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Computer literacy: Browsers



  • These are the logos of different browsers. Do you recognize them?
  • What is a browser?
  • Is it hardware or software?
  • Which one do you use?
  • Can you name any others?
  • Which one is advertised in this you tube video?
  • Match the adjectives with their antonyms and copy them in your notebook

  2. traditional 

 3. lowbrow

4. slow

5. weak

6. old fashioned

7. unintelligent

8. insignificant

1. bad



  b. strong 

 c. innovative

d. spiffy

e. highbrow

f. fast

g. good

h. super duper

a. smart



Emili told you not to repeat the same comments all the time. I know that in English it is a bit more difficult. When you write comments on the blog, try to use some new adjectives to express your opinion. Do not repeat “good” or “bad” all the time…

Try some from this list next time. If you do not understand the meanings, use an on-line  bilingual dictionary such as

If the meaning is not clear look again in a monolingual dictionary. The following one also includes sound.






24 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, materials, video activity, vocabulari | , , , | 7 comentaris

Vocabulary Matching exercise (1)

Vocabulary matching exercise 1


In just a month we have learnt a lot of new words, some of them very difficult. If you look at the list that follows you will be surprised! When you hear them in class you understand them better because they appear in context. Let’s see if you remember some of them.

Match the words with their definitions and write your answer on the left hand column.

Number1, whisper,  has been done for you.You must do 34 more.  Good luck and take a break if you get tired.

You can copy and paste the grid in a word document and keep it in your notebook. It will be a good way to study for your exam.

1=h 1. whisper a. The act of speaking. A public address. Obama is good at making them.
2. speech b. A person who speaks two languages.
3. phonetics c. The key aspects of a book, text, work, class; the main points without attention to details. You have to do it everyday after lessons.
4. tongue twister d. Brothers and sisters.
5. quorum e. The minimum number of people who must be present for valid voting.
6. bilingual f. When the rubber cover of wheels gets damaged and loses air.
7. bicycle g. The person in a group who is responsible for transmitting the opinion of the group.
8. softball h. A very soft sound that people make when they talk close to your ear. A soft, rustling sound like that of whispering made by water, wind, leaves.
9. cane i. A tube-shaped white thing used for writing on the blackboard.
10. bowler hat j. The most famous character created by Chaplin.
11. tramp k. A means of transportation that does not pollute and does not use gas.
12. moustache l. A sport similar to baseball,very popular in the USA.
13. gurgle m. A sentence which is tricky to pronounce because it contain similar or difficult  sounds.
14. swha n. A circular object that rotates.
15. gutter o. A secret sequence of letters and numbers that identifies a person to prove their right to access, information, etc.
16. password p. Facial hair on top of your upper lip. Chaplin had a toothbrush one.
17. wheel q. A poem in in which the first letter or syllable of each line,  spells out another message.
18. flat tire r. The type of hat Chaplin used to wear.
19. onomatopoeia s. An unstressed neutral vowel The most common sound of English. It is like the “e neutra” in Catalan.
20. chalk t. A word  or a grouping of words that imitates the sound it is describing.
21. spokesperson u. Excrement.The act of defecating.
22. summary v. Gene Kelly did it in the rain.
23. acrostic w. Part of a house that collects the water when it rains.
24. helmet x. A set of lights used in cities to control traffic.
25. tap dance y. A stick which is used to help you walk.
26. sibling z. Actors technique that uses body language and gestures to convey meaning.
27. zebra crossing aa. The study of speech sounds and their transcription.
28. cage bb. The part of a bicycle where you place your hands.
29. handlebar cc. The part of the roads that can only be used by bicycles.
30. love handles dd. The broken sound made by water flowing.
31. poo ee. A tool used by Chaplin in Modern Times to fasten nuts.
32. spanner ff. Fat around the waist.
33. pantomime gg. A metal structure where animals are kept
34. traffic light hh. Something you wear to protect your head in case of falling down.
35. cycle lane ii. A set of white stripes painted on the road that gives preference to pedestrians. Vehicles must let pedestrians cross.

How many did you get right without  looking it up in the dictionary?

11 Octubre 2009 Posted by | exercicis, vocabulari | , | 5 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

“puenting”= bungee jumping / “footing”= jogging

I love learning new words and Bernat is very good at making new ones! “Xiuxiguera”


I like this “xiuxiguera” and I will sponsor it as one of my 1eso E favourite words.

Emili uploaded a fragment of El Quijote in Spanglish some weeks ago, have you read it?

Well, in Spanish there are some words that look like English but, in fact, they are not.

One of them is “puenting”. In English we say bungee jumping.

Watch a video of a bungee jump, off a bridge, 216 meters above a river in South Africa.

Bungee Jumping is considered an extreme sport.

  • Do you think it is a sport?
  • Would you like to try?

There are other words that look English but as “puenting” are Spanglish

We learnt lots of meanings of the verb to run, but we also can use other words that mean  to run .

  • Do you like jogging?

it is good for your health and it is not an extreme sport.

In Spanish we say footing” In English jogging

10 Octubre 2009 Posted by | lenguas, video activity, vocabulari | , , | 1 comentari