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So, what's your deal? Welcome to CEOLS!

So, what's your deal?: Welcome to CEOLS.

Focus On

Read about how our online language school was founded.

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CEOLS /si:lz/ was created in 2005 by a


young couple, Serena and Blake Walkers,
who were going to Turkey to teach English
to youngsters. They wanted to know the
basics before they arrived, so they decided
to search the Internet and find the
survival
language
they
needed
to
understand
and
make
themselves
understood the minute they set foot on
what was going to be their new home for
the next three years.
The enormous amount of information and
courses they found online, together with
the online record of activities they were
producing, sparked the idea of starting their own website to help their
learners.

offered to fund a European Online Language School. Pengelly got in touch


with the young couple, making them an offer they couldn't resist which
brought them back to the UK immediately after they finished their obligations
in Turkey.

Culture Counts

There are many online language schools. We will be visiting some of them to
increase our knowledge of the English speaking world and culture.

Perhaps the most famous of them all is BBC Learning English . It is brought
to us from the United Kingdom and, therefore, of course, deals with British
English.
However, there are many different English accents; at Poetry Out Loud , you
can listen to, as well as get to know, Canadian accents and at the same time
practise your pronunciation through poetry.

Do it yourself

Choose the correct answer.


1.The original idea for the company came from Mr. Pengelly.
Verdadero

Falso

2."Set foot on" literally means put your feet somewhere.


Verdadero

Falso

3. "For" is a preposition of time but can also indicate a purpose.


Verdadero

Falso

4.The UK (United Kingdom) includes the Republic of Ireland.


Verdadero

Falso

5. English is an official language in Turkey.


Verdadero

Falso

1. About CEOLS

Focus On

Where and who we are.

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The company offices are located in


Falmouth, a well-known harbour on
the south coast of Cornwall.
CEOLS is currently comprised of a
team of eleven experts who know
that every student calls for a
different amount of help and time to
improve the language they are
learning. They carry out individual
placement tests if the student has
previous knowledge to ascertain the
level. They also study the appropriate
learning styles and strategies each
learner requires. This individual
needs analysis takes place during the
first three weeks. During that time,
students are guaranteed results and, if they are not satisfied, they will be
fully refunded.
CEOLS carefully selects their staff which is why they can guarantee that the
staff will be with you right from start to finish. CEOLS' students define their
teachers as keen, innovative and dedicated. The CEOLS research programme
entails constantly researching how to improve spoken languages by helping
students develop the skills they need in order to communicate effectively.
CEOLS is flexible and convenient. Students can learn at their convenience, at
any time of day or night. They can fit your schedule and you do not need to
travel because you can follow their courses from the comfort of your own
home.
All you need is a headset and high speed Internet. CEOLS will provide a
selection of tools for online conversation with as many as 15 simultaneous
partners. Students will have the classroom available in the comfort of their
own home, in their hotel room, plane or train during their travels.
Wherever you are, whenever you need us, we are just a click away.

1. Do you know Falmouth?


2. Why is Falmouth a good
place to visit?
3. What can you see and
do in Falmouth?
4. What famous chocolate
store has been open in
Falmouth for almost a
hundred years?
These are a few of the
questions you can answer
by visiting the Official
Town website .

Image at Wikimedia Commons by David Stowell


under CC .

Watch the video at England Southwest about Cornwall:

How much did you understand? Study the table, match the beginning of a
sentence in Column A with its ending in Column B.:

1. The trip starts in


Devon

a. the last person who spoke


Cornish as a native tongue.

2. Tintagel castle is

b. gave name to an operetta.

3. The Pirates of
Penzance

c. small oily fish.

4. Mouseholes
pronunciation

d. was an important port for


nearly a thousand years.

5. Mousehole was also


home to

e. which is just over border from


Cornwall.

6. St . Michaels mount

f. is in the middle of a moor.

7. Pilchards are

g. related to the legend of King


Arthur.

8. The Jamaica Inn

h. has nothing to do with the


spelling.

1.1. Teaching and Learning

Objetivos

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In order to achieve these rewarding results, CEOLS asks students to sign a


class contract in which they commit to follow the CEOLS method as well as
dedicate a stipulated amount of time in accordance with the level and
experience.
Some of the techniques include:
- Interaction between teachers and learners
in a way that knowledge is co-constructed in
learning rather than simply being transmitted
by the teacher.
- Students learn through communication and
conversation. Language use develops the
learner's voice, his or her beliefs, previous
knowledge and experiences are valid content
in the lesson.
- The content is frequently reviewed,
evaluated and updated so that it engages the
learners.
- The teacher enables the emergence of
language and guides students toward it.
- Our staff encourages making mistakes
because it means students are producing. Accuracy stems from error
correction. One of our mottos is: "you can't correct what you don't
produce."
Finally, if students would like a more hands on approach, they can also
apply for a homestay at CEOLS centre in Falmouth.
Are you having trouble with your English? Apply now and get all the
information for free.

Study the following words taken from our story about the online language school:

WORD BUILDING
Prefix

Root

Suffix

young

ster

in

form

ation

on

line

web

site

place

ment

re

fund

ed

head

set

wher(e)

ever

when

ever

re

ward

co-

constructed

re

view

ed

en

able

ing

home

stay

Actividad

Notice that there are several word


building categories on the list.
1. We have examples of suffixes, for
instance:
youngsters.
The
"-ster"
ending means: "associated with". Other
examples are:
prankster = associated with a prank
gangster = associated with a gang
teamster = associated with a team.
Image at Wikimedia by
BrokenSphere .

2. The "-ment" is added to the end of a


word to indicate an action or resulting
state, also a product (fragment) or

means (ornament).
3. You may also find words which are made up of both a "prefix" and a
"suffix":
in

form

ation.

4. Another way of building words is by putting two words together. In the


current era of technological advancement, many new words have appeared in
this field, for instance:
white
fire

board
wire.

5. However, we can also find "grammatical compounds", in other words, two


words that belong to different categories but that are written together:
when

ever

wher(e)

ever (it loses the final "e" before adding "ever").

6. Other suffixes also belong to the "grammar" category, for example:


re

fund

ed ("-ed" is a regular verb past ending)

re

ward

ing ("-ing" is a present participle ending)

en

able

s ("-s" is a third person singular, verb ending).

Now look at the words in the box. Can you put them under the correct
heading?

mountaineer
privatize

jokestar

basement

anticlockwise

biotechnology

literacy

readiness

Prefix Root Suffix

Finally, look at these words:

flashcard

somewhat

homeschool

vodcast

Can you divide them? Do you know what they mean?

skateboard

1.2. Bringing it all together


Now that you have finished reading about CEOLS, try
the comprehension test. You may want to read the
full text again. In order to do that, you may click
here .

AV - Pregunta de Eleccin Mltiple

1. In Welcome to CEOLS , "the basics" refers to _____.

a) finding accommodation

b) learning Turkish.

c) their new company.

2. Two reasons that motivated the set up of their initial website were ___.

a) earning extra money and lots of free time.

b) interest in travelling and knowing the culture.

c) plentiful online information as well as their own production.

3. From the information in the text we can understand that the Blakes
_____.

a) reached the end of their previous agreement and then left.

b) left Turkey before finishing their time there.

4. According to the text, _____.

a) anyone can work for CEOLS.

b) there must be a professional selection process.

5. The study schedule at CEOLS ____.

a) is adaptable to individual student needs.

b) isn't adaptable to individual student needs.

6. CEOLS also calls for an effor on behalf of their students as they will have
to _____.

a) come to classes every day.

b) be online for at least three hours a day.

c) comply with or meet certain requirements.

2. Let's review our verb tenses

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Throughout this lesson we have been


learning about a new online school, some of
its staff members, the products it has to
offer and its organization. Now, let's have a
look at the language that has been used and
why.
The story of CEOLS is a piece of narrative
writing, as such, it is written to entertain,
but also, of course, to teach and inform.
Some features include:
- Characters with defined identities: Mr.
Pengelly, Serena and Blake...
- Narrative (or dialogue) with tenses which vary from past to present to future: CEOLS
was created...The company offices are located...CEOLS will provide...
- Descriptive language to create images in the reader's mind and enhance the story: a
well-known harbour on the south coast of Cornwall...entrepreneur James Pengelly...young
couple... teachers are keen, innovative and dedicated...
The structure includes an introduction or orientation in which the characters, the setting
and the time of the story are established by answering questions such as: Who? When?
Where? And so on: CEOLS was created in 2005 by a young couple...
The introduction is followed by a complication or problem which involves the main
characters: ...spotted by entrepreneur...
To wrap a narrative up there is a resolution: Wherever you are, whenever you need us,
we are just a click away.
Having established the general layout, let's take a closer look at the story.

Go back to "Welcome to CEOLS!" Look at the first paragraph again, it begins:


"CEOLS was created..." and ends: "for the next three years." Can you list
examples of verbs in the past?

Now, look at the section "About CEOLS" and more specifically at the first
paragraph beginning: "CEOLS is currently..." and ending: "...fully refunded."
Can you identify verbs in the present tenses?

Finally, in the two sections there are two verbs which refer to the future. Can
you find them?

Actividad

In order to review verb tenses in English, read through this


presentation:

Diapositiva 1

Presentaciones

3. Angela and Serena

Objetivos

Angela is calling to ask for information. Listen to the conversation


between her and Serena.

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Remember to look at the


audioscript AFTER you carry
out the activity!

Imagen en Openclipart.org de Gustavo


Rezende

AV - Pregunta Verdadero-Falso

This is your first listening activity. First of all, read the sentences. Secondly,
play the recording. Thirdly, decide which sentences are true and which are
false. After the first listening, re-read the sentences and make any necessary
changes. After doing the activity you may check your comprehension with the
audioscript.
Example: Angela used a landline to call the language school.
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Falso

1. Angela would like to become an online language teacher.


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Falso

2. If you miss the registration period in September, you may register later
on in the year.

Verdadero

Falso

4. Serena offers Angela some encouragement.


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Falso

5. In order to register, Angela must pay and register immediately.


Verdadero

Falso

How good is your memory? Read the next two activities.


Did you pick up any of the nationalities the speakers refered to?
Can you remember what language Angela uses to ask for information?
Can you remember how Serena responds to those questions?

4. Short and Long vowel sounds

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Long
vowels

mage at openclipart.org by Salvor


CC .

under

/hi t/
Easy and difficult vowel
sounds in English. As you may /c t/
recall from former years, English
/bu t/
vowel sounds can be long /i:/
(heat, neat, reach) or short /I/
/h s/
(hit, knit, rich). Look at the chart
/p s/
below, the sounds are divided
into long and short. Can you
distinguish them correctly?
Listen to the speaker and then
try it yourself.

Short
vowels

/h t/
/ e zt/
/pet/
/ct/
/h t/
/b d/
/b k/

Can you distinguish between a long vowel and a short vowel? Read on and
then try our exercise.

According to experts, the English vowel sounds that are hard for
Spanish students are:
seek/sick ( /i/ - //) ,
cart/cot ( / /- //) ,

part/pat/putt ( / / - // - // ).
The reason is because Spanish has five pure vowels and five
diphthongs, whereas, English has twelve pure vowels and
eight diphthongs .

Now, listen to the speaker. In the following list, what word do you
hear?

1. sleep slip
2. short shot
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3. heart hat - hut


4. stack start
5. spool spill
6. four full
7. pour pool
8. sheet shirt

Do you need nore practise? Ship or Sheep is an online phonetic website.


Visit it and have fun learning!
Perhaps you would like an explanation as well as the prounciation. Visit the
BBC Pronunciation website and follow along with their videos.

5. England, Spain and Turkey

Pre-conocimiento

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During this lesson, at least three countries have been mentioned: Serena and
Blake in Turkey, CEOLS in Cornwall (England) and Angela in Toledo (Spain).
What cultural differences would you expect to
find in these countries, for instance, regarding
food and eating habits? Would you expect to
find anything similar between such different
countries?
Watch the videos below and be surprised!

You are going to watch two videos:

Delicious food in Istanbul

Delicious food in Mul

Can you see anything that is common between Turkish food and English

Go to the forum and discuss the videos, comment aspects such as:
- location;
- food that appears (meat, fish, vegetables, cookies, cakes...);
- ways of cooking;

6. Create your study group

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You have to be part of a study group.


The objective is to practice your English as often as you
can. We suggest you find two or three people you can
comfortably meet up with (you should preferably have the
same online working schedule). Another good idea is, to
visit an online open community which will help you find a
partner and/or partners who will be willing to speak
English with you, more often than not, they will also like to
speak Spanish, but that isn't a problem. The advantages
are: you have one or several "native" speakers to communicate with, and it is free. A
drawback may be that you have to spend some time speaking Spanish, too, or that people
you communicate with have other intentions in mind, if so, knock them off sooner than
later!
Some of these free online places are:
- The Mixxer language exchange community for everybody ;
- Babbel ;
- English, baby! ;
- Speaking 24 .
Before you rush into a conversation, remember Internet safety rules:
1. Never give out personal details regarding where you live, telephone number, bank
details... Your best bet in this regard is, to create an invented personality who wants to
speak English, you may even create an e-mail address exclusively for this purpose.
2. You are a student and you have a goal: you want to speak English. so, an exchange is
an exchange, if you speak English for 15 minutes, expect to speak Spanish for 15
minutes, and definitely demand the opposite.
Your tasks for this lesson are:
1. Go to the forum and create your study group. (You may belong to more than one if you
have the time!).
2. Prepare the information you are going to ask and give your prospective exchange:
- personal details
- objectives
- schedule online
- learning and studying strategies
- you are good at
- you are not so good at
- interests

Good luck! Have fun learning!

Here
are
some
questions
which might
be
useful
when asking
partners
to
participate in
your
study
group:
Would you like
to
join
our
study group?
Can I join your
study group?
Can I be a part
of your study
group?
Could you tell me when you are available?
Do you know what the time difference is?
Do you happen to know when the chat starts?
I'd like to know if you would be interested in chatting with me.
Could you find out when the chat starts?
I'm interested in creating a study group.
I'm looking for partners for a study group.

Some of the answers could be:


Yes, of course. I'd love to.
Sure, I'd like that.
Certainly.
On weekdays from 6 to 8 and on weekends from 11 to 1.
Yes, I believe you are eight hours ahead of us.
Yeah, at three.

7. Writing: Thinking about my school days

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Congratulations! We are coming to the end of our


lesson now, you have learned and/or reviewed many
different aspects of the English language, and have
learned and compared some cultural aspects as well.
Now, it is time to put it down on paper (if we were
using a traditional method :), or rather, store it in a
file (we may need it again some day...).
Our written task is going to allow us to go back and
think about our school days .

Some questions which will help us to


organize our written piece are:
What period in time were you at
school?
Where did you go to school?
What was your school like?
What did you like best about it?
What didn't you like about it?
Did you have lunch at school?
How did you get to it?
What were your teachers like?
Did the teachers make the classes
interesting?
How many people were in the class?
Did you get along with all of them?
Did you make any really good friends?
Image at openclipart.org by Maoriveros
under CC .

Are you still in touch with any of


them?

What do you miss from your school days?

2. The development of the storyline.


3. A conclusion.
Answering the questions above should help you with that organization. Read
our example:

So, what conclusion can you draw from the above activity?

8. Bite size

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Image at openclipart.org by
Palomaironique under CC .

Lesson 1 essentials.
- vocabulary:
word building by adding prefixes (in-, re-, co-, en-: incorrect, research, coproduce,
enrich), suffixes (-ster, -ation, -ment, -ed, -ing, -s: enlister, animation, predicament,
learning, runs/hides/bands) and compounding on+going, foot+ball);
- grammar:
reviewing the
formation);

English verb tenses (present, past, simple and future some uses and

- pronunciation:
long and short vowels (beat - bit - bet - bat - bought - book - born - burst - barn - bun);
- language functions:
asking and giving information: Can/Could...? / Certainly.; Sure.; Of course....
- culture:
similarities and differences between countries; different accents; poetry readings.

So, what's your deal? Welcome to CEOLS!

So, what's your deal?: Welcome to CEOLS.

Focus On

Read about how our online language school was founded.

Unidad 1 - Tema 1 - Podcast


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CEOLS /si:lz/ was created in 2005 by a


young couple, Serena and Blake Walkers,
who were going to Turkey to teach English
to youngsters. They wanted to know the
basics before they arrived, so they decided
to search the Internet and find the
survival
language
they
needed
to
understand
and
make
themselves
understood the minute they set foot on
what was going to be their new home for
the next three years.
The enormous amount of information and
courses they found online, together with
the online record of activities they were
producing, sparked the idea of starting their own website to help their
learners.

offered to fund a European Online Language School. Pengelly got in touch


with the young couple, making them an offer they couldn't resist which
brought them back to the UK immediately after they finished their obligations
in Turkey.

Culture Counts

There are many online language schools. We will be visiting some of them to
increase our knowledge of the English speaking world and culture.

Perhaps the most famous of them all is BBC Learning English . It is brought
to us from the United Kingdom and, therefore, of course, deals with British
English.
However, there are many different English accents; at Poetry Out Loud , you
can listen to, as well as get to know, Canadian accents and at the same time
practise your pronunciation through poetry.

Do it yourself

Choose the correct answer.


1.The original idea for the company came from Mr. Pengelly.
Verdadero

Falso

2."Set foot on" literally means put your feet somewhere.


Verdadero

Falso

3. "For" is a preposition of time but can also indicate a purpose.


Verdadero

Falso

4.The UK (United Kingdom) includes the Republic of Ireland.


Verdadero

Falso

5. English is an official language in Turkey.


Verdadero

Falso

1. About CEOLS

Focus On

Where and who we are.

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The company offices are located in


Falmouth, a well-known harbour on
the south coast of Cornwall.
CEOLS is currently comprised of a
team of eleven experts who know
that every student calls for a
different amount of help and time to
improve the language they are
learning. They carry out individual
placement tests if the student has
previous knowledge to ascertain the
level. They also study the appropriate
learning styles and strategies each
learner requires. This individual
needs analysis takes place during the
first three weeks. During that time,
students are guaranteed results and, if they are not satisfied, they will be
fully refunded.
CEOLS carefully selects their staff which is why they can guarantee that the
staff will be with you right from start to finish. CEOLS' students define their
teachers as keen, innovative and dedicated. The CEOLS research programme
entails constantly researching how to improve spoken languages by helping
students develop the skills they need in order to communicate effectively.
CEOLS is flexible and convenient. Students can learn at their convenience, at
any time of day or night. They can fit your schedule and you do not need to
travel because you can follow their courses from the comfort of your own
home.
All you need is a headset and high speed Internet. CEOLS will provide a
selection of tools for online conversation with as many as 15 simultaneous
partners. Students will have the classroom available in the comfort of their
own home, in their hotel room, plane or train during their travels.
Wherever you are, whenever you need us, we are just a click away.

1. Do you know Falmouth?


2. Why is Falmouth a good
place to visit?
3. What can you see and
do in Falmouth?
4. What famous chocolate
store has been open in
Falmouth for almost a
hundred years?
These are a few of the
questions you can answer
by visiting the Official
Town website .

Image at Wikimedia Commons by David Stowell


under CC .

Watch the video at England Southwest about Cornwall:

How much did you understand? Study the table, match the beginning of a
sentence in Column A with its ending in Column B.:

1. The trip starts in


Devon

a. the last person who spoke


Cornish as a native tongue.

2. Tintagel castle is

b. gave name to an operetta.

3. The Pirates of
Penzance

c. small oily fish.

4. Mouseholes
pronunciation

d. was an important port for


nearly a thousand years.

5. Mousehole was also


home to

e. which is just over border from


Cornwall.

6. St . Michaels mount

f. is in the middle of a moor.

7. Pilchards are

g. related to the legend of King


Arthur.

8. The Jamaica Inn

h. has nothing to do with the


spelling.

1.1. Teaching and Learning

Objetivos

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In order to achieve these rewarding results, CEOLS asks students to sign a


class contract in which they commit to follow the CEOLS method as well as
dedicate a stipulated amount of time in accordance with the level and
experience.
Some of the techniques include:
- Interaction between teachers and learners
in a way that knowledge is co-constructed in
learning rather than simply being transmitted
by the teacher.
- Students learn through communication and
conversation. Language use develops the
learner's voice, his or her beliefs, previous
knowledge and experiences are valid content
in the lesson.
- The content is frequently reviewed,
evaluated and updated so that it engages the
learners.
- The teacher enables the emergence of
language and guides students toward it.
- Our staff encourages making mistakes
because it means students are producing. Accuracy stems from error
correction. One of our mottos is: "you can't correct what you don't
produce."
Finally, if students would like a more hands on approach, they can also
apply for a homestay at CEOLS centre in Falmouth.
Are you having trouble with your English? Apply now and get all the
information for free.

Study the following words taken from our story about the online language school:

WORD BUILDING
Prefix

Root

Suffix

young

ster

in

form

ation

on

line

web

site

place

ment

re

fund

ed

head

set

wher(e)

ever

when

ever

re

ward

co-

constructed

re

view

ed

en

able

ing

home

stay

Actividad

Notice that there are several word


building categories on the list.
1. We have examples of suffixes, for
instance:
youngsters.
The
"-ster"
ending means: "associated with". Other
examples are:
prankster = associated with a prank
gangster = associated with a gang
teamster = associated with a team.
Image at Wikimedia by
BrokenSphere .

2. The "-ment" is added to the end of a


word to indicate an action or resulting
state, also a product (fragment) or

means (ornament).
3. You may also find words which are made up of both a "prefix" and a
"suffix":
in

form

ation.

4. Another way of building words is by putting two words together. In the


current era of technological advancement, many new words have appeared in
this field, for instance:
white
fire

board
wire.

5. However, we can also find "grammatical compounds", in other words, two


words that belong to different categories but that are written together:
when

ever

wher(e)

ever (it loses the final "e" before adding "ever").

6. Other suffixes also belong to the "grammar" category, for example:


re

fund

ed ("-ed" is a regular verb past ending)

re

ward

ing ("-ing" is a present participle ending)

en

able

s ("-s" is a third person singular, verb ending).

Now look at the words in the box. Can you put them under the correct
heading?

mountaineer
privatize

jokestar

basement

anticlockwise

biotechnology

literacy

readiness

Prefix Root Suffix

Finally, look at these words:

flashcard

somewhat

homeschool

vodcast

Can you divide them? Do you know what they mean?

skateboard

1.2. Bringing it all together


Now that you have finished reading about CEOLS, try
the comprehension test. You may want to read the
full text again. In order to do that, you may click
here .

AV - Pregunta de Eleccin Mltiple

1. In Welcome to CEOLS , "the basics" refers to _____.

a) finding accommodation

b) learning Turkish.

c) their new company.

2. Two reasons that motivated the set up of their initial website were ___.

a) earning extra money and lots of free time.

b) interest in travelling and knowing the culture.

c) plentiful online information as well as their own production.

3. From the information in the text we can understand that the Blakes
_____.

a) reached the end of their previous agreement and then left.

b) left Turkey before finishing their time there.

4. According to the text, _____.

a) anyone can work for CEOLS.

b) there must be a professional selection process.

5. The study schedule at CEOLS ____.

a) is adaptable to individual student needs.

b) isn't adaptable to individual student needs.

6. CEOLS also calls for an effor on behalf of their students as they will have
to _____.

a) come to classes every day.

b) be online for at least three hours a day.

c) comply with or meet certain requirements.

2. Let's review our verb tenses

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Throughout this lesson we have been


learning about a new online school, some of
its staff members, the products it has to
offer and its organization. Now, let's have a
look at the language that has been used and
why.
The story of CEOLS is a piece of narrative
writing, as such, it is written to entertain,
but also, of course, to teach and inform.
Some features include:
- Characters with defined identities: Mr.
Pengelly, Serena and Blake...
- Narrative (or dialogue) with tenses which vary from past to present to future: CEOLS
was created...The company offices are located...CEOLS will provide...
- Descriptive language to create images in the reader's mind and enhance the story: a
well-known harbour on the south coast of Cornwall...entrepreneur James Pengelly...young
couple... teachers are keen, innovative and dedicated...
The structure includes an introduction or orientation in which the characters, the setting
and the time of the story are established by answering questions such as: Who? When?
Where? And so on: CEOLS was created in 2005 by a young couple...
The introduction is followed by a complication or problem which involves the main
characters: ...spotted by entrepreneur...
To wrap a narrative up there is a resolution: Wherever you are, whenever you need us,
we are just a click away.
Having established the general layout, let's take a closer look at the story.

Go back to "Welcome to CEOLS!" Look at the first paragraph again, it begins:


"CEOLS was created..." and ends: "for the next three years." Can you list
examples of verbs in the past?

Now, look at the section "About CEOLS" and more specifically at the first
paragraph beginning: "CEOLS is currently..." and ending: "...fully refunded."
Can you identify verbs in the present tenses?

Finally, in the two sections there are two verbs which refer to the future. Can
you find them?

Actividad

In order to review verb tenses in English, read through this


presentation:

Diapositiva 1

Presentaciones

3. Angela and Serena

Objetivos

Angela is calling to ask for information. Listen to the conversation


between her and Serena.

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Remember to look at the


audioscript AFTER you carry
out the activity!

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Rezende

AV - Pregunta Verdadero-Falso

This is your first listening activity. First of all, read the sentences. Secondly,
play the recording. Thirdly, decide which sentences are true and which are
false. After the first listening, re-read the sentences and make any necessary
changes. After doing the activity you may check your comprehension with the
audioscript.
Example: Angela used a landline to call the language school.
Verdadero

Falso

1. Angela would like to become an online language teacher.


Verdadero

Falso

2. If you miss the registration period in September, you may register later
on in the year.

Verdadero

Falso

4. Serena offers Angela some encouragement.


Verdadero

Falso

5. In order to register, Angela must pay and register immediately.


Verdadero

Falso

How good is your memory? Read the next two activities.


Did you pick up any of the nationalities the speakers refered to?
Can you remember what language Angela uses to ask for information?
Can you remember how Serena responds to those questions?

4. Short and Long vowel sounds

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Long
vowels

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CC .

under

/hi t/
Easy and difficult vowel
sounds in English. As you may /c t/
recall from former years, English
/bu t/
vowel sounds can be long /i:/
(heat, neat, reach) or short /I/
/h s/
(hit, knit, rich). Look at the chart
/p s/
below, the sounds are divided
into long and short. Can you
distinguish them correctly?
Listen to the speaker and then
try it yourself.

Short
vowels

/h t/
/ e zt/
/pet/
/ct/
/h t/
/b d/
/b k/

Can you distinguish between a long vowel and a short vowel? Read on and
then try our exercise.

According to experts, the English vowel sounds that are hard for
Spanish students are:
seek/sick ( /i/ - //) ,
cart/cot ( / /- //) ,

part/pat/putt ( / / - // - // ).
The reason is because Spanish has five pure vowels and five
diphthongs, whereas, English has twelve pure vowels and
eight diphthongs .

Now, listen to the speaker. In the following list, what word do you
hear?

1. sleep slip
2. short shot
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3. heart hat - hut


4. stack start
5. spool spill
6. four full
7. pour pool
8. sheet shirt

Do you need nore practise? Ship or Sheep is an online phonetic website.


Visit it and have fun learning!
Perhaps you would like an explanation as well as the prounciation. Visit the
BBC Pronunciation website and follow along with their videos.

5. England, Spain and Turkey

Pre-conocimiento

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During this lesson, at least three countries have been mentioned: Serena and
Blake in Turkey, CEOLS in Cornwall (England) and Angela in Toledo (Spain).
What cultural differences would you expect to
find in these countries, for instance, regarding
food and eating habits? Would you expect to
find anything similar between such different
countries?
Watch the videos below and be surprised!

You are going to watch two videos:

Delicious food in Istanbul

Delicious food in Mul

Can you see anything that is common between Turkish food and English

Go to the forum and discuss the videos, comment aspects such as:
- location;
- food that appears (meat, fish, vegetables, cookies, cakes...);
- ways of cooking;

6. Create your study group

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You have to be part of a study group.


The objective is to practice your English as often as you
can. We suggest you find two or three people you can
comfortably meet up with (you should preferably have the
same online working schedule). Another good idea is, to
visit an online open community which will help you find a
partner and/or partners who will be willing to speak
English with you, more often than not, they will also like to
speak Spanish, but that isn't a problem. The advantages
are: you have one or several "native" speakers to communicate with, and it is free. A
drawback may be that you have to spend some time speaking Spanish, too, or that people
you communicate with have other intentions in mind, if so, knock them off sooner than
later!
Some of these free online places are:
- The Mixxer language exchange community for everybody ;
- Babbel ;
- English, baby! ;
- Speaking 24 .
Before you rush into a conversation, remember Internet safety rules:
1. Never give out personal details regarding where you live, telephone number, bank
details... Your best bet in this regard is, to create an invented personality who wants to
speak English, you may even create an e-mail address exclusively for this purpose.
2. You are a student and you have a goal: you want to speak English. so, an exchange is
an exchange, if you speak English for 15 minutes, expect to speak Spanish for 15
minutes, and definitely demand the opposite.
Your tasks for this lesson are:
1. Go to the forum and create your study group. (You may belong to more than one if you
have the time!).
2. Prepare the information you are going to ask and give your prospective exchange:
- personal details
- objectives
- schedule online
- learning and studying strategies
- you are good at
- you are not so good at
- interests

Good luck! Have fun learning!

Here
are
some
questions
which might
be
useful
when asking
partners
to
participate in
your
study
group:
Would you like
to
join
our
study group?
Can I join your
study group?
Can I be a part
of your study
group?
Could you tell me when you are available?
Do you know what the time difference is?
Do you happen to know when the chat starts?
I'd like to know if you would be interested in chatting with me.
Could you find out when the chat starts?
I'm interested in creating a study group.
I'm looking for partners for a study group.

Some of the answers could be:


Yes, of course. I'd love to.
Sure, I'd like that.
Certainly.
On weekdays from 6 to 8 and on weekends from 11 to 1.
Yes, I believe you are eight hours ahead of us.
Yeah, at three.

7. Writing: Thinking about my school days

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Congratulations! We are coming to the end of our


lesson now, you have learned and/or reviewed many
different aspects of the English language, and have
learned and compared some cultural aspects as well.
Now, it is time to put it down on paper (if we were
using a traditional method :), or rather, store it in a
file (we may need it again some day...).
Our written task is going to allow us to go back and
think about our school days .

Some questions which will help us to


organize our written piece are:
What period in time were you at
school?
Where did you go to school?
What was your school like?
What did you like best about it?
What didn't you like about it?
Did you have lunch at school?
How did you get to it?
What were your teachers like?
Did the teachers make the classes
interesting?
How many people were in the class?
Did you get along with all of them?
Did you make any really good friends?
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under CC .

Are you still in touch with any of


them?

What do you miss from your school days?

2. The development of the storyline.


3. A conclusion.
Answering the questions above should help you with that organization. Read
our example:

So, what conclusion can you draw from the above activity?

8. Bite size

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Palomaironique under CC .

Lesson 1 essentials.
- vocabulary:
word building by adding prefixes (in-, re-, co-, en-: incorrect, research, coproduce,
enrich), suffixes (-ster, -ation, -ment, -ed, -ing, -s: enlister, animation, predicament,
learning, runs/hides/bands) and compounding on+going, foot+ball);
- grammar:
reviewing the
formation);

English verb tenses (present, past, simple and future some uses and

- pronunciation:
long and short vowels (beat - bit - bet - bat - bought - book - born - burst - barn - bun);
- language functions:
asking and giving information: Can/Could...? / Certainly.; Sure.; Of course....
- culture:
similarities and differences between countries; different accents; poetry readings.