Sunday, November 12, 2017

UNIT 2: A FOR AND AGAINST ESSAY

A FOR AND AGAINST ESSAY

"for and against" essay is a formal piece of writing in which a topic is considered from opposing points of view. You should present both sides in a fair way by discussing them objectively and in equal detail. A good essay of this type should consist of:
a) an introductory paragraph in which you clearly state the topic to be discussed, without giving your opinion;
b) a main body in which the points for and against along with your justifications, examples or reasons are presented in separate paragraphs; and
c) a closing paragraph in which you state your opinion or give a balanced consid¬eration of the topic.
Note: Opinion words (I think, I believe, In my opinion, etc.) can only be used in the closing paragraph where you give your opinion on the topic.
More info at:

Useful expressions and linking words/phrases
To list points:
Firstly, First of all, In the first place, To begin/start with, Secondly, Thirdly, Finally
To list advantages:
One/Another/A further/An additional (major) advantage of… is … The main/greatest/first advantage of… is …
• To list disadvantages:
One/Another/ A further/An additional (major) disadvantage/drawback of. The main/greatest/most serious/first disadvantage /drawback of… Another negative aspect of…
To introduce points/arguments for or against:
One (very convincing) point/argument in favour of… / against, A further common criticism of… / It could be argued that…..
often claimed/suggested
It is widely argued that…..
generally felt/believed/held
Some/many/most people/experts/scientist/skeptics/critics
claim/suggest/argue/feel that…
maintain/believe/point out/agree/hold that…
advocate (+ing/noun)/support the view that…
oppose the view that…
are in favour of/against…
are of the opinion that/convinced that…
are opposed to…
• To add more points to the same topic:
in addition (to this), furthermore, moreover, besides, apart from, what is more, as well as, not to mention (the fact) that, also, not only … but also/as well, both … and, There is another side to the issue/question/argument of…
• To make contrasting points:
on the other hand, however, still, yet, but, nonetheless, nevertheless, even so,
it may be said/argued/claimed that,…
others/many people oppose this viewpoint/strongly disagree…, claim/feel/believe this argument is incorrect/misguided
although, though, even though, while, whilst, whereas, despite/in spite of (the fact that), regardless of the fact that
Opponents of … argue/believe/claim that…
The fact that… contradicts the belief/idea that…
While it is true to say that…, in fact…
While/Although …, it cannot be denied that…
Useful expressions and linking words/phrases
To introduce examples:
for example, for instance, such as, like, in particular, particularly, especially, This is (clearly) illustrated/shown by the fact that… One/A clear/striking/ typical example of (this)… The fact that…. shows/illustrates that…
To emphasise a point:
clearly, obviously, it is obvious, naturally, of course, needless to say, indeed
To express reality:
In fact, the fact (of the matter) is, actually, in practice, it is a fact that, in effect
To make general statements:
as a (general) rule, generally, in general, on the whole, by and large, in most cases
To make partially correct statements:
to a certain extent/degree, to some extent/degree, in a way/sense, this is partly true (but), to a limited extent, there is some truth in (this), in some cases, up to a point
To explain/clarify a point:
in other words, that is to say, this/which means that
To express cause: owing to, due to (the fact that), on account of, on the grounds that, given that, because, as, since
To express effect: therefore, thus, as a result/consequence, consequently, so, for this reason, if… were to happen, … the effect/result would be…
To express intention: to, so as to, in order to, so that, with the intention of (+ing)
Useful expressions and linking words/phrases: Conclusion expressing balanced considerations/opinion indirectly
In conclusion,
On balance,
All things considered,
Taking everything into account/consideration,
To conclude,
To sum up,
All in all,
Finally/Lastly,
……………………. it can be said/claimed that …
……………………. it seems/appears that…
……………………. it would seem that…
……………………. it is likely/unlikely/possible/foreseeable that …
……………………. it is clear/obvious that…
…………………….. there is no/little doubt that …
…………………….. it is true to say that …
…………………….. although it must be said that …
……………………. it may be concluded/said that …
Useful expressions and linking words/phrases: Conclusion expressing opinion directly
In conclusion,
On balance,
All things considered,
Taking everything into account/consideration,
To conclude,
To sum up,
All in all,
…………………………… it is my belief/opinion that …
………………………….. I (firmly) believe/feel/think that …
…………………………… I am convinced that …
…………………………… I am inclined to believe that …
…………………………… I (do not) agree that/with …


UNIT 2: FUTURE PERFECT AND FUTURE CONTINUOUS

Dear students, here you have a summary of the future tenses we have in Unit 2. Can you fins some more info about these verbal tenses? I'm sure you will.


Future Continuous
The future continuous is used to predict a
future state or habit at a particular time in
the future.
 I...

Future Perfect
The future perfect looks back from a point in the
future and refers to indefinite time up to that
point.
B...
Future Perfect Continuous
We can use the Future Perfect Continuous to say
how long something will have continued by a
cert...

Monday, October 02, 2017

DIGITAL MATERIAL: ADVANTAGE 1

Hi dear students,
You can download into your computers a program to practice all skills at home, and improve as much as possible your English for this course and for the PAU exams.
If you follow the instructions and are patient, it'll be in your computer in a few minutes.
Click on the following link to download it:
https://www.burlingtonbooks.com/Spain/Page.aspx?PageID=2528&zoneIndex=3&subMenuIndex=2

UNIT 1: TENSE REVIEW: THE FUTURE TENSES

Dear students,

This is the post where you have to comment on the results you've obtained in your research work on the Internet.

The aim is to publish at least one INTERESTING link related to FUTURE TENSES: Present Continuous with future meaning, BE GOING TO, Future Simple (will), Future Continuous (WILL BE + ing), Future Perfect (WILL HAVE + Past participle)
Good luck with your research.

These are some of your links:
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/es/english-grammar/verbs/talking-about-future
http://www.ef.com.es/recursos-aprender-ingles/gramatica-inglesa/future-continuous/
https://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/will_going_to_future.htm

Youtube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-6ZBRkZKWI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXQycMakyRw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkkdFD9Zzvc&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdAZ4723_TM
FUTURE SIMPLE AND BE GOING TO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmSKJ-t8lJ8
FUTURE CONTINUOUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNG6zRUoYX4
FUTURE PERFECT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zErY5dar9Y


Thank you very much for your collaboration!

Meanwhile, I leave some links here for you to practise:
Take a look at the following summary of the FUTURE TENSE






Complete information about FUTURE CONTINUOUS and here

More information on FUTURE PERFECT

Exercises: will or going to?

Future mix


Thursday, September 21, 2017

UNIT 1: PAST SIMPLE, PAST CONTINUOUS AND PAST PERFECT

Dear students,
This is the post where you have to comment on the results you've obtained in your research work on the Internet.
The aim is to publish at least one INTERESTING link related to Past Simple, Continuous and Past Perfect Simple.
Good luck with your research.
Some of the links you found:
http://www.aprenderinglesfacil.es/2008/04/ejercicios-pasado-continuo.html
https://www.vitutor.com/gramatica_inglesa/verb_tense/simple_past_ej15.html
http://acacia.pntic.mec.es/~agip0002/auro/pastsimple.swf
http://teacherjavicampanales.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/past-simple-vs-past-continuous.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KRRUPj1IGg&t=2s
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/past-tense/past-continuous

UNIT 1: TENSE REVIEW

Dear students,
This is the post where you have to comment on the results you've obtained in your research work on the Internet.
The aim is to publish at least one INTERESTING link related to Present Simple, Continuous and Stative verbs.
Good luck with your research.

Some of the links you found:
http://www.ef.com.es/recursos-aprender-ingles/gramatica-inglesa/simple-present/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEBRIBtq7q0
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-simple-present-continuous-3.html
https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpre-prepro

Monday, September 18, 2017

WELCOME BACK TO THE COURSE 17/18

Hi everyone,

I'd like to warmly welcome you to our new course 17/18 at IES Càrcer.

I hope you're willing to learn a lot of English this year and I also hope we'll have a really good time altogether!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

WORD ORDER IN ADJECTIVES

In order to practise the word order in adjectives, I've found the following links for you to take a look at home:
Descriptive adjectives usually occur in the following order:
Evaluation/Opinion, Appearance (size/measure, shape, condition) Age, Colour, Origin (geographical, material).
Click on the following links:
Word Order
Adjectives
English Adjectives Activity
Adjective Placement

Thursday, January 20, 2011

PRACTISE ALL FOUR SKILLS

ESL: ENGLISH STUDY AND LEARNING MATERIALS

If you want to practice different skills in English, click on the following link: http://eslgold.com/


Friday, December 17, 2010

ENGLISH TENSES


Thursday, February 11, 2010

PODCAST IN ENGLISH

Hi students,
If you're interested in downloading some podcasts from BBC, just click on the following link and you'll be able to listen to them on your MP3.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Review Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Here you've got a link to how to form Comparative & Superlative adjectives. Click Here

UNIT 2 - PRESENT PERFECT

As we're going to study Present Perfect in Unit no. 2(1st Batxillerat), you can review this verbal tense and do some more activities with this tutorial about it. I wish it may be very helpful for you.
If you want to go there, click here

And now, you've got a series of videos with information about PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE and PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

FORMING PRESENT PERFECT



UNDERSTANDING PRESENT PERFECT



NEGATIVES AND QUESTIONS



TIME EXPRESSIONS (EVER, NEVER, ALREADY, YET, SINCE, FOR, IN)+ PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS.



HOW LONG...? + PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

PAST CONTINUOUS

Take a look at the following presentation about past continuous. After the presentation, you can do some activities and look at some quite interesting examples: