Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blog Nivel Intermedio 1 2011-12

My dear students,

This is the blog we'll be using this year. Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Videos y listenings para el verano

Bueno, me despido hasta Septiembre con un enlace que me proporcionó Ana Fúster, una compañera de la EOI Cartagena.

Se trata de la página Algunos videos son gratuitos para que veáis las funcionalidades (reproducir diálogos por frases, ralentizar los diálogos, grabar vuestra propia voz para compararla, etc.), aunque si os registráis o entráis con vuestra cuenta de Facebook tendréis acceso a 14 días de prueba.

Merece la pena, de verdad

Saludos y feliz verano!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Speaking: Strategies for conversation (interaction)

How to encourage conversation and how to keep conversation going

1. Use "Uh, huh!", "All right!", "I see" regularly while nodding your head to show that you are following the conversation.

2. Use "Really?" to show interest.

3. Repeat your partner's last word or key words to show interest:
eg. A"nd then I lost my passport". "Your passport?"

4. Ask follow-up questions:
eg. "And then... what happened?"
"And... what did you do next?"

5. When necessary, show surprise and concern. Use these expressions:
"Oh, my God!" "Oh, dear!"
"You must be joking/ You must be kidding!"
"You're kidding!"
"No way!"
"That's too bad."
"That's terrible!"
"Oh, poor you!"

1. I lost my mobile phone yesterday.
2. I had a terrible argument with my best friend yesterday.
3. I bumped into a policeman's car this morning.
4. I fell down in the street this morning.
5. My computer froze yesterday and I couldn't save my homework. I lost everything.
6. My pet got really sick last weekend.
7. I had dinner in a fast food restaurant and I got food poisoning.
8. My car broke down in the middle of the road on Saturday evening.

Thanks Rebeca for the document.

NB2 End-of-course test (Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation)


Here is an NB2 End-of-course test that you can download, print out and complete at home. When you finished the test, you can check your answers using the 'answer key' that I have included for your convenience.

Some of the questions are marked in red, which means that you don't have to answer them.

If you have any questions about the test, you can use the Chat Box on the right or the Comments section, and I'll try to answer them as soon as I can.

See you!

Monday, May 9, 2011

General: Los 23 comercios con más tirón


I've just read this article in La Verdad and I thought you might be interested, specially in the part that mentions the knowledge of English for specific jobs in the Region..

Hope you find it interesting...

Monday, May 2, 2011

File 7C. Grammar: the passive


Here's some extra exercises about the passive voice:

Exercise 1: the passive
Exercise 2: the passive

Exercise 3: the passive
Exercise 4: the passive

Reading: famous inventions. 
Which of these inventions do you think is the most interesting?

File 6PE: At the pharmacy

Practical English 6: At the pharmacy (extra practice)

File 6D. Vocabulary: get


File 6D. Grammar: should / shouldn't

Exercise 1: should / shouldn't
Exercise 2: should / shouldn't
Exercise 3: should / shouldn't

File 6C. Grammar: may/might

Exercise 1: may / might possibility (1)
Exercise 2: may / might possibility (2)

Revision: be going to, might, would like to

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Funny stuff: Emilio Botin in English

Calificación final: NO APTO

Resources: Rafa Arabit's & Teresa Bastida's NB2 Blogs

Hi, everybody!

Here's a couple of links to Rafa Arabit's and Teresa Bastida's NB2 blogs.

I hope you like them and find them very useful.

Thanks Rafa & Teresa for the links :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

File 6A. Extra Grammar: First & Zero Conditional


Here are some extra documents you can read about the First Conditional and the Zero Conditional in English:

First Conditional (explanation)


"as long as":

I'll stay as long as you need me.

"provided (that)":
The company will pay the bonus provided (that) the job is completed on time.

You won't succeed unless you work harder.

Extra grammar: Zero Conditional (explanation)

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1st Pronunciation practice: Listen and repeat

Watch the following video. Then, listen and repeat the sentences. Try to copy the rhythm and intonation :)
April Fools' Day

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

File 5D. Grammar: prepositions of movement


Here are a couple of useful links to learn more about prepositions:

EXTRA PRACTICE: Prepositions of movement

Hope it is useful.

File 5D. Video: The most exciting sporting moment

Watch the video and answer the questions below:

1. What sport was it?
2. When and where was it?
3. Who was taking part?
4. Where did you watch it?
5. What happened?
6. What was your reaction when you saw it?

Use the Comments section to describe your own experience about this exciting sporting moment.

Monday, March 28, 2011

File 5D. Grammar: expressing movement

Lesson D expressing movement (1)
Lesson D expressing movement (2)

File 5D. Video: sports

Watch the following video:

Answer these questions:

1. What is the sport shown on the video?
2. Do you think the video is real?
3. Would you like to practise this sport? Why (not)?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

File 5C. Grammar: modal verbs

File 5C: have to, don't have to, must, mustn't (1)
File 5C: have to, don't have to, must, mustn't (2)

Optional exercises (expansion):
Exercise A: had to/didn't have to/ did you have to
Exercise B: can/can't/have to/don't have to

Resources: Video & Listening @

Dear students,

Here's another useful link with squillions of short videos so that you can practise listening at home:

I strongly recommend that you watch at least a couple of videos every day. Don't worry if you don't understand everything. Remember that there is a CC (Closed captions = subtitles) option that you can turn on any time you want.

Hope it is useful!

Writing / Speaking: Linking words

Hi everyone

I've uploaded a document with lots of linking words. If you are interested, you can download it by clicking on here. The level is a bit too high (NI1), but you can make a selection and decide which linking words are most useful for you.

Print it out and try to use as many linking words as you can in your compositions or oral presentations. The more linking words you use, the better cohesion you will get!

Hope it is useful.

File 7B. Grammar: Present perfect vs Past Simple


Here are some extra exercises about the use of the Present Perfect and Past Simple:

Present Perfect or Past Simple? Exercise 1
Present Perfect or Past Simple? Exercise 2
Present Perfect or Past Simple? Exercise 3
Present Perfect or Past Simple? Exercise 4
Present Perfect or Past Simple? Exercise 5

Extra exercises:
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

Game: Past participles

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pronunciation: NB2 Difficult words


Here's the list of difficult words that I have compiled so far (last update: 15 March).

Do not forget to check this list regularly and practise the pronunciation of the words at home.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Culture: St Patrick's Day (17th March)


This is just to remind you that St Patrick's Day, the most important Irish festival, will take place next Thursday the 17th of March.

Just like we did with some of the other important festivities (e.g. Christmas), two or three students from each group will have to prepare a presentation about St Patrick's Day.

If you want to do it, please let me know in class as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to your collaboration.

See you!

** UPDATE **

St Patrick's Day presentations:
NB2 - Group A: Irene & Noemi (Wednesday 16th)
NB2 - Group C: Raquel (Wednesday 16th)
NB2 - Group D: Paco Sánchez (Thursday 17th)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

WRITING TIPS: Punctuation


The following link is strongly recommended for those students who have difficulties with WRITING or PUNCTUATION. You should do, at least, "Section 1: Punctuation", or continue with the rest in case you find it necessary.


Lots of students at this EOI are doing the activities and they found the website really useful.

Also, you can't miss the other contents of the website. It's really worth a visit.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks Ana Fúster for the link


  Hi again,

Here's a link for you to practise the Listening Comprehension part of the June/September exams.

Start with the EASY EXERCISES and move on to the medium ones if you feel you are confident enough to do that.

Hope it is useful.

Monday, February 28, 2011

File 4C. Grammar: Comparatives

4C. Grammar: comparative +, less than (1)
4C. Grammar: comparative +, less than (2)

Song: Love Profusion


Although I'm not a big Madonna fan, I have to admit that this song is ideal for practising the pronunciation of the suffixes "-ation" and "-sion". Here's a link to the song we listened to in class.

Enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

File 4A. Powerpoint: Present Perfect (introduction)

File 4A. Grammar: Present Perfect vs past simple

File 4A: Present perfect (1)
File 4A: Present perfect (2)
File 4A: Present perfect (3)
File 4A: Present perfect or past simple? (1)
File 4A: Present perfect or past simple? (2)
File 4A: Present perfect or past simple? (3)

File 4A: Present perfect or past simple? (4)
File 4A: Present perfect or past simple? (5) 

Extra resources: Saber Inglés


If you feel bored during this long weekend, here's a useful link for you to practise your reading/listening skills. Start with the Easy ones, follow the instructions carefully and do not try to understand every single word. Just listen carefully for the information you need to do the exercise.

Also, if you have time, pay a visit to the rest of the sections of the website. There are lots of useful exercises. Don't miss the Speaking and Writing sections too!

Enjoy it!

Saturday, February 19, 2011



Please have a look at the following blog entries:

- The End: la importancia del final de las palabras en inglés

Stress on word stress: problemas con la acentuación de las palabras en inglés

Questions about questions: la estructura de las preguntas en inglés

These and many more entries are taken from a really cool blog a colleague told me. This is the blog, I strongly recommend you to visit it regularly and read some of its entries.

Thanks Ana Fúster for the link!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Instrucciones para examen oral


Aquí tenéis un documento con las instrucciones y protocolo a seguir para la parte de Expresión Oral. Se recomienda leerlo antes de asistir al examen.


Monday, January 31, 2011

FREE Listening resources: British Council Elementary Podcasts

Practise your English language listening skills with the Elementary Podcasts. Listen to them on your computer, or download and save them on your mp3 player. Each episode is accompanied by a range of activities to help you learn new vocabulary and focus on the language you hear. You can also download the support packs which contain the tape scripts and extra learning activities.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Writing: A dream

Write about a dream/nightmare you had recently (about 100 words). Use the Comments section of this entry to write your dream.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Extra: Pronunciation

Listen and repeat the sentences. Copy the rhythm and intonation :)

Courtesy of Carmen Saura