Thursday, 26 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Emergency Services in Spain

The aim of the National School of Civil Protection is to deliver on the training requirements of the parties involved in Spain’s civil protection system in order to... Read the National School of Civil Protection brochure to learn about: Legal Framework, Mission of the School, Training Plan, General Matters, Facilities, Partners and Training activities List. You can also watch the video: General directorate for civil protection and emergencies (click ENPC Inglés descargar).

Spoken Fluency (by McCarthy, 2010)

McCarthy (2010) suggests that spoken fluency depends crucially on three basic factors:

1.    The automatic use of pre-fabricated chunks,

In building an effective advanced-level syllabus, we propose that vocabulary teaching should focus increasingly on useful, common chunks, not just colourful idioms or obscure words. Without automatic access to chunks, fluency and spontaneity of expression are inconceivable. Such chunks might include:

As far as I'm concerned, Having said that, in any case, etc.

2.    the smooth linking of speaking turns one to the other,

... Common turn-transitions can be illustrated and practised in speaking strategy lessons. ...

3.    and the use of interactive ‘small words’.

The small words (often on the fringes of native-user awareness and therefore neglected), can also be illustrated and practised. These might include words like so, ...then, and all that, and I mean

Teaching fluency in this way takes us away from simply learning more language to awareness of, and the exercising of, strategic choices.

Cambridge English Teacher © Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment 2014

Monday, 23 April 2018

Read the following articles...

Article writing skills may be helped with article reading. The following are a selection of articles which I found interesting (with my notes): vocabulary to learn in green; useful phrases in yellow. Hope you enjoy them:

Murcia Today

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 20th April 2018
Weekly Bulletin

Friday, 20 April 2018

Pet Hates

Listen and fill this in as you listen

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Article Writing

This is the presentation seen in class about article writing.

Have a look at the two samples of article writing here. Notice:
· title,
· type of vocabulary,
· tone of the writing,
· topic sentence in paragraphs,
· first and last paragraphs,
· use of punctuation
· clear structure of the writing
· coherence and cohesion (in paragraphs and in the whole text).

Write a 350-word article about one of the following topics (if you run short of ideas) from

1) A local councillor has made a terrible mistake that has caused the loss of 700 million euros of public money. However, no one thinks he should resign. You have decided to write an article for your local magazine stating your opinion. Include the following points:
· Current state of affairs.
· Liability.
· Accountability.
· Consequences.

2) The government wants to keep primary schools open all year round so working parents can combine childcare and work. You have decided to write an article for the parents’ association magazine stating your opinion. Include the following points:
· Cost.
· Effectiveness.
· Impact on adults.
· Impact on children.
3) An English language magazine to which you are subscribed is appealing for short articles for a series called Me and My Mates. Write an article to the magazine including the following:
· The values you and your friends share.
· The things you like to do together.
· How you think your generation differs from others.
4) You have seen the following announcement in an international magazine:
Changing World magazine invites its readers to contribute to our debate on whether family life has changed for the better or worse in their country over the past 50 years.

We are looking for contributions in the form of a short article which discusses this topic. The three best articles will be printed in the next issue of our magazine.

Write the article for the readers of the magazine. 
Deadline 26th April

NOTE: If you write an article different from the suggested ones, do write the title and type of paper / magazine / website it will be published

Hilarious Typos

Have a look at some of them in the this slideshow

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mistakes in Essays

Check typical mistakes in essays. Remember to colour the suggestions!

Writing Essays

Saturday, 14 April 2018

400,000 billion thanks

visits to EOI CT C1 blog!!!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Two T's in a Pod: Scams

Listen and fill this in as you listen and / or teacher's notes.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Teach or Cheat?

Read this article on The Sunday Times Top Reads about some British teachers.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Best Places to live in Britain 2018

Have a look at these cities, towns, villages... . According to The Sunday Timesthese are the best places to live in Britain... will you consider moving there? [you won't see a single drop of rain in the stunning photographs!!!]

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Murcia Today

What's on Weekly bulletin

Murcia Today - News - What's On - Where to Go - Where to Eat in Murcia Costa Calida Spain

Filler Words

When we speak continuously we end up using gap fillers. These words are short phrases and are used when we fall short of words. You would commonly come across people who end up making vocal sounds to keep a conversation going such as ‘umm’, ‘ahhh’ or ‘ohhh’ etc.,

Have a look at this article and check how many of these fillers you regularly use in your speech.

Monday, 2 April 2018

2 T's in a Pod. Phobias

2 T's in a Pod

Suggested activity sheet for FOOD. (From Tim Warre's podcast)

Do something similar with another Tim's podcast: Phobias... in a minute.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Whose English is it anyway?

Read this post from ELT Learning Journeys Pearson Blog: Whose English is it anyway? Insightful article by Brian Engquist