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26 oct. 2011

Past perfect

Let's do some activities about past perfect!
act. 1       act. 2   
Past simple or past perfect????
act. 3   

Present Perfect Simple vs. Past Simple

Grammar explanation: here

Activity 1    activity 2     activity 3   activity 4
 activity 5   (keys)

Past Simple

Watch the power point presentation about the Past Simple. It is very interesting!
Power point presentation

It's time to practice!
Activity 1 (affirmative sentences)
Activity 2 (negative sentences)
Activity 3 (mix)
Activity 4 (mix)

Past Simple vs. Past Continous

Here you are the grammar explanation. Use your mouse to see the explanation, click to change the slides.
Power point presentation

Do you still have some difficulties?? Practice, then!
Activity 1
Activity 2
Activity 3 (only past continous: affirmative and negative sentences)
Activity 4 (only past continous: interrogative sentences)
Activity 5  keys

18 oct. 2011

Pronunciation: /s/, /z/ and /iz/


Move on 1     Starter Unit     Pronunciation –s/-es
1)     - Pronounce the final – s as /s/ following a VOICELESS sound
A. [p] ⇒ cups         B. [t] ⇒ hats      C. [k] ⇒ cooks         D. [f] ⇒ cliff       E. [θ] ⇒ myths
      -Pronounce the final –s  as /z/ following a VOICED sound
A. [b] ⇒ crabs      B. [d] ⇒ cards   C. [g] ⇒ rugs    D. [v] ⇒ gloves  E. [m] ⇒ plums 
F. [n] ⇒ fans         G. [ŋ] ⇒ kings    H. [l ] ⇒ deals      I. [r] ⇒ tear      J. [ð] ⇒ clothes
      -Pronounce the final –s/-es as /iz/ following the consonants (-s,-ss, -sh,-ch,-x)
A. [s] ⇒ races  B. [z] ⇒ pauses    C. [ʃ ] ⇒ dishes  
D. [ʒ ] ⇒ garage        E. [ʧ ] ⇒ churches    F. [ʤ ] ⇒ ages, judges
The VOILESS sounds in English are ch, f, h, k, p, t.
The VOICED sounds in English are b, d, g, j, l, m, n, ng, r, v, z, ____ and all vowels
Exercises
1.      Classify :

/s/
/z/
/iz/
Watches



Houses



Cars



Looks



Knives



Baths



Handkerchiefs



Boxes



Keys



Envelopes



Boys



Wishes



Walks



Glasses



Studies



Works



Jobs



practices




2.      Circle the word which contains a different sound. Odd one out.
a)     Likes                            makes                                watches
b)     dances                       washes                               plays                                   catches
c)      smokes                      words                                 drinks                                 eats
d)      listens                        drives                                 thinks                                 wives
3.      Circle the word which ends in /iz/. Classify the other words in /s/ or /z/
a)     Smokes                      words                                 dances
b)     Drinks                         likes                                    washes
c)      Drives                         finishes                              plays
d)     Watches                    cooks                                 speaks
e)     Studies                       listens                                 cooks
f)      Catches                      eats                                     smokes

More activities online:
activity 3        activity 4

7 oct. 2011

Starter unit: rephrasing

PRESENT TENSES
1- What’s your opinion of Ted’s new book?
What do you.......................................................................................................................?
2- This is her second visit to the dentist this month.
This is the second time she..................................................................................................
3- When did she start working in this company?
How long............................................................................................................................?
4- Neil has the bad habit of getting in people’s way.
Neil is...................................................................................................................................
5- I was born in this city and I still live here.
I............................................................................................................................................
6- There’s a smell of onions in this room.
This room.............................................................................................................................
7- Lucy first started playing tennis in May.
Lucy.....................................................................................................................................
8- What is the meaning of this word?
What does..........................................................................................................................?
9- It’s over twenty years now since we got married.
We........................................................................................................................................
10- What is the weight of that piece of meat?
How much..........................................................................................................................?
11- It’s years since we last travelled abroad.
We........................................................................................................................................
12- I first met Tony twelve years ago.
I have...................................................................................................................................
13- Steve doesn’t mind travelling by bus.
Steve is.................................................................................................................................
14- Ann has only had her new bike for two days. She can’t ride it yet.
Ann hasn’t............................................................................................................................
15 It started to rain two hours ago.
It has ___________________________________________________________
16 The children got ill last week.
The children have _________________________________________________
17It’s a long time since I last went to a football match.
I _______________________________________________________________
18 Every day, Sally feels more comfortable living alone.
Sally is _________________________________________________________
19. I am on the tenth page of the letter I am writing.
So far I __________________________________________________________
20. Mary started learning French five years ago.
Mary has ________________________________________________________
21. My brother bought a motorbike last week. Now he finds it easy to drive.
My brother has ___________________________________________________
22.Can you describe Peter to me?
Can you tell me _________________________________________like?
23.What’s Peter’s job?
What _______________________________ do?
24.Peter is always late for work.
Peter __________________________ on time for work.
25.Laura has an appointment with the dentist today.
Laura is _______________________________ dentist today.
26.Describe Peter to me.
What _______________________________like?
COMPARISONS
1. He works harder than I do.
I don’t
2. I am not as tall as she is
She is
3. He is better at mathematics than I am
I am