B2 word formation

B2 Word formation ‘Balconing’

I wish I hadn’t got a hateful tendency to pick out horrible scraps of news for some of our activities. What I would really like is to always be in a very positive mood and only mention the very beautiful things related to my home island. But I just guess that part of my blog will be devoted to some of the things that would welcome a change such as the extremely dangerous practice (not to mention suicidal and stupid) of Balconing,  that is becoming more and more popular among some young tourists that visit the island of Mallorca.  This is a word formation activity adapted from Euroweekly.

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B2 · B2 Grammar · B2 word formation

B2 Strange laws from around the world

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Hello! Do you like travelling? Have you ever got yourself into a mess due to that you were ignorant of a particular law or regulation from a country you were visiting? To tell you the truth, this activity was suggested to me by one of my workmates and I was really surprised to find out that things such as,  allowing your donkey to have a nap in the bathtub in Oklahoma or passing wind after 6 pm in Florida, actually means breaking the law. I suppose none of these things are on anybody’s mind when planning a holiday,  but just in case, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check on some foreign laws, just to be on the safe side. 😉

This is a vocabulary and grammar activity that I have adapted from a text from dailymail.co.uk  (thank you dailymail! ), that aims for some Use of English practice. If you enjoy it, feedback is very welcome.

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B2 word formation · writing

B2 Writing a report

cropped-writing_workshop1.pngHello again! We’ve just finished first term tests and we’re already planning and working hard towards the final certificate examinations. One of the writing genres that we will be doing is a ‘report’. A report has a very specific format that students often confuse with essays. However it has little to do with the latter even though both have some features in common such as, the use of formal language and passives,  just to mention a couple of examples. Here are some important tips for this writing model which I hope you will find useful. As usual, I have used a special and fun format to give this information. After the introduction, you’ll find a link to an activity quiz related to reports.

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B2 word formation · Listening

B2 Listening ‘Sustainability’

How sustainable are you?

Do you do anything to look after the environment in some way? Maybe you walk or cycle to work or commute using public transport. You might even be one of those people (like me), that makes the most of the dog’s walk carrying  bags around to the recycling bin, which can be quite horrible and embarrassing, when your dog starts pulling at the lead and all the plastic bottles start falling out of the bag, one by one, clonk, clonk, clonk.  Anyway, it doesn’t matter what you do. Doing our bit is important, isn’t it?

Here’s a listening activity on this topic which is related to one of the topics that students of the EOI should cover throughout the year. See how it goes 😉