A1 · A2 · Grammar · Grammar activity

A1/A2 Countable and uncountable nouns

Countable and uncountable nouns in English are on many occasions sort of confusing and sometimes beginners need some picture activities to help them memorize some of the words in English that are uncountable. It may be a bit of a drag, but as a matter of fact, if you don´t know them you will have some problems when you have to use determiners like `much and many`.  Here´s a quick drag-and-drop quiz to help remember some of the rules.

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B1 · B2 · phonetics · songs

Learning English pronunciation with songs: I’ll Keep you Safe

A great way to learn English is watching a film, but the thing is, how many of us have the time to watch films these days? I mean, I can hardly remember the last time I was able to relax on my settee with this intention, let alone watching one in a foreign language!

Definitely, present-day duties just don’t seem to understand our needs, do they? So, unless we can plug vocabulary, stress patterns and pronunciation into our brains just like those guys did in The Matrix, we’ll need a backup plan.

Why not try listening to music? It’s easy and fun. You can do this, working, cooking, driving, walking the dog, writing or whatever (as long as it doesn’t make you get up and start dancing). Music can also teach us structures that we need to get our tongues around, and a great number of songs have really catchy tunes that we’ll enjoy trying to understand and even learn.

Here I’ve exploited the soundtrack from the movie Up by Disney. The song is I’ll Keep you Safe by Sleeping at last. It´s a wonderful song along with a beautiful video (watch out! It could make you quite emotional! ) and although the title is great for dealing with ‘will’ used for promises, here  I’ve exploited it to practise some of the English sounds and to help students become more familiar with phonetic symbols. If you haven’t  seen anything about phonetics yet, you may want to brush up a bit on them before doing the activity (you’ll find plenty of introductory activities if you click on the menu Phonetics and English sounds).

Anyway, hope you enjoy the lesson.

PS If you don’t see me around much lately, it’s just that I’m SO STRESSSSSSSSSSSSSEDDDD OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUT!!!!!!!!!!!

A2 · B1 · Grammar

1st Conditional game

Oh! This week we’re going to do some work on conditionals. So, just to get this structure under our belt, I’ve set up this fun activity with Wheel decide.

How to play? Click on the wheel and see what you get for the question ‘What will you do if …?

Write down the sentence and spend a minute thinking about your answer, afterwards tell the class.

Example:

What will you do if the person you love asks you out?

Possible answers: If the person I love asks me out, I will go crazy/faint/be extremely happy/buy myself something very smart/go to the hairdresser’s to look great.

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300…301

No, it’s not the times I’ve been out to the gym trying to get some super abs! And it’s not the times I’ve seen the film either. I’m only celebrating that I’ve just published blog entry number 300! (after this one it will be 301). It’s been two years and some months since I set up this blog and to be absolutely honest, I never thought it would be so challenging, time-consuming, etc, etc. I can’t say it’s been a successful blog in the sense that I haven’t heard many opinions about it (except for my good-hearted friends and close family, that are obviously going to say that they love it, ha, ha, ha!!!) But I suppose I’ll have to go by the amount of visits (up to the date, over 60,000), which isn’t too bad, considering the enourmous amount of great English blogs that populate the blogosphere :-).

Anyway, this is just to thank people for sticking around and every now and then doing an activity or two and leaving a little feedback which always makes the effort worthwhile, doesn’t it?

Serena