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3.en.19. On line materials for revision. Grammar, readings, listening and pronunciation practice.

Next week we’ll have an exam on some grammar contents. You are familiar with an excellent website, Agenda Web, and you have also used the Ramon Llull school website.

Now, I will recommend to you the exercises from the  first 10 units of Natural English, from Oxford University Press (elementary level)

You can do 3 of the sections: Grammar, Textbuilder and Phrasebank. I shall explain to you in class how to do it, but this post will help you identify the page and find the link, in case you get lost.

1 Grammar

2 Textbuilder


The phrase bank section comes with sound, which will help you improve pronunciation and your listening skills. the Textbuilder will improve your reading skills. You can copy the texts in your notebook. The grammar section you can do it on line.

Homework: start with the grammar, and cover a unit every day.  Those of you who have difficulties in English can do do the other sections as revision work during the summer.

If you try any of the sections and/or exercises of this site, I would appreciate your feedback. Post your comments to the blog.

Don’t tell me you do not know where to go to study! No excuses.

See you tomorrow.

1 Juny 2010 Posted by | anglès, on-line exercicis | | 7 comentaris

3.en.7. It’s raining cats and dogs, so let’s do some on line pronunciation practice

Dear students.

This year we set off with heavy rain, do you remember the gurgling sound of the gutters back in September? Quite unusual in Palma!

Well, today the rain did not let us go to the Olivar and we had to postpone it until next Monday. Anyway, the rain will give us  some more  time to get extra practice. Our pronunciation will be almost P E R F E C T next Monday if we do this series of on line exercises. Since it is raining so much, it’s not a bad idea to do something useful, is it?

I do not want couch potatoes in my class. Leave TV for a while and get working!

Give it a try and surprise me. Each one should learn 10 new words, with a native like accent.  Words connected with food, of course!

Do the exercises and post the words you’ve learnt to the blog.

3 Mai 2010 Posted by | anglès, on-line exercicis, vocabulari | , | 13 comentaris

2.en.14. Our work is never over. News from 1eso E bloggers from the gossip fairy

As you know, our work is never over, is not just a line from a song by Daft Punk, but something that is true; when learning a language, you never get to  know everything. I have visited your blogs over the weekend and I learnt a lot of things. So, here follows gossip about our bloggers and some questions for everyone. This is a gossip section in ENGLISH, so your answers must be in English.

  1. Aina is a GOB activist, she stands up for  environmental issues. What did they protest against?
  2. Sara loves dancing. I’ll ask her to do a demostration for us. What kind of dance did she post? Have you already voted in her survey section? I cannot do it, I’m a teacher.
  3. Gabriel makes a list of his favourite songs; amazingly some bands from the 70’s are among his favourites. I will follow his suggestions and use Daft Punk to teach you comparatives. What is the song in the first position of his ranking?
  4. Lukas is on his way to become our 1st ESO E “Gordie”, he announces he’ll write a story in his blog…  but has not started so far! What are the genres he suggests?
  5. Guillem, gives us instructions on how to become a Ninja! Nothing violent and rather humourous. Part of the training includes catching objects with chopsticks. Watch the video and let’s see if you can think of any other instructions?
  6. Claudia helps us to see a nice view of Palma without moving from home. Which part of Palma can you see?
  7. Xisco never forgets his training sessions. Which sport does he play?
  8. Judith is a technoaholic and keeps us informed of the latest gadgets. Which gadget is it?
  9. Tatiana is a bit behind on her  series “School Ties”. When was her last post?
  10. Jilin is interested in Astrology. What is the name of a huge planet with rings?
  11. Lovepreet and Miguel Angel know a lot about perfumes, can you guess why?
  12. Pep Toni’s blog is so full of interesting information that I do not know what to choose. Thanks to it, I learnt that there had been an earthquake in Palma. Did you notice it? I didn’t. I was fast asleep.

Here follows Gabriel’s suggestion. It’s great to learn how to compare things in English and to give orders too.

“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

Work It
Make It
Do It
Makes Us
More Than
Work is
Over [x2]

Work It Harder Make It Better
Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
More Than Ever Hour After
Our Work Is Never Over

Homework: answer the 12 questions and post your answers to the blog.

Extra work on comparatives. If you are not sure about your ability to compare things, you can watch this video and do these on line exercises:

30 gener 2010 Posted by | blog quest, deures, on-line exercicis, video activity, vocabulari | , , | 17 comentaris

2.en.3. On line resources to review and consolidate basic contents of this year syllabus.

HOMEWORK: Christmas task

During Christmas, you must learn and do the exercises in this document. Copy the grid in your notebook and assess the resources and the activities. Remember that most of them have audio.

17 Desembre 2009 Posted by | deures, exercicis, materials, on-line exercicis, resum | , , , | 2 comentaris

Molly’s version of the twelve days of Christmas: carols, villancicos, nadales . Cardinal and ordinal numbers

Today, Molly will say goodbye to us until next year. This is the reason for anticipating Christmas celebration a bit. Se has written, as a  farewell  present, a very nice version of a traditional Christmas carol. Next week, while she’ll be knitting her magenta scarf with Kitty Jo,  her grandmother, we’ll be trying to make our own versions of the twelve days of Christmas too and we’ll publish them in the blog. Molly will  be able to see what we are doing. Listen to Molly explaining and sing along, you will have to look for images to illustrate your carol too. Let’s see what comes out of it.

This is the traditional carol.

As you might have noticed, the song follows a repetitive pattern, and it is not very difficult to make up a similar one. You just need to make  a list of 12 things. Molly made her version with 12 knitting  and needle work items. First she thought of a person, and her grandmother, Kitty Jo, came to her mind. Then, she thought of things her grandmother would give to her. She is very good at knitting, so all kind of equipment entered the song. Finally, she thought of her sewing experience at Modanostra, and that was the end of the list.

Look at the images and try to identify what they are.

Now read Molly’s version

On the first day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: a sewing machine.

On the second day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: two pairs of scissors, and a sewing machine.

On the third day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: three tape measures, two pairs of scissors, and a sewing machine.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: four cable makers….

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: five row counters….

On the sixth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: six safety pins….

On the seventh day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: seven pairs of needles….

One the eighth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: eight thread bobbins….

On the ninth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: nine balls of yarn….

On the tenth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: ten different fabrics….

One the eleventh day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: eleven stitch markers….

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Grandma gave to me: twelve clothes patterns………………and a sewing machine!

In Science lessons, we have been using numbers a lot, here follow two pages where you can go if you are not sure how to write or use  numbers.

Cardinal numbers:

Ordinal numbers

Finally,  to help your inspiration, you can have a look at another version of the carol, this time instead of  sewing machines or  partridges on a pear trees, you can enjoy Shreck’s version  full of fire breathing dragons, exploding birds, mirrors cracking, onion rings and …

This screen capture of a karaoke video might help you with the lyrics:

Now, it is your turn to produce yours. Good luck! and remember to sing. You might want to use this rhyming dictionary to help you:


HOMEWORK: Use the models in this post to produce your own version of the traditional carol. Look for illustrations or make your own drawings. You must finish it for next Friday. Present your work in an A4 sheet. Do it neatly. Your work will be displayed for everyone to see it. The 3 best ones will get a prize.

11 Desembre 2009 Posted by | deures, música, on-line exercicis, video activity, vocabulari | , , , , | 6 comentaris

Scary stories and English Halloween homework

On Friday the 30th, Molly told you a scary Halloween story and you made very good drawings to summarize the action, like a storyboard. I’ll try to upload some of them over the long weekend ahead.

Emili has also uploaded some videos that are connected with this tradition and some homework for your Spanish lessons.

Now, it is time for  your English Halloween homework .

I found  this Power Point about Halloween. There are 14 slides. Have a look at them  and answer the multiple choice questions you will find in slides 8,9,10,11 and 12 .  In the last slide,13, there is a link to a very good page with on-line activities on Halloween. If you find any you really like, post a comment for your classmates to know.

You must answer the 5 questions  (slides 8,9,10,11 and 12 ) , the rest of the activities are optional. As usual, post the answers. There is no need to repeat the same comments on the blog, but you must copy the answers in your notebook.

I know that some of you are a bit lazy, so I include the link to the on-line activities here, in case you feel too tired to get to the last slide, slide 13, or … in case you are superstitious and  you do not want to use any links that appear on page 13.

These activities were done by an English Primary teacher from Tarragona, Isabel Hidalgo.  Castígate wants to thank her for her good job!

Enjoy the weekend.


Remember you must finish your Power Point presentation on Old and New barbers and business for Tuesday. You can send them to me when you finish them.

As agreed in class I will start numbering the posts to help you keep  track .


31 Octubre 2009 Posted by | deures, exercicis, on-line exercicis, vocabulari | , , | 9 comentaris

City life on-line activities (1)

Pedestrian Crossing or Zebra Crossing? Both are correct.

Images help us remember words. Do you like this one?zebra

In September, we started our journey together PedestrianCrossingwith a walk in Palma, guided by Bernat and we learnt some interesting things about buildings in Palma. With Emili, during Spanish lessons, you investigated your sense of direction and you drew a map of the city to get from the Ramon Llull to the Cathedral. You also learnt how to use traffic signs to remember certain ortographic rules in Spanish and their differences with Catalan.Street Signs on Cones

We all talked about the pros and cons of bicycle lanes bicylehtand followed the new cycle tracks debate on the local press. In Catalan, you used your imagination to write about a city under heavy and persistant rain. With Sonsoles, Molly and María, you used Google earth to investigate towns from a different perspective zooming out to get a satellite view of the city.

Next Friday, with Bernat, you will  investigate another part of the city and,  in the coming  weeks,  we are going to carry on learning more things about the city around us.  During English lessons we are going to

  • zoom in and out city life.
  • use compass points to locate landmarks on a map
  • learn more vocabulary to talk about the things we find when we walk around the town
  • describe buildings, streets and city life
  • give and ask directions
  • find our way using a street plan
  • compare different cities, streets and neighbourhoods
  • identify landmarks and most popular citysights

To help you talk and write about your city we looked for  funny and varied on-line activities. images (3)

homework-704470-704529You must do all of them and write down in your notebook the new words you learn.

1.  Practice pronunciation of some basic city words

2.  Listening:  town directions

3.  Find your way in an American town and check the prepositions of place.

4.  Read this text about Springfield, Bart’s hometown and do the fill in the gaps exercise

5.  From an American city, to a typical English High Street. There are six different exercises in this address (reading, writing, and listening)  with plenty of vocabulary.

6.  Listen to a person giving directions in Barcelona and do the exercises.

This is the first set of on-line activities we posted in the blog. After doing the activities, we need your feed back.  Post your comments to these questions

  • Did you learn new words?
  • Is it helpful to have audio to learn pronunciation?
  • Did you find them difficult or easy?
  • Which ones did you prefer?
  • How long did it take you to do all of them?
  • Would you like to have more on-line activities grouped by topic on the blog?
  • Thank you for your feedback!

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, on-line exercicis | , , | Deixa un comentari