Camp Rock

October 13, 2008 at 10:19 am (General)

Some of my students told me to prepare the following song to work with them in class. They are from te Disney film Camp Rock. As a point of departure, here you have the videos of these songs:

 

I hope you liked them and don’t worry! We will use them in class.

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Mamma Mia

September 3, 2008 at 4:53 am (Songs, video)

If you are a grown-up you will surely know ABBA. For those who are not, I can tell you that ABBA is a famous Sweden group that won the Eurovision contest in 1974. This group became really famous worldwide.

Some years ago, a new Musical appeared (Mamma Mia) in lots of different theatres around the word with lots of ABBA songs and in 2008 we can see the film in the cinemas. From my point of view and after seen the film twice in the cinema, it is a very funny movie with great actors, some of whom don’t sing so well, but they try. An example of these songs is the following video, Dancing Queen, where you can see some of the actors of the film and at the same time, some scenes of the real video from ABBA.

If you want to know more about the film you can have a look here:

 http://www.mammamiamovie.com/

Or if you want to know more about ABBA, have a look at this:

http://www.abbasite.com/start/index.php?ret=/start/index.php&flash=yes

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PAST SIMPLE

May 13, 2008 at 7:26 pm (Students, Verbs)

Do you remember when we studied the past simple in class? With this article I hope I will help you to revise and improve your ideas about this tense.

Did you study the irregular verbs list? Yes? Ok then, let’s practice a bit more. Here you have some links about this:

http://www.angelfire.com/wi3/englishcorner/grammar/grammar.html#simpasint

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past

http://www.isabelperez.com/grammar.htm

 

And what about singing? Would you like to sing a song with lots of verbs in past simple? Ok let’s do it!

http://www.isabelperez.com/survive.htm

 

That’s all folks!! Or almost all. To end for today I give you the opportunity of playing a game about past simple tense.

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/elementary/i_games/gotoschool/games_gts01/

 

 

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My family

April 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm (Vocabulary)

Do you know how to talk about your family? Here you have some sites to help you.

Firstly you have a list of vocabulary and you can listen to the words. Then you can do a dictation according to diferent levels: Family Vocabulary

Secondly, you can practice with a reading comprehension. You have one minute to read a text ad later you have to fill in the gaps of a text. My family.

Thirdly, you can try to do this quizz. Family Quizz.

I hope all these activities will be useful for you.

 

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I love NY

April 16, 2008 at 8:28 pm (Reading)

What do you know about NY’

 

Why don’t we play a game about one of the most amazing cities in the world? I’m going to ask you some questions and you can find the answers in the Internet.

 

Are you ready?

 

1)      Which of these cannot be found in New York?

a)      Queens

b)      Manhattan

c)      Liverpool

 

2)      Where can you see the Statue of Liberty?

a)      Manhattan

b)      Staten Island

c)      Brooklyn

 

3)      Which is a famous building of NY City?

a)      The White House

b)      Empire State

c)      Sears Tower

 

4)      What famous monument was a present from French government?

a)      Rockefeller Center

b)      Statue of Liberty

c)      The Pentagon

 

5)      When did the Duke of York purchase the grant of Long Island?

a)      In 1663

b)      In 1756

c)      In 1579

 

If you want to know more about this city you can have a look at:

New York

I love New York

Visit New York

 

 

Thoughtful.

 

 

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What do you know about Easter?

March 26, 2008 at 9:54 pm (General)

This time of the year is called Easter, and as you know it is not a concrete day of the year, but a period of time which is in March and April. But What do you know about Easter in English speaking countries?

Here you have an interesting text about a British boy and how he celebrates Easter.

How I celebrate Easter in England
And how do they celebrate it in the USA? Let’s have a look
Easter Traditions in USA
If you want to know more about it, or if you want to play some games have a look at the following sites:
Easter games
Easter story around the world
What do you know about Easter chocolate eggs? Find out on the Net and give me an answer.
Happy Easter from Stuck In Customs!

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Reading Comprehension: London

March 21, 2008 at 9:32 am (Reading, Students)

Read the following text and choose the correct answer the questions: 

London, is the largest city in Europe. It has held this title for over four hundred years. Over seven million people call London, the capital of the United Kingdom, home. One in ten people, who live in the United Kingdom, live in London. Three hundred fifty thousand people travel each day into London to work.Due to London’s location, it is a very dry all year. Although it is dry, London is often very cloudy. On average it rains mildly just about every other day.More than a hundred of the world’s major companies have their headquarters in London, making the city a major world influence. Most people from London work in a job that involves printing or publishing.  

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS:

1. How long has London been the largest city in Europe?

     a. 100 years

     b. 200 years

     c. 300 years

      d. 400 years 

2. London is the capital city of what country?

     a. United States

      b. France

     c. United Kingdom

     d. Spain 

3. How many people visit  London every day?

     a. 1000

     b. 5000

     c. 10000

     d. 50000 

4. What of the following is true about London?

     a. it’s very wet

     b. it’s very cold    

     c. it’s very dry

     d. it’s very hot 

5. Most of the people that work in London work in which industry?

     a. construction

     b. law enforcement

     c. professional soccer

     d. publishing 

St. Paul's Cathedral

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Don’t Stop the music!

March 9, 2008 at 10:49 am (Songs)

Did you like singing with Rihanna “Umbrella”? I have decided to include other of her songs. I think it is a good idea to sing “Don’t stop the music” because it is quite easy to understand.

So here you have  the lyrics: Don’t stop the music

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Dou you want to see the video too? Ok! Here you have it!

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Verbs In English

March 6, 2008 at 5:50 am (Students, Verbs)

Most of the times,  when we have to learn different verbs it is a bit boring and difficult, because we have to study  lists of vocabulary.

What do you think of learning a lot of verbs singing? I give you this oppurtunity having a look at the following video. It is called Grammar Rock Verbs, and I have just found it in the net. We will have a look at it in class to see if you have any problem of understanding.

Anyway, I think it can be useful for youn learners as a new way to studying verbs.

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A new world in travelling

March 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm (General)

I have recently discovered a new word in Spanish which I am not able to translate into English. It is “enoturismo”. Do you know what is this? 

It is a way of mixing two different hobbies: the first one is travelling and the second one the world of wine. This way you will be able to travel around vineyards, in a luxury way, enjoying your trip.

If you want to know more about all this, I have found a wonderful site where you can find many different and interesting trips.

Are you interested in “enoturismo”?

Beautiful vineyardViñedo en San Asensio

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