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The BBC

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General, Resources
But , of course, you cannot be in London and not to go to the BBC. And so I went and had a great time. I even saw a quiz being recorded although to tell you the truth I don’t have a clue about the name of this quiz. I also volunteered to do the weather forecast as the pic shows and I became the newsreader for 
a while(I’ll show you the photo some other time) . Nice experience , by the way!!
The BBC is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world and you have to pay if you want to see its programmes. The annual cost of a colour TV licence (set by the Government) is currently £139.50 and with that you get  good programmes without commercials.
The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website, bbc.co.uk which I highly recommend
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/

From London with love

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
So, here I am, or rather have been for a week or so. I have, so far, done plenty of sightseeing , learnt a lot of new interesting ideas to use in my classes and made a few friends. So, so far so good.
But you are not probably interested in what a good time I am having ( I am supposed to be working  very hard) I am just writing to let you know that I have come across to yet another interesting website I think might be helpful . 
This time is a visual dictionary (this always helps) , and it has an interesting section devoted to practising the vocab with games. By the way, it might only help advanced students but for lower level, you can always have a look.

 http://visual.merriam-webster.com
 It is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.
It  contains
- 20,000 terms with contextual definitions, developed by terminology experts; 
- 6,000 full-color images of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life; 
15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images 
Astronomy
Earth
Plants & gardening
Animal kingdom
Human being
Food & kitchen
House
Clothing & articles
Arts & architecture
Communications
Transport & machinery
Energy
Science
Society
Sports & games

Another cool website for students

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
and yet another one! this time from the  mighty BBC. Again , I’ve chosen this one to help you practise pronunciation, reading and above all, listening. Hope you enjoy it!!

Practise reading and listening

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
If it ever entered your mind I was going to let you go on holidays without recommending some websites for you to keep on learning, then you don’t know me at all. That’s the first cool one I’ve bumped into,  some others will follow.
 The purpose of this site is to help adults improve basic skills like reading and spelling using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.The stories are based on real life situations of interest to adults.
Pick a story to hear the story, click the “Listen” button below the story. When you are done reading the story, click the “Next” button to start doing some activities based on the story .

Yappr: What on earth is this?

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General, Resources
A funny way to learn English ,  a place to practice your English while having fun.

How? Choose a video , from commercials to interviews with celebrities and…. interesting … it has subtitles in English for you to practise your listening . Worth visiting!!

http://en.yappr.com/welcome/Welcome.action

Do you like reading?

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General, Resources
Here is a very interesting site to visit . Here you can practice reading   and do comprehension exersises.
 
You can choose to select:
The story: as provided by CNN SF and CBS 5. Intended for adults with moderate reading and speaking comprehension skills including advanced ESL or non-native English speakers.
The Abridged Story: Modification of original story text by simplifying complex ideas and sentences, exchanging advanced words with less difficult ones, and change difficult concepts into precise terms. Intended for adults with low reading comprehension skills including beginning ESL or non-native English speakers.
Story Outline: Outline summary of basic edited story elements.
And what is more, along with the text you can see the video.
Sometimes when I come across videos from people who devote time , energy and money for the sake of education and just for free I often ask myself  what moves them. It can’t be  money so then, what? Anyway, listen to this  lesson about adjectives ending in -ing /-ed from Jennifer, a USA teacher since 1996.

Book Review

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under General, Resources
You have been reading your books for a while now and I sincerely hope you are enjoying it. But… hurry up if you haven’t finished because your writing test is coming… sorry to give you bad news. I have already made up my mind to do it on  Thurday April  24 in class.
Here are some considerations and tips about writing book reviews . I hope you find them useful.
What is the difference between a book report and a book review? A book report is completely factual. It includes information on the author, title, place and year of publication as well as a summary of the content of the book. A book review, on the other hand, is much more personal. It is really an expression of the reader’s opinion of the work, or of specific aspects of the work. The review will probably include much of the same factual content as the report, but it is the reader’s personal opinions that are most important. 
You have read your book. Your next step will be to organize what you are going to say about it in your report. Writing the basic elements down in an outline format will help you to organize your thoughts.What will you include in the outline? 
The description should include such elements as: 
  • The setting—where does the story take place? 
  • The time period—is the story set in the present day or in an earlier time period? Perhaps it is even set in the future! 
  • The main character(s)—who is the story mostly about? Give a brief description. Often, one character can be singled out as the main character, but some books will have more than one 
  • The plot—what happens to the main character? WARNING! Be careful here. Do not fall into the boring trap of reporting every single thing that happens in the story. Pick only the most important events. Here are some hints on how to do that. First, explain the situation of the main character as the story opens. Next, identify the basic plot element of the story–is the main character trying to achieve something or overcome a particular problem? Thirdly, describe a few of the more important things that happen to the main character as he/she works toward that goal or solution. Finally, you might hint at the story’s conclusion without completely giving away the ending.   
WRITING TIPS
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