Friday, October 03, 2008


Can tou see the grouper nearly hidden among the variety of corals? Groupers are of the family of Serranidae .They have a stout body and a large mouth. They are not built for long-distance fast swimming,so they lie waiting , rather than chasing in open water.
Groupers can be quite large, the biggest over a meter and can weigh up to 100 kg . They usually swallow fish, octopus and crabs instead of biting pieces off .
Today´s quotation: "Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you". Yassir Arafat (one among the many who have said it) It´s food for though

by Frank Sinatra
Start spreading the news,
I'm leaving today.
I want to be a part of it,
New York, New York.
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it,
New York, New York.
I wanna wake up in a city
That doesn't sleep,
And find I'm king of the hill,
Top of the heap.
These little town blues
Are melting away.
I'll make a brand new start of it,
In old New York.
If I can make it there,
I'll make it anywhere.
It's up to you,
New York, New York.
New York, New York.
I want to wake up in a city
That never sleeps,
And find I'm a number one,
Top of the list,
King of the hill,
A number one.
These little town blues
Are melting away.
I'm gonna make
A brand new start of it
In old New York.
And if I can make it there,
I'm gonna make it anywhere.
It's up to you,
New York, New York.

New York

To start doing something.-comenzar a hacer algo

To spread the news.- Esparcir la noticia o las noticias.
to leave.-irse

To long.- Estar deseando algo mucho

To stray.-recorrer, caminar.
Right through.-justo a través de

Moonlight.-la luz de la luna

Wanna.-forma abreviada coloquial de want to
Heap.-pila, montaña de cosas

Blues.-tristezas, melancolías

To melt.- Derretir, desaparecer.

Brand new.-flamante, nuevo

To make a start.-comenzar

Anywhere.-en cualquier lugar

It's up to you.-depende de ti

Anumber one.-un número uno

Top of the list.-el primero de la lista


  • Previous homework: WK:p5 , a pronunciation exercise. GR, chapters 2 and 4.
  • Activities:

1B: Who Knows you Better? A context where Richard´s mum and his friend Danny are looking for a partner for her son and friend respectively.

  • A crosswords with vocabulary about adjectives and members of the family, including : father-in-law, son-in-law...
  • Reading :the first part is a passage with general information about the main topic and questions to answer.
  • The second part of the reading has more specific information and true-false statements.
  • Vocabulary of the reading: to get on well,abroad,laugh and also pronunciation of difficult words with sounds /v/-/b/ ,/u:/-/u/.
  • Grammar :Simple present tense which is used for habits, routines, general truths and likes and dislikes.Grammar Bank on page 126, 1B with rules and a couple of exercises.
  • Speaking : in pairs student A on page 108 and student B on page 112 . You have to ask questions about the two young ladies chosen by Richard´s mother and Danny. With the answers report to the class and decide the most suitable girlfriend for Richard.
  • Listening: Richard talks about tha dates he had with Claire and Nina. You have to list the adjectives related to the young ladies´personalities.
  • Homework for Monday: Grammar ,chapters 5,6 and 7 .They´re about the simple present tense .You should already know from last year.


  • Previous homework : Doubts about the Entry Test you had done a few days befre. Phrasal verbs: a handout with drawings to write the phrasal verb below.
  • Activities:
  • Grammar: St ,p6 ,section d .Phrasal verbs verbs with more than one meaning. Activity 7 ,section a: separable or non separable : try on, look after, and section b on p130 with the rules and one exercise with pronouns and nouns and the different positions with the verb.
  • Listening: A really interesting one about stereotypes with adjectives related to the topic: bossy,efficient,hypocondriacs... A man talks about the stereotypes about the Germans. Two steps are necessary. First :use clues (either words or drawings or symbols ) to to help you understand the main ideas. Secondly: try to predict what´s going to happen with your knowledge of the subject. Section c of the listening is to develop some questions and will be the starting point of a composition.
  • Speaking: national stereotypes following the questions of the listening, section c. The image other countries have of the Spanish.
  • Homework for Monday: Get the speaking ready and do Grammar chapter 137