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!!!

    Friday, October 8, 2010

    Blog Action Day 2010!!

    My dear Bloggers... October 15th  is a very  important day for bloggers of the world. On that special day world’s bloggers join in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.

    This year theme is CLEAN WATER... what do you have to say about it?.. Register your blog and let the world hear and read your voice on this matter.

    Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

    On their Blog action site they explain why he selected this heme for this year:

    Why Water?

    Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted.
    Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.
     Don't know what to say... well, read about it, check the following links:
    Well, let's rock the blogs.. and let our voices heard and read... practice your English and contribute to a better world.

    Keep on shining Love and Peace!

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Introducing Geraldine Cubillan

    I am really happy to introduce one of our EFL students from URBE, her name's Geraldine Cubillan. On her welcome post she says:

    Welcome, dudes.

    Hi there, pals! I'm starting this blog to improve my English while I tell you stuff about  my life.

    I'm Geraldine Cubillán. I'm 24 years old now. I'm from Maracaibo and I'm in the fifth level of the English program at URBE. I study Mass Communication there.
    My first assignment is to let you know a little bit about what I like and what I don't like.

    My dream is to spend a few years traveling around the world watching great concerts.

    English is very important nowadays, thanks God I love it since I was a little girl. I don't do much to improve it but I guess that listening to music and watching on-line movies always helps. I think I can write and talk pretty good in english but I need to enlarge my vocabulary.
    I have a big family and I love them all but specially mi nephews, I'm a really proud loving aunt. 
    I love discovering new things such as new music, new places and new points of view. 
    I feel very committed to Venezuelan music and I've developed a web site called Musicaibo where I promote a lot of bands, because in this country there are many talented musicians that people simply doesn't know.  You can visit it by clicking here or this image:

    In that way, you can imagine that I love going to concerts, especially with my friends. 
    I also like cookies, cakes, chocolate and basically any kind of dessert.

    I hate liars, diet and waking up early.

    And well... this is how I released my blog.

    Let it be,

    You can listen to Geraldine's intro in our audio forum Discussion » Doris3m EFL Center. Introduce yourself!

    Please, visit Geral's Blog and leave her a comment... She's doing and excellent job... Way to go Gera... we love your creativity and skill..

    Keep on shining Love and peace!