jueves, 27 de febrero de 2014

COMPARISON


COMPARISON

1. Sue’s car isn’t very big. She wants a  car.

2. This house isn’t very modern. I like  houses.

3. You’re not very tall. Your brother is .

4. Bill doesn’t work very hard. I work .

5. My chair isn’t very comfortable. Your chair is .

6. Jill’s idea wasn’t very good. My idea was .

7. These flowers aren’t very nice. The blue one is .

8. My case isn’t very heavy. Your case is .

9. I’m not very interested in sports. I’m  in reading.

10. It isn’t very warm today. Yesterday it was .

11. These tomatoes aren’t very good. The other ones taste .

12. Ireland isn’t very big. France is .

13. Liverpool isn’t very beautiful. London is .

14. This knife isn’t very sharp. Have you got a  one?

15. People today aren’t very polite. In the past they were .





COMPARISON


1. A cheetah is  than a horse. (fast)

2. Susan’s hair is  than Betty’s. (short)

3. The Mt Blanc is  than the Großglockner, the Mt Everest is the  mountain. (high)

4. June is  than May, but July is the . (hot)

5. Table tennis is  than tennis but badminton is the . (easy)

6. French is  than English, but Chinese is the language. (difficult)

7. "Airforce One" is the  film I have ever seen. (interesting)

8. No, I don’t think so. "Contact" is  than "Airforce One". (interesting)

9. Hot dogs are  than hamburgers. (good)

10. This is the  chocolate cake I have ever eaten. (good)

11. Skiing is as  as riding a bike. (easy)

12. Carol sings as  as Mary, but Cindy sings the . (beautiful)

13. Tennis is  than skiing, but football is the  sport. (popular)

14. Detective films are as  as western films. (boring)

15. No, I don’t think so! Romantic films are  than western films, but nature films are the  films I have ever seen. (boring)

16. The United States are  than Mexico, but Russia is the .country (large)

17. A mouse is as  as a hamster, but a rat is  than a mouse. (clever)

18. A canary is  than an eagle, but a parrot is the bird. (colourful)

19. Peter is as  as George. (clever)

20. January is as  as February. (cold)



OMPARISON


1. She isn’t very clever. You are  than her.

2. He isn’t very tall. You’re  than .

3. She isn’t very old. You’re  than .

4. I don’t work very hard. You work  than .

5. He doesn’t smoke very much. You smoke  than .

6. I’m not a very good cook. You cook  than .

7. We don’t know many people. You know  than .

8. They haven’t got much money. You’ve got  than .

9. I can’t run very fast. You can run  than .

10. I didn’t get up very early. You got up  than .


GRAMMAR EXERCISES. Great link

martes, 18 de febrero de 2014

STOP BULLYING

You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Revision of comparatives




Complete the sentences. Use the comparative.
obedient bad big comfortable easy
1 Australia is a very large country – it’s ___________________ than France.
2 I like sleeping in this new bed. It’s ___________________ than my old bed.
3 Oh no! The rain yesterday was bad, but now it's ___________________ .
4 I don’t have any problems with History.
It’s ___________________ than Maths.
5 Both our dogs usually do what we say, but Jet is _________________ than Leo.




You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

Adjectives: comparatives and Superlatives


Adjectives: comparatives and Superlatives

ADJECTIVE
COMPARATIVE
SUPERLATIVE
bad


jittery


purple


tan


better


jolly


quaint


tender


beautiful


kind


quiet


testy


big


long


quick


tricky


black


lazy


quickest


tough


blue
bright


magnificent
rainy
rare


ugly
clumsy


many


ratty


vast


crazy


mighty


red


watery


dull


nasty


robust


wide-eyed


fat


new


round


wonderful


frail


nice


sad


yellow


friendly


nosy


scary


yummy


funny


nutty


scrawny


zany


great


nutritious


short


green


odd


silly


gigantic


orange


stingy


gorgeous


ordinary


strange


grumpy


pretty


striped


handsome


precious


spotty


happy


prickly


tart


horrible


tall


itchy


tame








You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

lunes, 17 de febrero de 2014

ALL ABOUT THE USA, Emily Winston

BOOK:
http://www.burlingtonbooks.com/Spain/Page.aspx?PageID=1980


MAP:




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jueves, 13 de febrero de 2014

“Fight Cyber-Bullying” lesson plan (B1/B2)

          
1- Oral interaction: describing pictures
Separate the class in two groups, hand out the following pictures.
     Picture 1 (G1): www.harrisinteractive.com/.../HI_TrendsTudes_2007_v06_i04.pdf
     Picture 2 (G2)   http://www.heles.plymouth.sch.uk/index.php?page=abcyber

a) Preparing the interaction
- Allow 5/8 minutes for students to work in pairs to:

    • be able to ask questions to the other group so as to get a detailed description of
        their picture (wh- questions and yes/no questions)

    • be able to describe picture , to answer questions
- Note: Teacher may help by writing a series of prompts on the board
                                                      What actions....?
                                                   •
        What type..?                                  What feelings...?
    •                                              •
        Who...?                                       Why...?
    •                                              •
        Where...?                                     How many...?
    •                                              •
        When...?                                      Main issue?


b) Interaction
- G1 students and G2 students interact in turn to ask each other questions about the other
group's picture and to describe their respective picture.
Students in G1 listen and take notes of G2 answers in their notebook, and vice versa

- Note: Teacher is the referee: teacher decides for example, when groups should ask
yes/no questions or wh- questions. Teacher helps with falling intonation in questions,
pronunciation, etc.
A tip I have used: Teacher can raise index when a question is correct thus encouraging
the other group to answer. If no finger is raised, Students are encouraged to correct their
friends' mistakes or rephrase the question.

c) Recap:
- Allow 5 minutes for each group to recap and write a brief description for each picture.
Exple:

 G1 picture is a photo. There are two characters: two girls. Both have long dark hair.
  One has straight hair while the other has curly hair They must be students given the white shirt both are wearing (it might be a college or high school uniform). The scene might take place in a park in spring or summer, they are laying down on the grass and the sun is shining in the background. Both girls are looking at a mobile phone and look suprised, even shocked. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the
  screen of the phone, so it is difficult for us to say what it actually displays.

  G2 picture is a photo. There are three characters. The photo is blurred so it is difficult to say what the people look like, but it looks as if they were boys, maybe teenagers. The scene takes place in the street, during the day, maybe after school.
  In the background, two boys are fighting against a bricked wall, and a third person is recording a video of the scene using a mobile phone in the foreground: we can see
  the scene displayed on the screen of the cell phone.


2- Creative writing / acting
a) Students work in groups of two or in groups of 3 to make up a dialogue for their scene:
students may gather in groups of 3 if they work on picture 2.
b) Students play their scene in front of the class.
c) Class discusses what scene/dialogue was the most convincing for each picture.
         Why was the scene/dialogue convincing?
    •
         Do you think this scene is likely to happen somewhere around you?
    •
d) Awarded dialogues for each picture are written on the board, edited and copied.
e) As a continuation : See also Stephane Busuttil's activity « Wipe'm all »: Students record
the dialogues using mp3 players in class, teacher progressively wipes words from the
script....
http://another-teacher.net/spip.php?article279

3- Presentation of the Final tasks
a) Explain the final tasks: To create an awareness poster and an awareness audio PSA
(public service annoucement) on cyber-bullying for a national radio as part of a national
awareness program targeting teens.
       See also mission 3 and 7 (or choose other final tasks to be carried out by students)
    •
       http://www.cyberbullying.us/teens_cyberbullying_prevention_activities_tips.pdf
- Note that the mission will be detailed in part 4 with the assignment of one specific social
norm as the main topic of the students' final products.
    • see part 4 c) “Details about the mission and final tasks”
    • see rubrics - part 11

4- Answer a survey and discuss

- Hand out one copy of the survey to each student:
http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/cyberbullying/Secondary%20Handouts.pdf

a) Students answer the survey individually and anonymously on paper.
b) Students exchange orally and develop answers.
c) Details about the mission and final task:
Teacher assigns each group or student one of the following online social norms from the
survey for their 2 final tasks (poster + PSA)
            • I have a free speech right to say whatever I want online.
            • On the Internet it is okay to reveal personal secrets for others to see.
            • What happens online should stay online.
            • What happens online is mostly a game, so no one can really get hurt.

Instruct each group to come up with a message for re-educating their peers about the
norm they were assigned, to create a poster and awareness radio PSA illustrating the
message ,and to identify some strategies for disseminating their message.


(adapted from
http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/cyberbullying/cyberbullying_lesson_3.asp?
cc_section=lesson_3 - part 10)


viernes, 7 de febrero de 2014

Describing people







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Gerunds. Boardgame




You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond

VALENTINE’S DAY


VALENTINE’S DAY
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1. List of online exercises and games:

1. http://lve.scola.ac-paris.fr/anglais/valentine/symbols.htm Matching game on Valentine’s Day Symbols
2. http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/: games, letterheads, poems, history, zodiac, etc. for you to entertain and learn about Saint Valentine’s Day.
3. http://lve.scola.ac-paris.fr/anglais/valentine/valentine.htm A text to be completed with words on the topic


2. Reading comprehension.

Read the following text about Saint Valentine’s legends.

Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"?
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.
Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today.

Answer the following questions:

  1. How is St. Valentine’s Day celebrated?
  2. How many legends about St. Valentine are told in the text?
  3. Who was Claudius II?
  4. Why was marriage forbidden for young men at Claudius II time?
  5. What did Valentine secretly used to do?
  6. How did Valentine end up when Claudius II found out about his activities?
  7. Who did Valentine fall in love with in a prison?
  8. What did he send before being put to death?
  9. What words do we still use in our Valentine’s Day Cards?


3. Saint Valentine's Day Puzzle

Across
5. how cards finish off
Down
1. something we send on Saint Valentine's Day
2. what is the main topic on Saint Valentine's Day?
3. the name of the saint celebrated on february
4. the month in which we celebrate Saint Valentine's Day



4. A Valentine’s Card
Go to http://theholidayspot.com/valentine/love_letterheads.htm and download a letterhead. Print it and write down your Valentine for somebody in the class. Don’t write down your name, he/she must guess it! Remember we can send Valentines either for love or for friendship.

Example: