APRIL 2010

Grammar revision: Modals

http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/can-cant.html (can/can’t/could/couldn’t)

http://english-zone.com/verbs/haveto1.html (have to/don’t have to)

http://www.better-english.com/grammar/should1.htm (should)

http://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/animals/soccer/exercises (mustn't - needn't)

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/modal-verbs/exercises?02 (mixed)

http://a4esl.org/q/h/0101/ig-modals.html (mixed)

http://www.english-4u.de/modal_verbs_ex1.htm (mixed. ATTENTION: write 'cannot' or 'must not' and not 'can't' or 'mustn't')

http://www.english-4u.de/modal_verbs_ex2.htm (mixed. ATTENTION: write 'cannot' or 'must not' and not 'can't' or 'mustn't'. Use also need)

http://www.eslcafe.com/quiz/modal1.html (mixed)

http://www.englishpage.com/modals/interactivemodal1.htm (mixed)

http://www.englishpage.com/modals/interactivemodal2.htm (must - have to)






FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010

MARKETING AND ADVERTISING

1. Listen to this podcast about an Ad Campaign: Business News 09 (Enhanced M4a) – Reebok Launches Ad Campaign
If you have problems with understanding the text, then read the complete transcript here.

2. Then take this test. If it doesn't start, click hereIf username and password are required, write atti59 (UN) and michele (PW).



3. Now revise the vocabulary contained in the previous test. Click here.


MARKETING MIX

What can you remember about Marketing Mix? Find it out here, taking this test.


ADVERTISING

TV Commercials! Watch these old ones and do the exercises. Then leave a message in your class Talkgroup. You need a mic to do it.



JANUARY 2010

HOLOCAUST MEMORY DAY


After watching the film "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas", download these files and do the activities required.



If you missed the film at school, these are the links on YouTube:

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART 5
PART 6
PART 7
PART 8
PART 9
PART 10



NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
1. Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Listen and find out! Then listen and read the transcript here.

2. Are your resolutions similar to the ones described in the video? Watch and check!

3. January is also the months of sales. Watch and take the test here: London Shopping
4. Are you shopaholic? Listenand find out! Then listen and read the transcript here.


LISTENING EXERCISES

Videos:
1. How to answer the phone 1
2. How to answer the phone 2

Dictation:
1. Telephoning
2. Numbers and letters

Listening activities taken from your Business English book:


Listen to these telephone enquiries and do the exercises in your book:


18-ex 4a-5 p. 129 Enq. 3
19-ex 4a-5 p. 129 Enq. 4

20-ex 2b p. 136 (Listen to the phone call in a new page and take a test here)
Then read the transcript here.

15-ex 2b p. 128 (Listen to the phone call in a new page and take a test here)




DECEMBER 2009

Christmas Time! Are you going on a shopping spree (=fare spese pazze) this year? Do you like buying lots of gifts for Xmas? Or do you prefer receiving them..? Anyway, have you thought of Xmas gifts yet? How much money do you want / are you allowed / can you afford to spend this year? Look at the following website and see what and if you could find out something nice and cheap for your friends and relatives:

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Christmas-Shop/b/44386030

Or maybe you want to know what Harrods is organising for Christmas time? Have a look here:

http://www.harrods.com/harrodsstore/christmas

No ideas yet? What about a go-go-hamster, the gift of the year? Read this!

Still undecided? Why don't you write a letter to Santa Claus (this is not just like writing boring business letters!)? Try this funny website! From the North Pole, Santa will send your reply... faster than Rudolph the reindeer (=renna) can fly!! And if you want to read letters to Santa Claus, click here.

Last but not least... do you really LIKE Christmas time? Read this first and second article and say which one you agree or disagree most on!

Do you like singing Christmas carols? Choose your favourite Christmas song here!


LISTEN TO AND WATCH THIS SONG. TAKE THE TEST



Listening activities taken from your Business English book:



HOMEWORK FOR JANUARY 2010

Christmas Time! How do you usually spend your Xmas holidays? What did you do last Xmas? What does Xmas mean to you: is it a religious, a pagan or a commercial holiday? How are you going to celebrate New Year's Eve? Answer these questions:

1. When Xmas comes, I feel...
2. I like/don't like Xmas because..
3. At Xmas Eve I usually...
4. Last year I spent my Xmas day...
5. This Xmas I'm going/not going to... I want/don't want to...
6. When I was little child, at Xmas I used to/didn't use to...
7. The things I like/hate doing most at Xmas are...
8. My favourite Xmas song is... because...
9. My favourite Xmas movie is... It's a story about....
10. (Before 31st December 2009) This New Year's Eve I'm going/not going to...
11. (After 1st January 2010): I spent my New Year's Eve....


NOVEMBER 2009

Have you ever seen the film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's? Read an Italian and an English synopsis here, then watch an introductory video and finally this videoclip for some language exercises. Start with Practice mode: you can listen, show and hide the text, hear the lines as many times as you want. Then swtich to Quiz Mode. Use a microphone: two words will be hidden from each English line. Record (speake) the full sentence and you'll earn extra points if you get the missing words right. Have fun!

Improve your listening skill here: http://esl.about.com/od/listeningquizzes/English_Listening_Comprehension_Quizzes_for_ESL_EFL.htm

BUSINESS ENGLISH LISTENING ACTIVITIES:


1. Oxford English for Careers - Choose among these topics For each unit, work on Listening, Vocabulary and Language

2. To watch the following videos, you have to register with your email and password at this website: www.englishcentral.com

**Apologies: late for work**
**Apologies: working late tonight**
**Holiday food in the US**
**At a Party: arriving**
**Is this seat taken?**
**Getting Around: Bus Stop**
Introductions: Meet the Boss

3. Dictation:

Appointments
Meetings


3. BUSINESS ENGLISH EXERCISES


Email-practice, grammar, interactive tests, Decision games, 4:55 games

TELEPHONING

Listen and write phone messages. First click Play to listen all audio at once, then click Play to start dictation or select the track, then select the following tracks. The text (dictation) is divided into 22 parts.


OCTOBER 2009

LISTENING ACTIVITIES
Listen to "The Flatmates", a BBC online language course. Have fun!
Download the script of the first episodes here. external image msword.png THE FLATMATES.dot


VERB TENSE REVISION
Regular and irregular past simple
Simple past or Present Perfect?
Present Perfect Simple or Progressive?
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_present-perfect_quiz.htm
since or for?
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs5.htm
http://www.eslcafe.com/quiz/past2.html
Past continuous 1
Irregular verbs 1
Irregular verbs 2
Irregular verbs 3
Mixed Tenses 1
Mixed Tenses 2
Mixed Tenses 3

Se hai ancora dubbi sulla formazione dei tempi present, accedi a questa pagina, scorri verso il basso e guarda il video.




SEPTEMBER 2009

1. Welcome to this new school year! Have you ever watched a Double Interview? Let's try this one... It's a nice ice-breaking activity (hopefully!).
Download the file, print it and bring it to school next time.


2. As a serious "starter", watch and listen to Obama's speech on Education (first and second part) given on 9 Sept 2009 here. Then download, print and bring these documents to school.

external image msword.png OBAMA_SCHOOL_SPEECH.doc external image msword.png discorso Obama 8 sett 09.doc

3. Now test your language level here:

1. http://www.time4english.com (Username: Time4english Password: free. Click on Login. On the right, click on PLACEMENT TEST. Then click on 'Take the Test NOW')
2. http://www.examenglish.com/leveltest/index.php
3. http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/test_level.asp

To try different language levels, take these tests:
- beginner: http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/test_beginners.asp
- elementary: http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/test_elementary.asp
- pre-intermediate: http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/test_pre-intermediate.asp
- intermediate: http://www.englishjet.com/english_courses_files/test_intermediate.asp

...and your listening level here:
1. http://www.time4english.com (Username: Time4english Password: free. Click on Login. On the right, click on LISTENING TEST. Then click on 'Take the Test NOW')
2. http://www.go4english.com/test/test.php?l=3