Friday, April 22, 2005

The past perfect

For everyone in Level Three:

An exercise on the
Past Perfect from the Learn English site. Read the explanation and try the gammar game.

Please always leave a comment to say how the exercise or site helped you with your English.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Listening Practice; Grammar

Listening practice: Listen to today's 'Words In The News' on the BBC World Service. It is about children - mostly girls - who are deprived of an education.

Grammar: here are some sites you can visit to learn more about the grammar we have been studying recently:

1) 'Must/have to' on the BC 'Learn English' site. Be patient if it is slow to load.

2) Using verb + '-ing' or verb + 'to' + infinitive. On 'Learn English'.

3) 'Because', 'as', 'so'. On 'Learn English'.

Vocabulary: try this week's Word Game on the 'Learn English' site. If you are a doctor, you will like this one. (Or even if you aren't.)

Current News: Electing the New Pope. On the BBC web site.

Finally, are you feeling adventurous?

If your answer is 'Yes!', try the 'Go4English' site. It is related to 'Learn English' site and it is for speakers of Arabic.

But Don't Worry! Although there is some Arabic writing on this site, you do not need to be able to read it in order to navigate around and try some exercises.

There are some good word and grammar games here. Try this 'Present Perfect Quiz'.

And try a listening exercise in the 'English In Action' section. click on Nader Abbassi and discover this talented man. Listen to him describing his job. Write your answers in a comment.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Level 3: Reading Practice

Level 3 Students:

For more reading practice about motoring, see this site:
"A World Of Angry Drivers".
Identify the most common annoyances reported by motorists.

Then post a comment here on the blog, and tell us what kind of driving behaviour here in Italy annoys you most.

It does not matter if you are a motorist, scooterist, 'motorino'-ist, cyclist or a pedestrian. Your comment is important.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Listening Practice

BBC 'Learning English' site

Meeting people: study the expressions associated with meetings. 'Meet' or 'meet with'? an introduction to colloquial expressions.
'Watch And Listen': Discover London through audio and interactive exercises.

Try 'Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow'.
Listen to the conversation and then drag the expressions to their correct position, using your mouse.

The News: 'Words in the News:

UK visa delay for young Nigerians (11 April, 2005). Listen and read.

'Learn It!' - on the right-hand column.

Click here and then go to 'Phrasal Verbs' and (of special interest also to Level 2) 'Possessives'

Voice Of America

Listen to the news in English.

Level 2: try 'Special English' (American English read specially slowly).
You will find it near the bottom of the left-hand column.
VOA Special Report on
the death of Pope John Paul II.

Please do click on 'Comment' and:

(1) tell everyone which exercises and sites you tried, and ...

(2) say why you found these ideas useful - or not.