Evening English 2

8 Wishes

ICaptura de pantalla 2015-10-06 a la(s) 6.39.06 PMIn our last session you asked me for some exercises on how to express wishes about the present.  Try this one from the British Council. (more…)

7. Reading: Tips for effective studying

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6. Use of English: Modal Verbs

In this British Council Site, you will find a complete set of exercises on modal verbs to do on line.

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Also, Perfect Grammar is a great self study site to practice. You can do the exercises on line or download them in PDF format.

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5. Listenings: What is your studying style? and much more

  • Where do you usually study?
  • Do yo listen to music while you study?
  • Do you plan ahead?
  • Do you take notes? What type of notes?
  • What type of learning style works better for you?
  • What time of the day?
  • How long can you be focused?

Listing to this boy talking about what works for him. Do you identify with him?


4. Picture description 2: getting inspired with Humans of New York (HONY), a mosaic of portraits and stories

In 2010, Brandon Stanton  set out to photograph 10.000 New Yorkers. Four years later, his photoblog is followed by 7 million people on social media. It has become so very popular among New Yorkers that now everyone in the city knows what the acronym hony stands for.  Sometimes Brandon accompanies his pics with a  caption, a quote or even a story.

Dismantling stereotypes implies developing awareness on how diverse and complex reality is. This year we shall be working with Humans of New York inspiring pics. What is the stereotype of a New Yorker? I bet that after doing this activity you will understand there are not simple straightforward answers to that question (more…)

3. Picture description 1 : Useful language and structures

In the oral exam, you will be asked to talk about pictures. You will be given a pair or a set of pics to compare.  Practising beforehand will build up your confidence. Tips:

  • If you practise picture description with a friend, you’ll be able to help each other by prompting, asking questions, giving feedback and interacting.
  • Follow the steps, but be natural. If a pic surprises you, you can say so ! You do not have to wait until the very last stage to express your surprise.
  • You can also look at the model in your textbook : page 17; check also the speaking reference page 143
  • These slides will guide you to carry out the Humans of New York task that will be explained in the next post.

David Mainwood, an English teacher and a blogger, made this excellent presentation that will surely help you improve your oral skills and face the oral exam with much more confidence.  Copy the useful language that appears in slide 28 and have it at hand. You can use the pics in David’s presentation or some others of your choice. The aim is to internalise the steps in picture description until it comes out naturally.  It will take you more than one try. There are 18 slides to get you started.

2 questions


Last Monday, September the 14th was or first English session together. Click here to access the Google doc that summarises class sessions Did you learn anything new about your classmates or your teacher?

Asking questions is a good way to find out. Asking questions in English might be tougher. Read more and check if you actually remember what your classmates told you. We talked about age, family, jobs…

Are you interested in finding out more? Think of more questions.images

Rudyard Kipling, the writer of “The book of the jungle”, wrote a short poem about asking questions. This is the poem:

I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

From it , we learn that if you want to know something, the best is to ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more information you get.

We also need to listen actively … but that is another story (more…)

1. Feel /ˈkʌmfətəbl/ with pronunciation and phonetics: /əbl/ words

Spanish people usually pronounce the word comfortable wrongly. It is one of those fossilized mistakes which are difficult to get rid off. In our 2nd session on the 15th of September we practiced some tricky words. Do you remember?


  • comfortable  /ˈkʌmfətəbl/
  • twistable
  • foldable
  • affordable
  • available
  • renewable
  • portable


  • picture /ˈkʌltʃəʳ/
  • structure /ˈstrʌktʃəʳ/
  • nature /ˈneɪtʃəʳ/
  • culture /ˈkʌltʃəʳ/

This is a very funny poem by Shel Silverstein, an American writer, called twistable turnable man. After reading it and singing it, I’m sure you’ll always pronounce COMFORTABLE correctly.

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October 2022