Thursday, March 26, 2015


We sang a fetching song that laments the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage a century or so ago. Here it is (just click): 
  Titanic Song 

"It was sad when that great ship when down!"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Parcel (Creative Writing)

The Parcel

(Pedro Blas Ávila NI1 )

It was the evening of Valentine’s Day and Paul was at home drinking a beer, eating popcorn and watch a black and white film. He hadn’t any plans. Suddenly the doorbell rang. When he opened the door there wasn’t anybody there, only a small parcel with a big red ribbon and a note that read, “I’ll be back in 15 minutes.”

Paul couldn’t believe it, someone sent him a present and he had a date! Who could be the mysterious woman? Perhaps Daphne the kind cashier? Maybe Jane the friendly neighbor? Paul looked at his watch; in 13 minutes the mysterious girl would return.

Paul ran to the his bedroom, took off his old-fashioned shirt, worn-out trousers, kicked off his house slippers. He put on his new suit. Then he rushed to the bathroom, combed his hair and brushed his teeth … three minutes to go!

Paul rushed to the living room which he tidied in a jiff, then turned his attention to the beautiful parcel. He undid the bow, pulling at the ribbon in great haste and anticipation, tore at the paper and … the doorbell rang!

When Paul opened the door, he found a big bearded guy with a scruffy look to his clothes.

“Hello!” said the man in a gruff voice. “I think I am wrong, is this Jane’s house?”

“No,” Paul replied. “She lives two doors down. “

“Oh, how embarrassing,” the man grumbled. “Er, I think that parcel is mine.”

“Of course, here you are,” Paul said.

When he closed the door, Paul returned to his beer and thought, “The worst part is I don’t know what was in the parcel.”

Creative Writing


By Ana Delia Miranda NI1

Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a very round, funny musical note. She had a very nice bow in her stem. The musical note lived very happily in the musical world. But one day something strange appeared in her musical head.

“What is my sound? Am I a RE? Maybe am I a DO? What is my sound? I have never heard myself. What musical note am I?”

Then she saw that other notes were very happy. They never which sounds they were. So she decided to go to Pentagram’s house, because he was an expert on musical notes.

Pentagram’s house was near the forest. It was a very big house. Many notes lived in it. In the garden, there were some trees and beside an old tree, there was a slide. The notes played up and down, so they practiced the musical scale. Around the garden, there were many red and white flowers where the bees would dance inside.

Then our friend arrived at Mr Pentagram’s house. He saw her and said; “Hmm, what’s the matter, little note?” So the musical note explained her dilemma.

“You don’t know what your sound is! Don’t worry... but you have a difficult job,” Mr Pentagram replied. “Maybe this task will take a life time to solve. You will need some training. It’s very important to know what your sound is to be really happy.”

“Let’s go to Miss Treble Clef’s house. I am sure she can help you because Treble Clef gives the notes their names.”

The following day, our friend went to Miss Treble Clef’s house. It was a very old tree. The note told her what her problem was. “Don’t worry,” Miss Treble Clef said. “You can stay in my home for a week, okay? I am sure you will find your sound here.”

In the morning, when musical notes were playing on the Pentagram and Treble Clef was organizing them to sing a melody, one little musical note slipped down and down by Mr Pentagram’s lines. Suddenly, the note without sound ran to help her but in her try, she slipped, too.

Plaf! DO! Oh the note sounded like a DO note. Wonderful. Now our friend had discovered her sound. She was happy.

So musical note understood that only helping others we can find our real sound.

“Bye, bye!” the musical note said. “We will keep in touch.” Then they lived happily ever after.

Moral: Everybody has a lot of qualities and only when you give them to others, you find your “sound.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Answer Key for NI 1 CD 2

To the NI1 students (all three groups),

Here are the answers for CD 2. I am sorry for the delay but my PC has been in the shop for repairs.

 NI1  CD2: KEY                                                                                                                      

1)      1B, 2C, 3A, 4C, 5B, 6A, 7A, 8B

2)      A) scenes  b) crocodile  c) different  d) family   e) Qualifications  f) Short courses   g) fall             h) professional diver

3)   Speaker 1: a   Speaker 2: b  Speaker 3: b  Speaker 4: c
4)    1A, 2B, 3C, 4A
5)    1A, 2A, 3C, 4A, 5B, 6C, 7C, 8B
6)    a) newspapers  b) school play  c) vet  d) moved to London  e) drama school  f) flat
        g) producers  h) script
7)    Speaker 1: chillies, curry, spicy  Speaker 2: potatoes, chips, fried   Speaker 3: rice,           
        vegetables, chop sticks.
8)    Speaker 1: D  Speaker 2: C  Speaker 3: A  Speaker 4: B                                                                                                                                          
9)    a) True  b) True  c) False  d) True  e) False  f) False  g) True
10)  a)  Chris Turner  042317364  sell
        b)  Helen Foot  078322331  buy
        c)  Karen Singleton  6723909099  buy
        d)  Nicholas Dart  5472104783  sell
        e)  Jenny Page  1324659780  sell
       Message a: Excellent / Yes
       Message b:  She can’t afford it
       Message c:  How old it is / Her dad
       Message d: Mobile / He’s grown out of it / 2 1/2 years / Free delivery
       Message e: Yesterday/" /£40

11)   1B, 2C,  3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7C
12)   Speaker 1: mobile  Speaker 2: laptop  Speaker 3: video camera  Speaker 4: MP3 player
         Speaker 5: digital camera
13)   a) True  b) False  c) False  d) False  e) True  f) True  g)  False  h)  True
14)    1C, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7A
15)    a) False  b) False  c) True  d)  False  e)  True
16)    Speaker 1: C  Speaker 2: A, Speaker 3: D, Speaker 4: B
17)    1A, 2B, 3C, 4B, 5D
18)    Speaker 1: B  Speaker 2: D, Speaker 3: E,  Speaker 4: C, Speaker 5: A

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NA1 March 2015 CD2 Answer key for tracks 6 - 16

Dear NA1 students,
Here are the answers for the last ten tracks of CD 2.
Sorry for the delay, my PC has been in the shop for repairs.
Thanks for your patience and best regards,


1old  2 60,000  3 50,000  4 writing  5 exposed  6 cultural  7 imaginative  8 optimistic 
9 dying out  10 a second
1D   2E  3F  4C  5B
1A  2C  3A  4A  5B  6C  7A
1 A2 B   3 C  4 B  5 A  6 C  7 B  8 A
1 senior  2 south  3 science  4 library  5 second floor  6 hall  7 press  8 the mayor 
9 seven  10 art centre
1B  2E  3D  4A  5C
1C  2A  3B  4A  5B  6B  7C
1B  2B  3A  4C  5C  6C  7A  8B
1 18 years  2 afford  3 soccer player  4 made redundant  5 encouragement  6 (lots of) money  7 financial help  8 success  9  reasonable  10 blue
1E  2C  3A  4F  5B
1N  2Y  3N  4Y  5Y  6Y  7N