Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Básico 1- Present simple

Download the presentation and practise with the exercises below.
Descargad la presentación y practicad con los ejercicios a continuación.

"-s/-es" or not?
"-s/-es" and spelling
Write sentences in the present (fijaos bien en la puntuación, si no ponéis mayúscula o punto al final de la frase la da como incorrecta. No tenéis que poner la palabra "to")
Complete the sentences with a word from the list.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Básico 1- Adjectives, feelings and demonstratives

Play this game to revise adjectives. Or this.
Juega para revisar los adjetivos. O este.

Watch the video to revise demonstratives - this, that, these those- and school vocabulary.
Ved este vídeo para repasar los demostrativos -este, ese, estos, aquellos- y vocabulario sobre el colegio.

Do you like cartoon films? Download this presentation to watch the scene and do the exercise. The answers are on the last slide. Enjoy it.
¿Os gustan los dibujos animados? Descargad esta presentación para ver la escena y hacer el ejercicio. Las respuestas están en la última diapositiva. Disfrutadlo.

And this one will help you with feelings. Some words are difficult, sorry.
Y esta os ayudará con los sentimientos. Algunas palabras son difíciles, lo siento.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Friday, 20 November 2015

Intermedio 1- Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming. It's next Thursday. Learn a bit more about it. Here you are a video on "Pumpkin Pie", the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Watch it and answer the questions on the worksheet. The answer key is on the second page. Don't cheat! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Básico 1- Revision

You told me you liked cartoons. I hope you like this site, it's for children but I think you can find it useful, especially if you like singing.
Me dijísteis que os gustaban los dibujos animados. Espero que os guste esta página, es para niños pero creo que puede ser útil, especialmente si os gusta cantar.

To revise vocabulary and pronunciation you can use this site (beginner or elementary sections). The listening exercises can still be difficult but you can read the transcription.
Para revisar vocabulario y pronunciación podéis usar esta página (los de nivel beginner o elementary). Los ejercicos de listening pueden ser difíciles todavía, pero podéis leer la transcripción.

A very easy listening with personal information. You can find more similar exercises here.

Pronunciación. Hay un cuadro con los símbolos fonéticos. Pincha el sonido, escucha y repite.
Pronunciation. There is a chart with the phonetic symbols. Click on the sound, listen and repeat.

I have just come across this site which can help you to revise what we do in class.Acabo de encontrar esta página que puede ayudaros a revisar lo que hacemos en clase.

This is the worksheet of the song "Words" by The Christians.Esta es la copia de la canción "Words" de The Christians.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Intermedio 1- Present perfect, past simple and money

We learnt about the present perfect and the past simple in Básico 2. You can use these posts to revise a bit: Post 1 and post 2

Here you are two extra exercises (exercise 1, exercise 2). If you use contractions, remember to use the apostrophe (the same key as ? -> en la misma tecla que la interrogación, al lado del 0).
Below the exercise you have a list of common mistakes and the reason why these senteences are incorrect.
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

Revise the vocabulary for money and afterwords you can do this listening exercise on this topic. Take it easy, it might be difficult. Do it, check answers and listen to it a last time at the same time as you read the tapescript. I hope you like it.

Use this presentation to make monologues. The questions will guide you to organize your speech.
For example: Slide 2. "I have sung in public several times./ I have never sung in public because I'm very shy and I sing really badly so I get embarrassed easily".

Saturday, 7 November 2015

8 Spanish words an English speaker should know

You often complain about the meaning of words in English, for example "get" can mean "receive, arrive, buy, etc."

Read this article and you'll see that English speakers have the same problem with Spanish. I hope you like it.

11th November: Remembrance Day

What is Remembrance day?

Visit this site if you want to learn more.

Why do people wear poppies? Click here and read about it or watch this video.

Or you can listen to these children's explanations.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Básico 1: Spelling and grammar

Grammar can be boring but it is more fun if you learn while you play. Try these games. Some of the sentences may be difficult because of the vocabulary or the tenses, sorry.
La gramática puede ser aburrida pero es más divertida si se aprende jugando. Probad estos juegos. Algunas frases pueden ser difíciles por el vocabulario o los tiempos verbales, lo siento.

Lots of spelling games. Choose the vocabulary you want to learn.
Muchos juegos de ortografía. Escoged el vocabulario que queráis aprender.

For those who are starting, try this online course. There is a bit of everything: vocabulary, grammar, listening... I hope you like it.
Para los que estáis empezando, probad este curso online. Hay un poco de todo: vocabulario, gramática, comprensión oral,... Espero que os guste.

You can try units 1 and 2 on this site. The problem is that you have to click to know what the exercise is about. Unit 1 is the verb to be and unit 2 is possessive adjectives. Again, it can be difficult for beginners, sorry.
Podéis probar las unidades 1 y 2 de este sitio. El problema es que tenéis que pinchar para saber de qué va el ejercicio. La unidad 1 es el verbo "to be" y la 2 los adjetivos posesivos. Una vez más, puede ser difícil para los que empezáis este año.

Enjoy the song. Download the worksheet with answers.Disfrutad de la canción. Descargad la  actividad y la solución.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Guy Fawkes & Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is to remember the famous plot in 1605 when seven men attempted to blow up the King and Parliament and that it became known as the Gunpowder Plot.

You can read the transcription on YouTube, just next to "compartir", if you click on "mas".
I hope you like to learn a bit about British History.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Intermedio 1- The future

Try this exercise at the grammar aquarium

A game to revise these future forms.

What will your future be like? Do this test and find out (just for fun).
For this one you have to subscribe, otherwise the answer is quite general.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Numbers, countries

Practise the alphabet.

Several exercises to revise the verb "to be", countries and nationalities
Present simple (el vocabulario puede ser difícil, fijaos en qué forma necesitáis: am, is, are)

Listen and repeat numbers

Other activities with numbers

Big numbers (1), Big numbers (2)

Use this crossword to practise the numbers 1 to 20. Click here to download it.
Usa este crucigrama para practicar los números del 1 al 20. Pincha aquí para descargarlo.

And if you click here you can do another one about countries.
Y si pinchas aquí puedes hacer otro sobre países.

A song and its exercise. I hope you like it. It is subtitled in Spanish. Is it too romantic?
Una canción y su ejercicio. Espero que os guste. Está subtitulada en español. ¿Es demasiado romántica?


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Intermedio 1. Food

If you want some extra reading exercises, click here. They are a bit difficult.

And on this post you can do a listening exercise

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Alphabet and numbers

Lo primero es saludar, ¿cómo? Escuchar y repetid. Pinchad aquí.
Pero hay otras formas para los que no se conformen con "How are you?" Echad un vistazo.
Es hora de practicar el alfabeto. Elegid el que más os guste.
Este es más marchoso
Fijaos en la posición de sus labios al pronunciar.

 ¿Os habéis fijado en como pronuncia la "Z"?

En este enlace hay dos canciones en las que se deletrea.

Y un juego, alphabet antics. Espero que os guste.

Palabras  deletreadas

Estos son los siguientes capítulos: Spelling 2Spelling 3
Y si quieres más, teclea en Youtube "Spelling" con un número y diviértete.

Y ahora los números, del 1 al 20:

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Básico 1- The house

I have just come across this fantastic site There are all kind of exercises for you to practise: reading, vocabulary, listening... And it's FREE.
Song: California Dreaming
Irregular verbs
quiz 1
quiz 2

Aquí tenéis un crucigrama para revisar los pasados irregulares. Pinchad en el número para ver la pista.
Practicad la pronunciación del vocabulario de la casa. Descargad la presentación, abridla y pulsando la tecla F5 la veréis. Al pasar el ratón por encima de las palabras podéis oír su pronunciación.
Este archivo de powerpoint tiene un listening. Para escucharlo pinchad en los altavoces, pero si no se oye tenéis las pistas en esta carpeta Home, sweet home.

Podéis encontrar muchos ejercicios para practicar there is / there are en este enlace.

Básico 2- Revision

If you want to revise using games, try these:
You can start practising for the oral exam. I hope these tips help you.
On this site there are many conversation questions that you can use to prepare your monologue.
For each topic choose 3 or 4 questions and use them to organise your speech.

And this is some extra writing practice adapted from OpenMind (Ed. Macmillan).

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Basico 2 - Listening


Cristina Cabal's blog is a great place to practise listeningnew

Jobs. Quite easy. You can find similar listenings if you click here.
Fears (phobias).
World traveller new
Japanese Life new
British Council. Listening with varied exercises. Los primeros 3 minutos o un poco más no necesitáis escucharlos, suelen referirse a episodios anteriores. Hay un resumen sobre el tema en castellano, así que podéis elegir lo que más os guste.
School in Mongolia

British Council Games
British Council listening exam practice.
BBC Learning English
ESOL Courses Choose among the list, pay attention to the level

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Básico 2- Listening and quantifiers


  • Making plans. Pay attention to the expressions they use. They are very useful for your oral practice.
  • Small talk. You are given a question and you have choose the best answer. You can read the script at the bottom of the page.
  • Clothing and fashion.
I've just come across a nice website to improve your English. Have a look at The speaking section is good: there are categories with useful expressions and you can listen to them. Pause the recording and repeat.


Comparison: lots of exercises

Básico 1. Personal pronouns, was-were, listening

Personal pronouns
Play this game and revise personal pronouns. There are more games at the bottom of the page. Don't do the games for "possessive pronouns".
And this is another game.

Was / were
And this is to practise "was / were". Some words are difficult, sorry.
Was were exercise: not very funny. But there are many more here.
Use these videos to practise pronunciation.

This is an interesting website: There are grammar, listening and vocabulary exercises. Have a look (echad un vistazo)

March 17th: Saint Patrick's Day

This is a very special date for Irish people and it is also celebrated in the USA.
Do you want to know more about this festival? Here you are a webquest, with questions and links to pages where you can find the answer: Festival Webquests: St Patrick's Day: Student page | Onestopenglish.
I hope you like it.

This is Ireland

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Básico 1- Can, can't

Watch this video. You can listen and read the subtitles aloud (en voz alta). Imitate the pronunciation. 

You can also use this (American English). Start in Unit 9, looking for a job. Start in minute 2.
Podéis usar también este. Empezad en la unidad 9, en el minuto 2.

These are some of the words in the video:
type: escribir a máquina,
iron: planchar,
wash clothes: lavar la ropa,
wash dishes: fregar.

Use this link to revise can / can't. You can do exercises 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12. I think that's enough.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Básico 2. Comparatives and shopping

Here you are some advice for your oral exam. Read this article.
And there are many more suggestions here.

Shopping: reading activity.

And enjoy this song! Worksheet

You can try to do this crossword. The answers are on the second page.

There are some extra activities on this link: Comparison of Adjectives, by Victoria-Ladybug
Find this and other comparatives/superlatives exercises in English Exercises .org

Thursday, 19 February 2015

NOTHING compares 2U Worksheet

Somebody went somewhere and saw something

Exercise 2 There is an explanation in English and a printable worksheet.
Exercise 3 This has an extra word "everything" (todo).

Participal adjectives

Watch this presentation and complete the gaps. The answers are at the bottom of this post. There is also extra practice.

More presentations from eddy arias

Answers Slide 5:

embarrassing- embarrassed
Answers Slide 6:
Exercise 0Exercise 1 You can try the exercise in the middle of the page-
Exercise 2 Read the sentence and decide if you need an -ed or an -ing adjective. Then click "Answer" to check.
Ecercise 3 This is difficult.
BBC - Quizzes The vocabulary can be difficult

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Básico 1- Adverbs of frequency

Try these exercises to practise the position of adverbs of frequency:

The grammar point this week is "always, usually, never..." (adverbs of frequency). Read this text and answer the questions in exercise 1 and 2.
Las palabras resaltadas en amarillo son adverbios de frecuencia. Las que están en negrita también expresan frecuencia pero no son adverbios.

Your homework for next day is exercise 32.2 in this worksheet.

And you can revise with this song

Grammy awards: Song of the year

Watch the video and enjoy the song of the year. Download the worksheet and do the exercise. Don't cheat (no copiéis), the answers are at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Básico 1- oral practice

These are examples of questions for your oral exam. You have to complete them. Then think of an answer. The first question is always the same:

What / your name? ->  What's your name?
  1. Where / live?
  2. Where / your parents from?
  3. / like coffee? How much coffee / drink?
  4. What / your favourite month? Why / like it?
  5. When / do sport?
  6. / have any brothers or sisters?
  7. / married or single?
  8. What time / get up?
  9. When / do your English homework?
  10. What music / like?
  11. What / your favourite day of the week? Why / like it?
  12. / English a difficult language?
  13. / like pasta?
  14. Where / from?
  15. What / your address?
  16. / live in a big house?
  17. / have a lot of cousins?
  18. What / your favourite sport? 
  19. What time / wake up?
  20. When / have holidays?
  21. Where / listen to music?
  22. / your parents live in Torrelavega?
  23. What / your grandfather’s name?
  24. How / spell the teacher’s name?
  25. How old / your friend?
  26. What / usually do in the morning?
  27. / like doing homework?
  28. What kind of books / like?
  29. What / have for breakfast?

Básico 1- Key to Oral practice

These are examples of questions for your oral exam.

What / your name? ->  What's your name?
  1. Where do you live? I live in ...
  2. Where are  your parents from? They are from...
  3. Do you  like coffee?  Yes, I do. / No, I don't How much coffee do you drink? I drink ... cups.
  4. What is your favourite month? It's ... Why do you  like it? Because ...
  5. When do you  do sport? I do sport in...(the morning, June) / at ...(5 o'clock)
  6. Do you  have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I do. / No, I don't
  7. Are you  married or single? I'm ...
  8. What time do you  get up? I get up at ...
  9. When do you  do your English homework? I do my English homework ...
  10. What music do you  like? I like .... music.
  11. What is  your favourite day of the week? It's .... Why do you  like it? Because...
  12. Is English a difficult language? Yes, it is. / No, it isn't.
  13. Do you  like pasta? Yes, I do. / No, I don't
  14. Where are you  from? I'm from ...(country) / I'm ... (nationality)
  15. What is  your address? It's
  16. Do you  live in a big house? Yes, I do. / No, I don't
  17. Do you  have a lot of cousins? Yes, I do. / No, I don't
  18. What is  your favourite sport? It's
  19. What time do you  wake up? I wake up at ...
  20. When do you  have holidays? I have holidays in ...
  21. Where do you  listen to music? I listen to music in...
  22. Do you  your parents live in Torrelavega? Yes, they do. / No, they don't
  23. What is  your grandfather’s name? His name is ...
  24. How do you  spell the teacher’s name?
  25. How old is your friend? He / she is ....(years old)
  26. What do you  usually do in the morning? 
  27. Do you  like doing homework? Yes, I do. / No, I don't
  28. What kind of books do you  like? I like romantic, adventure... books
  29. What do you  have for breakfast? I have ... for breakfast

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The human body

Some of you seemed to be very interested in knowing how to call the parts of the body in English.
If you download it and click on the words you'll hear their pronunciation.
There is a problem with the phonetic transcriptions. If you see numbers and letters, download this file and paste it in the folder called "Fonts" or "Fuentes". (descargad el archivo y ponedlo en la carpeta de fuentes, suele estar en configuración / panel de control).

Monday, 19 January 2015

Básico 2. Present perfect

I hope these presentations help you.

2 activities to practise the present perfect

Game to revise verb tenses

Básico 1- Family

You can download this presentation to practise vocabulary about the family.
Podéis descargar esta presentación para practicar el vocabulario de la familia.

If you prefer you can do it with the Simpsons. Watch the video and write down the answers. Use "his / her / their" and a family word as in the example.
Si preferís, podéis hacerlo con los Simpson. Ved el vídeo y anotad las respuestas. Usad "his/her/their" y un parentesco como en el ejemplo.


  1. Marge and her daughter
  2. Bart and his uncle
  3. Jacqueline and her granddaughter
  4. Selma and her nephew
  5. Marge and her husband
  6. Patty, Selma and their niece
  7. Homer and his wife
  8. Mona and her grandson
  9. Bart and his aunt
  10. Bart, Liza and their cousin

Básico 2. Relative clauses

If you need extra practice, try these links:
Choose the relative pronoun
Match sentences (emparejar)
Combine sentences
Find the extra word

Remember to write the composition (page 113 in the student's book)