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Des 16 2009

Being a seller for a day


Idioma : Anglès

Nivell : B1 / B2.1 (nivell 3 i 4)

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


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.


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.


Present continuous:      What are you doing? I’m cooking the dinner

Future Forms:              You will learn about everything you need to know

I’m going to show you the best encyclopaedia


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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Des 11 2009

Narrative essay


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

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


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



Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: B1 / B2.1 (nivell 3 i 4)
Destresa: gramàtica

To learn how to use some prepositions of time and direction, first by reading a short introduction and then by applying them in some exercises.


Read this explanation about prepositions and try to fill in the gaps in the exercise below.


When do we use in, on, at or to?

• In: We use in when we talk about things or people inside other thing or places.
E.g.: Jack lives in Spain.
Sarah is in the hospital.

• On: We use on when we talk about one thing on the surface of another.
E.g.: There´s a pencil on the table.

We also use on when we talk about cinema, radio, telephone, television and the days of the week.

E.g.: There is a good film on the cinema.
My birthday is on December 27.

• At: We use at when we talk about places and arriving at places.
E.g.: We arrived at London Airport.
We also use at when we talk about position and home, work and school. It is also used in the expressions at the front, at the back and at the end.
E.g.: His wife is at home.

• To: We use to with verbs of movement.
E.g.: I am going to London.
He went to the cinema yesterday.

We do not use to with home and here or there.
E.g.: Mary is coming here tomorrow.

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Des 10 2009

Applying for a job

Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: B1 / B2.1 (nivell 3 i 4)
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objective:

This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to use the PAST PERFECT TENSE
– How to use the FUTURE TENSE
– How to make a polite interview

You have already finished your studies and you need to apply for a job, because you want to live by yourself. After doing some research, you have found a six-month job offer available in the United Kingdom. It’s a very interesting job, and you would like to get it. It is a great opportunity, so you can’t let it go.


You have to talk about what you have done recently, where you have been working before, what you have studied and where. If you want to get the job, try to show interest and speak as much polite as possible.


Present perfect
Past perfect
Vocabulary related to jobs and interviews

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Des 10 2009

Decisions, decisions

Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: B1 / B2.1 (nivell 3 i 4)
Destresa: parla

Communicative Objectives:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to express you preferences
– How to decide where is better to go/ travel to

You and your best friend are planning a trip. However, it is more difficult than it seemed to be. He/she wants to spend the first three weeks of August in the USA, and she also wants to buy the tickets through a travel agency. However, you think it would be better to spend the first two weeks in Ireland buying the tickets through the internet because you know it would be cheaper.

Discuss when are you going abroad (dates), where are you going to go (place), how much are you going to spend (money) and where are you going to buy your tickets.


– Would like to…
– I prefer…rather than…
– Why don’t we…?
– It will be better to…rather than…


Going to, Would like to
• Prefer/ Would like to/ rather than
Vocabulary when travelling

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Des 10 2009

Fast food

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

Communicative objectives:
This conversation will help you to learn:
– How to use the comparatives
– How to give advices using the different modals English has: should/ must…,

Your best friend is always eating in fast food places and you hate them. You know they are not healthy and they can cause you different illnesses if you abuse of this kind of food.


Warn your friend about the consequences of eating usually in fast food restaurants can have. Help him/her designing a healthy diet


• Hamburger
• Calories
• Healthy
• Chips
• Chicken
• Pasta
• Vegetables
• Fruit
• Coke/ water/ juice

Had better

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Set 17 2009

Bikes in the city


Idioma: anglès
Nivell: B1 / B2.1 / B2.2 / C1.1 (nivell 3,4,5 i 6)
Destresa: parla

Communicative objectives:
With this exercise you will learn how to give your opinion with different introduction expressions.

Work in pairs. What do you think about riding a bike in the city? Write a short list of advantages and disadvantages of riding a bike in the city. Afterwards, choose whether you are for or against bikes in the city (one should be ‘for’ and the other one should be ‘against’) and have a discussion about this topic.


1. Phrases:
I think…
I believe…
I agree…
I don’t agree
I disbelieve…

1. Disagreeing
I’m not keen on…
I don’t particularly like…
I can’t stand…
It’s not my idea of…
I would rather not…

2. But + giving your idea.
I would prefer…
I’d much rather…
I’d rather…
I like the idea, but I prefer…
It’s not that…, but it would be better if…

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Set 16 2009

Ideal place to live

Idioma: anglès
Nivell: B2.1 / B2.2 (nivell 4 i 5)
Destresa: parla

Communicative objectives

This activity will help you to:
– Discuss about your preferences
– Expand your vocabulary
– Agree and disagree


Work in pairs:
Person nº1: Describe the perfect place where you would like to live. You can completely make it up or you can base your description on a place you have already visited. Take into account the weather, people living there, facilities, etc.

Person nº2: Express the points you disagree with. After this, it is your turn to explain the place where you would hate to live.

After that, exchange roles.

Modal verbs would/ would like
Verbs of preference: like, dislike, love, hate, prefer…
You can visit this website to check grammar points.



City, town, village, in the country (side), in the mountain/woods, in the surroundings, surrounding village, on the outskirts of…, in the middle of nowhere, tribe, desert island, …

Mansion, cabin, house, boat, caravan, skyscraper


Awe-inspiring, tacky, grubby, clogged, bustling, soaring, in-your-face, thronged, striking, isolated, cozy, charming…


Hyperactive rush, consumer culture, immigration glut, fresh air, peace and tranquillity, life pulsing, pollution, hustle and bustle, traffic jam, flow, garden, orchard, beautiful landscape

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Set 16 2009

Comic Strips


Idioma: anglès
Nivell: B1 / B2.1 / B2.2 (nivell 3, 4 i 5)
Destresa: parla

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is to give you practice in:

-Describing a particular situation.
-Matching the text of a cartoon with the correspondent picture.

Work in pairs. Each of you should look at one picture and describe the situation to each other (Picture 1, picture 2)

Ask yourselves the three following questions:

-What’s happening in the picture?
-What might have happened before?
-What is going to happen?

Try to match the texts with the pictures: do they make sense?


You can discuss about some of these topics:
-Love -Attitudes and beliefs
-Attitudes to work and leisure -Attitudes and relationships
-People -Moods
-Social types -Work
-Marital status -Entertainment
-Character and personality -Games and hobbies

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Set 14 2009

Now and then


Idioma: anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 / B2.1
Destresa: parla, vocabulari

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is that you learn how to:

– Use the comparatives properly

Work in pairs. Above you have some images (before and after). Compare them by using the comparatives.

– Comparatives (taller, younger, older, more modern, quicker, more expensive, less comfortable, etc.)

Parts of the body (e.g. eyes, nose, mouth, lips, hair, skin, etc.)
Clothes (e.g. jumper, T-shirt, trousers, boots, hat, etc.)
– Adjectives (e.g. big, small, long, tall, short, old, new, fast, etc.)

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