lunes, 31 de octubre de 2011

Feeling Unwell Again So No Class Today....

...but please remember that at 8pm there is a talk on 'Vampires' so Advanced 2, especially, I would like you to go to the talk in order to do the review assignment.

Inter 1, you are also welcome to come to the talk at 8pm. Please check with Rafa, Diane or David as to where the talk is taking place.

And Remember that from 18:45 - 19:10, there is a Halloween Cocktail in the entrance to the School. Everyone is invited.

Apologies once again. I hope to see you all soon.

This Is Halloween

Be prepared for a sing-along this evening! ; )

domingo, 30 de octubre de 2011

Advanced 2 Write a Review of Our Guest Speaker's Talk

On Monday the 31st of October, you are invited to attend a talk on 'Vampires' by our guest speaker, Melena Illijin, at 8pm. Imagine you are a Reporter writing a review of this Halloween cultural event and your objective is to leave an impression with the reader on what you have experienced. Your review shall be between 220 and 250 words.

**Deadline** for handing in the review is Monday the 7th of November.

First please check the following websites.

1. Advice and guidelines on writing a review are to be found here.

2. Sample reviews are to be found here and here.

3. Listen to this movie review here.

4. View this linking words video here.

**Please check and study the following in your Student's book**

1. P.48 read the review and analyse the text.

2. P. 49 Do the exercises on participle clauses and adverbs and use both types
of grammar structures in your review.

** Home-work** Both of the above exercises from the Student's book should be done and completed for Wednesday the 2nd of November when we will discuss the answers.

Layout of Your Review

1. Title

Write an amusing/entertaining and eye-catching title
Play with words, for example, use a well-known song title and change it around e.g. song title = 'All Through the Night' Review Title = Vampires: All Through the Night) : ) Here is a list of song titles, maybe some here are well-known and can be used, have a look here.

2. 1st paragraph Introduction

Grab the reader's attention by, for example, asking a rhetorical question. Make what you are about to say sound interesting and captivating. Introduce the event you are reviewing and give some background (What type of performance is it, who is the performer and where is it taking place and why? What type of audience is attending?). Give basic first impressions and a general overview.

3. 2nd paragraph Give a summary of what happened. (In present tense)

Imagine you are relating the event to a friend, how did the event begin and how did it progress, what was dealt with?. What adjectives, adverbs would you use to describe it? Are there any anecdotes you can give regarding the performance?

4. 3rd Paragraph Give your personal reaction to the event.

What stood out for you? Would you attend another event of this type, why/why not? Did you enjoy the event, why/why not? List any positive/negative things related to this event for you. To what degree was it what you expected? What is your overall reaction to the performance, your seat location, the venue, the content of the performance. Name something that you learned from the event that you didn't know before. What was your favourite part and why?

5. 4th Paragraph Write a conclusion with your thoughts on recommending similar events.

Discuss what you think was a general audience reaction to the event. Rate the event on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best, explaining a little your reasoning.

Strategies to Use in the Review

Be personal. Use humour.
Be informal (can use colloquial language e.g. phrasal verbs etc)
Use adjectives, adverbs (e.g. entertaining...check in the dictionary for similar meaning adjectives and opposite meaning adjectives , think of adverbs e.g. totally absorbing...what others can you think of?)
Use rhetorical questions to create tension or irony.
Use a relaxed, friendly chatty style.
Use a variety of expressions for giving your opinion
Use linking words
Use a variety of grammar structures, especially the passive voice, participle clauses, adjectives and adverbs.
Do NOT repeat ideas nor vocabulary

jueves, 27 de octubre de 2011

Monday 31st of October Special Guest Speaker... Diane's post here to find out about our special Halloween event on Monday the 31st at 8pm. (class as normal before and after) Don't miss it, it will be hair-raisingly good, I guarantee!

Adding in, read another post from Diane here speaking of our Halloween mini-Celebration on Monday evening.

No Class until Monday the 31st of October


Due to being unwell, I will not be able to attend class today, Thursday, nor tomorrow, Friday. Once again sorry for the inconvenience.

I am looking forward to seeing you all next week. Monday classes, remember there is class this Monday the 31st.

Please check back here again as I will be putting up some work for you to do to compensate for the missing classes!

best regards

miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

Today, Wednesday, No Class...

for Inter. 1 nor Adv. 2. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will keep you informed tomorrow and Friday if there is class or not. Please check here for an update.

However...I would like you to do the following to not fall behind
with our work:

Adv. 2

1. Rafa's CD ex. 3, 4 and 5. Answers will be on Blog tomorrow, hopefully.

2. S/B P.23 all of Exercise 5 related to vocabulary.

3. W/B all related to 2 A.

4. Prepare a 5-7 minute monologue (do not learn it by heart, make notes only)on the following:

Junk Food Ban

Read the article, check out the vocabulary and prepare your notes on the questions that follow. Record yourself on vocaroo here , listen and assess yourself and then send the recording to a class mate for mutual assessment and constructive criticism.

Inter 1 all groups

1.S/B p. 17 all of ex. 5 and 6b) Study and check on P. 131 G2.1

2.W/B All 2 A exercises

3. S/B Reading P. 18/19 and all connected exercises.

martes, 25 de octubre de 2011

No Tuesday Classes Today (25th of October)

....Sorry but I am unable to attend class today, Tuesday the 25th of October. Please check here to confirm when I will be able to return to class. Thanks.

jueves, 20 de octubre de 2011

Home-Work Week Beginning 24th of October

Intermediate 1 Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday Groups

1. Prepare a 3 minute monologue on one
of the following, using the like/dislike
expressions that you have learned.

a)What I like and dislike about living on an island

b)What I like and dislike about studying English

c)What I like and dislike about my job/studies

d)Which season I like best and why, and which season I dislike and why

2. S/B p. 16 all vocab. And check on page 130 and do both
1a) and 1b)

3. W/B P. 70 and 71 do writing about a holiday week for the 27th of Oct. (Wednesday
group, do not do this yet! I will explain in class on Monday).

Advanced 2

1. S/B P. 80 and 81 plus report writing for 31st of Oct.

2. S/B Reading P. 20/21

3. Narrative tenses P. 21 and P. 139

4. Rafa’s CD Q. 1 + 2

5. Test on Monday

*Important Note*

The Tuesday and Thursday Groups will NOT have class on Friday the
4th of November as I shall be attending an E.O.I. congress in Las Palmas.

jueves, 13 de octubre de 2011


1ª Feria de la E.O.I. de Santa Brígida

1001 Beautiful, Useful or Unusual Things

We Did It!

The students and staff of the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santa Brígida raised

1397,70 euros

in aid of hunger victims in Somalia.

On Monday 17th October, Dr Evelyn Fernández Bowyer, representative of Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF), will come to the School’s Library on the ground floor at 19:00 to give a short talk in English about the work that this NGO does in the world, especially in the Horn of Africa. She will show a short documentary in Spanish. Afterwards we will have class as usual. See you there.

martes, 11 de octubre de 2011

Intermediate 1 The 'Be Happy' Video

And here is 'The Book of Happiness' Song that we did last week and hope to sing again! Press here to see it. Enjoy!

Advanced 2 Homework Week Beginning 17th of October

1. S/B P.16 + 17 letter of Application.
2. S/B P. 19 revision work.
3. S/B P. 13 and P. 138 Pronouns
3. W/B P. 10 + 11 and listening on P. 12
4. Monologues (Wednesday the 19th)


1. We will now have our consolidation test plus listening/reading test on the 24th of October as on the 17th of October, we are having a visit from a representative of 'Doctors Without Frontiers' to speak to us about their work in Somalia and to accept the cheque with the money we made on the Fair. Thank you very much for your generosity. I will let you know what the total sum is as soon as all the money is counted. : )

2. Regarding the handout I gave you with useful expressions etc, next week we will look in detail at the meaning of each in case there are some doubts regarding how the expressions are used, ok? So don't worry about that. The monologues will now be
on Wednesday and remember a point is given for each expression used! ; )

3. Some people are having trouble with the workbook CD Rom, I will check mine and let you know if it is working or not and we will try to resolve the please don't worry about that either!
I think that is all for now, have a nice week...

sábado, 8 de octubre de 2011

Homework Week Beginning 10th of October

Advanced 2

1.S/B p. 158 Family vocab.
2.CD Rom 1B
3.W/B p. 7, 8, 9.
4.S/B p. 16/17 all exercises plus letter of application for 17th of Oct.
5.Read aloud 3-5 mins. daily!
6.Study for impending consolidation test.

Inter. 1 Mon./Wed. group

1.S/B page 9 . ex. 8ª)
2.w/b finish p. 6 and do p. 7
3.CD rom 1B
4.Read aloud
5.S/B P. 10 ex. 4 a) check on p.128
6.Revise for consolidation test on Oct. 19th.

Inter. 1 (Tues. Thurs.)

1.W/B page 8.
2. CD Rom 1C
3.S/B page 11 ex.7 a) check p. 128 and ex. 8 a)
4. Read aloud
5. Revise for consolidation test on 18th Oct.

lunes, 3 de octubre de 2011

Advanced 2 Monologue 1 Preparation

Advanced Monologue

Speak for between 5 and 7 minutes on the following:
(find at least 7 or 8 different ways to give your opinion, e.g. personally speaking, to be honest I feel etc. )

The Job Market

Describe the job market in Spain/The Canary islands today.
What are the difficulties of finding a job here. Why?
Discuss your own job situation – experience, hopes, ambitions etc.
Is there equality in the job market? Explain.
What could be done to promote more jobs in your country?
Are you optimistic about the job situation, why/why not?
Describe an ideal job for you.
Give any personal experience of being employed/unemployed etc
What are the 5 most positive traits that you can offer to an employer.

If you need more motivating questions go here.

You will be assessed on the following:

1.Variety and sophistication of grammar used.
2.Relevance and coherence of content. (do not be repetitive)
3.Fluency, pronunciation.
4.Extent of vocabulary, variety and appropriateness. (vocabulary from word bank and book)
5.Use of opinion expressions, linking words etc.
Your group listening to you will award you 10 marks maximum in each area and justify their decisions. Good Luck!