Archivos de la categoría Listening

Video: Alcatraz, The Rock


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Do you like visiting places off the beaten track?  Do you choose for your holidays unsual tourist destinations? Would you choose to visit Alcatraz, the famous penintentiary?

Alcatraz, also called The Rock, is an island and  probably the most famous or maybe  infamous prison in the world. Located in San Francisco, it is separated from  the mainland by 2,5 kilometres of freezing water, strong currents, cold winds and high waves, which made it impossible to escape.

Gangster and mafia boss Al Capone was one of the best known residents in Alcatraz. As soon as he set foot in prison, he paid the guards to make his life comfortable while in prison. Below, a picture of his cell.

Would you like to know more about Alcatraz? Watch the video and test your comprehension with the exercise below. (video lasts 2:08)

Level: B2

Materials: Handout 

Before watching the video, you might want to pre-teach the following words

Inmate  /ˈɪnmeɪt/= A person living in an institution such as a prison or hospital

Infamous/ˈɪnfəməs/=Well known for some bad quality or deed

  1. While most tourists would rather avoid jail,  no trip to San Francisco would be complete without ________________________________________________
  2. Alcatraz is located____________________________________ San Francisco Bay.
  3. Alcatraz,the Rock,  was America’s premier ______________________________and for 29 years the final stop for the nation’s most ___________________________
  4. Make sure to buy your tickets online and in advance because they  _______________
  5. If you schedule your trip for early in the morning, you’ll have more room to _________________________
  6. For a spooky trip, book the ___________________
  7. When you are visiting the prison, you might want  to pick up a headset for an ____________________ audio tour.
  8. You’ll hear stories told by _______________________________________

 

Find the answers in the handout.

Blog de Cristina is also on Facebook. Follow us!

Using Viral Videos in the Classroom


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Once upon a time, there were students who hated having fun in class….

I know, I know… this sounds like absolute blasphemy, but unbelievably there are students who mistakenly think learning and fun are two concepts that cannot be glued together. “You either have fun or you learn…and that’s flat! You can’t have both!” they claim.

I have over the years determined these students think these two concepts cannot cohabit just because they have not been rightfully exposed to them. In this blog you’ll find tons of activities and links to websites to help you change these students’ minds. One of these sites is Viralelt, which is an excellent example of how fun+learning can get along.

 Viralelt is a blog for adult learners from upper intermediate (B2) to advanced (C2).

All the posts on the blog have a similar structure

  • They all contain an engaging viral video.
  • 10 conversation questions related to the video (Question Time)
  • A listening activity (Sitting Comfortably) where students will have to guess which two questions, from the exercise above, are being  discussed. I find this section especially helpful because it gives students a chance to see how a native speaker would answer these questions. Therefore, I would suggest doing this listening activity before putting students into groups to discuss the questions
  • You can download the “Question time”and the “Sitting comfortably?” script in an editable Word document, so you can adapt it to your students’ needs.

The blog is run by Ian James, a teacher at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and here  you can read some of his suggestions on how to use Viralelt.

So, let’s say you see this video, The texting hat, on the Internet

You like it. You think it has a lot of potential for teaching and it is just what you were looking for to give your students a break after a tough week. However, your brain has decided to leave you. You watch the video a thousand times, but nothing so far. I’ve been there, believe, very often!

Well, this is when your addiction to this blog will begin. You go to Viralelt and there it is, together with some teachers’ notes to help you with suggestions on how to use the video, 10 conversations questions and the listening activity.

I want to thank the amazing teachers from Cosas que encuentro para clase on facebook for sharing this superb blog with me.

Blog de Cristina is also on facebook. Click here to follow it
Blog de Cristina is also on Twitter @blogdecristina

Lesson Plan: Families


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

FAMILY, in capitals, because is there anything more important in this world?

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”Michael J. Fox. How far do you agree with Michael J. Fox?

This is a lesson for Intermediate students (B1) about Family. In this post you will find

  • A video about traditional and non-traditional families.
  • Some vocabulary you might need to revise/learn when discussing this subject.
  • Guided speaking: questions to discuss+ answers offered by a native speaker  (Flip Cards).
  • Freer Practice: pictures to describe and some questions to discuss in pairs or small groups

The first activity in this lesson (the video) will be set as homework.

1. The Video. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? – Definition of Options.

It is a long video. It lasts 8 minutes so I’d suggest breaking it up and asking students to work on different parts of the video.  In the video five non-traditional /alternative households are mentioned.

  • In class, show students the video and explain it discusses traditional and non-traditional families.
  • Explain that everybody will need to listen to the introduction where the concept of traditional family is explained (from the beginning – 1:02).
  • Explain that in the video Erin Long-Crowell, an educational psychologist, talks about five different non-traditional/alternative households.
  • Form groups of five students and tell them that in the next lesson they will be working in groups of five and each of them will share what they have learned about their assigned non-traditional household.
  • Assign tasks for the different students in the  group

Student 1: single parenthood 1:07-2:20

Student 2: cohabitation 2:20-3:23

Student 3: GLBT 3:23-4:32

Student 4: Polygamy 4:32-5:21

Student 5: Singlehood 5:21-6.30

2. Vocabulary. Family Life

Phasal Verbs

  • To take after your mum/dad
  • To bring up a child
  • To fall out ( with your sister)
  • To make up
  • To get on (well) with sb
  • To get along with sb

 

Verbs

  • To raise your children
  • To adopt
  • To quarrel with your siblings
  • To get divorced/ to be divorced
  • To share ( a bedroom)
  • To cohabit/kəʊˈhabɪt/
  • to start a family

Expressions

  • To have (a lot of) things in common
  • To get together
  • (A cousin) on my father’s side
  • To be close to
  • (not) to see eye to eye
  • To be the main breadwinner= the person in the family who earns the highest income
  • to be under age
  • to come of age

Nouns

  • A family gathering/ reunion /get-together
  • Childhood
  • Birth rate
  • Birth order
  • relationship
  • Immediate or nuclear/extended family
  • Twin
  • a spouse
  • Sibling (rivalry)
  • A parent
  • your significant other = Aspouse or long-term sexual or romantic partner
  • one-parent families
  • In-laws
  • Exhusband
  • Half brother
  • relationship
  • Step brother
  • A relative
  • Ancestors=aperson, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended
  • An only child
  • memories

Adjectives

  • traditional and non-traditional family
  • single parenthood
  • Close knit family

PDF here

3. Speaking .Guided speaking: questions to discuss+ answers offered by a native speaker  (Flip Cards)

  • Students in pairs. Display question 1 and allow two or three minutes for students to discuss this question. Flip the card for them to see how a native speaker would answer the question. Follow the same procedure with the rest of the questions.

Conjunto de Fichas creado con GoConqr por cristina.cabal

  • Freer Practice: pictures to describe and compare.
  • Freer Practice:conversation questions.

PDF here

Blog de Cristina is also on Facebook. Click to follow.

Lesson Plan: The Etiquette of Social Kissing.


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

“How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart”. William Butler Yeats

I was once kissed by a marquis, or maybe he was a count, but it was in a palace. I cannot remember his rank, but he was old and ugly, at least for me! Nothing to daydream about, believe me, but the fact remains that I was kissed by a nobleman. He was a long way from Prince Charming, but that was ok for me. He was selling. I was buying. That was it!

But the kiss… yes…back to the kiss. First time ever I had been kissed on the hand. I was ready for a handshake so I extended my hand. Instead the marquis suddenly, and in a very quick gesture took my hand, bowed and made the gesture,  and I have yet to decide whether he actually kissed my hand or just the air. Now that I know a bit more about the etiquette of hand-kissing I realize he probably never kissed me.

Photo by Tim Rooke/Rex/REX USA

Level: B2

♥DISCUSS: It is not very often that a woman has her hand kissed nowadays. But let’s reflect a bit on how we greet each other in our different countries. Discuss these questions with your partner:

  • What are the rules for social kissing in your country? Do you always know how you are supposed to greet someone? Have you ever experimented any awkward moments where you didn’t know what you were supposed to do?
  • When kissing as a form of greeting, do you kiss on one cheek or on both cheeks?
  • Is it the right or the left cheek you kiss first? Know that you should kiss the right cheek first to avoid awkward situations.
  • If you don’t like the kissing business, how do you cope with people who want to kiss you as a greeting?
  • Is it appropriate to kiss in a business setting?
  • Do you ever hug?
  • Apart from the handshakes, cheek kissing and hand kissing which are quite common for us, do you know any unusual ways  of greeting people ?

♥READ: Have a look at this interesting article about Unusual Ways to Greet People Around the WorldWhen you finish reading , tell your partner which form of greeting  you found most unusual.

♥LISTEN: Watch this video about the etiquette of social kissing and answer the following questions:

  1. In Good Morning America, the *anchorwoman describes an awkward moment when you get to a party. Why is it awkward for some people to greet your host or hostess?
  2. The British are described as” buttoned-up”. What do you think it means?
  3. Laura Ford is a British artist. Does she kiss people she doesn’t know? Choose from the options below and justify your answer.
  4. always b. never c. sometimes
  5. According to Hillary Brown, social kissing in France might be getting out of control. Why?
  6. Social Kissing is taught at some schools. Which ones?
  7. What are some of the rules of kissing taught at these schools?
  8. How are Americans and Latins different as regards social kissing?
  9. At the end of the clip, the anchorman apologizes. Why?

*anchorman/anchorwoman = a person who presents and coordinates a live television or radio programme involving other contributors.

CHECK: Answers here

♥WRITE: Imagine a foreign student is coming to your school/house on an exchange visit. What advise would you give about your customs. Use the ideas below and the modal verbs should/shouldn’t , could, must/mustn’t.

  • greeting someone
  • meeting someone for the first time
  • being punctual
  • being invited to someone’s house
  • tipping

Blog de Cristina is also on facebook. Click to follow

Listening Comprehension: Columbus Day


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Introduction: Many countries in the New World and elsewhere officially celebrate as a holiday the anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Raza (“Day of the Race”) in many countries in Latin America, as Día de las Américas(Day of the Americas) in Belize and Uruguay, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, and as Giornata Nazionale di Cristopher Columbus or Festa Nazionale di Cristoforo Colombo in Italy and in the Little Italys around the world. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. (source Wikipedia)

THE TASK: LISTENING 

Level: B2

Watch the video from newsy.com  about Columbus’ Day and answer the questions below:

Unfortunately,newsy.com doesn’t allow embedding so you’ll probably need to open a new window to listen and see the exercises at the same time.

♥Click on the picture to listen

♥Answer the questions

♥Click here to see the answers and the transcript

 

True or False? Correct the False Sentences

  1. The idea of renaming Columbus Day has been going on for a while. True or False?
  2. So far, only Seattle has been able to change the name of the day . True or False?
  3. The American Indians want to rename the day so that nobody forgets the difficulties they have had to endure . True or  False?
  4.  The USA government is considering renaming the day next year.  True or False?
  1. Name four things, Columbus is blamed for

a.

b.

c.

d.

 

 

Some Priceless Topic-Based Videos to Help Students Prepare for the Speaking Test


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Hi, hey! How are things?
Have you read my last post?? It’s all about first-day activities to get to know my new students. Are you going to be one of them? I hope so!
Lessons start on  5 October  and I am totally in teaching mode. In September ,some  of my students will need to take the oral exam again and I thought it might be a good idea to share with you some priceless videos that I found on youtube  this summer.  I wish I had shared them with you before exams in June, but I didn’t know about them just then. Anyway, I hope you can still make good use of them.
What I am going to show you in this post is the website of an English teacher, Marek Connell ,and his awesome videos on how to answer the questions in the Escuela Oficial de idiomas Intermediate (B1) and Advanced (B2)speaking exams. I have to say here that in my region (Asturias) EOI exams  don’t  follow exactly the same procedure Marek explains in his videos, ie, students cannot take notes and they do not have 10 minutes to organise their speech, but what I like about his videos is that he shows how a fluent speaker would answer the questions related to a given topic.

For each topic I will show you:
From my own website: some questions you could be asked
From Marek Connell ‘s website, his own videos showing how  a native speaker (himself) would answer  some of these questions. Click to visit Marek’s website

So, pen and paper at the ready? Here we go.

1. FAMILY, FRIENDS, RELATIONSHIPS

Questions about Friendship,

Questions about your dream partner

2. WORK

Vocabulary and Questions

3. CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Questions about the weather

Questions about the environment

4. EDUCATION

♥Vocabulary and Questions about Education

5. SHOPPING AND CONSUMERISM

Questions about Fashion and Trends

Questions about Going Shopping

♥Questions about Money 1

Questions about Money 2

6. ANIMALS AND PETS

♥ Questions about Pets

7. SPORTS

Questions about Sports

Questions about Violent Sports

8. STEREOTYPES

Lesson Plan about National  Stereotypes with Vocabulary and Questions
 

9. CRIME  

10.PROGRESS AND SCIENCE

You’ll find more  topic -based questions  on my website Blog de Cristina. Click here,please 

Hints on Blank Filling Listening Comprehensions+ 2 Listening Activities


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

In this kind of listenings  you don’t need to write  a full sentence to give the correct answer.
Normally there is a maximum of three  words to complete notes, statements or questions.

In these exercises it is very helpful to:

And don’t forget to read the completed sentences to make sure the words fit grammatically  :)

PRACTICE 1

 

Source: Cambridge FC Practice Tests
PRACTICE 2
Source: Cambridge Complete First Certificate

Blog de Cristina is also on Facebook. Follow it! :)

Two Wonderful Sites to Practise Listening and other skills


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

So, you’ve done all the listening exercises in your textbook, workbook  and on my website 😉  but still, you feel you  really need to go the extra mile ?

Here you are two wonderful websites where you can find tons of Listening exercises to practise before the exam.

1. ESOL COURSES. Choose your level and then choose the skill you want to practise ; they are all great!

2. ESl Lounge Students: on this site you can also practise all skills . Scroll down the page and on the right sidebar, choose the skill you want to practise and your level.

 

Blog de Cristina is also on Facebook. Follow me! :)

Preparing for Listening: Focus on Distractors.


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

In a Multiple Choice Listening  you need a bit of attention. In this kind of listening exercises there are always words and expressions which are designed to distract students from the correct answer. If you don’t know about these distractors, you are likely to be misled by them and choose the wrong answer.

The most important thing in this kind of listening exercises is to read the questions carefully. You are always given some time to read  through questions and answers, use that time. Listen very carefully to the details and make sure the answer you choose really matches what the question has asked you. It’s important to concentrate on understanding in detail .

♥Let’s look at an example

How long has Liz been snowboarding?

a. One year          b. five years            c. every year since she was a child.

The underlined words in the transcript  all appear in the possible answers a, b or c, but only one answer is correct. The other words are distractors.

♥Read the transcript, choose the right answer and say why the other are not correct

I first did it when I was on holiday with my parents- When I was younger I used to go skiing every year with them and then one year I tried snowboarding and I haven’t skied since then. That was 5 years ago.

These extracts have been taken from Listening Comprehensions. The distractors are in bold. Read them and then answer the questions

A. My brother was so scared he couldn’t watch the film whereas I didn’t find it at all frightening. ♥Is the speaker frightened by the film?

B. Although most critics agreed that the film was her best ever , I was rather disappointed by her performance.  ♥ Did the speaker love the film?

C. Although snow is now unlikely, we can expect a certain amount of rain later on.   ♥ Does the speaker think it will rain or snow?

D. My daughter wanted me to help her with her homework but I told her to ask her mother.   ♥ Did the speaker help his daughter?

E. Whereas in most of her other film she plays the “baddie”  in this one he’s definitely the good guy. ♥ Does the speaker say the actor is the villain or the hero in the film?

Answers: A. no   B. no   C. rain   D.no   E. the hero

Now, let’s do some practice.

You will hear  people talking in 8 different situations. For each question, choose the best answer.

 

 

Source: Ready for First Certificate and Cambridge FC Practice Tests 1

Lesson Plan: Cities , Towns and Villages


Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in D:\inetpub\webs\cristinacabalcom\wp-content\plugins\wp-note\wp-note.php on line 43

This is a lesson for Intermediate students (B1).

Hopefully, at the end of this lesson you’ll have learnt useful vocabulary to talk about a city/town/ village you like, you’ll be able to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city or the countryside and you’ll be able to understand people talking about it.

What’s your hometown like?
Are you happy with the city/town/village you live in? What are some of the pros and cons?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the coutryside or in a town

These are some common questions  in oral exams . Before reading any further, think about how you coud best answer these questions. Try really hard. Imagine you’re taking the real test.

Ok! Now!!! Do you have all the words you need or, are there things you couldn’t say because you didn’t have the right words?  If this is the case, then go on reading, this post is for you.

Below you’ll find some ideas to help you get started

Mapa Mental creado con ExamTime por cristina.cabal

 

Now , watch these two short videos and answer the questions below. The first one is about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city and the second about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a small town ( could also be applied to living in the countryside)

Video 1. Advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city

Speaker 1. What’s the disadvantage he mentions?

Speaker 2. What are the disadvantages he mentions?

Speaker 3. What is, in his opinion, the main advantage? What two disadvantages does he mention?

Speaker 4. What’s the huge advantage cities have compared to rural areas?

Speaker 5.  What’s, according to this speaker, the main advantage?

Answers here

Video 2. Advantages and disadvantages of living in a small town (could be applied to the countryside)

Speaker 1. What’s the advantage and the disadvantage he mentions?

Speaker 2. What does he say about the pace of life in small towns?

Speaker 3. What’s the advantage and the disadvantage he mentions?

Speaker 4. For him, what’s the advantage and the disadvantage  of living in a small town?

Speaker 5. What does he say happens in small towns?

 Answers here

♥By the way, do you know the difference between a city and a town???

A city is larger than a town and it has a cathedral :) , at least in the UK

Now, do you think you can describe your hometown? Can you talk about your favourite city? Can you talk about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a city or in the countryside? Hope you can!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...