Monday, 22 June 2015
Monday, 15 June 2015
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Tuesday, 9 June 2015
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Read the article out loud, underline the words you are not sure of.
Your teacher will make a note of the words you are mispronouncing, then practise these words with you.
(make a note of the words you have learnt).
(make a list of words you need to practise).
Recycle the vocabulary you have learnt in the above text, by discussing the text with your teacher.
Your teacher will lead the discussion, by asking some questions.
175 - 200 words.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015
First, watch the video and write a list of actions you see in the video.
For example: Chewing, walking, looking, watching, etc.
Next, watch the video again and describe what is happening?
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Saturday, 16 May 2015
"Educate the nation with a song and a vision."
Make yourself a promise that you'll eat better food...
Please watch this superb video about food revolution;
2. Listen to the lyrics and summarise the song.
3. How can this video help people to eat better food?
Well, in my opinion it won't, but it will raise awareness, which in turn will encourage people to make better decisions about the food they eat.
iFriendly Tip: Learn the lyrics, sing the song. This way you can learn new vocabulary through singing.
Over the next few weeks iFriendly will look at a series of songs and videos to help you learn from songs in English.
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Monday, 20 April 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
The one and only Glastonbury Festival!
A greener Festival
Effective environmental Policies
Green house gas emissions
Waste and Recycling
Sustainable office policies
You would like to go to Glastonbury this summer...
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Frogs fascinate me! They are truly fascinating creatures... And I would love to know more about them...
I found this recording on the BBC website, why don't you have a listen?
Zoologist Lucy Cooke shares her terrifying encounter with the Golden Poisonous Frog.
Now try to answer the questions...
Where does this creature live?
How many minutes does it take to kill you?
What does Lucy mean by a 'loaded gun'?
Where does the frog get it's lethal toxin from?
B2: Find out about another lethal creature and write an article about it. 150 words.
C1: Write an article about an encounter with a lethal creature, try to make it entertaining. 200 words
Friday, 27 February 2015
ifriendly aims to:
"Provide you with an English lesson which will not only help you to learn English, but will also guide you into making the right career choices...
ifriendly will motivate you, challenge you and above all will not rip you off!!
It does not have to cost a fortune to learn English!
Good teachers need their students to work at a their own pace, learn at their own rhythm... Homework should not be compulsory, but a way to learn faster". Your ifriendly teacher ...Lisa Jane Grant
Here we will work together to make English accessible for everyone! Not just for those of you who are lucky enough to afford private tuition.
The history of film making:
Listen to the first 3 minutes of this BBC Radio 4 programme and answer the questions below;
THE FIRST ACTION MOVIE
*Remember: Don't worry if you can't understand every word!
1. How did the Lumiere Brothers frighten their live audience?
2. What do you think Penny means by the phrase "mind jumps"?
3. When and where was the very first film shot?
4. What does Penny claim was in the North of England in the early years of the 20th Century?
Now discuss a film you have enjoyed... could be a romance, a comedy or another action film. Talk about the location of the film.
Now watch a clip of your chosen film on Youtube, make some notes about the location it was made.
If you are in a group, discuss your ideas...
Creative Writing: C1+
Imagine you are a film maker; Write a short essay about a made up film and include; film title, story line and plot. Also think of a location you would like to visit in order to make this film. 200 words
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Ok, so it's still February... Christmas seems like it happened a year ago and miserable January is finally over... Thank goodness! But February is still a nightmare, why? because our January salary was spent paying off Christmas.
Here are some expressions to express how poor you are:
I am piss-poor; without money, broke. "I'm not going out tonight... I'll be piss-poor until payday."
I haven't got a pot to piss in; Before we had toilets we used to piss in a pot...
"I am so poor I can't even afford a pot to piss in!"
I am skint; A person who has no money, broke, poor. "I am so skint right now... Could you lend me a fiver?"
1. Find some more expressions/ slang that express being poor and practise using these expressions.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
United Kingdom accents...
Personally, I love accents... But they can be a little difficult if you are trying to learn any language.
You are even required to understand a variety of accents in the Cambridge exams!! Unbelievable! But... this does make sense. Learning a language is all about communication and if you can understand the other person it makes life so much easier... Trust me... Not everyone speaks the 'Queens English'.
Click on this video below...
Which accents can you understand?
Which one makes you laugh?
Is there an accent you are not too fond of?
Task: Look at a map of the United Kingdom and talk about the accents, weather, landscapes, cities, etc.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Splinter Sprinter Spinster Speedster...
Speedster; (noun) a person or a thing that operates well at high speed, for example a fast car!
Jill: "Please don't speed in the car Jack! It's dangerous!"
Jack: "No need to worry Jill! I'm a speedster!"
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Please save the Koala...
This is not a plea for funding...
I fell in love with Koalas on our trip... We saw them in the wild and we got to cuddle a tame one too... Her name was Wilma and (as far as I was concerned) we bonded immediately!
Here are some facts you should know about the Koala:
They are not bears, so the term Koala bear is incorrect... they are really marsupials, they've been around for 42 million years. Yet today they're in danger.
1. Not a bear but a marsupial with a backwards pouch.
2. A blind jelly bean at birth, the baby Koala climbs unaided into its mother's pouch. Six months later it pops its head out.
3. They're main threat is us... Our farms, cars, pets... and their diseases...
|Koala in the wild|
|A little cuddle from Wilma|
|Paul and Wilma|
B1: Find out two more facts about the Koala. 70 - 100 words
B2: Reasearch and write an essay about the Koala.. Find out why they cannot be found anywhere else in the world; What they eat; Where they sleep; What could we do to save them from extinction? 150 - 200 words.
C1: Research and write a report about another endangered animal.
a plea; (noun) a request made in an urgent and emotional manner.
a tame koala; (adj) not wild.
pouch; (noun) a small bag in which Koalas carry their babies... For further reading, click on the link below.
Friday, 16 January 2015
iFriendly tour of New Zealand continues...
Now for the Yellow Eyed Penguin, which is the rarest and most anti-social Penguin in the world!
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Ratanui, Kayaking and bird watching...
Ratanui, Kayaking, bird watching and home grown mussels! (That's right, mussells grown on an underwater farm...)
Ratanui Lodge... (A.k.a Ratatui lodge, which is what I kept calling it!)
So far the most luxurious place iFriendly has stayed in so far...
A short walk across the road to the nearest beach and a short drive to Golden Bay Kayak, where you are greeted in the Kiwi way (super friendly way) and given instructions on how to manoeuver the kayak, given a spray skirt (this is the coolest most useful invention I have seen in the world of Kayaking) which is essentially a skirt. it grips on to kayak preventing you from getting wet or burnt by the sun.. GENIUS!
We steered around the coves, between the rocks and got some superb shots of the birds and seals in the area. Shag birds and sea gulls were the predominant and we saw two seals enjoying the sun. They do smell a bit, but that is because they are in the sea a long time and because they eat octopus, which they tear apart... leaving the leftovers to rot in the sun... Nice!
In the evening we checked out a place just outside of Takaka, called the Mussel inn... Delicious big fat juicy mussels.. Yummy!
B1/ B2/ C1 Write a letter to a friend describing a place you have been recently ...
Include an interesting fact about the place.
Advise your friend to visit the place, suggest what they should do whist they are there.
B1 - 70 words
B2/ C1 200 -250 words. For extra reading, click on the links in the texts.
Friday, 9 January 2015
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies
iFriendly visit to Hobbiton
Our visit to The Shire was much better than we had ever imagined... It was awesome... Far out! (as they like to say in New Zealand).
(Far out: Sounds American if you ask me, but pronounced with a New Zealand accent!)
Apparently, when film scouts found the Alexanders' sheep and beef farm just outside of Matamata, they knew it would be the perfect setting for Sir Peter Jackson's adaptation of the classic works of J.R.R Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies.
For those of you who are fans of the book or the movie, it is an amazing experience...
The coach picks you up and drives you straight to the film set, then it drops you off so that you can walk around. A guide walks around with you and tells you the best place to take a photo.
Walking around was a very cool experience... You could probably imagine how I felt when we went to see the third part of the Hobbit Trilogy in Wellington.... a mere two days later! Very exciting, and seeing the movie set on the big screen was thrilling! To think I had actually walked around there and sat outside Bilbo Baggin's house...
Here are some shots from our visit...
B1: Underline all the vocabulary that you do not understand and look up the words in a dictionary.
B2 / C1: Have you had the opportunity to visit a movie set? Why don't you tell me about it?
or; find out about a movie set near you and write about it.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
The plan is to visit all these places, make a note of all our the amazing experiences and blog, blog, blog away!!
Lisa Jane Grant
If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!
Where are you from?
The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true. I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England. When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! Then I moved to Brighton. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher. I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my life partner.
Why did you become an English teacher?
I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to teach your students about real life!
Why did you decide to become self-employed?
Well, it was an easy decision, I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, cooking, wine tasting, playing games, etc. When you work in a school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting down at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak.
Why online classes?
I wanted to be able to teach other nationalities and maybe provide a service to people who can't leave their house, or live out in a small village where they don't have access to a language school. Teaching online is intense, it doesn't suit everyone, but the students I have are happy with the classes.
Are online classes better than in person?
If there is a good internet connection, and the student is keen to learn online, then it can be good, but I wouldn't say it was better than in person. Learning online is intense, you have to constantly pay attention, your teacher is able to provide you with visual aids, class notes, etc. You save money on petrol and you save time! When technology improves, it will be possible to join a group, which should be cheaper for you and give you the opportunity to meet other students from around the world!
How do you fill your time?
Well, I keep a blog for my students, the number of readers are increasing everyday, which is encouraging. I won't talk about politics, religion or any subject which may offend any nationality. It's purpose is to give students something to read, which may interest them. Helping them to learn new vocabulary and expressions. I also teach at a nursery in the mornings, and one evening a week I teach children and their parents together! This gives parents the opportunity to learn with their children, making it easier to practise at home. ifriendlymft.blogspot.
comEnglish can become part of your everyday lives!
My teenage group are new, and I love teaching them!
iFriendly Summer project:
Every year I look into summer camps and the options I have to teach during our long hot summers... I have to say there is quite a wide variety of summer camps here in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland. I have worked for the Junta de Andalucia and Combination Languages in the U.K. http://www.
I love Castilla La Mancha and I would rather stay and teach closer to home... I think I have found what I am looking for. A stunning little village not 50 minutes from my City... Saceruela.
This year I intend to set up a summer camp for kids, aged 10 -16 from the local schools and academies. In 2016 / 17 I intend to attract students from the U.K and Ireland, those who want to learn Spanish, so that we can teach both languages together. This will enable iFriendly to provide activities for both nationalities and give everyone the chance to learn from each other. A similar set up to my 'Invasion Friendly' project in Brighton, where Spanish speakers and English speakers got together every week to learn from each other in a social environment. This will also be available for adult learners, but on weekends throughout the year.
Invasion Friendly "To promote cultural integration and change. Give the word invasion new meaning. A safe way for travellers to learn languages."
Check out this stunning village saceruela.blogspot.com
I teach English through wine tasting events in Ciudad Real, at Taberna Vinalia https://www.facebook.
com/iluminavinalia?fref=ts#_=_ . Check out our events on Facebook.
From April 2014 to December 2014, I worked on a Tourism project in Toledo, due to the long commute I no longer teach the course.
And last but not least, I teach English online!
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