Sunday, May 25, 2014

Workshop 4. - Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Level 1 - Unit 4 - What ae you doing? 

Link to the lesson:

1. Make a photo story with photos of people doing things. Write sentences.
2. Look for a photo with lots of people doing different things. Write sentences describing what they are doing. Use positive and negative sentences. Look at the following example:

The birds are singing.
The cat is climbing the tree to catch the poor little birds.
Paul is watering the flowers..... Paul isn't reading a book.
The ducks are swimming. They're not flying.

3. Make 2 conversations: Interview yourself and a friend about your school life. Use the following questions:

How are you doing?
What's your name?
Where are you from?
What school do you go to?
What trimester are you in?
Are you a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior?
What are your favorite subjects?
What classes are you taking this trimester?
How are you doing in your classes?

Write 2 paragraphs, reporting your interview


Level 2 - Unit 11. Clothing

Link to the lesson:

Exercise 1
Complete the chart with vocabulary related to clothing.
    Shoes   Clothes   Jewlry    Accessories
1. sandals   shirt        ring        sunglasses

Exercise 2
* Describe what you are wearing. Get a photo and answer the question:
A: What are you wearing?

Exercise 3.
* Make a collage of pictures of people and what they are wearing. (use he, she, they)
* Include negative sentences. Follow the model:

A: What's she wearing?
B: She's wearing a white skirt, a red tank top, and a blue sweater. She's also wearing bracelets. She's not wearing brown shoes. She's wearing black sandals.

Exercise 4.
* Create a catalogue with different items of clothing with their prices.  (include 6 items .. singular and plural)
* Make 6 short conversations about how much the items cost.

A: How much are the brown shoes?
B. They are $ 200.


Level 3 - Unit 5. Traveling

Link to the lesson:

Exercise 1
* Watch the videos and comment about them:
Where the Hell is Matt? 2008
Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

Exercise 2
* Think of five places in the world you want to visit someday. Complete the chart:

     Place               Where           Why?
1.   Mount Fuji      Japan             Beautiful mountain. Interesting culture

* Write short paragraphs about these places. Follow the model.
1. I want to visit Mount Fuji one day. This mount is in Japan. japan has an interesting ancient culture.

Exercise 3
Choose one of the places you talked about in exercise 1. Create a photo story about it. Using the questions in the image:

Exercise 4
* work on exercises A, b and c on pag 49 in your book


Level 4 - Unit 11. It's amazing!

Link to the lesson:

Exercise 1.
* Work on: 1 Vocabulary link in your book - Talented people (slide 4)
* Create a collage with talented people. Write a short paragraph with info about them.

Exercise 2.
* Make a conversation: Offer and accept compliments. Use the conversation on slide 6 as a model. Add a  picture to illustrate your conversation.

Exercise 3
* Talk about skills and talents using can and could. Work on exercise B and C (slide 7)
* Connect ideas using Because. Work on exercises A, B and C (slide 12)

Exercise 4
Make a photo story of a talent you have. Use the following questions to tell us your story:
* What's the talent? What can you do?
* Describe the talent. What do you need to do it? When do you do it? where? why?
* Show proof of your talent (photos, video)


Level 5 - Unit 5. In the Neighborhood - Running Errands

Link to the lesson:

Exercise 1. 
* work on the exercise on page 46 in your book. (slide 3)
* Make a list of ten errands you run.

Exercise 2
* Work on pag 49 in your book (slide 7). Make requests using will, can, could, would and would you mind.

Exercise 3
* Describe your neighborhood. Use the vocabulary on page.51 and page 52. (slides 10, 11, 12)

Exercise 4
*Work on page 54. Imperatives (slide 13)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Workshop 3 - Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Level 2 - Workshop 3  - Unit 10. 

Link to the lesson:

Home Sweet Home!

Exercise 1
* In groups discuss the following question
A: Do you live in a house or in an apartment?
B: I live in a house/I live in an apartment
* Work on the exercise on page 104 in your book.

Exercise 2
Parts of the house

*Draw a floor map or tour house. bedrooms, bathroom, livingroom, kitchen,laundry room, garden, garage. Use the map on pag 104 as a model.

*Consider the following questions and describe where you live.

Where do you live? House or apartment
Where is it?
What's your house like?
How many rooms are there?
What the neigborhood where you live is like? is it noisy or quiet? is it dangerous or safe? is it clean or dirty?

Use these words to describe your house:
dark/ bright
Conveniently located
Near public transportation

Looks at the following models:
Carlos says:
I live in an apartment. I live on the second floor. Apartment 2A. In la trinidad. In my apartment, there are seven rooms- a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. My neighborhood is dirty,and dangerous but quiet.

Mary says:
I live in a house. In San Jacinto. My house is big and white. 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.

Exercise 3
* Make a list of 5 items (furniture and appliences) you can find in
a kitchen:
a livingroom:
a diningroom:
a bedroom:

Exercise 4
Work on page 107 in your book.

Exercise 5
* select a picture of your favorite room in your house. Describe what and where things are  in it. (use in, on, in front of, next to, behind, between, in the middle of) Look at the model on page 108 in your book.


Workshop 3 Level 3 Unit 4. In the neighborhood

Link to the lesson: 

Exercise 1

* Look at the following model:
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.

Write five conversation. Use these places. Add two things you can do in the place. (select only 5

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

A: Do you know where I can get a cup of coffee?
B: You can get a cup of coffee, have a sandwich and talk to your friends in a coffeeshop.

Exercise 2.
Now, make a list of  5 places near your university.

Foillow the example:
1. La jaula is a computer store where you can buy CDs

Exercise 3.
* Draw a map. Include aveues, streest and places.
* Locate two places. Make two conversations...Ask and give directions to those places. Mark the path in the map.  Follow the model.

A: Is there a university near here?
B. Yes, there's one.
A: Where is the university?
B: It's on the corner of C2 and Goajira Ave.
A: How do I get to the university from Palaima?
B: Walk down Goajira Ave to C2. Turn right on C2. Urbe is on the left. It's across from La Trinidad. Between El Naranjal and Plaza de Toros.
A. Thanks so much.
B: You're welcome.

Exercise 4.
Describe your city. Talk about cost of living (is it cheap or expensive), population (crowded, a lot of people, not many people), weather (hot, cold, mild, rainy) , transportation (public transportation) , crime (safe or dangerous) , traffic (a lot of traffic) , contamination (garbage, is it clean or dirty) , nightlife (places to go).


Level 4 - Workshop 3 - Unit 10

The Body, health and Stress

Exercise 1.
* In groups. Make a list of the part of body
* Answer the following questions:
A: What part of your body do you like the most?
B: I like my legs the most...
A: What part of the body do you look at first in a boy / girl?
B: I look at faces first in a boy
    I look at hair first in a girl
A: What part of the body gives you the most trouble?
B: My head gives me the most trouble. I sometimes get headaches.

Exercise 2
* write a conversation about health problems. Use the conversation on pag 106 in your book as a model.
* Answer the following questions in a short paragraph
Are you a healthy person? What are some of your common health problems?

Exercise 3
* in groups design a health poster.
- Select an image and a slogan
- Select a health problem
- Explain what's the problem, point out the causes and consequences
- Give some advice.
Post your poster at the group or in twitter use the hashtags #doris3meflcenter #health #urbe


Level 5 - Workshop 3 - Unit 4

Today's trends

* Link to the lesson in the blog:

Exercise 1.
* Look at the following video about different kind of families
* Answer the following questions:
  1. What are the different kind of families in the video?
  2. What's a family according to the video?

* Describe your family. Use the following vocabulary to describe your family:

- Nuclear Family: It is a family group consisting of a father and mother and their children,who share living quarters.
- Blended Family: Family who is divorced and re-grouped.
- Extended Family: Family who has grandparents and children living together.
- Traditional: Normal families
- Non traditional:  no classical families.
- Step mother or father: Mother or father who is not your biological father or mother but is married with your biological father or mother.
- Half Brother or sister: Sister / brother who is not your biological sister/brother.
- Single parents
- Married parents
- Divorced parents
- Foster parents
- Step parents
- Adopting parents
- Working parents.
- Stay-at-home parents

Exercise 2.
* Write 5 sentences telling facts about your family. Use the following statistics and quantity expressions:

- 15%, 70%, 100%
- a majority of, more than half, but not all.
- Twice, three times
- all of, most of, a lot of, some of, a couple of, none of.

Follow the model:
70% of the women in my family are students.
A majority of the couples in my family are married.
All of the members of my family enjoy eating chocolate.

Exercise 3.
* Read the following statements. Do you agree or disagree with them. Use different Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing.

Expressing agreement
- I agree with you 100 percent.
- I couldn't agree with you more.
- That's so true.
- That's for sure.
- (slang) Tell me about it!
- You're absolutely right.
- Absolutely.
- That's exactly how I feel.
- Exactly.
- I'm afraid I agree with James.
- I have to side with Dad on this one.
- No doubt about it.
(agree with negative statement)
 Me neither.
-  I suppose so./I guess so.
- You have a point there.
- I was just going to say that.

Expressing disagreement
- I don't think so.
-  No way.
- I'm afraid I disagree.
-  I totally disagree.
I beg to differ.
-  I'd say the exact opposite.
- Not necessarily.
- That's not always true.
- That's not always the case.
- No, I'm not so sure about that.

What do think about these? Explain why?

1. Women shouldn't work. They should stay at home and take care of the children.

2. Goverment should provide care centers for the children of working families.

3. People shouldn't smoke in public areas.

4. Our children lives will be better than ours in many ways.

Exercise 4.
* What is your opinion about fashion and style? what's your style? what kind of clothes do you wear?
* Take one of the following quizzes: . Do you agree with it?

* Work on the exercises in your book: 4 Language link. Giving advice with should, ought to, could, might, couldn't, might not, had better, had better not

Monday, May 12, 2014

Workshop 2 Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Level 1 - Personal Items - Modern Electronics

Link to the lesson:

Exercise 1
* Work in groups. Make a list of personal items

* Tell what you have in your bag. Add a picture.

A: What do you have in your bag/briefcase/purse/backpack/wallet/pocket?
B: I have a notebook, pens, markers, a wallet, a pen drive, a camera....

Exercise 2
* Describe your perfect gift. Add a picture and describe the gift.

A. What’s the perfect gift for you?
B. A new cell phone. I love cellphones. This cellphone is light, expensive and small.

Exercise 3
* Work on this exercises

1. This, that, these, those
2. More exercise .. this, that, these, those


Level 2 - Unit 9 - Daily activities

Exercise 1
* Make a list of actions you do everyday (4 actions you do in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Exercise 2
* Complete the exercises on pag 90 in your book.
Exercise 3
Work on the exercises on page 93.
Exercise 4
* draw pictures and tell about your daily routine. Include time and frequency adverbs. Use the picture in the blog as a model...


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

Exercise 1
* Answer the following question using your own words.. . Follow the model...
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.
Exercise 2
* Draw a mind map of the sections in a supermarket. Include: Deli, bakery, pharmacy,seafood, meat and poultry, refrigerated section and produce section.
* Add 3 productos to the chart on page 22. (slide 4) Exercise A in your book.
Exercise 3
* Write a conversation following the model on pag 24 (slide 6) Think about the celebration, the menu and the things you need to buy at the supermarket. Make a shopping list. You need to write a conversation, a menu and a shopping list.
Exercise 4.
Work on the exercises on page 25 (slide 7) in your book.


Level 4- Workshop 2 - Memories

Unit 9:

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?
Exercise 2.
 write and practice a conversation using expressions of certainty. Follow the model.
 Expressing degrees of certainty
 A: Is your teacher from North America?
 B: Maybe, I am not sure
 C: Yes, she is.
 D: I have no idea.
 A: Yes, she's from North America. She's here only for a year.
Exercise 3
    Look at the chart on page 94 in your book. Complete the chart with some of your childhood memories.
    Draw a mindmap using the information in the chart.
    Write a short composition
Exercise 4
    Complete the exercises B and C on page 93 in your book.
    * Write 5 positive sentences in past about your life.
    * Write 5 negative sentences in past about your life.


Level 5 - Unit 9 - Unsolved Mysteries

Exercise 1
* Watch the following video: Unsolved Mysteries That Will Make You Feel Weird

* Select one the mysteries and tell what it is about.
Kentuky meat shower
Mary Celeste
The sploding head
the dyalov pass incident

* Write sentences about one of the mysteries. Use the expressions:
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) rained meat in kentuky
It's unlikely (that)....

Exercise 2
* Look at the picture on page 2 in your book (slide 4). Exercise c. Write two sentences explaining what happened in the pictures. Use past tense.

* Answer this exercise on crime collocations.

Exercise 3
* Check this to know more about stative verbs
* Work on the exercises on page 25 (slide 11)

Exercise 4
* Adverbs: Work on the exercises in your book pag 30 (slide 18)
* Practice your adverbs

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Workshop 1 Words for Peace

Workshop 1
Words for Peace

1. Write a definition with your own words. Consider these:  What's peace? Is peace important? Is peace possible? What do we need to live in peace?

2. In groups. Discuss the following questions
• What gives you peace?
• Is it important to feel peace? Why or why not?
• How do you feel when you have peace?
• What are people like who have no peace?
• Have you ever felt as if you have no peace? What was it like?
• What are some words to describe feelings of peace?
• How is your attitude when you feel at peace?
• Have you needed or wanted someone to leave you in peace?
• Is there a difference between peace and satisfaction?

3. Write a composition about your take on peace.

4. Make a list of 10 words and 5 expressions related to peace.
Check the following links to find ideas..


5. Select a word or an expression to tell what you stand for... Design a small poster.

I stand for.....

6. Share your definition and your message in your favorite social network using the hashtags: ‪#‎doris3meflcenter‬ ‪#‎urbe‬ ‪#‎maracaibo‬ ‪#‎myfaceforpeace‬ #peace #IDWP

Keep on shining Love and Peace!