martes, 22 de noviembre de 2011

FINAL EXAMS

PLEASE, BEAR IN MIND THAT ANY OF THE LINGUSITIC CONTENT PRESENT IN THIS CLASS BLOG CAN BE EVALUATED, as well as those in your course-book.

stella :-)


domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2011


If you want to see HOW to write a well organized paragraph, click HERE

sábado, 5 de noviembre de 2011

sábado, 29 de octubre de 2011

ISFDyT 41




 YOUR PORTFOLIO SHOULD INCLUDE:

A COVER: with YOUR NAME, Year, Name of subject, Teacher Training College #...
AN INDEX: with the sections and pages where they can be found and the kind of excercises that you have chosen (e.g. Use of Simple Past to express past finished action>>>see titles on excercises or create new ones).
GRAMMAR /LANGUAGE IN USE
  • at least one excercise from the different entries posted below>>>AT LEAST 15 EXCERCISES, all in all..
  • at least two from the movies & grammar blog.
NARRATIVES
  1. Maria Flor
  2. Hamlet
  3. retelling of a fairy tale
  4. the table with the comparison between the versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
VOCABULARY
  1. the GLOSSARY: terminology with its corresponding pronunciation (looked up ina PRONUNCIATION DICTIONARY)


ISFDyT 41

ISFDyT 41

WRITING PRACTICE
Below you'll find two versions of  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Find similarities and differences between both versions. Be careful with tenses!. INCLUDE THE TABLE IN YOUR PORTFOLIO!

A MORE TRADITIONAL VERSION (though somewhat weird, it's pretty short)







A MODERN VERSION





  
Items to include in your table:

SETTING:
  • protagonist(s)
  • characters (relations between and among them)
  • place where they live
  • time
  • conflict (that gave rise to the story)
BODY
  • what happened to the protagonist (remember actions do not take place in isolation, but they are related: cause and effect, contrast, etc.)
  • climax
RESOLUTION
  • how the conflict is solved
  • what happened in the end.



NARRATIVE TENSES: Simple Past, Past Continuous and Past Perfect.


stella :-)

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

LAST ASSIGNMENT

ISFDyT Nº 35
Your blog should have:

  1. A nice title
  2. narrative text (Your relative who is in... is explaining why he/she has decided to migrate)>>I've already corrected it.
  3. A slide show (Power point presentation) uploaded with slideshare. (or other web 2.0 tool). Embed it.
  4. A time line (using Time toaster). Embed it.
  5. A video downoloaded from Youtube (realted to your family background, typical food or clothes, the city wher they come from, etc) with a descriptive text below.
  6. Maps with their corresponding texts (descriptive and/or narrative) showing where your family comes from.
  7. Photographs from your family, old documents, etc>>>if you are lucky to have them!!!
  8. A letter: your relative has arrived in BA and writes a letter back home that includes: a description of the place/city, his experiences so far (Present Perfect???). the description of an important person (a friend, a former neighbour, a relative, a future boyfriend/girlfriend...).
  9. Last but not least: a photograph (or several photos) of your family (now) with a narrative/descriptive or informative text related to it/them


  • try to avoid LINKS, if you embed (with embed code) the video or the timeline for example, the result is much more attractive!
  • the texts below the video or the pics SHOULD be PARAGRAPHS (not sentenes). Pls, check paragraph organization.
  • Remember to look up HOW to write a letter in the entry below (FCE WRITING) if you do not remember.
  • pls, take into account that IMAGES are not simply decorative, but they provide lots of information, too. 
  • INCLUDE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, PLACES OR SITUATIONS if you do not have enough information about your real family!



Enjoy writing. It's the last effort!!!!!!!!!!!!


DUE DATE (fecha de entrega): NOVEMBER 1, 2011.


stella :-)

More and more...

Some books have fantastic websites to practise more and more. Try this site by clicking HERE.

Remember: the more you study, the better results YOU will have!

stella :-)

lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011

FCE Writing mistakes explained.

First Certificate in English is an international exam. It consists of different exams. One of them is the WRITING EXAM. If you click HERE, you can find TEN MISTAKES STUDENTS MAKE AND THEIR EXPLANATIONS.

AWARENESS: How many of these mistakes can you find in your own writings?

stella :-)

More writing practice: CONNECTORS

When we write good pieces of writing (stories, biographies, letter, etc, etc) we need to JOIN OUR IDEAS. Otherwise they will be a set of sentences that are not cohesive (not bound to one another). If you click HERE you will find interesting excercise to prctise.

 Hope you find them useful and you can improve your assignments!

stella :-)

WRITING PRACTICE


  • How do I DESCRIBE PEOPLE?
  1. Visit THIS SITE and find good examples
  2. People have qualities and flaws. Click HERE to find some more practice.
  3. Examples of Harry Potter's characters can be found HERE
  • .And if you DESCRIBE their PERSONALITIES? 

Use a dictionary to complete your notes on ADJECTIVES to describe people.

TIP: 
What is the difference between:
What is he like?
What does he look like?

stella :-)

sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011

TO START STUDYING HARDER



I came across this FANTASTIC BLOG: MOVIE SEGMENTS TO ASSESS GRAMMAR GOALS. It's from a colleague of mine from Brazil. Its main objective is TO STUDY GRAMMAR THROUGH MOVIES. I hope you can profit from it.

  • select your level of  English
  • OR
  • select the GRAMMAR ITEM you want to practise
REMEMBER: you are responsible for your learning and the more you practice, the more confident you'll become. Check the writings I handed out. What is your weak point(s)>>>tenses? vocabulary? conditional sentences?

I hope you like working this way!

Enjoy


stella :-)

miércoles, 7 de septiembre de 2011

The Rock of PREPOSITIONS

Watch the THE GRAMMAR ROCK PREPOSITION and take down notes of the PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES you hear. Then write examples in your portfolio. Be as creative as possible.

Then:
  • Write a paragraph with at least four prepositional phrases from the song.
  • Re-write a fairy tale using the prepositional phrases from the lyrics.
EXTRA CREDITS if you...
  • ...go to FLICKR and choose pictures, write a caption for each using the prepositional phrases you have chosen


enjoy learning prepositions!




stella

martes, 6 de septiembre de 2011

A poem

 

Edwin Morgan is a Scottish poet who was born in 1920 and died in 2010. Here you can visit his official website. Enjoy A LIFE/ LIFETIME here

The First Men on Mercury

– We come in peace from the third planet.
Would you take us to your leader?

– Bawr stretter! Bawr. Bawr. Stretterhawl?

– This is a little plastic model
of the solar system, with working parts.
You are here and we are there and we
are now here with you, is this clear?

– Gawl horrop. Bawr Abawrhannahanna!

– Where we come from is blue and white
with brown, you see we call the brown
here 'land', the blue is 'sea', and the white
is 'clouds' over land and sea, we live
on the surface of the brown land,
all round is sea and clouds. We are 'men'.
Men come –

– Glawp men! Gawrbenner menko. Menhawl?

– Men come in peace from the third planet
which we call 'earth'. We are earthmen.
Take us earthmen to your leader.

– Thmen? Thmen? Bawr. Bawrhossop.
Yuleeda tan hanna. Harrabost yuleeda.

– I am the yuleeda. You see my hands,
we carry no benner, we come in peace.
The spaceways are all stretterhawn.

– Glawn peacemen all horrabhanna tantko!
Tan come at'mstrossop. Glawp yuleeda!

– Atoms are peacegawl in our harraban.
Menbat worrabost from tan hannahanna.

– You men we know bawrhossoptant. Bawr.
We know yuleeda. Go strawg backspetter quick.

– We cantantabawr, tantingko backspetter now!

– Banghapper now! Yes, third planet back.
Yuleeda will go back blue, white, brown
nowhanna! There is no more talk.

– Gawl han fasthapper?

– No. You must go back to your planet.
Go back in peace, take what you have gained
but quickly.

– Stretterworra gawl, gawl…

– Of course, but nothing is ever the same,
now is it? You'll remember Mercury.
Edwin Morgan

Would you like to read a COMIC ADAPTATION of the poem?


stella :-)

lunes, 5 de septiembre de 2011

Some extra practice

Let's revise:
enjoy yourself while learning English!

Would you like to test your English? Go here for: Vocabulary, Listening , Reading and Grammar quizzes.

Let's work with CONJUNCTIONS (be careful because not all links are FOR FREE. Pay attention and click do not commercials!)
stella :-)

lunes, 4 de julio de 2011

Write a story

Write a narrative, between 150 and 180 words, based on the following video.


AVAILABLE AT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZybCmLggA&feature=player_embedded
stella :-)

martes, 31 de mayo de 2011

Write a narrative

What is an INTERACTIVE STORY?
Click on this link and follow any of the divergent paths. Are you going up the stairs? Will you follow the dog?
Find your own story and then WRITE ONE OR TWO PARAGRAPHS to retell it.

lunes, 11 de abril de 2011

How can I write a paragraph?

What is a paragraph? What kinds of paragraphs are there? Does a paragraph made up of one sentence exist?
CLICK HERE for some answers to these questions