2º Bachillerato




You tend to commit a lot of mistakes in the use of the articles A/AN and THE, so let's revise some aspects:

Remember you use no article at all >>>>

  • when you are talking in general.   Example: Petrol is so cheap nowadays. Exams always make me nervous.

  • with places when you are engaged in the activities involved in those places.   For instance: You are in hospital (if you are a patient, a doctor or a nurse, but if you visit a patient  >>>  you go to the hospital); you go to school (if you are a student or a teacher, but if you are a student's parent >>> one day you go to the school); you are in bed or go to bed if it is your own bed meaning 'estar acostado', 'acostarse' (but if you say the definite article you are making reference to a specific or special bed  >>>  I slept in the bed where there was no pillow, in the bed where William Shakespeare was born)

  • before names of languages, meal names, the names of cities, most countries and most streets, the names of airports, stations, single mountains or lakes.   Examples: We speak English, I live in London, I live in Holland (but we say: I live in the Netherlands), We had tea for breakfast, We took a coach from Gatwick airport to Milton road in Cambridge.

You use the indefinite article >>>>>

  • with singular nouns. Example:  My uncle is writing a letter.

  • When you make reference to a person or a thing for the first time.     Example: I met a girl the other day.

  • You can use the indefinite article to express prices, frequency or speeds.    Examples: £3 pounds a kilo, twice a day, 40 km an hour

  • You use the indefinite article with: hundred, thousand, million

  • You use the indefinite article when you talk about jobs (be careful because in Spanish it is different).   Example: I'm a teacher and you are a student.

You use the definite article  >>>>>>

  • when you mention again a person or a thing.    Example: I met a girl the other day. The girl was playing with her little brother when....

  • when there is only one of something, such as the Sun, the Earth... or even the TV, the kitchen

  • with musical instruments.    Example: My elder son plays the viola and my younger son plays the guitar.

  • when this noun has no further importance in the message you use the indefinite article (my uncle was writing a letter), but if this noun is really important, then we will use the definite article.   Example:  I lost the letter my uncle wrote me when I was living in Edinburgh.




Brand new Selectivity exams to do this year (and remember how important it is to read about different topics to broaden your passive vocabulary):

2015-2017


EXTREMELY IMPORTANT  >>>>  Instructions to the English exam in the New Selectivity exam in Andalucia.

USED TO AND WOULD to express past habits  >>>   Good listening exercise to do!!!



It is very important to check the class rules at the beginning of the school year and to have a look at all the pieces of advice given by students in my blog (Pay attention to those students who have done your level)!!!

 

WORD FORMATION   : Click on the link to check the table or to make your own!!!!   You can send me your hints to my email address!!!!


Unit 1 (pages 6 & 7)

Expect, Hope, Look Forward & Wait (explanation + exercises  & quiz)

Ejercicios: Used to, be used to, get used to (Gap filling exercise)


IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA OR ARE  LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION, HERE'S AN INTERESTING LINK: http://tueris.ugr.es/elvira/



EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: CHANGES IN THE SELECTIVITY EXAM 2014-2015 IN ENGLISH (HAVE A LOOK AT IT!!!!)

SELECTIVITY EXAMS to do in the school year 2014-2015 (try to find related articles in the press and send them to me, but remember that there are already some entries in my blog connected with the topics):


CONCURSO ANUAL DE TRADUCCIÓN para alumnos de 17 años: Juvenes Translatores.

El concurso de 2014 tendrá lugar el 27 de noviembre y podrán presentarse los alumnos nacidos en 1997. Para participar, los centros deberán inscribirse entre el 1 de septiembre y el 20 de octubre. El tema de este año será “La identidad europea”: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores/rules/index_es.htm


Here is the link to write YOUR answers to the Selectivity exams we will be doing in class. I have already written mine to the two Selectivity exams we have corrected today.




SOCIAL ISSUES   -    VOCABULARY & USEFUL EXPRESSIONS

  • Poverty: charity, homelessness, hunger, incomes, expenses, the cost of living, welfare, benefits, economic recession, minimum wage, to cope with, nationwide, it has been recorded, the economy is slowly rebounding, it also provides me some insight, the coming months, the slowly rising tide of economic recovery, one in four, the harsh reality, low wage-earning Americans, struggle


  • Politics: election, government, politician, policy, tax, current/former president, lawmakers, income tax (Impuesto sobre la renta), member of Parliament (MP), Prime Minister (PM), chairman, to avert a fiscal crisis, proposal, the Republican presidential nominee, a tax cut, bipartisan, a renewed interest, a slight economic slowdown, the Senate Budget Committee, the January deadline,  a bill (proyecto de ley), fiscal cliff, willing to overhaul (revisar, poner a punto, superar), to raise taxes, tax revenues (rentas públicas), revenues=incomes

  • Health: Body, alimentation, physical shape, appearance, muscles, musculation, handsome, attractive, gym, fashionable, image, look, sport, fashion, cosmetics, healthy habits, healthy eating.

  • SMOKING (Health): to ban, disease, rights (derechos), lung cancer, heavy smoker, be in favour/against, to be fair/unfair

  • Olympic Games (Sport): heat, medley, track, coverage of the event, stand/flag bearer, to ban, opening ceremony, disappointment, success, performance, chance to win, break a world record, current gold medal holder, an opening-round defeat, men's singles draw, venue, opponent, record-breaker athlete, relay race...


Here are some of the photocopies that we are going to work with this school year:

1. Relative clauses

2. Passive voice

3. Conditional sentences

4. Reported Speech

5. Word order



CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2º BACHILLERATO STUDENTS FOR THEIR RESULTS IN THE SELECTIVITY EXAM (ESPECIALLY IN ENGLISH)

Analysing the results obtained by my students in the Selectivity exams, there are some relevant facts to outline:

1.      Mediterranean Secondary School students had an average mark of  7.35 and they have had an average mark of 6.65 in Selectivity (Fase General), so the difference is as little as just 0.7.

2.     46 students could do the Selectivity exams in Motril, so our school is probably the school which sent the most students.

3.     More specifically in English my students had an average mark of 6,4 and the average mark they have got in Selectivity has been 7.2, that is to say, we have a difference of 0.8. So it is even better than last year, which was 7, apart from those who passed the B1 at the Language School exam.

STUDENTS' VIDEO SKETCHES

Vídeo de YouTube


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FACING THE FUTURE

Three important documents to look up to make sure what your exams are worth in case you go to university:  1       3

These three documents are in the Files section.


CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN!!!

Once again it is time to cheer up because three of our students in 2º Bachillerato (Irene, Lisa, Miguel Noguera & Trujillo) have passed the Language School Exams >>>> GOOD EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING YEARS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2º BACHILLERATO STUDENTS FOR THEIR RESULTS IN THE SELECTIVITY EXAM (ESPECIALLY IN ENGLISH)

 I was just analysing the results obtained by my students in the Selectivity exams and look at some interesting facts:

  1. Mediterranean Secondary School students had an average mark of  7.47 and they have had an average mark of 6.94 in Selectivity (Fase General), so the difference is as little as just 0.53.

  2. 29 students could do the Selectivity exams in Motril (actually, the number should have been higher), but other much bigger schools such as Fco. Javier de Burgos in Motril only sent 26 students.

  3. More specifically in English my students had an average mark of 6.4 (“thanks” to a few of the laziest students I have ever had) and the average mark they have got in Selectivity has been 7.0, that is to say, we have a difference of 0.6.

  4. This 7 is a really wonderful mark because when I was correcting in Granada the average mark alter the first 100 of all the correctors was below 5.5. Therefore, my students have been far above that level, which is really wonderful news for all of us!!!

Statistics are statistics, and you have to be careful with the analysis you make, but something is for sure the more data you deal with, the more accurate you are in your conclusions due to the triangulation of these data.

SO, CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN AND BE CAREFUL TONIGHT AND DO NOT GET BURNT IN THE BONFIRES!!!

I remind the students who didn't pass in June that the September exam will consist of:

  •  a SELECTIVITY EXAM (with a double option)

  • + an exam with some grammar and language in use exercises, which will also allow students who haven't passed 1º Bachillerato yet to do it.

Two useful expression to keep in mind:

- frowned upon

frown
 (froun)
v. frowned, frown·ing, frowns
v.intr.
1. To wrinkle the brow, as in thought or displeasure.
2. To regard something with disapproval or distaste: frowned on the use of so much salt in the food.
v.tr.
To express (disapproval, for example) by wrinkling the brow.
n.
A wrinkling of the brow in thought or displeasure; a scowl.

- at the end of the day
 
1. Lit. at the time when work or one's waking hours end. (See also by the end of the day.) I will have an answer at the end of the day. Will this be finished at the end of the day or before?
2. Fig. when everything else has been taken into consideration. At the end of the day you will have to decide where you want to live. The committee interviewed many applicants for the post, but at the end of the day made no appointment.


LISA GOT IT RIGHT!!!     I have just checked the adjective "must-have" in the Merriam-Webster and look what I have found out by clicking here: must-have     must-have

Do you want to revise the TENSES? Click HERE.



- New attachment on TENSES. These are exercises from old exams, some of the sentences may be repeated and you have to bear in mind the time when they were implemented to know the appropriate tense you have to use. For example: "The classes will have finished in two weeks' time". This is like so because the exam was in May. So be careful!


- Haven't you read Jane Eyre? Now you've got a chance even to save some money by clicking here:

http://www.publicliterature.org/books/jane_eyre/4

Grado en Estudios Ingleses (Universidad de Granada)

Interesante video para ver antes de decidir entre Grado en Estudios Ingleses (Filología Inglesa) y Traducción e interpretación:

Vídeo de YouTube


The best and wors universities in Spain  >>>  interesting article (IDEAL)  


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