Tuesday, January 19, 2010


San Francisco

San Francisco is a major city in California , well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and extreme ethnic and cultural diversity. These are only a few of the aspects of the city that make San Francisco one of the most visited cities in the world.

San Francisco is located on a small seven-by-seven mile (11x11km) square of land at the tip of a peninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. It has a population of almost 800,000, but is the center of a metropolitan area of millions. San Francisco is just one of the cities which makes-up the entire San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco's neighbors, cities and towns to the east of the Bay Bridge, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and south of it are all in separate counties, each with their own city government and local public transportation systems.

What to see:

  • Golden Gate— Fashionable neighborhoods with expensive views, historical landmarks - The Presidio and Fort Mason, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Fisherman's Wharf— A waterfront neighborhood which encompasses Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and the ferry launch to Alcatraz Island, as well as a plethora of seafood restaurants and souvenir stores.
  • Nob Hill-Russian Hill— Two ritzy neighborhoods with upscale hotels, cable cars, panoramic views and steep inclines.
  • Chinatown-North Beach— Two vibrant immigrant communities, stylish laid back 'Little Italy' next to the crowded and largest Chinatown outside of Asia.
  • Union Square-Financial District— The center of shopping, theater and art in the city, next to the many skyscrapers of downtown.
  • Western Addition— A historic neighborhood with many Victorian homes that was once a hotbed of African-American culture. Within the area is also Japantown, the center of San Francisco's Japanese population.
  • Haight— Famous for being the home of the Hippie movement, this once bohemian area, although gentrified, is still an eclectic treasure.
  • Twin Peaks-Lake Merced— Covering most of southwestern San Francisco, this area is home to many of the taller hills of San Francisco and the large Lake Merced park which contains the San Francisco Zoo.
  • Castro-Noe Valley— Colorful and cohesive, the Castro is historically known for being the cultural center of the city's LGBTQ community.
  • Southeast San Francisco— A mostly residential area, this district contains several bay-side neighborhoods, many nice parks, and Monster Park, home of the 49ers NFL team.

San Francisco has a mild climate, with wet, mild winters and dry summers. In most months, you can expect the temperature be between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. Be prepared for cool humid weather, even in the summer (except September), when persistent fog often envelops the city.

English is the dominant language spoken in San Francisco. Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese is also widely spoken by San Francisco's large Chinese population. Spanish is also commonly spoken in San Francisco, especially among the Hispanic population, located in the Mission District.


Grammar: St.b.p.31 "Are you a positive thinker?" with the expressions: I hope so, I hope not, I don´t think so, probably...
Reading: St.B.p. 32 "I´ll always love you" with Will used for promises offers and decisions. Read and write the correct promise on top of the paragraph.
Phonetics: St.b.p.32 Word stress in two-syllable words like secret.forget,e-mail.
Grammar: St.B.p33. Complete the bubbles with "I´ll/shallI?"
section b. Complete the sentences with a verb.
section c. Study the sentences and classify then according to offers, promises or decisions.
Vocabulary: St.B.p.33 Verbs with back such as go back, give back. Listen and check your answers.
Speaking: Communication, p.117 . Write in the bubbles "Shall I or I´ll"
Listening: Song. White Flag by Dido. comple que lyrics with a verb and then answers questions.
Homework: workbook,p. 24,25,26,27
Homework. Grammar, chapters 6,15,16
Grammar:Conditionals, a review on the three conditionals and words such as unless, provided...
Speaking: Most of the time was devoted to this activity.
- Finish sentences written on the blackboard about the second conditional
-Chain of events about the third conditional
- Complete sentences with the third conditional
- A game also about the third conditional.
Reading: St.B.p. 40 . A story about two mountain climbers. Read out and check mistakes
Listening: St.B.p. 41 . About the end of the story. First some questions to aswer and then true-false statements.
Vocabulary: St.B.p. 41. Strong adjectives.such as big-huge, angry-furious, tired-exhausted...
You were announced a reading, listening and speaking test for this week.
Homework: Wk.p. 27,28,29 and the last section of the photocopy about unless..

The city of San Francisco has been the theme of many popular crooners of the 50s , here you have an example by Tony Bennet ."I Left my Heart in San Francisco"