domingo, 28 de septiembre de 2014


_____ Don't look a gift horse                               1) gets the bone.
_____ A friend in need                                         2) less speed.
_____ Don't put off until tomorrow                       3) is worth two in the bush
_____ The early bird                                             4) has a silver lining.
_____ Where there is a will                                    5) catches the worm.
_____ The patient dog                                           6) is a friend indeed.
_____ Every cloud                                                7) there is always a way.
_____ It is better to have loved and lost                 8) what you can do today.
_____ A disappointment                                       9) by its cover.
_____ A bird in hand                                           10) in the mouth.
_____ More haste                                                 11) than never to have loved at all.
_____ Don't judge a book                                    12) is a blessing

Vocabulary for debates and discussion
When you want to state an opinion:
  • In my opinion____
  • I think that_____
  • I feel that______
  • I believe that______
  • It seems to me that________
  • If you ask me_____
  • I'd say that_______
  • The point is________
  • As I see it_______
  • I'd say that______
  • The point is______

  • You know what I think... I think that____
  • Wouldn't you say that_______?
  • Don't you agree that_______?
  • I'd just like to say that______
  • I'd like to point out that_______

When you want someone to repeat or explain:
  • I don't understand what you mean
  • Would you explain that, please?
  • I'm sorry, but I didn't understand your point.
  • Could you give an example?
  • What do you mean by_____?
When you want to agree with someone (in ascending order of formality):
  • You're right
  • I think so, too
  • I agree with you
  • You could be right
  • I couldn't agree more
  • That's a good point
  • I couldn't agree more
  • I see what you mean
  • That's just what I was thinking
  • I agree entirely
  • You know, that's exactly what I think

When you want to disagree with someone (in ascending order of formality):
  • Yes, but_____
  • I disagree
  • That's not the point
  • No, I think you're wrong
  • Up to a point, but________
  • Yes, that's quite true, but_____
  • I'm not sure I quite agree
  • Well, you have a point there, but_____
  • Perhaps, but don't you think that_____
  • I see what you mean, but________
  • I tend to disagree with you there
Informal disagreement (between people you know very well)
  • I can't agree with you there
  • You can't be serious!!
  • Come off it!
  • Don't be silly!
When you want to persuade someone:
  • You must admit that___
  • Do you really believe that_____?
  • Don't you think that______?
  • Don't you agree that____?
Pairwork discussion topics
Roleplay situation:
Example topic for discussion : "Learning English is pointless".
A: I read in this article that learning English is pointless!
B: I don't really agree with you there. I'd say it was very useful
A: Why do you think that?
B: Well, English is now a world language - you need it communicate with people from other countries, to navigate on the Internet, and for international business.
A: Oh, I see what you mean.
In pairs, discuss the topics below:
  • space travel is a complete waste of money
  • the Internet is making face-to-face communication obsolete
  • there should be a 50km speed limit on ALL roads
  • English is a very easy language to master
  • all motorists should be obliged to wear seatbelts
  • putting wild animals in cages in zoos is cruel
  • women are worse drivers than men
Topics for group discussion or debate:
  • Money invested in space travel should be better invested in helping the poor and needy
  • Experimenting on animals in laboratories is cruel
  • Genetic engineering is nothing but a violation of the laws of nature
  • Cloning could have disasterous consequences for mankind in the future
  • The energy crisis is 'necessary' to maintain the world balance in power
  • Man is his own worst enemy
  • There is always a price to pay in protecting the environment
  • In the 21st century mankind will regress to primitive levels of existence
  • Animals should not be kept in captivity
  • It is right to meddle with Nature
  • Too much knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • We hope 'teaching machines' will replace teachers
  • Man descended from the apes
  • Time is relative
  • Any method is justifiable if the aim is to preserve life

sábado, 27 de septiembre de 2014


Ohio is one of the states of the United States. It is situated in the Big Lakes’ region, in the West Middle. Its capital is Columbus. On the North you can find the Lake Erie, Canada and Michigan on the Northwest. On the West is Indiana and on the south Kentucky and West Virginia. Finally we can find Pennsylvania on the East.

It is one of the principal industrial centres too. Its name means on the Iroquois language “something big”.Ohio has got the principal manufacture’s source of income. Others sources are the treasury and the coal mining.

Their slogan its “With God, all things are possible” The nicknames of the state are “Buckeye State” and “Mother of Modern Presidents”. And the typical tree is the Buckeye. As something interesting, Ohio is one of the states with more Amish. They are people who live like ages ago, without technology. They reject the actual world.

The climate there is warm. However, the weather changes a lot. The principal reason for this it’s that there isn’t any geographic obstacle around.

Some famous people are from Ohio like Thomas Edison, the bulb’s inventor. Also Neil Armstrong, the first person on the moon, is from there. About religion the people is mostly protestant. As typical foods they have apples, tomato juice, the Barberton Chicken and the Sausage Biscuit Bowl.

Along the year they have some festivals:

        On February the Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival

        On May the Riverfest in Columbus and also there the Asian Festival

        On June takes part the biggest outdoors festival of the world, The Crosby Arts Festival. And the Latin Festival in Columbus

        On July there are two music festivals, the Macy Music Festival in Cincinnati and the Yellow Springs Ohio Music Festival in Dayton

        On August the Ohio State Fair in Columbus with music, car races and attractions 

        Finally on October they have the Pumpkin Show in Circleville

In Bellefontaine are the Caverns of Ohio and near there some lakes. Ohio has got a lot of
museums, among them the most famous are: The Air Force National Museum, in Dayton. In Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, it has hundreds of objects and historic information about music. There are guitars of John Lennon there. Also in Ohio is the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum. In Baltimore is the Civil War Museum.
In Sandusky there is an amusement park which has seventeen rollercoasters, and a few more around the state. Moreover in Columbus is the Research Library Cartoons.

miércoles, 24 de septiembre de 2014


I´m going to talk about Pennsylvania , a lot of people confuse that city with Transilvania but it´s not the same thing. Firstly, Transilvania is located in Romania and from that city comes the story about vampires and Pennsylvania is located on the USA , specifically in the northeast, pretty close to New York.

About Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is one of the historical stated from the USA, and it was there that the Founding Fathers drafted the Declaration of the independence and the Constitution.
About the name
The name comes from William Penn and Sylvania derives from the Latin particulary from ´silva´ which means ´jungle or forest´ because in that part of United States there are many trees. So that´s where the name comes from.
Weather or climate
Let´s talk about the weather or climate. Pennsylvania has a large variety of climates but it use to be Warm and Wet and in winter also much lower temperatures, but in general is a good temperature.
Talking about sports, in Philadelphia is situated the most important baseball stadium called ´The citizens Bank Park´.And this is the end of my speech. Thanks for your attention.

Texas (United States)


Texas is the second most populous (after California) and the second largest of the 50 states (after Alaska). Geographically located in the south central part of the country, Texas shares an international border with the Mexican States of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the south and borders the U.S. states of New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east.
His capital is Austin.Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State.
The origin of the state name, Texas, is from the word, "Tejas", which means 'friends' in the Caddo language.

 A wide range of animals and insects live in Texas. It is the home to 65 species of mammals, 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, and the greatest diversity of bird life in the United States—590 native species in all. At least 12 species have been introduced and now reproduce freely in Texas.

The large size of Texas and its location at the intersection of multiple climate zones gives the state highly variable weather.
 Snow falls multiple times each winter in the Panhandle and mountainous areas of West Texas, once or twice a year in North Texas, and once every few years in Central and East Texas.
 Maximum temperatures in the summer months average from the 80s °F (26 °C) in the mountains of West Texas and on Galveston Island to around 100 °F (38 °C) in the Rio Grande Valley, but most areas of Texas see consistent summer high temperatures in the 90 °F (32 °C) range.Thunderstorms strike Texas often, especially the eastern and northern portions of the state.

 Interesting dates
The 65.8% of Texas residents age 5 and older speak only English at home, while 29.2% speak Spanish.
 Houston is one of only five American cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines.

jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

USA States



SEPTEMBER 14-   we start the course with a bit of culture about the USA

and now it is your time to upload your favourite state!