16 March 2018

Speaking-Picture Description. Transport.

Click here to find an oral ativity to talk about transport. Describe the pictures and talk about the topic suggested. Use the list of vocabulary and structures included.

It's an oral ativity created by Antonia Ibáñez, EOI Avilés.
 Thanks Mª Antonia!

11 March 2018

EOI Intermediate Level. Picture Description.

In this video you can listen to a student describing a set of pictures. It is an example of how you can do this task in the Certification exam.


Click here to find really useful help for your speaking test on Cristina Cabal's blog. Thanks, Cristina, for your great work!

Models of EOI Certification Exams

Click here and then look for the English language exam models in Asturias.
Click here and then look for the English language exam models in Galicia.

Click on the links below to practise with certification exam models from other communities in Spain:

Talk about Sport

Sport is fun and it is for everyone

04 March 2018

Telling Stories

We thought it'd never come but it's winter again.
Days are shorter, darker and colder; however we can't deny each season has its charm and we have to try and make the most of these long dark nights.

A winter pleasure I absolutely love is reading a good story on a cold stormy night, specially those with a touch of mystery; what's more, if they are somewhat gothic and scary, much better.

I know that many of you like Stephanie Meyer's saga, so why don't you have a go at the real thing, with vampires who are not so squeamish and know the appeal of red blood?

You may like Edward and all those gentle 'Twilight' vampires, but there is something about Count Dracula, with his sinister elegance, that you should not miss; something worth experiencing form the safety of your sofa, so far away from Transilvania. After all, he has first attracted and then scared the hell out of hundreds of people throughout the years; there really must be something worth discovering about him.

To start with, you can click here and read an extract from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', but you'll have to do some work choosing the right tenses for the narration.
After doing the exercise, you may feel more curious about the count's story.

A completely different option for a stormy night reading could be 'Tales of the Unexpected', a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl.
This is a terrific book, with some of the author's best stories, all of which are suprising, clever, twisted and, of course, completely unexpected. Dahl has an incredible ablility to make the macabre laughable and the stories never fail to shock and amuse the reader.

If you click here, you'll find an extract from 'Lamb to the Slaughter', one of the stories from the collection, and you can practise the use of narrative tenses with it.

Well, last but not least, I have another suggestion for you: 'Misery' , by Stephen king, a master at scaring readers. I must admit I haven't read this book myself. I've seen the film ,though, so I think it's high time I read something by S.K. just to know first hand if he is as good as they say.

Click here to do some practice with your narrative skills. This time the excerpt is from 'Misery'.
Well, now it's your turn, I'd be deligted to know about your favourite mystery stories or tales. I'd be great if we could share our experiences as adventurous readers, curled up under a blanket with a good book in our hands on a spooky night, fighting demons, vampires or any other monsters which dare try to scare us. They may succeed at first but eventually we'll win and enjoy the ride, that's for sure.
You can send your recommendations if you click here :
You can also add them to the reading section in the forum
By the way, why don't you do a crossword on monsters in literature and culture? It'll be fun!

03 March 2018

Homework for 2nd Year Intermediate Level students

Conditional Clauses

Time Clauses

Reported Speech

Relative Clauses

Modal Verbs

Verb Forms

Narrative Tenses

Gap filling 1 Gaps… 2 …more gaps 3 Gaps 4
Exercise- 5 

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension


02 March 2018

Narrative Tenses

Practise the use of narrative tenses with the exercises below:

Past simple/Past continuous 1,2,3,4,
Past Perfect Simple 1

Tenses Revision exercises

01 March 2018

B1 Speaking . Shopping.

Shop till you drop!

07 February 2018

Clauses of contrast, purpose and reason

Grammar points » B1 

Clauses of contrast

although, even though

We can use although/even though at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence followed by a clause (subject + verb). We NEVER use a comma after although or event though.
  • Although/Even though we had a bad game, we won. 
  • We won, although/even though we had a bad game.


We use however to connect two different sentences. We normally use however after a full stop (.) or a semi-colon (;). However should ALWAYS be followed by a comma.
  • We didn’t like the hotel. However, we had a fantastic time. 
  • We went to the beach; however, the weather wasn’t perfect. 

despite / in spite of

Despite and in spite of are normally followed by a noun or a –ing verb. They can go at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.
  • Despite/In spite of the rain, we went to the concert.
  • They arrived despite/in spite of leaving very early. 
We can use a clause (subject + verb) after despite/in spite of the fact that.
  • We went out despite/In spite of the fact that it was raining. 

Clauses of purpose

to + infinitive

The most common way to express purpose in English is to + infinitive.
  • The student worked hard to pass the test. 

in order to/so as to + infinitive

In order to or so as to + infinitive are more common in formal English, mainly in writing. The negative forms are in order not to and so as not to + infinitive.
  • We were asked to stay in order to finish the project. 
  • He left home early in order not to be late.
  • Use a plastic hammer so as to avoid damage. 
  • They walked quietly so as not to wake up the children. 

so that + clause

We can also use so that + subject + verb to express purpose. We normally use a modal verb with this connector. (couldcanwould, etc.)
  • We left early so that we could park near the centre. 
  • He made some flashcards so that it would be easier for his mum to remember the instructions. 

for + noun

We can also use for + noun to express purpose.
  • We went to the bar for a drink.
  • Would you like to go the the park for a run?

Clauses of reason

When we want to explain the reason why something happened or why someone did something, we use a clause of reason introduced by a conjunction (assincebecause) or a noun phrase introduced by because ofdue toowing to, or on account of.


We use because before a clause (subject + verb). It can be used at the beginning or at the end of a sentence (at the end is more common). A comma is used when the clause of reason is at the beginning of the sentence.
  • We didn’t go because it was raining heavily. 
  • Because the event was cancelled, they lost their deposits. 


We use as and since in a very similar way to because. They are followed by subject + verb and can be used at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. However, as and since are more formal expressions, and more common in written than in spoken English.
  • The government urged people to stay indoors since/as more rain is forecast for the entire weekend.
  • As/Since the roads were blocked, the victims had to be rescued by helicopter. 

because of

We use because of before a noun.
  • The concert was postponed because of the heavy rain. 

due to

Due to means ‘because of’ although it is more formal. We also use due to before a noun.
  • The event was cancelled due to lack of interest. 
  • I couldn’t enjoy the meal due to their constant arguing. 

Click here to do some exercises and see the whole explanation with charts.

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