lunes, 11 de mayo de 2015

Cursos y textos.

Esta semana he encontrado otro curso de inglés de la UNED: Starting to write English with no mistakes: level B1. En el nivel B1 del Marco Europeo se espera que los estudiantes empiecen a eliminar los errores de sus redacciones. A partir de nivel B2 este proceso debe estar consolidado y hacerse de forma automática. Los errores gramaticales y léxicos suelen ser las causas principales de suspenso en los exámenes porque distraen la atención del lector y en gran medida dificultan el proceso comunicativo.

En este curso se desarrollan una serie de destrezas comunicativas personales y herramientas que permitirán al estudiante de nivel intermedio e intermedio-alto eliminar todos los errores de sus redacciones en inglés. También esta semana comienza el siguiente curso en inglés:

Hello ,

Welcome to our course Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests!

It’s great to have you on the course.

I’m Chris, your lead educator, and I’ll be joined on the course by a team of expert educators from around the world. Together we’ll be reading your comments and answering your questions during the course. More than 115,000 of you have signed up and all of us here are really looking forward to working in such a huge ‘classroom’.

You can access the course and start learning now by following this link:

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The course is open for you to work through as quickly or as slowly as you want. We, the educators, will be answering questions on the course, but we also hope you’ll become part of a community that helps each other.
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You can ask us a question by posting a comment on any step of the course. Follow the course educators to see when we’ve commented - our answers to others could be useful for you, too.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll be exploring a new topic every week. This week we will talk about exams in general - how they make you feel and how you prepare for them - and we’ll take a look at an overview of IELTS.

Later in the course we’ll cover the speaking, listening, writing and reading elements of the IELTS test and talk about how you can prepare for them. There’ll be lots of opportunities for you to share tips and ideas, because it’s your different experiences and opinions that will make the course a rich learning and sharing experience.

You can still invite others to join you, as the course is open for enrolment right up until the last day. Your friends and colleagues can enrol by visiting the course page on FutureLearn.

At the end of the course, you will be able to buy a printed Statement of Participation, which provides a record of your progress. It’s completely free to take part in the course, but the Statement of Participation is a great way to show evidence of informal continuing professional development, your commitment to your career, or your interest in learning English.

If you have any questions or feedback, please look at FutureLearn’s help pages or read more in my recent blog post about how to get the best out of the course.

We look forward to doing the course with you!

Best wishes,

British Council

Conversaciones para practicar el inglés:

A family prepares to go on holiday.

I'm so excited about the holidays.
I'm sure you are! Where are you going?
We're going skiing in the Alps.
How long are you staying?
It depends on the weather. I suppose we'll spend eight days there.
Aren't the roads usually bad?
We're taking the overnight sleeper.
The bus?
No, the train, so the roads won't matter.
Won't there be a lot of snow? I hope it won't be cold for your children.
Me, too. If the weather's very bad, we'll come back earlier.
Isn't skiing expensive now?
Not really. We're sharing an apartment.
Yeah, it's cheaper than a hotel. How many of you will there be?
There are five people and our family, so there will be ten of us.
I hope you have a good time.
Thanks, I'm sure we will.

At home.

Don't forget to pack your scarf and gloves. They say it will be very cold on Wednesday and Thursday.
And it will be sunny at the weekend, so don't forget your sunglasses.
It'll be snowing the rest of the time, so it is a good idea to pack an extra sweater. Which one do you want?
I'll take the red sweater.
You'll need it. It will be chilly at night, too.

At the airport.

Passports, please?
Yes, here they are.
How many bags are you checking in?
Just these two.
Ok, any special meal requests?
My husband is a vegetarian, so we'll have one vegetarian meal, please.
OK, I'll tell the cabin crew. Your flight to Zürich will board at 10:15 at gate 34. They'll ask you for this boarding card and your passport before getting on the plane.
All right, we'll go through security right now.

Going through a security control.

I'm sorry, liquids are not allowed beyond this point. You'll have to drink the water or throw it away.
I'll drink it then; I paid for it!
Fine, but you will have to leave and come back.
OK, I'll be right back.

Where do you want to go today?
I'd like to see the Tower of London although there may be a lot of people.
That's OK, I'd like to see it, too. The guide book says that there are fewer people early in the morning, so we should go now.
Yes, does the bus stop near here?
It does, but the Underground is faster. We have to take the Metropolitan Line.
The Tower of London is a royal palace and has a permanent guard, although it is not a royal residence now. Two sentries are here during the Tower's opening hours, one outside the Jewel House and one outside the Queen's House. Have you got any questions?
Moving on, we'll see the water entrance to the Tower, called the Traitor's Gate. Do you know why? 
It is called the Traitor's Gate because prisoners accused of treason, like Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More went through it. Traitor's Gate goes through St Thomas's Tower. It replaced Henry VIII's Watergate in the Bloody Tower behind it.

You look happy!
I am. My brother is coming to visit me.
Which one?
The one who lives in Ireland.
But you have two brothers who live in Ireland now, don't you?
Oh yes. Well, the brother who lives in Derry is coming. And my sister, who recently divorced, is coming too.
You only have the one sister, don't you?
Yes, that's right.

I've always liked The Beatles.
What's your favourite album?
Oh...what's it called? The one which has the photo of them crossing the road...
Abbey Road?
Yeah, that's it.
Abbey Road, which Fiona likes too, is a great album. A real classic.

I'm thirsty.
Well, you can drink some water. Here's a glass for you to get some.
Maybe I'd like some wine. Are you sure there's no wine left?
I am quite sure. There is none.
Well, is there any beer?
No, none at all.
No beer? That's strange. But maybe there's some whiskey.
No, there isn't any whiskey, either. The only bottle was drunk at our party last weekend.
Well, then! I have an excuse to have some brandy.
That's not a very good excuse. And there's no brandy left anyway.
That's terrible!
No, it isn't. Drink some water.

I'm bored.
I don't have anything to do.
You can read a book.
Yes, but I haven't got anything to read.
Well, it's a very nice day today. Go somewhere on a walk!
Oh no! I get bored on walks. Besides, there's nowhere to go.
Why not call a friend?
Nobody is home! Everybody is working.
Maybe not. Listen. Someone's here. It's.........!
Oh no! He's so boring. Did he come with anyone?
His wife, came with him.
How awful! I have nothing in common with her. Hello, I'm sorry but I have to go somewhere urgently.
Poor......! He's always so busy. He hasn't ever got time to see anybody!

Fuentes: Future Learn.