Brexit and linguistic politeness- listening comprehension

Listen to this report related to British linguistic politeness and the effects it is having on international politics at the moment. Read through questions 1 to 7. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with up to three words. You can listen to the whole recording twice.


El CARLEE organiza el Sábado metodológico “Carry on CLILling –  effective learning in the bilingual secondary classroom”. Se celebrará el sábado, 10 de Febrero, de 9 a 14 horas, en el CIFE Juan de Lanuza (C/ Buen Pastor, 4. 50.003- Zaragoza).

La sesión correrá a cargo de Claire Manners, profesora de inglés en IES, y co-autora del Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Education English – Years 1 and 2 (MECD- British Council).

La inscripción se realiza en DOCEO, del 22 de Enero al 1 de Febrero de 2018.

Información completa en este archivo.

Plickers- how to use them

In these short tutorials you can find the essential steps on how to start using Plickers in your classes, to ask multiple choice or true / false questions to your students. You can ask those questions to check previous knowledge, understanding, do a flash class poll…Teachers need a mobile device to scan students (not even an internet connection), but students only need the paper cards freely available from the Plickers website to be scanned.

Remember to scan your students’ cards holding your mobile device in portrait mode, not in landscape, or else it will read all the answers wrong! Remind students to be careful not to cover the code with their fingers while holding their cards. Other than that, Plickers is both teacher and student-friendly, free, and really motivating!


linking words for writing tasks

Coherence and cohesion play a major role whenever you are writing. In fact, they tend to appear as main criteria in most rubrics for marking / assessing written output.

Both of these can be promoted through the proper use of linking words. In the files below you can find a selection of linking words, roughly arranged by communicative function, which could be used for writing tasks in English for levels B1-C1.

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions- listening comprehension exercise

Listen to this extract and make notes of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions the radio hosts mention:

Then, listen again and pay attention to the way the female host reacts to each of the resolutions. Some of these expressions may be useful in an interaction, because they show interest in what the speaker is saying.

Key to answers


New Year’s Eve & Auld Lang Syne

Do you know “Auld Lang Syne”? It’s a Scottish folk song, which is traditionally sung in English-speaking countries at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, to welcome the New Year. It features in such classical films as It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner 1989), among others:

Despite its popularity, however, apparently only 3% of British people actually know the full lyrics to it, according to a recent survey. You can read more about this here, or listen to the news report below:

You can listen to a rendition of the song by Rod Stewart and other stars like Kylie Minogue (with lyrics) below:

Happy New Year 2018 to everyone!