmacy. You don't have to pay to see your doctor, but you'll probably have to pay part of the cost of your medicine, unless you belong to one of the groups of people who get their medicine free; for example, you're a student or over sixty or expecting a baby. Chemists prepare about 505 million prescriptions a year.
If you need to see a specialist doctor or have medical tests or an operation, your doctor will send you to a hospital like this. This is the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
In Britain most doctors and hospitals are part of the NHS, the National Health Service. All NHS hospital treatment and operations are free. In fact, the NHS provides free medical care, for everyone in Britain from the very young to the very old.
When the NHS started in 1948 it provided free visits to doctors and dentists, free treatment, free prescriptions, free eye tests and free glasses but today many people have to pay for prescriptions for eye tests and glasses and for trips to the dentist.
Britain has one of the highest levels of heart disease in the Western world. It also has a very high level of cancer. Nearly a million people work in the National Health Service in Britain and it costs almost forty billion pounds a year. It's a lot of money, and there are still problems. People sometimes have to wait a long time before they can see a specialist or have an operation. 
Because of this, many people see private doctors and use other kinds of treatment or alternative medicine like reflexology , homeopathy and acupuncture. It really doesn't hurt at all. In fact, there are more alternative medical practitioners in Britain than NHS doctors.
Medicine helps people get better. Diet helps them stay healthy. If you eat well, you'll probalby have a longer and healthier life. Nowadays, British people eat less red meat and more fresh fruit and vegetables than in the past. 
New medicines and better diet have raised life expectancy. On average, British men live to the age of 74, British women to 79. Many people live longer than that. In 1952 only 271 people reached the age of 100. Nowadays, the total is about 3,000 a year. I hope to see you on my 100th birthday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Intermediate 2. Films. Vocabulary: How to talk about movies.

Watch the video and practice. Click here.
Read the text and do the exercises. Click here.

Basic 2. Descriptions.

If you need extra practice, click here and here.

Basic 2. Descriptions.

First, revise the vocabulary with the help of this video. Click here.
Now, watch this video and answer the questions on the right side of the screen. Click here.
Finally, click here and you'll watch the same video again, but this time with subtitles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Intermediate 2. Relationships: Speed dating.

Have you ever heard of speed dating? It is a dating system that allows men and women to meet new people. Participants are rotated to meet each other over a series or 3-8 minute dates. At the end of each interval, a bell rings and each participant is encouraged to move on to the next date. At the end of the event, each participant submits to the organizers a list of the candidates they would like to date again. If there is a match, the organizers of the event will forward contact information to both participants.
Now watch this video on speed dating and answer the questions. I know it is a bit difficult, but you can check the tapescript on the right. Click here

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Intermediate 2. Health.

Do you remember the names of the parts of the body? Click here if you need extra practice.
Now, check the vocabulary on this page and do the activities (health problems). Click here.
Have a look at this page and do the activities. Click here (click here to read the dialogue).

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Basic 2. The House

Click here for extra practice on "the house". This lesson includes a lot of activities (reading, listening...), just click on "next" at the bottom of each page to see the different exercises. I hope you find them useful.

Glossary of terms:
"Stove" is a synonym for "cooker" (see unit 7B in your student's book)
"Sink" is a synonym for "washbasin" (see unit 7B in your student's book)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Basic 2: Homes and bedrooms

I hope this interactive book helps you to practice the vocabulary we studied in class. Listen and do the activities. Click here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Intermediate 2. Reported Speech.

Report what these people said.
Statements: Click here.
Questions: Click here.
Commands: Click here.
Revise the conversion of time expressions in Reported Speech. Click here.

Basic 2: Prepositions of place and directions.

Do you know the difference between "opposite" and "in front of"? Do you know how to give directions? Well, if you need more practice, here you will find some extra activities. Click here, here and here.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Intermediate 2. Listening comprehension: Saving for the Future

Listen to these people talking about how they plan to save money for their retirement. Click here and answer the questions on the right (Comprehension Quiz).

Monday, February 9, 2015

Basic 2. A funny interview

Some time ago Ricky Martin, the famous pop star, was interviewed at a TV programme by comedian Rosie O'Donnell. Click here and watch the video.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Intermediate 2. Tips to prepare for a job interview

Watch the video and then say whether the following statements are true or false.

http://video.about.com/jobsearch/Preparing-for-a-Job-Interview.htm

STATEMENTS:
1. Always wear a dark suit.
2. A good manicure is important to your appearance.
3. Some professional sites may help you find information about the job you are applying for.
4. You should get to the interview on time.
5. Print several copies of your CV.
6. Ask a friend to help you write a list of questions that you will probably ask the interviewer.

KEY (select to see the answers)
1. False
2. True
3. True
4. False
5. True
6. False

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Basic Level. What's the weather like?

What's the weather like?Watch the video (click here), then do the activities and practice.
Click here.
Click here.
The weather and the seasons. Click here.
Click here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Basic Level. Past actions.

Listen to the recordings and fill in the gaps with the past tense form of the verbs in the box.
What I did yesterday: Click here.
What I did last weekend: Click here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Intermediate 2: The best job in the world.

Some years ago, a small Australian island offered what many people would define as the best job in the world. Click here, watch the video and enjoy. Do you think you could live like this? Now listen again and fill in the blanks (select the text to see the answers).

The best job in the world.
-          Depressed about the global economy, unemployed, or just looking for adventure? Well, then look no further because a tiny Australian island is offering a dream job advertising globally to find the right person.
-          Australian tourism officials are looking for a caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
-          This really is the best job in the world. It is a six-month contract where you live in this beautiful luxury house –it’s probably a four or five million dollar house, right on the edge of Hamilton Island looking out on the Pacific. We will pay you 150,000 Australian dollars, which is roughly 75,000 euro for the six-month contract, and your job, in a nutshell, is to travel throughout the islands of the Great Barrier Reef experiencing everything that the islands have to offer.
-          The caretaker will spend six months visiting Hamilton Island, promoting tourism through a video blog. Duties include feeding ocean fish, cleaning a pool and collecting deliveries of mail that arrive by plane. But the employee is also required to go scuba-diving, snorkeling and hiking and to enjoy at least 25 nearby island resorts. No skills or experience are required for the job that starts in July and there’s no age requirement.
Queensland created the job as an antidote to the global economic slump and is advertising in 18 countries including the United States and China.
-          Oh, I suspect the biggest catch is gonna be trying to get rid of them after six months. I suspect somebody will wanna stay forever. It’s obviously a bit of fun but there’s a serious side to it.  I think we are all in the tourism industry in for a very difficult twelve months ahead, not just in Australia but worldwide the tourism industry is in for a difficult time. Our role is to try and help our industry overcome the difficulties of the next twelve months, to protect jobs…
-          Applicants must submit a one-minute video expressing, interest in the Great Barrier Reef, a vast coral reef system that is classed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The campaign has already drawn more than 200 visitors through its website. Applications are open until the end of February.