miércoles, 28 de diciembre de 2016

PAU September 2014 1015 B Use and Abuse of Technology

4. a) which / in
b) wouldn´t communicate / didn´t exist (Conditional sentences)
c) getting / had been using
 (Gerund after preposition / Past perfect Continuous)
d) The report souldn´t have been sent
(Reported Speech:. shouldn´t doesn´t change) 

JUNE 2014 2015 A 
DUE TO: Jan., 4th, 2017

Happy New Year!!

martes, 20 de diciembre de 2016



Exercise 4.

a) biking / where

b) was founded / than

c) Must / to do

d) John suggested going for a walk 
the following day
if the weather was fine.

for December the 28th, do B

martes, 13 de diciembre de 2016

PAU September 2016 B

Hello again, and welcome to our second PAU exam this year.

Did you find option B easier, more difficult or the same as 
option A?

I have added two words to be looked for in the text:

Find the verbs in the text that mean:

Be very good at (2nd paragraph), sobresalir.

Dismiss, not consider (2nd paragraph), dejar de lado.

(Definitions and translations taken from:

They are underlined in red colour:

Exercise 4.

a) shown / produces

b) were encouraged / wouldn´t be 
(Conditional type 2)

c) more / at

d) The teacher told me 
not to worry at that moment 
since / because I would understand it
the following day.

Please, if you haven´t done it yet, order your packet of PAU exams at the Copier´s Room.

For next Wednesday, we´ll do Go on two wheels
(2014-2015, option A)

Thank you!

miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016

Our Library

This is the bookself where our English books are in our Library.
As you come into the library it´s on your right, next to the computers.
Most of them are graded and you can choose the one you consider the most suitable for your level of English.
Remember to bring your Student´s card to borrow the one/ones you prefer.
We have more books at the Department.
Come and borrow your book from the Department if you prefer to.


Due to:

January, 16th-20th, 2017

Pau September 2016 A

In red colour:
Phrasal verb: take off
Prepositional verbs

In green colour:

In yellow colour:
The answers to question 1.
In pink colour:
The answers to question 3.

Question 4.

a) has become / most

TENSES (present perfect) / SUPERLATIVES

b) had worked / would have been been used

CONDITIONAL SENTENCES (third type, passive)

More about conditional sentences 1 & 2 here.
More about conditional sentences  type 3 here.

c) which / promoting.

 RELATIVE CLAUSES (non-defining) / verb + gerund.

More about relative clauses here.

d) Peter warned Sarah that her voice recognition system was not working at that moment.


Examples of reported speech with warn here.



lunes, 7 de noviembre de 2016


Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play, and is ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". The play likely was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime, and still ranks among his most performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired many other writers. (wikipedia)


(verbs in redconnectors in green)

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is a troubled young man. His father, the king. has been murdered, and his mother has married his father´s brother, Claudius, after only a few weeks.

One night, the ghost of the king appears to Hamlet and reveals that Claudius murdered him. He asks Hamlet to seek revenge, but Hamlet wants to find more proof of the murder first. To do this, he pretends to be driven mad by grief, and puts on a play for Claudius that tells the story of a murder similar to that of the king´s. It makes it very clear that the king has been murdered by his brother. When Claudius reacts nervously to the play, Hamlet is convinced he is guilty.

Hamlet goes to comfort his mother in her room, but he thinks he can hear Claudius hiding behind a curtain and stubs at him. Sadly, he has not killed Claudius. He has murdered Polonius, the father of Ophelia,a girl Hamlet once loved. The news drives Ophelia mad and she drowns herself.

These terrible events lead to more revenge and this time Polonius´son, Laertes (pronounced "Layer-tees), decides to punish Hamlet. Claudius sets up a duel between Hamlet and Laertes, but he gives Laertes a poisoned sword to make sure that Hamlet dies. Laertes fatally stabs Hamlet, but during the fight, the two men accidentally switch weapons and Hamlet also wounds Laertes with the poisoned sword.

A wounded Hamlet then manages to stab Claudius, but at that moment his mother drinks from the poisoned wine that Hamlet had prepared for Claudius. Laertes, Hamlet, his mother and Claudius all die --not really a happy ending.

 (from I wish I know that, Steve Martin, Mike Goldsmith, Marianne Taylor, Buster Books, 2010)


lunes, 17 de octubre de 2016

The Story of Thanksgiving

Here you have a short video where you can read and listen to the
story of Thanksgiving.

Level: 1

Nobel Prize for Literature 2016: Bob Dylan

Look at the official website of the Nobel Prize and read the reason why
Bob Dylan has been awarded for the Prize.

What The Guardian published on October the 13th, including video.

What CNBC published on the same date, including video with key words.

The Independent, including video and a slideshore with pictures of Dylan.


e-mail them to together with the correct answers. Don´t forget to include your name and the course you are at. As "topic" write "Bob Dylan"

Thank you!

See also Bob Dylan´s site

Blowin´ in the wind

 Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind".

Critics have described the track as revolutionary in its combination of different musical elements, the youthful, cynical sound of Dylan's voice, and the directness of the question "How does it feel?" "Like a Rolling Stone" transformed Dylan's image from folk singer to rock star, and is considered one of the most influential compositions in postwar popular music. Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at number one in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list

Just Like a Woman

The song has been criticized for supposed misogyny in its lyrics. Alan Rinzler, in his book Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Record, describes the song as "a devastating character assassination...the most sardonic, nastiest of all Dylan's putdowns of former lovers[ In 1971, New York Times writer Marion Meade wrote that "there's no more complete catalogue of sexist slurs," and went on to note that in the song Dylan "defines women's natural traits as greed, hypocrisy, whining and hysteria.[ Dylan biographer Robert Shelton noted that "the title is a male platitude that justifiably angers women," although Shelton believed that "Dylan is ironically toying with that platitude."

Knockin´on Heaven´s Door

The song describes the collapse of a deputy sheriff; dying from a bullet wound, he tells his wife "Mama, take this badge off of me; I can't use it anymore." 
In 1996 and with the consent of Bob Dylan, Scottish musician Ted Christopher wrote a new verse for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane school massacre. This has been, according to some sources, one of the few times Dylan has officially authorized anybody to add or change the lyrics to one of his songs.

Forever Young, he said he wrote it

 "thinking about" one of his sons and "not wanting to be too sentimental."

*Text in italics taken from WIKIPEDIA



miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2016

Adjectives, verbs and prepositions

Look at these two sentences:

a. Brad Pitt is ___________ for acting in films.
b. British people often ___________ about the weather.

1. What kind of words are missing?
2. Can you complete the sentences?
3. What kind of words follow the missing words?

REMEMBER: in English certain adjectives and verbs take particular prepositions.

I ENCOURAGE you to make a list in your notebook and ADD each new example you find.

EXTRA: Complete these sentences about yourself in your notebook. Compare them with your partner´s:

I was surprised by...
The person I depend on most is...
The thing I complain about the most is...
I´m keen on...

jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2016

International Days

The United Nations has this list of Internationl Days published.

UNESCO offers this list.

What about WIKIPEDIA?

Compare them.

Which one do you prefer? why?

miércoles, 28 de septiembre de 2016

How to write an essay

to a short video (3 minutes)

 explaining briefly


of an essay.

Here you have a longer video (8 minutes)

with an extended explanation of


of a so-called "GOOD" essay.

miércoles, 14 de septiembre de 2016

New Academic Year 2016-2017

Welcome to Jaime Vera School again!
Have a happy and productive new academic year 2016-2017!
Good luck for everyone!

SUCCESS THROUGH EFFORT  is a video by John Legend who is talking about failure and success, and how you can learn and do anything. You can watch it here.

To know more about John Legend click here.

And remember: YOU CAN LEARN ANYTHING :-)