Wednesday, 18 January 2017

La posta del cuore - The agony column

What's an "agony column"?

Here is a definition and here an example

An agony column is a type of newspaper column which offers advice for personal problems. The author of such a column is often called an agony “aunt” or an agony “uncle”, conjuring up an image of a competent, friendly figure who will offer sound and useful advice, and in some cases the author may actually be a credentialed professional in a field such as medicine or psychology. Agony columns can also be found on Internet sites; in some cases, general site visitors are invited to submit suggestions as well. The concept of an anonymous advice column in a newspaper is relatively old. People have been seeking answers and advice to problems for thousands of years, and anonymous columns offer the distinct advantage of providing advice without judgment. An author can also conceal his or her identity so that people in the author's life are not aware that they are the subject of an agony column. In some cases an agony column also comes with a message hotline for readers to call if they want to record their questions for radio or podcast columns.

Reading resources:

Introduce yourself (watch it full screen)

Creato con Padlet

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Conditional sentences

Type 0: Zero Conditional: certainty
An iron bar expands if/when you heat it.
explanation and exercises
more examples

Type 1: First Conditional: real possibility
If you do that again, I’ll leave.
explanation and exercises
more examples

Type 2: Second Conditional: unreal possibility or dream
I would tell you the answer if I knew it. / If I were you, I wouldn’t do that again.
explanation and exercises
more examples

Type 3: Third Conditional: no possibility
I would have told you the answer if I had known it.
explanation and exercises
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Friday, 23 December 2016

School rules

The American School System

The ages for compulsory education in the US vary by state. It begins from ages five to eight and ends from ages fourteen to eighteen.
In most public and private schools, education is divided into three levels:  elementary school, middle school (sometimes called junior high school), and senior high school.
In almost all schools at these levels, children are divided by age groups into grades, ranging from kindergarten for the youngest children in elementary school, up to twelfth grade, the final year of high school.

Answer 3 questions about the text:

Freshman: a student in the first year of high school or college

This video is designed for freshmen entering the senior high school
Watch the interactive video and answer the questions

 Express obligation

school rules

Classroom language

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The photocopier


Language points:

Chose a situation and discuss about it:

I can’t find my wallet.
Burglars broke into my house.
I was fired from my job.
This food I’ve just cooked tastes terrible.
My wife / husband left me.
I didn’t pass the exam.
My business has gone bankrupt.
I didn’t get the job.

Difference between PREFER and WOULD RATHER

Exercises about HAD BETTER and WOULD RATHER

Board game: Advice needed