Relative clauses revision 2017

I was wondering about one last post this school year so that my students could revise relative pronouns and relative clauses easily and I just realized I did it some years ago on this same blog. So, here you are. Relative clauses 2017. Enjoy ;D

P.S. If you need any online exercises, drop my a line and I will post some as soon as possible. Meanwhile, have a nice holiday everyone.


Reported Speech

I know everybody is very tired. However, we still need a final effort. I’m sharing a very short explanation of reported speech in English. There are also quite a few exercises to practise online. I hope it helps!

Reported Speech 1 at
Reported Speech 2 at

If any of these pages has “suspicious” adverts, please let me know.

On the other hand, if you are interested in a more thorough description, check this .pdf document which I prepared some years ago.

Students blog entry or comments

Friday 2nd June 2017

Antonio Marchal de la Torre

This is a sample blog post for my 3º ESO and 1º Bachillerato students. 3º ESO students should write a blog entry with resolutions for things they want to improve. They can use the model on page 96 as an example. Alternatively, they comment this entry to comply with the minimum requirement of “writing blog posts, comments or brief messages on social networks.”

1º Bachillerato students should write a blog entry about their favourite website. There are a couple of examples in their Student’s Book -page 102- and their Workbook. However, they may also just comment this entry to comply with the minimum requirement of “writing blog posts, comments or brief messages on social networks.”

I hope everybody contributes to make this a great activity!

Edit (12th June 2017). Here’s what will be assessed when you write your mock-post or comment.

10 7.5 5 2.5 0
Post Content: Tone
Is the content of the blog appropriate? Is the blog referring to the topic at issue? Do I provide information about what I was requested?
Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing
Comments & Social media
Did you use social media to share your comment-post?
Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing
ENGLISH-WRITING: Use appropriate vocabulary, grammar, spelling & format. Excellent (Very) good Beginning Not good enough Disappointing

Begin to begin…

I left this blog aside quite a long ago for a number of reasons. However, using different, course-specific blogs and maintaining them has been very time-consuming and I’ve decided to use this one for ALL of my courses and present information which my students may use.

So, without further ado, here’s some presentations:

Expressing the future

Passive Voice

Aula Virtual (Aula XXI) II (or how to improvise)

Although I said that Aula Virtual was functional, apparently not all my students have access to it.

Since we are revising basic aspects -tenses, word order, spelling rules…- I’ll use this blog as a launcher for online activities.

Click here and look for exercises labelled Simple Present, Present Progressive, Simple Past and Past Progressive.

If you want to practise conditional clauses, then look for Conditional sentences (if-clauses and main clauses).

Finally, if you are looking for exercises to practise word order, look for Word order.

Hint: When using a web browser, if you want to find something on a website quickly, press Cmd+F on Mac OS X or Ctrl+F 🙂

I hope this gives you plenty of practice before we go on to the next topic.

Aula Virtual (Aula XXI)

To my students out there: Aula Virtual seems to be working. It allowed me to create and manage my courses. I’ve added some materials and as far as I can judge, it seems fully functional. What I don’t know is whether you can access the courses with last year’s user name and password… We’ll have to wait until Tuesday to be sure. Also, I seem to have very few students in my Grado Superior course (?????).

Maybe your weekend was as busy as mine. I’ll see you at school…