Monday, 12 December 2016

Functional Language

When we speak we also need to use FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE:

Functional language is language that we use to perform various "functions" such as giving advice or apologizing.

 Functional language typically uses fixed expressions for each function–for example "if I were you" or "my suggestion is" in giving advice, and "it was my fault" or "please forgive me" in apologizing.

The following  pages list common expressions for each function, graded by level. You should focus on INTERMEDIATE EXPRESSIONS Have a look!



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

-ING or Infinitive?

Doing little is fun. 
I love lounging...

Remember the general rules:

WE use the -ing form

After certain Verbs
After prepositions
When the verb is the subject of the sentece

We use the infinitive:

After certain verbs
After adjectives
For reason or purpose

See the following links

Verbs followed by INFINITIVE
Verbs followed by -ING
Verbs Followed by Gerunds OR Infinitives (Different Meaning)*


1. Do they enjoy_____ (read) ?
2. Sorry for ______(be) so late. I overslept!
3. I don't mind _____ (help) in the house.
4. It was stupid _________(run): the train had left.
5. She's always dreamt of ________(have) a house by the seaside .
6. ___________(not/have) a mobile phone nowadays is old-fashioned.
7. What about________ (ask) our teacher?
8. We stopped_________ (talk) when the teacher entered the room.
9. Please, keep__________ (tell) us what happened yesterday.
10. She promised_________ (help) me with the essay.
11. They would prefer ________(fly) to England.
12. Will you be able________ (speak) English fluently next year?
13. She left without _________(say) good-bye.
14. He persuaded her________ (buy) another washing-machine.
15. Susan bought the car _________(give) it to her daughter for her birthday.

Answers  in Comment 1 :-)

What do you do? I'm an artist

General vocabulary
What do you do?
I'm a model
She works as a lawyer
o   a regular job
o   commuter
o   employee
o   employer
o   He took a job as a waiter.
o   occupation
o   profession
o   to earn one's living
o   to run a firm
o   trade
o   What do you do for a living?
o   Worker
o   Temporary/ part-time job
o   application
o   application form
o   apprentice, trainee
o   apprenticeship
o   CV (curriculum vitae)/ resume
o   job interview
o   skilled worker
o   to apply for a job
o   training
o   training course
o   vacancy


o   period of notice
o   To be unemployed/ to be out of work/ to be on the dole
o   to fire/ to sack /to dismiss somebody
o   to resign, to quit
o   to retire
o   unemployment
o   unemployment benefit, dole money


Working hours, Pay
o   a full-time job
o   a part-time job
o   wages
o   flexitime
o   payslip
o   salary
o   to get a rise, to get a raise
o   to work shifts
o   to work overtime
o   wage cut



Generally, people who get paid a "salary" get their money monthly, and get the same amount each month. A salary usually doesn't change based on the number of hours you work.  If you get paid a "salary", you usually say things like "I make $30,000 a year."
If you get paid a wage, it usually means that you get a certain amount per hour. The more hours you work, the more money you will make.

  • vacancy ·  the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness ·  an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department
o   flexitime a system that allows an employee to choose the hours for starting and leaving work.
o   Payslip ‘nómina’
o   to get a rise, to get a raise (In American English, a person receives a raise in salary. In British English it is a rise.)

NOW PLEASE write a comment saying what you do

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Feeling ILL

'Doctor, I don't feel well'

Watch the video and asnwer the questions (in the video)

Explaining your problem

Look at these two forms we can use to talk about our health problems:
'I have been coughing a lot these days / recently / for the last few days / since yesterday.' (PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS)'I have a cough.' (PRESENT SIMPLE)

'I have been sneezing.'
'My head has been hurting.'
'I have been having headaches.'
'I have been feeling tired.'
'I haven't been sleeping well.'

I have + noun

'I have a bad back'
'I have a sore throat.'
'I have a fever/ a temperature.'

I feel + adjective

'I feel dizzy.'
'I feel under the weather.'
'I feel rundown.'

Types of illness


(adjective Allergic) To have a bad reaction to animals, dust, foods or plants. The symptoms are red eyes, runny nose and sneezing.


(verb to Cough) Pronounced 'coff'. To force air out of the lungs making a loud and uncomfortable noise:
'Smoking makes me cough.'


(adjective Dizzy). To have the feeling that everything around you is spinning.
'I felt dizzy after standing up too quickly when I was in the bath.'

Fever / Temperature

A rise in body temperature. To feel hot.

The Flu

(also called Influenza) A very strong cold caused by a virus. Symptoms include: fever, headache, runny nose and sneezing.

 Hay Fever

An allergy to plants and the pollen from flowers. The symptoms are red eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.


Not being able to sleep at night.


Uncomfortable, itchy, red spots on the skin. A skin condition.
'She got a rash on her hand after touching a strange plant.'

Rundown / Under the Weather

(idioms) Both of these mean a general feeling of sickness. Rundown usually comes from living an unhealthy lifestyle. Under the weather means to not feel your usual, healthy self.

Runny Nose

Mucus coming from the nose. The need to blow your nose a lot.


(verb to Sneeze) An uncontrollable movement of air from the nose and mouth.
'The strong smell of flowers makes me sneeze.'


Red and painful skin that comes from being in the sun too long.

- ache / sore -

These three forms are usually used to talk about general problems. These are the common collocations:

+ ache

muscle ache

sore +

sore throat
sore eyes
sore feet

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Why did they call you that?


Here you have the answers to exercise 3 (READING & VOCABULARY) > Unit  0

a) (Your own answer)

b)   A4    B3    C1   E2

c) 1. Elizabeth> successful;  Sophie> attractive; Ann>less desirable
    2. Sophie , Ryan and names beginning with A or B (especially in US)
    3. Because Ellie sounds like electrician..
    4. A disadvantage.
    5. J.O.Y or F.U.N.

e)  1. RESEARCHERS     2. EVIDENCE     3. SURVEY    4.THE AVERAGE    5. SCALE    6. RANK    7. LIKELY    8. OVERALL     9. BEYOND

Another interesting text about Belly Beth Cooper

Why I changed my name

Changing my name was a complicated process that took lots of things into account. It’s difficult to really point to one reason that made me do it. Here are some of the contributing factors, though.

My old name was hard to spell and say

Corina isn’t too unusual a name, but my spelling can be. It’s often spelled with two r’s or two n’s, or with an a, as in Carina. My original surname, Mackay, also has it’s problems. My dad told me once when I was a kid that he thought it was a Scottish name that had been brought to Australia generations ago and the pronunciation had been mangled, so we actually said our own name wrong. Who knows if that’s the case.
Anyway, the way we pronounced it was ‘mack-ay’, even though it’s spelled more like ‘mack-eye.’ So quite often it would be pronounced wrong by others, or it would be spelled McKay, or MacKay. The fact that Australia actually has a city called Mackay that’s pronounced ‘mack-eye’ didn’t help.
Needless to say, this got pretty tiring as a kid. When all you’re trying to do is fit in at school and seem cool, the last thing you want is to have to wrestle with every teacher over how to say or spell your name.

Monday, 12 September 2016


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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Certificación 2016

This course is about to be over.

I've really enjoyed teaching you and I am proud of you all. You are excellent students and I am going to miss you!

Do you feel you need further practice on Certificación?
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Have an unforgettable summer!
See you around!

Thursday, 21 April 2016



Here are the answers to th e photocopy on WORD Formation (Expand your Vocabulary)

1. a. Uninteresting     b. Disadvantage   
     c. Unfortunately    d. Impatient  
        e. Disappear            f. Unemployed    
     g. Disagree      h. Misunderstanding

2. a. Overslept     b. Underwear     c. Overcoat    
     d. Outplayed     e. Rewrite       f. Overcooked    
    g. Renew      h. Underpaid

3. a. Unlikely      b. Shortage        c. Impossible  
       d. Photography       e. Useful      f. Dislike   
      g. Sleepy      h. Unusual         i. Cheerful       
     j. Kindness

4. a Unusually           b. Surprisingly    
       c. Interestinly       d. Successfully   
     e. Beautifully            f. Thoroughly     g. Awfully                  h.Unsuccessfully     i. Unnecessarily    j. Obviously

5. a. Receipt     b. Politician    c. Depth     d. Patience     e. Marriage     f. Application                 g. Knowledge     h. Explanation

6. a. Theft      b. Belief     c. Suspicion     d. Length    e. Angry    f. Bravery    g. Vanity                     h. Ability

For further practice go to page 163 of our Student's Book and do part 2

Have a marvellous weekend!!!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


 Here are some examples of For & Against Essays for you to 'learn how'.

How to write and advantages and disadvantages essay from Anabel Blasco Martín

      In today's world everything is more convenient and accessible due to advances in technology across almost all sectors of our life. Apparently, there seems not to be any disadvantages to the use of all the new technology. However, despite how far technology has taken humans and no matter how convenient it makes things, there are also some disadvantages accompanying this level of access.

     To begin with, technology advances show people a more efficient way to do things, and these processes get good results. For example, education has been greatly increased by the technological advances of computers. Students are able to learn on a global scale without ever leaving their classrooms. Also, medical discoveries occur at a much more rapid rate, thanks to machines and computers that help in the research process and allow for more intense educational research into medical matters.
      However, the more advanced society becomes technologically, the more people begin to depend on computers and other forms of technology for everyday existence. This means that when a machine breaks or a computer crashes, humans become almost disabled until the problem is resolved. This kind of dependency on technology puts people at a distinct disadvantage, because they become less self-confident.

     In conclusion, although we have become more and more dependent on technology, it seems to me that our society needs those devices if we want to keep the progress we have achieved. Living without the technological advances we possess nowadays would simply mean chaos.


Friday, 12 February 2016

14th February is meant to love

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.

 Dear students,

Wishing everyone a romantic happy
Valentine's Day...

  Couples- stay strong!
  Singles- don't frown!


** Click here to watch and  listen about
the history of Saint Valentine's... ( Click on subtitles if you find it hard to understand)
**Click here to see what you should
always ask your lover...

XXX Dulce

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

COMPUTERS & Internet+ Quantifiers

Here are some common English terms related to computers and the Internet.

Computer equipment

desktop computer (often abbreviated to desktop)
tablet computer (often abbreviated to tablet)
PC (abbreviation of personal computer)

wireless router

hard drive
power cable


to email
to send an email
email address
to reply
to forward
new message
The Internet
broadband internet or broadband
ISP (abbreviation of internet service provider)
web hosting
wireless internet or WiFi
to download
to browse the Internet

Using a computer

to plug in
to unplug
to switch on (or to turn on)
to switch off (or to turn off)
to start up
to shut down
to restart

Other useful words

to scroll up
to scroll down
to log on
to log off
space bar
antivirus software
processor speed
word processor
to print
to type
lower case letter
upper case LETTER or capital letter