PREPARING FORM EBAU PART I

04 Diciembre 2020 01

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

Welcome everybody to the English section of this magazine. Today we are going to focus on EBAU. Well we know it is wintertime and most of you might be thinking about Christmas holidays but, you can spend a little of your time thinking about what will come in the next few months. What we propose is that instead of lying around you can devote a little of your time to English and how to face the exam. Your teachers are teaching you what contents you need to learn. What we will do is to provide you some tips to face the exam, introduce you the parts of the exam itself, provide some examples you can find online and finally focus on the specific parts of it.

The exam lasts 90 minutes and you will be given two options, A and B, so this is the first thing you need to do, choosing one of them. The exam is fully written in English and it starts with a text of about 250-300 words with a heading that provides you the topic. There are three main parts: comprehension, use of English and Writing. The marks you will gain for each part are specified next to each of the parts.

The comprehension part includes several questions. There will be true or false questions, multiple choice or finding synonyms, antonyms or definitions.

The use of English can include several options like, filling in the gaps with the correct word (adjective/adverb/noun/verb/…) or the correct form of the verb in brackets; turning sentences into the passive voice / active voice/ reported speech / direct speech. Other activities can be the type joining sentences using an appropriate linker; rewriting sentences without changing their meaning with a given beginning; finding the mistakes and rewriting a sentence correctly; completing conditional sentences or writing a question for the underlined word(s).

Finally, the writing part is an essay 100-150 words about a given topic mainly related to the reading comprehension text provided at the beginning.

What we recommend is that you try learning as much vocab as you can, irregular verbs, linkers and some idioms, most common ones at least. Practice reading and all the activities we have mentioned before, the more you practice the easiest they will be for you. It is highly recommended you practice with real tests you can find for example in this link.

This is all for today, next time we will focus on the written part. Hope it will be useful!

BW.

Jimena González Sanz.

4 Junio 2022 1
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TRADITIONAL BRITISH DISHES YOU NEED TO TRY.

TRADITIONAL BRITISH DISHES YOU NEED TO TRY.

 

Autor: Verónica Amaro Bermejo

 

Shepherd’s Pie

 Shepherd’s Pie is primarily made from minced lamb and potatoes. Many families will make this dish using beef, but then it should actually be referred to as Cottage Pie, as shepherds only herd sheep (duh). 

Most Brits would agree that Shepherd’s Pie is best eaten at home with your family and, in fact, the dish is not often served in restaurants.

 Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a fillet of steak coated in patê and then rolled in pastry. Although the dish shares its name with the famous Duke of Wellington, it actually shares no link with the British nobility. In reality, it is thought that Beef Wellington was based around the French dish filet de bœuf en croûte (fillet of beef in pastry).

Beef Wellington is served in posh pubs and restaurants up and down the country.

 

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4 junio 2022 11
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READING COMPREHENSION.

READING COMPREHENSION.

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

 

Simply put, reading comprehension is the act of understanding what you are reading. While the definition can be simply stated, the act is not simple to teach, learn or practice. Reading comprehension is an intentional, active process that occurs before, during and after a person reads a particular piece of writing.

What is the reading process? What do we do during the reading process? The following ideas can sum up the main things that happen on each stage.

The reading process has three stages: The initial stage, prereading or before reading, then the second one that happens while reading and the third and last one is the post reading or exploring and extending your reading. 

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3 abril 2022 11
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PHRASAL VERBS

PHRASAL VERBS.

Autor: Jimena González Sanz.

 

Hi everyone! Welcome back to our English space where you can find interesting websites and ideas to improve your learning English learning. Today we are going to tackle a complex topic: phrasal verbs.

A phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or an adverb, or both. In many cases the meaning of the phrasal verb cannot be deduced from its separate elements. In addition, many phrasal verbs are polysemous i.e., they have more than one meaning. There are also difficulties with the grammar of phrasal verbs, particularly with the position of the particles, in that some phrasal verbs are ‘separable’ (the particle can be moved), while some are ‘inseparable.’ Quite apart from all this, there are literally thousands of them

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