Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 4, 2016

Books and Reading

BOOKS AND READING

  1. Do you like reading? Why / Why not?
  2. When do you read? How often?
  3. What do you think of eBooks? Do you think they will replace books in the future?
  4. What are the advantages of eBooks over printed books and vice versa?
  5. Do you have a favourite book or author? What type of books do you prefer: biographies, historical novels, thrillers, science fiction, travel books, love stories, animal books, and political books?
  6. Who is the most interesting hero / heroine, villain you can remember reading about?
  7. What book is there on your night table at the moment? What is it about?
  8. What books would you buy when going on holiday?
  9. Would you buy a book just by looking at its title and the illustration on the cover?
  10. Do you like long books? What is the longest book you have ever read?
  11. Who do you think is the greatest Spanish writer ever?
  12. Do you know any English or American writers?
  13. Which books have you read which you have also seen the film of? How did the two versions compare?
  14. How often do you buy books? Do you think books are expensive? Do you often check out library books?
  15. Imagine you had to offer a book to your best friend, husband / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend, mother / father, brother / sister, teacher. What book would you buy them?

young woman reading

La Liseuse, Fragonard

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 4, 2016

Cohesive devices – Linking words

cohesive devicesFrom: Real English®

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Slang and abbreviations

abbreviationsFrom Real English ®

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Ways of Walking

ways of walkingFrom: Facebook American English at state

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ESSAY PHRASES

essay phrasesFrom Cork English teacher

The E-Books vs. Print Books Debate Arises Again, and This Time, There’s Talk of Digital “Dying Out”

0) __________ since e-books arrived on the scene, forecasters have said year after year that it’s only a 1) __________ of time before they ultimately edge [1]print books out altogether. Now, however, some seem to think the opposite may be true: that the e-books market might be slowing down — or even drying up! — and print books may “win the war” after all.

So what’s all the fuss about? Sales of print books are up and sales of Kindles are down (at least in the U.K.), leading many across the pond to speculate that eBooks are going out of 2) __________, and that print books may win the competition after all.

Of course, print books never actually stopped leading the charge, considering that e-book sales have never made up more than a third of all book sales. And 3) __________  they rose to that number extremely quickly — Amazon, for instance, only introduced the Kindle in 2007 — the majority of all books sold has always been print.

The big picture here, of course, doesn’t support the idea that e-books are “losing ground.” Sales of Kindles may have plummeted [2]in British stores, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t 4) __________  selling on Amazon, and it certainly doesn’t mean that e-books aren’t selling at all. If anything, it could just mean that Kindles have been around for the better part of a decade and that 5) __________ people who want one already have one.

The underlying issue in all of this, however, is the idea that eBooks and print books are in some sort of fierce battle to the death with one 6) __________ in which the only outcome is total dominance. So people often seem to assume 7) __________ that e-books will soon drive their dinosaur-like cousin to extinction, or that print books will outlast [3]e-books and prove them to be nothing but an inferior imitation. In reality of course, 8) __________ of these outcomes is likely, and both misrepresent what actually appears to be happening in the books market today.

Now that sales of e-books seem to have leveled [4]off, the reality we seem to be facing right now is that 9) __________ e-books and print books are popular. Both products have relative benefits and 10) __________; both have people who enjoy them. Some people even enjoy both. Will their relative share of the market shift over time? Almost certainly. Will one eventually “triumph” over the other? Maybe, but probably not for a long, long time.

The reality is that there is absolutely no reason print and e-books can’t coexist in the books market.

Adapted from © Emma Cueto

 

  1. EVER

[1] To edge out: to defeat by a small margin.

[2] To plummet: to drop down. Caer en picado.

[3] To outlast: to last longer than.

[4] To level off: to reach a steady volume, rate, amount.

 

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Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 22, 2016

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Song

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Proclaimers
When I ___________ up, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who __________ up next to you
When I _________ out, yeah, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who __________ along with you
If I get ________, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who gets ________ next to you
And if I haver, hey, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you

But I would _________ five hundred miles
And I would ________ five hundred more
Just to be the man who ________ a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

When I’m _________, yes, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s ________ hard for you
And when the money ________ in for the work I do
I’ll ________ almost every penny on to you
When I ________ home (When I come home), oh, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who ________ back home to you
And if I ________ old, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s ________ old with you

But I would ________ five hundred miles
And I would ________ five hundred more
Just to be the man who ________ a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da

When I’m lonely, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you
And when I’m ________, well, I know I’m gonna ________
I’m gonna ________ about the time when I’m with you
When I ________ out (When I go out), well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who ________ along with you
And when I ________ home (When I ________ home), yes, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who ________ back home with you
I’m gonna be the man who’s ________ home with you

But I would ________ five hundred miles
And I would ________ five hundred more
Just to be the man who ________ a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da

And I would ________ five hundred miles
And I would ________ five hundred more
Just to be the man who ________ a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 20, 2016

Mount Everest

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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.

MOUNT EVEREST

 

In 1802, the British launched what became known as the Great Trigonometrical Survey in order to map the Indian subcontinent. Heavy equipment, rugged terrain, monsoons, malaria and scorpions made the work exceedingly difficult. Nonetheless, the surveyors were able to take 0) ________________ accurate measurements. They soon proved that the Himalayas—and not the Andes, as previously believed—were the world’s highest mountain 1) ________________. By 1852, not only had they fingered Everest, then called Peak XV, as the king of them all, but, by 1856, they had also calculated its height as 29,002 feet 2) ________________ sea level. A 1999 survey using state-of-the-art GPS technology found them off by only 33 feet.

George Mallory, a British schoolteacher, participated in the first three documented attempts to scale Mount Everest from 1921 to 1924. Before the last of those expeditions, he wrote, “It is almost unthinkable…that I shan’t get to the top; I can’t see myself coming down defeated.” On June 4, 1924, a teammate made it within about 900 vertical feet of the 3) ________________ before turning back. Mallory and climbing partner Andrew Irvine then made their own attempt for glory. They departed the 26,800-foot Camp VI on June 8 and were last seen that afternoon trudging upwards in their tweed coats, hobnailed boots and other primitive apparel. Some people believe that Mallory and Irvine reached the roof of Everest before dying on the way down. A camera they 4) ________________ carried could perhaps solve the mystery, but it was not among the items in Mallory’s pockets when his corpse finally was discovered in 1999. Irvine’s body remains unfound.

After Mallory’s death, the next 10 or so expeditions to Mount Everest also failed. Tenzing 5) ________________ valuable experience participating in six of them, starting off as a porter and later progressing into a full team member. In 1952 he and a Swiss climber came within about 800 vertical feet of the top—likely higher than anyone had ever gone. He 6) ________________ his own record the next year by reaching the top with Hillary. Since then, around 4,000 other mountaineers have likewise climbed Everest, including Hillary’s son and one of Tenzing’s sons.

About 240 people have died attempting to climb Mount Everest. Avalanches, rockslides, blizzards, falls, altitude sickness, freezing temperatures, exhaustion and combinations have all proven fatal, particularly in the so-called “death zone” above 26,000 feet. Since getting them down is grueling and dangerous, most of the corpses remain up there. They are well 7) __________ in the snow and apparently serve as trail markers for climbers who pass by. Everest’s deadliest day occurred in May 1996, when eight people perished in a storm. Yet that incident, made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air,” did nothing to deter people from spending tens of thousands of dollars for a chance to tame Earth’s highest mountain. Traffic jams have even been reported near the top, and a fistfight broke 8) ________________ this April between three European climbers and more than 100 Sherpas, over what the guides considered to be rude and dangerous behavior during an attempted ascent. 9) __________, the deaths keep coming, including at least 10 last year and around eight this year.

As early as 1963, a climber wrote in National Geographic that parts of Mount Everest had become “the highest junkyard on the face of the Earth.” Empty oxygen bottles, human excrement, food packaging, broken climbing 10) ________________ and torn tents continue to spoil the environment there. A single cleanup in spring 2011 removed over 8 tons of trash from Everest, and many more tons remain uncollected. In order to counteract the problem, Nepal’s government now requires climbers to bring back all of their equipment or risk losing a $4,000 deposit. New trash bins and a waste incinerator have also recently been installed near the mountain.
Adapted from: http://www.history.com/news/7-things-you-should-know-about-mount-everest/print

 

 

ABOVE                         EARNED                        MAINTAINED               PRESERVED

ASTONISHINGLY         GAINED                        MEANWHILE               RANGE

BROKE                          GEAR                            OUT                              SUMMIT

CORD                           KEPT                             OVER                            SUPPOSEDLY

 

0 ASTONISHINGLY
1         6      
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10

KEY

 

  1. RANGE
  2. ABOVE
  3. SUMMIT
  4. SUPPOSEDLY
  5. GAINED
  6. BROKE
  7. PRESERVED
  8. OUT
  9. MEANWHILE
  10. GEAR

 

 

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 17, 2016

USUALLY / USED TO / BE USED TO / GET USED TO/ WOULD

USED TO 

USUALLY/ USED TO / BE USED TO / GET USED TO/ WOULD

  1. What kind of things do you have to get used to again after the Christmas holidays?
  2. What games did you use to play when you were a child?
  3. Are you used to eating out?
  4. What kind of food did you use to eat when you were a child that you can’t stand now? What didn’t you use to like that you do now?
  5. Do you think it can be hard to get used to driving on the left when you are in England?
  6. Would it be difficult for you to get used to living in a huge city?
  7. Are you used to spending a long time outdoors?
  8. Do you know anyone who used to smoke but doesn’t anymore? In what ways have they changed?
  9. When you were a child, where would your parents take you on your holidays?
  10. What kind of things  do you usually do after work?
  11. If you had to go and live abroad, what kind of things would you have to get used to?

GETUSED

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 17, 2016

TRAVELLING AND HOLIDAYS

TRAVEL

TRAVELLING AND HOLIDAYS

 

Find the answers to these questions as quickly as you can.

 

  • What do you call luggage that you carry with you onto a plane?
  • Correct this sentence: “I’m sorry, sir, you’ve got too many baggages.”
  • If you want to go somewhere but not come back, you buy a single. What do you buy if you want to go and come back?
  • Complete the phrasal verb with a particle: When we flew to Australia we stopped __________ at Bangkok.
  • Name a form of transport on which you would find an aisle. How do you pronounce aisle?
  • You pack before you go on a trip. What do you do when you arrive?
  • What is another word for the tube in London?
  • What do the British do in a subway?
  • What do the Americans do in a subway?
  • What’s another word for air hostess?
  • What’s the word for a person who goes travelling with a backpack?
  • What do you call a bedroom on a ship?
  • What is the word for a long journey by sea?
  • What do you call a holiday in which you pay for travel, accommodation and food (even occasionally excursions) in advance?
  • What adjective would you use to refer to a place which is still in a beautiful and natural state; which has not been damaged or changed by people?
  • Complete the sentence with a suitable word: “Before you go abroad, don’t forget to get some foreign c__________y or traveller’s cheques.
  1. Which places have you ever been to that could be described as…
  • Breathtaking? (this word suggests that something is so magnificent that it takes your breath away).
  • Exotic?
  • Luxurious?
  • Mighty? (river / cathedral/ trees) (large and powerful).
  1. Have you ever been to the UK? If so, where did you go? What did you see / do / visit?
  1. Which of the following would you expect to find on a visit to the UK?

Royal palaces, ceremonies and parades, hot weather, good coffee, good music, museums and galleries, ski slopes, sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, bacon and eggs, street cafés, pubs, fast food Exotic food.

  1. What type of impressions might people get about your country from tourist brochures or films? What do visitors from abroad come to see in your country? What do they come to do?
  1. Describe the main tourist areas in your country and say why you think overseas visitors like coming.
  1. Will you go away at Easter? If so, for how long? Where will you go?
  1. What do you look for in holiday?
  • Peace?
  • Excitement?
  • Action?
  • Rest?
  • Sun?
  • Activity?
  • Exercise?
  • Social contacts?
  • Entertainment? The nightlife?
  • Culture?
  • The landscape?
  • The cost of the holiday?
  • The tourist facilities?
  • Other?
  1. Which type of holiday do you prefer?
  • Camping holidays
  • Walking holidays
  • Skiing holidays
  • Cycling holidays
  • Beach holidays
  • Cruise holidays
  • Sightseeing holidays
  • Adventure holidays
  • Package holidays
  • Caravan holidays

1O. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

 

TRAVEL2

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