Friday, November 14, 2008


Morays belong to the group of Muraenidae. They are slender and slimy appearing in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Sometimes they are called painted eels because of the bright coloration of certain species. The skin of morays is thick and lacks scales, and most species have top fins and lack pectoral.Their length vary from 15 cm to 4.5 m.the longest ones are really stunning.They eat mainly fishes, octopuses, and crustaceans and can live up to 30 years or more.Found in shallow waters of tropical seas and also some temperate oceans, they live in crevices, hence their slippery body which prevents them from being hurt in rocky caves and crevices.
They come out at night to feed, but prefer small spaces and hiding places in rocks and caves during the day. If you happen to see one out of its crevice,you´ll never believe how long and impressive they can be.
A moray eel appears dangerous because it continually shows its mouth and teeth. This, however, is not a hostile gesture, but simply the way an eel breathes. Morays have large mouths and powerful jaws. Most species have sharp, thin teeth that point backwards to prevent slippery prey from escaping
Moray eels have a nasty reputation among divers exploring reef areas. Generally, they are not known to be aggressive to divers unless disturbed or frightened. A mistake that some divers make is to use rocky areas as a hand-hold, which may turn out to be home to several moray eels. Such an action may frighten a moray eel to lash out and bite in self-defense. Like many other "dangerous" sea creatures, they usually do not bite unless first provoked.

Here you have a very good listening activity. LISTEN and SING , please .You´ll do it a lot better than me.

--Homework: Grammar, unit 45 about questions and unit 13 about the past continuous tense.
--Reading: St.B. p.19. A photo of two lovers in the Bastille. The passage was read out ,pronunciation mistakes were checked and loads of questions about the reading to make sure you had understood it.
--Listening: A true-false activity about an interview to the lovers 30 years later.As you looked puzzled and somehow lost you listened to it for a fouth time with the script at sight.
--Phonetics: Weak forms, which is a tough issue as we have a different pattern stress from English and is the main reason you find it so difficult. The activity was done several times. If I were you, I´d borrow books from the library and read out at the same pace as the speaker of the Cd.
--Vocabulary: the prepositions at, in on.for place and time.The exercise on page 19 was done ,the basic rules on p.148 and grammar units 103,106.
-- Speaking and Writing: a photocopy with drawings of the simple past and past continuous as a warm up.
--Grammar: unit 14 with the differences between the simple past and past continuous.
--Speaking: a scary story about a lady who was being followed by a car in a cold, dark night. You had to guess what was going to happen.
--Homework: Grammar units 103,106 and 14.
Only three students came: Eva Cases, Mercedes and Alberto.Too bad for the others. I know you may have your duties but it´s your responsibility to keep up with the rest of the class and I won´t definitely delay my classes to give explanations I have done before.Hence, I carried on with the planned activities.
--Homework: From the set of photocopies about conditionals we did the zero group and left the first and second for Monday.
--Grammar: a photocopy with rules and exercises with if, unless, as soon as ,in case.
--Speaking: A pair work activity to finish sentences using the previous grammar rules.A: you wouldn´t forget things...B: If you noted them down.
--Listening:Alternative medicine: The four people interviewed stated their opinions about the topic, sometimes for , sometimes against. You had to listen in detail as the task was to take notes from each speaker and then report to the class, well, that was the primary purpose of the activity, but as the class was overcrowded , we managed with a group of three.
--Homework: finish the conditional exercises.