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