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Key

May 18, 2013

Avanzados: Just published the Key of the Practice Test we did at the Advanced Level (C1)

It’s NOT here. It’s on talkingpeople!

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Avanzado Jueves! On the C1 recording…

February 8, 2013

Last Thursday (omg, was it yesterday?!) the machine failed us again and we didn’t manage to do the B2 recordings as I had planned. Instead, unluckily (we shouldn’t have, considering what we talked about), we did the C1 listening (Friendship) that I had planned for you to do after the two B2 pieces. I only played it twice, and didn’t expect anyone to get more than 3 answers right, out of 5, due to the level of mental processing (elaboration) we have to reach at the C1 level. Anyway, people couldn’t understand why their answers were wrong. (I should’ve reminded them that they had only listened to it twice, and that even if they felt they understood everything, these kinds of listenings are tricky even for careless native listeners.)

carita_beatingheartSo I’ve recorded the complete answer by the psychologist to the questions they had on their copies, plus the correct answer. And I’m asking you all, Thursday’s, to please listen to it with your paper in front of you and see if you finally understand why we’re right. Both if you do and if you don’t, I’m interested.

noassbiting(But please, mercy! Put things forward critically, not in the Complaint Mode, or believing the people who designed this are totally wrong, because we teachers are exhausted from the demented working conditions the authorities are imposing on us, and if you complain instead of just reason out why you disagree, I might bite your ass!!)

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Unit 4 various ex. Int 2 requested by Irene

January 31, 2013

  • Pag 54_3.Grammar:
    What would you do if your school caught fire? It depends. As I’m a teacher, I’d probably try to help people out. I’d try to close windows and doors and I’d shout “Go to the exit. Don’t push and shove. But who know. I might not do any of that.” What would you have done if you had been on the Pan Am plane to Tenerife? That’s hard to know. I might’ve frozen, like most people. I might’ve tried to help in some way. I would’ve been alert, in any case. In case someone shouted something useful.
    a: 2, 1. b: 1 conditional tense, past simple; 2 conditional perfect, past perfect.
    c: 1 were, 2 would’ve got/gotten out, 3 had got/gotten off, 4 wouldn’t pay
  • Pag 62_Body Quiz: A. 1 wrist, 2 waist / hips, 3 ankle, 4 cheeks, 5 lungs, 6 chest. B. 1 to have butterflies in one’s stomach, 2 It’s on the tip of my tongue, 3 I can’t get it out of my head, 4 she’s pulling my leg, 5 to learn by heart, 6 to put one’s foot in it
  • Grammar Banks 4a-4c. Pag 139:
    4a a 1 would’ve bbought, 2 had gone, 3 ‘d lend, 4 found, 5 hadn’t driven / hadn’t been driving, 6 lived, 7 wouldn’t have died, 9 would’ve heard, 9 had known, 10 were. b: 1 he wouldn’t have been late, 2 she wouldn’t sleep badly at night, 3 we would’ve reached the top of the mountain, 4 she had had enough money, 5 there wasn’t so much traffic, 6 he’d get the job
    4b a: Ben must have read my email, 2 she might’ve had an argument with her boyfriend, 3 They can’t have got/gotten lost, 4 You can’t have seen Ellie yesterday, 5 John might’ve not heard you, 7 SLucy must’ve bought a new car, 7 Alex can’t ‘ve been very ill, 8 They might not have received the invitations.
    b: 1B should’ve learnt/learned, 2 you should’ve saved it on your mobile phone, 3 shouldn’t have gone, 4 shouln’t have invited, 5 shouldn’t have bought, 6 should’ve gone
    4c a: 1 look as if, 2 smells, 3 sonds like, 4 taste like, 5 sound as if, 6 feels, 7 look, 8 feels like, 9 tastes, 10 smells as if. b: 1F, 2G, 3A, 4B, 5K, 6J,7C, 8E, 9D, 10 I, 11H
  • Pag 151-152: Vocabulary Banks. Feelings. 1 a 1 confused, 2 shocked, 3 grateful, 4 relieved, 5 disappointed, 6 homesick, 7 lonely, 8 nervous, 9 glad, 10 offended. b 1 stunned, 2 devastated, 3 delighted, 4 exhausted, 5 thrilled, 6 terrified, 7 furious, 8 astonished, 9 desperate, 10 miserable. 2 Idioms 1C, 2D, 3F, 4E, 5A, 6B. The body. 1 15, 14, 16, 13, 11, 4, 2 – 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 10, 3, 9. Verbs: 2 nose, 3 hair / teeth, 4 hands, 5 hair, 6 arms, 7 hand, 8 head (yes), 9 head, 10 eyebrow, 11 hands, 12 shoulders
    b 2 teeth, 3 arms, 4 nails, 5 hand, 6 knees, 7 forehead, 8 eye, 9 mouth/arms &/or legs, 10 finger
    Idioms chest 10, foot 2, feet 5 hand 1 head 8 heart 7, 9, leg 3, stomach 6, tongue 4
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Int2 Lunes y el síndrome de la no realización

January 30, 2013

Querido grupo!

Os escribo por aquí porque pienso que quizá podría deciros algo que ayudara a quienes llevan muchos años de inglés encima y sin la seguridad de poder hacer frases incluso sencillas sin un error. Primero deciros que eso es demoledor, pero que no se produce porque os falte inteligencia o habilidad, ni siquiera por el sistema educativo y sus adorables profes. Quisiera plantearos que sin alegría, disfrute, y sin algo de amor o pasión, no vais a hacer más que seguir machando vuestra relación con el inglés, porque digamos “el método” que usáis no es bueno. Pienso para estos casos, que el error está en no ser conscientes del daño que os hace insistir en cosas que no os han proporcionado la fluidez comunicativa que tras ese mínimo de 4 años de aprendizaje deberíais tener (no un nivel B2 o intermedio alto, pero sí un nivel intermedio, B1). Hay un síndrome que se nos produce en la mente que es el de la no realización: que nos impedimos llegar al nivel que podríamos tener, o en el ámbito laboral, que se discute y discute sin quererse (inconscientemente) llegar a la toma de decisiones reales, o sea, prácticas, que solucionen los problemas. Es como si (quienes estuvierais en este caso que describo) lo malo conocido, el estancamiento en el aprendizaje, os reportara algo bueno o como si os diera pánico abandonar ese lugar.

Un idioma no se aprende sin esfuerzo, pero justamente los idiomas son de las cosas que más claramente se pueden aprender disfrutando. ¿Qué alegrías os da poneros con el inglés? ¿Os apetece en algún momento? ¿Creéis que sin escuchar inglés todos los días, sin hacerlo parte de vuestras rutinas y disfrutes diarios, podéis “aprender inglés”? ¿Cuántos años más hacen falta? ¿Queréis o no aprender inglés?

Hay gente en vuestro grupo que disfruta usando el inglés y se lo trabaja también, sin renunciar a ese disfrute. Hay gente en clase que tiene unas ganas muy fuertes de mejorar ya en inglés, y aunque sin disponer del tiempo necesario o habiendo “perdido” meses de escucha, se mete de lleno en materia, quiere meterse, y tiende a estar a punto de dar el salto. Ese saltarse el miedo a conseguir el objetivo. 4 años de inglés significan que sois capaces de hablar y entender inglés a un nivel intermedio. Y tenéis que creerme, porque soy profesora de inglés, es decir, una profesional del aprendizaje y de la enseñanza de idiomas. Tenéis que salir de esa tierra baldía (quienes estéis allí), o de esa ciénaga de la no realización. Sabéis inglés: tenéis siglos de inglés en la cabeza. Saldrá cuando deis con el método adecuado, que es: desarrollar el hábito, la necesidad, la alegría de escuchar inglés todos los días. Hay miles de formas de trabajar y aprender escuchando.

Juntarnos en clase es una alegría también. Os da apoyo, orientación, inspiración, os sirve para comunicaros también, y cuanto mejor vayáis haciéndolo (sin traducir esforzadamente cada palabrita, sino sabiendo decir cosas de un arrancón, y encima bien, porque las habéis oído bien dichas por nativos millones de veces), más consolidaréis. Se puede de pronto saber mucho de golpe: basta con que os dejéis en paz el ogro de la no realización, os lo saltéis, y os lancéis a un aprendizaje con vida. Porque con las lenguas lo que hacemos es relacionarnos, llenar la vida con un montón de vidas y de vida!

Seguir por el camino conocido, que harta y aburre, que parece no llevar a ningún lugar comunicativo, es seguir destruyéndoos la confianza en vuestra inteligencia, en vuestra inmensa capacidad para aprender. Lo malo que tenemos en esta especie es que nos da miedo no ser inteligentes, y por eso los miedos, el aburrimiento y la violencia, y con ello logramos mutilar nuestra inteligencia. ¡Ya toca disfrutar un poco, no? Ya os lo habéis ganado, no? Vengaaaaa! Que se note que sabéis inglés, y que podéis aprender a aprender!

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Unit 3 pp 44-46 Intermedio 2 requested by Irene

January 30, 2013

  • Unit 3. Pag 44-45_Reading:
    c: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5b.
    d: 1 However, / 2 According to / 3 although / 4 in fact / 5 whereas (Felipe, notice this one) / 6 Since (also As) / 7 instead
  • Pag.46_4.Grammar:
    a:
    1 If I like, 2 won’t go, 3 until it gets, 4 won’t have to, 5 I have, 6 when I hear — HERE people make the mistake of adding a “will”, but that’s all wrong, so jot it down in your LoM (list of mistakes!). Another example: When I HEAR from him, I’ll let you know. (Not: When I’ll hear…).
    b: 1F, 2J, 3I, 4B, 5G, 6C, 7A, 8D, 9E, 10H.
    c: 1=2, 2= In the main sentence, we can use any future form or the imperative. In a time clause, any present (present simple, present continuous, present perfect). 3= “it is possible that this’ll happen”.
    e: 1. Don’t let the children play near a swimming pool unless THEY ARE WEARING THEIR FLOATS / THERE IS AN ADULT or a lifeguard AROUND. 2. Never leave a dog locked up in a car if IT‘S A HOT DAY. 3. Keep a first aid kit in your house in case SOMEBODY HAS AN ACCIDENT / SOMEBODY GETS HURT. 4. You shouldn’t leave children alone in the house until THEY’RE OLD ENOUGH. 5. Always unplug electrical appliances (e.g. hairdryers) as soon as YOU‘VE FINISHED USING THEM. 6. Always keep medicines in a safe place in case [in case?! I can’t think of an example! I’d say: “WHERE CHILDREN CANNOT REACH THEM/AWAY FROM CHILDREN/OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN”]. 7. Don’t allow strangers into your house unless  [unless?! nothing!] THERE ARE MORE ADULTS IN YOUR HOUSE. 8. If you are frying something and the oil catches fire PUT ON AN OVEN MITT OR PROTECT YOUR HAND AND ARM AND TURN OFF THE FIRE.
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Av2 = Voc = 45, 162, 63

January 25, 2013

VOCABULARY MONEY

a 1 affluent, wealthy, 2 own, 3 luxury

b Voc Bank: 1 1 budget, 2 grant, 3 loan, 4 fees, 5 fare, 6 charge, 7 savings, 8 donation, 9 fine, 10 instalment, 11 deposit, 12 will, 13 overdraft. Exercise 3 RICH 1 rich, 2 affluent, 3 well=off, 4 loaded, 1 wealthy POOR 1 poor, 4 broke, 3 hard up, 2 penniless. Exercise 4: 1D, 2A, 3E, 4H, 5C, 6B, 7F, 8G

VOCABULARY ADJS PLUS PREPS

1 obsessed with, 2 addicted to, 3 helpful to, 4 dependent on, 5 fed up with, 6 open to, 7 sick of, 8 famous for, 9 hooked on, 10 proud of, 11 keen on

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Av2 Grammar Bank 4C

January 25, 2013

CONDITIONAL SENTENCES

a 1 correct, 2 if the camp wasn-t!weren-t so crowded, 3 correct, 4 correct, 5 if she hadn-t got injured last month, 6 correct, 7 They would have got!gotten divorced, 8 If the storm hadn-t been at night, 9 correct

b provided ! providing, 2 Even, 3 long, 4 Had, 5 condition, 6 whether, 7 even, 89 as ! so, 9 Supposing, 10 whether, 11 Had

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Av2 Grammar Bank 4B

January 25, 2013

VERB `OBJECT `INF OR GERUND

1 answering their mobiles, 2 me feel uncomfortable, 3 for you to stay, 4 J. coming, 5 you to think, 6 you to pay for, 7 you to stay, 8 you travelling a lot, 9 H. to do, 10 you being, 11 us to buy, 12 us from crossing, 13 me to call back, ¿also, if I called back?, 14 the car breaking down

=== Have a look at the Functional Translation sentences I wrote for you. They-re on the Avanzado 2 Page over here.

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Av2 = Grammar Bank = 4A

January 25, 2013

DISCOURSE MARKERS ¿2?: ADVERBS AND ADVERBIAL EXPRESSIONS

a 1 Basically, 2 In any case, 3 Obviously, 4 I mean, 5 at least, 6 All in all, 7 By the way, 8 Otherwise, 9 In fact, 10 Talking of

Learn to use the words in bold, find examples: Sorry, I can-t join you. Otherwise, I-d gladly go. ! Call me at six then. Otherwise, I might forgetª

The commas after many of these are relevant, so notice that, OK+

b 1 on the whole, 2 anyway, ! in any case,, 3 After all,, 4 Talking of, 5 By the way, ! Incidentally,, 6 at least ! on the other hand,, 7 Actually, , 8 in other words, , 9 As far as salary is concerned, …, 10 Otherwise, , ¿I prefer to use the comma after Otherwise+, 11 On the one hand, … on the other…

=== Have a look at the Functional Translation sentences I wrote for you. They-re on the Avanzado 2 Page over here.

 

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Av2 = Grammar Bank = 3C

January 25, 2013

UNREAL USES OF PAST TENSES

a 1 realized, 2 [would rather we] lived, 3 I wish you were able to stay longer, 4 didn-t discuss, 5 stopped, 6 had saved, 7 paid, 8 knew, 9 had gone ¿or? been to

¿The keyboard at our school must be set  differently ¿today?, and I don-t know how to fix itªª Grrr…

b 1 I-d rather you didn-t smoke in here, 2 I wish I could afford to…, 3 If only we hadn-t painted the room blueª, 4 it-s ¿high? time you looked for a job ! you started to look !or! looking for a job, 5 If only he were less tight=fisted…, 6 Would you rather we came…+, I wish we had bought…

=== Have a look at the Functional Translation sentences I wrote for you. They-re on the Avanzado 2 Page over here.

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Av2 Grammar Bank 3B

January 25, 2013

ADDING EMPHASIS: INVERSION

These kinds of inversions are more common in written texts, for those are lacking body language and the expressivity of human voice. As you watch your weekly TV series episode, try to jot down any of these constructions if you hear themª

1 Not until years later, did I realize my mistake, 2 Never had we seen such magnificent scenery, 3 Not only did they dislike her, but they also hated her family [Alternative: Not only did they dislike her == they also hated her family], 4 Only when we had read his autobiography, did we understand, 5 Hardly had we started to eat, when we heard someone knocking at the door, 6 Rarely have I read such a badly written novel, 7 Not until the sun set, did we put doown our tools and rest…, 8 Not only was the hotel room depressing, but it was cold as well [alternative: Not only … == it was cold as well], 9 Only when it was unusually cold, did they light the fire, 10 No sooner had he gone to sleep than there was a knock on the door, 11 Only then did I realize the full scale of the disaster, 12 Scarcely had I destroyed !distrOid! the evidence when the police arrived, 13 Never has he regretted the decision he took on that day, 14 Only when I had spoken to the manager was the problem sorted out.

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Av2 Grammar Bank 3A

January 25, 2013

SPECULATION AND DEDUCTION

a 1 Someone must’ve moved them
2 correct, 3 I think it could/may/might* (possibility) be the neigbour’s cat, 4 correct, 5 She definitely won’t like it (because “will” is negative, cf. She’ll definitely like it), 6 Julian is bound to be late, 7 correct, 8 I think she must still be studying (also, she must be still studying), 9 correct

In theory, you are meant /ment/ to use “might” for a more remote possibility than that indicated by “may”, but in practice, we also use “might” when we feel we want to avoid sounding intrusive, or wish to be tactful (for whichever reason). This means, for instance, I would say “It might be the neighbours’ cat” with “might” because I’m actually explaining the possible reason for a noise, attributing it to someone (the neighbours, who are responsible for the cat). If I don’t feel that, I’ll probably say “It could be…” or “It may be…” So as you can see, subjectivity plays a role when we use the modals (and also some tenses).

b 1 He probably won’t have time to call in and see us (“probably” goes where it goes because “will” is negative), 2 She may never get over the break-up, 3 They should’ve heard the news by now, 4 I can’t have left my credit card in the restaurant, 5 Your sister is bound to like the scarf, 6 The company director is unlikely to resign despite…, 7 He must’ve been in love with her… 8 Did you definitely lock the back door? (alternative wording for the same idea: Are you positive you locked the back door?), 9 it’s likely the couple will get divorced soon.

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Av 2 – Grammar Bank 2B – Distancing (or Hedging)

January 24, 2013

Elena’s request

2B DISTANCING (also called Hedging – see my collection of Useful Language on TP)

a 1 It seems/appears that – Reminder: people be careful with “It” subjects, because often people say or write “I” instead of “It”.
2 It would appear that, 3 Mark seems/appears to have, 4 but he is said / supposed to be, 5 According to some sources, 6 His death seems to / appears to have been from natural causes, 7 There are thought to be, 8 are believed to have had, 9 that (or nothing)

b 1 It would appear / seem that people who work night shifts…
2 The prisoners may have escaped to France, 3 The PM is expected to make a statement this afternoon, 4 It has been announced (by the company) that the new drug will go on sale shortly, 5 Improvements in diet and lifestyle are said / believed to be responsible for the rise in life expentancy, 6 According to the manual, 7 The government may / might be / appears to be intending…, 8 It has been suggested (that) the painting is a fake, 9 There seem / appear to be more cyclists…

For you to mull this over and read out too…

It seems there is going to be a transport strike next week.
There might/may/could be a transport strike next week.
There’ll (probably be) a transport strike next week.
Apparently, there’re’ll be a transport strike next week.
People say there’s going to be…
I’ve heard /aiv herd/ there is going to be a transport strike…
Did you hear /did iú hier/ there’s gonna be a…? (when it was said, in US American English; in British English, if the person is in a different type chunk, e.g., not the morning anymore)
Have you heard /hav iú herd/ there’s gonna be…? (present perfect: today, still on)

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Key (2) to exercises in unit 3 (Avanzado 2)

January 15, 2013

This is the second part of this. And you’ve got all kinds of keys on a Page here (right-hand column, scroll down a bit) called Key Av2.

p. 48: 3, 2, DS, 1, 3, 4, DS, 1, 2, DS, 4
p. 49: (we checked this in one of the groups, I think) d – 1 Believing him to be the murderer, 2 (Amelle,) forced to marry a man she does not love, (Amelle) decides…, 3 (Simon,) realizing (that) the police… (Simon) tries…, 4 First published in 1903, it (the book) has been reprinted…, 5 Deeply ashamed of how he has behaved, Luke…, 6 Set during the WW1, it (the book) tells the story…, 7 Hearing the shot, Mark rushes…

Use participle clauses (a clause with no subject and verb in a personal form; a clause with a non-finite or non-personal verb ending in -ing, or in -ed) when you have to write a review, for instance, or any other kind of DESCRIPTIVE TEXT. You can learn two examples, for instance no. 6 (Set in the XIX century, the story depicts life in…), as an example of a past participle clause, and no. 3 (Realizing he had a chance of succeeding, the athlete jumps again and…)

f – 1 ok, 2 not “very”, 3 ok, 4 not “rather” (quite)

p. 50: you should always do the second section of Colloquial English at home. It’s good practice for one of the parts in your Listening test. (In class, we usually just do the first part). 1 4, 2 3, 3 1-3, 4 2, 5 5.

Common expressions: 1 focus ON, 2 massive amounts, 3 in hindsight, 4 along with, 5 having a roof, 6 dropped out of
Common expressions: 1 It freaks me out, 2 good going (que sale bien), 3 money-wise, 4 bargains, 5 sticking to ’em (them).

p. 51: 1 Not only did we see the sights, 2 I think he might have got/gotten lost, 3 ok, 4 The waiter probably didn’t notice (PROBABLY is placed just before the main verb, but this is the exception, and it happens because the verbal phrase is in the negative), 5 it’s time you went to bed, 6 ok, 7 ok, 8somebody must be baking some bread (Deduction, continuous), 9 ok, 10 I’d rather you CAME tomorrow.
b – 1 to arrive, 2 were we, 3 to have heard, 4 had they got / did they get, 5 hadn’t bought, 6 be trying, 7 sarted, 8 had I seen, 9 work, 10 you didn’t park.
Vocabulary. a – 1 (not “lip”) tongue, 2 not “above”, beyond, 3 not “shoulders”, back 4 not “mortgage”, fortune, 5 not “wastes”, spends, 6 not “match”, meet.
b – 1 slammed, 2 whispered, 3 whistled, 4 sighed, 5 rattled, 6 screeched
c – 1 buzz, 2 drip, 3 small talk (are you good at small talk? it’s very useful to break the ice!), 4 thought-provoking (a great adj. for book reviews!), 5 bland, 6 fare, 7 shares, 8 budget, 8 fee, 10 intriguing.
d – 1 wealthy, 2 implausible, 3 tight-fisted, 4 penniless, 5 vast, 6 adhereto, 7 profoundly, 8 vast

I think that’s all, but if you need anything else, just let me know! Have a nice day!

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News: FTranslation

January 15, 2013

As you will see, I’ve started a new category called Functional Translation (not literal translation), both for NI2 and NA2 (In NA2 Tuesdays, we’re doing bits at the very beginning of the lesson). It’s all based on your Grammar Bank exercises. Its aim is to check you have understood how to use it. The answers are posted as a Comment, and you need to enter the post / click on the title of the post to read the comments. You can post your questions, if you like, or make those questions in class. If you use one of those posts, and Like it, dig it, OK? Because I’d hate to be working like mad for nobody!

Keep in mind there’s not only one way to say things, so if your particular sentence is not among the answers, just ask. Or just post it with its corresponding number, to ask or to share your knowledge with us all.

As you can see, it’s not only that I’m trying to help you FIND TIME for your English (Nobody can learn a language just by going twice to class. language learning is highly time-consuming! I also know that!!). This method gives me tons of work, too. But our choices are this: just do what we can and mostly when we are together, or learn English to truly reach your level! See what I mean? You won’t be a fluent speaker or a competent listener if you don’t work at it!

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Functional Translation: unit 1 (Avanzado 2)

January 14, 2013

Check the answers in the first comment posted here.

Based on New English File – Advanced, CEFR C1

Unit 1: Discourse markers (1): Linkers – Have – Pronouns

  1. Llegábamos muy tarde, así que cogimos un taxi.
  2. Cogimos un taxi para poder llegar a tiempo.
  3. El vuelo tenía retraso por la niebla.
  4. Han retrasado su vuelo por la tormenta.
  5. Hemos tenido un año muy malo. Con todo, todo el mundo aporta su granito y seguimos saliendo adelante.
  6. Aunque llegamos demasiado tarde, conseguimos ver a M.
  7. Aunque consigamos llegar, M. no a a estar! Seguro que se ha ido / marchado hace más de una hora!
  8. Para cuando lleguemos M. se habrá marchado.
  9. Bueno, tengo que irme.
  10. Compara “Tengo que hacer una llamada, disculpa” con “De lunes a viernes, tengo que madrugar” o “Madrugo de lunes a viernes”.
  11. ¿Tenemos que hacer este ejercicio?
  12. Antes de comprarme estas últimas gafas me hice la prueba de visión.
  13. ¿Y qué te has regalado (auto regalado)?
  14. Mira qué bolso he hecho (yo sola/o). Estoy muy orgullosa/o de mí misma/o.
  15. Mira qué bolso me he hecho.
  16. ¿Cómo se hace eso?
  17. Nunca se sabe…
  18. Le detuvieron.
  19. Nos dijeron que estabas fuera.
  20. No nos hablamos.
  21. Solía haber un cine aquí.
  22. Está cerca.
  23. Es probable que no esté de acuerdo / Probablemente, no estará de acuerdo (3 ways)
  24. En vez de eso, pásame la grapadora.
  25. Vamos a coger un taxi. Si no, no llegaremos nunca.
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Functional Translation – Future verbal phrases in unit 3 (Int 2)

January 14, 2013

Functional (not literal!) Translation: FUTURE  – Answers to this exercise posted on the first comment. You need to “enter” the comment (click on its title) to see the comments.

Need to review this issue? (you learned it in previous years, that’s why it’s not in your textbook this year) Read my notes & examples

  1. -¿Qué vamos a hacer hoy (en clase, a la profesora)?
  2. -Vamos a trabajar en grupos pequeños. Tendréis que corregiros los ejercicios por corregir.
  3. –Alguien llama a la puerta…
  4. –¡¡Abro yo!!!
  5. – ¿Qué vas a hacer luego?
  6. – No sé. Me iré a estudiar…
  7. Hoy a las seis voy al dentista / tengo cita con el dentista…
  8. (Tu host family en Londres te acaba de decir que mañana te llevarán a la British Library y luego a… y tú les dices: ) Genial, entonces mañana vamos a la B.L y luego a…

In unit 3…

  1. El mes que viene pondrán en libertad ese preso. (pasiva; anuncio de planes programados)
  2. ¡Les van a detener! (pasiva; viendo a unas personas manifestándose y encadenándose a una valla y a la policía como yendo para allá).
  3. Esta semana empezaremos la unidad 4 (lo he planeado, programado)
  4. A estas horas el año que viene estaré viviendo y trabajando en Málaga (clue: This time next year)
  5. Para cuando llegue yo al cine, ya estaréis viendo la peli / la peli ya habrá empezado.
  6. A finales de junio habréis terminado vuestros exámenes.
  7. Si sigo ahorrando así, al final del año habré ahorrado X euros.
  8. El x del tiempo dice que bajarán las temperaturas (“tendremos las temperaturas más bajas”, como dice la gente extranjera anglófona cuando habla español) esta semana.
  9. Si seguimos contaminando el planeta así, para el 2025 se habrán derretido los polos (ESTA INFO ES FALSA. No tengo ni idea del tema!)
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Key to Listenings in Unit 3 (Intermedio 2)

January 14, 2013

Conditional Type 3: If you had all finished unit 3, we would’ve been able to check answers quickly and focus on questions! 😀
(I’m not telling you off. This is just a real-life example of how to use conditional sentences type 3!)

Please, make sure you’ve done at least the listenings in the unit:

3.5, p. 41 – 1. It’ll be below zero with some snow showers, 3. He was sweating heavily because of the heat, 3. It’s windy, chilly, and starting to drizzle, 4. The river is going to flood soon, 5. The Day before the hurricane was sunny and muggy (warm and extremely humid).
3.6, p. 41
 – 1F, 2F, 3T, 4F, 5F, 6T, 7T, 8T 9F, 10F
3.8, p. 43 – a) She travelled to Australia overland because she didn’t want to fly and produce a lot of carbon emissions. (See how I answer 3 questions in one self-contained statement?)
b) 1. To fly or not to fly!
2. She quit / has quit driving, she(‘s) started buying organic food from local shops, and she(‘s) started using wood fire to heat the house. She did / She’s done all this because she was worried about climate change and the carbon dioxide emissions she was producing ( / wanted to be more ecologically-friendly in her daily life).
3. She travelled to Australia overland, passing through Russia, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. (This took her 2 months!)
4. She was able to take such a long holiday because whe works for a Centre for Alternative Technology, and the people in charge were happy to do this for her.
3.9, p. 43 –
Barbara £2,000 – 14,004 miles, 51 days, 1.65 tonnes
Plane £450 – 10,273 miles, 25 hours, 2.7 tonnes
The total amount of CO2 emissions her trip produced was 1.65. If she had travelled by plane it’d have been 2.7 — NOTICE THIS IS A TYPE 3 CONDITIONAL SENTENCE.
USE THE TOP TIPS  TO PRACTICE SPEAKING ABOUT HOW TO BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY IN OUR DAILY LIVES!

3.10, p. 45 a – 1a, 2c, 3b, 4b, 5c, 6a, 7c
3.11 Dictation: 1 as soons as I know my plans, 2 If you come back tomorrow, I’ll have finished (future perfect), 3 I’ll be waiting by the ticket office when you get there, 4 if she doesn’t hurry up, we’ll have eaten all the food, 5 I’m taking my laptop in case I need it for work, 6 There won’t be enough steak unless you go and get some more.

3.12, p. 47 – c 1 village, 2 outside — winter, 3 doing things, 4 freedom, 5 take risks, 6 have an accident, 7 very positive

Video: p. 48
3.15 – 1 a particular spot, 2 the way, 3 a sudden, 4 On the face, 5 a degree, 6 long as
LEARN HIGH RISKS SPORTS: 3.16 – Agne, skiing; Anne, potholing or caving; Mark, parachuting; Ray, climbing, potholing, white-water rafting.
3.17 1 making a fool of myself, 2 in my younger days, 3 awesome, 4 they

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Assessment on our work so far (leaving behind unit 3)

January 14, 2013

Dear students,

Although I have tried to help you all in keeping the plan of a unit a month (posting KEYS on your Pages here, and allowing some time in class for Small Groups to check their work), I can see that the groups that come from 4.00 to 6.30PM are managing, but that most students in the groups coming from 6.30-9.00PM are not managing. Should I just help students finish unit 3 whatever time it takes (especially the Intermedio 2 Mondays because it is harder for this lower level to work in teams, or isn’t it?), or should I stick to the plan a unit a month?

We’re now in mid-January and we’ll be starting (future continuous; future arranged plans) unit 4 in our next lesson together (you should do all the Readings/Grammar exercises in the unit at home whenever you can regardless our work in class), which means that we just have two weeks to try and learn from this unit in the textbook.

But I do not want to follow this plan if people cannot find ANY TIME to work at home on their textbook. What should we do, then? Please, Intermedio 2 Mondays (and Avanzado 2 Tuesdays?) say something in class! If you don’t, I’ll understand you are going to try and catch up (devoting more time at home/work to your English, OK?)

Check your work with the Keys published here Page Key Int 2 and Page Key Av 2 — this evening I’ll be posting (future continuous) some more. Can you make sure you’ve done the listening activities, and the grammar/vocabulary work? You can certainly ask me in class or here if you have any questions.

You see, after the winter holidays it’s apparent the people coming from 4.00 to 6.30 PM are going to be ahead of the other two groups, if the other groups can’t catch up this week at home. Today I could also sense how very tired you all are, with a busy day and the freezing weather and our long hours in class plus so very late, but…

I’m going to select the exercises in unit 4 we can do in these two weeks, and hope for the best!! In our first week in February you will learn it all about Exam Format, and that’s a fixed interruption. And I was wanting to do two exam practice exercises instead of one… But we won’t be able to do this is we can’t keep up the course plan, OK? Perhaps, with groups that are behind we could do the second exam practice later on… Dunno!!!

PS: Something else, some extra support I’m going to do here, on this blog, is post some explanations and some exercises to check you learned/learnt what you needed to learn from each of the 3 first units, OK?

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Key (1) to exercises in unit 3 Avanzado 2

January 10, 2013

PLEASE, USE THE TEXTBOOK AUDIOS IN RE-TELLING / TO PUT TOGETHER MONOLOGUES.

Next week I’d like to listen to some of you, including the people who seldom or never speak! This means we have one more lesson to finish up unit 3 together. We’ll have the same thing as today: first part teamwork on textbook, second part listening/speaking, incl. questions.

3B p 40: 1F, 2F, 3L, 4F, 5F, 6L, 7F, 8L, 9F, 10F
A8, B4, C6, D7, E9, F5, G3, H10, I1, J2
p 41: 1 móving /múvin/, 2 thóught-provóking, 3 héavy-góing, 4 grípping, 5 entertáining, 6 intríguing (pronunciation /intriigin/), 7 impláusible /implósibl/, 8 fast-moving, 9 depréssing /diprésin/, 10 háunting /hóntin/. 3GRAMMAR: 1B, 2A, 3D, 4C, 5E
Inversion: We use it for emphasis, so check your examples make sense!
1. Not only the last moment did I realize I had got on the wrong train.
2. Never in my life had I found myself in the company of two drugdealers!
3. Not only was I struck by this fact — I was also about to panic!
4. Only after the wedding were the guests informed that it was all pretend!
5. No sooner had the police left than I jumped out of my compartment for some fresh air!
If you like, we can check 5 Reading on p.42 next day — just read out the answers, sort of.
Lexis in context: 1 barely, 2 profoundly, 3 arguably, 4 vast, 5 bland, 6 awkward, 7 quirky 😀 , 8 lowly, 8 staccato, 10 neatly, 11 smooth, 12 faithful

p. 43 You should have done this listening pretending it’s an exam listening activity! (underlining key words before listening) 1c 2c 3b 4c 5b 6a 7c 8a. If you are interested in the topic of translation, you could practice a monologue on ex. d. If you are interested in writing, as a writer, give some of your time to 7 Writing, and you might enjoy some info on Talking People: on Literature (Workshop, it’s fun) and Writing (beginnings and endings)

p.45 c 1 I’m broke (penniless is too formal), 2 a loan (a mortgage is on the house), 3 in the red (in the black is when you don’t owe any money), 4 in debt (not on), 5 loaded (informal; affluent is too formal for that context), 6 a better exchange rate (currency is the kind of money of a country), 7 standard of living (learn this, it’s useful!), 8 We can’t make ends meet.
You can do exercise d (speaking) in class next day, in pairs, if you like. Let me know!
WHEN YOU DO GRAMMAR EXERCISES USE YOUR MOUTH AND EAR MEMORY! I mean, read them out loud:
p. 47 5 Grammar: IMPORTANT: not the theory, I mean: it’s important that you visualize the time and notice the tenses used – 1 past, past, 2 hypothetical future, 3 hypothetical present, 4 past, 5 hyp pr, 6 hyp fut, 7 hyp past, 8 hyp past. I would like you all to read the sentences out loud and visualize the grammar and the real situation. GRAMMAR BANK 3C: please, do it if you haven’t, and please, underline the clues you get to know what to add (if you know it because you know what sounds right, anyway, look for the clues in the sentence).
Answers (and clues): a1 It’s time … realized, 2 ‘d rather … lived, 3 I wish … were able, 4 Would you rather … we didn’t discuss?, 5 it’s time… stopped, 6 If only I had saved (great sentence to repeat out loud! and learn to say fluently, because of its structure and tenses), 7 I’d rather … paid, 8 If only we knew, 9 Do you wish… you had gone / you had been to
b 1 I’d rather you didn’t smoke in here, 2 I wish I could afford to travel more, 3 If only we hadn’t painted the room blue!!, 4 it’s (high) time you started to look / started looking / looked for a job?, 5 If only he were less tight-fisted!!, 6 would you rather we came another day?, 7 I wish we had bought…

5 Grammar (cont.) Q&A c.- you could do this drill with a classmate next day!

This listening is like exam listenings, so do it one day pretending you’re taking an exam! (underlining): 3.15: 1b, 2a, 3c, 4b, 5a

TOMORROW I’LL POST SOME MORE – the Revise and Check, and the Vocabulary bank. Any questions on the Grammar Banks? Feel free to ask me to post answers, and also to ask any questions you might have in class!

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Unit 3 – Grammar Bank – Key

December 28, 2012

3A

a: Notice how different it is in Spanish!

1 The road was closed after the accident (Cerraron la carretera por el accidente)
2 My handbag has been stolen (Me han robado el bolso)
3 My house is being painted (Estoy pintando la case – he contratado a alguien para hacerlo)
4 A meeting will be held tomorrow (Habrá/Han convocado a una reunión mañana)
5 They were fined for travelling wihtout a ticket (Les pusieron una multa…)
6 You can be arrested for drink-driving (Te pueden detener por conducir borracho/a)
7 Miranda thinks she was being followed last night (M. piensa que anoche alguien la estuvo siguiendo)
8 The house had been sold five years earlier (Habían vendido la casa cinco años antes)

b making the sentences more formal:
1 It is believed the burglar is a local man / The burglar is believed to be a local man
2 It is said the muggers (están pensando en unos concretos, no es en general los atradores) are very dangerous / The muggers (éstos, no todos en general; si no iría sin “the”) are said to be very dangerous
3 It is thought the robber entered through an open window / The robber is thought to have entered through an open window (presumably, it is not a private home – burglar)
4 It is said the murderer has disappeared / The murderer is said to have disappeared
5 It is expected the trial will last three weeks / The trial is expected to last three weeks.

3B

a: future perfect or future continuous – underline the clues and if in doubt, ask in class. Here are just the answers:
1 they will be flying to, 2 I will have saved, 3 I will be driving to work, 4 we will be having, 5 he will have paid, 6  will have finished

b: same – same
1 won’t be lying, 2 ‘ll / will be working, 3 will hve disappeared, 4 will have doubled, 5 will be moving / will have moved, 6 will have grown 7 will have run out, 8 will have invented, 9 ‘ll / will be driving

3C

a: underline the clues, and ask in class if in doubt!
1 I’m not feeling, 2 won’t be going, 3 will be bathing, 4 aren’t wearing, 5 we’ll have sold, 6 die

b: 1 before, 2 in case, 3 unless, 4 when, 5 after, 6 If, 7 in case, 8 until

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Unit 3 – Test – Key

December 28, 2012

Silvia (intermedio 2 lunes) has requested the answers to the test in Unit 3, so here we go:

Page 50:

a: 1. The accident happened when the road was being repaired (passive, past continuous)
2. The murderer will probably never be found (passive, will-future for a prediction, with “probably” added to indicate we think it’ll actually happen!)
3. The burglar is thought to be a teenager (passive, present simple)
4. It is said (that) crime doesn’t pay (passive, “People say” type, impersonal)
5. He probably won’t come (active, Will-future for a prediction). / He’ll probably not come (also possible) – Notice He won’t come can also mean, He refuses to come! 😀 Here there is no ambiguity thanks to “probably”.

b I’ll underline the clues:
1. This time tomorrow we will be lying on the beach (future continuous). Notice: on the beach
2. The match starts at 7By the time I get home, it will have already started / it will already have started (yes, both!) (future perfect)
3. You mustn’t use your mobile phone until the plane has landed (also, “lands”)
4. Many people have problems sleeping if they drink / have drunk coffee.
5. I want to spend a year travelling when I finish / have finished university.

Vocabulary
a: kidnapper (crime against people, not against property), smuggler (person, not crime), evidence (objects or events, not person), scorching (hot, instead of cold), mist (not an extreme weather event).
b: 1. committed a crime, 2. caught the burglar, 3. sentenced him to, 4. kidnapped the kid, 5. murdered, 6. The wind blew so hard that…, 7. I sweat so much when…, 8. It poured with rain…, 9. it melted during the morning, 10. We took advantage…
c: 1 was charged WITH, 2 take UP (a new activity) 3 Who do you take AFTER?, 4 Watch OUT!, 5. Let’s sit IN

Pronunciation
a: 1 weather, 2 jury, 3 guilty, 4 slip, 5 sweat
b: accúse, bláckmail, commúnity, clízzard, sériously /síriesli/

Page 51
Reading Comprehension: 1b, 2c, 3a, 4a, 5b, 6a
Listening Comprehension: 3.18 = A5, B–, C2, D1, E4, F3
3.19 = N1, D2, N3, M4, D5, M6, N7, M8

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Dear all, dear all, time flies, don’t stop!

December 18, 2012

IF I have a recording of yours, please remember to send me an email (per recording)!! (email: michelle + what you know!)

If you send me writings for double-checking (final versions) or your final monologues (after having practiced a bit on your own) I might reply during the holiday. Don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of myself. Just send it to me if you have done that work. But please, write the name of your group (level, day) in the subject line!

Tomorrow and next day we’ll have our last lesson together before the new year (TV series, dramatized readings: scripts).

Please, don’t stop learning English. For language learning there are no holidays. It’s non-stop partying! 😀 It could be your habit. Your body might need a dose of that every day!! Don’t interrupt your learning because it takes lots of effort and time to catch a learning rhythm and if you lose it, you’ll need more time to get back to the dance! LISTEN TO ENGLISH EVERY DAY. You know how to exploit your audios and audiovisuals in different ways. And you know where to find audios to help you learn to understand and learn to speak: those of your textbook and various podcasts, including the Talking People Podcast.

PRACTICE BEING a resourceful and independent lifelong learner! This expands your mind!

Remember also that if you have the plan of sitting for a couple of hours a week to do your textbook exercises you’ll be making sure you learn all the amazing things in your textbook. In class, because we interact, there’s not enough time to do it all. A UNIT A MONTH means that you should finish unit 3 this month. I can post the answers at your request (here on the blog: Key intermedio 2, Key avanzado 2, or if you send me an email to “michelle” and then you know what — then I’ll post them here for everybody to see). Remember also that when we meet again we’ll be in the second week of January, so if you can do the Readings, Grammar and Vocabulary in unit 4, we’ll be able to finish unit 4 at the end of January. In February we’ll have two weeks for exam format practice, so you’ll also have to work on unit 5 at home, more than usual. You should use our time in class, to make all your questions. I can clarify all kinds of things, so don’t be shy. If you manage to keep the plan of a unit a month, we could be free in May to practice Listening and Speaking intensively.

Yes, I’m giving you the big picture so you can see the forest too!

Possibly, we’ll meet again in a brand-new year, 2013! It sounds sweet! Liberating. Inspiring! Reaching out for the moon!

The 20th century has done so much for us all! Hopefully, we’ll continue learning to listen. Communicating. Working the world out. Together.

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Your Listening Activities on Talking People

December 15, 2012

Hiya there!

I just finished / I’ve just finished putting together a new section in Your Stuff! at Talking People thanks to Edu’s work (Avanzado 2 Lunes). He designed a listening activity based on a TED Talk. http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/yourstuff/youractivities/talksandother.htm Thanks, Edu! and, people, enjoy! 🙂

PS: Recordings If you have a recording pending of my feedback, and you haven’t sent me an email (with your group on the Subject line), you should be sending me one asap, for I only do this kind of work once I have the person’s email, OK? I’m trying to finish them all this weekend, but as I should also take some time off to have a rest, I might not make it! (lograrlo) Answers I don’t remember what people ask for in class, so please, if you have requests for me to post the answer to any of your textbook exercises, please, post your request here (on the correponding Page). Ta!

Have a nice weekend!

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Reading. Little Brother (Intermedio 2)

December 7, 2012

Pages 30-31

Next day you’ll do in class the Reading Habits activity on page 117 – Talking, but here are the answers to the reading + audio:

2.11 1 a robot doll, trademark, 2 baby talk, 3 he pressed the off button
2.12 4 bouncing him on her knee and saying Good boy, 5 with folds in one’s skin, 6 that he might change his mind
2.13 7 he took the wrapping paper out of the wagon, and he turned the pages of the book far too quickly, 8 take and hold firmly, 9 –
2.14 10 because the robot was (switched) off, 11 when he’s off he can still see, hear, feel… 12 because she hadn’t noticed his tower, or the fact that he had already picked up the wrapping paper once, 13 –

Remember you can borrow an audio book from our school library (B1 Intermediate or B2 Upper Intermediate level)

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Unit Test 2 (Intermedio 2)

December 7, 2012

page 34

Grammar: 1a, 2c, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10b
Vocabulary: a 1 hooded (not a design), 2 smart (not a material), 3 station (not air travel word), 4 backpack (not an item of clothing), 5 hang up (unrelated to how a item of clothing suits a person), 6 friendly (it’s an adjective, e.g. I’m friendly, not an adverb like the others).
b 1 off, 2 out, 3 behind, 4 up, 5 in, 6 like, 7 at
c 1 lately, 2 fit (related to size), 3 even, 4 so had (to work hard), 5 luggage (mass, with singular quantifiers & verbs), 6 especially (it’s an example), 7 getting changed
Pronunciation: a 1 linen, 2 nearly, 3 weren’t, 4 took, 5 changed – not the best pronunciation exercise ever, really…
b styl – dress – riv – pass – act

page 35

Reading – Matching exercise: a 2A, 3B, 5C, 4D, 1E
Listening – in class

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Writing 2 exercises (intermedio 2)

December 7, 2012

p. 33

a) The “small mistake” was the narrator wrote an email with negative comments about his boss’s wife and sent it to… his boss!!
b) 1 family-run, 2 reasonably, 3 well, 4 aggressive, 5 frequently, 6 new, 7 extremely, 8 quick, 9 immediately, 10 An hour later
c) ‘Sit down,’ Mr Simpson said coldly. ‘I want to talk to you about an email you sent.’
d)  1 At that moment, 2 As soon AS, 3 Ten minutes AFTER, 4 ONE morning in September, 5 just IN time (a tiempo, no puntual).

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Key for exercises on “to get” (Avanzado 2)

December 7, 2012

Vocabulary Bank: 1 1 get the impression, 2 get a shock, 3 get the chance, 4 get the joke, 5 get to know, 6 get hold of (make contact), 7 get rid of, 8 get your/one’s own back, 9 get into trouble, 10 get out of the way
2 1I, 2J, 3A, 4F, 5D, 6C, 7E, 8B, 9H, 10G
3 1J, 2A, 3K, 4D, 5B, 6C, 7L, 8E, 9F, 10G, 11I, 12H

Grammar Bank 2C, p. 141
a 1 becoming/growing increasingly forgetful, 2 buy, purchase, 3 persuade, convince, 4 have, 5 received, 6 catch, take, 7 arrive, be, 8 bring, fetch, 9 be found, 10 persuade, convince
b 1 got my work permit renewed, 2 get used to driving, 3 nearly got killed, 4 get my sister to babysit, 5 get all the locks changed, 6 got stopped, 7 get my eyes tested, 8 got bitten

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Grammar Bank, 2c key (Intermedio 2)

December 7, 2012

2C, p. 135

a

1 S + V + O (the theatre) + other (very much) – see one of my LoM, this is a typical mistake
2 correct
3 immediately (at the end)
4 F.A. (frequency adverb: they always go before the main verb, except when it is “be”)
5 correct
6 manner, so it goes after “the match”
7 I almost forgot (learn to say this one!)
8 Luckily, …
9 correct
10 Apparently, …

b

1 (manner goes at the end, but this one’s a passive) The building was BADLY damaged in the fire LAST WEEK (time)
2 Obviously, we need to do sthing quickly
3 Ben is often at this friend’s house in the evening
4 She just walked out and she didn’t even say goodbye
5 He always drives extremely fast
6 She danced beautifully at the ballet last night, or Last night …
7 Luckily, she wasn’t seriously injured when she fell
8 Apparently, he nearly broke his leg
9 My dad usually sleeps a bit in the afternoon.

 

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Unit Test 2 (Avanzado 2)

December 7, 2012

Here are the answers. If you have questions, please ask in class or post here.

Grammar: a 1 I had to have / used to have, 2 appears to have, 3 Did you really use to wear…?, 4 correct, 5 I need to get my passport renewed, 6 correct, 7 correct, 8 correct, 9 Could you get your brother to have a look…?, 10 When I saw that she was wearing trousers…
b 1 (that) I had made a big mistake, 2 seems to have, 3 you get the tap fixed?, 4 is expected to resign, 5 According to the Daily Mail, 6 it will get broken, 7 There are said to be over a million homeless people in this country, 8 They don’t usually get to the airport, 9 the dog had been sleeping on my bed all night.

Vocabulary: a 1 friendship, 2 freedom, 3 neighbourhood, 4 fear, 5 shame, 6 poverty
b 1 take, 2 spare, 3 get, 4 cope, 5 left, 6 know
c 1 lost, 2 pushed, 3 life, 4 nerves, 5 message, 6 way, 7 out
d 1 By, 2 at, 3 before, 4 off, 5 down, 6 away, 7 out, 8 over.

 

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Lesson Plans for last lessons in November

November 26, 2012

Dear all, I have just updated your Pages: Avanzado 2, Intermedio 2. Those are the plans, but, as usual, we can be flexible to include whatever you need. I haven’t copied any answers to your exercises on the Key Pages here because I don’t know which answers you need. Anyway, ask in class — this week I’m allowing some extra space so we can check things we might’ve skipped. And then — you can always post your requests on the Key Pages. Have a wonderful week!

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Avanzado 2: Unit Test 1

November 7, 2012

a  1 though, 2 their, 3 got, 4 there, 5 one, 6 as, 7 herself, 8 so, 9 have/get, 10 because
b 1 I need to have them mended, 2 If one learns a few phrases, 3 despite the heavy traffic / despite the traffic being heavy / despite the fact that the traffic was heavy, 4 The flight was cancelled due to the fog, 5. J & M see each other 6 by themselves, 7 I haven’t seen him since…, 8 so as not to be recognized, 9. we won’t have to do the washing up, 10. she hasn’t got any pictures yet

a   1 teeth, 2 mind, 3 run 4 trousers 5 guns 6 terms
b   1 a career, 2 part-time, 3 alike, 4 half sisters, 5 take after, 6 synonym
c   1 in charge of, 2 away from – catch up, 3 brought up, 4 off, 5 fill you in about/on, 6 deal with – head on
d   1 challenging, 2 competitive, 3 unsuccessful, 4 rebellious, 5 enjoyable, 6 repetitive

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Intermedio 2: Unit Test 1 – Key

November 7, 2012

a1 about, a2 did, a3 does, a4 Have, a5 been
b1 a, b2 b, b3 c, b4 a, b5 b
wise (positive trait), insincere (negative trait), blister (not an illness), A&E (not people, part of hospital)
b1 to/with, b2 at, b3 in, b4 to, b5 for
c1 forgetful, c2 ambitious, c3 reliable, c4 moody, c5 sensitive
d1 bleed, d2 swollen, d3 bandage, d4 bad-tempered, d5 bossy, d6 arrogant
a1 headache, a2 bossy, a3 flu, a4 cough, a5 earache
Arrogant, immaTURE, inJECtion, alLERgic, SPEcialist

Reading Comprehension: a 1c, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5c
Listening Comprehension: 1.23   a 1b, 2a, 3c, 4b, 5a
L. C. 1.24  1.  problems w. fiancé, 2. problems would solve, 3. no, 4. that psychic wasn’t professional, 5. bc A. thinks psychics can see into future, 6. new job, 7. not get depressed when lost job, 8. not to depend so much on psychics

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Intermedio 2: key to some exercises in unit 1

October 31, 2012

p. 11. 7 GRAMMAR. a: 1. Is, 2 does, 3 doesn’t, 4 does, 5 will. c: A4, B2, C3, D1, E5
p. 14  5 GRAMMAR. a: 1A ok, B I broke my leg two years ago. 2A How long has your uncle been in hospital? 2B (clues for previous), 3 ok, 4 Have you been to…?, 5 British English: ‘ve cut, US American English, cut (A la gallega past simple), 6 I’ve known
***Learn the jokes by ear!***
p. 15  6 READING b: Being stuck… Looking after…, d: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a; 3: 1 cut down, 2 chronic, 3 beneficial, 4 strengthen, 5 cells, 6 damage, 7 disease, 8 harmful, 9 muscles.

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Avanzado 2: Key to some exercises in Unit 1

October 31, 2012

I’m not sure who needs what. Remember: if you don’t understand something, you can also ask in class regardless what the lesson plan is.

1B, p. 8, 1 Reading & Speaking d: 1 plan, 2 get, 3 make, 4 catch, 5 go with, 6 face, 7a tell, 7b hurt, 8 keep. 2 Grammar: have. Exercise a: 1F, 2G, 3E, 4H, 5A, 6C, 7D, 8B. Exercise b: 1a = B,D,G,H, 1b A,C,E,F

1C, p. 12, 1 Reading & Speaking, a: 1 F, 2T, 3T. c: 1 startS, 2 a restaurant, 3 (the) usually (the), 4 advice, 5 I phoned my, 6 discussed global warming, d: 1 all, 2a yes, 2b no, if/provided…

p. 13 Exercise e: 1 remain, 2 poor, 3 conduct, 4 adhere to, 5 notions, 6 omit, 7 required, 8 view, 9 thus, 10 transcribes. 2 Grammar: a: 1 correct, 2 There used to be + correct, 3 correct, 4 no “myself”, 5 each other, 6 correct, 7 one another, 8 correct.

p. 14 We’ll do the audio next week. 5 Vocabulary: 1 an idiom, 2 collocation, 3 register, 4 a phrasal verb, 5 slang, 6 colloquial, 7 a synonym
p. 15 Exercise 2: 1 up, 2 off, 3 after, 4 up, 5 up. Exercises 3: 1E (one), 2D (consequently), 3F (owing to), 4B (benefits), 5H (omit), 6C (however), 7 A (adhere to), 8G (require). Exercise 4 Collocation: 1 completely disagree, 2 really hurt, 3 close to my 4 distant relatives, 5 job security.

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