Category Archives: 2 Unit

Passive houses? Active saving

What do you think if you could spend 10% of the electricity you are using to keep your house heated or cooled? Watch how passive houses work in 90 seconds only! It can also be applied to our Mediterranean climate. … Continue reading

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Quantifiers: both, either,…

A quick test on how much you know: http://www.grammarbank.com/quantifiers-test.html Explanation: https://www.test-english.com/explanation/b1-2/quantifiers-either-neither-no-none/  A bunch of exercises: https://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/mengen.htm http://myenglishmatters.blogspot.es/1489599690/quantifiers-and-determiners-exercises/ Many resources for teachers: https://agendaweb.org/grammar/quantifiers-worksheets-resources.html

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The: When do we omit it?

OMISSION OF THE DEFINITE ARTICLE ‘THE’ When shall we omit the? There are some good explanations in: englishpractice, englishgrammar,  eslmonster, or even in video  youtube. If you want to practice: englishexercises1 and englishexercises2,  englishlearner, english-hilfen1 and english-hilfen2, learnforgood, and monash. Do not feel overwhelmed by so many links. Have a look at the … Continue reading

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Hackers and Government surveillance

    The other side of the coin of new technologies: the government watching over us, ignoring our privacy. Remember John Oliver has a very particular sense of humour. Remember you can activate the subtitles at the bottom:

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Social Networks

NPR news is an interesting source of updated news with texts and audios. Ted talks are inspiring speeches by experts on all sorts of topics you should try (videos with transcripts to help you understand better). How Do Our Social Networks … Continue reading

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Listening: major changes in life

To hear the listening on major changes in life, you have to click on part 4 in case the link opens at the beginning! Script and key: MAJOR CHANGES IN PEOPLE’S LIVES- multiple matching Apart from the listening you can also … Continue reading

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Crime. Is Forensic Science To Be Trusted?

When talking about ‘crime’ knowing the precise vocabulary is mandatory: cae 16 crime You can also find inspiration in the following videos. Remember you can turn on the subtitles in English. What happens to people coming out of prison?

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Stars: a song with a few relatives

You can see a few relative clauses in this song plus some interesting vocabulary for your compositions (states, as for…). Enjoy and sing along!!!  

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How to write a report and a proposal

Both are similar kind of writing. Here are some tips and useful language. http://www.rubenvalero.com offers some key expressions and samples worth reading: http://www.rubenvalero.com/english/content/cae-proposal http://www.caeexamtips.com offers also an interesting video: https://www.caeexamtips.com/blog/how-to-write-a-cae-proposal   Useful language for a proposal Stating the purpose of the proposal … Continue reading

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Some songs about consumerism: Are we consuming too much?

http://learnenglisheoi.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/consumerism/ Lilly Allen ‘The Fear’. Test your understanding with lyrics training, too   Jessie J. ‘Price Tag’

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