ESO3: Giving directions


Have a look to this instructions and follow the instructions of the listening exercise. Then, work in pairs and make your own dialogues!

A-Hello, can you help me?
B-Sure! How can I help you?
A-Where is the...?
B. Go straight ahead. Go past the traffic lights. Then, take the (first/second/third) street on the (left/right).
It's (opposite / next to) the ...
A- Thanks
B-You are welcome


ESO1: Daily routines

Watch the video below. What are Mr Bean's daily routines? 

Then make questions about the video and make yoiur colleagues to answer them: E.g. Where does Mr Bean have breakfast? In the park.

Remember the question words we have learnt.

Work in pairs/groups of three: choose a card at random and make the actin so that your classmate guesses whats the routine you are mimicring! Ask questions: E.g. What are you doing? I'm brushing my teeth.

Other videos:

 Daily routines unit 7

Grammar: Simple Present:
Exercises on affirmative, negative and interrogative there as well.


ESO 3: Crime scene!

Video about vocabulary of crime

Criminals Vocab

Most countries have laws (official rules set by the government). Together, these laws are called "the Law". When people disobey the Law, we say that they "break the law", and we call such people "law breakers" or "criminals". Breaking the law is a "crime".
This criminal (noun)does this...The crime (noun)The action (verb)
accomplicehelps another person to commit a crimeaiding and abettingto aid and abet
arsonistsets fire to other people's property illegallyarsonto commit arson
assassinkills people for political reasons, or in return for paymentassassinationto assassinate
bigamistmarries more than one person at the same timebigamyto commit bigamy
burglarbreaks in to buildings to stealburglaryto burgle
deserteris a member of the armed forces who leaves without permissiondesertionto desert
drug dealerbuys and sells illegal drugsdrug dealingto deal in drugs
forgermakes fake money or documentsforgeryto forge
gangsteris a member of a violent criminal gang (group)gangsterism-
hijackertakes control of a vehicle (plane, ship etc) by force and diverts ithijackingto hijack
hooliganis a violent young troublemakerhooliganism-
kidnappertakes people away by force and demands money to free themkidnappingto kidnap
muggerattacks and robs people in a public placemuggingto mug
murdererdeliberately kills another personmurderto murder
offenderis anybody who breaks the lawcommitting an offenceto offend
pickpocketsteals money etc from other people's pocketspickpocketingto pickpocket
robbersteals money etc, using force or the threat of forcerobberyto rob
shopliftersteals goods from a shop while pretending to be a customershopliftingto shoplift
smugglermoves goods illegally into or out of a country without paying taxsmugglingto smuggle
spysecretly gets information about another countryspyingto spy
industrial spysecretly gets information about a companyindustrial spyingto spy
stowawayhides on a plane or ship to travel secretly and freestowing awayto stow away
terroristuses violence for political reasonsterrorismto commit terrorism
thiefsteals property from other people (without using violence)theftto thieve
traitorbetrays his country to another countrytreacheryto betray
vandaldeliberately destroys or damages public propertyvandalismto vandalize

Crime and punishment:

Questions from law breakers or suspected criminals

  • Why did you pull me over?
  • Have I done something wrong?
  • Is this illegal?
  • What are my rights?
  • Can I call a lawyer?
  • Where are you taking me?
  • Can I make a phone call?

Questions police may ask a suspected criminal

  • Are you carrying any illegal drugs?
  • Do you have a weapon?
  • Does this belong to you?
  • Whose car is this?
  • Where were you at eight last night?

Informing someone of laws and police procedures

  • You are under arrest.
  • Put your hands on your head.
  • I am taking you to the police station.
  • Please get in the police car.
  • You will have to pay a fine for this.
  • I will give you a warning this time.
  • I'm going to write you a ticket.
  • We'll tow your car to the station.
  • Smoking in restaurants is illegal in this country.
  • It is against the law to do drugs in public.

Types of crime

abduction/kidnappingtaking a person to a secret location using force
armed robberyusing a weapon to steal
arsonsetting fire to a place on purpose
assaulthurting another person physically
attempted murdertrying to kill someone (but failing)
breaking and entering
going into another person's home or business with force
child abuseinjuring a child on purpose
domestic violencephysical assault that occur within the home
drug traffickingtrading illegal drugs
drunk drivingdriving after having too much alcohol
fraudlying or cheating for business or monetary purposes
hijackingholding people in transit hostage (usually on a plane)
murder/homicidetaking someone's life through violence
shopliftingstealing merchandise from a store
smugglingbringing products into a country secretly and illegally
speedingdriving beyond the speed limit
terrorismacts of crime against a group (political/religious) or another country
tortureextremely cruel and unfair treatment (often towards prisoners)
vandalismdamaging public or private property (for example with spray paint)
white collar crimebreaking the law in business

Types of punishment

(example offence)
traffic ticket
(speeding, parking)
leaves marks on driving record/involves paying a fine
license suspension
(drunk driving)
driving rights are removed for a certain period of time
(hunting out of season)
pay money as punishment for minor/petty crime
house arrest
(a young offender who is waiting to go to court)
remain in one's home for a certain period of time
community service
(a youth that steals a car for the first time)
do volunteer work such as teaching children about crime or cleaning up garbage
jail time
(man who assaults his wife)
spend a certain amount of months or years locked away from society
life in prison
(a woman who commits homicide)
spend the rest of one's life in prison with no chance of going back into society

ESO 1: Daily routine in a boarding school

Warm-up: revise the DAILY ROUTINE vocabulary:

Can you imagine what is life like in a boarding school? It is a school where you don't only studyu, but also pend your free time, have all your meals ans even sleep there! Would you like to study in a boarding school?

Have a look to the daily routine of these students and answer the questions.

1. Put in order the activities they do in the morning:
      get dressed / brush their teeth  / have breakfast / comb their hair /  wake up

2. They go to school at...
     seven o'clock / ten past seven / quarter past seven / half  past seven

3. They go to school...
    by car  / by bus  / on foot  / by bicycle

4. What sports do they practise?
5. Where do they eat? And where do they have dinner?
6. When do they have breakfast? And lunch? And dinner?
7. What do they do in their free time?
8. At what time do they come back from school in the afternoon?
    1:45 am /  1:45 pm   / 2 pm   / 2:30 pm
9. Who can study in La Masia? How do they feel in there?
10.What do you prefer, a normal school or a boarding school? Why?

SP/WR: Has your vision of boarding schools changed after watching the video? Why?
Examples for your answers:
-Yes, because I think that living in a boarding school is fun / interesting / great: you can live with your friends!
-No, because I think that living in a boarding school is boring / stressing / sad: you can't see your parents often!


ESO4: Let's go to the theatre! THE MOUSETRAP by Agatha Christie (I)

1) Read the introduction to the play and turn ALL verb tenses into the past (x10). Example:
Mollie and Giles Ralston were opening their guesthouse, Monkswell Manor, for its first guests.

Mollie and Giles Ralston are opening their guesthouse, Monkswell Manor, for its first guests. They are new to the business and struggle with the details and an unusually heavy snowstorm. They hear on the radio that a Mrs. Maureen Lyon has been murdered in London and the suspect is wearing a dark overcoat, light scarf, and soft felt hat. Giles is wearing similar outerwear, as are many of the guests. After all the guests have settled in, Mollie receives a phone call from the Police station. She is informed that Sergeant Trotter will be coming to the Manor and everyone must fully cooperate with him.

2a) What was the suspect wearing? 2b) How many suspects were there?

2c) Let's describe the character in groups. Choose one character per group and answer the questions using the past simple and the past continuous: 

a) What did they look like?
b) What were they wearing?

Discuss who matches the description given on the radio notice orally.

3) Complete the questions with the given words and then answer them:  
who, what, when, where, why, how
E.g. Who was the author? The author was Agatha Christie.

______ was the play written? The play was written in...
______ did it happen?
______ did the action take place?
______ did you think the murder was at the beginning?
______ did he or she do it?
______ did he/she do it?

The title comes from a nursery rhyme called "Three Blind Mice" that you can listen to on the video below. 
4a) What picture above corresponds to the nursery rhyme referred to in  our play?
4b) Once you have seen the play... What do you think: Does the title match the play? Why?

Three blind mice. Three blind mice. Oh!
See how they run. See how they run. Oh!
They all ran after the farmer's wife, Oh!
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife, Oh!
Did you ever see such a sight in your life, Oh! 
Just see...
As three blind mice?

5) CRIME words. Use a dictionary and look them up! You can add more words.
How can you organize these words in a diagram? Use a spider web!

                                                     People --- CRIME---Types
                                                                   Case elements

People: suspect, witness, detective, murderer/victim, accomplice, innocent/guilty...
Types: strangle, kill, poison, stab, murder...
Case elements: clue, footprints, fingerprints, alibi, weapon, magnifying glass (picture), handcuffs...

Finally, write a report on your experience. When did you go? Who did you go with? Did you like the play? Mention characterization, music, props, dressing, hairdressing and make-up, acting. What's the secret of its success? Keep the secret!!

St Martin's Theatre, Covent Garden, London-16March2010.jpgDID YOU KNOW?
The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha ChristieThe Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012. It is the longest running show (of any type) of the modern era. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.

More info in


ALL: Halloween time!!

ESO 1: Short film "The friendly ghost".

True or False
1) The ghost's name is Caspian.
2) The boys receive candy after saying "trick or treat".
3) The boys didn't know Casper was a real ghost.
4) The girl's name is Mary.
5) There are two violinists and two guitarists at the party.

Extra: The girl isn't scared of the ghost. Why? Because...


ESO3 and 4: Short film "Selfie"

Choose the correct answer
1.What kind of fim is the girl watching?
a) Comedy  b) Horror  c) Action
2. What's not her hobby?
a) Puzzle games  b) Photography  c) Chess
3. What is she preparing in the microwave?
a) Pop corn  b) Chips  c) Nachos
4. What Halloween elements can't you see in the decoration?
a) Jack-o'-lantern  b) Bats and witches  c) Skull
5. What did she found in the last piece of the puzzle?
a) Nothing   b) A mask  c) A monster

Extra: Whats do these times refer to? 2:20  2:07
Were you scared? Why? Was the end expected or unexpected?

ESO3: Can you talk about her hobbies? Use the expressions you have learnt (she's into... she's a fan of... she's interested in...)
ESO4: What does she look like? Use the vocabulary you've learnt (She's wearing...)

Do you know any scary story? Share it!

And remember we have many mysterious books at the English Department library! Do you dare????
By the way, if you are into R.L.Stine's The Nighmare Room, i.e. "Pesadillas", here you have an episode you can watch (part 1 and 2): "Don't forget me" and

More films:

ESO1: F-T-T-F-F. Because she's a ghost, too!
ESO3&4 bcaba
ESO3: films, puzzles, cooking, photography, fashion/costumes...
ESO4: make-up, ring, piercing, black nail polish...

ESO1: Games with vocabulary (family and body)

Watch this video and snap your fingers!

Do you know this family? What members of the family can you name? Father, mother... Husband, wife... The text below will help you!

The slogan of the film is "weird is relative"... what's the double meaning of "relative"?

Gomez Addams - the head of the household, as long as its okay with Morticia. Independently wealthy allowing him to spend his time enjoying all sorts of activities with his family. Loves sword fighting, blowing up his trains, and all forms of competition. 

Morticia Addams - Gomez' beautiful wife. Especially enjoys any sort of activity with Gomez, and almost always beats him at whatever they do. Seems to have a real knack for some things - such as interior decorating, painting, and playwriting

Wednesday Addams - 12 year old daughter of Gomez and Morticia. Respects her parents and follows their example very closely. She resembles Morticia when Morticia was young. She is described to the police as: "Wears her hair in long dark braids, has the most innocent face, and likes to carry a scalpel"  Enjoys being with her brother and especially enjoys attempts to torture him and hear him scream.

Pugsley Addams - younger 9-year old brother of Wednesday. More than anyone else in the family, Pugsley sometimes acts almost normal - to the dismay of the family who get very worried about him. His famous scream is a staple of the show. Pugsley loves animals of all types. He is very good at checkers.

Fester Addams - is Gomez' unmarried younger brother. Loves bombs, explosives, grenades, and explosions in general.

Eudora Addams - Gomez and Fester's Mama. She's a witch with a licence from the Department of Witchcraft and is also a doctor (witch doctor?). Her spells are a bit rusty and often don't work. But she tries really hard and cooks up great meals for the family. Wednesday and Pugsley call her "Grandmama". Eudora loves soap operas.

Lurch - the devoted family butler. The 8 foot tall serious deep-voiced Lurch puts the family ahead of himself and is often very insecure. Does all the household chores except for the cooking. He is color blind. Lurch enjoys and is very good at Poker.

Thing - Thing T. Thing - a disembodied hand that lives with the family and helps around the house. Talks through sign language and drinks through his fingers. He has his own little room, complete with a little bed

They have a special pet... it's a hand! Do you remember the body parts we learnt with the rap song?
Here you have more songs about the body:
Image of a Human Head
Can you name the parts of this face? :)

And now, test yourself with these games with body parts!
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