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Monday, October 19, 2015

Conversation Questions on Volunteer Work

Discuss these questions with your partner.

What is a volunteer project?
Why do people volunteer?
Would you like to work as a volunteer?
Have you ever done any volunteer work?
Is volunteering worth the time it takes?
Do you know anyone who has done volunteer work?
Where and why did they volunteer?
What could you do to help if you had no money?
What organizations do volunteer work?
What kind of work do they do?
What situations need volunteer workers?
Can you think of ways to help people who need help?
Can you list some reasons why people volunteer?
What benefits do you get personally by volunteering?

Video: Why people volunteer?

Repeated Comparative and Double Comparative

Exercise 1

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Talking about Happiness

Discuss the following questions with your partner.

Are you a happy person?
What is happiness for you?
Do you think that happiness lies within you? Or does it depend upon other people and external things?
Can you be happy if you are rich? Can money buy happiness?
Can you be happy if you are poor?
What makes you feel happy?
What aret he three most important things for you to be happy?
Are single people happy?
Does having an animal/pet make you happy?
Do you agree that older people are less happy?
What affects your levels of happiness?
Do you think some nations are happier than others?
Why are teenegers some of the happiest people in the world?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Film The King's Speech

Activities on the film. Please click on the links.
Here you are some memorable quotes to read.
Listen to the King's speech and fill in the gaps.

In this grave hour, perhaps the most ________ in our history,

I send to every ________ of my peoples,

both at home and ________, this message,

spoken with the same depth of ________ for each one of you

as if I were able to cross your ________ and speak to you myself.

For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at ________.

Over and over again, we have tried to find a ________ way

out of the differences between ________ and

those who are now our ________; but it has been in vain.

We have been forced into a ________, for we are called,

with our ________, to meet the challenge of a principle which,

if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any ________ order in the world.

It is a ________ which permits a state, in the selfish pursuit of power,

to disregard its treaties and its ________ pledges,

which ________ the use of force or threat of force

against the sovereignty and ________ of other states.

Such a principle, ________ of all disguise,

is surely the mere primitive ________ that might is right,

and if this principle were established through the ________,

the ________ of our own country and of the whole

British Commonwealth of nations would be in ________.

But far more than this, the ________ of the world

would be kept in bondage of ________, and all hopes of settled peace

and of the security, of justice and liberty, among nations, would be ________.

This is the ultimate issue which ________ us

For the sake of all that we ourselves hold ________,

and of the world ________ and peace, it is unthinkable

that we should refuse to meet the ________.

It is to this high ________ that I now call my people at home,

and my peoples across the ________, who will make our cause their own.

I ask them to stand calm and firm and united in this time of ________.

The task will be hard. There may be ________ days ahead,

and war can no longer be confined to the ________,

but we can only do the ________ as we see the ________,

and reverently ________ our cause to God.

If one and all we keep resolutely ________ to it,

ready for whatever service or ________ it may demand,

then with God's help, we shall ________.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Could you be a sumo wrestler?

 Could You Be a Sumo Wrestler? Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. Think about part of speech before you complete the blanks.

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 1. Sumo wrestlers represent the ________________________Japanese male.
 2. Sumo wrestlers sleep, eat, and ________________________together.
 3. Before wrestlers can enter, the ring must be ________________________during a traditional Shinto ceremony
. 4. Wrestlers can’t ________________________hair during a match.
 5. Only the highest ________________________wrestlers are allowed to wear white.
 6. After beating an opponent in practice, the winner sometimes ________________________his opponent around by his hair.
 7. A good wrestler tries to strengthen his ________________________through practice.
 8. The body of a sumo wrestler should not only be big and strong, but also ________________________.
 9. Wrestlers consume about 10,000 ________________________a day—more than three times that of the average male.
 10. Big meals are followed by ________________________naps, to make sure sumo wrestlers keep their weight on.

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Inside SUMO

 Complete the blanks with NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
 1. This sport dates back more than ________________________.
 2. Participants wear ________________________ garb.
 3. Wrestlers toss ________________________onto the ring before they enter to appease Shinto spirits
. 4. Chankonabe is a stew made from fatty meats, ________________________, ________________________, and ________________________.
 5. To win a sumo match, wrestlers must knock their opponent ________________________or out of the ring
. 6. A sumo match usually lasts less than ________________________.
 7. Sumo wrestlers belong to ________________________, which function like clubs and are where they learn sumo from experienced wrestlers.
 8. The grand champions of sumo, the Yokuzuna, wear ________________________ around their waists
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Future Simple vs Going to

Going to versus will

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Notting Hill Carnival

If you want to know all about the number 1 Carnival in Europe, click here.
You will listen to real British English.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Readers 1st Batxillerat B. Stage 5.


Brat Farrar. Stage 5Cover

'You look exactly like him! You can take the dead boy's place and no one will ever know the difference. You'll be rich for life!'
And so the plan was born. At first Brat Farrar fought against the idea; it was criminal, it was dangerous. But in the end he was persuaded, and a few weeks later Patrick Ashby came back from the dead and went home to inherit the family house and fortune. The Ashby family seemed happy to welcome Patrick home, but Brat soon realized that somewhere there was a time-bomb ticking away, waiting to explode . . .

Treading On Dreams. Stories from Ireland. Stage 5

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'At home we started with an innocent life. Walking home from village dances across pale wet fields, looking at birds on the moonlit lake, playing a tune across the water in the early morning with no other sound in the clear cold air.'
Innocence and experience, loss and longing, humour and sadness run hand in hand through these stories.

The stories in this volume of World Stories are by Irish writers Brian Friel, Edna O'Brien, William Trevor, Lorcan Byrne, Frank O'Connor, Claire Keegan, Eamonn Sweeney, and Somerville & Ross.


The Greek island of Corfu lies like a jewel, green and gold, in the Ionian sea, where dolphins swim in the sparkling blue water. What better place for an out-of-work actress to relax for a few weeks?

But the island is full of danger and mysteries, and Lucy Waring's holiday is far from peaceful. She meets a rude young man, who seems to have something to hide. Then there is a death by drowning, and then another . . .

Readers for 1st Batxillerat B.Stage 4



The History of the English Language. Stage 4.

About a quarter of the people in the world today speak or use English. In homes and schools, offices and meeting rooms, ships and airports, people are speaking English...

How has this happened? How did English begin, and what will become of it in the future? The history of the English language is a journey through space and time, from thousands of years ago to today and beyond, and to all parts of the world. Come on that journey and meet the monks and soldiers, the kings and scientists, the printers, poets, and travellers who have helped to make the English of today.

Death of an Englishman. Stage 4

It was a very inconvenient time for murder. Florence was full of Christmas shoppers and half the police force was already on holiday.

At first it seemed quite an ordinary murder. Of course, there are always a few mysteries. In this case, the dead man had been in the habit of moving his furniture at three o'clock in the morning. Naturally, the police wanted to know why. The case became more complicated. But all the time, the answer was right under their noses. They just couldn't see it. It was, after all, a very ordinary murder.

The Thirty-Nine Steps. Stage 4


'I turned on the light, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the corner that made my blood turn cold. Scudder was lying on his back. There was a long knife through his heart, pinning him to the floor.'
Soon Richard Hannay is running for his life across the hills of Scotland. The police are chasing him for a murder he did not do, and another, more dangerous enemy is chasing him as well - the mysterious 'Black Stone'. Who are these people? And why do they want Hannay dead?

    The Price of Peace: Stories from Africa. Stage4.


Careful, Connie, please. Your little sister's eyes are looking angry. Look at the sudden lines around her mouth. Connie, a sister is a good thing. Even a younger sister. 'Mercy, who are you going out with?'

Connie gets an answer to her question, but it is not the answer she wants to hear. And what is the price of peace between sisters?