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Two tickets for FIFA World Cup South Africa

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

World football coming our way soon. There is a chance you can join the crowds in South Africa.

Check this competition whose prize is two tickets to South Africa. Good luck!

Easier still in this other competition you only have to enter your data. In this other one there are a couple of tricky questions…

Still if you are not the lucky winner you can always save up and pay for your ticket like everybody else by clicking here

Watch out! Some people have already worked out how the future will unfold


Games We All Used to Play

Our dearest fuddy-duddies in Avanzado 1 jog their past childhood memories and provide a nostalgic reminder about how much fun they had playing all time childhood games a few years ago (or rather a few decades ago for some of us, I’m afraid).

Let this month’s issue inspire parents and grandparents to encourage their children and grandchildren to get out and play the old-fashioned way.

Attached, there is a quick and easy guide for children to find fun games to play, have a nice read!

Categories: 5. Play to win, Magazine

Sports Debates

March 3, 2010 3 comments

Sport is a reliable topic for good debates. There is always something in the news to make the issues topical, and even people who don’t usually like debating will want to give their opinion.

We are using this topic to practice our ability to debate and support our arguments. Check this tutorial on conversational strategies to help your English sound more natural.

When dealing with a controversial topic, you have to think of arguments and counter-arguments before giving your own point of view. Have this information taken from debatepedia as an example:

0. Is sport really good for us?

Sport is a great way to stay fit and healthy.

Most sports involve teamwork and teach us how to get along with others, how to work together to achieve a common goal, and about trust and responsibility.

All sports teach us about dealing with success and failure.

Sport is competitive because life is competitive.

Sport encourages a sense of belonging and identity, bringing people together in our fragmented society.

Sport gives us role models to look up to and try to copy.

It is important to keep fit, but sport is not the only way to do this.

Eating well is a big part of a healthy life, and many people prefer to exercise in other ways, for example jogging, working out in a gym, dancing, or even gardening.

Sport does teach children lessons, but not always good ones. Many children are not naturally talented and only come across failure and embarrassment on the sports field.

Sport makes people too competitive and encourages the worst sides of human nature.

Sport also encourages tribalism and an us-against-them attitude. The unity of the group depends on feelings of aggression and hostility towards other groups.

Now, it’s your turn; the arguments below run on the particular sporting issues we dealt with in class. These are some of the ideas that came out in our class discussion. Read more…

Categories: 5. Play to win, Classwork

Olympic Sports New and Old

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

By now you know the sports which have Olympic status but, did you know there are ex-Olympic sports? Click here for more about some of the sports which have fallen out of Olympic favour.

The Telegraph newspaper was wondering what sports its audience would like to see included in the Olympic games; click here to see its readers’ selection.

Now. please take a moment to think which of the following you would promote to the next Olympic games

Categories: 5. Play to win

Traditional children’s games

February 23, 2010 20 comments

It seems that children games transcend national borders and all over the world children play very similar games with almost identical toys.


Hide and seek Escondite
Jump rope or skipping Saltar a la comba, la cuerda
Catch Pilla pilla
Marbles Canicas
Hopscotch Rayuela,teyo
Cops and robbers Polis y cacos
Scissors, paper, stone Papel, piedra, tijera
Stickers Cromos
Dolls Muñecas
Spinning tops Peonzas
Cat´s cradle La goma elástica

When I was a little girl, I had the most beautiful plastic dolls house so I would set up a whole parallel universe with pretend food and shops. My dolls and I used to have a fabulous time. Then I discovered comics and I would spend my pocket money on them.

Every summer we would go to my mother’s country house and there we had never ending days playing hide and seek and fooling around with our bikes and picking up fruit from the neighbours trees. Oh, happy days, no worries and all play!

What did you use to play when you were little?

Categories: 5. Play to win

Modal Verbs

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. Here are some important differences:

1. Modal verbs do not take “-s” in the third person. Examples:

  • He can speak Chinese.
  • She should be here by 9:00.

2. You use “not” to make modal verbs negative, even in Simple Present and Simple Past. Examples:

  • He should not be late.
  • They might not come to the party.

3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past or the future tenses without changing form. Examples:

  • He will can go with us. Not Correct. He will be able to go with us. Correct
  • She musted study very hard. Not Correct. She had to study very hard.

4. All modal verbs except ought to and used to are used with the bare infinitive without to. Examples

  • must finish my homework.
  • I ought to finish my homework.

Common Modal Verbs

Ought to

For the purposes of this tutorial, we have included some expressions which are not modal verbs including had better, have to, and have got to and some others. These expressions are closely related to modals in meaning and are often interchanged with them.

The English modal verbs are often challenging for learners of English. This happens for many reasons, including both grammar and meaning. In this post, we’ll take a look at the different modal verbs and their usage. Have a look at this interesting and detailed tutorial.

Now, you can have some practice on them at

That’s all folks!!!     Let’s use them, shall we?

Sporting idioms

February 22, 2010 1 comment

A lot of idioms in the English language come from the world of sport and have become so embedded in the English language that most people have probably forgotten that

  • ” to throw the towel in” comes from boxing
  • “to give it your best shot” was originally used in the context of hunting

to mention but two examples. In this American video you can learn a few more

That was a nice tutorial, didn´t you think? If you wish to practise further,  click on the following links

Interactive idioms

A fun animated interactive game

A nice alphabetical list

Exhaustive list of American sport idioms; click on the left to find idioms related to each sport.

The ball is in your court now and although it won´t all be plain sailing, just give it your best shot!