>Listening stuff to tune up your ears

>Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted anythig for quite a while but as you know I got married and just got back from my honeymoon. Anyway, the reason of this post is to draw your attention to the widget on the left because I have been selecting on my google reader some interesting audio stuff so you can open up your ears. Most of them are just raw material, that is to say, no exercises just plain tracks about all sort of topics. I hope they might help you with ones of your most heatred skill practices. If there is any you particulary like or think it is interesting don’t hesitate, be generous and post a comment so as to help the rest of the visitors. Let’s keep the community growing bigger. Best regards.

>Being passive is useful sometimes!!

At least when we do not have a clue about the actor of an action or we do not want to give that information straight away! That is why passive voice is so useful and that is the purpose of this post. Follow this link and find out what the BBC section for language teaching have to offer, not only to study the passive, but also a good amount of activities tackling a wide range of grammar points. Come on, do not be passive and take some action!! Your English needs you.

>Visuword- A new look into dictionaries and thesaurus.

This is a post for the students of the intermediate group. We have just started studying the topic of Olympics and sports and I have thought that it would be a good idea to introduce you to an amazing, this is my opinion, tool: Visuword. This new on-line visual dictionary will provide you with two different options: a proper dictionary and a neurone-like layout of all the terms related to the word you are looking for. And that is what I have done: I typed Olympics and below you haver the link to the result.

>CarlosClassroom- Part 2

>Hello! I know the wiki I have set up for you has not had any success, although I have thought for a better use in the classroom. However, while that time comes, I have decided to improve both pages, for basic and intermediate, with some appealing resources: several word clouds, a visual dictionary entry and a video. Hope to see your contributions soon.

>Carlos classroom- a wikispace for contribution


Hello! Hope you have had a nice Easter break. After so much relax, it is time to get back to the cruel reality and start making your few neurons left work again. Remember that in the second half of the week, we are having the speaking exams planned for March. For that reason, I have decided to open a wikispace where you can find some flashcards in order to begin working as a group the details to be taken into account before we give a speech (vocabulary, main ideas, secondary ideas, etc.) Let’s do it all together, it’s much easier and we can all learn from each others’ contributions.

Here is the link to the wikipage

>New Widget from Google Reader

>Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I have stopped a minute before I start with mine and decided that it was time to share with you the stuff I come across on my Google Reader. If you take a look to the left you will see there a black box stuffed with headlines, they can be news, audio tracks, videos, TV programs or anything I think it can be useful, interesting or helpful for your English. You cannot complain now about not finding interesting material to read, listen or see in the language you are studying. Looking forward to your comments on the topics you are interested or your requests.

>Some (modals of) speculation

>This is a post for the students from the intermediate level. I have found a really interesting exercise on the net to practice the use of modal verbs for speculation. The task is made up of five activities each of them suggest a different situation about which you have to speculate. Do at least one and send it to my emai. I’ll send it back corrected and commented.

>More interesting English blogs

>Hi there! Just about to start the weekend, isn’t it? But before we switch off I would like to introduce you to some good initiatives our colleagues from the EOI in Santa María de Guía have been running for a while and which you may find quite useful and handy. They are three different blogs, each of them devoted to the corresponding level and full of stuff to help you with your English. Below you have the links to each of them, don’t miss them!

>Fame Star

>Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the stuff I’ve been posting here. Today, I would like you to become celebrities yourselves. You may be wondering how you are going to do it if you do not sing, act or have any special abilities, apart from driving your English teacher mad, no bitterness, and the answer is my famestar. It is a website where you can create your a celeb personality of your own and they do the rest. It is real fun! Below, you will find an example I have made up myself. I wwould like you to do one and send it to me so we can show it in the classroom and practise the autobiography. Hope to hear your stories soon.

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>Another one on advertisement

>Howdy! The other day I posted on a very funny advert campaign from a well-known chocolate brand. Today I’m doing the same with a new sensation on British TV. Actually, they are two. The main character is Alexandr Orlov, a meerkat of Russian origin, who runs a website aiming to compare meerkats. He is somehow upset because people mistake his site for another one. can you tell me the name of the website?