11 dic. 2013

2 dic. 2013

Abbreviations in marking

VT= verb tense
Voc= vocabulary
WF= word form
Sp= spelling
S= subject (missing)
ROS= Run On Sentence
3ps= 3rd person singular
AG= agreement
WO=word order
GR= grammar
AdGR= advanced grammar
Infml= informal
Rep= repetitive

COH= coherence

18 nov. 2013

Scientific Breakthroughs

Click on TED to view this interesting video.
Click on WIKIPEDIA to view a timeline of scientific breakthroughs.
Click on ABOUT to view inventions in the 20th century.
Click on TOP TEN to view intriguing discoveries around the world.

15 oct. 2013

CLEFT sentences

Click on SLIDESHARE or on CLEFT to view a general explanation.

Remember the 2 most common types are WHAT and IT clauses.
The structures depend on where we wish to put the emphasis:

- focus on an action: WHAT+ S+ do+be+ (S)+ infinitive (plain, without to)
- emphasis on a whole sentence: WHAT+ happen+ be+ SVO

+++ the person (who).../ the reason (why).../ the place (where).../ the time (when)...
+infml+ the thing/ all/ something... + relative + be

- specific information : IT+ be (singular) + info+ relative clause (that/who)

14 oct. 2013

Listening skills

Just a reminder of the notes about listening skills we discussed in class.

Before the exercise we must read the INSTRUCTIONS very carefully to find out information about: the topic, the speakers, possible distractors and how/where to write our answer.

Look at the layout of the exercise and underline/circle key words.

While the example is playing we can get used to the accent, intonation, rhythm and relax our hearing.


Here are the mindmaps created by the two advanced groups.

First outline of minispeech

Here's the outline done in class from Carmen's speech.

25 sept. 2013

24 sept. 2013

FRIENDS giving advice

Watch the CLIP and check the useful phrases:

I wouldn’t read too much into that (issue, question).

What do you think when..., that’s not a good thing, right?

Let me stop you there, because I think I see where this is going.

I’m not (very) good at giving advice.

If the thing you want advice on is..., go to X.

I wish there was something I could do, you know.

What if you just...

That’s great, I’ll...

Why not? It’s brilliant!

I’m glad I could help (you with...)
How do you think I should...? 

8 may. 2013


Thank you for coming to the trip to London! It was fantastic!


Thank you to everybody who made an effort to attend today's visit to this unique museum in Motril! I hope you enjoyed it and are thinking about the different aspects to discuss a possible assessment report on Monday.

30 abr. 2013

David Baird is coming today!

Dear advanced students,
Just a note to remind you that David Baird is coming to the EOI from 17:30 until 19:30 to talk about his book and answer your questions, and even to sign your copy of his book! Classroom 5 as usual.

23 abr. 2013

PUC: Pruebas Unificadas de Certificación

Dear advanced students
Before you start practising, it is paramount that you read the STUDENT GUIDE to be fully informed

Now, here are some links to the dreaded tests from other regions in Spain:
Click on ARAGÓN
Click on MADRID
Click on GALICIA
Click on NAVARRA
Click on MURCIA


Impersonal Reported Structures

Click on EXERCISE to practise a little more.

15 abr. 2013

Effective introduction

Here are some tips about how to make your introduction more effective.

Open with an attention grabber. Sometimes, especially if the topic of your paper is somewhat dry or technical, opening with something catchy can help. Consider these options:
  1. an intriguing example (for example, the mistress who initially teaches Douglass but then ceases her instruction as she learns more about slavery)
  2. a provocative quotation (Douglass writes that “education and slavery were incompatible with each other”)
  3. a puzzling scenario (Frederick Douglass says of slaves that “[N]othing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, obliterate all traces of their relationship to mankind; and yet how wonderfully they have sustained the mighty load of a most frightful bondage, under which they have been groaning for centuries!” Douglass clearly asserts that slave owners went to great lengths to destroy the mental capacities of slaves, yet his own life story proves that these efforts could be unsuccessful.)
  4. a vivid and perhaps unexpected anecdote (for example, “Learning about slavery in the American history course at Frederick Douglass High School, students studied the work slaves did, the impact of slavery on their families, and the rules that governed their lives. We didn’t discuss education, however, until one student, Mary, raised her hand and asked, ‘But when did they go to school?’ That modern high school students could not conceive of an American childhood devoid of formal education speaks volumes about the centrality of education to American youth today and also suggests the significance of the deprivation of education in past generations.”)
  5. a thought-provoking question (given all of the freedoms that were denied enslaved individuals in the American South, why does Frederick Douglass focus his attentions so squarely on education and literacy?)

Writing topics

Here is a LIST of 100 topics to get you thinking and...writing!

Speaking topics

Click on TOPICS to view the enormous range of topics you can talk about and select randomly.

Complete essay writing

Click on ESSAY to view as many times as you wish!

Jack & the beanstalk

Click BEANSTALK to listen and view the fairy tale again.

11 abr. 2013

10 abr. 2013

Lesson plan for today!

Hello everyone!

Just to let you know that today WEDNESDAY I will give you a useful worksheet about speaking examples and then we will go to the Salón de Actos to watch the film entitled THE WAY. It is about a truly moving pilgrimage experience to Santiago de Compostela. Besides, it's in English and with subtitles.

Feel free to tell your classmates about today's lesson plan. I strongly believe that watching the film is useful for the topic of travelling. Moreover, we will deal with that topic soon and therefore it could be a useful example and conversation starter...

Thank you for your attention and I hope to see you later!