Thursday, 10 June 2021

MY COLLEAGUE ROSA AND I. KEY


                                                    

      My Colleague 

         Rosa and I

              KEY  


                                                                                                   

                                                                                               


Stockholm. 2013




1. Choose the right option and fill in the gaps.

2. Write/ask questions about the text.

3. Describe Rosa's feelings and thoughts.

4. Find synonyms for the underlined words, phrases, and sentences.  


1. 

My colleague Rosa is one of those teachers who are keen on learning English and devote a lot of time to it.

 It all happened at Stockholm airport. Rosa and I went into the taxis' office since the ones we had booked from Valencia would not turn up.

We both came up to the counter where a blonde-haired  Swedish girl was about to have her lunch. As soon as she listened to us, she readily put her lunch tray aside and got hold of the phone: she was going to find out where our taxis were.

After a few minutes, I saw Rosa under strain. The colour fell from her face.

'What's up, Rosa?' I asked her, 'What's wrong?'

Rosa, keeping her eyes on the Swedish girl, said, 'You see, I can't get a single word of what she's saying'.



Maribel Miró

Stockholm, 2013


1.

1.            on                    to                    in

2.           for                   to                    in 

3.           on                    in                    at 

4.            in                    into                to 

5.           on                   from               for 

6.            up                   down               in  

7.            on                   up                    towards  

8.            ---                  to                     at

9.            on                  to                     of 

10.           in                   out                  on

11.           under            in                     with

12.          on                  onto                from 

13.          on                   up                    in 

14.          at                    by                   on    


4. 

. who are keen = eager to know/enthusiastic about/filled with enthusiasm/

. happened = took place/ occurred

. since = because/as/seeing that/ due to the fact that

. booked = reserved

. readily = immediately/ promptly/ at once/

. under strain = anxious/ stressed/

. the colour fell from her face = she went pale/

. what's up? = what's happening?/what's going on/

. what's wrong? = what's the matter?/

. can't get = can't understand/

  Maria Isabel Miró Pérez                                                       

June 10th, 2021   



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Monday, 7 June 2021

MY COLLEAGUE ROSA AND I.




 My Colleague Rosa                      and I 


The short story posted below is a real one:  it took place in Sweden, while on a European Programme whose partners were all ready to attend the meeting to be held in Karlstad, Sweden.

Stockholm. 2013



This cloze test is aimed at intermediate & upper-intermediate learners of English, that is to say, CEFR B1/B2, both as an online activity or a classroom one.

Once the blanks have been filled in, the students in small groups could write questions to be asked to the other groups in the class. 

 Then, a description of Rosa's feelings and thoughts could also be focused either orally or in writing.

Finally, an exercise on vocabulary: find synonyms for the underlined words, phrases, and sentences.  

Find the key to the exercises @https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/


1. Choose the right option and fill in the gaps.

2. Write/ask questions about the text.

3. Describe Rosa's feelings and thoughts.

4. Find synonyms for the underlined words, phrases, and sentences.  


My colleague Rosa is one of those teachers who are keen (1) ......... learning English and devote a lot of time (2) .......... it.

 It all happened (3) .......... Stockholm airport. Rosa and I went (4) .......... the taxis' office since the ones we had booked (5) .......... Valencia would not turn (6) ...........

We both came (7) .......... to the counter where a blonde-haired  Swedish girl was about to have her lunch. As soon as she listened (8) .......... us, she readily put her lunch tray aside and got hold (9) .......... the phone: she was going to find (10) .......... where our taxis were.

After a few minutes, I saw Rosa (11) .......... strain. The colour fell (12) .......... her face.

'What's (13) .........., Rosa?' I asked her, 'What's wrong?'

Rosa, keeping her eyes (14) .......... the Swedish girl, said, 'You see, I can't get a single word of what she's saying'.

Stockholm. February 2013.


1.            on                    to                    in

2.           for                   to                    in 

3.           on                    in                    at 

4.            in                    into                to 

5.           on                   from               for 

6.            up                   down               in  

7.            on                   up                    towards  

8.            ---                  to                     at

9.            on                  to                     of 

10.           in                   out                  on

11.           under            in                     with

12.          on                  onto                from 

13.          on                   up                    in 

14.          at                    by                   on    

 

I hope you find it interesting and useful

Maribel Miró

June 7th, 2021



















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Sunday, 4 April 2021

EASTER 2021

 

                             EASTER 2021

easter #esl #efl #onlineteaching #teachingresources #teachingenglish # #freeresources #englishteachingmaterials #englishexercises #comprehensiontexts #

  Warmest Easter greetings on Easter Sunday.

Wishing you all Easter days filled with love, health and happiness.

Click on the link below

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search?q=easter

 and read about Easter days and dates, Easter cuisine and recipes; then go through the comprehension questions.

This activity is aimed at CEFR A1 and A2 - beginners and post-beginners-learners of English.

I hope you find it useful and your students enjoy it.

Maria Isabel Miró Pérez

April 4th, 2021



NOWRUZ 2021

 

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        W

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                2021

       Fin Garden. Kashan. Iran. 


nowruz #persian culture #culture of hospitality #esl #efl # onlineteaching # teachingresourcesforthoseteachingenglish #freeexercises #freeresources #

It is with this photograph of Fin Garden that I would like to remind you of Iran and her greatest festivity -Nowruz- still being celebrated during this second week of Spring.

Fin Garden, a historical Persian garden, was built during the Safavid dynasty in the 16th century and completed in the 19th century. 

Such is the beauty of the oldest extant garden in Iran- a perfect combination of architecture, natural vegetation, trees, shrubs, and water flows - that it is no wonder the English word 'paradise' comes from the Old Persian word for 'garden' /paridaidam/.

The following comprehension exercise is aimed at CEFR A2,  B1 and B2 learners of English, that is to say, post beginners & intermediate students.

Find the key for the comprehension test below.

 Click the link and read about the festivity of Nowruz.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search/label/NOWRUZ

Then, say whether the following sentences are true or false.

1. Nowruz is a Persian word that means New Year. 

2. Nowruz celebrates the beginning of springtime.

3. This religious festivity is the most important one in Iran.

4. Nowruz stems from the Mesopotamian celebrations which probably started in the 1st century B.C.

5. Nowruz is mainly celebrated by Muslim inhabitants in Iran.

6. The Haft Seen table includes seven items whose name start with an 's'.

7. The Persian year starts in Nowruz.

8. Unless you lay the Haft Seen table, you won't be lucky in the coming year.

9. Nowruz tables are decorated only with an array of natural items, each one symbolizing different things. 

10. On the Nowruz table you may find an orange, garlic, vinegar among some other things. 

KEY

. FALSE: 1, 5, 9, 10.

. TRUE: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8.


I do hope you enjoy reading about this great festivity and find the activity interesting. 

Your feedback is always appreciated.

Maria Isabel Miró Pérez

April 4th, 2021



 


Friday, 5 March 2021

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2021

 

     INTERNATIONAL 
          WOMEN' S                 
               DAY

             IWD 2021 #women'sday #esl #efl #teachingresources #onlineteaching #


Today's blog post consists of the posts uploaded on Women's Day in the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The first one,  Isabel de Zendal & Florence Nightingale, uploaded in March 2017, was inspired by a film I happened to see on TV.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search/label/ISABEL%20ZENDAL%20%26%20FLORENCE%20NIGHTINGALE

Find in this post exercises & activities aimed at CEFR A1/A2, B1 & B2 learners of English. That is to say: beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners of English.

The second post, uploaded in March 2018 refers to five remarkable women.

Coming from different countries and different backgrounds, the five of them share a remarkable feat in their lives.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search?q=IWD+2018

The activities and exercises are also aimed at different level learners of English.

The third one reviews the relationship between Maths and Women through History.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/2019/02/international-womes-day-2019.html 

Find the key to this post at

https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/4394959816824799645/1044644755561188459 

The fourth, and last one, posted in March 2021, focuses on Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman ever to have received the Nobel Price in Mathematics - the Fields Price -.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search/label/IWD%202020%3A%20MARYAM%20MIRZAKHANI

Finally, there a Trivia Game based on Maryam Mirzakhani's post.

https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search/label/MARYAM%20MIRZAKHANI%3A%20TRIVIA%20GAME 

I hope you find it useful and your students enjoy it.                         Maribel Miró Pérez

March 5th, 2021






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Saturday, 13 February 2021

ST VALENTINE 2021

ST VALENTINE 2021

 On this year’s St Valentine Day my blog post focuses on the activities uploaded in past years, such as 2017 &  2019. 

These posts include links on this festivity origin and traditions, and also activities focused on two love songs lyrics: 

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect and John Legend’s All of me.

   I hope your students enjoy them.


 https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search?q=ALL+OF+ME 


   https://maribelmiroenglish.blogspot.com/search/label/ST%20VALENTINE.%202019


Friday, 5 February 2021

TRANSLATION: OFFICE



TRANSLATION

OFFICE


TRANSLATION:

Office


This blog post includes exercises suitable for Intermediate learners of English & Spanish, that is to say, CEFR B1 & B2. 

The first exercise is focused on an English activity, the second one is intended for bilingual learners or students of both languages.



The past months' political events in the USA provided me with the chance of watching and listening to the news on Spanish TV channels. I couldn't help realizing the way the phrases including the word ´office´ were being translated into Spanish. 

News in Spanish stating that:

1. ¨Kamala está en la oficina por primera vez¨ (Kamala is in office for the first time), or that 

2. ¨Joe Biden ha jurado cargo en la oficina¨ (Joe Biden has taken his oath of office¨ or that 

3¨ Trump see marcha de la Casa Blanca, finalizando cuatro años en la oficina¨ (Trump leaves the White House ending four years in office)

made me take the decision to write this blog post.



I hope you find it interesting.


Maria Isabel Miró Pérez

February 5th, 2021










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Thursday, 21 January 2021

AUSTRALIA DAY 2021














#australia#australia'sDay#esl#efl#elt#maribelmiroenglish#englishonline#englishexercises#englishactivities#englishculture#australiahistory#austaralianaborigenes



As we are approaching January 26th,  I would like to recall Australia is getting ready to celebrate her most important celebration: Australia's Day.
A public holiday, it is Australia's National Day.
Australia's Day consists of formal ceremonies along with local events, and when it falls on a Sunday or a Saturday, then it is moved to the following Monday.
Find  a brief history on the origin of this celebration, and therefore of Australia @


This blog post is addressed to a wide range of learners: from beginners to post-beginners to intermediate students.

I hope you find it interesting and useful.
Your feedback is always appreciated.

Maria Isabel Miró Pérez
January 21st, 2021


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