Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 13, 2018

WORD FORMATION PAGE 20 – Speaking Activity

WORD FORMATION PAGE 20

 

  1. In your opinion, what was the greatest achievement of the XX Century?
  2. Have you ever felt really amazed at somebody’s behaviour?
  3. Have you everbeen in a relationship in which you felt judged and criticized no matter what you did? If not, do you know anyone who has?
  4. Do you often succumb to temptation? If so, what kind of things can tempt you?
  5. Have you ever experienced the kindness of strangers?
  6. When was the last time you felt a huge disappointment? Is it easy for you to hide how disappointed you may be?
  7. Do you know anyone who has a vivid imagination?
  8. What kind of improvements would you do to the place you live in?
  9. Do you remember a time when you felt frustrated and ashamed of yourself?
  10. Do you believe in friendship between man and woman?
  11. Is it easy for you to memorise new English vocabulary?
  12. What is the most dangerous experience you have ever faced?
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Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 13, 2018

The Circle Game – Joni Mitchell

 

 

THE CIRCLE GAME

 

 

Yesterday a child came out to ____________
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of ____________
And tearful at the falling of a star

And the ___________ they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re ___________ on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Then the child moved ten times round the __________
Skated over ten clear frozen ____________
Words like when you’re older must __________ him
And promises of someday make his dreams

And the __________ they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re _________ on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only _________
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Sixteen _________ and sixteen _________ gone now
Cartwheels turn to car _________ thru the town
And they tell him take your time it won’t be long now
Till you _________ your feet to slow the circles down

And the _________ they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re _________ on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only _________
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years _________ by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams maybe _________ dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And the _________ they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re _________ on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only _________
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

 

 

KEY

 

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar 
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder 
And tearful at the falling of a star 

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams 
Words like when you’re older must appease him 
And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons they go round and round 
And the painted ponies go up and down 
We’re captive on the carousel of time 
We can’t return we can only look 
Behind from where we came 
And go round and round and round 
In the circle game * 

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now 
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town 
And they tell him take your time it won’t be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down 

And the seasons they go round and round 
And the painted ponies go up and down 
We’re captive on the carousel of time 
We can’t return we can only look 
Behind from where we came 
And go round and round and round 
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty 
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons they go round and round 
And the painted ponies go up and down 
We’re captive on the carousel of time 
We can’t return we can only look 
Behind from where we came 
And go round and round and round 
In the circle game

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 13, 2018

Toys – Cloze Test

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.

 

Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love playing and that play is regarded as the most 0) __________ way of learning in childhood.

In play scenarios young children are being imaginative, creative; they 1) __________ problems and solve them in contexts that are meaningful and 2) __________ to them while learning about the world and ideas that shape it. With free play sessions increasingly being recognized as an essential component of quality early childhood programs, parents are 3) __________ to support this with appropriate props and educational toys.

Yet, everyone has a story about how their child enjoyed playing with the box that the toy came in, 4) __________ than the toy itself! And baby boomers lament how they used to play with sticks for 5) __________, and old sheets for disguising themselves with, a process we used that came from very creative sources.

So is this 21st century plethora of choices and constant claims that toys are educational really plausible? The brochures and websites implore parents to “check out these brain boosting and skill building infant learning toys […] for the developing mind” and say they have toys that “honour the creative process”.

No evidence is provided to 6) __________ such claims and, in reality, the toys are expensive, and often limited in 7) __________ unless parents interact and teach their children the associated skills and concepts. In many instances they are in fact tied to franchises (Disney, Pixar) that basically want to promote their items with 8) __________ concerns about learning or educational value.

For example, there are 14 toys promoted by an online parenting magazine as being the best educational toys for “brain boosting, skill building, and the developing mind” of infants and 9) __________. A pull along caterpillar comes with the claim that it is “an imagination building toy that kids can use to enjoy hours of fun”. Yet, with no suggestions about what these might consist of apart from pulling it along.

 

Then, the robot puzzle which is very well made in good quality wood and colourful paint, says that it will allow the children to become skilled in matching pictures – with just three shapes. It will probably do this but it’s a lot to pay for something with only one right result to match the three shapes.

The educational value only comes from the parents interacting with their child, questioning them as they play and asking about strategies and 10) __________ them with knowledge about robots and caterpillars and taking them to see real ones as part of their daily lives.

Adapted from: http://theconversation.com/can-toys-really-be-educational-well-that-depends-on-the-parents-33672

 

EAGER                LESS                  PROVIDING      TODDLERS

EFFECTIVE          NEGLIGIBLE       RATHER             UNCONCERNED

ENGAGING         POSE                 SCOPE               WANDS

INCREASINGLY   PREPARING      SUPPORT           WORTH

 

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

 

 

KEY

 

0. EFFECTIVE

  1. POSE
  2. ENGAGING
  3. EAGER
  4. RATHER
  5. WANDS
  6. SUPPORT
  7. SCOPE
  8. NEGLIGIBLE
  9. TODDLERS
  10. PROVIDING
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 11, 2018

Coca-Cola commercial

 

Watch the video and tell your partner about the differences between the two films: a grandfather’s life thirty years ago and his grandso’s life now? What did the grandad use to do when he was 30? What does his grandson do now?

Use USED TO or WOULD to talk about past habits.

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/the-difference-between-used-to-and-would

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 11, 2018

Stephen Colberts interviews Michelle Obama

 

FULL INTERVIEW: MICHELLE OBAMA TALKS TO STEPHEN COLBERT

 Watch the video from 1.44 minutes and answer the questions

 Stephen Colbert is used to interviewing Michelle Obama as FLOTUS[1], not as a writer.

  1. Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is 2018’s _____________________ book.
  2. Michelle Obama started a diary when she and Barack Obama _____________________.
  3. She _____________________ a good friend of hers a few times a year throughout her years at the White House; this friend _____________________ her during those times.
  4. The transcripts of those conversations helped her _____________________ the White House years.
  5. Michelle Obama had so much to do when she was First Lady that the weeks seemed to ________________ by.
  6. Later on, Michelle Obama ______________________ some of the countries she ______________________.
  7. Michelle Obama had to ______________________ photographs to believe she had actually been to Prague.
  8. Stephen Colbert compares being in the White House to being on a(n) ______________________.
  9. The day that gay marriage _____________________ in the USA, Barack and Michelle Obama _________________________ a funeral service for victims of some ______________________.[2]
  10. When they came back home that evening, Michelle and one of her daughters _____________________ out of the House to see the White House lit up.
  11. Getting out of the White House was a(n) _____________________.
  12. When she pulled on the front door, she found out that the door ______________________.

 

 

[1] POTUS: President Of The United States

FLOTUS: First Lady Of The United States.

[2] https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/thousands-gather-for-funeral-of-clementa-pinckney-in-charleston.html

 

KEY

 

  1. BEST-SELLING
  2. WERE DATING 
  3. USED DO MEET / MET WITH – WOULD INTERVIEW
  4. (TO) REMEMBER
  5. BLUR
  6. FORGOT / HAD FORGOTTEN – HAD VISITED
  7. BE SHOWN
  8. MOONSHOT
  9. WAS LEGALISED – ATTENDED – SHOOTINGS
  10. WANTED TO GET / TRIED TO GET / HAD TO FIGHT TO SNEAK
  11. ENDEAVOUR
  12. WAS LOCKED
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 6, 2018

Childhood Memories – Speaking

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

 

 

  1. What is your earliest childhood memory? How old were you?
  2. Are there any smells that remind you of your childhood?
  3. Can you remember any friends you had before you were 5 years old?
  4. What was your favourite place at home?
  5. Did you use to spend your free time indoors or outdoors? What did you use to do in your free time? What were your favourite games? What were your favourite toys?
  6. Did you use to watch much TV? What were your favourite programmes? Do you remember any TV series or film you did not like at all / that made you cry?
  7. Do you have any bad memories from school? Do you remember any of your teachers?
  8. Tell your partner about some of your best memories.
  9. What were your fears? What kind of things were you afraid of?
  10. As a child, what did you want to become when you were a grown-up?
  11. Are there any songs you remember hearing or singing? What were your favourite songs?
  12. If you had to name something special and specially beautiful from your childhood, what would it be?
  13. Do you remember any political or social events that had any kind of effect on your daily life?
  14. How did you use to spend your holidays? What did you dislike about your holidays?

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 5, 2018

An interview with Roald Dahl – Video

Roald Dahl December 1984

 

 

  1. According to Roald Dahl, writing children’s stories is ____________________ than writing other kinds of novels.
  2. Most novelists have had ______________________ at children’s stories.
  3. Graham Greene has written ______________________.
  4. Both Terry Wogan and Roald Dalhl think it is ______________________ to get children to read.
  5. Roald Dahl was in the ______________________ during WWII, but he was injured after he __________
  6. He then worked for British ______________________ in America during the last half of the war.
  7. His first book was called ___________
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt loved this book and read it to _______________ That is why Roald Dahl was invited to ______________________.
  9. At the age of 26 Roald Dahl used to spend weekends with ______________________at Hyde Park.
  10. Roald Dahl’s job was to try to help Winston Churchill to ___________
  11. He thinks it was ______________________ for a young man like him to be able to get to know all these people.
  12. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great ____________
  13. Roosevelt once told a story about a captain who had been killed and been put in a(n) ______________________ of ___________________ to be taken to Plymouth, England, for burial.
  14. When the ship arrived, the sailors had ___________
  15. Roald Dahl says he could never write ______________________ and children stories at the same time.

 

KEY

 

  1. (FAR / MUCH) HARDER
  2. A GO
  3. FOUR
  4. DIFFICULT
  5. RAF (ROYAL AIR FORCE) – CRASHED
  6. SIS (SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE)
  7. THE GREMLINS
  8. HER GRANDCHILDREN – THE WHITE HOUSE
  9. FDR (FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT) / HALF THE CABINET
  10. GET ON WITH FDR / KNOW WHAT WAS ON FDR’S MIND THEN.
  11. INCREDIBLE
  12. JOKSTER / NAVAL HISTORIAN
  13. BARREL – RUM
  14. DRUNK THE RUM
  15. HORROR 
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 5, 2018

Children’s Books – Speaking

DOWN MEMORY LANE

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

 

  1. Can you name any British or American writers?
  2. What is the first book you remember reading or being read to you?
  3. What books did you use to read as a child?
  4. Who were your favourite characters?
  5. Do you remember where you were when you read those books?
  6. Do you think reading from a young age is important for the development of our mind?

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 29, 2018

Listening page 17 English File Advanced

LISTENING PAGE 17

 

  1. Anyone who has a(n) _____________________ accent is a challenge for non-native speakers.
  2. After watching No country for old men, Joanna still has no idea what Tommy Lee Jones says in the _____________________ of the film.
  3. When Joanna was at Warsaw University, she did a comparative Polish – English _____________________course.
    4. After making great efforts, she sounded like the _____________________.
  4. When Joanna arrived in Britain people used to say she sounded _____________________.
  5. Joanna finds easier to understand _____________________ whose accent is closer to the standard pronunciation.
  6. She says that after listening to strong accents for quite a long time, you get used to the _____________________ and you start to understand people better.
  7. People who come from Nordic countries have got a(n) ________________________ and _____________________ way to speak English.
  8. Joanna _____________________ having her English corrected.
  9. If the people who correct her are nice and friendly, Joanna _____________________ listens to them. When they are not, she thinks they are just _____________________.
  10. What Joanna finds challenging about English is all the _____________________ she is always learning.
  11. Joanna thinks that speaking either English or Polish changes _____________________ in a way.
  12. Joanna tends to be more _____________________ when she writes an email in Polish than when she does in English.
  13. The most traumatic experience Joanna lived took place when she went to a small village in Scotland and realized she could only understand _____________________ of what people were saying.
  14. The word bairn refers to a(n) _____________________ in Scotland.

 

KEY

 

  1. BROAD REGIONAL
  2. CLOSING SCENES
  3. PHONETICS
  4. OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY / OED
  5. POSH
  6. ANYONE / ANY SPEAKER
  7. MELODY
  8. CLEAR – (BEAUTIFULLY) ARTICULATED
  9. APPRECIATES
  10. WILLINGLY – MEAN
  11. WORDS / VOCABULARY
  12. HER BEHAVIOUR / THE WAY SHE COMMUNICATES
  13. DIRECT
  14. 30%
  15. CHILD
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 28, 2018

Two Scottish Men in a Lift – Video

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