Posts Tagged ‘Oxford University Press’

Pinches Of Practice

11 November 2018

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I think Paul Emmerson ´s Five minute-activities for Business English had something to do with the Pinches Of Practice shown below. The idea of having students involved in five minute-activities can transform the atmosphere of a classroom for the better. I think these activities would play a part in revision. By the way, the dotted line and scissors has been inspired in documents supplied by Oxford University Press to teachers fond of their material for learning English language at different levels, namely ABAU for Pronunciation Practice.


Business English 2

pinches of practice

1/the time: 4:55.five to five / 3:33 / 2:11 / 7:45 / 7:00 / 3:09

2/cardinal numbers: 3.three / 10 / 13 / 30 / 44 / 99 / 100

3/demonstratives: this book is red / that pen … is not h…  … / those … ….  (…)

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Functional language useful for Business English 1

29 October 2016

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Pack of twelve pages with expressions for communication in Business English for students of 1st year of English language at Vocational Training.

Reference book: Business Result Elementary (Oxford) by David Grant, John Hughes and Rebecca Turner.

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Remember when you started to like a coursebook because of these little things

21 October 2016

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[James Huggins, @james_madeinme on Twitter]

The coursebook on Baccalaureate this year provides students with good stuff for learning and communication. There are plenty of videos, audios and texts. The language used in the book occupies a varied range of registers. The editor on this occasion is Ben Wetz, a well-known imaginative, original teacher. I like the apppendixes on vocabulary and grammar. The Vocabulary Workshop helps the student to focus on the topic from every lesson.

I must confess I have just started to work with the stuff and in the first two lessons I knew it was going to be interesting, funny, enjoyable to me.

To give just an example, I fell immediately fascinated with this poem which is on page 18. [Skills extra. Unit 1. Key to Bachillerato, Ben WETZ (Oxford, 2014. OUP)]


Remember When

A Poem About Technology by: James S. Huggins’ Refrigerator Door

“A computer was something on TV

From a sci fi show of note.

A window was something you hated to clean

And ram was the cousin of goat.


Meg was the name of my girlfriend

And gig was a job for the nights.

Now they all mean different things

And that really mega bytes.


An application was for employment.

A program was a TV show.

A curser used profanity.

A keyboard was a piano.


Memory was something that you lost with age.

A CD was a bank account.

And if you had a 3 1/2″ floppy

You hoped nobody found out.


Compress was something you did to the garbage

Not something you did to a file.

And if you unzipped anything in


You’d be in jail for a while.


Log on was adding wood to the fire.

Hard drive was a long trip on the road.

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.

And a backup happened to your



Cut you did with a pocket knife.

Paste you did with glue.

A web was a spider’s home.

And a virus was the flu


I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper

And the memory in my head.

I hear nobody’s been killed in a

computer crash,

But when it happens they wish they were dead.”

[poem written by James Huggins]



Key answers to exercises (sample of English language at ESL 2)

17 October 2015

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Key answers

Esl 2 – @moodle

Corrected exercises. –

Business results. Pre-intermediate

Practice file. Lesson 1

Page 102.


Exercise 2.

2 head, 3 operate, 4 subsidiaries, 5 employees, 6 sell, 7 goods, 8 make,

9 competitors


Exercise 1.

2i, 3a, 4e, 5j, 6c,

7g, 8b, 9d, 10f


Exercise 1.

2 is, 3 specialize, 4 starts, 5 works, 6 start, 7 have, 8 specializes, 9 are, 10 work


  1. does 5, c. do you have 7, d. is 2, e. do 10, f. are 9, g. does 1, h. start 6, i. does 4, j. does 8


Another kind of cheese

18 January 2014

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On this occasion, the kind of cheese is Kathy Gude´s or Gouda, no offence intended. I have found out a textbook published by Oxford containing an appendix on certain grammar points. These lines following are my notes on grammar. We shouldn´t forget that there is not an unique grammar rule or an only kind of cheese; there are lots of cheese.  Every word you read from now on belongs to Kathy Gude´s handbook CAE Result, Oxford, first published in 2008 (Oxford University Press)


“When two or more past events happen consecutively, the past simple is used for both

The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank a few hours later

It is possible to use would instead of used to when talking about past personal habits, generally in the positive. It is rather literary style

When we were young we would go to the river and throw stones in the stream…

Present continuous

Used to express the future when definite plans or arrangements have been made

What are you doing next Saturday?

I´m taking my driving test

Verbs of motion, even if no fixed arrangements have been made

You had better hurry up and get ready ready, because we´re leaving very soon

Going to

*When you have made a decision to do sth

Could you please let me know if you are going to accept the job?

*When you have made some basic plans

I´m going to buy an old barn and do it up

More definite plans – Present continuous

We´ve signed the contracts and we´re moving into the building on Monday

*Say what someone is just about to do

I won´t be a minute. I´m just going to say goodbye to my colleague

*For predictions when there is clear evidence that an event is about to take place

Based on the first page, I think I´m going to enjoy reading this book

Will and won´t (Neutral predictions)

*Ask and give information about the future

“The work won´t take long” the builder said

*Express the near future when there has been no conscious planning or premeditation

I´ll have an omelette and a green salad

*Predict what you think will happen in the future, based on what you believe or guess will happen

Soon, we will all pay our bills by mobile phone”


Prepositions in English language 22

13 September 2013

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Just a list of prepositions taken from the textbook New Success at First Certificate by Robert O´Neill (Oxford University Press)















Out of




Until / till


With / without


Journalism As Literature

A graduate seminar at the University of Florida


Elements of True Gentlemen


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