26 November 2015

Listening Comprehesion for 2nd Year Basic Level Students

missing baby
nuevo morning routine
nuevo my life in the UK
nuevo Radiohead
nuevo missing child
nuevo party time!
nuevo snack time
nuevoclothing and fashion
morning routine
a shopping trip
TV guide
college roommates

All the activities above belong to Escuela Oficial de Pinto website.

Listening Exercises For 1st Year Intermediate Level

nuevomy son
nuevobeating stress
nuevoliving on your own
nuevovynil records
nuevopocket bikes
nuevomulti-cultural adverts
nuevogood or bad?
nuevohelping your memory
nuevobooks for dummies
nuevoTV culture
nuevobigger and better
World cup soccer fiasco
weekly exercise
going to the cinema
planning to play golf

All the activities above belong to Escuela Oficial de Pinto website.

16 November 2015

How to Pronounce -ed in English

There are three ways to pronounce the final -ed of regular verbs in the simple past tense. This pronunciation is determined by the final sound* of the verb in the infinitive: Is it a voiced consonant, an unvoiced consonant, or a vowel sound?

  1. For verbs ending in d and t the final -ed is pronounced /Id/ as in the final two letters of the word did. Note that here the -e is not silent and this final -ed sound adds another syllable to the end of the verb.

  2. After unvoiced sounds such as/ p, k, f, sʃ  ,θ/ the final -ed is pronounced like /t/ as in the word cat. Note that the -e remains silent.

  3. After voiced consonants such as /bð , g, v, zʒ, dʒ , m, n, ŋ, l, r/ the final -ed sound is pronounced like /d/ as in good. Note that the -e remains silent. The final -ed is also pronounced like the d in good after all vowel sounds (the -e remains silent too).
This chart may help you remember the rules above.

Click here to see some examples and listen to the past tense verbs.
Now you are ready to do these listening activities (1, 2, 3).

*If you need to revise the phonemic symbols in English, click here.

You can do some more practice with this game. Have a go! It's fun!
If you like this game, you can find more at Chiew's site. You just have to click on the logo below.
Thanks, Chiew for your nice games!

Games for Education

03 May 2015

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


29 April 2015

Picture Description


How would you describe the picture below? Click on the photo for some useful tips.

What about this one? Look at the picture carefully and then do the activities below.

To express your impressions you can use :
Look + adjective
Look like + (a) noun
Look as if + sentence

Expressing degrees of certainty.
Study the examples and then do the exercise below:
I'm sure it's a dog- It must be a dog
I'm sure it isn't a dog- It can't be a dog
Perhaps it is a dog- It could/might be a dog


  • You have to draw a picture. Listen to the recording and draw the picture described.

  • Identify the fathers and mothers with their sons and daughters.

27 April 2015

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!

Giving Directions


Prepositions of place
Prepositions of movement
Click here and learn how to give directions in English

Interactive activities (1,2,3)
Practise with videos
Listening Comprehension
Asking the way (1,2,3,4)
City map reading activities

26 April 2015

Visit Helendipity Weblog to find interactive activities and work with the corresponding units of English File Upper Intermediate, our textbook. It's very useful and highly recommended.

Thank you very much, Helen, for sharing all those interesting materials with all the blogging comminity. Yours is an excellent blog.

25 April 2015

Once Upon a Time in America

The following set of activities was designed for my intermediate level students at E.O.I. Aviles. While some of the tasks are quite easy, others are more challenging. As all of you have guessed by now, they are dedicated to the U.S.A. You can improve your English as well as your knowledge of the States at the same time.
Come on! Have a go! You don´t have to do all the exercises or follow a fixed order, you can pick up the ones you feel like doing from the index. I encourage you to try and do all of them, tho

and start a journey to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!

29 January 2015

Linkers to write an essay

Click here to find some connectors and linkers that will help you organize your essays and articles of opinion. You don't have to use so many of them but you have to try and use some in oder to make your work more cohesive and well organised.
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