lunes, 30 de marzo de 2009

Writing a book review

Here are some tips and strategies for writing a good book review.

You can also find more ideas in Reading and Writing Portfolio 4 (Book Review) in your workbook.

Now you are ready to write youR review of The Wave. It should be around 200 words and the deadline to hand it in is April 30.

miércoles, 18 de marzo de 2009


Deadline: April 3


St. Patrick’s Day is a very well known Irish national holiday, which is celebrated not only in Ireland but all around the world on the 17th of March.



This programme is about language you can use when you're having a discussion with people. You will learn useful expressions to help you:

- make a point (4.57)
- disagree with people (5.06)

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quizzes below!


Watch Obama's address, his English is very clear, so I think you will find it easy to follow.
When you finish listening you can read the transcript and listen to it again.


CHICAGO (4.21)

Chicago is Barack Obama's city. It has world-class museums, a cutting-edge arts scene, and modern architecture. Learn about visiting Chicago in this video from HowStuffWorks.



Listen to how the economic slowdown is affecting what we eat and talk about the language of money and economics.


Remember you can also borrow material for your listening practice from the school library. Have a look at the new National Geographic readers which come with a DVD.

When Ireland starved

This is a documentary on the Irish Famine in the 1840's. The events that became known as "The Great Famine". John Mitchell claimed that during the Famine years, Ireland actually produced sufficient food, wool, and to feed and clothe not nine but eighteen million people. Was the Irish Famine a result of mismanagement?

St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Videos

How much do you know about St Patrick's Day? Watch these video clips and learn about it.

martes, 3 de marzo de 2009

The best job in the world

Tourism Queensland has announced the 50 Short-listed Applicants for the Best Job in the World.

Have a look at them and choose your favourite. In your opinion, who should get the job? Cast your vote on a comment to the blog and give your reasons. Let's see who is the most popular applicant with the intermediate level students.


Deadline: March 18


Audio recording from the BBC (11.16)

This is a series that looks at the language of issues you hear about in the news. In this episode they look at the language used to report on global warming and climate change.

Global Warning, a video by Leonardo di Caprio (5.00)

A National Geographic video (3.03)

With the script to your right.


From this page, you can watch a short video about recycling in Bexley (a London borough) and how they are making it as easy as possible for residents to recycle their waste.

If you want to know more about recycling, click on this link:

Our expert skin diver takes us beneath the waves on just one single breath of air to discover the amazing underwater world. Learn how to hold your breath and swim among the fishes.

Watersports:How To Skin-Dive