Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 12, 2018

Frida Kahlo – Open Cloze Test



Fill in the blanks with ONE suitable grammatical  word.


Frida Kahlo’s maiden name was Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón. She was born 0) __________ 6 July 1907 and died 1) __________ July, 13 1954. She was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired 2) __________ the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Stimulated by the country’s popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition 3)__________ belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described 4) __________ a surrealist or magical realist.

Born 5) __________ a German father and a mestizo mother, Kahlo spent most of her childhood and adult life at her family home in Coyoacán, La Casa Azul, now known and publicly accessible as the Frida Kahlo Museum. She was disabled by polio as a child and until a traffic accident 6) __________the age of eighteen years old,  which caused lifelong pain and medical problems, she had been a promising student headed 7) __________ medical school. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood hobby of art with the idea of becoming an artist.

Kahlo’s interests 8) __________ politics and art led to the next stage of her life. In 1927, she joined the Mexican Communist Party, through 9) __________ she met celebrated muralist Diego Rivera, whom she married in 1928. The relationship was volatile and included a year-long divorce; both had extramarital affairs. Kahlo spent the late 1920s and early 1930s traveling in Mexico and the United States with Rivera. During this time, she developed her own style and painted mostly small self-portraits which mixed elements from pre-Columbian and Catholic mythology. Her paintings raised the interest of Surrealist artist André Breton, who arranged for Kahlo’s first solo exhibition in New York in 1938. The exhibition was a success and was followed by another in Paris in 1939. 10) __________ the French exhibition was less successful, the Louvre purchased a painting from Kahlo, The Frame, making her the first Mexican artist to be featured in their collection.

Kahlo’s always fragile health began to decline in the 1940s. However, she was able to hold her first solo exhibition in Mexico in 1953, shortly before her death in 1954. She was 47 years old.


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Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 12, 2018

Genealogy – Cloze Test


Useful links:

  1. People are more and more interested in genealogy and the study of their family tree. In your opinion, what is the reason for this?
  2. Cloze test



Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.


Genealogy is detective work. It’s exciting and very 0) __________ when the effort reveals a new piece for the jigsaw puzzle. Slowly, after 1) __________ through documents after documents, names become people.

One feels like Sherlock Holmes, taking the 2) __________  clues and combining them to 3) __________ a mystery. The internet has made it so much easier, too.  I reached a frustrating dead 4) __________, once. While for most of my lines I had gone back at least seven generations, I ended at just three (a great-grandmother) for one line.  I’d examined all the available censuses, all the birth, marriage, and death records, everything I could find.  And then one day just on a 5) __________ I typed in her name, her husband’s name and their street address into Google and was taken to a transcript someone had made of a memorial book at a cemetery.  It provided enough information that I quickly found the next three generations for that line.

Sometimes one uncovers the most fascinating people. I discovered that my great-great-great-great grandmother was called Mahala.  She was a melungeon [1]and lived in Hancock County, Tennessee. Depending on the 6) __________, she weighed somewhere between 400-650 lbs. She was a famous moonshiner [2]and lived near the top of a mountain. She was able to practice her trade with impunity because the police that wanted to arrest her had no way to get her to the bottom of the mountain.

History becomes reality as one learns how the people being 7) __________ fit into the grand tapestry. The great-great-great grandfather that fled the Irish potato famine.  The great-great grandfather that fought in the US Civil war and another great-great grandfather that fought at the same battle, on the opposite side. The great-great grandmother that had a child out of 8) __________, saving succeeding generations from having the last name “Leach”.

But it isn’t just the history. Genealogy can reveal the humanity. My great-grandfather died the year my father was born.  We knew almost nothing about him, but genealogy revealed so much more. At the age of 14 he was working in a coal mine and 9) __________ his five younger siblings. His life was harder than I could ever imagine mine being – but he persevered. He brought 10) __________ those siblings and then married and had five children of his own, including my grandfather. I see myself, my father, and my grandfather in his eyes.

We are the product of our ancestors. Our genes, our heritage, our birthrights all come from the people who preceded us. We better understand ourselves when we better understand where we come from.


Adapted from:


BRUSHING           INVESTIGATED     POINT                  TINIEST


END                     RAISING               REWARDING        UP

HUNCH                ON                       SOURCE               WEDLOCK


1         6      
2         7      
3         8      
4         9      
5         10      


[1] Melungeon is a term that first appeared in print in the 19th century, used in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to describe people of mixed ancestry. Melungeons were considered by outsiders to have a mixture of European, Native American, and African ancestry.

[2] Moonshiner: A person who makes illegal distilled alcohol.

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 12, 2018

Family – Speaking Activity





In pairs, discuss the following questions:


  1. Were you named after a relative? If you weren’t, why were you given your name?
  2. In your opinion, which member of your family has had the greatest influence on you?
  3. Who do you take after in your family? In what way?
  4. Are there any physical characteristics which run in the family?
  5. Who are you closest to?
  6. Are there any subjects on which you do not see eye to eye with other members of your family?
  7. Are there any members of your family who are not on speaking terms?
  8. How important is it for you to spend time with your family?
  9. People are more and more interested in genealogy and the study of their family tree. In your opinion, what is the reason for this?
  10. Do you know anything about your ancestors, either on your father’s or on your mother’s side?

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 9, 2018

First Day Quiz




  1. Which of the following countries is not part of Great Britain?

a. England                   

b. Wales                                    

c. Scotland                                

d. Northern Ireland


  1. In what city can you find the boroughs of Southwark, Camden, Ealing and Greenwich?


  1. What is England’s largest second city?

a. Birmingham

b. Manchester                          

c. Liverpool                               

d. Newcastle


  1. What is the name of the stone wall built to keep the tribe of the Picts in today’s Scotland, out of the Roman Empire?

a. Hadrian’s Wall

b. The Wailing Wall

c. The Great Wall                               

d. The Wall


  1. What is the name of the capital city of Wales?

a. Bristol

b. Cardiff                                  

c. Canterbury                            

d. Birmingham


  1. What is the name of the forest where Robin Hood used to live?


  1. What is the highest mountain in the UK?

a. Ben Nevis

b. Jungfrau                                

c. St Michael’s Mount                

d. K2


  1. Which river flows through Newcastle-upon-Tyne?


  1. What is the name of what the Spanish call “Canal de la Mancha”?


  1. Only one of the following cities is situated at the seaside. Which one?

a. Leeds

b. Manchester                           

c. Sheffield                              

d. Brighton


  1. What is the name of the current British Prime Minister?


  1. What is the name of the famous clock tower situated next to the Houses of Parliament?


  1. Haggis is typically…

a. English

b. Irish                                     

c. Scottish


14.A beefeater is…

  1. the nickname for a police officer.
  2. the opposite of vegetarian.
  3. a guard at the Tower of London.


  1. The White Cliffs of Dover are made of which rock?

a. granite

b. chalk                                      

c. marble                                   

d. slate


  1. When did the Romans first invade Britain?

a. 1500 B.C.

b. 55 B.C.                                   

c. 550 A.D.                                

d. 1550 A.D.          


  1. Who was the Roman Emperor who first led his armies to Britain?

a. Napoleon

b. Julius Caesar                         

c. Romulus                                  

d. Thor


  1. The last time that Britain was successfully invaded by another country was in 1066. The invaders were …

a. the Normans 

b. the Saxons                            

c. the Danes                              

d. the Romans


  1. One of Henry VIII’s daughters became Queen for 45 years (from 1533 to 1603).

a. Caroline

b. Mary Tudor                           

c. Elizabeth                               

d. Victoria


  1. What is the name of the current reigning dynasty in Britain?


  1. Who was the king of England to have his head cut off?

a. Henry VIII

b. Charles I                               

c. Edward VII                           

d. James II


  1. Where is Karl Marx buried?


  1. Westminster Abbey is a(n) __________ church.

a. Anglican

b. Catholic                                 

c. Presbyterian                          

d. Lutheran


  1. What does Wales have more of per square mile than any other country in Western Europe?

a. sheep

b. mines

c. castles

d. cows


  1. What is the British flag called?




  1. Who was the first president of the United States?


  1. What year was the American Declaration of Independence signed?


  1. Who is the only American President to have been re-elected four times?


  1. What do you call the motorway system that runs between states?


  1. What is the name of the African-American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist who died in mid-August 2018? She sang famous songs such as Respect, Say a little Prayer, etc.


  1. What is the name of a famous national park in California where you can find deep valleys, ancient giant sequoias, and a vast wilderness area?


  1. What American actress, born Norma Jean Mortenson, married baseball superstar Joe di Maggio and playwright Arthur Miller?


  1. What American president was assassinated in a theatre in 1865? His statue can be seen in a building in Washington D.C.


  1. Which of the following states does not have a sea coast?
  2. Texas b. Tennessee                              c. Oregon                                    d. Florida


  1. What bird is the symbol of the United States?


  1. When did the United States of America enter WWII?


  1. What do you call the period of time when alcoholic drinks were banned in the United States?


  1. Name one river that flows through New York City.


  1. On what date was President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas?


  1. What states do the following nicknames refer to?


  • The Lone Star State
  • The Empire State
  • The Golden State
  • The Grand Canyon State
  • The Sunshine State
  • The Aloha State
  • The Mount Rushmore State


  1. What northern American city is most widely recognized as the WINDY CITY?


  1. What is the capital of…


  • Illinois?
  • Texas?
  • California?
  • Colorado


  1. Donald Trump became the __________ President of the United States on January, 20, 2017.
  2. 45th b. 47th                                       c. 50th                                       d. 52nd


  1. What newspaper did Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the journalists who investigated the Watergate scandal, work for?


  1. Can you name…


  • three American writers?
  • three American artists?
  • three American rivers?
  • three American actors or actresses famous in the fifties?
  • three American film directors alive?
  • three famous American buildings?
  • three famous American universities.





Posted by: crisdiaz24 | April 22, 2018

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Film director Milos Forman died last week. One of his most famous films was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, translated into Spanish as Alguien Voló sobre el Nido de Cuco. Here’s the actual meaning of this expression:
In American slang ‘cuckoo’ means ‘crazy’ or ‘madman’. Therefore ‘cuckoo’s nest’ is an apt term for the mental hospital which is the setting of the book / film.
The title is a line in an old nursery rhyme about three geese leaving a flock, “one flew east, one flew west, one flew over the cuckoo’s nest”.



Posted by: crisdiaz24 | April 22, 2018

Describing an author’s tone (Advanced / C1)

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | April 22, 2018

Vocabulary for Advanced or C1 Students



Posted by: crisdiaz24 | March 14, 2018

To be or not to be

I strongly recommend you watch this short and very amusing video where different actors, some of whom have played Hamlet on stage, recite the famous line “To be or not to be, that is the question”.

Pay attention to the way each of them emphasizes a different word from the line so its meaning gets slightly different.




Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 2, 2018

Happy 2018 to you all!

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | June 12, 2017

All the best tomorrow

Best of luck in the exam tomorrow.

Have a good night’s rest. Read something in English before the exam. AND…


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