Monday, November 17, 2008


Though very much plant-like in appearance, sponges are one of the most primitive animals in the sea. They belong to a group called porifera. Most of us are familiar with the dried yellowish varieties found in bathrooms . But in the ocean, live sponges can be found in an infinite variety of colors and shapes. Most of them are relatively small, but some varieties can grow a lot. Sponges differ from all other marine invertebrates in that they have no tissues or organs. The tissue of sponges encloses a network of chambers and canals that connect to the open pores on their surface. Sponges feed by drawing a current of water in through their pores, filtering out the nutrients, and then throwing it out through an opening. Many sponges on the reef resemble some of the corals in shape and color, but they are not. Sponges are all different and beautiful.

-- Homework: grammar, unit 14 (simple past and past continuous),103,106 (prepositions :at, in, on).

--Speaking: St.books.p.20 Fifty Years of Pop . About your tast in music and the sort of music you like listening to in certain circumstances.
--Grammar: Wh- questions working as subject and object . e.g. Who saw you? and who did you see?.We focussed on the auxiliary verb did. The quiz was done. and the basic rules and exercises on p.128. From here we went to the grammar to see more questions in units 46 and 47 with prepositions at the end: what are you looking for? , with like: what was the weather like? , what ,which.... We did only one exercise and the others were left for homework.
--Speaking: Pair work .A: p.109 and B: p.113.A music quiz. First you had to write down the questions , and once checked ,you asked your classmate. I must admit I didn´t know many answers.
--Reading: Who Wrote Imagine? p.21. You read out, mistakes were checked and did a true-false exercise , then another activity were you had to order the sequence of events. this one a bit more difficult.
--Song: Imagine by John Lennon. We dealt with the vocabulary and after that we did a fill in the blanks exercise.
--Homework: Grammar, units 46 and 47.


--Homework:The handout about conditional sentences: types 1 and 2 were checked.
--Speaking: Do you Want to Live for ever? st.b,p.24, about the ageing process and the different attitudes toward this issue.
--Listening: Longer than others , so to avoid getting lost , you should pick key words and phrases. A doctor is inteviewed and lists the factors to remain young for years. A note taking activity good to share your information with that of your partner.A second exercise to complete with the exact words said. It was played four times, the last one with the script.
--VocabularY: word building to make abstract nouns from adjectives,,insecure-insecurity.
--Speaking: we had to decide the possible age for each expression and here our first disagreements began. Your idea of age has nothing to do with mine, basically because I´m a lot older than you and the subjective factor plays an important role. What´s for you middle aged or old?.Then you had to talk about your best/worst age, the advantages/disadvantages of your present age and some other aspects related to the main topic.
--Homework: Reading, student´s book ,p.25. Eternal Youth. The vocabulary execise and the multiple choice .

Some jokes
The patient demanded, "Doc, I just must have a liver transplant, a kidney transplant, a cornea transplant, a lung transplant, and a heart transplant." "WHAT?" yelled the doctor. "Tell me, exactly why you think you need all these transplants." "Well," explained the patient, "my boss told me that I needed to get reorganized."

A plumber attended to a leaking faucet at the neurosurgeon's house. After a two-minute job, he demanded $150. The neurosurgeon exclaimed, "I don't even charge that amount and I am a brain surgeon." The plumber replied, "I agree. You are right! I too, didn't either, when I was a surgeon. That's why I switched to plumbing."


Serves: 4.

450 g apples, sliced ,25 g butter ,few drops vanilla essence, 150 ml of milk,100 g curd cheese ,2 eggs ,25 g sugar .
Method :
Cook the apples gently in butter and vanilla essence until slightly soft, place in a buttered ovenproof dish.Beat together the milk, cheese, eggs and sugar. Pour over the apples. Bake at 190ºC . Gas 5 for 25 minutes. Serve hot.If you cannot get curd cheese, try this recipe with another soft cheese instead.