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понедельник, 31 марта 2014 г.

Let's develop the listening skills. Sinatra. Fly me to the Moon

This great song help you to develop your listening skills. Now you'll hear an   awesome song sung by the outstanding singer. It's Frank Sinatra's Fly Me to the Moon.  The task is to fill in the gaps with the correct words. Are you ready? Let's start our listening exercise!




Fly me to the moon
Let me play __ __  ____
Let me see ____ ___is like
On a, Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
____ ___ ____, baby, kiss me

___ ___ ___ with song
And let me sing __ ___ ___
You are all I long for
All I ____ ____ ____
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart ___ ____
___ ___ ____ for ever more
You are all I___ ___
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, in other words
I love you.


Now check yourself here. Let's listen,sing and enjoy! :

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a, Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, in other words
I love you.



четверг, 27 марта 2014 г.

Funny Reading. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

 Sherlock Holmes camping trip



Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip.  After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.


“And what do you deduce from that?”

Watson ponders for a minute.  “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.     Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.    Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe.

But what does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes is silent for a moment. 

“Watson, you idiot!” he says.  “Someone has stolen our tent!

  • nudge/nʌdʒ/-to use a part of your body, especially your elbow, to give a little push to someone or something
  • ponder /ˈpɒndə(r)/ - to think carefully about something for a long time before reaching a decision
  • insignificant /ˌɪnsɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt/ - not large or important enough to be worth considering


понедельник, 24 марта 2014 г.

Positive and negative agreements: so/too, either/neither

Positive and negative agreements /əˈɡriːmənts/


Today we'll learn how to express an  agreement : positive or negative one. For this purpose we can use some forms:
1. Positive agreement. You should use this form after affirmative statements.They can be formed with  SO or too and a  positive form of the auxilary verb:
  •   I like coffee. -    So do I./ I do too 
  • I have seen this film. -  So has he. / He has too
  • Nick can sing well.- So can Ann./ Ann can too

2. Negative agreement should be used after negative statements and can be formed with the words either or neither: either is used after a negative form of the auxilary verb and neither is used before a positive one.

  • He wasn't late yesterday. - Neither was I./  I wasn't either .
  • Eugene can't play chess. - Neither can Sam./ Sam can't either.
Note:
neither can be pronounced in two ways  : /ˈnaɪðə(r)/ or /ˈniːðə(r)/



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check yourself here:

http://english-zone.com/grammar/metoo1.html

пятница, 21 марта 2014 г.

The Charm of English: Crucial

CRUCIAL   adjective  /ˈkruːʃ(ə)l/


    1.something that is crucial is extremely important because it has a major effect on the result of something

    crucial for:                The money is crucial for the research.
    crucial to:                 Resolving this issue is crucial to making peace work.
    it is crucial (that):      It is crucial that all students develop these basic skills.
    
    2
    British (very informal)           extremely good.

You can hear crucial  here (The Devil Wears Prada):
    
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вторник, 18 марта 2014 г.

ESL songs for young pupils. Seasons of the year ( British English)

You see, I always use songs for my youngest pupils. They like videos and songs. Their emotions are so freely shown while watching and singing. This song is good for those who teach/ learn British English. Hope, you'll like it and use at your lessons!





понедельник, 17 марта 2014 г.

Saint Patrick's Day Traditions


Saint Patrick's Day Traditions

Today, on the 17th of March, people celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all around the world. This traditional Irish holiday is international nowadays. So, what are the symbols and traditions of this celebration?

  • Shamrock is one of the symbols of Saint  Patrik's Day. The Shamrock plant was used to illustrate the message of the Christian Holy Trinity. Saint Patrick was credited with using the Shamrock in such a manner so the wearing of the Shamrock is the Irish tradition all over the world.





  • On this holiday people use the opportunity to dress up as Leprechaun or even as Saint Patrick himself.
  • The traditional Saint Patrick's parade take place in many cities around the world.

  • One more tradition is greening of buildings and rivers 




  • The Saint Patrick's day dinner is the essential part of the holiday.Corned beef and cabbage is  the traditional  Irish meal which is often served   for Saint Patrick's Day dinner. Traditional Irish music  and a family gathering are the  other Irish Saint Patrick's Day traditions that have been going on for centuries.   


четверг, 13 марта 2014 г.

Extracurricular activities for teaching English

    Extracurricular activities  are the important part of teaching English. This type of work does not only deepen and broaden the knowledge of a foreign language , but it also helps to expand the cultural horizons of pupils , develops their creativity , forms aesthetic taste , and as a result, increases the motivation to learning the language and the culture of another country. I do my best  to involve all my students in extracurricular activities : the boys and the girls sing, dance, perform  plays, select music, decorate the hall and  COMMUNICATE(!). They become more friendly,helpful, open -minded,  uderstandable for each other and for me, their  teacher.

  My pupils are my pride! They are talented, active and creative! They have a lot of interesting ideas! It's really a great pleasure to work with them. They inspire me to make new  unusual projects and give me a lot of positive emotions. I get a lot of  satisfaction from teaching them and collaborating with my students.

  This is how we  performed the musical show "Sleeping Beauty". Hope, you'll like the pictures. So, read and enjoy!

Long ago , in a land far away, there lived a king and a queen.

They wanted a child but didn't have any.One day a long-awaited baby was brought them by a  stork .


среда, 12 марта 2014 г.

Spring Blog festival on WizIQ

http://www.wiziq.com/course/39532-blog-festival
What is the Spring Blog festival?
The Spring Blogging Festival e-conference is a 3 day online event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice or with students. This event takes place online free in WizIQ web rooms, from March 14-16, 2014.
 
 to interact with educators and edubloggers from around the world. Learn about different global blogging projects your students can join, find out how to motivate students to blog, explore ways to gain an audience for your blog, and discover edubloggers with inspiring messages. Check out the program here,http://www.wiziq.com/course/39532-blog-festival
 
, with an incredible line-up of authors, teachers, trainers, and projects waiting to inspire you.

Each presentation will be held in WizIQ web rooms, which feature presenters on a webcam with their slides. Participants chat with other participants and can make long-lasting connections. By registering, you ensure you receive a certificate to share with your organization and add to your CV and resume.

The Charm of English: ADORE


adore   /əˈdɔː(r)/  

  •  to love somebody very much, to like something very much.
  •  to worship as divine
  • to love greatly or honor highly; idolize
Grammar Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.
You should use nouns, pronouns or -ing forms after adore to express your special preference.
She adores listening to pop music.
London is a unique city. I adore it.

How adore is used:




The word adore is also often used in songs:


Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon This is a great song to practise English: you can clearly hear the words and its vocabulary is not difficult! So, let's sing and enjoy!
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you


Be My Valintine
Because I adore you
I’d give anything for you 


Sing here
http://amberer.blogspot.com/2014/02/sing-song-be-my-valentine.html



воскресенье, 9 марта 2014 г.

The Fame of English Literature: Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

 (1865-1936)

Kipling was an English writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is best known for his poems and stories set in India during the period of British imperial rule.

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, on 30 December 1865. His father was an artist and teacher. In 1870, Kipling was taken back to England to stay with a foster family in Southsea and then to go to boarding school in Devon. In 1882, he returned to India and worked as a journalist, writing poetry and fiction in his spare time. Books such as 'Plain Tales from the Hills' (1888) gained success in England, and in 1889 Kipling went to live in London.
   In 1892, Kipling married Caroline Balestier, the sister of an American friend, and the couple moved to Vermont in the United States, where her family lived. Their two daughters were born there and Kipling wrote 'The Jungle Book' (1894). In 1896, a quarrel with his wife's family prompted Kipling to move back to England and he settled with his own family in Sussex. His son John was born in 1897.
By now Kipling had become an immensely popular writer and poet for children and adults. His books included 'Stalky and Co.' (1899), 'Kim' (1901) and 'Puck of Pook's Hill' (1906). The 'Just So Stories' (1902) were originally written for his daughter Josephine, who died of pneumonia aged six.
Kipling turned down many honours in his lifetime, including a knighthood and the poet laureateship, but in 1907, he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first English author to be so honoured.

One of Kipling's best  known poems is "If"


Rudyard Kipling "If"

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

среда, 5 марта 2014 г.

Travelling (vocabulary)


Today we’ll learn some words and phrases about travelling and our emotions. Here they are:

  •         Travel-travelling-travelled
  •        Travel around the world
  •        Have been travelling forever
  •        Have been around the world
  •        Have been in foreign land

  •        Feeling out of place
  •        Feeling strange
  •        To feel like in heaven.



Now, let’s practice these phrases with music! Enjoy learning English!



Do you know how to write a vocational postcard? Read here:
http://amberer.blogspot.com/2013/07/lets-improve-our-writing-skills-letter.html

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