28 November 2014

Present Perfect Simple/Present Perfect continuous

Click here if you want to do some exercises with the Present Perfect Simple and the Present Perfect Progressive.

27 November 2014

Basic informal letters

How to Write Informal Letters

16 November 2014

Cute little girl singing the Alphabet song

How cute!

26 October 2014

Learn the Alphabet with Ray Charles

Shall we learn the Alpabet in English?
Some of you have just started leaning English, others may need to revise what you already know and for the rest of us, it will always be a pleasure to enjoy this cute song performed by the one and only Ray Charles.

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G
H, I, J, K
L, M, N, O, P
Q, R, S,T, U, V
W, X, Y and Z
Now I've said my ABC's
Won't you sing along with me?
_____________
Now I know my ABC's
Next time won't you sing with me?

if you are ready for some spelling practice...


B1 Level Practice Tests

I you click on the button below you will find a good number of listening and reading comprehension practice tests at B1 level you may find really useful.


17 October 2014

Kids

This section is dedicated to all your beloved little devils : your children , your younger brothers and sisters, your nieces and nephews , etc.
I have two young children myself and I'd like them to improve their English having as much fun as possible while they learn. There are so many games and interactive activities on the Internet which can make this task much easier, and of course, fun !
Everybody knows how much kids love computers, so why don't you invite them to give the following activities a try?

Activities for children:
The Alphabet
The body
The Numbers
Time
Let's learn how to tell the time!

What's the time, please?
8.00 _______It's eight o'clock _________________________________________It's eight
7.45 _______It's a quarter to eight ___________________________It's seven forty-five
6.05 _______It's five past six _____________________________________
It's six oh five
3.25 _______It's twenty-five past three _____________________It's three twenty-five
4.30 _______It's half past four ____________________________________It's four thirty
5.55 _______It's five to six. ___________________________________ It's five fifty-five

4.40 _______It's twenty to five ____________________________________
It's four forty

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Days of the week

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Months


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Animals

10 October 2014

Past Simple

Use of English
Click on the Full Screen option below to see the chart properly.

English Irregular verbs


14 June 2014

Listening Comprehension

Click on the following links to find different types of activities to practise your listening skills, such as answering questions and doing multiple choice and gap-filling exercises.


Randall's ESL Cyber listening Lab


La Mansión del Inglés



06 June 2014

How to Describe Pictures

28 May 2014

Email Writing

Exercises on how to write semi formal emails.

05 May 2014

Writing Emails in English

Electronic mail, most commonly abbreviated email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages.
An electronic mail message consists of two components, the message header, and the message body, which is the email's content. The message header contains control information, including, minimally, an originator's email adrress and one or more recipient addresses. Usually additional information is added, such as a subject header field.
Emails are a fast way to communicate for business and pleasure. In this post you'll find useful hints and tips to write better emails in English.


Parts of Email
Here are the fields of the Email defined with example texts
Example Subjects
The Subject is more important than the email itself, it should be focused, clear and informative.


Strong Subjects:
  • Invitation to the ABC Conference, Nov 2009
  • Application for Account Manager Position #413 – Jane Smith CV
  • Agenda for the meeting on Monday, 10am
  • Party Invitation for John, Sally and Martin
  • Updates on the building plans
  • Meeting scheduled for Oct 15, Thursday @ 10am
  • Great craft ideas using recyclable materials
Weak Subjects:
  • [blank]
  • Hi, Hello, How are you?
  • First line of the email message
  • Words to avoid: Help, Percent Off, Reminder, Free


Example Greetings:
  • Dear [name],
  • Hi [name],
  • Hi,
  • Hello [name],
  • Hello,
  • To whom it may concern,
Example Opening Sentences
  • Following our phone conversation, I am sending you…
  • Attached please find the documents you requested regarding…
  • In regards to the upcoming pilot program, I have listed below the tasks and deadlines that need to be completed.
  • Further to our last discussion, I would like to bring to your attention the following issues:
  • As we agreed, there will not be …
  • Please reconsider our proposal for …
  • In response to your job post for Marketing Director, please find below a brief overview of my skills. I have also attached my CV for your review.
Example Email Information in Detail: details, information and actions required.
  • Here is the detailed list:
  • In addition to the attached agenda, please click on this link http://www...
  • To register for the online event, please go to...
Example Closing Sentences
  • I look forward to your reply.
  • Thank you for the time you have taken to review my candidacy for the position.
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Thank you, in advance, for your time.
  • I await receipt of the information we discussed.
  • Please forward me the exact information.
Example Sign-offs before the Signature: identify yourself, company and contact information.
  • Sincerely,
  • Thank you,
  • Best Regards,
  • Thanks,
Signature
Name
Title, company name
Email
Phone/Fax
Web Address
Click here for more example emails.
  • Job Interview Thank you
  • Job Cover Letter
  • Request For Update on a Pilot
Email Features

There are many features that are included in emails; here I will highlight just a few important ones.
Spelling: Always proofread before sending: spelling, punctuation and grammar. [F7]
Insert: Since emails are filtered here are a few tips regarding attachments and links:
  • Keep file sizes small.
  • ZIP or PDF attachments (exe, jpg, xls, doc are sometimes considered spam).
  • When replying, do not resend attachments again.
  • Use links whenever possible to files that are stored online or in shared folders.
Options: If the email is very important, under options request a read receipt, this way you can ensure the email has arrived at its destination.
Reply to All: Stop and think before hitting reply to all sometimes you may just need to hit reply.

The information in this post has been taken from Wikipedia and Learn English on line

06 March 2014

Present continuous used for describing pictures

Click here to practise your present progressive and picture description skills.

20 February 2014

Describing Pictures

04 February 2014

MODELOS PRUEBAS DE CERTIFICACION 2011-2012

Desde aquí puede acceder a muestras de ejercicios de los exámenes de certificación de las convocatorias de 2011 y 2012. Recuerde que estos ejercicios son sólo un ejemplo del tipo de tareas de las que constan los exámenes de certificación. Para saber con más detalle qué tipo de ejercicios puede encontrar, consulte la Guía del Candidato 2013. Esta guía estará disponible en esta web al menos un mes antes del comienzo de las pruebas.
Puede descargar los archivos y guardarlos en su equipo.
Los ejemplos de Comprensión Oral y de Comprensión de Lectura incluyen las correspondientes respuestas.
 
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