Wednesday, 5 July 2017

SEPTEMBER EXAMS - DATES

Written exam: September 1st, Friday, Room 1.

  • CE (Reading) 16:30 
  • CO (Listening) 17:30 
  • EE (Writing) 18:15
Oral exam:


  • Group C, September 5th, Tuesday, Room 14, starting 9:30 (unless you already have a partner for the oral exam, the pairs will come in in alphabetical order).
  • Group D, September 6th, Wednesday, Room 14, (unless you already have a partner for the oral exam, the pairs will come in in alphabetical order).

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

USEFUL LINKS TO PREPARE YOUR SEPTEMBER EXAMS


Here are some links that might be useful to prepare the skills you could not pass in June:

READING

LISTENING

WRITING

SPEAKING
  • Habla mejor inglés. To improve your pronunciation. Look at the posts under the headings "Sonidos básicos" and "Pronunciación general".
  • A document with a long list of expressions that you can use in real life situations when speaking.
  • Conversation worksheets with lists of questions. You can use them as prompts to prepare the different topics. When you click on each topic you´ll find several worksheets.
  • Topics for oral exams from different Schools of Languages in Spain with sample answers.
  • Videos to prepare the different topics you may find in B1 and B2 exam, by Marek Connell, This links takes you to the topic of education, but on the right-hand side bar you will find a complete series of videos. REALLY USEFUL: they cover common questions highlighting typical mistakes of both grammar and pronunciation. If you are interested in receiving classes from Mr. Connell over Skype, you can contact him here.
  • Videos with examples of the different parts of the Cambridge first Certificate oral exam. They are not exactly the same as yours, but they can help. 
  • MeetUp Language Exchange Cartagena. They meet to practise their English. Join them and find out if they plan to keep on meeting during the summer!
Apart from this, remember you have plenty of links on the right-hand side bar under the heading "English Learning Websites". If you had problems with grammar, make sure to revise the main points you had problems with and to do lots of remedial exercises (you can find an almost endless list of grammar exercises on those English- learning websites).

Saturday, 27 May 2017


Don´t get nervous, be confident and remember you know more English than you may think.

QUESTION BANKS FOR YOUR ORAL EXAM


In this link you will find blocks of questions about the topics that you have to prepare for your individual oral exam. I hope you find it useful.

EXAM TOPICS

This is the list of exam topics, each with the vocabulary fields included, copied from your course syllabus:

1. Identificación personal 
• Relaciones personales
• Nacionalidades
• Aspecto físico de la persona
• Carácter de la persona
2.Vivienda
• Hogar: mobiliario y objetos comunes
• Tareas domésticas
• Ciudad: lugares habituales (Paso de peatones; centro médico; etc).
 3. Actividades de la vida diaria
• Etapas biográficas: personal, académica y profesional
4. Tiempo libre y ocio
• Tiempo libre
• Actividades de ocio
• Deportes (bicicleta estática; estiramientos; levantar pesas; etc)
5. Viajes y transportes
• Países relevantes en el entorno del idioma.
• Tipos de viajes (organizados; crucero, etc)
• Alojamiento (habitación doble; tienda de campaña; etc.
• Transporte: (autopista; atasco; despegar, etc)
• Objetos relacionados con el viaje (billete de ida y vuelta; gasolinera, etc) •
6. Relaciones humanas y sociales
• Fórmulas sociales: saludos, presentaciones, despedidas, agradecimientos, felicitaciones, etc.
• Tipos de relaciones (compañero de trabajo; pariente,etc).
• Acciones: (estar saliendo con alguien; pelearse, etc).
7. Salud y cuidados físicos
• Afecciones: (cortarse, quemadura; mareo; etc)
• Asistencia médica (pedir cita; receta médica; análisis de sangre; etc)
• Profesiones: (cirujano; especialista; etc).
• El cuerpo humano y su cuidado: (hueso; sangre; hacerse la manicura, darse un masaje; etc)
8. Educación
• Objetos (carpeta; apuntes; etc)
• Entornos (instituto; facultad; etc)
• Acciones (matricularse; "empollar", hacer una pausa; etc)
 9. Compras y ropa
• Entornos generales (grandes almacenes; centro comercial; etc)
• Entornos específicos (probadores; aparcamiento; cajero automático; etc).
• Precios, pesos y medidas (talla mediana, una lata; un tarro; etc).
• Acciones (estar de oferta, devolver a la tienda, alquilar; etc)
• Objetos: (etiqueta; monedero; moneda; etc)
10. Alimentación
• Alimentación: (producto; vitaminas; dieta; comida rápida; etc
• Ingredientes, alimentos y bebidas: (legumbres; especias; marisco; zumo, etc)
• Utensilios (bandeja; mantel; tenedor; etc)
• Acciones (hervir; cortar; freír; etc.
11. Bienes y servicios
•Acciones (abrir una cuenta; sacar dinero; etc)
• Objetos (tarjeta; cheque; cajero automático; etc.
• Seguridad y protección (agente de policía; bombero; comisaría; etc)
•Problemas de seguridad (ladrón; robo; etc)
•Acciones (robar; llamar a la policía; interrogar; etc).
• Servicios públicos (urgencias; piscina pública; biblioteca; etc)
•Acciones de servicios públicos: (solicitar una beca/ayuda; inscribirse; sacar en préstamo un libro; etc)
12. Lengua y comunicación
• Medios de comunicación: Personas (presentador; periodista; concursante;etc),  acciones (ver las noticias; participar en un concurso; etc), objetos (pantalla; mando a distancia; etc).
•Tipos de programas; (una serie; un documental; etc)
•Telefonía: Acciones (dejar un mensaje; escribir/mandar un mensaje; etc) u objetos (una llamada; teléfono móvil; etc)
13. Clima y medio ambiente
• Fenómenos medioambientales (hielo; terremoto; tormenta; etc)
• Medio ambiente (contenedor; cambio climático; recursos naturales; etc)
• Animales, vegetación  (oso; pato; bosque; selva; etc).
14. Ciencia y tecnología
• Informática: (teclado; pantalla; ratón; instalar un programa; etc)
• Imagen: (fotografía digital; cámara de video; etc)
• Comercio electrónico (compra on line; contraseña; cuenta; etc)
• Internet y redes sociales (perfil; chatear; descargar; subir una foto, etc)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS


To practise your listening skills further. There have been plenty of sites listed on the right-hand side bar of the blog all year long, but anyway... 
  • Saberingles Listening comprehension exercises in American English in three levels (your level is probably "Avanzado", the intermediate is too slow in general).
  • Rong-chang short stories for intermediate students to listen to and answer questions. Click on the exercises at the bottom, so that you can listen and practise your comprehension. To finish the exercise, you can listen and read the script at the same time 
  • Esl-lab Choose your level (medium or difficult), click on a story and answer multiple choice comprehension questions. To finish the exercise, you can listen and read the script at the same time
  • Elllo Most activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3. Just browse and look for something your level.
  • Podcastsinenglish listenings for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate level to listen to online or to download. Disadvantage: if you want to have access to the transcripts and the exercises you have to register.
  • BBC podcasts A variety of podcasts on different topics for extensive listening (no exercises). 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

EXAMS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Information about dates, times and rooms. Make sure you check this information again the day before the exam in case something has changed:

-WRITTEN EXAM: 5th June, 16:30, Room 14 Group C and Room 6 Group D:
  1. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes (16:30-17:30)
  2. Listening: 30 minutes (17:30-18:00)
  3. Break: 15 minutes (18.00-18:15)
  4. Writing: 60 minutes (18:30-19:30)
-ORAL EXAM:
  1. 7th June, Room 14, starting at 9:30. Group C. Approx. 15 minutes including preparation, individual speech and interaction.
  2. 8th June, Room 14, starting at 9:30. Group D.
-PROVISIONAL RESULTS:
  •  Friday, 16th June, 14:00, Notice board Room 14 (next to the door on the left).
-EXAM REVISION:
  • Monday, 19th June, Room 14, 11:00-12:00 (the exams CAN´T be copied, photographed, taken out of the classroom or revised by any person other than the student).
-FINAL RESULTS:
  • 22nd June.
-STUDENTS´ ATTENTION:
  • Tu. 30th May, Room 14, 9:30-10:30
  • Tu. 6th June, Room 14, 9:30-10:30
  • Wed. 14th June, Room 14, 9:30-10:30

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UNIT 8B - PASSIVE VOICE

UNIT 8A - EXTRA LISTENINGS HEALTH


  • In the video above you can revise a typical conversation at the doctor´s.
  • A conversation at the pharmacy (no exercises, just the podcast).
  • Listen to a husband and wife talking about how the husband could have a healthier lifestyle.
  • A listening about depression with a multiple choice exercise.
  • A listening about medical insurance with questions to answer. You can check your answers looking at the tapescript below (after you answer the questions, not before :)