martes, 3 de octubre de 2017



Re-write the sentences so that they have the same meaning as the original. You must use the words in brackets.

1. Although she was an expert swimmer, she drowned. (OF)
2. The school was closed down due to low inscription. (OF)
3. Helen went to the market so that she could buy some vegetables. (ORDER)
4. The match was cancelled because it was raining. (TO)
5. Despite having a terrible headache, he went to the office. (HAD)
6. I sat by the window in order to see the landscape. (THAT)
7. As well as being en excellent painter, she writes poems and plays the piano.
8. Although Ann isn't very attractive, she is very popular. (HOWEVER)
9. Seeing that we'd run out of milk, we went to the supermarket. (BECAUSE)

10. As well as renewing the kitchen, she redecorated her bedroom. (TO)
11. Many sportsmen are disqualified as a consequence of their illegal use of drugs. (CONSEQUENTLY)
12. John won the race. Nevertheless, he didn't feel happy. (DESPITE)
13. We need to increase sales. Therefore, we'll start a new advertising campaign. (SO)
14. Although he was a millionaire, he behaved as an ordinary man. (YET)
15. Since you are her elder brother, you must take care of her. (BECAUSE)
16. She's an excellent secretary. However, she has never been promoted. (SPITE)
17. She opened the car window so that she could get some fresh air. (IN ORDER TO)

18. I opened the window due to the heat. (BECAUSE)
19. We didn't go swimming because the water wasn't very clean. (SO)
20. The government passed a new law in order to control terrorism.
21. Despite having some problems, she finally passed the test. (HAD)
22. I enjoy going to the beach. My husband does not.
23. As a consequence of his father's illness, he couldn't go to work. (SINCE)
24. Although he was an excellent student, he didn't get the grant. (HOWEVER)
25. They lost the match due to the bad weather. (AS)
26. Although she wasn't hungry, she ate a few biscuits. (OF)
27. She missed the bus so she had to take a taxi.

28. Although she was very intelligent, she pretended not to understand. (OF)
29. In addition to buying a new coat for his wife, he bought himself a cardigan. (BESIDES)
30. Sheila went to the garage to have her car serviced. (SO)
31. He broke his left hand as a result of a skiing accident. (DUE)
32. I like Harry Potter's books. My brother does not.
33. She didn't telephone John because she didn't have his number. (SO)
34. Although he had excellent qualifications he didn't get the job. (YET)
35. They got lost in London because they didn't have a street map. (AS)
36. Although she was very tired, she kept on working. (DESPITE)
37. She lost her purse, so she went to the police station. (BECAUSE)

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Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves. This is what Simon Sinek believes we can achieve working hard...
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martes, 26 de septiembre de 2017



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Read the conversation between Holden Caufield (16), the protagonist of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye,  and his little sister,  Phoebe. He has just come  back home after escaping  from the last college he was expelled from and after wandering around New York City for a few days... "Old Phoebe", 10 years old, wants to know why he escaped and disappeared . She asks him if there is anything he likes in his life, because he doesn't seem to like anything...

The Phoniness of the World 

"You can't even think of one thing"

"Yes, I can, I can"

"Well do it, then"

"I like Allie", I said. "And I like doing what I'm doing right now. Sitting here with you, and talking , and thinking about stuff, and - "

"Allie's dead. You always say that! If somebody's dead and everything and in heaven, then it isn't really -"

"I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him though, can't I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake - especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all"

Old Phoebe didn't say anything. When she can't think of anything to say, she doesn't say a goddam word.

"Anyway I like it now," I said "I mean right now. Sitting here with you and just chewing the fat and horsing-"

"That isn't anything really!"

"It is so something really! Certainly it is! Why the hell isn't it? People never think anything is anything really. I'm getting goddam sick of it."

"Stop swearing. Alright name something else. Name something you'd like to be. Like a scientist. Or a lawyer or something."

"I couldn't be a scientist. I'm no good in Science."

"Well, a lawyer - like Daddy and all."

"Lawyers are all right, I guess - but it doesn't appeal to me," I said. "I mean they're are all right if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time, and like that, but you don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge, and buy cars and drink martinis and look like a hot-shot. And besides. Even if you did go around saving guys' lives and all, how would you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives or you did it because what you really wanted to do was to be a terrific lawyer, with everybody slapping you on the back and congratulating you in court when the goddam trial was over, the reporters and everybody, the way it is in the dirty movies? How would you know you weren't being a phoney? The trouble is, you wouldn't."

I'm not too sure Old Phoebe knew what the hell I was talking about. I mean she's only a little child and all. But she was listening, at least. If somebody at least listens, it's not too bad.

"Daddy's going to kill you. He's going to kill you," she said.

I wasn't listening, though. I was thinking about something else - something crazy. "You know what I'd like to be?" I said. "You know what I'd like to be? I mean if I had my goddam choice?"

"What? Stop swearing".

"You know that song ...'if a body catch a body comin' through the rye'? I'd like -"

"It's 'if a body MEET a body coming through the rye'! " Old Phoebe said "It's a poem. By Robert Burns."

"I know it's a poem by Robert Burns"

She was right, though. It is 'if a body meet a body coming through the rye'. I didn't know it then, though.

"I thought it was 'if a body catch a body' ", I said."Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going. I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy".

 Now answer the following questions:

1. Why is Holden considered a rebel by the adults in his life?
2. Why is his relationship with Phoebe so special?
3. Do you think there's something wrong with him and what he thinks?
4. What does  his dream of being a catcher in the rye symbolize? 
5. Compare Holden's dream to his description of his father (lawyers) 

For more about J.D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye, read pages. 382/389 in your text book, Cakes and Ale vol. 3. 

You can find online sources about the novel HERE and about the author HERE


The true untold story of the birth of Salinger's cult novel

viernes, 15 de septiembre de 2017

Did you know...?

On this day in 1830, the first intercity railway route in the world is opened between Liverpool and Manchester (England, UK).

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jueves, 14 de septiembre de 2017

sábado, 5 de agosto de 2017



"Alike" is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But...what is the correct path?

Watch the video and answer the questions below


How are colours used in this short movie? What do they symbolize?

What is Paste, the son,  like at the beginning of the story? 
How does he change little by little? Why?

Does Copi, the father, change in the story? When? How? Why?

What is the main topic of this short movie? What's its message? 

How did you feel while watching? What's your favourite moment in the story?
 Did you like it? Why? Why not?

***Note to teachers***

You'll find a detailed lesson plan for this movie HERE

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viernes, 21 de julio de 2017



Jamie Campbell Bower and Laurie Davidson as Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare in TNT drama series

William Shakespeare is one of the most widely known authors in the world and in history,  but we actually know very little about the man. For instance, we know very little about his life during two major spans of time, commonly referred to as the "lost years": 1578-82 and 1585-92. The first period covers the time after Shakespeare left grammar school, until his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November of 1582. The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays.  The TV series “WILL”, which premiered on TNT on 10th July 2017, in a very imaginative way, tries to fill in the seven years’ gap. 

WILL tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's  arrival onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London -- the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It’s a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance. 




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lunes, 26 de junio de 2017



While learning to speak English,  pronunciation is probably one of the biggest frustrations we may experience.
But here are two lovely young ladies ready to help us in our journey through awkward combinations of letters and sounds.
Emma and Lucy have many videos on their Youtube channels with useful pronunciation tips. (HERE and HERE)

As a start, try these 2 lessons about the most common English words foreign people tend to mispronounce. How would you pronounce FRUIT? CHAOS? TUESDAY? VEGETABLES? COMFORTABLE? These are just few examples of very common words we foreigners (YES! ME TOO!) tend to pronounce incorrectly. Find out the correct pronunciation in Emma's and Lucy's videos!

martes, 20 de junio de 2017




Recomiendo este cuadernillo para preparar la prueba extraordinaria de septiembre además de las siguientes PAUTAS:

1. Repasad el vocabulario, estructuras y gramática de cada unidad justo antes de afrontar este cada unidad de este cuadernillo.
2. Leed el resumen gramatical del final del libro antes de hacer las actividades de cada unidad, así como la lista de vocabulario de la unidad, justo antes de trabajarlas en este cuadernillo.
3. Releed los diálogos y los textos de cada unidad buscando en el diccionario y anotando en vuestro cuaderno las palabras cuyo significado no recordéis.
4.Una vez que terminéis de trabajar este cuadernillo habría que volver a hacer los ejercicios corregidos, tapando las respuestas y comprobando a continuación si se han cometido errores.

También podéis estudiar utilizando las páginas web dirigidas a estudiantes de inglés de 1º de bachillerato. El acceso a estas direcciones es gratuito, algunos ejercicios y juegos se pueden imprimir. Para los que no tengáis internet en casa, podéis acceder en las bibliotecas municipales. No obstante, esto es una manera más amena de estudiar lo mismo que tenéis en los libros que hemos utilizado, pero no es imprescindible, aunque sí recomendable. Estas direcciones son útiles tanto para los que tengáis que examinaros en septiembre, como para los que queráis repasar la asignatura de una manera amena y empezar el próximo curso con más tranquilidad.

Recordad que se aprende mucho mejor dedicando un periodo de tiempo no muy largo (una hora, por ejemplo) de forma muy frecuente. Por supuesto, el verano es muy largo: los que tengáis que hacer el examen de septiembre, no dejéis la materia para la semana anterior al examen. Aprovechad para hacer un poco cada día

Trabajad bien, ánimo, que en Septiembre tenéis una gran oportunidad para superar la asignatura. Hay tiempo para descansar y relajarse. Ánimo de nuevo, y suerte.


-Ejercicios de repaso .AQUÍ.
-Blog con ejercicios. AQUÍ y en el apartado correspondiente a este nivel de este mismo blog.
-Repaso de toda la gramática de 1º Bachillerato. Bon's Tips. AQUÍ.
-Prácticas de comprensión oral. Listening Practice. AQUÍ.
-Más prácticas de comprensión oral. AQUÍ.

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

lunes, 12 de junio de 2017

Scorching weather

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With the weather being the centre of attention and conversations these days, we have the perfect excuse to learn new vocabulary and idioms. Here are some lexical items to use these days!!

‘It’s scorching weather!’
‘I’m boiling!’
‘I’m roasting!’
“What’s The Forecast Like For Tomorrow?”
“Do you know the weather forecast for tomorrow?”
“Looks Like We’re In For A Hot One – They’re Predicting Record Highs This Week.”
“It Sure Is A Scorcher Today.”
‘It’s sticky weather’
‘This room is like an oven today!’
‘The sun is splitting the stones!’
‘It’s so hot you can fry an egg on the stone!
‘We’re currently experiencing a heat wave.
‘I’m sweating like a pig!’
“Looks Like We’re In For A Hot One – They’re Predicting Record Highs This Week.”

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miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

9 Tips To Be A Better Leader - Leadership And Management Skills And Qual...

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

Business Management : Leadership Skills

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

Powerful Learning from This Scene in Invictus: What is Your Philosophy o...

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Learn how to manage people and be a better leader

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

martes, 16 de mayo de 2017

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

TRAINING AND TEAMWORK: Managing Stress - Brainsmart - BBC

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

TRAINING AND TEAMWORK: Conflict Management (Funny animated)

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

TRAINING AND TEAM WORK: good teamwork and bad teamwork

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

miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

At the airport - English Basic Communication.

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

Aeroplane / airplane and airline vocabulary video with pictures

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

English Vocabulary - Airports

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

On the Airplane - Travel English Lesson

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

martes, 18 de abril de 2017

Grammar in Context: THE PASSIVE VOICE (BBC)

Sophie is in China for work and phones home to tell Ollie about her trip.


As you watch the video, look at the examples of passive forms. They are in red in the subtitles. Then read the conversation below to learn more. Finally, do the grammar exercises to check you understand, and can use, passive forms correctly.
We use the passive, rather than the active, to show that we are more interested in a certain part of the sentence. The passive is usually formed by the verb to be + past participle.
Can you give me some examples of the active and passive?
Yes, of course. Here’s a passive sentence:
My room is being cleaned.
'My room' is the main focus of the sentence. The active form would be 'The cleaners are cleaning my room'. This sounds strange because it is obvious that, if you are in a hotel, cleaners would clean your room. So we sometimes use the passive to avoid stating the obvious.
OK, that makes sense. Are there any other uses?
We also use the passive when we don’t know who did something, or when it isn’t important.
It’s the biggest outdoor elevator in the world, so I’ve been informed.
It doesn’t matter who told me.
I think loads of films have been made there.
The important thing is the films, not the film-makers.
Can you use a passive and also say who did the action?
Avatar was made by James Cameron.
Is the passive formal?
No, not necessarily. It can be formal or neutral or informal.
I hope to find everything clean and tidy … you’ve been warned!
But we often avoid the passive in very informal spoken language, for example, by using they.
They based the scenery in Avatar on the landscape here.
We don’t know exactly who they are, but we can guess that it’s the people who made the film.
I think I’ve heard people use you a lot too when they don’t refer to anyone in particular.
Yes, very good! That’s another way of sounding more informal. You is a bit different; it means 'people in general'.
Parcels can be collected from the Post Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (more formal)
You can collect parcels between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (less formal)
One last question, what about the passive with get? Is that informal too?
Yes, when we’re speaking informally we also often use get rather than the verb be.
He was sacked from his job. = He got sacked from his job.
But be careful, not all verbs can be used in the passive with get - only verbs for talking about an action or a change.
She was knocked off her bike by a bus. = She got knocked off her bike by a bus.
Charlie Chaplin was loved by millions. Charlie Chaplin got loved by millions.
Phew, OK. I think my brain has been fried by all this!
Ah, OK, we’ll stop. But look - you’re using the passive correctly already!