Like many other phrases, the expression "showing or teaching the ropes" has its origins in the world of sailing. Many of the sailing ships that plied the oceans of the world before the age of the steamship had complex systems of masts and sails that were controlled by ropes. Senior members of the crews of these ships were the ones who knew the ropes and understood how to use them to control the sails. The ambition of any sailor was to know the ropes as quickly as possible.
So welcome on board on this extraordinary voyage of learning! My intention as a more experienced member of the crew (not a senior yet) is to show you all the ropes I know. I just hope you're as eager to learn as I am to teach!
M. A. Bernat

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Just say to yourselves...

I wish you all the best in your exams!!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Subjunctive

Lexical or auxiliary verbs
Primary auxiliary (do, have, be) and modal auxiliary verbs (can, must, will...)
Regular and irregular verbs
According to voice: active and passive
According to tense: present, past or future
According to aspect: simple, perfect or progressive
According to mood: indicative, imperative and subjunctive

Grammar bank: the subjunctive

Writing an article

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Extra grammar unit 6

Grammar practise unit 6

Speaking: sport, health and diet

List of extreme sports here.

Pronuciation practice

Click on the phonemic chart for a fantastic website to practice your pronunciation.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Speaking: science and technology

The Virtual Revolution

Dr Aleks Krotoski concludes her investigation into how the world wide web is transforming our lives. In the fourth programme in the series, she looks at how the Internet is changing our very behaviour - and even our brain functions. Joined by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Al Gore and the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, Aleks examines the popularity of social networks such as Facebook. How are they changing our relationships? Do they bring us together - or do they end up leaving us more isolated?
Listen to the programme to fill in the gaps. Download the exercise and keys here.

Consumerism: word-building

Cleft sentences: All you need is love

Cleft sentences: explanation

Friday, 31 March 2017

Listening: Single Sex Schools Vs Mixed Schools

A lesson from IELTSLiz

Speaking: Education

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Transformation exercices and key 2
Transformation  exercises and key 1

How to write a review

Here is a list of useful links to write a review of a book or a film:

Tips for writing book reviews

How to write a book review

An example: