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Summer work 2015


  • There are 8 weeks ahead. You have plenty of time to catch up and improve your English level. Devote an average of 3 or 4 hours a week to study. One hour for the British Council tasks, two for the Marc Chagal interactive books and one to blog related activities.
  • Keep track of the exercises you do by taking notes and writing the required answers in a notebook. You must give it to your teacher the day of the exam in September.
  • Distribute work throughout the summer; from two to four hours a week should be enough.
  • Those of you who passed with a low mark (5/6), should also revise during summer.
  • Finally, relax and enjoy summer! See you in September.

The first set of 8 activities are from a British Council page. We have chosen activities that are appropriate for your level, that are connected with the work we have done during the year (sanitation, travel) or that might be of your interest (films, bullying, school discipline) .

All the activities form the British Council site can also be done on line or in paper as they are also available in the site in pdf format. You can save them in a folder in your computer and/or print them. This way you’ll be able to work without internet access.

Topic skills task Revise/ vocabulary/grammar
1. School Discipline Reading and writing.
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write 50 words:

compare your school discipline with a British one.

2. Money Reading and writing
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write 50 words:

Do you get pocket money from your parents or do you work to earn money? What do you spend your money on? –

Money/percentages/ bank/savings/cash
3. Trains and travel
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write a 50 word answer to the questions:

Do you use trains? What means of transport do you use in your city?

  • Do the listening comprehension questions
Trains, timetables
4. Adventure travel Reading and writing
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write a 50 word answer to the questions:

What is the best holiday you have ever had? If you could choose, what travel adventure would go to?

Travel, sports, exotic places
5. Films and entertainment Reading and writingListening Going to the cinema.
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write a 50 word answer to the questions:

What is your favourite film star? What kind of roles has he/she played? In which film do you feel he/she did his /her best job.

  • Do the listening comprehension questions.
Films, genres, cast,
6. World water day Reading and writing
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write a 50 word answer to the questions:

What do you think are the most important things we use water for? Did anything in the article surprise you? What can you do to save water? 

Water, sanitation, resources, development
7. An Interview: LA skaters Reading And wiriting
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Choose a sports person you admire and write the questions you’d like to ask him/her,
Questions and question words.Sports, hobbies
8. Bullying Reading and writing
  • Reading comprehension questions.
  • Write a 50 word answer to the questions:
  • Is bullying a problem in your school? What can people do to stop it?
Cyber bullying, messages, bullying

Second set of activities.

Blog activities:

Migrant stories

Read the article from the BBC that narrates the journey of 4 different migrants. Listen to the videos. Post 3.en.23. Choose the story that interested you most. Imagine you are a journalist. What questions would you like to ask him/her? After reading the article, can you guess what their answers would be? Write about 75 words.

Facts about countries

Read the article from the BBC about India. Summarise the 10 aspects that are addressed in the article. Choose one among the ten aspects reflected in the article ( languages, roads, megacities) and investigate further. Write about 75 words.

War and conflict.

Include in your notebook a piece of news about an ongoing conflict. You must identify the source.Include the date. It must be from July or August.. Summarise the piece of news. Remember to choose something you understand.

The third set of activities are devoted to work on morphological , vocabulary and grammar aspects.

In this excellent site from the Marc Chagal School, you will find a set of interactive books. They cover most of the syllabus of 1st ESO. Do the activities on line. At the end of each book there is always an activity to print/copy in your notebook. You should try to do two interactive books per week.

These are the interactive books you have to cover:

1. Interactive Book – Numbers

2. Interactive Book – Jobs

3. Interactive Book – Subject and Object Pronouns + Possessive Adjectives

4. Interactive Book – Present Continuous (Present BE + V-ing)

5. Interactive Book – Clothes and Accessories

6. Interactive Book – Comparative Forms

7. Interactive Book – Chores and Adverbs of Frequency

8. Interactive Book – Time and Daily Routine

9. Interactive Book – My House and My Bedroom

10. Interactive Book – Common Shops and Places in Town

11. Interactive Book – Hobbies

12. Interactive Book – Personality + BE

You must build up your vocabulary.

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