viernes, 3 de octubre de 2014


This week we have been looking at essays; what they are, when we write them, why they are are a useful learning tool. Your homework was to write a short essay about who should do the housework in your house, adults or teenagers.  Here is some useful vocabulary for writing your opinion in an essay:

These word add to a point already made
in addition
as well
not only
in the same way....

Introducing examples
for example
for instance
as follows

Intoducing an aleternative opinion

by contrast
another way of looking at it is...
another possibility...
on the one hand..... on the other hand
in comparison
on the contrary

sábado, 27 de septiembre de 2014


This week we have been looking at family activites and many of you said you went to the cinema as a family. 
Here are some useful English phrases to use when at the cinema. 

what's on at the cinema?

what's this film about?

have you seen it?

who's in it?

it's just been released

it's been out for about two months

it's meant to be good

shall we get some popcorn?

where do you want to sit?
what did you think?
I enjoyed it

it wasn't bad

I thought it was rubbish

the plot was quite complex
the acting was …

she/he's a very good actress/actor

viernes, 19 de septiembre de 2014


The new school year has officially started and a lot of you will be preparing themselves for the Cambridge FCE and CAE exams in the upcoming months. Here are some tips that will help you to ‘keep it cool’ on the big day:

1. Give yourself enough time to study
Feeling stressed because you might not be able to finish your preparation in time will not help you get a good result. It’s better to have some time left at the end of you planning, than to be short of it.

2. Organize your study space well
Make sure you have a comfortable spot where you can work on your exam preparation. Is there enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Is the table adjusted to the correct height? It’s important to check these things.

3. Take regular study breaks
Your brain can’t function well if it’s overloaded by information. Therefore, it’s important to take regular breaks: go for a short walk, drink a cup of tea, call a friend. Anything to take your mind off your exam for a little while.

4. Eat foods that will give your brain a ‘boost’
Scientists have proven that certain types of food are good for your memory, such as nuts, fish, yoghurt and seeds. Try to fit these into your diet as your preparing for your exam. And avoid any type of junk food! Increasing the sugar levels in your brain too much will make your energy levels crash later on.

5. Plan your exam day
Know at what time you have to be there and how long it will take you to get there, what you will have to bring, what the requirements are, etc. You will feel more confident when you go into the exam well-prepared.

6. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before
It is better to go to bed early and get enough sleep than to stay up all night going over everything you’ve studied for the past months. The brain needs time to ‘organize’ all the information you’ve been feeding it and it will do so while you’re asleep.

Good luck!!!