Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The barracuda has a large size and scary look. With a long body , powerful jaws and teeth like fangs .They are covered with small, smooth scales. It is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide. It belongs to the Sphyraena family.

Barracudas occur mainly in schools around reefs, but they also appear in open seas. They are voracious predators and great hunters using an ambush style. Their attack is based on on surprise and short bursts of speed to catch their prey They eat all kinds of fish .

Barracudas, like sharks , have had a bad reputation as being dangerous to humans.I must say this is true as barracudas are also scavengers, that is, they eat the remains of food other predators leave, and they may mistake snorkelers for large predators and follow them to eat the remains of any prey left after an attack.

They must be highly respected, as they are perfectly capable of defending themselves against humans .Neither feed them nor touch them and don´t wear jewelry as barracudas like objects that shine.


--A review on parts of the body by asking: what´s this?/What are these?/How do you spell the word? and a "Touch you head /your nose.."game.

--Grammar. Student´s Book, page 8. Present continuous tense : uses , formation and contrast with the simple present tense. Activities a and b. Grammar bank on page 126 with its exercises on page 127 and student´s grammar ,chapter 8. We just did the first activity focussing on the contrast of these two tenses.

--Listening: About The Moulin Rouge by Tolouse-Lautrec. Activity a with questions and activity b to match with the people in the painting. It was a bit tough and apart from being played several times,more than usual, the last one was with the script at sight.

--Speaking: Activity a with prepositions of place so that you´ll be able to describe paintings ,photographs or pictures and activity b, where one student describes a painting on page 108 to their classmate who has to draw it. Well, not many artists will come out of this class, I´m afraid.

A song : Ain´t got no- I got life. With little time left for this activity, so next Thursday we´ll carry on with it.

--Homework: Grammar, chapter 8 and a description of the picture on page 112.

Thursday class will be held in the lab downstairs, on the ground floor.

A listening activity to be collected


--Compositions were collected and exercises from workbook, section 1B were checked:questions and vocabulary related to films, the press and the media in general.

--Grammar: Student´s book, p11, exercises with more questions .Exercise A to correct mistakes, B on page 130 with the rules and some more exercises about questions. This is the starting point for a speaking activity I´m thinking of marking, so try and do your best.

--Speaking: the clas was split into two groups : one ,the journalists who have to interview a celebrity and the other group, the celebrities themselves who have to give not very clear answers.

--Listening: Student´s book p11 about the media .In one of the to order the sequence of speakers and in the other activity to decide whether the speaker agree or not with the topic. We ran out of time really fast .

--Homeworj: Grammar books, chapter 49 about questions and carry on working with the interviews for next Monday.

Thursday class will be held in the lab downstairs, on the ground floor.

A listening activity to be collected


Ideas for recycling paper:

Discarded A4-sized paper can be cut and stapled together to make notepads.

'Use the envelopes you receive in the mail a second time by placing a new address label over the last address. Old rolls of wallpaper can be used for childrens' drawings.

Junk mail can be used as scrap paper, or as bedding for pets.

Cardboard cartons can be used to collect paper for recycling, instead of plastic bags (even breakfast cereal cartons are good).

Pet shops appreciate old newspapers.

Toilet roll centres can be recycled - they're made of cardboard.

Old magazines are appreciated by::Doctor and dentists' surgeries, mote ,bars and cafés.

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