Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Correspondencia gramatical

Hi,

Here's the grammar correspondence between the New English File Pre-Intermediate and the Essential Grammar in Use.

http://www.box.net/shared/0dmdy8unkh

Remember that the book Essential Grammar in Use is strongly recommended for those students with deficiencies in grammar.

File 2B. It was a cold, dark night...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Creative writing: A short story

Hi,

Do you remember the following activity we did in class?
 "Write a short story using 15 of the irregular verbs on page 155"

Here are the resulting stories...


Monday, November 22, 2010

Culture & Festivities: Thanksgiving

Hi

This is just to remind you that next Thursday the 25th is Thanksgiving. As you know, thanksgiving is celebrated by Americans of all religions on the fourth Thursday of November.

Remember that some people from your class will do an oral presentation about Thanksgiving this Wednesday/Thursday.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

File 02A. Pronunciation: -ed (exercises)

PRONUNCIATION OF PAST SIMPLE -ED: 
EXTRA EXERCISES

1. Classify the following verbs according to their pronunciation in the past simple tense, that is, /d/, /t/ or /id/. There are ten answers for each column.

allowed - asked - cracked - cried - damaged - decided - encouraged - ended - flooded - guessed - included - jailed - killed - landed - loved - missed - mixed - pasted - relaxed - repeated - shaved - slipped - stopped - tasted - visited - wasted - washed - watched - welcomed - yawned

2. Complete the rules for the pronunciation of regular verbs in the past.

a. When the regular verb ends in a vowel sound or voiced consonant sound, the -ed ending is pronounced /_____ /.

b. When the regular verb ends in an unvoiced consonant sound, the -ed ending is pronounced /_____ /.

c. The -ed ending is pronounced /id/ when the verb ends in the consonant sounds _____ and _____ .


In case you need more practice with regular verbs, have a look at this website if you want to test yourself. Remember, try to read out the verbs to practice your own pronunciation as you progress with the exercise:

http://club.telepolis.com/phonetics/afoneticedd.html

Click here for another exercise about the pronunciation of -ed

EXTRA PRONUNCIATION:
Pronunciation (General & -ed)
Pronunciation -ed (Video)

File 02A. Pronunciation: -ed


PAST SIMPLE REGULAR VERBS: /t/


PAST SIMPLE REGULAR VERBS: /id/



PAST SIMPLE REGULAR VERBS: /d/

File 02A. Grammar: Past Simple (regular & irregular)

NEW ENGLISH FILE PRE-INTERMEDIATE (ONLINE)
Lesson A (past simple regular and irregular 1)
Lesson A (past simple regular and irregular 2)

VERB LISTS:
Irregular verb list (from English Grammar in Use)
Irregular verb list (with translations and examples)
Irregular verb list (with phonetic transcription)

GAME:

http://www.verbbusters.com/index_es.php

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Resources: Listening

Hi everyone!

Here are some useful links for you to improve your listening skills during my absence. The links are taken from another useful blog for Basic Level Students called English in Guia Básico.

  • Ello:  Here you have audio and text together. You can choose to show or hide the text while you listen. There is a great variety of topics! For example, Tai Chi, living a long life, how to break up a relationship, expensive cities, etc.
  • Real English for beginners: in this website you have lessons with videos, examples and exercises. It’s very interesting! They are all native speakers of English, and you can also speak yourself.
  • AudioEnglish: in the beginners section you have mainly pronunciation practice with audio, but there are also some tests.
  • Masion Inglés: again, a lot of listening exercises divided into different topics and levels. Both British and American English accents!
  • Cyber Listening Lab: you have listening exercises of different levels (easy, medium and difficult). Click on any, listen to the text and test yourself. If you click on “Quiz Script“, you can also read the text at the same time. Finally, you have Vocabulary Activities at the end of each exercise. Very complete!
Hope you like them!