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Des 15 2009

Discourse markers

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Idioma: anglès

Nivell:  A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)

Destresa: gramàtica, vocabulari

Objectives:

  • Learn different connectors and linkers

  • Learn how to use different connectors avoiding repetitions

Task:

Complete the following sentences using the connectors from the list.


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Des 15 2009

At the restaurant

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objective:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– New vocabulary
– How to express your complaints
– How to use: do/ don’t like

Situation:

You wanted to make a surprise to your partner inviting him/her to the most expensive restaurant in the town. Once you are in the restaurant, you feel a bit disappointed because the service is not treating you that well and the food is not as good as you expected.

Task:
– Order your food
– The waiters: they are rude and slow (complain about them)
– The menu (there is not that much variety, and you have to wait for ages to get the food)
– The price is too expensive and you don’t get that much food.
– The dishes were not clean

On the other hand, you are getting really angry, so you might have a talk with the restaurant owner. Your partner will try to calm you down because everybody is looking at you and it’s an embarrassing situation.


Vocabulary:

Here you have some useful vocabulary and some role plays


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Des 11 2009

Narrative essay

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 / B2.1 (nivell 2, 3 i 4)
Destresa: escriptura

Objectives:
To learn what a narrative essay is and then to learn how to write one.

Task:

Read the following explanations and example of a narrative essay and then make the suggested exercise.

Definition and details of a narrative essay:

– The narrative essay tells a story. It can also be called a “short story.” Generally the narrative essay is conversational in style, and tells of a personal experience. It is most commonly written in the first person (uses I).

– The story, as many texts, should have an introduction and also a conclusion which makes a point.

– You can write anecdotes which are always good in essays of this kind. Note that in a narrative essay you should give loads of details about the characters, the events, places etc.

– As we said before use first person, the use of “I” makes us believe that everything is much more intimate.

– Be organized, use details but do not exaggerate. Once you have finished revise all the words and check if you can use synonyms in order to not repeating words.

Read the following example of a narrative essay.


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Des 11 2009

I’m tired

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A1 / A2 (nivell 1 i 2)
Destresa: parla

Communicative objectives:
With this activity, you will learn how to:

– Talk about an illness
– Talk about a physical or psychological state
– Give advice

Situation:
You met your dance partner a year ago. Your relationship has strengthened and you are good friends. When you have a problem you ring each other to explain it. Yesterday, your dance partner asked you whether you could meet, because s/he has been feeling a bit depressed lately. S/he has got some health problems.

Task:
Work in pairs. Play the roles of the friends when they meet. Ask your friend what is  what is wrong. S/he explains to you how s/he is feeling physically and psychologically. Swap roles.

Grammar:
Modal verbs (should, have to, must)
– Comparatives (e.g.: better than, worse than)
– Adjectives (e.g.: ill, sick, sleepy, annoyed, angry, etc.)
– Verbs that express states of mind or physical states: feel, have (a cold, the flu), have temperature, cough; my foot hurts, etc.
– Verbs: go out, smoke, drink, rest, relax, be good


Vocabulary:

Parts of the body

Tips:
If you need help, you can use Test your vocabulary 1 and 2 (ANG 33 N1/2 Wat- respectively). For grammar references, you can use Practice your modal verbs (ANG 50 N2 Wat) and Essential Grammar in Use (ANG 50 N1 Mur).


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Des 11 2009

Wh- Questions

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)
Destresa: gramàtica

Objectives:
To learn the different kinds of wh- questions and when they are used.

Task:
Read this explanation about wh- questions and try to fill in the gaps in the exercise.

Grammar:
They are open questions and they are used to ask about general information. They are placed in front of the question.

• What: When you are asking for information about something.
E.g.: What is your name? My name is Helen.
• Which: When you are asking for information about one of a limited number of things.
E.g.: Which shirt do you like? I like the red one.
• Who: To ask about someone’s identity.
E.g.: Who are Steven and Jack? They are Mary’s brothers.
• When: To ask about the time that something happened or will happen.
E.g.: When is the party? The party is on Tuesday.
• Where: To ask questions about place or position.
E.g.: Where are you from? I’m from England.
• Why: It is used to ask about reasons. The answer usually begins with because.
E.g.: Why are the children on holiday? Because today is their birthday.
• How: To ask about the way in which something is done.
E.g.: How are you? I’m fine, thanks.


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Des 11 2009

Adjectives vs adverbs

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)
Destresa: gramàtica

Objectives:
To learn how to use an adjective or and adverb depending on the sentence.

Task:
Read this explanation about adjectives and adverbs and try to fill in the gaps in the exercise.

Grammar:

We use adjectives and adverbs to qualify or limit the meaning of other words, but we can’t substitute an adverb for an adjective in a sentence. Each one has its own specific job to do.

• Adjectives describe a noun or a pronoun. They usually precede the noun or the pronoun that they modify.

E.g.: It is an interesting film.
Susan is a beautiful girl.

• Adverbs describe a verb, and adjective or other adverb. They tell us how an action was done. Many adverbs are formed by adding –ly to an adjective. Adverbs usually come after the subject or after the object.

E.g.: Mary quickly wrote the letter.
Mary wrote the letter quickly.


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Des 10 2009

The best sport in the world

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objective:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to use the SHOULD

Situation:
You want to watch a football match on TV, your sister wants to watch a baseball match and your father is trying to watch a basketball match. You are going to have a conversation about which is the best sport in the world in order to decide which match you are going to watch on TV.

Task:
Discuss which sport should be recognised as the best sport in the world. Try to discuss the advantages and the disadvantages of all of them.

Grammar:
Should

Vocabulary:
Advantages and Disadvantages


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Des 10 2009

At the hotel

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objectives:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to solve problems in a hotel
– How to use the past simple

Situation:

You have been working so hard this year so your family decided to give you a weekend in Paris as a present for your effort. However, once you get to the hotel reception, there is a problem with the booking form and the registered.  You call your parents in order to prove that room belongs to you and to be able to change the reservation name. Your parents don’t answer the phone and the receptionist doesn’t speak English very well.

Task:

You have to solve all these problems with the receptionist. You have to explain her clearly that room is a gift from your parents. Moreover, you have to tell her that there was a misunderstanding with the booking name. She doesn’t understand you very well. Try to be as clear as possible because she has to trust you and you have no evidence to prove that you are telling the truth.

Grammar and vocabulary:

Simple Past tense
Vocabulary used in hotels


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Des 10 2009

At the supermarket

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Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A1 / A2 / B1
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objective:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to use some specific vocabulary in a dialogue
– How to face a delicate situation

Situation:

Your mother isn’t at home and she asked if you could go to the supermarket to buy some things. She wrote a list with the things you have to buy.

Task:
Go to the delicatessen section and ask for the products that are in the list. Then ask where you can find the rest of the products you need. After that, you have to pay in the cash but you’ll notice that you mother didn’t give you enough money, so try to convince the cashier that you are going home to get some more money and you’ll come back to pay the bill.

Vocabulary:

Vocabulary about the supermarket and its sections.


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Des 07 2009

Being a seller for a day

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Llengua: anglès

Nivell: A2 / B1 (nivell 2 i 3)

Destresa: parla

Communicative objectives:

With this activity the student will learn how to:

– Use the basic tips to initiate a conversation
– Introduce yourself to a stranger

Situation:

Imagine you are a seller and you have to go house-by-house trying to sell an encyclopaedia. You need to reach a minimum amount of sells in order to get an extra pay and this month you just need to sell one more to get it.

Task:

Work in pairs/groups. One of you will have to assume the role of the seller while the other/s will be the customer. You have to be nice to the customer if you want him/her to buy your product, some things you could do are:
– talk to the client about your day or asking the client about his/hers.
– offering a discount.
– giving a present for the purchase.

Grammar:

Present continuous: What are you doing?
I’m going to show you the best encyclopaedia
Future forms: You will learn about everything you need to know

Vocabulary:

Expressing apologies and thanks: (e.g. I’m sorry, I apologise for… Thank you very much, I really appreciate it…)

Greetings and farewells: (e.g. Hi/Hello, see you later…)


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