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This is a blog for students of Licenciatura en Lenguas Modernas at UPC.

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VIDEO

You must present a video according to the next requirements:

Date: Final Exams´s week

Groups of 2 people

Genre: documentary/ magazine / stories (original or adapted)

Lenght of video: 5 to 12 minutes

Topics: your choice

You must use some of the topics and structures studied in class (vocabulary, grammar, functions)

You have to write a script that represents 20 percent of the video’s grading (1.0)

The best videos must be published on Teacher’s channel and broadcasted by social networks ( Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp…)

Be careful about copyright ( Pictures, logos, Symbols, texts..)

Don’t forget to write Credits: cast, director, camera, reason for the video, university and semester, etc.

 

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ACTIVITIES FOR LAB

Activity 1: Karaoke

Date: May 18th.

Prepare a song for a karaoke next class. You can work alone or in groups.

Choose a song you like

This activity is for having fun, not for grading. Be prepared to enjoy… Don’t worry if you don’t have a wonderful voice…. The Voice….

Activity 2: News

Date: May 25th

Prepare a News Program

3 – 4 people in each group

Use narrative tenses and reported speech

It must have 3 or more sections : Sports, entertainment, Economy, Local, International, Technology, interviews, etc…

 

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REPORTED SPEECH

WORK ON REPORTED SPEECH. LOOK AT THE EXPLANATION ABOUT IT IN THESE SITES.

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/reported_speech_explanation.pdf

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/reported-speech.html

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/reported-speech

 

DO AS MANY EXERCISES AS YOU CAN. USE THESE WEBSITES

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/say-or-tell-exercise-1.html

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/reported-speech/exercises?04

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/reported-speech-exercises.html

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Mr. Bean at the hospital (listening activity)

FIRST OF ALL, WATCH THIS VIDEO:

  1. What are the key words ( 5 to 10). Explain why…
  2. What is the video about it?. Summarize the video between 15 to 25 lines. Use narrative tenses on your own words
  3. What situation is embarrasing? What situaton is  funny? Explain…
  4. Make five questions about the  content of the video and answer them…(use narrative tenses)
  5.  DO THESE EXERCISES:
  • Combine the two sentences into one sentence.
  • Use a linking word such as when, while, because, so, and, etc. to link the sentences.
  • Do not change the order of the clauses.
  • Change the verb forms used if necessary (e.g. “He went…” to “He was going…” or “He had gone”).

They couldn’t open the ambulance doors. Mr. Bean parked behind it.

  1. They couldn’t open the ambulance doors because Bean had parked behind it.

The girl queued. Mr. Bean threw her doll.

  1. While the girl was queuing, Bean threw her doll.

The men started fighting. Mr. Bean pinched one of the men’s bottoms.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

The old man walked towards the chair. Mr. Bean ran around the table and sat down.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Everyone saw Mr. Bean’s hand in the teapot. They laughed.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Mr. Bean tried to steal his ticket. The old man woke up.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Mr. Bean turned the number display over. The receptionist talked on the phone.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Mr. Bean sat down again. The woman let go of the teapot.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Mr. Bean slept. He dropped his ticket on the floor.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

Mr. Bean got his hand stuck in a bin. He tried to get his ticket out of it.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________

 

ANSWER ALL AND SEND THIS ACTIVITY IN A WORD FILE TO MY E-MAIL: egosum24@yahoo.com

write the reference and your name in this way:

Asunto: Mr. Bean activity- Clara Pérez

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COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES

 

WORK ON THE DEFINITIONS AND CONCEPTS ABOUT THE TOPIC...

First of all, go to this slice:

Then go to the next websites, take a look at the rules and do the exercises:

http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/comp.htm

http://speakspeak.com/resources/english-grammar-rules/adjectives-adverbs/comparative-and-superlative-of-adjectives

http://www.ef.com/english-resources/english-grammar/comparative-and-superlative/

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-comparatives-superlatives.php

Exercises:

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=6009

http://www.agendaweb.org/grammar/comparative-superlative-exercises.html

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/adjectives-adverbs/adjectives/exercises

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/4g22-advanced-comparatives-superlatives-error-correction.php

https://elt.oup.com/student/solutions/advanced/grammar/grammar_04_012e?cc=co&selLanguage=en

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LISTENING: COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES AND PASSIVE VOICE

 

 

GO TO THESE WEBSITES AND DO THE EXERCISES:

COMPARATIVES & SUPERLATIVES

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_30_comparative_adjectives.html

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_32_superlative_adjectives.html

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/comparative-and-superlative-adjectives

http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/grammar-and-vocabulary/grammar-lessons/my-favourite-country-comparatives-and

PASSIVE VOICE

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_41_Present_Tense_Passive_Voice.html

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_42_Past_Tense_Passive_Voice.html

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_43_Future_Tense_Passive_Voice.html

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_44_Future_Tense_be_going_to_Passive_Voice.html

http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/Listening_Lab/Listening_Lab_Exercise_47_modal_verbs_passive.html

 

 

 

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Active and Passive Voice

Sentences can be active or passive. Therefore, tenses also have “active forms” and “passive forms.” You must learn to recognize the difference to successfully speak English.

Active voice Form

In active sentences, the thing doing the action is the subject of the sentence and the thing receiving the action is the object. Most sentences are active.

[Thing doing action] + [verb] + [thing receiving action]

Examples:

Examples:

Passive Form

In passive sentences, the thing receiving the action is the subject of the sentence and the thing doing the action is optionally included near the end of the sentence. You can use the passive form if you think that the thing receiving the action is more important or should be emphasized. You can also use the passive form if you do not know who is doing the action or if you do not want to mention who is doing the action.

[Thing receiving action] + [be] + [past participle of verb] + [by] + [thing doing action]

Examples:

In general we tend to use the active voice. That is when a subject does an action to an object.

Ex: Somebody stole my cellphone (subject = Somebody / action(verb) = stole / object = my cellphone)

Active / Passive Overview

Tense Active Passive
Simple Present
Once a week, Tom cleans the house.
Once a week, the house is cleaned by Tom.
Present Continuous
Right now, Sarah is writing the letter.
Right now, the letter is being written by Sarah.
Simple Past
Sam repaired the car.
The car was repaired by Sam.
Past Continuous
The salesman was helping the customer when the thief came into the store.
The customer was being helped by the salesman when the thief came into the store.
Present Perfect
Many tourists have visited that castle.
That castle has been visited by many tourists.
Present Perfect Continuous
Recently, John has been doing the work.
Recently, the work has been being done by John.
Past Perfect
George had repaired many cars before he received his mechanic’s license.
Many cars had been repaired by George before he received his mechanic’s license.
Past Perfect Continuous
Chef Jones had been preparing the restaurant’s fantastic dinners for two years before he moved to Paris.
The restaurant’s fantastic dinners had been being preparedby Chef Jones for two years before he moved to Paris.
Simple Future
will
Someone will finish the work by 5:00 PM.
The work will be finished by 5:00 PM.
Simple Future
be going to
Sally is going to make a beautiful dinner tonight.
A beautiful dinner is going to be made by Sally tonight.
Future Continuous
will
At 8:00 PM tonight, John will be washing the dishes.
At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes will be being washed by John.
Future Continuous
be going to
At 8:00 PM tonight, John is going to be washing the dishes.
At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washedby John.
Future Perfect
will
They will have completed the project before the deadline.
The project will have been completed before the deadline.
Future Perfect
be going to
They are going to have completed the project before the deadline.
The project is going to have been completed before the deadline.
Future Perfect Continuous
will
The famous artist will have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished.
The mural will have been being painted by the famous artist for over six months by the time it is finished.
Future Perfect Continuous
be going to
The famous artist is going to have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished.
The mural is going to have been being painted by the famous artist for over six months by the time it is finished.
Used to
Jerry used to pay the bills.
The bills used to be paid by Jerry.
Would Always
My mother would always make the pies.
The pies would always be made by my mother.
Future in the Past
Would
I knew John would finish the work by 5:00 PM.
I knew the work would be finished by 5:00 PM.
Future in the Past
Was Going to
I thought Sally was going to make a beautiful dinner tonight.
I thought a beautiful dinner was going to be made by Sally tonight.

What is the passive voice?

In general we tend to use the active voice. That is when a subject does an action to an object.

  1. Somebody stole my cellphone (subject = Somebody / action(verb) = stole / object = my cellphone)

taken from: www.englishpage.com/

 

GO TO THE NEXT PAGES AND WORK ON THE EXERCISES:

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/passiv.htm

https://www.espressoenglish.net/passive-voice-examples-exercises-present-past/

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WISHES AND REGRETS

Sometimes we want to talk about our regrets, things that happen now  or  happened to us in the past and we would like to change it or live it in a different way but now we couldn’t…

To talk about regrets we can use  WISH  and IF ONLY

Wish and If only

Wish and ‘If only’ are both used to talk about regrets – things that we would like to change either about the past or the present.

Talking about the present

  • If only I didn’t have so much homework I could go to the concert tonight. She has a lot of homework and she can’t go to the concert.
  • I wish you didn’t live so far away.
  • I wish I knew what to do.

When we talk about present regrets, both wish and if only are followed by the past simple tense. The past tense emphasises that we are talking about something ‘unreal’.

Talking about the past

  • I wish I’d studied harder when I was at school. He didn’t study harder when he was at school.
  • I wish I hadn’t eaten all that chocolate. I feel sick.
  • If only I’d known you were coming.

Both wish and if only are followed by the past perfect tense when we talk about past regrets.

Wish/if only and would

We use wish + would to talk about something in the present that we would like to change – usually something that we find annoying.

  • I wish you wouldn’t borrow my clothes without asking.
  • I wish it would rain. The garden really needs some water.
  • I wish you’d give up smoking. it’s really bad for you.

NB We can only use wish + would to talk about things we can’t change.

So I wish I wouldn’t eat so much chocolate is not possible although we can say I wish I didn’t eat so much chocolate.

(taken from https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org )

Now, go to the websites above and practice a little…

http://www.english-in-chester.co.uk/e-learning/lesson/wishes-regrets/

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-if-only.php

 

PORTFOLIO TASK 

Write a short composition about your regrets using wish / if only/- Wish/if only and would and different narrative tenses .

 

 

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