27 May 2015

Letter to Sam by Alba




Dear Sam,

How are you?  I‘ve been very busy these days. Last Thursday it was Karen’s birthday and we went out to celebrate it on Saturday. 
In the afternoon we met on a nearby bar to take a coffee and we were talking about all the things that we wanted to do that day.
At 6 pm we went shopping. I bought a complete outfit: a silver T-shirt, a pair of grey jeans and a pair of silver sneakers. Karen didn’t buy anything but we enjoyed a lot.

After the shopping, we went to have dinner to Vittorio’s, a new pizzeria near Central Street. There, we ordered a four season pizza, a maccaroni plate and a bottle of sparkling rose wine. When we finished it off, our stomachs were full. All the food was very nice and the bill wasn’t expensive.

After dinner we went to a popular pub and there we met young people and we talked with them.  We were dancing during all the night and we missed you too much because we know how much you had enjoyed it.

When you come back, we will repeat that night. I promise.

We miss you. Kisses

Alba

25 May 2015

INTERESTING WEBLINKS by Alba

Hello everybody,


I enclosed a list of interesting links to enjoy and practise with the English, I imagine you will know some of them.


http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/talk-about



This one it is very good to play with lyrics, try it, you will spend a good time with your favourite songs and you will improve your English for sure.

http://es.lyricstraining.com/

These ones are also very interesting, a friend of mine who is studying in UK let me know about them.

http://www.fonetiks.org/dictations/

http://listenaminute.com/

I hope these links will help you a lot.

Alba



20 May 2015

HOW LONG .... ? Let's speak a bit

  • How long have you lived in this country?
  • How long have you lived in this city/town/village?
  • How long have you lived in your apartment/flat/house?
  • How long have you been married?
  • How long have you known your best friend?
  • How long have you studied English?
  • How long have you gone to this school?
  • How long have you had your car?
    • Cat?
    • Dog?
    • Business?
    • House?
  • How long have you been awake?
  • How long have you smoked?
    • Dated?
    • Studied?
    • Travelled?
  • How long have you worked at your job? 

Source:  http://iteslj.org/questions/howlong.html

  • Do you like the place where you are living? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite room in your house? Why? 
  •  How many rooms are there in your house?
  •  What do you like about your home? What don't you like?
  • If you could change anything about your present home, what would it be?
  • Is your home in a convenient location? 
  • What do you think is the worst colour for a living room?
  •  What things in your home couldn't you live without?
  • What things in your house could you easily live without?
  • Where would your dream home be?
    • What would it be like inside and out?
  • Which room do you spend the least time in?
  • Which room do you spend the most time in?
  • Who are your neighbors?
    • Do you get along well with your neighbors?
    • How well do you know them?
    • What have you done with your neighbors?
  • Who lives with you? / Who do you live with? 
  • Make a list of the 10 most important things you would look for when choosing a house to live in.
  • Some people say houses are too much like boxes or cages. Do you agree or disagree? Why? 

Source:  http://iteslj.org/questions/home.html


19 May 2015

Basic exam tasks by Alba


TASK 1.
You have been to another part of the country. Write a postcard to your best friend and tell him/ her about your trip. You can talk about what you saw, what you did, the weather, your experiences …
The following pictures can help you to describe the place.
Write between 60-75 words.

Hello Irune,

How are you? I have just got back from a road trip by the Cadiz area with my sister Iris.

The weather was good: all the week it was sunny and, sometimes, it was windy.

We saw Cadiz city, a few towns like Caños de Meca, Tarifa or Conil de la Frontera, but the most beautiful place we saw, was The Trafalgar Lighthouse: an unoccupied  virgin place with a large white sandy beach and a wild aquamarine sea.

Also the landscape was unforgettable, the people were very friendly, pleasant and funny. They always have a smile in their faces.

I hope you go to Cadiz soon because there are so many places to visit and enjoy.

It's 100% recommeded.


Kisses
Alba


TASK TWO 
There is a native English teacher at your school. He/ She is giving a talk next month. Write about him/ her and about the talk in the school magazine. Write 75-90 words and include at least THREE of the following topics:
- Where he/ she was born- Physical appearance- Personality- How long he or she has been in Aragón- How he or she learnt about your school- How he or she feels about living in Aragón- What the talk will be about and how long it will be.



A TEACHER'S TALK
The next month a new English teacher is giving a talk in our school. So I am glad to introduce Sarah Perkins. Sarah is from Glasgow and she is in her thirty’s. She a tall and slim woman, with large straight brown hair, beauty green eyes and a big friendly smile. She is very intelligent, extrovert, friendly and she always has good words for everyone. She is living in Aragon since 2010 and she says this region is her second home.  


Two months ago, when she was teaching in Tarazona, she read in a local newspaper that my school was looking for speakers who could talk about their lives in foreign countries. And now, she will be discussing about this subject at our school along the next month. If you are interested in the  immigrant people who live in Aragon and their feelings, you could take part in this conference and you could contact with the school in foreignconference@goodschool.com.

This magazine recommends full acts of the speech and specially Sarah’s talk.



TASK THREE

HOLIDAY EXCHANGE
Want to know the world? Exchange your main house or holiday house! Beautiful, modern home in Sydney. Perfect for couples with children, close to parks and green areas. Just 15 minutes by bus to the city centre, 20 minutes to Bondi, and 15 minutes to Olympic city. Sydney has so much to offer everybody.
Sleeps 8 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 5 Main home
Send an e-mail to the owner of this house showing your interest in exchanging your house with his. Ask for more details such as:

-smoking/non smoking

-pets

-first dinner

-contact pone
(75-100 words)


Good morning,

I’m interested in exchanging my house with yours. I live in Zaragoza, a city of Spain.
Here, in summer, it’s always sunny. The food is tasty and delicious and the people are friendly and funny. My house has got 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a wonderful garden with a pool to enjoy with.
I have some questions about your house:
  • I will go with my son. He’s 4 and I don’t want he breaths any harmful smoke. In your house, is smoking allowed?
  • I would also travel with my little Frenchy dog. It’s tiny and it never barks. Could I carry it with me?
  • The flight to Sydney is long and so tired. Is it possible you will prepare for us our first dinner? We will be so grateful.
If you are interested in my proposal, you can contact me by email or by phone. My phone is +34 4234234243.
Thank you.

Kind Regards,
Maria Perez


TASK FOUR


A FILM REVIEW

Think about a film you have recently seen and write a review (75-100 words).

These are the topics you have to talk about:


·         The location and the year of the film.
·         The kind of film.
·         A brief summary of the plot.
·         The acting.
·         The music.
·         The director.
·         Your feelings and reactions to the film.



Last Saturday, I went to watch a film in Puerto Venecia Cinema with my son, my friend Ana and her son. We saw 'The Avengers II', a super heroe's film.
The film was about superheroes who had to save the world. In this movie, the enemy was a robot with artificial intelligence and all along the film a lot of fights and action scenes were performed.

In this movie famous actors and actress took part. My favourite ones were Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson because their performances were fantastic.
I don’t know who the director was, but in this kind of films, it doesn't matter. The really important aspect is the action, the adrenalin.

This film won’t win any award but it’s funny and very entertaining. I recommend it for both, children and adults. I can be worth to watch it if you want to spend a nice afternoon.





Intermediate and Advanced Exam

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL


Task 1

An English penfriend is going to spend her holidays in your hometown this summer. She asked you for advice in her last letter. Write to her and include advice concerning such things as timetables, sightseeing recommendations and any information that you think may be useful for her stay. (110-120 words)

Dear Susan,

I'm very glad because of your stay in my hometown this summer. As you know, the town is located at the montains. It's a wonderful place if you like walking in nature. I would like to advice you, first of all, the temperature tends to plummet at night, therefore you need to take some cold clothing and don't forget to bring your swimming things as there's also a lovely pool here.

There is an information centre where they can explain you the main cultural places here and in the surroundings. In the afternoon I could go along with you to do some excursion. However, in the morning, I have to look after my nephews because my sister and brother-in-law have to work in another city at an hour from here.
In August, we celebrate the town fair; there are performances as live concerts, exhibitions and much more things. I'm sure you will enjoy and we will have a great time.

I look forward to hearing from you.
See you soon,

Carlos


Task 2

to write about someone who has affected your own life positively in some way. (140-160 words)

I'd like to write about a person whose life has been a reference for me not only when I was a child but also nowadays.
His name is Richard. He lived and worked close to my parents' house. Every day, after finishing school, I used to go into his little sweet shop. I spent a lot of time with him listening to some of his experiences because he had travelled all around the world. Sometimes, he drew anything in a old notebook while he was talking to me. 

In spite of his wisdom, he never gave me  any advice,  he only explained to me about people who met in every place and he always looked at me with a sincere smile. 
 
Most of the afternoons, when my parents arrived home and they didn't see me there, they just knew where I was and came to Richard's shop. They also liked greeting and talking to him. 
 
Five years ago, he had to close the shop because he got sick. Since then  I usually go every Friday to his home to see him and to pay him a visit. 
 
Finally, I wanted to express my gratitude to Richard and to the people who have taught me to really love life.


 

AVANCED LEVEL

TASK 1

Write a letter to the former students of your class inviting them to return to your school for a special ocassion. (140-150 words)

Dear classmates,

I want to invite you at the 25th anniversary of our school graduation. Last week, I was talking to some of you and together we agreed to prepare a party for this special ocassion.

First of all we have considered as the best date next Saturday, 10th June, at seven o'clock. The meeting place will be the school gym. If you want, we can go with our family because there will be activities for children like sports and  handicrafts.
Then, at about eight o'clock, we'll go to the assembly hall where the theatre group will play a little performance reminding some funny anecdotes. After that, we'll have the oportunity to explain our personal experiences.

Finally, we'll have dinner at Marc Restaurant whose owner is a former student actually younger than us. Therefore it's very important to book more or less a week before the date.

Let me know as soon as possible what you think. For every comment or any doubt you can reply this letter or just call me.

I'll write again soon to give you more information.

Best wishes,
Carlos


TASK 2 

You have noticed that the standard of the city services has declined steadily over the last five
years. Your main concerns are public transportation and public safety among others such as
waste management. Write a letter to the Mayor reporting the problems you have experienced
with these services so far and suggesting measures to improve them.


Dear Major,

I want to express with this letter my point of view about the real situation we are living in our hometown.
First of all, during the last five years, we are suffering an increase of population but, on the opposite side, there is a decrease in public transport and every time more buses come on delay. Ticket prices are growing every year but not the service quality: some of them are very old and they should be changed for new vehicles.

Secondly, I would like to talk about the last incidents after finishing that football match. As you know, not only this Sunday but some other weekends as well,  the situation has been repeated and the measures have not been enough to settle a public safety around the soccer field.

Thirdly, I have to mention the garbage collection service. This year the staff has been on strike in three occasions. They are on their own right; however the minimum services have not worked properly those days and the smell in the streets has been unbearable. In addition to this problem most of the streets do not provide separate containers for glass, paper and plastic bottles. Therefore we cannot do a proper waste management.

Finally, I would like to suggest that you talk to your close neighbourhood associations as soon as possible to listen to the people and to undertake the better actions.

Your faithfully,

Carlos



Test 1 Writing (First Certificate 2008)


Your English class has done a project on transport. Your teacher has now asked you to write an essay giving your opinions on the following statement.


There is no future for public transport because travelling by car is so much more convenient.

Write your essay. (120-180 words)


For the last ten years, in our hometown everyone has seen the changes in the streets because of the tram.
In this essay, I will discuss some arguments for and against travelling by car or by public transport.

Although a lot of people complained when their  bus-stop was moved to other place because of the tram restructuring, nowadays I can see a lot of people using public transport to get around.

I think this is the best option to travel around the city centre. You can take both bus and tram all the day long. In this way there is less pollution and also you will not have any problem to park the car.

On the other hand, my opinion is not so clear if you carry out a trip on holidays. The car can give you the chance to go to places with more freedom: if you have seen an interesting place that you want to know, you can do it without depending on anyone. Besides, you can take clothes and everything you want to fill the boot.

However, if you have to travel far for a short time, maybe three or four days, I think the high-speed train is the fastest option and more convenient than travelling by car, mainly if you travel alone.

Finally, I do not agree with the idea there is no future for public transport. In many circumstances or moments it is much better than taking the car. Therefore, each time there will be more and more people who decide to go and travel by public transport.