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Des 14 2010

Article: Facebook

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

Communitative Objective: the purpose of this activity is to improve your reading skills and vocabulary about a specific topic as well as to be able to talk and discuss about the ideas of a given text.

Task: read the article attached to the activity.  First write down all the words in the article that you did not understand and use this website to find the definitions.  After you are done reading, discuss about the article’s main points with a partner.  You might like to use the questions at the end of the article to help guide your conversation if you have trouble.

Article: “Origin of Facebook”


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Des 14 2010

Article: From Night Owl to Early Bird

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

Communitative Objective: The purpose of this activity is to improve your reading skills and vocabulary about a specific topic as well as to be able to talk and discuss about the ideas of a given text.

Task: Read the article attached to the activity.  First write down all the words in the article that you did not understand and use this website to find the definitions.  After you are done reading, discuss about the article’s main with a partner.  You might like to use the questions at the end of the article to help guide your conversation if you have trouble.

Article: “From Night Owl to Early Bird”


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Set 17 2009

Bikes in the city

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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.

Task:
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.

Vocabulary:

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

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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

Task

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.

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

Vocabulary

Places:

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

Adjectives:

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

Nouns:

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

What makes a “work of art”?

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

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is that you learn how to:
– Express opinions.
– Make comparisons.

Situation:
Someone has asked you to have a look at some works of art and decide whether they can be considered ‘art’ or not.

Task:
Work in pairs. Discuss and decide from the document attached which pictures can be considered a ‘work of art’ and which not. You should give at least 2 reasons for each picture.

Then, you can ask each other the following questions:

Which work of art from the list do you like the most? Why?
Do you have a favourite artist? Why do you like his/her art?
What makes something a “work of art”?

Grammar:

– Comparatives and Superlatives adjectives.
– Present tense (Present Simple or Present Continuous)
– Past tense (Past Simple or Present Perfect)
– Structures expressing preference: like, dislike, prefer, rather…

Vocabulary:

– Types of works of art: painting, sculpture, portrait, landscape, artistic installation, photograph, montage, collage…
– Adjectives related to art: abstract/ figurative, modern/ traditional, realistic/ non-realistic/ surrealistic…
– Adjectives to express opinion: unique, extremely beautiful, touching, expensive, thought-provoking, powerful…

Tips:
You might like to check the Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary (arts section)


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Set 16 2009

Comic Strips

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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.

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

Tips:
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?

Vocabulary:

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 16 2009

Airlines

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

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is to give you practice in:
-Giving your opinion about something.
-Describing a picture and linking it to a corresponding text.
-Commenting on your personal experience regarding the topic

Task:
Attached you have an advertisement about airlines. In pairs give your personal opinion and try to link the image with the text.

Suggested vocabulary:
You can discuss about some of these topics:
-holidays
-weddings and honeymoons
-student trips
-tourism
-countries and nationalities
-travel agents
-tour operators
-transports

Tips:
First, have a look at the picture and the headline. What do they suggest about the topic of the ad? Then, read the text. What do you think? Do you both agree or disagree? You can also tell each other about your personal experiences regarding the topic. Before you start with the task, you may want to look up for the words you don’t know in the dictionary.


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Set 15 2009

My holidays

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

Communicative objectives:

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

– Express likes and dislikes about different places, events and food
– Explain past experiences
– Report what another person said before

Situation:
You have just come back from your honeymoon and you are dying to tell your best friend all about it. After having a long bath, you ring your friend and arrange to meet him/her in a bar near your house.

Task:
Tell your friend ALL about your holidays (the country you visited, the culture, the food, the monuments, funny experiences, scary experiences, etc.)

Grammar:
– Quantifiers (e.g. too, enough, not much, quite, etc.)
– Reported speech (tense changes, time expressions)
– Reporting verbs (e.g. say, tell, refuse, accept, explain, repeat, etc.)
– Simple past v. past continuous (regular and irregular verbs; was/were + V-ing)

Vocabulary:
– The time and parts of the day
– Days of the week
Different types of buildings and places
– Adjectives that qualify an activity (e.g. boring, fun, etc.)
Food and drinks
– Numbers and quantities


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Set 15 2009

Honeymoon

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

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is that you learn how to:
– Express preferences, likes and dislikes about different places
– Make choices and comparisons
– Make plans

Situation:
After a few arguments…you have finished all the preparations for your wedding! Now, you just need to “struggle” a bit more to find a wonderful place for a romantic (or not?!) honeymoon.

Task:
Decide where you would like to spend your honeymoon. Talk about your preferences, and give all the details of what you want to do during your trip. Oh!, and don’t forget to mention the amount of money that you’d like to spend…!

Grammar:
– Quantifiers (e.g. too, enough, not much, quite, etc.)
– Future forms (present continuous, “(to) be going to+Infinitive”, will+infinitive)
– Conditional to express preferences (e.g. I’d like to + infinitive)
– Verbs (e.g. go, decide, make, book, etc.)
– Comparative and superlative adjectives (e.g. better than…, the worst, more expensive than…, etc.)

Vocabulary:
– The time and parts of the day
– Days of the week
Different types of buildings and places
– Adjectives that qualify an activity (e.g. boring, fun, etc.)
Food and drinks
– Numbers and quantities


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Set 15 2009

Organise your wedding

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

Communicative objectives:

The objective of this activity is that you learn how to:
– Express preferences, likes and dislikes about, events, places, objects, etc.
– Describe objects, celebrations, etc.
– Make choices and comparisons.
– Make plans.

Situation:
You’ve been going out with your boyfriend/girlfriend for five years, and you think it’s about time you ge married. You have not mentioned this idea to anybody, not even to your parents or best friends! You do not want to get them involved in the preparations for the wedding, so you want to keep it secret until everything is ready.

Task:
Organise your wedding! Talk about as many details as possible. For example, choose the type of celebration you’d like, a place for the ceremony (a church, a town hall, a garden, etc.), a restaurant, the invitations, your presents, etc.

Grammar:
– Quantifiers (e.g. too, enough, not much, quite, etc.)
– Future forms (present continuous, “(to) be going to+Infinitive”, will+infinitive)
– Conditional sentences (e.g. If I win the lottery, I will buy a car; if I won the lottery, I would buy a car; if I had won the lottery, I would have bought a car)
– Adverbs (e.g. well, bad, wrong, right, early, late, now, tomorrow, etc.)
– Verbs (e.g. start, prepare, get ready, take place, buy, book, etc.)
– Comparative and superlative adjectives (e.g. better than…, the worst, more expensive than…, etc.)

Vocabulary:
– The time and parts of the day
– Days of the week and months
Different types of buildings
– Adjectives that qualify an activity (e.g. boring, fun, etc.)
Food and drinks


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