14 November 2018

Book & film plot summaries

Hello there B2s,
Do you have an all-time favourite book or movie? Have you seen or read any good ones recently? You have been handing in some of your plot summaries and reviews during the week and now I'd like you to post your texts here, so that everyone can read them and perhaps also share their views and comments on each other's preferences. What are you waiting for? Let us know about them!

20 October 2018

Ideal partner & Important person in your life

Hi there, B2.1s
I'd like to give you a chance to share and compare your tastes and preferences when it comes to choosing a partner and/or express your feelings for someone who you really admire or care about, so this is the place for it.Come on, post your comments and also comment on your classmates' posts if you feel like it. Who knows, Cupid might be around somewhere ...

Childhood memories

Since I've asked you to write about your childhood memories, I'll be the first to share one of those experiences with you. I clearly remember going to Madrid for the first time with my father when I was about five years old. He had to go to the airport to pick up my uncle from Venezuela and he'd take me with him, even on a school day, so it was quite an adventure for me, being a little boy from a small, provincial town. We had to get up really early, at about 5 in the morning, and then drive for nearly 3 hours. So it was my 'first time' in many different ways - the first time I was up before dawn, the first time I was driving on a motorway, through the Guadarrama tunnel and so on. I was even excited about being stuck in the traffic in Madrid and I just kept gazing open-eyed at the tall buildings and the city lights in the early morning. It was also the first time I remember being at an airport, so I just kept going up and down the escalators and tried to take in all the new experiences I was going through. It was and it still is one of my greatest childhood memories.
Come on, tell us about yours.

26 November 2017

Hate the pet peeve!

If I have to choose one thing that really annoys me these days is... how easily so many people get annoyed about everything these days! It seems that nothing is good enough for anybody anymore and everybody has the right to complain about even the tiniest, most insignificant flaw they are likely to come across whenever they purchase something or require some kind of service from somebody. Call me easygoing if you like, but I'm sick and tired of having to put up with all those bloody, fussy people who just can't take things as they come. Are you one of those, like Simon or Ruth? Come on, vent your anger, we're all ears!

25 October 2017

The best way to ...

I guess I could call myself a dabbler - you know, someone who has had a go at too many different things but never really managed to 'master' a skill. I've tried to learn to play several instruments, I've given quite a few sports a try, I've dabbled in cooking, Danish and, as you can see, blogging, but I don't seem to have the courage and the determination to keep going at it and carry the task through successfully. So, in case I decide to give some other skill a try, I'd really like you to give us some tips on how to do ... whatever you are good at. 
Check out this web if you are willing to learn something new and send us your advice as a comment below. Who knows, I might finally find my skill!

19 January 2015

Food for thought

Dear students,
In order to get some extra practice with the vocabulary and your listening skills, you can try to do the following activities:
  • White in the inside, green in the outside... If you can't remember the name for something, you can always try describing it.
  • The shopping list. Doing the shopping has never been so stressful! Fill your trolley before your time is over.
  • Your daily diet. Listen to Todd talking about the food he likes eating. What do you think about his eating habits, are they healthy enough?
  • Watch this video by a famous Spanish chef and his commitment to make Spanish food popular in America. Why don't you try preparing some of his recipes?
Also, as an ideal 'topping' for the unit, why don't you tell us about your favourite dishes and how you like them served? Leave your comments!

3 December 2014

Home is where the heart is

Dear all,
As a follow-up to our lesson, you may watch the presentation and then do some or all of the activities below to help you learn and revise vocabulary and expressions to talk about homes, places and furniture . Have fun!

  • Types of homes. Test your vocabulary about different kinds of houses.
  • Furnish your apartment. Now, you might as well imagine you've got a new, though unfurnished, studio flat in London and you've got 1,000 pounds to buy all the furniture. Which items would you pick?
  • Household items. Do this fun activity to revise vocabulary about everyday objects
  • How to get there. Listen to the instructions and get to meet your friend.
After all this practice, why don't you try to describe the place where you live? Insert your text by clicking on the 'comments' link below.

12 November 2014

Tell us about you

www.betanews.com
Hello there,
Welcome to our blog, a good place to get to know your classmates and schoolmates. You never know, you could have a lot in common with the people sitting next to you, so why don't you post here your PROFILES and find out.
Come on, tell us, we want to know about you. Who are you? What are you up to?
You just need to click on the 'comments' link below and a new window will pop up. Then write your profile and choose a name and follow the instructions to publish your text. If you read your classmates profiles, you can also post messages here about their texts. I hope you'll enjoy it.