sábado, 29 de octubre de 2011



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).
  • 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.
  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.
  1. the GLOSSARY: terminology with its corresponding pronunciation (looked up ina PRONUNCIATION DICTIONARY)



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)


Items to include in your table:

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


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 :-)


  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.

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

stella :-)

sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011


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!


stella :-)