dijous, 16 d’abril del 2015


The PASSIVE VOICE is used when focusing on the person or thing affected by an action.
The Passive is formed: Passive Subject + To Be + Past Participle

It is often used in business and in other areas where the object of the action is more important than those who perform the action. 
  • We have produced over 20 different models in the past two years. Changes to: Over 20 different models have been produced in the past two years.
If the agent (the performer of the action) is important, use "by" 
  • Tim Wilson wrote "The Flight to Brunnswick" in 1987. Changes to:"The Flight to Brunnswick" was written in 1987 by Tim Wilson.
Only verbs that take an object can be used in the passive.
The following chart includes sentences changed from the active to the passive in the principal tenses.
They make Fords in Cologne.Fords are made in Cologne.Present Simple
Susan is cooking dinner.Dinner is being cooked by SusanPresent Continuous
James Joyce wrote "Dubliners"."Dubliners" was written by James Joyce.Past Simple
They were painting the house when I arrived.The house was being painted when I arrived.Past Continuous
They have produced over 20 models in the past two years.Over 20 models have been produced in the past two years.Present Perfect
They are going to build a new factory in Portland.A new factory is going to be built in Portland.Future Intention with Going to
I will finish it tomorrow.It will be finished tomorrow.Future Simple
Now you can check your understanding with these quizzes:
If you want more explanations about the passive voice you can go to Grammar Explanations - Passive Voice. Now we are going to do some exercises to practise with the passive voice. Do as much of them as you can! And If you finish and want to do some more you can go to agendaweb - passive.

dijous, 12 de març del 2015


Conditional sentences are usually divided into two parts (called clauses): the if part and the main clause. Here you have some information about the form, uses and examples of these types of sentences. Thre is also information at Conditionalsentences. If you want to make a diagram and send it to mceide@xtec.cat you'll have an extra mark.

Now you are ready to do the following exercises about conditionals.
If you need more practice you will find more exercises at agendaweb.


-AL    condition, quality arrive –arrival
approve – approval
deny –denial
propose –proposal
refuse – refusal
dismiss – dismissal
-ANCE / ENCE     action, state, condition or quality attend –attendance
accept –acceptance
prefer – preference
insure – insurance
refer – reference
exist –existence
-ATION / TION  action or resulting state educate – education
inform – information
eliminate – elimination
declare – declaration
combine – combination
immigrate – immigration
-SION  action or resulting state  confuse – confusion
decide – decision
divide –division
revise – revision
impress – impression
-URE   action or resulting state depart – departure
erase – erasure
fail – failure
enclose – enclosure
press – pressure
legislate – legislature
-MENT  state, act, condition agree– agreement
pay – payment
employ – employment
argue – argument
punish – punishment
govern – government
-AGE  action, state, process break – breakage
post – postage
pack – package
pass – passage
bag– baggage
marry – marriage
-ING action, state, process bless – blessing
land – landing
write – writing
feed – feeding
end –ending
seat – seating
-ERY location, collective, behavior condition cream – creamery
slave (n.) – slavery
bake –bakery
brave (adj.) – bravery
brew – brewery
machine (n.) – machinery

You can practice noun suffixes in the following exercises:

EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI (optional activity)

A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The extent of the devastation is still unclear but there are fears thousands of people may have died. If you want more information about this natural disaster you can have a look at the CNN or the BBC news.
In STOP DISASTERS! you can play a disaster simulation game from the UN/ISDR and learn how you can help to prevent this. Click on PLAY GAME and start your plan to reconstruct a safer environment for your population. You must assess the disaster risk and try to limit the damage when natural hazzards strike.

dijous, 19 de febrer del 2015


Search this website about inventions and find the answers to the questions. Click on 'next' to find more answers. You don't need to understand all the words. When you finish send the questionnaire with the answers to mceide@xtec.cat with inventions in the subject of the message. Do it before your next class in the computer room.
  1. What did Thomas Edison invent?
  2. How are microwaves better than ovens?
  3. What should you never put in a microwave?
  4. In the past, what did people used to use as an alarm clock?
  5. How much money will be spent on computer games this year?
  6. When was the first games console made?
  7. Why is the pencil in the picture clever?
  8. When was the radio invented?
  9. We can use ____ ________ to speak to people without actually talking to them!
  10. Which invention here do you use the most? How often?

diumenge, 11 de gener del 2015


This week we are going to practice the contents in UNIT 4 – WHAT NEXT?


We need to understand different forms to express the future in English. Study carefully this mind map before doing some exercises to practise these verb tenses.

In the following links you will find exercises to practice the future:

    If you want more practise with the future go to agendaweb - future. There you'll find lot's of exercises.

    In this unit you are also going to learn to write formal letters. Click on the picture and you'll enter a website with information about writing this type of letters. If you need more information about writing sentences or paragraphs you can go to the following links:

    Now you've read the information carefully, you're ready to write your own formal letter. Compose a letter applying for admission to a school abroad. Say what you would like to study and why you have chosen that particular school. Include your qualifications. Remember you want to convince them to accept you!

    You have to send your letter to mceide@xtec.cat with FORMAL LETTER in the subject of the message. Do it before your next class in the computer room.