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June 29, 2017

Changing dates in September


I'm sorry to tell you that September dates have changed:
  • Sept 1st -> Oral exam
  • Sept 4th -> Written exam at 16h30
  • Sept 6th -> Exam check-up at 19h

I apologize for the inconvenience!

June 19, 2017


Lit2Go is a great free online collection of stories and poems in text and MP3 to listen to, read or download. Check it out! Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along.

June 06, 2017

The digital bystander

Live-streaming apps like Facebook Live and Periscope give us a voyeuristic peek into the lives of others. But what is our obligation when we encounter digital violence?

By RETRO REPORT on Publish Date June 4, 2017.

June 03, 2017

Grades Publishing


Grades are finally ready.
These are the course codes in case you lost the info given at the exam:
  • Monday and Wednesday group: ICL4
  • Tuesday and Thursday group: ICM4

  • Grades 
  • Exam check-up > 7 June at 19:00h
Congratulations to those who passed and I'll meet those who still haven't succeeded in September.
I wish you a really good summer.

May 22, 2017

Exam Schedule

The written exam tomorrow May 23rd will follow this schedule:


16h - 17:15    Reading Comprehension (75')
17:20 - 17:50 Listening Comprehension (30')
18 - 19:10      Written Expression (70')

As you already know, the speaking exam schedule is as follows:
  1. Speaking Exam on May 31st
  2. Speaking Exam on June 2nd

May 19, 2017

Keep practicing

You may want to work on the following topics from MyGrammarLab:

Reported Speech:
  • Reported Statements, p 204
  • Reported Questions, p 208
Verbs with -ing forms and infinitives:
  • Verbs + -ing form, p 192
  • Verbs + infinitive, p 194
  • Verb + object+ infinitive, make and let, p 196

May 18, 2017

Listening practice


As promised, I'm posting some links to listening exercises for NI1. 
Source: Talk English


Key to exercises

This is the key to the last handout I gave you in class:
Matching Reading Key:

1 - D
2 - F
3 - B
4 - E
5 - H
6 - G
7 - C
8 - A

May 13, 2017

I gave a room in my house to a refugee – now she’s like my sister

When Lucy Pavia and her husband offered Loujean Alsaman, a refugee from Syria, a room in their home, none of them knew what to expect. But over the six months they spent together, the women forged a close, sisterly bond.

The Guardian

What would you do?

What would you do in these situations? think about it.

Your friend wants to get a part-time job in the evening but she is afraid of coming home in the dark. Write an email giving her some advice. Use the second conditional.

May 11, 2017

Assignment for May 16 & 17


For the long weekend I'd like you to work on the following activities:
  • Writing: Write a text describing a house or flat. Write a description of your house or flat for a house rental website. Follow models on page 118 from the Coursebook

  • My gramar lab: Unit 54, Present and Future conditions, pages 162-163; Unit 55, Unlikely/Unreal conditions, p 164-165

May 09, 2017

The Cigar Makers. 51, Embajadores Street

The Royal Tobacco Factory in Madrid was originally built to house the Royal Factory of Playing Cards and Liquor, but in 1809, Joseph Bonaparte decided to turn it into a tobacco factory.
Listen to the history that took place just next door to our school!!

Fill in the gaps according to the information you hear:
1.      Women were ……………………. and better at rolling cigars.
2.      They could …………………………… their children.
3.      The women cigar makers were …………………… in the workers’ struggle in Spain.
4.      Galdos thought that women at the Tobacco Factory were the delight of the people and the …………………. of the authorities.
5.      The Tobacco Workers Union was created in ……………………
6.      Clara Campoamor and Victoria Kent …………………… on topics related to women.
7.      After 2000 the memory of the women tobacco factory workers slowly ……………………………. in the city.

May 06, 2017

La-la land

From The English we speak (BBC Learning English), listen to the dialogue and tell us what the expression "la-la land" means.


May 05, 2017

Golden Buzzer moment

This is a winning performance of two young rappers against bullying on Britain's Got Talent tv show.

May 04, 2017

Madrid, city of women

I'd like to tell you about this app made by the Complutense University of Madrid in order to tell the story of women who lived in this city. Thanks to the app you can you can make a guided tour around the city stopping by the most important landmarks for women in Madrid.

Listen to this video as an example:

May 02, 2017

6 top tips for revising

It's time to revise!

It will soon be time to sit your exams - but before you do, it's important to revise. Watch this video to pick up six top tips for revising - and then test your understanding in our quiz.

BBC Learning English
Watch the video

April 30, 2017

Food and mood

In this 6 minute programme, Dan and Neil discuss how your food affects your mood, and teach you six items of vocabulary. This week's question:

How many bacteria are there in the human body?
a) 39 million
b) 39 billion
c) 39 trillion

April 27, 2017

Saying sorry!

We all make mistakes, so saying sorry is very important. In this How do you… programme, we look at ways of apologising.

April 24, 2017

Eyes on the stars

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.

After watching, can you answer these questions?

1.       When did the story of the library take place?
       What happened when he entered the library? What names was he called?
       How was the problem solved?
       How did the librarian give Ronald his book?
       What was special about Star trek?
       How did a coloured boy from South Carolina become an astronaut?
       How old would he be today?

Boy apparently drove accross New South Wales alone

Boy apparently drove across New South Wales alone before police stopped his family’s car, which they say was damaged
This is news story contains the typical pyramidal shape to give information.
The Palace Hotel in Broken Hill. A 12-year-old boy was pulled over by police after apparently driving 1,300km across NSW to the outback town. Photograph: Richard Hart for the Guardian

The Guardian,
April 24, 2017

April 21, 2017

Exam dates


I'd like to tell you about the dates for the final exams:

  • Written Exam: May 23 at 16h
  • Monday & Wednesday group Speaking Exam: May 31st
  • Tuesday & Thursday group Speaking Exam: June 2nd
  • Grades will be published on June 5 at 15:30
  • Exam check-up, June 7 at 19:00

April 20, 2017


This is a survey to know your personal opinon on this Intermediate course. I'd like you to access it with the personal code I gave you in class:

Judging by appearances


These are some questions on profile pictures answered by Evan. Take note of useful expressions you want to use yourself. How about you? what would you say to this?
  1. Do you have a profile photo of yourself which you use on social networking sites, or on your ID? Answer 1
  2. Why did you choose it? Answer 2
  3. What do you think the photo says about you? Answer 3
  4. Do you have a picture of you when you were a child? Answer 4
  5. Would you use the picture of you and a friend on Facebook or other social networking sites? Answer 5
  6. Do you think people hide behind the screen? Answer 6
Updated: 21/04/17

What does your profile picture say about you?

Whether it’s a photo of you on a night out or of you cuddling your newborn baby, the image you choose to represent you on social-networking sites says a lot about you

April 18, 2017

Ain't Got No... I Got Life

Recording session: August 17, 1969 in Harlem, NY. Harlem Renaissance Festival  by Nina Simone, an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

April 10, 2017

April 06, 2017

Multi-word verbs with 'break'

Mark the monkey robber.

Mark broke in at midnight. He stuffed as much cash as he could into a sack and ran back to his car. But just as he was driving away, the car ...

April 05, 2017

Let's recommend a film to watch

Hecho con Padlet

The cinema

I'd like you to think about the answer to these questions. Then, listen to the aswers provided by the native speaker and take note of the vocabulary and expressions he used.

Can you think of a film which ...

Do you prefer ...?
  • seeing films at home or in the cinemas? Answer
  • seeing American films, Spanish films or films from other countries? Answer
  • seeing foreign films dubbed or with subtitles? Answer

Tell me about a really good film you've recently seen.

April 02, 2017

Dramas from BBC Learning English

Listen and read these popular stories:

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Race, Phil and his friends as they attempt to sail around the world in just 80 days. 
  • The White Elephant, serving up lots of functional English phrases as it follows the story of a brand new restaurant
  • March 30, 2017

    Is there ...


    Let us go back to when we were younger and think about these situations. Listen to the answers Evan gave on these as well:

    Is there 

    • a kind of food or drink you didn't use to like at all, but which you now like?
    • a TV series you used to be addicted to? Why did you like it? Answer 1
    • a singer or a kind of music you used to listen to a lot (but you don't any more)? Answer 2
    • a sport or game you used to play a lot, but which you've given up?
    • a place you used to go in the summer holidays, and you'd like to go back to? Answer 3
    • a machine or gadget you used to use a lot, but which is now out of date? Answer 4
    Why don't you think about three of the above and record yourself on soundcloud

    Talk about your close friend


    These are the aswers Evan provided on the topic of a close friend. Listen to it again and take note of expressions you would like to use:

    1 How long have you met your close friend?
    2 How did you meet?
    3 Why do you get on well?
                                   Answer 1

    4 Do you ever argue? What about?
    5 How do you kee in touch?
                               Answer 2
    6 How often do you meet?   Answer 3
    7 Did you ever lose touch? Answer 4;
    8 Do you think you'll stay friends for ever? Answer 5

    • down-to-earth
    • pick up where you left off
    • a former classmate

    March 28, 2017


    After listening to people talking about Facebook, p.51 from the coursebook, think about it and try to answer these questions:
    • Do you use Facebook or other social networking site? Answer
    • Is using Facebook a way to hide behind the screen? Answer
    • How do you feel about it?
    • Can you really have 1,000 friends?
    • Are social networks making us unhappy? 
    • Do you agree with "people who spend a lot of time on Facebook become more dissatisfied with their own lives"? Answer
    • Do you think Donald Trump won the election thanks to social media? Answer

    March 27, 2017

    Nelson Piquet Junior

    Nelson Piquet (born July 25, 1985 in Heidelberg, West Germany), also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula One driver. He currently competes in Global Rallycross for SH Racing.
    The son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, he was signed as test driver for Renault Formula One team for the 2007 season, and was promoted to the race team for 2008, before being dropped midway through the 2009 season. After losing his drive, it emerged that he had, under instruction from senior members of the team, crashed deliberately at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help his teammate, Fernando Alonso, win the race; the resulting scandal became one of the most significant in the sport's history. Source: Wikipedia

    The Harlequins, FC


    I'd like you to read about these sports issues so that we can work with it in class.

    The Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins or Quins for short) are an English rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby, the English Premiership. Their ground in London is The Twickenham Stoop. For sponsorship reasons they were formerly known as NEC Harlequins, but principal sponsorship is currently held by DHL, Adidas and IG.
    Between 2006 and 2011, the club shared its stadium with the rugby league team London Broncos, who were known during this period as Harlequins Rugby League and used a similar kit to the rugby union side.
    In 2009 the club's reputation was seriously tarnished by its abuse of the blood-substitution, in an incident which became known as Bloodgate. Since then Harlequins have worked hard to re-establish their good name. They were crowned winners of the European Challenge Cup in 2011, the English Premiership for the first time, in 2012 and won the LV= Cup in 2013.
    Source: wikepedia

    March 21, 2017

    Immersion English Course

    You may be interested in this immersion English course.

    Application: from March 17th to April 20th of 2017

    March 15, 2017

    Where do superstitions come from?

    Are you afraid of black cats? Would you open an umbrella indoors? How do you feel about the number 13? Whether or not you believe in them, you’re probably familiar with a few of these superstitions. But where did they come from?
    Stuart Vyse shares the weird and specific origins of some of our favorite superstitions.

    ·         Are you afraid of black cats?
    ·         Would you open an umbrella indoors?
    ·         How do you feel about the number 13?

    Everyday dialogues

    These are basic dialogues that you may use in your interactions.
    Listen to them and take notes:

    March 13, 2017



    1.  Can you name three important landmarks in New York?
    2.    Do you remember any important person from Chicago?
    3.    Can you name important writers from San Francisco?
    4.    What is the nickname of San Francisco? And Chicago?
    5.    Who were the first settlers in the USA?
    6.    Where can you go for free to the beach?
    7.    Can you explain the meaning of these expressions? (1,5 each)

    • The roaring twenties
    • Melting pot
    • The Haight
    • The Gold Rush
    • The Big Easy
    • Creole
    • The Louisiana Purchase
    8.    Can you place the following places in this map? (0’5 each)

    New York                          


    New Orleans                    

    Lake Michigan

    San Francisco                   

    Mississippi River

    Los Angeles