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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ode to my family...Alicia style

Thanks again for all your contributions and enthusiasm! It wouldn´t be possible without you!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


So thanks again to all of you who participated one more year in our Christmas party. Here are the pictures of the cooking contest and your wonderful photographs. Many thanks to Laura and Alicia in particular for their perfomance. You sure have the Xmas spirit within you! Congratulations to the winners!!






Thursday, October 16, 2014




La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas convoca un concurso de calabazas decoradas abierto a todos los alumnos matriculados en el centro de Ávila y sus secciones en el curso 2014-2015.
Bases del concurso:

1) El peso de la calabaza no podrá exceder de 3 kg.

2) La técnica de decoración es de libre elección.

3) Cada calabaza deberá ir acompañada de un sobre (pegado en su base) con un pseudónimo por fuera. Dentro habrá otro sobre donde aparecerán el nombre, dirección, teléfono, curso y correo electrónico del participante.

4) Cada alumno podrá presentar tres calabazas como máximo.

5) La recogida de las calabazas se realizará el lunes 27 y el martes 28 de octubre en el hall de la escuela.

6) El jurado estará formado por:
       Profesores de los idiomas impartidos en el Centro
       Un representante del personal laboral
  Un representante de alumnos elegido al azar entre el alumnado                                       
no participante en el concurso.

7) El jurado dará  a conocer el fallo del concurso el día 29 de octubre en el tablón de anuncios del Departamento de actividades extraescolares y el nombre de los ganadores se publicará en la página web.

8) La calabaza ganadora recibirá un premio sorpresa por centro.

9) El jurado valorará la originalidad de las decoraciones, su fallo será inapelable y se podrá declarar el premio desierto.

10) La participación en el concurso supone la aceptación de las presentes bases.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

When to use ‘the’ with country names (+ lakes, rivers, and more)

Below is a list of countries which use the definite article. In English, we use "the" if a country has a political title in its name, or if it refers a group of islands. There are also countries, such as the Netherlands, which people commonly attach the definite article to even though it does not follow the two rules above.
For bodies of water, we frequently add the definite article to rivers, oceans, and seas.
For single mountains, we don’t typically add the definite article. However, for groups of mountains, we do.
You’ll find many examples of these rules below, as well as a list of other geographical features which use the definite article. You can do an exercise  HERE  


  • the Bahamas
  • the Cayman Islands
  • the Central African Republic
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Comoros
  • the Czech Republic
  • the Dominican Republic
  • the Falkland Islands
  • the Gambia
  • the Isle of Man
  • the Ivory Coast
  • the Leeward Islands
  • the Maldives (the Maldive Islands)
  • the Marshall Islands
  • the Netherlands
  • the Netherlands Antilles
  • the Philippines
  • the Solomon Islands
  • the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • the United Arab Emirates
  • the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • the United States (of America)
  • the Virgin Islands


  • the Amazon
  • the Colorado
  • the Columbia
  • the Danube
  • the Don
  • the Euphrates
  • the Ganges
  • the Huang
  • the Hudson
  • the Indus
  • the Jordan
  • the Lena
  • the Mackenzie
  • the Mekong
  • the Mississippi
  • the Missouri
  • the Niger
  • the Nile
  • the Ob
  • the Ohio
  • the Orinoco
  • the Po
  • the Rhine
  • the Rhone
  • the Rio Grande
  • the St. Lawrence
  • the Seine
  • the Tagus
  • the Thames
  • the Tiber
  • the Tigris
  • the Volga
  • the Yangtze

    Gulfs, Oceans, Seas, Straits

  • the Adriatic Sea
  • the Aegean Sea
  • the Arabian Sea
  • the Arctic Ocean
  • the Atlantic (Ocean)
  • the Baltic (Sea)
  • the Black Sea
  • the Caribbean (Sea)
  • the Caspian (Sea)
  • the Coral Sea
  • the Gulf of Aden
  • the Gulf of Mexico
  • the Gulf of Oman

    Mountain Ranges

  • the Alps
  • the Andes
  • the Appalachians
  • the Atlas Mountains
  • the Caucasus
  • the Himalayas
  • the Pyrenees
  • the Rockies (the Rocky Mountains)
  • the Urals

    Other Features

  • the equator
  • the Far East
  • the Gobi (desert)
  • the Kalahari (desert)
  • the Middle East
  • the Near East
  • the North Pole
  • the Occident
  • the Orient
  • the Panama Canal
  • the Sahara (desert)
  • the South Pole
  • the Suez Canal
  • the Tropic of Cancer
  • the Tropic of Capricorn

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Study Tip – Beginner English Online Resources

by MELANIE on DECEMBER 10, 2012
(Photo by Paojus)

If you are a beginner, if you know someone who is a beginner, or if you teach beginners, here are some free resources that may be useful to you. All of these resources are in English.
Hungry for English [American]
“We want you to learn to speak English in the same way that we all learned to speak our native languages as babies – by hearing it instead of reading it.”
JenniferESL [American]
“English for Beginners! No scripts. No actors. Real lessons. Real learning.”
Jennifer is an English teacher who is teaching her friend Natasha to speak English. This is an ongoing series of lessons, so check the list often for new lessons!
Mister Duncan [British]
This list of video lessons is more for elementary & intermediate students, but they are a great way to learn new vocabulary. All his videos include subtitles (text).
Vocabulary & Grammar
ESOL Courses – Online course for beginners [British]
ESOL Courses – Online English lessons, exercises, games and quizzes for beginners [British]
Helping You Learn English – English course for beginners [American]
Learn English Online – Online course for beginners [British]
The Most Common English Words
100 most common words in English (video)
1000 most common words in English: [Esl.about.com] 1-250251-500501-750751-1000
1000 most common words in English (in alphabetical order)
Verb Forms
Perfect English Grammar – Memorize the past simple & past participle forms of irregular verbs
Macmillan Dictionary – Test your knowledge of irregular verb forms with the ‘Irregular Verb Wheel Game’
Read Theory – Read, listen, & answer questions
Super Easy Reading – Read, listen, & do activities
Simple English Wikipedia – 90,000 articles written in simple English!




This page shows you how to use the prepositions onin, and at in different contexts.

1. Transportation

PrepositionExample NounsExample Sentences
incar, truckI went to Vancouver in my car.
onbus, train, ship, plane, bicycleI went downtown on the bus.
We travelled to Toronto on the train.

2. Time

PrepositionExample NounsExample Sentences
inJanuary, February, March
1987, 1988, 1989
two minutes, three days
She arrived in February.
I was born in 1988.
I'll be home in three days.
onWednesday, Thursday
The party is on Thursday.
He left on the weekend.
at7:00, 7:30, 8 o'clock, noonI'll call you at 7.30.

3. Communications

PrepositionExample NounsExample Sentences
radio, television
I spoke to him on the telephone yesterday.
I read about it on the Internet.
I heard the news on the radio.

4. Where prepositions are NOT used

We don't use prepositions with certain words and phrases:
NO PrepositionWords and PhrasesExample Sentences
in, on, athome
this morning
this afternoon
every week
last Tuesday
next year
Sally went home.
I met my classmates this morning.
We will arrive this afternoon.
We have an exam every week.
Neil did his laundry last Tuesday.
Betty will return next year.
When you are sure that you understand the lesson, you can continue with the exercise.