RECOMMENDATION – NEWS IN LEVELS

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Excellent website for elementary to intermediate students (about B1+/B2-), with news items in three different levels. Each item includes text and audio.

There is also a SKYPE section, where you can sign up to practise your English online with students from around the world. 

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Click on image to go to website:news in levels

3rd CONDITIONAL – HELP WITH PRONUNCIATION

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The following three audios are to help you with the pronunciation of the third conditional. Native speakers of English pronounce a double contraction, which non-natives find very difficult.

Follow the instructions below and you will certainly  improve. 

 

CONDITIONAL 3 PART 1

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CONDITIONAL 3 PART 2

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CONDITIONAL 3 PART 3

How did it go? Do you feel more confident now?

You could also try this lesson by the BBC: CLICK HERE-animated-small 2

 

 

B1/B2 students: LEARN ENGLISH WITH TV SERIES

You might like to try this YouTube Channel, which has lessons based on short clips from TV series like Modern Family or Friends.

First you watch the clip with subtitles, then some expressions are explained. After that you work on pronunciation and, finally, you watch the clip again without subtitles.

CLICK HAVE FUN

THE FOLLOWING BBC SERIES IS ALSO EXCELLENT FOR B1/B2 LEARNERS. CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW:

EXTRA ENGLISH BBC

AND IF YOU LIKE CARTOONS, TRY “HORRID HENRY. CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW.

HORRID HENRY

 

 

 

 

MODULE 11 – UNIT 2

USED TO vs BE USED TO/GET USED TO

 

 

MODULE 11 – UNIT 1

UNGRADABLE OR EXTREME ADJECTIVES

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Don’t try to learn lists of gradable and non-gradable adjectives! It’s better to understand what makes an adjective gradable or non-gradable. This is a matter of logic and common sense. Most native-speakers have never heard of gradable and non-gradable adjectives. They just “feel” that it doesn’t make sense to say “fairly excellent” or “very unique“. You probably have the same idea in your language.

THE FOLLOWING LINK EXPLAINS HOW TO MODIFY UNGRADABLE ADJECTIVES

(CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW)

UNGRADABLE ADJECTIVES

MODULE 11 – UNIT 1

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-ING/-ED ADJECTIVES

  • THE -ING FORM (PRESENT PARTICIPLE OR GERUND) HAS AN ACTIVE MEANING, SO IT  INDICATES THAT THE NOUN BEING DESCRIBED IS DOING THE ACTION – Something is amazing….entertaining…energizing

So adjectives with –ing (see below) are used to describe the thing or the person that produces those feelings (the noise is making me feel annoyance, so it is annoying, photography provokes an interest in me, so it is interesting etc)

The noise is annoying. (It produces annoyance.)

I find photography an interesting subject. (It produces interest.)

It was an exciting tennis match. (It produces excitement.)

We’re having a relaxing holiday. (The holiday produces relaxation.)

  • THE -ED FORM (PAST PARTICIPLE) HAS A PASSIVE MEANING, SO IT INDICATES THAT THE NOUN BEING MODIFIED RECEIVES THE ACTION-                                    Someone is amazed….entertained…energized….

The –ed ending implies a certain feeling. She is annoyed means that she is feeling annoyance, I feel interested in photography etc

She is annoyed. (She feels annoyance.)

I am interested in photography. (I feel interest…)

Everyone was excited during the game. (I feel excitement.)

We all feel relaxed after the holiday we had. (My feeling is of relaxation.)

 

CLICK HERE-animated-small 2 FOR A LONG LIST OF -ING AND -ED ADJECTIVES

 

 

 

NARRATING – SEQUENCING EXPRESSIONS

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  • In 1942, …
  • During the 20th century, …
  • Yesterday, …
  • Twenty five years ago, …

Sequence

Before he was offered a job as a lecturer, he had finished his research.
  • Before this, .
  • For the previous X years, .
  • Prior to this, .
  • Previously, .
  • X years previously, .
  • Before.
  • . before which .
  • . prior to which .
When
As soon as
After
he had finished his research, he was offered a job as a lecturer.
On finishing his research,
After finishing his research,
Having finished his research,
On finishing his research,
he was offered a job as a lecturer.
  • For the following X years, .
  • X years later, .
  • After .
  • Following this, .
  • When .
  • Subsequently, .
  • Soon/Shortly/Immediately afterwards, .
  • . following which .
  • . after which .
While he was doing his research, he made an important discovery.
When doing his research,
While
During his research,
  • During this period, .
  • Throughout this period, .
  • . during which.
  • . throughout which.
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