Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Grammar Revision: Expressions with GET

These exercises will help you to remember expressions with get.

Activity One: choose the best option. Click HERE

Activity Two: Match the items on the right with the items on the left.
Click  HERE

Activity Three: This is a printable activity with answers. You can do them at the computer room in this way: click HERE to see the activity, write the answers in a sheet of paper, and then check your responses with the KEY answers in the last page.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

-ed/-ing adjectives

Hello, everybody:

Welcome to this new post where we are going to begin revising and practising a grammar point:  -ed/-ing adjectives. These adjectives are confusing and students usually have difficulties using them properly. 

Remember we use -ed adjectives to talk about feelings:
I am frightened

Remember we use /-ing adjectives to talk about the situations that cause the feelings.
That movie is frightening!

Activity:You are going to check if you really know which form is the most suitable in the following online exercise. Click HERE

See next post with more interesting activities,
Nelba  :-)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Jobs and Work Vocabulary

The topic in module 9 is "Jobs", so let's revise some vocabulary and useful expressions. 
Click HERE, read and study the material. Take notes if necessary because afterwards you are going to do some interactive activities to check how much you know/remember. 
Activity ONE: Comptetition!
Let's do an English Jobs Crossword. The first team which finishes the crossword is the WINNER! Click HERE to play.
Activity TWO:  About you
1) Put on the headphones or turn on the speakers, click HERE and read  and listen to the online material.  
2) Choose one of the topics (e.g. " My first job" ) and taking the paragraph as a model write about your own experience in a Word document. Use the spelling and grammar checker to improve your writing.
3) Finally, upload your writing in a comment to this post.
Activity THREE: another game
Did you use to play hangman when you where young? Let's have fun and test our English knowledge. Click HERE to play
Activity FOUR:  Time to read and think
This is a reading comprehension activity. Read the instructions carefully and test your understanding skills. Click HERE to start.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Test your English and collaborate with the World Food Programme

FreeRice is a non-profit website launched in October 2007. It is run by the United Nations World Food ProgrammeIts two goals are:
  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on the site. As a Freerice player, you can collaborate. If we all do a little we can achieve a lot!

How does the Freerice program work?How does playing the vocabulary game at Freerice help me? Click HERE to know.

Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. 

Are you ready to play? Click HERE to start.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Grammar Revision: Past Perfect

Revise your knowledge about the use of Past Perfect Tenes by clicking HERE

Exercise One: Put in the verbs in brackets into the gaps and form sentences in the Past Perfect. Use contracted forms only when there are personal pronouns. Click HERE

Exercise Two: Questions in Past Perfect Simple. Complete the questions in Past Perfect Simple and then check your answers. Click HERE

Exercise Three: Simple Past or Past Perfect? Using the words in parentheses, complete the text with the appropriate tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers. Click HERE 

Exercise Four:  Simple Past, Present  or Past Perfect? Using the words in parentheses, complete the text with the appropriate tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers. Click HERE

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Listening activities

Understanding oral English may be the most difficult activity for students. So, here is an interesting proposal to develop this skill "Lyrics Training" website where you will be able to fill in gaps and enjoy music and a video at the same time. 

"Lyrics Training is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills like English through the music and lyrics of the songs."

Once you have chosen the song you want to listen to, select the "game mode" : beginner, intermediate or expert. 

Then a new window will appear with a YouTube video + incomplete lyrics. The picture below shows the song "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie Titanic ( it is so romantic!!! )

You have to fill in the blanks while you are listening to the song. You get instructions about how to use the tool and/or get hints to fill in the gaps by clicking on HELP (see picture below)
You can do the listening activity as many times as necessary. Remember: if you get a high scoring doing the beginner level, you can step to intermediate or experienced!

Activity  Go to http://www.lyricstraining.com/index.php, choose a song, do the fill in the gaps activity at the different levels, then tell us in comments : 
  • Which song you chose 
  • The reason for doing so
  • Which was the level you felt more comfortable (beginner, intermediate, expert) 
  • What  your opinion of this listening practise is 
Deadline: September 21st

I hope you like the proposal. See you soon, Nelba

Monday, 8 August 2011

Weird, or just different?

TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. It brings together the most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give a talk in only 18 minutes o less.

In this opportunity, I have chosen the following video

Task 1 (easy): Watch it

Task 2 (a little demanding): discuss about the topic presented in the video with your partner and take notes about your ideas. Then write a short paragraph about the topic and your opinion. You can read the comments left by other viewers to pick up ideas and/or vocabulary.

Task 3 (more demanding but not imossible):
Let’s test your reading skills! Pay attention to the website and find out the answers to the following questions and write them in comments:
- What is the speaker’s name? Why do you think he is so special to be invited to TED?

- Can you get the script of the video? How?

- How can you share this video with your cyber friends? Can you publish it in any social network? Which one/s?

-Who can add comments?

-What does the speaker says about Chinese doctors?

Task 4 (take your time) : Look for another video to recommend and share with your partners :)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Do you like movies? (listening comprehension)

Dear all:

In this post, I would like to show you a very interesting website where you can watch new movies and do listening comprehension activities (fill in activity). 

The website is called "Learn English Through Movies"
Click HERE to see what it  is about.

Task 1: Choose one movie and do the corresponding  fill in the blanks activity .

Task 2: Write in comments the reason for your choice.

Happy winter holidays!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Visual Dictionary

Sashi is a visual dictionary. It not only gives you different definitions of a word , but also pictures illustrating them. I picked the following pictures from it . 

Activity: Revise the vocabulary you learned in section 6.3 in Total English and write in comments the words that discribe the pictures:

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Module 5 Total English

Hello, everybody:

It is a cloudy afternoon and here I am in front of the screen, surfing the net, looking for activities to offer you.

I love reading because when I read my imagination flies  entering a virtual world. You have read three stories so far, haven´t you? You are supposed to read "Telling Stories" by Maeve Binchy.

I have never heard of her before :(  Here is a link to her home page where you can read about this author (LINK).

Activity ONE: surf the Mave's website and answer  in comments: Is she confident with technology. How can you contact her? 


Tired of reading? Do you want to practise listening? 
Here are Maeve's Audio books

Activity TWO : Write in comments which audio book you  chose, give a reason and tell us if you found it easy or difficult to understand.

Optional Activity:let's create a community-powered encyclopedia for our friends, classmates and book lovers. Which online tool shall we use? 

How? it is very simple : Go to http://www.shelfari.com/  and take a tour. Then get registered and upload the books you have read, are reading and/or are planning to read. If you open an account in Shelfari, let me know and I will add you to my contact list and we will share books.

My Shelfari looks like this:

Revise your knowledge about Present Perfect Continuous by clicking on this website 

Activity FOUR: Now let's do an intereactive activity: Match the two parts of the sentences and then click on the "check" icon to get feedback . Click HERE to start.

DEADLINE for the activities in this post: June 20th

Reminder: There is a new page "Feedback" where you can read my comments to your writings and some recommended material to read and study.

That's all for now. See you soon.
Nelba :)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Let`s play basketball

Hello, everybody: 

Have you read my comments on your mistakes in the "feedback" page?  I uploaded a lot of material to revise prepositions.

If you want to play basketball and score points, check that material !

If you feel confident, click HERE to play 

Friday, 15 April 2011

About Writing and Chat with an Online Robot


As blog master and ICT manager, I spend most of my time surfing the net and social networking. While I was checking Twitter, I came across this interesting article published in the Guardian newspaper about writing.


The author is Neil Gaiman who has become very popular and  is often considered the “rock star” of the literary world. He offers 8 Good Writing Practices or tips to optimize your writing.


  1. Click on the link above, read the article and write in comments what information you have found useful and which of these tips you are going to put into practice to improve your writing in English. Deadline: May 20th
  2. Do you want to chat ? If you click on this link, you will have the opportunity to chat with an online robot. You must be clever to make the dialogue fluent !

  Have fun! 

Monday, 28 March 2011


Get a Voki now!

The aim of this virtual space is to practise and enjoy the English language in a relaxed atmosphere

Remember to use online dictionaries whenever you write . You will find a suggested online dictionary in the LINK section on the right, but you are free to use the most suitable for you.

FIRST ACTIVITY : To break the ice and start getting familiar with this tool, please, write in "comments" ( See below this) what experience you have using Internet: Do you use Internet? How often? What for? ( checking mail, chatting, read the newspaper, etc.)

Deadline: April 15th

Please, sign your comments with your name and the course you belong to.
For example: Juan Sánchez  Adults 5 C

The feedback to your comments will be in the blog, so visit the blog again for this purpose. I would like to remind you that the work in this blog will be different from the blog in Adults 4. 

If you have any problem with this blog, please let me know at the following address: escuelaunlp@yahoo.com.ar  

and write "Blog adults 5" in the subject of the mail. 

I am looking forward to your comments!!!