17 jun. 2015


If you want to know your June grades, go to "Documents". Remember you need a password.

To see your exam you have to come to the school:

Thursday 18, from 18.00 to 20.00h (Room 8)

13 may. 2015

If you want to know your final marks go to 'Documents' and you will know!

Remember you need your password.

In case you have to retake some of the skills in June, these are the dates and times:

JUNE 8th

READING ------------ 16.00-17.00h
LISTENING ---------- 17.00-17.30h

WRITING ------------ 17.30-18.15h

JUNE 8th

SPEAKING ---- 18.30h onwards.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!! 


28 abr. 2015


We have studied the present simple and the present continuous separatedly, but what about using them together? Do you really know when to use one and when to use the other? Let's have a look at them.

Present simple
It is used to speak about routines, hobbies, things that are always true.

Present continuous
It is used to speak about what is happening now or around now, temporal things or situations.
REMEMBER: there are some verbs which are not used in the continuous: believe, want, love, hate ...

Watch this video where both the present simple and continuous are explained

And now let's see if you understood. Do the following exercises and check your knowledge!!!

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 7
Exercise 8
Exercise 9
Exercise 10

27 abr. 2015


Use the Present Continuous with normal verbs to express the idea that something is happening now, at this very moment. It can also be used to show that something is not happening now.

Example: I am watching TV now.
                he is not reading a newspaper now.

To make a statement in the present continuous we need the present of verb to be (AM/IS/ARE) + the -ing form of the verb we want to use

          I AM READING a book
          She IS DRIVING a red car
          They ARE HAVING a shower

To make negative sentences we just add NOT after verb to be.

          I am not reading a book
          She is not driving a red car
          They are not having a shower

To make questions we just place the verb to be before the subject.

          Are you reading a book?
          Why is she driving a red car?
          Are they having a shower?

With this video you can practise negative and questions in the present continuous

Let's see if you have understood, let's practise with these exercises
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5 Watch the video and make full sentences, You can check the answers if you have a look at the comments to this post.

23 abr. 2015


What do you know about Sherlock Holmes? Have you ever read any of his stories? I'm sure you have, but how much do you know about him? Watch the video below to learn more about him and to practise the past simple of the verbs. Stop the video when you consider as on the left hand side grammar and vocabulary is explained.

22 abr. 2015


I'm sure you have heard of Gulliver and his visit to Lilliput. Why don't you listen to the story? This is just for you to practise your listening.


16 abr. 2015


To pronounce the past simple of the regular verbs we have to have in mind that is the sound which is important, not the letter or the spelling. So, how do we pronounce the past of the regular verbs? In three different ways.

- When the verb ends in sound /t/ or /d/ ------> /id/

- When the verb ends in an unvoiced sound (/p/,/f/,/s/,/sh/,/ch/,/k/ -----> the final sound is /t/

- When the verb ends in a voiced sound (the rest) ------> /d/

/d/ /t/ /id/
lived worked waited
arrived stopped hated
played asked ended

Now watch the video below to listen to the different sounds of the past of the regular verbs.

Time for you to practise. Why don't you record yourself?. Come on, don't be shy, you can do it!!!!! Remember that theory without practice is nothing.

15 abr. 2015


Learn some irregular verbs with this video. Repeat after him. It's good practice to remember them!

14 abr. 2015


There is no way to know when a verb is regular or irregular, so you have to learn them, and the best way to learn them is practice, practice, practice!!!
In this powerpoint you have some irregular verbs. First you are given the infinitive, before going to the next slide think of this:
- how this verb makes the third person singular in the present
- what the past form of this verb is
- its meaning
Now you can go to the next slide and check if you were right. Do this with all the verbs.

13 abr. 2015


In English there are regular and irregular verbs. We have to know if a verb is regular or irregular to know how to form the past.

To make the past simple of REGULAR verbs you only have to add -ed to the verb.
               live ----- lived
               walk ----- walked

To make the past simple of IRREGULAR verbs you have to know the form of that verb in the past. Remember it's the second column of the verb. Unfortunately there is no way to know if a verb is regular or irregular, so study them!!!!

               go ----- went
               speak ----- spoke

But we are lucky because in the past the verb has the same form for all the persons, there is no change in the third person singular.

                                   I           worked          went  
                                   you       worked         went
                                   he         worked          went
                                   she       worked           went
                                   it          worked          went
                                   we        worked          went
                                   you       worked          went
                                   they      worked          went


The structure of a sentence is the same as in the present, we only have to use the verb in the past.

               Present: I work as a musician
               Past: I worked as a musician
               Present: They go to the cinema every weekend
               Past: They went to the cinema every weekend
               Present: She lives in Galway
               Past: She lived in Galway
               Present: He speaks very fast
               Past: He spoke very fast

To form the -ed of the regular verbs in the past there are some rules:

1. If the verb ends in -e we only have to add -d
               live ----- lived
               hate ----- hated
               love ----- loved

2. If the final syllable of the verb is stressed and it is a consonant, then we have to double the consonant
               stop ----- stopped
               admit ----- admitted
               prefer ----- preferred

3. If the verb ends in -l then we also duouble the -l
               travel ----- travelled

4. If the verb ends in -y and the -y is preceded by a consonant, the -y turns into -i and we add -ed
               try ----- tried
               study ----- studied

    But if before the -y there is a vowel we just add -ed
               play ----- played
               enjoy ----- enjoyed


The structure of the negative and interogative sentences is the same as in the present, we know it is past because instead of the auxiliaries do and does, we use auxiliary DID. And, again, it is the same which person it is, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, singular or plural, the auxiliary is always did.
In positive sentences we have to know if the verb is regular or irregular to know its past form. In negative and interrogative sentences it is not necessary because we use the infinitive of the verb, in the same way we use it in the present simple.

Examples of negative sentences:

               Present: They don't like going to the cinema
               Past: They didn't like going to the cinema

               Present: She doesn't drink a lot of water
               Past: She didn't drink a lot of water yesterday.

Example of interrogative sentences

               Present: Do they like going to the cinema?               
               Past: Did they like going to the cinema?

               Present: Does she drink a lot of water?
               Past: Did she drink a lot of water yesterday?

Watch this video to learn more about the past simple.

9 abr. 2015


The structure of a sentence in the past is the same as in the present. The only difference is that the verb to be is in the past instead of being in the present.

I am was
you are were
he is was
she is was
it is was
we are were
you are were
they are were

          Present: She is a very happy girl
          Past: She was a very happy girl
          Present: They aren't in Newcastle
          Past: They weren't in Newcastle
          Present: Are you interested in Maths?
          Past: Were you interested in Maths?

And now time to practise:

exercise 1
exercise 2
exercise 3
exercise 4
exercise 5
exercise 6
exercise 7

27 mar. 2015


We finished UNIT 4 so it's time to check how much you  know and how much you remember. Click on the link below to take the  test. Don't use your coursebook or notebook or dictionary, and don't  forget you need a password. Ask your teacher for it. GOOD LUCK!!!!

21 mar. 2015


Sometimes you confuse it's with its.

It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

Its is a possessive adjective and a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

Watch this one minute video to learn their differences!!!

19 mar. 2015


Remember that pronouns always take the place of the noun and everything that goes with the noun. The possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs) are used instead of the possessive + noun to indicate possession. Let's see some examples:

          That car is my car -----> that car is mine

          This book is Mary's book -----> this book is hers

And, of course, some exercises for you to practise!!!

Exercise 1 Complete the sentences with a possessive pronoun
Exercise 2 Change the sentences so that they have a possessive pronoun. There is an example.
Exercise 3 Complete the sentences with a possessive pronoun
Exercise 4 Choose the correct answer
Exercise 5 Complete the sentences 
Exercise 6 Complete the sentences according to the person in brackets.

18 mar. 2015

17 mar. 2015


Today March 17, is Saint Patrick's Day. It is celebrated by Irish people around the world. But, who was Saint Patrick? How do people celebrate it? What do people do and wear on Saint Patrick's Day? Let's learn about it with this interactive book. Don't worry if you don't understand all the videos in it, but you can learn!

Click here to open it in a bigger window.

16 mar. 2015


A pronoun is the word that takes the place of the noun. The subject pronouns are the pronouns that are the subject of a sentence (I, you, he, she, it, we, they)

          Mary has a car ------> She has a car
          Peter and I are happy -----> We are happy

The 'Object Pronouns' or complement pronouns are the pronouns used as a complement of the verb or after a preposition (me, you, him, her, it, us, them)

           Peter buys flowers for Lorraine -----> Peter buys flowers for her
           I like those shoes -----> I like them

Don't confuse them with the possessive adjectives. The possessive adjectives are adjectives, so they come before a noun. The pronoun substitutes the noun, so they come alone.

           Possessive adjective: Tom and Bob live with their parents
           Object pronoun: Tom and Bob live with them


Now it's time to practise!

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6

14 mar. 2015


To talk about what we like or we don't like we use the verbs love, enjoy, like and hate. After these verbs we can use a noun

          She loves chocolate
          They don't like football
          Does he hate the beach?

But we can also use a verb. When we use a verb it usually takes the form of the gerund, that is, we add -ing to the verb.

          He loves going to the cinema
          She doesn't like dancing
          Do they enjoy playing chess?

Remember that there are some rules to add -ing:

* most of the times we just add -ing directly to the verb
          go ---> going                 work ---> working
          study ---> studying        play--->playing

* but when the verb ends in a silent final e preceded by a consonant, we drop the -e and add -ing

         live ---> living                write ---> writing

* when the verb ends in a consonant and it is a strong one syllable verb then we double the final consonant. Also when the verb has two or more syllables but the stress is on the last syllable.

        stop ---> stopping         begin ---> beginning

This video might help you

And of course, nothing better than some practice!!!

exercise 1
exercise 2
exercise 3

9 mar. 2015


We finished UNIT 3, now it's time to check how much you know and how much you remember. Click on the link below to take the test. Don't use your coursebook or notebook or dictionary, and don't forget you need a password. Ask your teacher for it. GOOD LUCK!!!!

6 mar. 2015

CAN YOU (Pronunciation)

This is a video to help you pronounce 'can you ...?'

And now, why don't you try to record yourself and compare with the original? Come on, don't be shy!!!!!

5 mar. 2015


Pay attention to the way she pronounces can and can't. Don't worry if you don't understand all what she says, just listen to her to get the pronunciation.

4 mar. 2015


The verb can is used to express ability to do something and to ask for permission.
             I can sing quite well
             Can we go out on Saturday?

The verb can is special. It doesn't add the '-s' in the third person singular
            She can dance very well 
            *NOT She cans dance very well

It is always followed by another verb in the plain infinitive, that is, in the infinitive without 'to' .
            They can play tennis
            *NOT they can to play tennis

To make the negative we add not to the verb and to make questions we just swap places between subject and verb.

            We can't go out tonight
            Can you play the guitar?

Note that in the negative it is either can't or cannot but NOT can not.

Watch the video and sing with the busy beavers. Remember that songs are good practice to learn. Pay attention to the pronunciation!!

And now time to practise!!!!

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 7
Exercise 8

26 feb. 2015


When we speak or write we have two options. We can use the formula  sentence + sentence + sentence + sentence + ..... which doesn't sound too natural

          I like Sundays.
          I don't work on Sundays.
          I wake up at 8.30.
          I get up at 10.00.
          I have a big breakfast.
          I sometimes read the newspaper.
          I sometimes work in the garden.
          I go out for a walk.
          I have lunch with my family.
          We watch TV.
          We talk. 
          We don't work.
          We don't study.

Or we can link the sentences and the discourse using CONNECTORS (and, or, but, because) and SEQUENCERS (then, before/after breakfast, ...) which sounds a lot more natural, don't you think so?

I like Sundays because I don't work. I wake up at 8.30 but I get up at 10.00 and I have a big breakfast. Then I sometimes read the newspaper or work in the garden. Before lunch I go out for a walk. Then I have lunch with my family. After lunch we watch TV and talk. We don't work or study.

Now time for you to practise!!!!!


Write a composition about your favourite day and send it to your teacher!!


23 feb. 2015


Let's revise the dates with this video. There are two parts. During the first part of the video just listen to it and try to understand as much as you can. You can take pen and paper and write the dates they say. In the second part you can read the subtitles and check your answers.

21 feb. 2015


This is the song I told you about in class, I am sure many of you have heard about it, but did you know it only says the months of the year? Enjoy The Calendar Song by Boney M

20 feb. 2015


There are two ways to say the date:

     - Today is Friday, 20th January, 2012
     - Today is Friday, January 20th, 2012

To say the date you need, among other things, to know the days of the week, the months of the year, the year, and the ordinal numbers, of course. Now you can listen to them.

And now you can record yourself and compare with the original.


17 feb. 2015



 When we say 'when' we not only say the watch time but also we refer to:
  • parts of the day (morning, afternoon, everning)
  • specific time in the day (lunch, dinner)
  • day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, ...)
  • month of the year (January, February, March...)
  • the year (2010, 1984, 1715...)
  • the season (spring, summer, autumn, winter)
  • specific periods of time (Christmas, Easter, weekend) ....
Three prepositions are used AT, IN and ON . Do you remember when to use them? If you don't then have a look at this powerpoint, it will help!!!

Exercise 1 (Choose the correct answer)
Exercise 2 (Write in, at, on, to complete the sentences)
Exercise 3 (Drag each word to the correct group)
Exercise 4 (Complete the sentences with the correct preposition)
Exercise 5 (Choose the right answer)
Exercise 6 (Which is the right preposition to complete the sentence?)


16 feb. 2015


…but if you go, don’t wear new clothes!

Read the text while you listen to it. Then record yourself and compare your recording with the original. This will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills!!


The Tomatina festival takes place on the last Wednesday in August in Buñol, Spain. The ‘tomato battle’ starts at 11 o’clock in the morning, and continues for two hours. During the Tomatina 35,000 people throw 125,000 kilos of tomatoes!


In January (the exact date changes every year) you can go to Ivrea in Italy and take part in the Carnevale d’Ivrea, where people throw oranges at each other. If you don’t want people to throw an orange at you, you have to wear a red hat!


Thailand has a Water Festival (Songkran) every April to celebrate the New Year. It starts on 13th April and lasts for two days. People throw water at each other all day and also at night.


15 feb. 2015


First click here to learn the vocabulary. Then practise chores and adverbs of frequency with this book. Click here to open the book in a new bigger window.

14 feb. 2015


Listen to Jaquie talking about her day.

Everyday I get up at seven o´clock. I have a shower and I get dressed. I have breakfast at quarter past seven. I usually have a big breakfast: cereal, toast, fruit and coffee. I get to work at quarter to nine. I work at a sports centre. I answer the phone at reception and give people the keys to the changing rooms. I start work at nine o'clock. At quarter past one I have lunch with my colleagues in the cafeteria. I usually finish work at six o'clock. Sometimes I stay late at the centre to do some exercise. I get home at quarter to eight. I have dinner at half past eight. Then I watch TV. I go to bed at half past eleven.


And now, read the text and record yourself. Then listen to your recording, you can compare with the original and repeat it as many times as you want. Come on, don't be shy! This is good speaking practice.

13 feb. 2015

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ... (Present tense)

This is a video from MadridTeacher.com. Victoria Fontana tells us about a typical day in her life. There are two parts. During the first part of the video just listen to it and try to understand as much as you can, in the second part you can read the subtitles. Does she live in an Okinawa way? What do you think?

12 feb. 2015


This book will help you practise the times and daily routines. With audio too!! If you want to open it in a new bigger window, click here
NOTE: Be careful when you write, watch your spelling and don't use contractions, if you use contractions or the spelling is wrong (for example, not using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence) you will get it wrong.


There are four seasons that happen in a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Can you tell me which season it is?

10 feb. 2015


In Okinawa people live a very long time. They are hardly ever ill. Many people live to be 100 – more people than in other parts of the world. Why? What is their secret?
Read the text while you listen to it. Then record yourself and compare your recording with the original. This will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills!!

A healthy diet

The Okinawans eat vegetables, fruit, fish, soya, and rice. They usually have seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. People don’t usually drink much alcohol or smoke. They don’t eat much meat or fast food.


Physical activity is very important for the people of Okinawa. Martial arts, walking, traditional dancing, and gardening are very popular with people of all ages.

Low stress

In many countries people have healthy diets and do exercise. But the unusual thing about the people in Okinawa is that they are not stressed. They are relaxed and take their time. Buses are hardly ever on time, and people often arrive an hour late for meetings. Every evening hundreds of people, young and old, go to the beach to watch the beautiful sunset. People often meditate to relax.

Always active

Another important thing is that people often work until they are 80 – sometimes until 90! In the Okinawan dialect there is no word for ‘retired’. They are busy and active all their lives. Old people don’t stay at home – they go out and meet friends.

When journalists ask people ‘What is the secret of your long life?’, they answer ‘We are happy, we are always positive, and we are never in a hurry.’


22 ene. 2015


This is only a kind reminder:

GROUP BASIC 1 B (Mondays and Wednesdays)

23 and 28 January - Speaking
26 January - Reading, Listening and Writing

GROUP BASIC 1 D (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

27 January - Reading, Listening and Writing
29 and 30 January - Speaking


We not always say just what we do but we also say how often we do things and that's when we use 'adverbs of frequency'. The most used frequency adverbs are always, usually, often, sometimes, hardly ever (or seldom) and never.

Example: I usually go to the cinema

Remember that they are placed immediately before the verb:

Example: She often plays tennis.

But they come after the verb to be:

Example: They are never happy with the results.

This graphic will help you learn their degree of frequency:

And now you can practise. Good luck!!!!

Exercise 1 
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Exercise 6
Exercise 7

21 ene. 2015

20 ene. 2015

DAILY ROUTINES (Present Simple)

This is a presentation for you to see how we can use the present simple for daily routines, what we usually do every day. More examples and exercises still to come!!!

19 ene. 2015


Professor Parker, a stress expert from the University of London, looks at Lorraine's typical day and tries to help…

Lorraine, a single mother, works as a guide at the National Gallery in London and she lives with her son George, aged 9.

I get up and I make George’s sandwiches. Then I do some housework. Then I wake up George and make his breakfast. I’m always in a hurry and I don’t have time for breakfast at home.

We cycle to school because the bus is expensive. Then I cycle six miles to work.

I have a sandwich for breakfast in the canteen, and then I start work. My first tour is usually at 9.30. I like my job but I don’t earn much money and I stand all day.

I finish work and I go to pick up George at 5.30. We go shopping.

I cook dinner and help George with his homework. After dinner I do more housework or answer e-mails. I don’t go out in the evening because a babysitter is very expensive.

George goes to bed and I read him a story. Then I go to bed – I’m really tired!

Professor Parker’s advice:
Have breakfast with your son. Do all the housework in the evening. Don’t cycle, get the bus. It’s important to see other people. Invite a friend for a drink once a week.
*6 miles = 9.8 kilometres

18 ene. 2015

17 ene. 2015


Knowing how to tell the time is very important. Sometimes we have a meeting, or an appointment, or we want to get on time for that film we want to see or just to get to work .... I hope this presentation helps you learn how to tell the time in English and, of course, the extra exercises will give you extra practice. Enjoy!!!

Exercise 1 (Match the times)
Exercise 2 (Match the clocks with the times)
Exercise 3 (Very interesting exercise to review not only the time but also the numbers!!!, with audio)
Exercise 4 (Choose the correct answer by listening to the sentences)
Exercise 5 (Write the time you hear)

16 ene. 2015


This is a video from MadridTeacher.com to learn not only daily objects and colours but also to review verb to be.

NOTE: colour is the British English spelling while color is the American English spelling.

15 ene. 2015


Do you know the colours? First watch this video.

And now do this listening activity, and go to the comments section to check your answers.

13 ene. 2015


An adjective describes how something 'is'. For this reason, we usually use the verb 'to be' when using adjectives. Adjectives are used to describe nouns.
- He is a good doctor. 
- Beautiful trees.
- They are happy.

Be careful!

    * Adjectives don't have a singular and plural form OR a masculine, femine and neuter form.

    * Adjectives are always the same! Never add a final -s to an adjective.

Example: these are difficult books.

NOT!!: difficults books

Rule: Adjectives are placed before the noun.

- a wonderful book 
- very interesting people

Be careful!

    * Don't place an adjective after the noun

NOT!!: an apple red


Exercise 1 (Put the words in the correct order)
Exercise 2 (A crossword)
Exercise 3 (Choose the correct answer)
Exercise 4 (Put the words in the correct order)
Exercise 5 (Choose the correct answer)
Exercise 6 (Crossword, opposites)
Exercise 7 (Wordsearch, colours)
Exercise 8 (Which picture best describes the adjective given? two exercises)
Exercise 9 (Match the adjective and the correct picture)

11 ene. 2015


Remember this week the school is hosting a CEILIDG on


From these videos you can get an idea of what it is like. Come on, be brave and participate, it's fun!