25 Oct 2010

Present simple; everyday activities; negative sentences; phonetic symbols

Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I took so long to update the blog this week (perdonad que haya tardado tanto en actualizar el blog esta semana). But, as we say in Spanish and in English... better later than never! :)

Last week we revised the contents of Unit 1 with pages 13 and 14 from the Student's Book; we also looked at vocabulary we can use on the plane and at the airport (workbook page 12 - para Nivel Básico D, subiré las respuestas del ejercicio esta noche).

We also learnt how to pronounce the 3rd person singular -s: /s/, /z/ or /iz/. Remember that in the present simple we add an -s to the verb if the subject is he she it. This -s changes to -es if the verb finishes in -x, -s, -sh, -ch or -o (esta regla también servía para la formación del plural). Todo esto lo tenéis explicado en el Grammar Bank 2A (page 124).

We also learnt some vocabulary for everyday activities (actividades cotidianas) like get up, have a shower, go to work, etc. We also learnt how to tell the time (esto también lo veremos en la unidad 3), and some adverbs of frequency (esto también lo veremos más adelante).

We also learnt how to make negative sentences in the present simple with don't (I, you, we, you, they) or doesn't (he, she, it): I don't like football; he doesn't drink coffee. I gave you a photocopy with some explanation and a few exercises.

Finally, we revised some phonetic symbols: /ei/, /i:/, /e/, /ai/, /əʊ/, /u:/ and /a:/. These are the sounds of the alphabet. After revising them, we listened to a song: "Stand by me", by Ben E King. Here you have the video (sorry, I couldn't find the official one) and the exercise we did in class:


With Nivel Básico E we also started Lesson 2B. Nivel Básico D will start it tomorrow.

That's all for now!

See you in class! :)

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