Monday, 8 November 2010

Module 12

Hello, everybody:

We are going to practise the following topics in this post:

Conditional Sentences

Let's revise conditional sentences watching videos and listening to music ;) 

  • Type II
  1. Revise its use and form by clicking HERE
  2. Exercise 1: Put the verbs in brackets into the gaps. Form a Conditional sentence - type II. Click HERE
  3. Exercise 2: Put the verbs in brackets into the gaps. Form a Conditional sentence - type II. Mind the negations in the sentences. Click HERE

  •  Type III
  1. Revise its use and form by clicking HERE
  2. Exercise: Put the verbs in brackets into the gaps. Form a Conditional sentence - type III. Mind the position of the if-clause. Click HERE 
  3. Listening activity ( Put on your headphones or turn on the speakers)
    Watch this video, listen and type the missing words in the dialogue. Click on "Check" when you are finished. Click HERE to start.

Then do this conditional Quizz to check how much you know about conditionals

Using online Distionaries:

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary  finds the meanings of words and the associations of those words with other words and concepts. It also produces diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. If you look up words in Visuwords, you will learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
  • It is reliable because Visuwords uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers.
  • It's a dictionary and a thesaurus!
  • This online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
  • No membership required.
See what I got when I typed "think"

Then I have found an  interesting website where you type a verb and get its conjugation in affirmative, interrogative and negative form and all tenses. Besides it gives you the explanation, examples and possible translation in different languages!!! Do you want more? YES , you get the most common expressions. Click HERE to explore this marvel :

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Module 11

Hello, everybody:

We are going to practise the following topics in this post:

  • Obligation and permission
Activity one:  "can, could, to be able to" Click HERE
Activity two: talking about what is necessary / not necessary. Click HERE
Activity three: " might     must     should" Click HERE
Miscellaneous. Rearrange the lines. Click HERE 

  • Linking words:
1-This quiz will help you practice using contrasting conjunctions, HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH, WHEREAS, ALSO, DESPITE, IN SPITE OF. Click HERE

  •  Wordspot: 
  1.  Improve your vocabulary by studying the most common uses of the verb "do" .Click HERE
  2.  Learn how words associate with the verb "do". Click HERE
  3.  Online game to revise the use of the verbs "make" and "do"
    Let's play a game to check what you remember about  the common uses of do and make. Read the instructions carefully. Click HERE to start.

    • In a previous post (Module9) , I asked you to write predictions in an online tool called "Wallwisher". Here is the result:

    9th Oct, 2010 would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    The future

    Let's practise the use of t Simple future and future "going to"

    Online Practice

    Reading for pleasure:  
    21 Things that will become obsolete in Education 
    Do you agree with these predictions? Write your opinion in comments . Due date: September 29th

      Thursday, 16 September 2010

      Interesting Free Online Course

      Hello, everybody:

      While I was multitasking on the net and came across this interesting website which offers a free online course consisting of a comprehensive revision of English grammar.

      It is designed for those already fluent in English, but who want to improve their writing. It covers punctuation and grammar, from commas and colons to adverbs and prepositions.

      It says that by completing this course, you will see a marked improvement in your written English!!

      Each section breaks down the rules into easily assimilated explanations. There is a section on spelling. This course is ideal for anyone looking to improve their written and indeed spoken English.

      It also contains audio, so ensure that you have speakers or headphones ready. A text transcript is also available. Isn´t is promising? 

      Are you interested? Here is the link

      Best, Nelba 

      Sunday, 5 September 2010

      An Amazing Story Module 10

      Hello everybody,

      Here we are in a new module.
      You have studied Past Perfect.Let's revise a bit of grammar. Read the material by clicking on:
      Now let's do some interactive exercises:
      1. Exercise 
      2. Execise
      3. Exercise
      4. Exercise 
      5. Past Simple or Past Perfect? Exercise
      6. Put the verbs of this paragraph in the correct tense. Exercise 
      You have also analized the differences between the reporting verbs:
      "say" and "tell". Let's study these explanations: Click HERE
      And now do this exercise to test your knowledge. 

      This module presented elements to tell a story. To make a story more vivid, you use adverbs of manner to describe the action in detail. Let's see this power point presentation to revise this grammar point and do some activities. Important: Do the activities on a sheet of paper, then check your answers with the KEY at the end of the slideshow.

      Tuesday, 20 July 2010

      Friendship Day

      Dear students,

      Here are some activities to practise your English

      1) We celebrate friendship day on July 20th. Why? Explore the web, read and write in comments in about 50 words about this worldwide celebration. Include some personal words of yours. 
      Some suggested websites may be

      2) Can you do this puzzle? 
      Make Your Own Word Search

      Monday, 28 June 2010

      Movie Reviews written by students of Adults 5

      Hello everybody,

      Florencia's students of Adults 5A have written movie reviews and they want to share them with you. Click on the names to read their works.

      Mercedes and Gustavo

      Congratulations to Florencia, Fabia, Regina, Matías,
      Ana María, Mercedes and Gustavo 
      for having explored Google Docs!

      ACTIVITY 1 - Read your classmates' movie reviews and make comments on them giving your opinion which is expected to help them to improve their work. Take into consideration what follows:

      1- Layout: Is the document properly presented: Is the article divided into paragraphs? does it include illustrating images?
      2- Are there any spelling errors?
      3- Vocabulary: Is it varied or not?
      4- Readability: Are the articles easy to read or not? 

      ACTIVITY 2
      Michael Jackson, the king of the pop music, died last year. Visit this Adults 5 2009 blog and do the activities:

      Deadline July 30th 
      Here is Fabia's work about Michael Jackson. 
      Well done, Fabia!

      Saturday, 19 June 2010

      Feedback to comments on previous post

      Dear students:

      I am very pleased beacuse you liked  the listening activities I posted. Your comments were quite long and very good! Here is  my feedback on some common mistakes.

      • in or at the beginning/the end?
      at the beginning means the first part; e.g.: The front matter is at the beginning of the book. The place where something begins or is begun: at the beginning of the road.

      in the beginning - with reference to the origin or beginning
      primitively, originally

      in the end -means finally, at the end of the day.  e.g: Despite all the problems of putting on the play, it was a grand success, and that was all that mattered in the end

      At ended, I have remembered a lot of things which made me feel good.
      • It was “Hole in my soul” by Aerosmith and that was hard difficulty (mmm.... This is not a very clear sentence, I am afraid )
      • I don´t know how can I say en English (word order: I can say)
      Well, that is all for now. 

      Oh, before finishing this post, I would like to give you one more listening activity, but this one is about a song for South Africa Football World Cup,  " Wavin' Flag " by K'nann. If you pay attention, you'll find more interactive activities at the end of the song. Click HERE

      Best, Nelba

        Saturday, 8 May 2010

        Module 6

        Hello, students!

        Welcome to this new post where we are going to begin revising and practising a grammar point:
         -ed/-ing adjectives.

        As we did in the previous module, I want you to revise this topic in your book on page 148. Now you are going to check if you  really know which form is the most suitable in the following online exercise. Click HERE

        You have also studied Extreme Adjectives Let´s read a blog post and do this fill in the gaps exercise.Click HERE 

        I was surfing the net looking for listening activities about movie reviews and came across this interesting website:
        You cannot complain! There is a varied list of videos (some of them are movie trailers!) with online activities (click on "Read more").

        Oh, by the way Héctor from Adults 5A asked me for online classical short stories and here is the link! 

        I hope you will enjoy these activities and online resources. 
        See you next month,
        Nelba  :-)

        DEADLINE: May 31st

        Tuesday, 4 May 2010


        Dear students:

        I am very :-)  for two reasons: First, you made fewer mistakes than in the first post. Congrats!!!! That means you are making an effort to improve your English. Second, most of you found the interactive activities interesting and helpful, so I will keep on offering you more in the blog.

        Well, I'll make some comments on the mistakes you made:
        • some exercise is not right :-(  The correct version is some exercises
        • I lost the line of the game at the finish :-(  You should say at the end. 
        • I like very much the third exercise.(word order problem) You should say I like the third exercise very much
        • The first and the second points were differents  Remember that adjectives do not have plural forms 
        • i've liked the excercise number 4  You keep on forgetting the capital letter for the pronoun "I"
        • this activities :-(   these activities.
        • Mercedes and Héctor did not mention the courses they belong to. Remember to sign you comments properly!!!
        Before leaving, I would like to thank Emiliano from Adults 5D for the links he gave us for further practice. (check comments in Module 5 post)

        Finally, I would like to invite you to become "authors" in this blog. Gustavo and Fabia from Adults 5A have already accepted and have their own spaces in this blog to write about any topic they like.

        If you want to become a blogger, let me know by sending me a mail to with the subject: I want to become a blogger. 

        Bye bye, next week there will be a new post!

        Tuesday, 13 April 2010

        Module 5

        Hello participants!

        Here we are with new tasks in our blog. This post is a bit challenging and it will take you a little more time to fulfill it.  

        Remember that the activities in the blog are not to do completely at the school computer room. You may start the activity/ies in class and continue or finish it/them at home. The purpose of the blog is to expand your exposure to the English language. 

        •  Online self-check exercises
        Please, revise your notes on Future plans and intentions on page 147. Then, click on the links which will take you to different online exercises. Read the instructions carefully , do them and finally check your answers. If you don´t pass the exercise, revise your notes again. Do the exercise again and if you keep on making the same mistakes, take notes of your mistakes and ask your teacher for further explanation.

        Click on the following links (IMPORTANT: Once you finish with the activity click on the button "backwards" to return to our blog):

        1. I imagine you are revising the grammar section  about future plans and intentions on page 147 of your book as I suggested. So, let's see what mark you get after doing this questionaire.                  
        2. Will or be going to? Complete the text boxes that appear in this exercise with the appropriate tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
        3. Shall or will? Once you finish ticking the option you consider the suitable one, click on "grade me" and the results will appear.                                                
        4. Now let's revise word order and jobs. In this exercise you should click the words in order to build correct questions/answers. Once you finished, click on "check" and then on "next".                                         
        5. Writing: Write in comments which activity of the ones above you found most helpful and which one, the most difficult. Remember to sign your comment with your name and course.
        6. DEADLINE: April 30th
        That's all for now!
        See you, Nelba

        Monday, 5 April 2010

        Feedback to comments in Welcome Post

        Hello, Adults 5 students. 

        I hope you have had a Happy Easter. This post will give you some feedback on your comments.

        First of all I would like to tell you that I am very pleased with your participation. Most of you have written very good comments. 
        • The most common mistakes I have found are spelling ones :=(   Examples:
        Maria has a facebook adress
        Juan is a cyber pirata
        I use all the sistems in English
        I chat whith friends 
        I weast the time

        I am almost sure you know how to write these words properly (address, pirate, curious, systems, with, waste) , but when you are carried by inspiration you may forget the right spelling. 

        In order to avoid this problem, here is a TIP I would like you to put into practice: open  a Word document, customize your document in English  language.  

        How? go to the tool bar, click on TOOLS-> Language->select language.->American English. Once you have finished writing, check spelling and grammar by clicking on F7 and make the necessary corrections. Spelling mistakes appear in red and grammar mistakes appear in green.  

        MIND YOU, the grammar checker is not perfect and some phrases may be underlined in green but they are OK. So, if you are not sure about the suggestion, ask your teacher!!

        • Another thing I would like to point out is the following. Do not use capital letter in all your writing because it means "shouting". Example:

        I´ M A BIT CURIOUS

        • Do not forget capital letters in :
        I am ( some of you wrote "i" )
        English not english
        • Write your comments in English, not in Spanish
        Well, that is all for now.  

        I am preparing a new post with activities. Meanwhile, you can read your classmates comments to the Welcome post in order to know each other better. Some of you are Facebook fans, for example. 

        Please, vote in the poll that appears on the right of the window by clicking on one option.
        See you soon, Nelba