Monday, 29 August 2011

Picture of the day

Tuesday August 29th 2011 (Unit 10 - Global Thinking)


Link to the Global Zero website and video

Modal Verbs of Probability Exercises
Use must, might, may, could or can't plus the correct form of the verb.
1. Where is David? He _________________ (be) at school. Classes begin at 8.
2. She_________________ (think) that it is a good idea. It's crazy!
3. I'm absolutely sure! They _________________ (arrive) yesterday, I saw their ticket.
4. Are you joking! David _________________ (go) to Paris last week. He doesn't have enough money.
5. They _________________ (live) in New York, but I'm not sure.
6. The concert _________________(be) wonderful last night. Fiore is a great conductor.

7. John _______________________ (be) at work, or perhaps he’s at the gym – or even the pub!
8. Jane _______________________ (leave) the party with John last night, but I’m not sure.

Rewrite these sentences using must or can’t.
1. I’m sure she’s at home.
2. I’m certain you’re crazy.
3. I know that isn’t Janet – she’s in the USA.
4. I’m sure she thinks I’m stupid.
5. I bet I look silly in this coat.
6. They’re always buying new cars – I’m certain they make a lot of money.

To do list for the future
-Create a new document
-using the 10 modal verbs. Think 10 possibilities that you want for your future and then give a reason why you have chosen this posibility.
- Example: I could get married on a beach in Hawaii with all my family and friends.
I ought to spend more time keeping in touch with my friends that live in other cities/countries.
-When you have finished, share them with a friend.

  • can
  • could
  • may
  • might
  • shall
  • should
  • will
  • would
  • must
  • ought to
  • 2: Using modal verbs to talk about the past:

    must / might / could / may / can't + have + past participle

    (Click here to review how to make the past participle)
    • must have + past participle
    • might / might not have + past participle
    • could / couldn’t have + past participle
    • may / may not have + past participle
    • can’t have + past participle
    For example:

    You: Where was Julie last night?
    • She must have forgotten about our date.
    • She might have worked late.
    • She could have taken the wrong bus.
    • She may have felt ill.
    • She can’t have stayed at home.

    Will / won’t + have + past participle

    Will and won't / will not + have + past participle are used for past certainty (compare with present use of 'will' above):
    • The parcel will have arrived before now.

    Should + have + past participle

    Should + have + past participle can be used to make an assumption about something that has probably happened, if everything is as we expect (compare with present sue of 'should' above):
    • The train should have left by now

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Monday 29th of August

Good morning everyone

I hope you all had a lovely weekend in the sun. Today we are going to look at "Travel - Unit 10"
Work hard this week!

1. Complete the quiz for unit 9
I know you haven't studied, but this will be a good way to see how much you understood.

2. Go to unit 10, vocabulary, vocabulary exercise. Please read through the vocabulary and complete the questions.

3. In group of 3, please answer these questions.
Blue - student one
Purple - student two
Green - Student three

How many countries have you been to?Describe the best trip you ever took. 
Where did you go? Who did you 
travel with? What did you do?
Where did you spend your last vacation? What did you do?Describe the worst trip you 
ever took. Where did you go? 
What made it a bad trip?
When you were a child, did your family take trips? Would you always go to the same place or different places?What three countries would
 you most like to visit? Why?
When you are travelling, do you try to speak the local language?Do you prefer winter vacations
 or summer vacations? Why?
Have you ever taken a package tour? If so, tell about this experience?Would you like to take a cruise?
 Why or why not?
What type of accommodations do you usually stay in when you travel?Have you ever hitchhiked?
 If so, where were you and how was this experience?
Where will you go on your next vacation?What three countries would
 you least like to visit? Why?
4. Selling a holiday

- choose a vacation from the brocheurs

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Wednesday August 24th (Second Conditional)

1. We are going to watch this presentation.

2. Correct homework exercise # 1 and 2

3. Write 10 questions for your group like this:
What would you do if.....

-What would you do if you could speak 10 languages?
-I would work for the UN. 

4. Ask your group your 10 questions. 

5. Cut out statements. 

6. Writing (focus on vocabulary)
You will write one page about the weather. You must answer these questions in your writing:
  • What are the seasons?
  • What is the hottest season?
  • What is the coldest season?
  • In your opinion, which season is the most beautiful? and which season is the most comfortable for you?
  • Why do you think spring (or another season) is the most beautiful season?
  • Do you think weather affects the way people feel?
  • How can extreme weather conditions affect the economy and social life in countries?
  • Do you think weather patterns are changing?
  • What can we do to avoid climate change?

Do not put numbers like this:
1. bdhsagdhgashd
2. dasjdhasjdggh

Your writing should have:
3/4 paragraphs and be about 800-1000 words. 

Please check grammar, spelling, punctuation, is/it's, he lives, she lives/it lives etc.

Share with me at any point while you are writing. 

Thank you 

Photo: The morning skyline of silhouetted temples

Monday, 22 August 2011

Tuesday August 22nd 2011

India (Ksenia)

The weather in India changes dramatically. Indian Meteorological Service has classified the country into seven different climatic regions:the Himalayas, Assam and West Bengal, the Indo-Gangetic Plain/North Indian Plain, the Western Ghats and coast, the Deccan Plateau, and the Eastern Ghats and coast. But it is habitually to divide the indian weather for three seasons: winter, summer and the monsoon.

Summer(March to May)
In india is getting hot aproximately in february. By April, in many places daily temperatures exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit). In late May, signs of the approaching monsoon start appearing. Humidity levels build, there are thunderstorms and dust storms.

Monsoon (June to October)
India has two monsoon - the southwest monsoon and the northeast monsoon. By mid July, most of the country is covered in rain.

Winter (November to February)
The disappearance of the monsoon means the start of clear sunny skies, as well as the start of the tourist season,daytime winter temperatures are comfortable.
In the south, it never gets cold. This is in complete contrast to India’s far north, around the Himalaya region.

U.S.A / Avan

The climate in USA varies across different parts of the country it can be divided into six climate regions. Generally, the western and southern parts of US have warmer weather as compared to the eastern and northern parts.

The temperature range runs between the extremes of 57 degrees C during the summer months in California's Death Valley to -62 degrees C in Alaska, with every other shade in between.
The northern states are the coldest, with bitter, freezing winters - especially in the plains, Midwest and Northeast. Low temperatures in January and February in the Northwest are occasionally tempered by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

In contrast, the southern states are known as the Sunbelt, where it rarely drops below freezing.
Hot summers are the norm throughout the US, except in New England, Oregon and Washington state, all of which are rainier and less predictable than the rest of the country.

Spring and autumn (fall) conditions are generally mild, warm and sunny - but also wet in some areas, particularly the Pacific Northwest.

Tornado <click seasons arrives in the Midwest between April and June, and hurricanes <click in early summer along the southern East Coast and Gulf of Mexico coast - TV and radio will broadcast warnings for both, but the chances of encountering one on a short visit are remote.

File:South America climate map.gif

Top 10 Deadliest U.S. Natural Disaster

1. Galveston, TX Hurricane - September 18, 1900

Estimated death toll: about 8000

2. San Francisco Earthquake - 1906

Estimated death toll: 3400+

3. Great Okeechobee Hurricane, Florida - September 16-17, 1928

Estimated death toll: 2500+

4. Johnstown, PA Flood - May 31, 1889

Estimated death toll: 2209+

5. Chenier Caminada Hurricane - October 1, 1893

Estimated death toll: 2000+

6. "Sea Islands" Hurricane - August 27-28, 1893

Estimated death toll: 1000 - 2000

7. Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005

Estimated death toll: 1836+

8. Great New England Hurricane - 1938

Estimated death toll: 720

9. Georgia - South Carolina Hurricane - 1881

Estimated death toll: 700

10. Tri-State Tornado in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana - 1925

Estimated death toll: 695



Olga, Sudan

 SUDAN, Sudan Republic (Gumhuriya al-Sudan), the state in the north-east Africa
In the north-east Sudan washed by the Red m. Most of Sudan - plateau 300-1500 m in the west and south - the height of St. 3000 m.
  In the north - and semi desert in the south - savannah and rainforest. The main rivers - the Nile and its tributaries Sobat and Blue Nile.

Although Sudan lies within the tropics, the climate ranges from arid in the north to tropical wet-and-dry in the far southwest. Temperatures do not vary greatly with the season at any location; the most significant climatic variables are rainfall and the length of the dry season.
From January to March, the country is under the influence of the dry northeasterlies. There is practically no rainfall countrywide
 By early April, the moist southwesterlies have reached southern Sudan, bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms.
 In September the dry northeasterlies begin to strengthen and to push south and by the end of December they cover the entire country. Yambio, close to the border with Zaire, has a nine-month rainy season (April-December)
Temperatures are highest at the end of the dry season when cloudless skies and dry air allow them to soar. The far south, however, with only a short dry season, has uniformly high temperatures throughout the year. Northern Sudan, with its short rainy season, has hot daytime temperatures year round, except for winter months in the northwest where there is precipitation from the Mediterranean in January and February. Conditions in highland areas are generally cooler, and the hot daytime temperatures during the dry season throughout central and northern Sudan fall rapidly after sunset. Lows in Khartoum average 15° C in January and have dropped as low as 6° C
Природа Судана
The haboob, a violent dust storm, can occur in central Sudan when the moist southwesterly flow first arrives (May through July). The moist, unstable air forms thunderstorms in the heat of the afternoon. The initial downflow of air from an approaching storm produces a huge yellow wall of sand and clay that can temporarily reduce visibility to zero.

yukina Thailand


Basically, Thailand is the tropics. And Thailand is described as tropical and humid for the majour of the coutry. 

Thailand is divided into four major area and each area show us different faces.
Northern area are spread mountainous lands and it has relatively cool climate. The area has the highest mountain in Thailand,non-inter Doi (2,576 m) .

Northeast has Korat Plateau and the Korat Plateau spread almost all northeast area. In this area, it is difficult to grow crops because this area doesn't have enough rain, and This area is famous for poor region.

Some southern area is part og Malay Peninsula. It is also famous for the rainy season is longer than the center. 


Phuket FantaSea

Average monthly temperature chart for Bangkok

Average monthly rainfall chart for Bangkok


Thailand's climate is largely affected by a tropical monsoon.
 From mid-May to early October there are moist air, warm, rainy season and a hit by a squall, etc... 
Northern and middle area, most rainfall from August through October, and these things often caused floods. 

Weather in England Gauvain

In England has a temperate climate it’s very humid and very chilly, the hottest month is July with average 16°C and the coldest month is January with average 4.5°
Monday 22nd AugustYELLOW WARNING for RAINOutbreaks of heavy, thundery rain is expected to spread into southern counties of England in the early hours. Local flooding and frequent lightning is possible and driving conditions will be difficult.
In last December there was an icy warning with the coldest temperatures of the year in England with about -10°C. Snow falls across the country eased off on Friday, but many flights and train services were delayed. In Grimsby, Nunsthorpe Community School will be closed all next week because heavy snowfall has caused serious damage to the building, and the Smith and Nephew medical products plant in Hull has been closed until next week after heavy snow damaged the roof.
There were a lot of problems because of a bad communications because of this lot of people were stopped in trains.

Weather in China

in China

During the first three months it's very cold in China, however it doesn't rain.The temperature varies between 
1.5°C and 11,5°C during the day and during the night, the temperature is always below freezing so be careful not to get sick. During April, the temperature is more mild. In May and June, the temperature is more hot, so go out and enjoy !
Take the opportunity to tan in this both months because the next months are very humid... However, this months are the hottest months of the year.


Florian / IRAN

Capital: Teheran
Morning 26°

Afternoon: 35 °

Evening: 26°

Weather forecast next few days             hot with 35-40 degree, humidity : 11%

  • Tuesday: sunny sometimes cloudy.                 temperature : morning: 26° , afternoon 38°, evening 26°
  • Wednesday: sunny sometimes cloudy             temperature : morning: 26° , afternoon 38°, evening 26°
  • Thuersday: sunny sometimes cloudy.              temperature : morning: 26° , afternoon 38°, evening 26°

  • History: CLIMATE IRAN

In the north it is subtropical along the Caspian cost and the northern forest. High humidity in this area of iran. Temperature reraly fall below freezing. Temperature are by 30 degree or 85 Fahrenheit.
The western part of IRAN has lawer temperature and in the wintertime it is heavy snowfall with average temperatures about "0" degree. 
The eastern and central of IRAN has occasional deserts. Rainfall is rarely. Average temperatures exceed 38 degree. 
The southarn part of IRAN has mild winters, and very humid and hot summers.

Mexico climate - Alline

Mexico has tropical forests, dry deserts, fertile valleys and snow mountains. Mexico is a large country and the climate of Mexico depending on the region of the country.The climate in the desert regions are typically very hot during the day and cool at nights. The desert regions can often be windy.


In Mexico there are two main seasons. Although there is some variation in temperature over the year, the most obvious difference is between rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season happens from May through September or October. During the rest of the year there is little or no rain.

Hurricane Season

 Hurricane season lasts from June until November, though most hurricanes occur between August and October. Hurricanes and tropical storms in Mexico can affect weather on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific coast.

Greece- MinJi

Greece's climate varies according to region.
The southern and central portions of the country of the traditional Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The continental climate of northern Greece is marked by colder winters.

Snow is common in the mountains, like Vancouver. 

Greece is one of the world's most  seismically active countries. Fortunately, most Greek earthquakes are relatively mild but there is always the potential for more severe seismic activity.

There have been many earthquakes in Greece in the past few years, including major quakes on or near Crete, Rhodes, the Peloponnese, Karpathos, and elsewhere in Greece. Crete was struck by a strong quake, originally measured as a 6.2 but later estimated at 5.9, on April Fool's Day, 2011.
However, Greece has extremely beautiful scenery...

That's why every year people love to travel to Greece.

If you come from Europe...

Picture illustrating changes in nighttime lights in Europe

Monday 22nd of August 2011 (Unit 9 Weather vocabulary)

Good  morning everyone !
I hope you are all enjoying the rain!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Subject verb agreement

Information from Khalid. 

*((subject verb agreement police ))
plural nouns that do not end in -sor–
es, e.g. police, cattle, people, sheep, fish,
Staff, faculty, require plural verbs.

Those people are from Canada.
The police have been called.

"Fish" is one of those odd words that's usually both singular and plural—like "deer" and (in Canada) "beer." So we can say:
We caught five fish.
We saw three deer.
We Canadians drank six beer. (See my additional comments in the continuation of this post.)

But we can use "fishes" when we are talking about different species:

The fishes of the Fraser River include salmon and sturgeon.

Unit 8 Quiz

Good luck, bonne chance, 好运气  boa sorte, Удачи!, 幸運, , Glück, 행운을 빌어요, حظا سعيدا

(I hope they are correct!)

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Website for Friday 18th of August 2011

Exercise Number two
- Ask Leanne for instructions.

Photo: Red sea oats and storm clouds

Wonderful Present Perfect

Use of Present Perfect

  • puts emphasis on the result
    Example: She has written five letters.
  • action that stopped recently
    Example: She has cooked dinner.
  • finished action that has an influence on the present
    Example: I have lost my key.
  • action that has taken place once, never or several times before the moment of speaking
    Example: I have never been to Australia.

Signal Words of Present Perfect

  • already, ever, just, never, not yet, so far, till now, up to now

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

More Present Perfect !!!

Today we will continue with Present Perfect - Present Perfect Continuous to explain the present. 

- Click on the link and lets read :-)

- Then do the Exercises 
"Grammar 8 - 2" # 1,2 and 3

Present perfect ... a perfect tense :-)

Exercise number one

1. Open the link below
2. With your partner, take turns reading the sentences. Your partner must decide if the sentence focuses on:
-Duration OR Experience OR Present
4.Be ready to share your answers with the class.

Exercise number two

1. Click on the link below
2. Complete the exercise

Look after the environment! 
Photo: Two polar bears playing on ice in Manitoba Canada

Good video to watch about the environment - The Ocean

Unit 4

Listening and Speaking (Prepositions)