A2 · Listening

Mog’s Christmas Calamity

It’s Christmas time and many of the UK’s chain stores create the most incredible advertisements on pets, children and families. The advertisment that we have here is about a cat called Mog. Mog is the main character in a series of children’s books written by Judith Kerr and that somehow always manages to get into different conundrums.

This is a little listening activity based on Sainsbury’s 2015 Christmas Advert  for some practice for elementary and pre-intermediate levels of English and, why not? help you get into  the Christmas spirit.

A2 · B1 · Listening

Pahoa – Hawaii volcano eruption

Here’s a new listening activity for Basic and Intermediate levels.

A2 · B1 · Listening

6 signs that show you’re turning into your mum

Six signs that confirm your suspicion that you and your mum have much more in common than you thought. 😉

A2 · B1 · Grammar · speaking

Have you ever…?

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This application from Wheel decide is great fun for practising ‘Have you ever’ structures.

All you have to do is click on the wheel and answer the question that come up. Some of them are quite tongue-in-cheek, but telling fibs is also a way to spice up an English class.

Click for wheel decide

A2 · B1 · Listening

Strange ‘wildfires’ in California

Horrified by the news of another wildfire in California, I set myself to prepare a listening activity for my students so they could get into the habit of watching news in English.  It was then, when I happened to ‘bump into’ some terrible facts that seem to make some of these fires different from the ones we are, unfortunately becoming more and more familiar with. Some of these fires don’t seem to behave like any other fire. The video is from The Watchman Reporter on Youtube, and I don’t agree on his theory about a divine intervention behind these fires, but I agree that the issues he mentions in his video, make one wonder if they have been caused by other means rather than accidents or arsonists. Watch the video and reach your own conclusion, as this may be true or not.

A2 · Listening

The Girl Who Hated Books

Do you like books? Do you like reading? Here’s a beautiful animated story for beginners, and maybe children too, about a girl that didn’t like reading at all.

A2 · B1 · B2 · songs

If You Don’t Know Me by Now

The British pop/soul band, Simply Red covered this song in 1989 and it became their second best-known hit after reaching number 1 in U.S. The original track was recorded in 1972 by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Here the aim of listening to this song is to become aware of the first conditional, which is actually the title of the song. The song also has some very useful expressions  related to a romantic relationship between a couple that are arguing. Although it is a very old song, I chose it because it is easy to understand, but as I always say to my students, be careful with some of the expressions that are grammatically incorrect, like double negatives, but are often used in colloquial speech.