Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Participle clauses

Having promised this long ago, I now provide some further example.

Stand-alone participle clases (present '-ing' and past '-ed') - [brief notes & exercises]

Other than in this absolute, stand-alone construction (not having the -ed or -ing clause introduced by a conjunction), we can also find participle clauses following after, before, when, while, since...

-ing and -ed clauses with and without conjunctions 

Generally speaking, participle clauses are more formal, more likely to appear in writing. These are also called non-finite verb forms (non-finite porque en realidad no están conjugadas --a diferencia de los tiempos normales, finite forms-- y por lo tanto no tienen marca de tiempo, aunque sí pueden llevar a veces su propio sujeto).

Practice on non-finite clauses - transformation exercises

Anyways, remember grammar explanations are for fun... and grammar drilling for learning :)

Update: I link here a famous poem with a couple of examples.

Happy drilling!

to be to

A form of future which is constructed not so much as a regular verb tense but as a particular usage of the verb 'to be':

to be to (notes and exercises)

The syntax is quite like our "ir a", not so much the usage.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Modals: Certainty and necessity

Hi guys,

Some notes on the usage of must/can't for certainty, as we have been reviewing recently.

Advanced: difference between "can't" and "must not"

And a brief review of this other usage, mustn't/don't have to for necessity:


Verbs followed by as

There are not so many of them, but some are quite common and we need to learn them.

Verbs + as

Notice how this is different from using "as" as a conjunction, meaning "while" or :

As a conjunction and more sample sentences

It's not such a poignant moment.

The video linked below appeared in a piece of news in  the online newspaper 20minutos. It shows the encounter of an organ recipient with the family of an organ donor held in the U.S..

It is entitled 'poignant moment' but it struck me differently. I found it quite disturbing and creepy that they -hear +heard the heart of their dead son beating inside someone else.

The reporter says they agreed to do this so as to encourage people to become organ donors. Yet, I think there might be other ways of doing -it +this without showing the public the -hard +[tough / grave / ... ] rather than moving situation this family went through.

In the Unites States, there is the possibility +[of not maintaining anonymity], if both sides agree, -[of not maintaining anonymity,] which I consider wrong. Only altruistic motives -must +should lead people to donate organs. And anonymity +prevents -preserves -all +any possibility of damaging that gesture by obtaining, willingly or unintentionally, some sort of reward.

Link To The Video

Ta, Charles, very nice!

A wonderful world

Hi! I'm not sure if this is the right email 

Well, I'm Jorge, the new student in advanced level (Mondays and wednesdays). Here it is my Have your say contribution: 

The vocaroo link is this one: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1UCzpzhsWZF

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Elderly People

-The last day, I read in the newspaper about an eighty-five year old woman -which +who was losing her house.

Her son +had asked for a loan putting -[at risk] -the +his mother’s house +[at risk].

Her grandchild was trying to sort out this situation, demanding a -social +[subsided / below-market] rent -with +from the moneylender but he had denied the offer, +thus chasing her out her house.

For this reason, I felt totally overawed and uneasy about the situation +, because it is unacceptable.

How can +[an old woman] make -[an old woman] do with a minimum pension and +still manage -for +a living?

In this country there are laws which protect the children but, who -protect +-protects the elders from -these +this outrage?

From time to time, we listen -as +how -elder +elderly people -loss +lose their houses, pensions and resources +when/while/whilst helping their families due to this crisis -situation -[and meanwhile] +[. Meanwhile] the government prefers to help -to the banks instead of helping such -a vulnerable people or +[to give up] -[giving up] -[social protection houses] +[public housing] to private companies which are raising the rent and chasing people out.

In my opinion, -[The Institutions] +[the government/administration] should commit to -sort +sorting out -this +these problems and -finish +[(to) finishing] with -this +these abuses, allowing -to people who can’t pay their mortgage to -give +[relinquish/surrender] their houses as payment +[in order] to cancel the debt and +[,] if they are old people +[,] to -[give up] +[providing them with a] social rent -[for living] +[to live] there according to their pension.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Learning with a song

In the last century the way to access -to information has changed. +The Methodology -about +for teaching -of languages has introduced new resources, in order to motivate +us and +[make us] learn in +communicative -context +contexts -[of communication]. One of the main resources is Technology.
 Technology has been used in education +ever since the first teacher scratched a drawing on a rock -face +surface. What-'s +is +most interesting is how it has evolved and spread . Today +it is in the background, taken for granted.

Nowadays -[there would seem to] +[it should] be clear that new -technology +technologies -has +have -involved +[landed on] our classroom +.  Teachers must use -this +them in order to improve the way -how +[in which] the students learn. They must be able to motivate, to -create +promote/foster/advance the idea +of how important -is it +is [technologies are]. And of course, teachers would have to develop the -desire +joy of learning.

-By +[On the] other side, -It +it seems people -will +would prefer to study new content on such -[a device] +[technological devices, ]  rather than +on a traditional sheet of paper.

In this sense , there are advantages -of +[ of using / to ] a computer, a -Tablet +tablet or a phone over a paper, such as -[you could] listening -to in a crowded train or +[while/when] walking through a park. This is the +key idea: use your devices to learn English. Let +us use games, videos -, +and varied apps on your mobile phone,

As +[far as] this video is concerned, -[it shows] a particular point of view +[is shown] -about +on how you can learn phrasal verbs in a funny way +, based -in +on pictures that show real actions.

 You -could +can -look +watch, listen and repeat +, and finally LEARN.
Try -to +it.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Obama’s immigration order sets off a frenzy of debate, emotions

I thought you'd like this:

Obama's immigration order sets off a frenzy of debate, emotions
The president sought to convince the American public Thursday that his plans to unilaterally change the laws were in line with the precedent set by previous administrations and did not amount to an amnesty program for illegal immigrants.

  • What has he actually done? Is he acting like a king or a leader?
  • Is he imposing his views, pointlessly overreaching his powers or has he taken immigration in stride, forcing legislators to act?
  • Was it about time? Can a measure so put in place be long-lasting?

Profesor: dícese por algunos del prototipo de moda de chivo expiatorio y paria privilegiadosites.google.com/site/mrmoisesenglishstuff

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fwd: [EOI Advanced Level] New comment on A Beautiful Visual on The 4 Ways Technology Is Cha....

I enclose here the corrected text, so that you can go over the changes. And one more time, many thanks to the author!
Extra notes on how dummy/preparatory it works: we use for verb groups but not so much for noun groups.

Obviously, using new technologies -are +is an excellent resource for learning -[,] tools that provide wide and faster information without -mention +mentioning the possibility of sharing knowledge with collaborators.

However, some students may feel overawed due to -the information excess +[,] or unable to manage different systems and supports -[, in] +[. In] addition everyone has a personal way to study. This is the point!
-[It is necessary an] +An -appropriated +appropriate organization +[is necessary], -focus +[focusing on] the right tools that suit us or even -turn +turning down that information +WHICH might be useless, in order to -resume +[summarize it] and achieve [an efficient content / content efficiency].

Thus, -it -[a personal conclusion] comes to my mind -[my personal conclusion]: -School +Schools must be prepared for +the future in this -issue +regard -[, it] +[. It] is a fact that currently -[, o dos “, currently, ” o ninguna] many important companies are -[running by] +[(being) run on] -clouding +cloud or virtualization systems.

E-Learning and E-Teaching -is +are going to -became +become -in a social and international -task +endeavour , and our -educative +educational system should -be consider it by improving infrastructures and putting +in resources for teachers and students, once and for all.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Get ready for your exam - page 14

Exercise 2 page 14. KEY

People who miss their dead pets will have a chance to get an
identical animal; cloning will be a source of useful animals like
special dogs

Exercise 3 page 14 

E Reading Missing sentences

• If you identify the topic of each paragraph, it
will be easier to narrow the options to those sentences that
deal with the right topic.
• Each missing sentence will have a certain
function in the text. If it’s the first sentence of a paragraph,
it will probably introduce a new topic or link this new
paragraph with the previous one. If it closes a paragraph, it
may summarise what has been said in this paragraph. If it’s
in the middle, it will probably serve as a link between the
preceding sentence and the one that follows. The students
should notice the position of the sentence in a paragraph
and also read carefully the sentences before and after the
gap to understand the context.


1 D 2 B 3 A 4 F 5 C

Exercise 5 page 14

E Use of English Open cloze

• Scan the text so that they know what it is
about. Ignore the gaps at this stage.


1 with 4 even 7 do 10 Whether
2 out 5 too 8 In
3 to 6 as 9 even

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Beautiful Visual on The 4 Ways Technology Is Changing The Ways We Learn

Hi guys,

Beautiful visual in the linked post. I know there're a few teachers among us in class. Would any of you do a write up of what you think these four ways represent in the future of education?

It doesn't need to be a long text. Just a few ideas to get some debate started...

October 28, 2014 No two could argue over the drastic changes technology has brought upon our learning habits. Gradually, we are moving towards a whole new learning culture that lends itself to the...
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