IN ON AT for time

If you want to revise how to use In / On / At to express moments in time, you can visit this website:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/prepositions-time

St. Patrick’s day

This is Ireland from above:

 

It’s rather green, isn’t it? That’s why it’s called “The Emerald Isle”.

Watch these videos to remember the history of St. Patrick’s day:

We celebrated St. Patrick’s in our own way: 

How to improve your English (year 1)

Now that the second term is almost over, maybe we can have a look at this list of activities, apps and resources you can use to improve your English, and particularly some skills that might be more complicated to you. All my recommendations are free, or at least have some functionalities which are free.

Using a dictionary: 

At this level, you should really be using an English-English dictionary, and only use a Spanish-English dictionary from time to time.

NEVER, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE!!!

These are my recommendations for online dictionaries:

  • Oxford dictionary: English-English dictionary, with definition and pronunciation of the word. You can also use the thesaurus, if you want to find synonyms (and you really should).

  • Cambridge dictionary: English-English, Spanish-English dictionary, with definitions, pronunciation of the words (British and American), and phonetic transcription.
  • Macmillan dictionary: English-English dictionary, with definition, pronunciation, and very good thesaurus.

Spelling: 

Spelling City– On this website you can create your lists of words you know you have to learn. They may come from our literacy classes, or from Social /Natural Science. Then, click on “play game”, and you can practise the words you wrote but playing games, not just memorising. It will be easier for you to remember both spelling and pronunciation.

Tutorial on how to register with Spelling City and create lists to play games.

In any case, reading is what is going to help you the most. (More about reading later)

Pronunciation:

  • For most words, go to any of the dictionaries I mentioned above.
  • For countries and place names, people, (and for all other words) you can visit this website: FORVO. Real native speakers (not computers) have recorded themselves pronouncing these words and names for you.

Type the word or name you need, then look it up:

Then you can choose if you want to listen to a British person pronouncing the word, or American, or Australian…

Grammar: 

Reading:

Apart from the books I recommended at Christmas, there are some books in English you can borrow from the school library. You have quite a few by Roald Dahl, for example. Please visit the library. You will get a Class Dojo point if you tell me examples of books in English you could borrow from the library (because you’ve had a look there).

Reading books, comics, articles online…is going to help you understand better, but it will also help you with your writing and spelling. 

Listening: 

In the English Department there are some films you can borrow, and that can help you improve your English. Please ask me.

You can also visit the British council Learn English section on listening. Choose exercises for A2 level, and if that’s too easy, take B1.

How to write an email to your teacher- guidelines for students

Please, bear in mind these instructions when emailing me as your teacher, or sending me a message through Edmodo:

  • You may have a peculiar email address, something like”lizzyprezziosi@gmail.com” o “destroyenator666@hotmail.com”. This is totally OK for your friends, but please, for school, use a more “serious” email address. Suitable email addresses would be “isabelmartinez1F@gmail.com” or “adriangarcfernandez@hotmail.es”, for instance.
  • In the subject line there should be a brief summary of what the message is about. For example: “Question about Women in STEM project”
  • There needs to be a beginning to your message, which should be polite. (“Dear Natalia,“, or at least “Hi Natalia,”).
  • You need to use stops, commas, colons…just like you would use them in a writing task.
  • Remember to use as many paragraphs as different ideas you would like to express.
  • Have you heard about netiquette? It’s the rules of politeness on the internet (what to do and not to do if you want to be nice and polite). According to netiquette, if you use capital letters, it means you are angry. So please, don’t write all your message in capital letters, or I will think you are angry at me.
  • Please do not use abbreviations, or informal expressions. I don’t mind emojis, but please, don’t overuse them.
  • Please check carefully your spelling, grammar and vocabulary before sending your email / message to me.
  • If you include pictures, word documents, audio clips, etc…these are called “attachments“.
  • Use “please” and “thank you“, please.
  • Then, when you finish your message, you should end it properly: Best wishes / See you tomorrow / … and then your full name and group (Diego Martín, 1G).

 

These are some model emails: