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PREPARING FOR EBAU II.

06 Febrero 2020 01

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome everybody to the English section of this magazine. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas vacations and you could spend some time to English. Today we are going to continue with EBAU.

We want to provide you some links where you can practice two of the three main parts of the English test: comprehension and use of English. At the end, we will focus on how to prepare the writing part.

To prepare the comprehension part you  might need to spend some time reading. Remember we recommended you some websites to promote reading in the article with the same title a few months ahead. I strongly recommend you can use some of them and following websites in case you want to focus on the comprehension part: the British council offers you B1 level texts to practice this skill and also the webpage test English is a good one to do so.

The use of English can include several options like, filling in the gaps or rewriting sentences. We have found several webs were you can practice on line for free all these activities and get instant corrections. One of them is in this link, where you can practice tasks related to the exam preparation for the First certificate, a similar level to the one you will face in the EBAU test. Another one is

Finally the writing part is an essay 100-150 words about a given topic mainly related to the reading comprehension text provided at the beginning. A good essay structure has three basic parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Now you have to remember that there are four major types of essays depending on the purpose of each: Narrative Essays ( where the writer tells a story , for example about a real-life experience) , Descriptive Essays (where the writer might describe a person, place, object, or even memory of special significance. You will need to appeal to the reader’s emotions), Expository Essays (the writer presents a topic, using facts, statistics, examples and do not reveal their personal opinion) and the Persuasive Essays( where the writers main idea will be to Convince the reader.)

This is all for today. Work hard and be prepared, you have time to do and pass your exams with flying colours now you know what you are required! Hope it will be useful !

BW.

Jimena González Sanz.

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PREPARING FORM EBAU PART I PDF Imprimir E-mail
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PREPARING FORM EBAU PART I.

04 DICIEMBRE 2020 01

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome everybody to the English section of this magazine. Today we are going to focus on EBAU. Well we know it is wintertime and most of you might be thinking about Christmas holidays but, you can spend a little of your time thinking about what will come in the next few months. What we propose is that instead of lying around you can devote a little of your time to English and how to face the exam. Your teachers are teaching you what contents you need to learn. What we will do is to provide you some tips to face the exam, introduce you the parts of the exam itself, provide some examples you can find online and finally focus on the specific parts of it.

The exam lasts 90 minutes and you will be given two options, A and B, so this is the first thing you need to do, choosing one of them. The exam is fully written in English and it starts with a text of about 250-300 words with a heading that provides you the topic. There are three main parts: comprehension, use of English and Writing. The marks you will gain for each part are specified next to each of the parts.

The comprehension part includes several questions. There will be true or false questions, multiple choice or finding synonyms, antonyms or definitions. 

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HALLOWE-EN PDF Imprimir E-mail
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HALLOWEEN.

02 octubre 2019 2

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome back to our English section. This time we are going to approach to one of the most well know festivities from the English speaking countries that is: Halloween. This annual holiday is celebrated each year on October 31 (in 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31).

Its origins date from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, 2000 years ago, when they celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter ( a period often associated with human death ).So the night of October 31 it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. The following day November 1 was their New Year

The Romans invaded the UK and they combined their festivities with the existing ones from the Celts. The Romans commemorated the passing of the dead in Feralia (a day in late October) and they also celebrated the day of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees, whose symbol is the apple, this could explain the tradition of bobbing for apples typical on Halloween.

The influence of Christianity spread and it was first designated a day in May in honor of all martyrs. Later Pope Gregory III r expanded the festival to include all saints too and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. All Saints day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PDF Imprimir E-mail
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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

02 octubre 2019 1

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

 

 

Compared to other languages, English may seem simple, but that is probably because most people don’t realize it is full of crazy inventions, misinterpretations, mistakes, strange words, and needless words!

Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the English language:

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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH THIS SUMMER PDF Imprimir E-mail
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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH THIS SUMMER.

10 Junio 2019 1

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

It´s the end of the schoolyearand your English is not as good as you double like it to be, but you are still in time to improve it.

Are you wondering, how you can learn English faster? Well, there are 5 Exciting Ways You Can Learn English in England;

  • Join a Summer English Camp. Camp is not just for kids!.
  • Register for a University Language Program.
  • Participate in a Homestay.
  • Teach Your Language in England.
  • Take an Intensive Course at an English School.

But what do these courses consist of?

General English courses aim to improve the overall English level of participants in an interactive and communicative environment. Each course helps develop the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

In the other hand, you can also improve your English as follows:

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ENGLISH SUMMER COURSES. PDF Imprimir E-mail
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ENGLISH SUMMER COURSES.

9 Mayo 2019 1

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome back to our section! Today I want to provide you some ideas that can make your summer one of the most exciting and allow you to make you the most of it while, obviously, improving your English!

“Summer English camps for youngsters” program. Every year Junta de Castilla y León offers summer courses for youngest between 10 and 30 years old. These courses offer sociocultural, formative and convivial activities. All of them are carried out in youth hostels or residences. You need to pay attention to the deadline time, which is normally between March and April. All the information is in: www.tramitacastillayleon.jcyl.es go to tramites y servicios and then to Programa “curso de inglés para jovenes verano.”  www.juventud.jcyl.es/web/jcyl/Juventud/es/Plantilla100/1284710704239/_/_/_

Youth institute of Castilla y León (www.injuve.es/convocatorias/actividades/campamentos-verano-red-activa-2019-castilla-y-leon ) and the council of family and equal opportunities try to promote autonomy and alternatives for active and creative use of youngsters’ leisure time. So every year they offer a wide range of activities (multi adventure, nautical, sociocultural and educational, specially related to language learning) in Youth hostels/ residences or camps for youngsters and teens aged between 9 and 17. All camps offer lodging and meals. Many activities start in shifts by the end of June to August. 

 

 

 

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English Phrasal Verbs PDF Imprimir E-mail
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ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS.

07 Abril 2019 02

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

Sometimes English phrasal verbs make sense… but another time, they seem totally random.

Phrasal verbs open up a new world of possibilities for speaking English.  They are used often in everyday conversation, so it´s very important that you know them

But, what is a phrasal verb? It is a phrase that’s made up of a verb and another word or two, usually a preposition but sometimes an adverb.

Phrasal verbs work by changing the verb’s meaning based on the preposition that follows them.

You probably already know a number of phrasal verbs. English phrasal verbs are everywhere, so one of the best ways to learn them is to try to listen for them. These phrases are commonly used, and would not be unusual to hear in a conversation. Do you hear a verb used together with another word very often? It might be a phrasal verb.

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COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH PDF Imprimir E-mail
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COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH!

06 Marzo 2019

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Hello again everyone! Here we are again, and this time we want to present some of the most common mistakes most of us make when writing or speaking. Keep on reading because sometimes overusing might have made you not realize you are one us so let´s begin!

HOW vs WHAT. It is quite common that whenever we think and translate a sentence such as ¿cómo se dice ….? and think How is the word…. in English? Instead, you should say what is the word…. in English? Alternatively you can say, How do you say…..in English?

TAKE vs HAVE. In English it is used have and not take when you refer to a drink, it can be a coffee, a beer or a glass of soda. You´d better use have and not take unless you want to be chased by the waiters.

DO vs MAKE. It is very difficult to distinguish for Spanish speakers because hacer is always the same in Spanish but to make it a little clearer we could say that DO is used for an action or a job while MAKE can be the synonym of CREATE / PRODUCE. For example, we do not say DO the bed, MAKE sport, DO a cake or DO a mistake but MAKE THE BED; DO sport, MAKE a cake and MAKE a mistake.

 

 

 

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Popular English Idioms to Sound Like a Native Speaker PDF Imprimir E-mail
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Popular English Idioms to Sound Like a Native Speaker.

05 Febrero 2019 1

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

To understand English as it is spoken in real life, you have to be familiar with idioms. English idioms are a group of words whose meaning isn’t obvious from looking at the individual words.

You need to learn what they mean, and how to use them. They have developed over time and so they might seem random to you.

Learning common idioms in English will help you fit in with most situations, whether it’s at a basketball game, over a beer, studying or going out on a date.

The key to understanding English idioms is never to read them in a literal sense. You need to learn them in context so you can understand their true meaning.

I will show you some of the most popular English idioms currently in use. 

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VISIT LONDON! PDF Imprimir E-mail
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VISIT LONDON!

04 Enero 2019 1

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome back to our English section! First of all we want to wish you a Happy New Year 2019! As you know it is time for new years resolutions and what is best than proposing yourself for an exciting adventure like visiting new parts of London or London if you have not already visited yet.

Whenever you go, you cannot forget to visit the exciting and free Museum of Natural Science, the British museum and the National Gallery (I do also recommend you to go to St. Patrick´s Cathedral, which is free if you visit durin mass time). You must take a walk on both sides of the river Thames. You can start from the Tower of London and then cross through Tower bridge visiting the town hall and stopping to take a lunch at Borough Market. Once the energies have been charged then take a glimpse of the most popular theatre: the Globe, stop at the Tate Gallery grab a coffee and appreciate its Art works, then enjoy London´s views from the Eye and if you are not tired enough visit the aquarium next to it. Then you can cross the Thames through Westminster Bridge and enjoy the Big Ben, The House of Parliaments and Westminsters Abbey. Hyde Park is great during sunny days and it is next to Buckingham Palace a must when you plan to visit London for the first time. If you enjoy shopping you cannot forget to visit Carnaby Street, the market of Portobello road on Saturdays and The Candem (not to mention the super expensive Harrods.) This is, however, one side of London everybody is familiar with (or at least ever heard about it!) 

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