Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Trinity. Special occasions


1.      What is your favourite special occasion?
2.      Do you like celebrating your birthday?
3.      What do you usually do for your birthday?
4.      When is your birthday?
5.      Have you ever travelled for your birthday?
6.      What are you going to do for your next birthday?
7.      How old will you be this year?
8.      Would you rather receive a huge present or have a big party for your birthday?
9.      Will you go to New York for your 20th birthday?
10. Who do you celebrate your birthday with?
11. Have you ever been to a wedding, a Christening or a first communion?
12. Tell me about the best party you had

More questions:

  • Have you ever visited an amusement park?
    • If so, what was it called?
    • Where was it?
  • What has been the best amusement park you have ever visited? Why?
  • Was it expensive?
  • Are you afraid of going on scary amusement park rides? 
  • How much does it cost to enter? 
  • Do you have any plans to go to an amusement park in the near future?

  • How are birthdays celebrated in your country?
  • How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
  • What is your best birthday memory?
  • What is your worst birthday memory?
  • Have you ever had a surprise birthday party for yourself or someone else?
  • What is the best birthday gift/present you have ever received?
  • What is the worst birthday gift/present you have ever received?
  • What are some things you like to do for your birthday? 
  • In your opinion, What is the best time of year to have a birthday?
  • Whose birthday do you always remember?
  • Among your close friends and relatives, whose birthday is coming up next?
  • About how many birthday gifts or cards do you send or give to people each year?
  • Have you ever forgotten someone's birthday that you should have remembered? 
  • What is the best birthday present you have ever received?
  • What is the best birthday present you have ever given?
  • What is the worst birthday present you have ever received?
  • What is the worst birthday present you have ever given? 
  • If you could celebrate your own birthday the way you wanted, what would you do?
    • Where would you like to go?
    • How many people would you invite?
  • Would you rather celebrate your birthday with just your relatives or just your friends?
  • Do you remember what gifts you received on your last birthday?
  • What would you like to get most for your birthday this year?
  • Is the cost of a present important to you?
  • What kind of gift do you usually prepare for your friend's birthday?
    • Your mother's?
    • What about for other family members?
  • How do you celebrate your birthday?
  • Can you tell me about the wedding traditions in your country? 
  • Describe the wedding you've been to or heard about.
      • Who got married? What did you do?
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Present simple: Activities

Trinity: Festivals

FESTIVALS. More questions to practise:

1. What is your favourite festival?
2. When do you celebrate this festival?
3. What does your family do for this festival?
4. Who do you celebrate this festival with?
5. What did you do last (festival)?
6. What is this festival about?
7. How long do you celebrate this holiday for?
8. What do you prefer: Easter or Carnival? Why?
9. Would you rather celebrate this festival with your friends or your family? Why?
10. Are you going to celebrate this festival this/next year? 
11. Do you think you will always celebrate this festival?
22. What do you do on New Year's Eve?

  • Why do we celebrate Easter?
  • Do you celebrate Easter in your country?
  • How do you celebrate Easter in your country?
  • Do you have any special family traditions?
  • Do you celebrate Easter?
  • What do you do to celebrate it?
  • Do you consider it an important holiday? Why or why not? 

  • Did it snow last year at Christmas? 
  • Did you enjoy last Christmas?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in your country?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in a special way?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional way?
  • Do you have a traditional Christmas?
  • Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas?
  • Do you eat a turkey dinner for your Christmas dinner?
  • Do you enjoy Christmas time?
  • Do you enjoy singing Christmas songs? 
  • Do you go to church on Christmas day?
  • Do you hang up a stocking?
  • Do you have a Christmas party at school?
  • Do you have a Christmas tree?
  • If so, how do you decorate it?
  • Is it real or artificial?
  • Do you see your relatives at Christmas time?
  • Do you think we will have a white Christmas this year?
  • Do you usually put up Christmas decorations in your house? (Do you usually decorate your home?)
  • Does your family have any special Christmas traditions?
  • Does your town get decorated at Christmas?
  • What kind of decorations?
  • Have you ever celebrated Christmas in a foreign country?
  • Have you ever made your own Christmas cards?
  • If so, how did you make them?
  • How do you usually spend New Year's Eve? How about New Year's Day?
  • How long do you keep your Christmas tree up after Christmas?
  • How long is your Christmas vacation?
  • How many Christmas cards did you receive last year?
  • How many Christmas cards did you send? 
  • How many presents do you usually receive? 
  • If you could go anywhere during Christmas vacation, where would you go?
  • What are some popular foods for the Christmas season? 
  • What did you do last year on Christmas Day?
  • How did you celebrate Christmas last year?
  • What do you eat on Christmas Day?
  • What do you usually do for Christmas?
  • What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?
  • What does your family eat for Christmas dinner?
  •  What is Christmas like in your country?
  • What is the best Christmas present you have ever gotten?
  • What is the most expensive Christmas present you have ever had?
  • What is the typical menu for a Christmas meal in your family? (... in your country?)
  • What is the weather like in your country around Christmas time?
  •  What is your favorite Christmas carol?
  • What is your favorite Christmas song?
  • What kind of interesting things do you do for Christmas in your home country?
  • What kind of presents do you expect to get next Christmas?
  • What time do you wake up on Christmas day? 
  • What time does your family open the presents?
  •  What was the best present your received last Christmas? 
  • What will you do next Christmas? 
  • What's your favorite Christmas song?
  •  When do you open Christmas presents? (On what day? At what time?) 
  • Who would you like to be with at Christmas? 
  • Will you spend Christmas vacation with your family or your friends?
  • Will you travel abroad during the Christmas vacation?
  • Would you like to go skating during Christmas vacation?
  •  What did you get for Christmas?
  • Do you go skiing at Christmas time?
  •  Which comes first, Christmas or New Year's Eve? 
  • What traditional ways of welcoming the New Year do you have in your family or in your region?
  • Are children allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve in your country?
  • Are there any special meals or activities for New Year's day? 
  • Did you celebrate New Year's Eve? What did you do? 


  • What day of the month is halloween?
  • How is halloween celebrated in your country?
  •  Why do you like to celebrate Halloween? 
  • Would you go out and trick or treat? Who would you go with?
  • Do you know any Halloween legends? 
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Trinity: GESE 5

GESE 5 is an oral exam with 2 parts.the topic (5 minutes) and the conversation (5 minutes.

The grammmar structures and functions you will have to use in the topic and in the conversation phase are:

Language functions

  •  Talking about the future — informing and predicting
  • Expressing preferences
  • Talking about events in the indefinite and recent past
  • Giving reasons
  • Stating the duration of events
  • Quantifying


  • Present perfect tense including use with for, since, ever, never, just
  •  Connecting clauses using because
  •  Will referring to the future for informing and predicting
  • Adjectives and adverbials of quantity, e.g. a lot (of), not very much, many
  • Expressions of preference, e.g. I prefer, I’d rather


  •  Vocabulary specific to the topic area
  • Vocabulary specific to the subject areas
  •  Expressions relating to past and future time, e.g. two days ago, in the future
  • Phrases and expressions relating to the language functions listed above


  • The correct pronunciation of vocabulary specific to the topic and subject areas
  • The combination of weak forms and contractions, e.g. I’ve been to ...
  • Avoidance of speech patterns of recitation (Don't memorize, please!)

Two subject areas will be selected by the examiner from the list below in the conversation phase.
- Festivals
- Means of transport
- Special occasions, e.g. birthday celebrations
- Entertainment, e.g. cinema, television, clubs
- Music
- Recent personal experiences

You have also to use easier structures and functions (GESE4)

Language functions
  • Talking about past events
  • Talking about future plans and intentions
  • Expressing simple comparisons
  •  Expressing likes and dislikes
  •  Describing manner and frequency
  • Past simple tense of regular and common irregular verbs
  • Going to future
  • Like + gerund/infinitive, e.g. I like shopping, I like to read books
  • Adverbs of manner and frequency
  • Comparatives and superlatives of adjectives
  • Link word but
  •  Vocabulary specific to the topic area
  • Vocabulary specific to the subject areas
  • Adverbs of frequency, e.g. sometimes, often, never
  • Adverbial phrases of frequency, e.g. every day, once a week
  • Expressions of past time, e.g. yesterday, last night
  • Phrases and expressions relating to the language functions listed above
  •  The correct pronunciation of vocabulary specific to the topic and subject areas
  •  Appropriate weak forms and intonation in connected speech
  • Three different ways of pronouncing ‘ed’ past tense endings, e.g. played, walked, wanted
  •  Avoidance of speech patterns of recitation
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Present simple

Trinity: Means of Transports

Moe questions:
  • Have you got a bicycle?
    • If so, when did you get it?
    • How much did it cost?
    • How often do you ride it?
    • Do you always wear a helmet?
    • What colour is it?
  • Have you got a car?
  • Do you often use public transportation?
  • Do you ride a bicycle more than once a week?
  • Do you always wear a seat belt?
  • Have you ever been in a traffic accident?
  • How do you get to school?
    • How long does it take?
    • How much is the bus fare or the train fare?
  • How many times have you traveled by airplane? 
  • Is there any environmentally-friendly transportation in your area? 
  • What do you think is the most dangerous form of transportation? Why?
  • What do you usually do when you have a long journey?
    • Do you read?
    • Do you sleep?
  • What is your favourite kind of car? Why? 
  •  What kind of transportation do you use most often? 
  • What's your favourite colour for a car?
  • What's your favourite form of transportation?
  • When was the last time you went by bus? 
  • Would you like to go on a cruise? Why or why not?
  • Do you sometimes take a taxi (cab)?
  • How important do you think it is to use public transportation? 
  • Do you have good public transportation where you live?
  • Have you ever travelled by subway/metro/underground ?

1. How do you go to school? What about yesterday?
2. What means of transport do you take when you go on holiday?
3. What's your favourite means of transport?
4. Would you rather travel by helicopter or plane?
5. Have you ever been on a plane?
6. How long does it take to get to Madrid by train/bus/car?
7. Have you ever had a fun/bad/funny… experience on a train?
8. What means of transport will you use tomorrow?
9. How often do you go to Madrid by train/bus/car?
10. Would you like to be a pilot when you grow up?
11. What do you prefer the bus or the train. Why?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Let's start with grammar: Possessives

Trinity. Entertaiment (Cinema, television, clubs...)


1.      What do you prefer: television programmes or films?
2.      What is your favourite TV programme?
3.      Why do you like it?
4.      When was the first time you saw this programme?
5.      Have you ever been to a live concert?
6.      What is your favourite song by your favourite artist?
7.      Are you going to watch your favourite programme today?
8.      How often do you watch this programme?
9.      Will this TV programme still be your favourite programme when you are 30 years old?
10.  Why do you think so?
11. Can you play any instrument?
12. Have you ever joined a club?
13. How long have you been in this club?