Archive | January, 2012

USED TO..

30 Jan

Here are some links which will help you to practice the grammar from unit 3.1

Theory

Practice 1

Practice 2

Practice 3

Practice 4

Practice 5

 

OPINION ESSAY ANSWER KEY

29 Jan

Here is the answer key for the activities on opinion essays.

Textbook

Paragraph 1: introduces the topic and gives their point of view

Paragraph 2: develops one side of the argument giving examples of meaningless aactivities.

Paragraph 3: develops another side of the argument, giving examples of meaningful activities

Paragraph 4: gives a conclusion or summary and repeats the writer’s point of view.

Activity D: ‘It seems to me that…, I agree that…., I feel that…’, they all occur in the first and last paragraphs.

Linkers in an opinion essay

  • firstly, to start with, in the first place
  • furthermore, in addition to this, moreover
  • to conclude, in conclusion, to sum up
  • in contrast, at the same time as, opposed to this
  • for example, for instance, as an example

Photocopy Activities

Linking Words

In my view: in my opinion, As far as I see it, …

In the first place: To begin with, First of all,…

In addition to this/Furthermore/Also : Besides, Moreover,…

It is argued: it is believed, According to some people,

Yet: However, Nevertheless,…

In conclusion: to conclude with, all things considered, …

For this reason: Therefore,…

The text is quite well developed. The only problem can be found in the introduction which is too short, it does not exactly introduce the issue which is being discussed. The rest of the text is quite balanced adn shows a different way of organizing information, as compared to the sample text you have in your book

OPINION ESSAY

25 Jan

This is the handout for opinion essays

OPINION ESSAYS

NARRATIVE TENSES

6 Jan

Better late than never… Here are some activities to practice narrative tenses

THEORY

PAST SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS 1

PAST SIMPLE AND CONTINUOUS 2

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 1 

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 2

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 3

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 4

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 5

NARRATIVE TENSES GAP FILL 6

LETTER OF COMPLAINT

5 Jan

I just realized some of you do not have the answer key for the activities on the letter of complaint. I hope it’s not too late. I also attach the photocopy in case you didn’t come to class.

LETTER OF COMPLAINT

COMPOSITION TOPIC

ANSWER KEY

Activity 2

You can link most of the sentences with the following connectors: despite/in spite of, Although, Even thoug, However/Nevertheless

The key to the sentences is the following

1 E   2 G   3 D   4 B   5 A   6 F   7 C

Sample letter

Complaint 1 and justification: inexcusable delay – they booked the table in advance so that it’ll be available at 8.30

Complaint 2 and justification: wrong starters, although they repeated the order and made sure they had been heard correctly.

Complaint 3 and justification: Bad table, because it was located near the bathroom and the smell was horrible. It was a nightmare dinner.

Complaint 4 and justification: no air conditioning, there was only a fan and it was disturbingly cold.

 

TIPS FOR HAPPINESS

5 Jan

Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now it’s the time to think about our future and make new year resolutions to find happiness in the year 2012.

Can you help us?  Do you have any tip to be happier?

Remember: write your tip and how it helps and they tell us how to do it.