28 Nov 2011

Podcast: TV Addicts

Most people can't imagine life without TV, yet it's only 75 years since regular broadcasting began. Listen to the following recording about TV addicts.

After listening to it 2 or 3 times, have a look at the transcript to check vocabulary and understanding.


Are you a TV addict?
How many hours a day do you spend watching TV?
What do you usually watch?

25 Nov 2011

Snow Patrol

As you know music is a great help when learning English.
You can listen to songs while looking at the lyrics at the same time and so you'll  learn plenty of vocabulary and pronunciation.

Today I want to show you one of my favourite bands: Snow Patrol.
They're an Irish/Scottish indie rock band and they've just released their 7th album:
Fallen Empires.

This is their single: Just Say Yes. Give it a try!

What do you think? Do you like this music band?
Do you have a favourite band which sings in English? Tell us!

24 Nov 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States of America. Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November. Today, families celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, and say thanks for all they have.

I'm thankful for my family and my friends and for my students whom I love working with!

What are you thankful for?

23 Nov 2011

Discourse Markers

Here you have a list of linkers or discourse markers you can use in your writing
and also when giving a formal speech.

Try to start using some of them in your compositions.

Download File

21 Nov 2011

Our Wiki on Easter

Hey Students!
Remember in our school we have the Easter Wiki Project.

You can participate by writing about Easter in Hellin or in any other Spanish town.
If you know a lot about Easter write about it.
If not, you can also talk about your own experience, about how you live Easter time.
You can include pictures, videos or you can even record a message.

Come on, enter the site and read your classmates messages and include your own.

You can use the following English vocabulary for the wiki.

14 Nov 2011

Podcast: An Ingenous Invention

Rob and Cath talk about an ingenious invention which is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the poorest people in the Philippines. Listen to the conversation and explain what this invention is by writing a comment.

After listening to the recording 2 or 3 times you can have a look at the transcript to check understanding and vocabulary.


12 Nov 2011

Question Tags

Question Tags are an important part of the English language. It's essential to use them.

If you need to practise more exercises on Questions Tags, here you have some websites.

Multiple Choice Exercise

Fill-in Exercise

If you have doubts you can write a comment and the teacher or other students will answer.

7 Nov 2011

Short Stories

Do you enjoy reading?
Would you like to improve your English by reading short stories?

Here you have a webpage with a lot of short stories you can read online.

I recommend Paris, At Night by Sung J. Woo

Choose the story you like and start reading!

If you read a good story, write a comment with the title to recommend it to other students.

5 Nov 2011

News: Hello Europe!

Congratulations students from Hellin. You have a new project: Hello Europe!
You can join our language assistant Kara Simmons in her speaking classes
on Fridays at 5pm in Centro Joven. They're free!
So, there's no excuse! Meet new people and practise English at the same time!