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viernes, 5 de mayo de 2017

2001 2002 June

Pointing the Finger

1. a. false "A report just published ... compared with their index fingers"
b. false "Early symptoms --a failure to point... are often obvious by the tender age of 18 months.

2. a. the length of the index fingers related to autism.
b. interact with other people/ verbal & gestual communication.

3. a. creases
b. gaze
c. ratio
d. average

4. a. are fixed / to govern
b. Although / to
c. earlier / easiest
d. I could never imagine that my fingers could say so many things.

2001 2002 September

Beauty Over Youth
1. a. false "The psychologist took a photo of a 36-year-old woman... of a group of men"
b. true "When asked who they´d prefer... chose her, regardless how old they thought  she was"

2. a. from paragraph 1 "From the countless music videos... to beauty"
b. "The study shows that beauty counts... at some level"

3. a. countless
b. primarily
c. take into acount
d. long-term

4. a. about / enough
b. was done / since
who / has been
helping / biggest

jueves, 4 de mayo de 2017

2004 2005 September

Amphibian Decline Serves As Global Warning

1. a. true "the discovery... disaster"
b. false "In comparison... endangered"

2. a. highly permeable skin... very sensitive to the effects of climate change and pollution.

b. They live in many different habitats because they can adapt easily.

3. a. comprehensive
b. since
c. drastic
d. remarkable

4. a. continues / will rise
b. was created / has been created / protecting
c. caused / most important
d. polluting / to


PAU 2004-2005 June

Too much television

1. a.false "Experts say that... signs of the  disorder"
b. false "This new study...very young children... seven"
2. a. attention / too aggressive
b. "Some education... problem solving"

3. a. amount
b. signs
c. tested
d. earlier

4. a. began / between
b. often / a
c. on / are
d. He asked the girl what she would do when she finished her homework.


jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

2009 2010 JUNE B

INDIA´S ECONOMIC REVIVAL

1. a) true " ever since the great... dust"
b) true " By 1870, ...deprivation"

3. a) wealth
b) dust
c) peak
d) famine

4. 1. which
2. from / meant
3. long / takes
4. Its / defeating

2009 2010 JUNE A

The truth about bears

1. a) true "And he tracked their movements and marked them on maps"
b) false " And so he abandoned... his study animals"

3. a) creatures
b) trust
c) detachment
d) wave

4. 1. believes / eating
2. about eating / have to
c) needn´t dissect
d) the bear not to worry when he went near him.

miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

2009-2010 September B


Trick or treat! It´s Halloween


1. a. F "Actually, Halloween originated in Europe as a Celtic New Year celebration" / "For the Irish, in the Celtic calendar... a pagan festival"

b. F "They began to dress up... a practice that eventually became... tradition"

2. a. Halloween is one of the greatest commercial holidays in the USA because people spend over seven billion dollars every year.
... because people spend their money to buy a lot of things for Halloween.

b. The "trick or treat" tradition is similar to the Celtic celebration in the sense that people used to wear costumes and give food.

3. a. products 

b. stunning

c. Actually

d. fleeing

4. a. If / from

b. where / so that -- a

c. Although / in

d. Two million people who celebrate in the streets are attracted by NY´s village H. parade.


Next exams:
2009-2010 June A The truth about bears
2009-2010 June B India´s Economic Revival
2nd P for April, 27th
2nd Q for April, 28th



2009-2010 September A

Music therapy can help children 
with communication problems

1. a. F "But, after the operation... can begin to speak."

b. F "She added that todlers undergoing rehabilitation... sometimes... makes them more introverted"

2. a. After music therapy / After music rehabilitation 
it was shown that these children with communication problems were more likely to speak.
Music therapy helps children who were not able to hear properly to improve their communicative skills in an easier way and it also reduces the stress that they suffer.


b. Some children are involved in games including music and some others are suggested games without music.

In the rehabilitation sessions children are provided with toys and they can just play with them,whereas when there is music, they do activities related to it. 

3. a. undergoes

b. todlers

c. suitable

d. researchers

4. a. Music, which... between...

b. are videotaped / to

c. There is still --- / a lot of / much more work to be done BY researchers

d. ... that her son had improved...




miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

PAU 2010 2011 SEPTEMBER B

WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT 
CLIMATE CHANGE?

1. a) F "In Australia, peak energy demand is on hot summer days, when..."

b) T "As a matter of fact, ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that climate change is happening"

2. a) The first thing we can do is to waste less energy  and the second one is to use a different kind of energy sources, like solar panels.

b) Some industries are against informing about climate change bacause they would lose a lot of money if people used other alternatives.
... wouldn´t get so much money.

3. a) providing

b) peak

c) because

d) fix

4. a) which / in

b) was cut / to

c) took / used to take // driving

d) ... (the reason) why people should use less energy.

for next WED. 5TH 2009 2010 SEPTEMBER

A MUSIC THERAPY CAN HELP CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS

B TRICK OR TREAT! IT´S HALLOWEEN

PAU 2010 2011 SEPTEMBER A

CLEOPATRA WAS NOT KILLED 
BY A SNAKE

1. a) F "Now C. S., (...) has presented evidence on a television programme that drugs..."
b) F "We consulted eminent zoologists... would have been too uncertain and taken too long"
2. a) He is mentioned becuase he was Cleopatra´s Roman lover / one of Cleopatra´s lovers.
b) P. S. thought that a snake bite was not the cause of Cleopatra´s death because a snake bite would have provoked a long lasting death / a death lasting several days. 
3. a) likewise

b) portrayed

c) evidence

d) cocktail

4. a) that / who

b) shows / as

c) was hidden / on

d) wrote / later


miércoles, 22 de marzo de 2017

PAU 2010 2011 JUNE B

WHAT´S IN A NAME?

1. a) F "In Britain, you can call a child almost everything... the only restrictions on parents relate to offensive words".
b) T "For example, there have been six boys named Gandalf..."

2. a) The Government didn´t let the couple to call their baby 4Real so they decided to choose the name "Superman" instead.
b) In some countries like UK names can´t be offensive; in other countries such as China they can´t contain symbols or letters from abroad and in other places such as Japan, Denmark or Germany parents must choose from a name list.

3. a) fashion
b) choose
c) Equally
d) such as

4. a) most important / for
b) If / searching
c) likes / mispronounced
d) baby´s name / whose

FOR NEXT DAY, MARCH 29TH

2010 2011 SEPTEMBER A & B

CLEOPATRA WAS NOT KILLED BY A SNAKE 
&
WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

PAU 2010 2011 JUNE A

Self-driving Google Cars

1. a) F "With someone behind the wheel to take control...with only two human interventions"
1. b) T "Because the robot cars would eventually be less likely to crash...reducing fuel consumption"
(2 points)

2. a. It´s small and it carries a cylinder on the roof. It also has video cameras on it, radar sensors and a laser device.
2. b. They are less likely to have accidents, they are more safe and they waste less oil.

3. a) harder

b) actually

c) reducing

d) proof

(1 point)

4. a) bought / has been complaining

b) than / are lost

c) are / driving

d) by / an

(2 points)





miércoles, 15 de marzo de 2017

PAU 2011 2012 JUNE B

DIAMONDS

1. a) FALSE: "Optically, chemically... to a mine diamond"
b) TRUE: "As regards price, ...costs about $6,000"
2. a) Clark McEven is mentioned becuase he is the person who runs a company controlling the process of growing real diamonds.
C. McEven is  mentioned becuase he is in charge of a company which produces artificial diamonds.
b) They put a lot of pressure and heat on a carbon piece for some days.

3. a) overseen
b) lump
c) graded
d) inscripted

4. a) hardest / on
b) vanishes / leaving
c) was discovered / could
d) who / his

NEXT TESTS:
2010 2011 JUNE A 
Self-driving Google Cars
2010 2011 JUNE B
What´s in a Name? 
DUE TO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND

PAU 2011 2012 JUNE A

SOME PEOPLE NEVER FORGET A FACE

1. a)TRUE: "In fact about 2 percent... faces"
b) FALSE: "Often super-recognizers are able to... hair color".
2. a) To avoid giving too much attention to having met the other person.
b) Because people with this special ability can remember people from a crime. 
3. a) recalling
b) broad
c) encounter
d) credible
4. a) to / have been found
b) who / to
c) meeting / at
d) hadn´t been / wouldn´t have met

viernes, 10 de marzo de 2017

PAU TEST 2011 2012 SEPTEMBER A

Facebook generation 
suffers from information withdrawal syndrome

Ex. 2
a) Volunteers in the experiment had to spend one day without any electronic device, such as telephones or the internet.
b) Two positive effects have been that...
One positive effect has been that volunteers have improved their facilities for surviving. Another has been that they spent more time outside, walking in the streets, for instance or enjoying nature.

Ex. 4. a) developing / highest b) an / who
c) until / became d) on / spent / used to spend

viernes, 3 de marzo de 2017

Hellen Keller





On this day in 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.

(...)

Her parents eventually sought the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and an authority on the deaf. He suggested the Kellers contact the Perkins Institution, which in turn recommended Anne Sullivan as a teacher.



(...)

Helen Keller became a public speaker and author; her first book, “The Story of My Life” was published in 1902. She was also a fundraiser for the American Foundation for the Blind and an advocate for racial and sexual equality, as well as socialism. From 1920 to 1924, Sullivan and Keller even formed a vaudeville act to educate the public and earn money. Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968, at her home in Westport, Connecticut, at age 87, leaving her mark on the world by helping to alter perceptions about the disabled.

(from History)

Alexander Graham Bell




A Scottish scientist and inventor who was one of the leading developers of the telephone.
He also invented teh metal detector.
(from the Burlington Culture Calendar)



More information:

Wikipedia: here you can have records of his voice.

Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a telephone in his study, fearing it would distract him from his scientific work.

(taken from History page)

Quotations:

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.


World Wildlife Day





miércoles, 1 de marzo de 2017

1st of March, Saint David´s Day, Patron of Wales



About Saint David, 1´ video (from The Telegraph)


About Wales National celebration (from Independent)

The symbol of Saint David and of Wales is a leek:


miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2017

PAU 1213 SEPTEMBER B WOMEN AND SUSTAINABILITY

4. a) often

b) buying (preposition + gerund) / in / 
greater (comparative)

c) was invited (past passive) / 
which (relative pronoun, referring to "organisation")

d) hadn´t obtained / wouldn´t have got
(Conditional sentence, type 3, negative)

NEXT PAU TESTS:

1213 JUNE A: JANUARY SALES

1213 JUNE B: YOUNG DA VINCI

DUE TO: Wednesday, February, 15

PAU 1213 SEPTEMBER A NOMOPHOBIA: MOBILE PHONE ADDICTION

4. a) who 
(relative pronoun, referring to "individuals") / 
than / better (comparative)

b) switching off (suggest + gerund) / driving (preposition + gerund)

c) has grown (present perfect)

d) ... if I had ever slept with my mobile phone.
(reported yes / no question; present perfect = past perfect; your = my)

viernes, 3 de febrero de 2017

PAU 1314 June B The Key to Choosing the Right Career

4. a) are motivated (PASSIVE VOICE. Present)
b) best (superlative) /
 I have ever had (present perfect)
c) for / of
d) where 
(relative pronoun, referring to "PLACES")
e) John told Jennifer to choose a job she loved
(Reported Speech, Commands)

NEXT TESTS:

1213 September A
NOMOPHOBIA: MOBILE PHONE ADDICTION

1213September B:
WOMEN AND SUSTAINABILITY

DUE TO: Wednesday, February, 8


miércoles, 1 de febrero de 2017

PAU 2314 JUNE A CELL PHONE JAMMERS


4. 
a) Using (a verb used as a subject taking the gerund form)
/ be considered (passive voice: can + passive infinitive)

b) What / were bothered (second conditional in the passive. 
On the one hand, we have would---if + past;
on the other hand, that past takes the passive form.
The passive is formed with the verb TO BE in the same tense as the main verb (in this case, past= was/were; we use were because the subject is you) and the mail verb in the past participle.

c) better (irregular form of the comparative)
 / put up with 
(phrasal verb)
Note: From Manmillan Dictionary:
 put up with someone/something to accept someone or something unpleasant in a patient way
How has Jan put up with him for so long?
I will not put up with your bad behaviour any longer!
d) Kate said she had used cell phones ever since she had started going to school.
Reported Speech:
I > she
have used > had used (present - past)
started > had started (past - past perfect)



REMEMBER:
NEXT TEST:

THE KEY TO CHOOSING 
THE RIGHT CAREER 
1314 JUNE B


PAU 1314 SEPTEMBER B COURSES ONLINE


4. a) had offered / would have taken
(3rd type of conditional)

b) in / to or rather than

c) are admitted or have been admitted 
(Passive voice)
/ unless ("a menos que)

d) Mary asked her son what he would like to do when he finished High School.
Note: This is not a question, it´s an affirmative sentence based on a question. That´s the reason why we should place the subject before the verb.
The underlined words are the ones we have changed.



miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Next PAU tests



1st P / R
COURSES ONLINE 13 / 14 September B
CELL PHONE JAMMERS 13 / 14 June A
Due to: Wednesday 1st February
THE KEY TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAREER 13 / 14 June B
Due to: Thursday, 2nd February

1st Q

COURSES ONLINE 13 / 14 September B
CELL PHONE JAMMERS 13 / 14 June A
Due to: Wednesday 1st February
THE KEY TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAREER 13 / 14 June B
Due to: Friday, 3rd February

NOTE: the corresponding COMPOSITIONS will be collected on each date

PAU 13/14 September A THE DECLINE OF "ONCE UPON A TIME..."



4. a) used to tell / going
b) is considered / between / the better
c) than
d) they appreciated how important it was for parents...

PAU 14/15 Model B CUP OF TEA?




4) a) if / should
b) has become / for
c) making / so (... ) that
d) having some tea




viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

PAU 14/15 Modelo Apción A SOAP OPERAS



2. (examples)

a) It comes from the advertising of soap by companies which even sponsored the programmes, due to the fact of having housewives as the main watchers of them at the beginning.

b) Soap operas usually show events typical from real life but exaggerating everything, being more dramatic to be more entertaining.

3. a) depict b) at the same time c) go on d) take place

4. a) often (How often= ¿con qué frecuencia? / a (=cuatro veces a la semana)
b) who/without 
c) watching (love + gerund) /what

d) leaving (gerund after preposition)
 /had watched (past perfect)

FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, 25TH JANUARY:
14/15 Modelo B A cup of tea?
13/14 Septiembre A The Decline of "Once Upon a Time..."

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Genetic Fingerprinting PAU 2014 2015 June B



The text continues as follows:
As the technique becomes more sophisticated, all this information and more will be available.

4. a) was arrested
 (passive voice, past)/
 commiting (gerund after preposition)
b) had had / would have been ( 3rd conditional)
c)Although / to
d) better / must, should

Next test: Jan. 20th, Soap Operas,
Model 2014 2015



miércoles, 4 de enero de 2017

PAU 2015-2015 JUNE A DO ALIENS REALLY EXIST?

4. A) HADN´T BELIEVED / TO
CONDITIONAL SENTENCE TYPE 3 / 
VERB + PRESPOSITION
B) WHOSE / BY
RELATIVE PRONOUN (POSSESSION) / PASSIVE PREPOSITION BEFORE COMPLEMENT
C) MUCH / WAS GIVEN
UNCOUNTABLE HOW MUCH / PASSIVE VOICE, PAST SIMPLE
D) OF / THOUGHT

Next test: 2014-2015 B
Genetic Fingerprinting
Due to: January, 11th