Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Welcome



First of all, I would like to welcome everybody  to this Intermediate Level 1* Blog. This year I will try to help you in your learning process but remember: if you just come to school, sit down and listen, you won't make progress, so from now on don't be shy! When you are in class talk, give your opinion... (in English, of course). And outside class do your homework, watch TV and films in English with or without subtitles, listen to the news, read newspapers, magazines and books adapted to your level, surf the Internet, if you know any native speaker talk to him/her in English... and of course, take advantage of this blog.
On the right-hand side bar you'll find the labels for the different posts, so you can choose the topic you're interested in (listening exercises, pronunciation, grammar...) or the unit you want to revise . You'll also find a long list of links to interesting websites.

Hope it's useful. Regards and see you in class!

I also wish to thank my colleagues Ana F. and Sergio V.  for their help with this blog.

COURSE ORGANIZATION 2018/2019

The Student's Book we will be using is VOYAGE B1  + Workbook  with key (Oxford) .


 It is the student's responsibility to do the extra-activities in the Workbook as we will have no time to ckeck it in class.

The Grammar Book we recommend is English Grammar in Use by R. Murphy,  Cambridge (Optional).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  check the contents  for NI1 :  www.eoicartagena.org.


This is a special school year as we will  basically be revising and consolidating last year's objectives and contents from New English File:




El nivel de competencia y contenidos léxicos en el nuevo currículo para nivel B1 se refiere a:

1.  Identificación personal.

2. Vivienda, hogar y entorno.

3. Actividades de la vida diaria, trabajo y ocupaciones.

4. Tiempo libre y ocio.

5. Viajes y vacaciones.

6. Relaciones humanas y sociales.

7. Salud y cuidados físicos.

8. Educación y estudio.

9. Compras y actividades comerciales.

10. Alimentación y restauración.

11. Transporte, bienes y servicios.

12. Lengua y comunicación.

13. Clima y entorno natural.

14. Tecnologías de la información y la comunicación.

Los contenidos subrayados y en negrita se estudiaron el curso pasado  en NI1. Este curso serán repasados y consolidados.



UNIT 1A. MOOD FOOD


This unit mainly focuses on food, restaurants and diet and the grammar point to be revised is the present simple and the present continuous , action and non-action verbs. Remember to do the Vocabulary Bank on page 152,  the Grammar Bank on page 132 and read the text on page 5, activities b) and e).


Extra practice:
- Vocabulary: meat, fruit and vegetables.

- Grammar: present simple,  present continuous and present simple or continuous






1B. FAMILY LIFE

This unit focuses on family life and personality. As for grammar, the future forms are revised and explained. As usual do not forget to do the Vocabulary Bank on page 153 and the Grammar Bank on page 133 of this unit.



- This video is useful to revise vocabulary and practise pronunciation:



- Personality adjectives: if you click here, you will find a long list of personality adjectives. Of course, you don't need to learn all of them but it'll be a great idea if you just learn some of the most common ones.

2A. SPEND OR SAVE?

The lexical focus here is on money and shopping. As for grammar we will concentrate on the different uses of the present perfect vs. past simple. As usual do the grammar bank on page 134 and the vocabulary bank on page 154.

For further practice:

- Vocabulary: Here is a list of interesting words. Click on this link to do a matching exercise on verbs related to money.

- Grammar: exercise 1, exercise 2, exercise 3, exercise 4

- Song: Have you ever? Here you are two videos of Brandy's song "Have you ever" which contains lots of verbs in the present perfect tense. You can find the lyrics on the second one. Enjoy the music.




UNIT 2B. Changing lives


Units 2A and 2B are related as they both focus on the present perfect (simple and continuous). Do the Grammar Bank on page 135 and the vocabulary activity on strong adjectives on page 21.

- Grammar: exercise 1, exercise 2.


Please remember to do the "Revise and check" on pages 22 and 23.

3A. RACE ACROSS LONDON



This unit basically focuses on travelling and transport. As for grammar the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs will be revised. As usual do the vocabulary bank on page 155 and the grammar bank on page 136.








Watch this video for a clear explanation on comparative and superlative forms:



- Extra grammmar practice: exercise 1, exercise 2

- Vocabulary: At the airport, hangman game on transportation

3B. STEREOTYPES - OR ARE THEY?




This unit focuses on the revision of the article,  on collocations verbs / adjectives + prepositions and on the differences between men and women.

- Here you can find some activities on articles: a/an /the, the / 0 article.

- For extra practice on vocabulary and collocations click here. See the answers here.

4A. FAILURE AND SUCCESS

The main focus of this unit is the expression of ability by means of modals such as can, could and be able to. As for vocabulary the difference between "-ed / -ing" adjectives is stressed.

See the following video which contains grammar explanations:


- Grammar: can, could, be able to.

- Vocabulary: exercise 1, exercise 2.

4B.Modern manners?




This unit focuses on good/bad manners in different cultures and this is why there is a questionnaire on the use of mobile phones. Here we will also develop the important topic "Technology" in general, emphazising the current use of mobile phones and computers.

As for grammar some modals (have to/must/should) are explained. Please, don't forget to do the Grammar Bank on page 139. In class I will also give a photocopy on the use of modals.


- Modals grammar practice: must/have to/should ,  mustn't/don't have to

- Vocabulary: technology 1, technology 2.

5A. SPORTING SUPERSTITIONS

The lexical focus of this unit is sport and regarding grammar the past tenses and their uses will be revised. As usual do not forget to do your vocabulary bank and grammar activities in your student's book.

Here you have some useful links:

- Vocabulary and reading activities: multiple choice exercise, play, do or go,  a text about the London Olimpic Park and some comprehension questions about it.

- Grammar: past simple/past continuous, past simple, past continuous, past perfect.

- How to tell a story/anecdote in English.

5B. LOVE AT EXIT 19






The main focus of this unit is relationships: friends and love. As for grammar we will revise "used to / usually"  . As usual do the Grammar Bank (page 141) and the Vocabulary Bank (page 158) in your student´s book.





Read the following text and watch the video and  you'll have some interesting advice on how to make friends.

Click here for a grammar explanation on the use of "used to and usually". For extra practice do this activity.

6A. A FILM REVIEW. WRITING.

A good film review should be divided into the different paragraphs:

1. The name of the film, the director, the stars and any prizes it won.

2. Where and when it was set.

3. The plot: the story of a film.

4. The reasons why you recommend this film.

For our next class after Easter you have to write the plot of a famous film you really like but do not mention the name of the film (use "it" or "this film" instead) or any of the actors/actresses as you wil read it aloud and your classmates will try to guess the film you are talking about.
Do not write the other paragraphs, just the plot.

6A. SHOT ON LOCATION


The new vocabulary we will be learning in this unit focuses on cinema and films. As for grammar the passive voice will be revised and explained. In what follows you will find a clear explanation and a lot of extra practice:





More presentations from Suleyman Irez

- Grammar practice activities: task 1, task 2, task 3.

Writing: watch the following presentacion on how to write a film review:



6B. JUDGING BY APPEARANCES




As for grammar this unit focuses on modals of deduction. Please, as usual, do the Grammar Bank on page 143. Regarding lexis we will revise and learn vocabulary on physical description and clothes. Please do the Vocabulary Bank on page 160.

For extra practice on modals of deduction do the following activities: activity 1, activity 2 .

Click here to see a presentation to learn the difference between to look and look like.

Click here to revise vocabulary about clothes and accesories.

If you see this video, you will listen to very complete physical descriptions: