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Diana Moya

CURSO 2017-2018




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Try to read for pleasure.

Read books that you find interesting, attractive, enjoyable.

Choose books with the right level of difficulty FOR YOU: Not too easy, not too difficult.

Read, at least, one book each term (October-December / January-March / April-May)

Keep a vocabulary notebook where you write interesting expressions from the texts you read. Always write:

- Full expression

- A bit of context

- An example sentence

- Pronunciation/grammar rules

Use a good dictionary or check with your teacher if necessary,

Revise your vocabulary regularly and try to put the new words/expressiones into practice as much as you can (in class, for your homework, in your conversation groups, talking to yourself,...)

(See also 'Writing' section below)


When you listen, try to understand ideas, not EVERY word.

To improve your listening skills, work with the transcription when available. 

1. Listen to see what you understand

2. Use the transcription to check.

3. Note words/expressions you didn't know or didn't recognise.

4. Listen again and see how much you understand now.

Use your Vocabulary notebook to write down interesting ideas or expressions you might need again.



Never miss an opportunity to practice (in class or outside)

Don't worry about making mistakes: you'll make many mistakes!! It's normal: you're a Basic Level student.

Try to express your ideas using the BASIC vocabulary and grammar you have: you will have to simplify your message.

Make sure you know the correct pronunciation and intonation of the new vocabulary you learn.

When you learn new words/expressions, try to put them into practice as much as you can.

Practice on your own or with a group of classmates. Practice using the vocabulary and grammar from class. Remember: Keep your ideas simple - you're BASIC level students. 




See the section 'FEATURES OF ENGLISH' for more information on:

  • Sounds and spelling
  • Schwa
  • Connected speech
  • Voicing
  • (+ word stress + sentence stress + sentence rhythm and tone)



1) Decide on a time and day to meet (before or after class is usually a good idea) and call the first meeting to see who is interested. Groups should be made of up to 4-5 students. If there are 6 students, you can make two groups of three. It's best if you meet on the same time and day every week.

2) In your first meeting, decide on the topics you will practice (you can do any activity from the book again, or see 'EXAMPLES OF TOPICS' below). The topics need to be from PAST UNITS OR LAST YEAR. You can create a 'topic calendar'.

3) Every meeting, one person needs to be in charge to help everyone stay on topic. The purpose of the Conversation group is clear: to practice and improve your speaking skills. 


* start as soon as there are two or three people. Anyone that comes in late, might join the group. (Remember to split the group in half if there are 6 or more students)

* be polite with your comments to your classmates. If you don't agree about some piece of grammar or vocabulary, write down your question and ask your teacher in your next class. Move on to something else. The idea is that you PRACTICE things that you ALREADY KNOW: vocabulary, grammar and topics from past units or last year.

EXAMPLE OF TOPICS: (You can do short monologues and/or practice having short conversations using easy follow up questions)

- Talk about yourself (A1-A2)

- Talk about your family (A1-A2)

- Talk about your city (A2)

- Talk about your routines and habits (A1-A2)

- Talk about your free time (A1-A2)

- Talk about a friend (A1-A2) (Talk about someone in your family: your spouse, a sibling, any other relative...)

- Talk about the things you like, love and hate (A1-A2)

- Talk about the things you can and can't do (A1-A2)

- Talk about what you did yesterday/last weekend (A1-A2)

- Talk about your plans for the weekend/the holidays (A2)

- ...

- Any pronunciation or speaking exercise from the student's book or workbook: Exercise 1 on page 4; ex. 3 and 4 page 5; ex.5 and 6 on page 13; ...PLUS the sections 'CAN YOU SAY THIS IN ENGLISH?' in the Revise & Check sections (pages 19, 35, 51, 67, 83, and 99)

One hour a week is a good way to start. Always do your best to stick to the point and finish on time.

Writing | por JKim1


Write regularly.

Never miss an opportunity to hand in homework.

Always plan before you start writing and revise after you finish.

Always organise the ideas in your texts.

Homework: You can try out new grammar and expressions you learnt recently.

Exams: Use only vocabulary and grammar that you feel confident about.


1)Take out a book from the library (Preferably with audio CD)- You can also buy one for less than 10 Euros in Medrano, Letras, Adolma, Notas...or online. Level A2 or Pre-Intermediate.

2)Read the book and write a book review. Deadline:  26th January, 2017 (We’ll use them to decorate the room or the library)

3)Read another book and write a book review. Deadline: 16th March, 2017 (We’ll use them to decorate the room or the library)

Make it a habit to read out loud to improve your pronunciation.

You can use a book that comes with a CD, or you can practice online: see links below (most websites for listening practice come with a transcript of the text).





Whatever you find most difficult, that is what you need to practice most.



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