Monday, September 28, 2009

Unit 9 Homework answers

Reading 1 (p.106/107)
1. C 2. A 3. C 4. D 5. C 6. B 7. A 8. B

Expressions with give (p. 110)
1. d 2. c 3. e 4. a 5. b
1. e 2. d 3. f 4. a 5. b 6. c

Reading 2 (p. 112/113)
1.F 2. D 3.B 4. E 5. G 6. A

Review (p 117)
1. might not be playing
2. must have been pleased to
3. can't/couldn't have phoned
4. might have stolen
5. may have given
6. give away a secret / give a secret away would
7. 'd/had better give/hand
8. gave a nervous laugh

Word formation
1. noisily
2. traditional
3. colourful / colorful
4. Surprisingly
5. Evidently
6. suspicious
7. amazing
8. imprisoned
9. Shortly
10. mysterious

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Writing assignment 4 - Informal letter

Upcoming events:

  • Speaking mid-term = Wed. 30th September 8:00 - last group (this will be like a FCE exam)Room 445
  • Reading + Vocabulary quiz = Wed. 7th October 11:00 - 12:20
  • Written mid-term (Reading, Use of English, Listening)= Thurs. 8th October 8:00 - 9:20 room 423
  • Timed writing mid-term = Thurs. 8th October 9:30 - 10:50 Lab 3

***If you want to take the official FCE in December, the last day to sign up is on 25 Sept. There is more information about this at the bottom of my blog.

Informal letter
Today in class we talked about writing informal letters and analyzed a model letter. Now you will write your letter using the same instructions:

You attended an event last weekend to celebrate a traditional festival in your country. Write a letter to your English-speaking penfriend, describing the event. Briefly explain the origins of the festival to your penfriend, then describe what happened and say whether you enjoyed yourself. Write your letter in 120 - 180 words. Do not write addresses.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chain Stories

This activity requires a group of 3 students working together on 3 different stories. Each person will start with a different prompt and continue the first part of the story. The next student will add another paragraph in the comments section of the original story. The story continues until it has been around at least 2 times.

Required elements:
  • lots of descriptive adjectives and adverbs: describe the setting, the characters, action & suspense
  • short dialogue
  • narrative tenses (past simple, past continuous, past perfect)
If you need some help starting your story you can begin with one of these prompts:
  • I got an eerie feeling when I heard...
  • I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw...
  • As I carefully entered the haunted house, the door shut behind me and...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

modals in the past

Here's a clear explanation for speculating in the past using modals. Once you've had a look at that you can do this gap fill connected to using past modals. For a further challenge for your understanding of the use of a variety of modals try this gap fill

Below are 4 strange pictures, I'd like you to write a few sentences speculating about what's happening in them them on your blog.

And last but not least here's a story about a girl who went on a trip to Indonesia. After you've read the story, answer the questions at the end of the story. Write your answers on your blog.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Unit 9 Fact or Fiction?

Today we're going to have a preview into Unit 9.

Here are some Listening activities on the topic of UFOs:
Do you believe in UFOs?
John's UFO sighting
if those don't work try this one: UFO: A Story to Remember

Question tag practice exercises

Expressions with give and take do both part 1 & 2

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Writing Assignment 3: Composition

Today in class we looked at the components and an example of a composition. In today's assignment you are going to write your composition.


Your class has been doing a project on travel and transport. Your teacher has asked you to write a composition with the following title:

The best way to travel in (Santiago or a town or city you know well)

Write your composition. You should write between 120 and 180 words.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Travel continued

Have a look at my recent posts about grades this semester and the presentation list. Let me know if you have any questions.

Today Panxo will be making a presentation in class.

Remember if you don't finish the activities in the lab class you need to finish them at home. It seems that only about 5 people posted questions and comments for the last lab class.

For today's lab class we are going to continue with the topic of travel. I would like you to brainstorm some ideas on your blog about the positive and negative effects tourism. Then read the article "Travel Narrows the Mind" on page 100/101 in your coursebook. After you read I would like you to react to the text: Do you agree with the writer's opinions? Give reasons for your answer. What effect does tourism have on Chile?

If you have extra time here's a couple word formation activities: Travelling alone & Greece