Saturday, June 7, 2014

Expressing a Complaint

Complaints Explained

As the certification speaking tests loom (= se avecinan), students might consider how they express annoyance in an interaction skit (= pequeña obra de teatro).

Good luck!
David 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paula (NA2) on Early Years Education




 IF I COULD MAKE SCHOOL RULES
            If I had the chance to make school rules, I would use different methods and teach questions that are useful in life.
             First of all, there would be a maximum of ten children per class so teachers could provide a certain individualized attention. Secondly, at nursery school and primary school the learning must be based in the experimentation so as to train children´s senses and common sense and, on the other hand, have the chance to learn in a more active and fun way.
Furthermore, they should train the ability to identify their emotions and how they might manage them, such us: breathing, doing exercise or meditation, because, in my opinion, this is absolutely necessary to ensure self-confidence, a well-balanced person and face the problems they will have to get over in the future.
Another factor to take into account is if we want to have conscientious adults, we must always be a model for our children and show them the importance of values such as respect, persistence or generosity, among others. And last but not least, throughout the learning, teachers must encourage a critical attitude so the students reach the capacity to think for themselves in every situation.
             In conclusion, education, as far as I am concerned, should provide a solid base to create a mentally healthier person and achieve more complex knowledge in our life.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Conversation topics for NA 2 speaking exams



DIY: one partner likes to do DIY around the house activities and has to convince the other partner that this is a great hobby to take up. It saves money and also provides satisfaction, for example, but requires carpentry, plumbing and other skills.
Global Warming: Discuss what can be done to improve our environment, both on an individual or neighbourhood level and in terms of government measures.
Guests Again!? Your partner has received a phone call from some US relatives who are going to come to stay. But they are quite a crowd and there is not enough room. Also you have had guests recently.
Social Networks: Discuss the pros and cons of social networking at both a personal and business level. Include in your discussion its usefulness in keeping people connected, how it helps some shy people overcome their fears, but also how addictive it might be for some users and also how it wastes a lot of time.

NB1 CD2 Answer Key



NB1    CD2
1)  6.30  2) 8.40  3) £21  4) 10.00  5) 5.30  6) £8  7) 10 minutes  8)  9-9.30  9) 9.00
2 
1) 93 kg  2) Very little/once a month  3) 4 times a week  4) 2 years ago  5) Every day
6) He should eat more chicken and fish. He should do more exercise
3 
Go for long walks: Golden Gate Park;  go there by cable car: Nob Hill; see street musicians: Nob Hill; see the whole city: Nob Hill; eat good seafood: Fisherman’s Wharf; walk from there to Chinatown: Nob Hill; relax in the Japanese Tea Garden: Golden Gate Park; go from there to Alcatraz: Fisherman’s Wharf.
4 
Kemal: (black) tea, cheese, eggs, tomatoes, cold meat, biscuits, yogourt and bread with butter and jam. Mi-Kung: white rice, kim-Chi (traditional Korean vegetables) Dimitry: (black) tea, lemon, sugar, bread Sonia: wuayava, mango, coffee, fruit, bread and jam José and Anita: coffee and Spanish omelette
5 
1) A fast-food restaurant  2) 2 superking-size burger, large fries and 2 lemonades  3) £8.50
4) Café  5) 2 coffees, chocolate cake  6)  £6.60  7) Pizza shop  8) 1 pizza (a cheese supreme), a large bottle of lemonade  9) £11.85
6 
1) beans  2) butter  3) 4  4) 1 kilo  5) potatoes  6) 2 cartons  7) 1 bottle  8) oil   9) 6  10) orange juice
7 
3 special menus: 1 garlic mushrooms, 1 vegetable soup, 1 steak and chips, 1 seafood past and 1 chocolate mousse. Three drinks and 2 coffees = $93
8 
1) spaghetti  2) onion  3) butter  4) carrot   5) mushrooms  6) tomato kétchup  7) red wine  8) meat  9) cheese
9 
Japanese: rice, fish, soup, green tea Spanish: biscuits, toast, sandwich, coffee Brazilian: bread, cheese, orange juice, coffee English: eggs, sausages, toast, jam, tea
10 
1) £140.000  2) 11  3) garden  4) garage  5) the country  6) 13  7) 90  8) near (her work) 9) Friday (afternoon)  10) 5.45
11 
1) A palace: Yumi, Murat and Marina; 2) a cathedral: Fabrizio; 3) a sports stadium: Claudia;  4) a shopping centre: Murat; 5) traditional buildings:     6) beautiful views:   7) a bride: Fabrizio and Murat; 8) a church: Marina;  9) a mountain: Claudia; 10) a square: Fabrizio; 11)an art gallery: Marina; 12) modern buildings: Yumi; 13) a canal: Fabrizio 14) a hill: Murat  15) a river: Marina; 16) a mosque: Murat; 17) a temple: Yumi; and 18) a statue: Claudia
12 
1) bad  2) taxi  3) at the airport  4) 30 minutes  5) can
13 
Task 1: 1) 500.000  2) normal cat food  3) 16 hours  4) 9 weeks  5) 2-5  6) 100  7) They are hairless (= they haven’t got hair) Task 2: 1) best friend  2) 53.000  3) 2 billion dollars  4) 150 5) in many countries  6) 65 km per hour  7) in 1932  8) making films  9) 44.000
14 
1) Park  2) Sports club  3) Playground  4) Beach
15 
1) textbook  2) website  3) message  4) address book  5) magazine  6) comic  7) instructions
16 
0) factory  1) disco  2) office  3) cinema
 
17 
1) invented  2) was  3) shared  4) made  5) could  6) wanted  7) took  8) needed   9) took   10) arrived  11) believed  12) described  13) decided  14) invented  15) stole  16) wrote  17) described  18) took  19) began  20) won  21) died  22) decided
18 
1) T  2) F  3) T  4) F  5) T  6) T  7) T  8) F  9) T  10) F
19 
1) Canadian  2) Orange  3) His mum  4) At home  5) His own face
20 
1) C  2) D  3) A  4) B  5) F  6) E
21 
1) geography  2) engineering  3) pilot  4) 28  5) Japan  6) September  7) 6 months
22 
Part 1: 1) F  2) F  3) T  Part 2 1) T  2) T  3) T  4) F  5)  F  Part 3: 1) F  2) T  3) T  4) F  5) F
23 
1) Galina Park  2) January  3) 5 minutes  4) 42 metres high  5) wood
24 
1) F  2) T  3) T  4) F  5) T  6) T  7) F  8) F  9) F  10) F  11) F  12) T
25 
1) Will  2) Francine  3) Vicki  4) Josh  5) Francine  6) Vicki  7) Will  8) Will  9) Josh  10) Vicki
26 
1) Alison  2) Tony: in his room/with Sally; Sally: in Tony’s room/ with Tony; Alison: in the living room/with Simon; Simon: in the living room/with Alison; Ingrid: in the garden/with Geoffrey; Geoffrey: in the garden/with Ingrid 
3) Geoffrey
27 
1) woke up  2) heard  3) looked  4) called  5) asked  6) ran  7) went  8) got  9) got  10) looked  11) found  12) read   13) took  14) had  15) drove  16) had  17) saw  18) had  19) went  20) got  21) parked  22) opened  23) got
28 
1) friendly  2) White  3) Careful  4) Red  5) aggressive  6) Blue  7) Quiet  8) Green  9) Generous  10) Black
11) Serious  12) Silver  13) Stylish
29
1) T  2) F  3) F  4) T  5) F  6) F
30 
1) In 1953  2) In a London street  3) No, it wasn’t  4) Chicken, sándwiches, tea, beer  5) No, they weren’t
6) About 300 people
31 
1) At about 6.15  2) About 40 minutes  3) Because it’s cheaper than the tuve  4) About 30 minutes
5) Because it’s quicker than driving/going by car
32 
1) 18th July 1918  2) law  3) politics  4) 1952  5) Evelyn  6) Winnie  7) 26  8) President of South Africa
9) 1998  10) Long Walk to Freedom
33 
1) C  2) C  3) C  4) C  5) A  6) A  7) B
34 
1) T  2) F  3) T  4) F  5) T  6) F  7) F  8) F
35 
1) 900  2) 1.6  3) 500  4) 1572  5) 4000  6) 9  7) 1567
36 
1) F  2) T  3) T  4) F  5) T  6) T  7) F  8) F