Friday, December 3, 2010

Really Cool Final Presentations...

We got to the end of the road this trimester.... but there are many good memories that will accompany us for a very long time.. I want to thank all of my students for all the great things and fun we shared together. You all are really special to me and I end up this trimester with a smile on my face, because I know you guys are wonderful and that you'll do all you should do to be the best in your career and your life. Thanks for sharing and the patience and the love. Here I'll post some of the Final Project slides... Way to go! a warm hug to you all.

Level 5  K502

K502.... Amarilis Martinez and Iraida Abreu
Level 3 .. S332.. Giovanni Sarmiento

H312 .... Oscar Vazquez and Belgilbel Lobo

Keep on shining Love and Peace!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chicos 20. Sep-Dec 2010

Introducing the Chicos 20 Sep-Dec 2010

Daniel Salazar from S531.  This is Dani's intro to our class, you can visit his blog and leave a comment..
I'm currently taking the Advertising and PR course at URBE. I'm only 18 years old, though I'm turning 19 pretty soon!
I love music, even though I do NOT play any musical instrument. Particularly, I prefer listening to English/German/French music because I enjoy not only the music and rhythm but the language itself. I love listening to alternative rock bands such as Oasis, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Kasabian, Crowded House and the list goes on and on... As i said before, I'm studying at URBE and this blog is made because of my new lovely english teacher (english 5- Class: S-531). Hi professor!, that's the way she prefers to be called. I love traveling. I still dream about going to Europe asap (as soon as possible). That's my next travel spot as i hope to stay in Paris for a whole week and another one in London. I also love (watching) Tennis! i can spend 5 hours watching a tennis match without zapping on the TV! , isn't it such a great talent? I hate onions and hypocrite people who show you a nice side of 'em but behind you they'll go talking bad things about you! I hope to post another enter as soon as i can handle this blog thing! I'm pretty old-fashioned since I don't know how to use it!
This is Orlando Ortega.
He's a student in level 3 S332. His blog's name is Orlando's Land. make sure to com eby and say hello.
I have a Curious name, I'm known as Orlando Orlando Ortega Urdaneta. I was born Nineteen years ago and I am from the wonderful Venezuelan Republic, specifically of the beautiful city of Maracaibo in The Zulia State.
Now a days I'm studying Third quarter of Social Communication, Mention: Audiovitual, in the excellent University , Rafael Belloso Chacín and also I'm in the Seventh semester of Integral Education in the  Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela University.
I'm a Passionate guy. I like to read and be creative. Also, I really want to learn new things about life; One of my hobbies is chatting with my friends of facebook and of course the internet in general.
In a Future I would like to work As a Universitary Professor in the area of Social communication, Have my on Educational Institution and write books about interesting histories: About love, pation and action, Knowledge about daily life and an autobiography of myself. I would like to leave my mark in the Venezuelan media and the rest of the world through programs based on creating conscience in the People in a Fun And interesting way!
Andreina Quinto... Level 2 R221
Hello everybody! My name’s Andreina Quinto but you can call me Andre!. I’m from Cabimas, originally. I live in Maracaibo, in Villa Delicias. I’m 20 years old and I study Public Accounting.
I love my family, my country and the voz veis band.
I like to eat pizza and sushi, go to the movies, dance, listen to music, go to travel and visit my friends on the weekend.
I hate beer, smoking, violence, war, injustice.
My dream is to know different cultures and the Hobby band. I want to be an accountant in a short time. I would like to speak several languages.
About English, in my opinion is an interesting language and so important in the actual world. I hope I can improve my english skill's in this class and be an excellent student.  This is a little of me.. and remember, an eye for an eye, makes the world blind.. peace.
Ricardo Villalobos, D201
My name is Ricardo Villalobos but you can call me Ricky. I`m from Maracaibo, originally. I live in La Floresta. I`m 40 years old and I study Law at URBE. My favorite subjects is English and  Sociology. I love my family and friends,  my favorite sport is soccer . I like watch tv . I like horror movies. I like the Gaita Zuliana, I love  pizza and Chinese food.  My favorite actors are Morgan freeman and Bruce Willis.
I hate egocentrism, vanity, envy, crime and treason.
My dream is to be the best father in the world and manage my own TV show, produce films, create a foundation and defend the innocent.
Also I can say  that one of my activities is to be the director of Alitasia, a group of gaitas. Alitasia - Con las Manos en el Pecho excelente Gaita... enjoy it!!!

Lamia Abdel Salam, D201.
Hi, my name is Lamia and my last name is Abdel Salam.  My nickname is Lulu, I was born in Valencia but I came to Maracaibo (Venezuela) because I got married in last January. I live in Bellas Artes.  I`m 21 years old and I study Law at URBE.
Venezuela is very big! ten million people live here. My parents and all my family are  in Valencia. My birthday is on June eleven.
I have two sisters and one of them live is San Antonio (The Teques - Venezuela) is the biggest one she has two children's, I have two nieces I love them and the younger one live in Valencia (Carabobo) and I have one brother he's twenty four years old.
My mother and my father were born in Lebanon but they are working here in Venezuela, they have a Furniture Store.
My husband is a business man. He is twenty seven years old. I love him is the best man in the world. I want to live with my husband always and forever. His name is Osmat and his last name is Makarem.
My mother in law and my father in law are amazing. I want to have 4 children in the future. I want to live with my family in Lebanon because it is beautiful, quiet, interesting and clean but it is very small and expensive.
 Marian Portillo, N311
My name is Marian Portillo. I'm 19 years old. I live in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
In this blog, I'm going to post my school work. I'm in third level of the english program. I study industrial engineering at URBE.
I love Shakira, her songs and the way She dances..

Jafet Garcia, N 311

This is me, Jafet García, I’m 17 years old, I’m from Maracaibo, Venezuela, I like to go out with my friend to enjoy the life. I’m a Sophomore of industrial engineering.

Claudia Portillo, D291
Hi, there! My name’s Claudia Portillo but you can call me  CLAU!. I’m from Maracaibo , originally. I live in Maracaibo, in El Milagro. I’m 18 years old and I study  law-lawyer at I love music, studying English and law-lawyer, talking on the phone with my friends, pizza , chocolate, my family . dolphins.
I hate sushi , smoking, listening to rock, getting up early on the weekend, violence, war, in justice,
My dream is to travel around the world, visit the Pyramids in Egypt and The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Of course, I want to graduate and be a good accountant. I also want to learn to speak English, and Italian. I’d love to work in an important company and buy a house, get married and start a family.
About English, I love to learn new languages. I think English is very important. I listen to music and watch TV in English. It’s a good exercise. I also chat on the Internet and have very friends in many countries. I can write so so, but I need to practice more. The most difficult for me is speaking. I need to practice very more. I hope I can make a lot of friends and practice speaking in this class.
Well, congratulations and welcome to the club!
Keep on shining Love and Peace!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

level 4 Unit 12. Movies (workshop)

WorldLink Level 4 Unit 12

More PowerPoint presentations from Arlines Rodriguez Rodriguez

Hi, there! Level 4 students.... will be working on their unit 12 lesson. The topic is Movies. For this lesson they are supposed to work in groups and have fun researching and putting together an oral presentation. What do they have to do? well, here we have the checklist: (make sure you include all of these in your presentations))

  1. Get in groups of 4, 3, 2 or just 1 student.
  2. Go to and select a movie that your gruop like.
  3. Get the poster of the movie and the trailer.
  4. Get the facts fact of the movie: 
    • Director, 
    • Release Date, 
    • Genre (key words), 
    • Tag line
    • Plot, 
    • Cast (the main actors and actresses, short description of the character in the movie) 
  5.  Fun stuff
    • trivia: some interesting fact about the movie
    • quotes: Select a scene of the movie and write the dialog of the scene... be ready to perform the scene in class.
    • soundtrack. Get the lyrics and the song of the movie. Point out what part of the song do you like the most and how the song relates to the movie.
  6.  Review of the movie: read several reviews of the movie.. quote some of them and add your group's review...
  7. What's the message in the movie?
  8. Post your powerpoint ppt in your blog.. remember to record your voice explaining the slides...
  9. Share your work in Twitter or Facebook..
  10. Use the following format for your presentation...

Have fun!
Keep on shining love and peace!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Final Project!!!!! Sep-Dec 2010

Hello, there! Well, we have got to the end of the trimester and it's time for us to find out how much we have achieved during our time together. Our final project is an interesting assessment exercise... Where we will working different skills like writing, speaking, listening and reading. We'll practice:
  • How to work in groups to collaborate, cooperate, share, teach and learn together.
  • How to integrate different technological tools: creating and designing a power point presentation, audio recording, power point uploading, posting to a blog, sharing in social networks, like facebook, and twitter.
  • Transferring the knowledge got during our classes and using it to talk about different topics from the ones discussed in class.
  • Reflecting on what we have achieved.
  • Leave your mark on this class.

Visit these links to see some examples of students work...:

For the oral part of the final project:

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Level 4. Unit 10. The Body, health and Stress

    Body parts

    What part of your body do you like the most?
    What part of the body do you look at first in a boy / girl?

    Talking about health problems
    A: What’s wrong? / what’s the matter?
    B: I don’t feel well
        I’m sick.
        I have a headache.
    Heath Poster
    Say No to smoking!

    What is RSI and what can you do to prevent it? - Explania

    Thing you do when your are stressed:
    I take breaks and relax.

    The imperative

    Used for giving advice
    Don’t eat a lot of junk food
    Wash your hands often
    When – clauses
    When (ever) I drink a lot of coffee, I can’t sleep

    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Level 3. Unit 5. Vacation!!

    Write about three places you want to visit someday. Use the following question write a short composition..

    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    Level 3. Unit 4

    In the neighborhood
    Voabulary: Places
    What things can you do at this places? Bank, laundromat, post office, movie theater

    You can save money in a bank.
    You can do your laundry at the laundromat.
    You can buy stamps at the post office.
    You can see a movie and eat pop corn at the movies.

    Do you know where I can __________? 
    get a cup of coffee
    get some hiking boots
    get some cat food
    buy some milk
    work out
    buy some pants
    grab a hamburger
    get some aspirin
    see a movie
    buy a book
    mail a letter
    buy some CDs
    get a bite to eat

    Asking and Giving Directions

    Ask about an specific place:
    A: Excuse me, Where's the Bridge theater?
    B: It's on Albany Avenue
    It's on the corner of Bloor Street

    Vocabulary and exercises:
    1. Giving Directions
    2. Directions to the post office
    3. Directions to the cinema
    4. A game on giving directions: Hangman
    5. How to give directions (complete exercise by BBC)
    6. Giving Directions
    7. practice phrases
    8. Listening exercise

    Prepositions of Location
    1. Vocabulary
    2. Excellent guide to prepositions
    2. Exercise

    How much . How many
    1. Practice

    There is - There are
    1. exercise

    1. make a collage  of places in your city. Write sentences telling what you can do there.
    2. Get a map of your city and select an area to describe. Tell what places are there and write 4 conversations asking for and giving directions.

    Level 2. Unit 10. Home Sweet Home!

    Parts of the House

    Housing: Where do you live?
    A: Do you live in a house or in an apartment?
    B: I live in a house / I live in an apartment

    Describing my house.
    Consider the following questions:

    Where do you live? House or apartment
    Where is it?
    What's your house like?
    What's the neihborhood where you live is like?
    How many rooms are there in your home?

    Things to say to describe your house:Small/big
    dark/ bright
    Conveniently located
    Near public transportation
    Carlos says:
    I live in an apartment. I live on the second floor. Apartment 2A. In my apartment, there are seven rooms- a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms.

    Mary says:
    I live in a house. I live in a quiet neighborhood. In my house, there are seven rooms- a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. There's also a yard.

    Pronunciation: Rising intonation to show surprise

    Asking about where you live
    A. Hey Stuart.
    B. Hi, Justin. Come in!
    A: Hey, this is a nice apartment.
    B: Yeah, and it’s only $400 a moth.
    A: Really? That’s not bad! How many rooms are there?
    B: There are five. There’s a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and my bedroom.
    A: Is there a garage?
    B: No, but there’s a small yard.
    A: That’s great!

    Describe your favorite room
    My favorite room is my bedroom. It’s big, fresh, bright and comfortable. There’s a desk next to my window. The computer is on the desk…

    There is/there are; How many

    Yes/No questions:

    A: Is there a table in the dining room?

    B: Yes, There is. / No, there isn’t.

    A: Are there any chairs I the dining room?

    B: yes, there are. / No, there aren’t.


    Wh- question: How many

    A: How many chairs are there in the dining room?

    B: There’s one./ There are four

         There aren’t any. 

    Prepositions of place: in. on, under, between, behind, in front of, next to, in the middle of, on the right, on the left 

    Verb + preposition

    Verb + preposition + noun

    Jason listens to music

    Verb + preposition + noun phrase

    I listen to the radio

    Prepositions of place: in. on, under, between, behind, in front of, next to, in the middle of, on the right, on the left

    Verb + preposition 
    Verb + preposition + noun
    Jason listens to music 
    Verb + preposition + noun phrase
    I listen to the radio

    1. Draw a floor map of your house or apartment. Use the model in your book and describe it.
    2. Tell about four rooms in your house or apartment. Describe what furniture is in them.
    3. Describe your favorite room in your house. Use prepositions of place to describe where things are.

    * You can record your voice and add images.
    * Visit your classmates blogs, read their compositions and leave a comment.
    * Don't forget to Make the internet exercises from the on line workbook.
    * Check your homework with a tutor. Use the check-speller. Make sure there are not grammar or typing mistakes.

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Level 5. Unit 3 Unsolved Mysteries

    World Link Unit 3 
    Lesson A: Unsolved Mysteries     Lesson B: Mysteries of the world

    Summary of the lesson

    Contents: Topic: Unsolved mysteries and mysteries of the world 
    Vocabulary: Cops and robbers, puzzled 
    Grammar: Stative Verbs and Adverbs of Manner 
    Functions: talking about possibilities

    In this lesson we'll be discussing Collocations to talk about cops and robbers

    What is a collocation?

    A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations just sound "right" to native English speakers, who use them all the time.

    Collocations to talk about cops and robbers

    Arrest a criminal
    Catch a criminal
    Question a Criminal
    Solve a crime

    Break a law
    Commit a crime
    Have an alibi
    Make a confession

    1. Look at the picture on page 2. Exercise c. Write two sentences explaining what happened in the pictures. Use past tense.

    Talking about possibilities

    More than 50% possible
    It's likely (that)....
    I bet (that)....
    There's a good chance (that)....

    Less than 50% possible
    I doubt (that)....
    It doesn't seem possible (that)....
    It's unlikely (that)....

    1. Find an unsolved mystery.. an unsolved crime.. an unusual event.. You can google a story on the internet.
    2. Write a short summary of the event. (what happened, where, when, who)
    3. Write 6 sentences using the expressions to talk about possibilities.

    Stative verbs
    Some English verbs, which we call state, non-continuous or stative verbs, aren't used in continuous tenses (like the present continuous, or the future continuous). These verbs often describe states that last for some time. Dynamic Verbs on the other hand use present continuous tenses.

    We say....I have a car.
    We don't say..... I´m having a car. 

    Thinking verbs: believe, know, think, understand
    Having verbs: belong, have, own
    Feeling verbs: appreciate, love, hate, like
    Sensing verbs: See, taste, hear, smell

    Other verbs: seem, look, mean, cost, need

    Some verbs can be both stative and dynamic:

    Be is usually a stative verb, but when it is used in the continuous it means 'behaving' or 'acting'
    • you are stupid = it's part of your personality
    • you are being stupid = only now, not usually
    • think (stative) = have an opinion
      I think that coffee is great
    • think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head
      what are you thinking about? I'm thinking about my next holiday
    Common Stative Verbs

    There are many more action verbs than stative verbs. Here is a list of some the most common stative verbs:

    be, hate, like, love, need, belong, believe, cost, get, impress, know, reach, recognize, taste, think, understand

    1. Work on the exercises in your book and workbook.

    Adverbs of Manner
    Adverbs of manner tell us how something happens. They are usually placed after the main verb or after the object. They often end with -ly.

    Calmly, happily, neatly, quickly, slowly, clearly, heavily, nervously, quietly, strangely
    • He swims well(after the main verb)
    • He ran... rapidly, slowly, quickly..
    • She spoke... softly, loudly, aggressively..
    • James coughed loudly to attract her attention.
    • He plays the flute beautifully. (after the object)
    • He ate the chocolate cake greedily.

    Remember: Stative verbs (be, look, hear, etc are followed by adjectives only)

    Adverbs of Manner

    1. Work on the exercise on your book. (a, b, c
    2. Write  short story of a strange event.. use adverbs of manner. (what, when, where, who, how)

    well, this is a summary of the most important in the lesson. I recommend you also work on the reading and listening part of the lesson. If you have any questions.. Contact me through private message or ask your partners in our group.

    Keep on shining love and peace, everyone!


    Level 4. Unit 9. How’s your memory? and Dreams

    Reunions and Old Classmates

    Exercise 1. Answer these questions  in a short paragraph

    Do you have a good memory or a bad memory?
    Do you usually remember things or forget things?
    Do you easily memorize information?
    Do you have good memory for names/faces/numbers?
    What do you usually forget?

    Expressing degrees of certainty
    A: Is your teacher from North America?
    B: Maybe, I am not sure
    A: Are your books in your desk?
    B: Yes, they are
    A: Is your math teacher a vegetarian
    B: I have no idea.

    Agreeing and Disagreeing
    A: I think the matrix is a good movie.
    B: Yeah, I agree.
    C: Sorry, but I disagree. In my opinion…

    Early Memories
    A: As a child I lived with my family in a small town.
    B: When I was a child I used to play with my sisters in the yard.


    Sweet dreams:: Expressions with dream
    In your dreams

    Level 3. Unit 3. What do you need? Shopping

    A: What's your favorite supermarket?
    B: My favorite supermarket is De Candido. I like it because it's clean, spacious and comfortable. I can find most products there. It's   near my house. De Candido is expensive but I like it.

    Taken from: Visual Dictioary on Line

    At the supermarket

    Countables and Non Countables

    Social Language:

    We need Potatoes!
    Keth: Zulimar, I'm making a shopping list for tomorrow's barbecue. We have chicken. What else do we need?
    Zulimar: Let's see ... We need some potatoes. Buy five pounds.
    Keth: Okay, five pounds of potatoes.
    Zulimar: We also need lettuce, bacon and tomatoes for the salad.
    Keth: And what about drinks? Do we need any?
    Zulimar: No, we don't. We have soda and juice.
    Keth: Okay. I'm going to the store. See you in a bit.

    Answer the following questions:

    1. Why are they making a shopping list?
    2. What do they have in the kitchen?
    3. What do they need?
    4. Who's going to the store?

    Expressing need:

    A: Do we need any drinks?
    B: Yes, we do.
         Yes, we need some.
         No, we don't.
         No, we don't need any.

    A: Is there any soda?
    B: Yes, There's some soda in the refrigerator.
         No, There isn't any left.

    We are out of ketchup. Get a bottle.
    We need some soda. Buy a pack of cokacola.
    We need two bottles.

    Watch the following video about shopping for groceries:

    Count/Noncount nouns with some and any

    A: Do we have any potaoes?
    B: Yes, we have a potato.
        Yes, we have some.
        No, we don't have any.

    A: Do we have any lettuce?
    B: Yes, we have some.
         No, we don't have any. We need some.


    Bradley's Multiple Choice Quiz
    A / An / Some / Any

    some, any in sentences - Exercise 1

    a, some or any

    *** With non count nouns, we use measure words. These make the item countable.

    a cup of coffe
    a bottle of water
    a can of soda
    a glass of milf/water/juice
    a piece of bread/ meat
    a bar of soap

    *** When you offer something use some or any in the question:
    Do you want some/any tea?

    Some and Any

    At the mall


    Work in pairs. Ask your partner the following questions:

    A: I sthere a mall in your city?
    A: Where is it?
    A: What stores are there in the mall?
    A: What's a good place to buy clothing?
    A: and music?
    A: what about a computer?

    Language Link: Some/any - much/many - a lot

    Homework for this unit:

    Read about a girl favorite place to shop. Then write six or seven setences about your favorite place to shop for clothes, music, food, school supplies, a birtday present. Use these questions to guide you:

    * what's the name of the place?
    * what kind of store is it?
    * what can you buy there?
    * Where is it?
    * Why do you like it?
    • Before you start working on your composition, draw a mind map with the help of those questions. Explain your mind map and write your composition.
    • Include a photo of your favorite shop and explain what you see and waht you can buy there: Use some, any, many, much and a lot.
    • Don't forget to check with your tutor.
    • Post it to our Facebook Group. Share your work with your friends in Facebook or Twitter.
    • Practice your pronunciation by recording the compositon in your cellphone.
    • Have fun.
    Keep on shining Love and Peace!!

    Level 2. Unit 9. Daily Routine and Dating

    Daily Schedule
    I get up at 5:00 am, take a shower and get dressed….

    Pronunciation: Sentence stress

    Saying hello, asking How is it going?
    A. Hey Stuart. How is it going?.
    B. Okay, I guess.

    Daily activities, habits and frequency
    I always get up at 7:30
    Mari never has cereal for breakfast
    Javier is usually a happy person
    Dylan often checks his e-mail in the morning.

    Fun Exercise: daily routines, by Cathrine Baldwin
    Find this and other daily routines exercises in English Exercises .org

    Discuss dating customs
    James: In North America, dating in high school is common. What about in Venezuela?
    Lucy: That’s very common in our country, too.
    James: Are you dating someone?
    Lucy: Yes. I am. I’m dating Miguel.
    James: When you go on a date to the movies, who pays for the movie?
    Lucy: Miguel usually pays but sometimes I pay.

    Frequency adverbs: always, usually, often, sometimes, hardly ever, never
    With the verb to be
    Jackie is always late for class

    With other verbs
    Jackie always gets up at 8:00

    Yes/ No and Wh-questions about frequency
    A: When do you get up?
    B: I usually get up early at 7:00
    A: Do you sometimes get up late?
    B: yes, sometimes. Most of the time during the weekend.

    Position of adverbs of frequency - Exercise 1
    Frequency Adverbs Multiple Choice
    Adverbs of Frequency
    Adverbs of Frequency (organize)

    Wh-questions about the subject
    A: Who do you work for?
    B: I work for Toyota

    A: Who works for Toyota?
    B: I do
        She does
        Mr. Wada does

    Homework for this Unit:
    Look at Wendy's day

    Photo story!
    • Write a 4 paragraph composition. 
    • Describe your daily activities: morning, afternoon, evenings and nights.
    • Close your composition telling about dating in Venezuela.
    • Draw some pictures, use computer images, or take your own photos. 
    • Use this model to help you tell about your daily routine, habits and frequency. (use always, sometimes, never, etc).

    • PowerPoint + voice recording is a plus!!!!
    • Don’t forget to check with a tutor and use the check speller in your computer.
    • You can make a slide show with Slide or make a poster in Glogster or a short video in Animoto
    • have fun working on your homework... smiles
    Keep on shining Love and Peace!!!