Thursday, January 31, 2013

Story Pyramid Instructions


The story pyramid doesn't have to be written in complete sentences.  Instead,
try to think of the most descriptive, most important words to describe each element of your book.
Book Title

1- Write the name of the main character
• 2- two words describing the main character
• 3- three words describing the setting
• 4- four words stating the story’s problem
• 5- five words describing the first important event in the story.
• 6- six words describing a second important event.
• 7- seven words describing a third important event.
• 8- eight words describing the solution to the problem.


1 Mitchell
2 Intelligent Ambicious
3 Firm corruption joining
4 Murder associates taxes FBI
5 Extrench dead boat lawyer investigation 
6 Authorities contact Character explain illegal activity 
7 Trick Girl Photos blackmail quiet kill secrecy
8 Wife silence approach police help husband against criminals

Book Title: The Grapes of Wrath
Author: John Steinbeck

1 Joad
2 American family
3 The dust bowl
4 Find a better life
5 Moved to California for work
6 Sadness and suffering on the road
7 They are betrayed by chiefs and society
8 Laws that encourage a better lifestyle for everyone.

Round the world in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

1- Fogg
• 2- Calm, habits
• 3- London, India, America
• 4- Bet, travel, robbery, confusion
• 5- Robbery, London, bet, travel, world
• 6- India, Passepartout, save, Aouda, widow, priests.
• 7- America, Train, Indians, Shots, Fogg, rescue, Passepartout
• 8- Steamer, Liverpool, one, day, early, win, bet, marriage.

Book Title: Tales of Mistery and Imagination

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

1. Roderick

2. Sick Anxious

3. Old Dark Mysterious

4. Ghosts in the house

5. Friend come to the house

6. Stange things happen in his room

7. A ghost try to enter the room

8. The friend escape from the house very fast


1.- Bell
2.- terribly evil
3.- England, thirtyes decade
4.- human relations among neighbors
5.- a murder in strange circumstances
6.- the loving relationship between two woman
7.- Second protagonist able to kill for money
8.- second protagonist goes to prission rejected by all

The Body
Stephen KING

1. Gordon
2. Unwanted child
3. a dangerous forest
4. Desapereance of a boy
5. Adventure of four american teenagers
6. Looking for a young boy disappeared
7. Four friends facing dangers on their way
8. Four friends discovering how cruel the world is

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Unexplained Phenomena - Language of Speculation

What is the difference between:
a fact - something that can be observed or measured and
a theory - a possible explanation that has not been proven

Watch the video and see which are facts and which are theories in these mysteries. What language of speculation are they using.
 Remember speculative words and phrases are often used such as:
may                             might              could
It seems/appears...       It´s possible...
We suspect...               We think/believe

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Friday, January 11, 2013

English Reading Circle at IIE Library


Monthly reading club to learn about contemporary American literature through reading, blogging and group discussion.

All the selected short stories are from The New Yorker magazine fiction section and can be read online.

As a reading club participant you also have the option of communicating with the group previously or after the meeting through the blog:

The Reading Circle is free for members of the Library (find out here how to be “Friend of the Library”) and has a symbolic cost of 3€ per session for non-members.

We encourage you to become a “Friend of the Library- adult” category (30€ - 6 months and 60€ -1 year). You can find more details in Spanish here.

The minimum English level required is high-intermediate justified with a certificate or a level test from our English Department.

The colloquium will be held at the library one Wednesday per month from 14:30 to 15:30 from October until June.

The leader and moderator is Peter Savaiano, teacher from the International Institute English program.

The cycle 2012-2013 is about “Other Voices and Other Cultures in the Contemporary American Short Story”
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IIE Library English Resources


Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 a 21:00
Saturdays 10:00 a 14:00
Acces to the library catalog: IIE Catalog

Our library has an extensive selection of books, movies and music in English. 
As a student at the International Institute you have free access to the library. 
Of special interest to you is the selection of leveled readers books. Level
reader books are books that help you build reading confidence in
English through accessible language and a variety of appealing topics.
The stories are classic literature that has been adapted to
various reading levels.

Of special interest:
Level reader booksBooks that help you build reading confidence inEnglish through accessible language and a variety of appealing topics.The stories are classic literature that has been adapted tovarious reading levels.
Speak Up series: This magazine is for English language learners witharticles and interviews. It also has movies that come with movie guidesto help you understand the movie better.
VIDEOSThe library also has an extensive selection of videos of original versionmovies in English. As well as a series of movies that have
English Reading Circle
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Improve your English through Reading


Republished from

Josef Essberger

Right now you are reading English. That means that you are using your brain in a very active way. Reading is a very active process. It is true that the writer does a lot of work, but the reader also has to work hard. When you read a text, you have to do some or all of these:
  • imagine a scene in your head
  • understand clearly what the writer is trying to say
  • agree or disagree with the writer

Advantages of Reading

When you learn a language, listening, speaking and writing are important, but reading can also be very helpful. There are many advantages associated with reading, including:

Learning Vocabulary In Context

You will usually encounter new words when you read. If there are too many new words for you, then the level is too high and you should read something simpler. But if there are, say, a maximum of five new words per page, you will learn this vocabulary easily. You may not even need to use a dictionary because you can guess the meaning from the rest of the text (from the context). Not only do you learn new words, but you see them being used naturally.

A Model For Writing

When you read, it gives you a good example for writing. Texts that you read show you structures and expressions that you can use when you write.

Seeing "Correctly Structured" English

When people write, they usually use "correct" English with a proper grammatical structure. This is not always true when people speak. So, by reading you see and learn grammatical English naturally.

Working At Your Own Speed

You can read as fast or as slowly as you like. You can read ten pages in 30 minutes, or take one hour to explore just one page. It doesn't matter. The choice is yours. You cannot easily do this when speaking or listening. This is one of the big advantages of reading because different people work at different speeds.

Personal Interest

If you choose something to read that you like, it can actually be interesting and enjoyable. For example, if you like to read about football in your own language, why not read about football in English? You will get information about football and improve your English at the same time.

Five Tips for Reading

Tip #1

Try to read at the right level. Read something that you can (more or less) understand. If you need to stop every three words to look in a dictionary, it is not interesting for you and you will soon be discouraged.

Tip #2

Make a note of new vocabulary. If there are four or five new words on a page, write them in your vocabulary book. But you don't have to write them while you read. Instead, try to guess their meaning as you read; mark them with a pen; then come back when you have finished reading to check in a dictionary and add them to your vocabulary book.

Tip #3

Try to read regularly. For example, read for a short time once a day. Fifteen minutes every day is better than two hours every Sunday. Fix a time to read and keep to it. For example, you could read for fifteen minutes when you go to bed, or when you get up, or at lunchtime.

Tip #4

Be organised. Have everything ready:
  • something to read
  • a marker to highlight difficult words
  • a dictionary
  • your vocabulary book
  • a pen to write down the new words
Tip #5
Read what interests YOU. Choose a magazine or book about a subject that you like.

Things to Read


You can find English-language newspapers in all large cities around the world. Newspapers are interesting because they are about real life and the news. BUT they are not easy to read. Try reading newspapers if your level is intermediate or above.
Some British newspapers:
  • The Telegraph
  • The Times
  • The Independent
  • The Guardian
  • The Financial Times (business)
  • The Sunday Times
Some American newspapers:
  • The International Herald Tribune
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal (business)


Some magazines are published weekly, some monthly. You can find English-language magazines in many large cities around the world. If you cannot find the magazine you want in your town, you may be able to order it for delivery. Many magazines have pictures which can help your understanding. You will need an intermediate level for most magazines, but a pre-intermediate level may be ok for some magazines.
There are magazines on every subject:
  • Politics
  • Sport
  • The House
  • Cars
  • Music
  • Romance
  • Travel
  • Language
  • etc


Books are divided mainly into:
  • Non-fiction (history, biography, travel, cooking etc)
  • Fiction (stories and novels)
Some books are easier to read than others. It often depends on the author. Agatha Christie, for example, wrote in an easier style and with simpler vocabulary than Stephen King. You can buy books in specialised English-language bookshops in large cities around the world. You may also be able to find some English-language books in libraries. And if you have a British Council in your city, you can borrow many English-language books from their library.

Short Stories

Short stories can be a good choice when learning a language because they are...short. It's like reading a whole book in a few pages. You have all the excitement of a story in a book, but you only have to read 5,000 or 10,000 words. So you can quite quickly finish the story and feel that you have achieved something. Short stories are published in magazines, in books of short stories, and on the Internet. You can also find short stories at English Reading.


Readers are books that are specially published to be easy to read. They are short and with simple vocabulary. They are usually available at different levels, so you should be able to find the right level for you. Many readers are stories by famous authors in simple form. This is an excellent way for you to start practising reading.

Cornflakes Packets

By "Cornflakes Packets", we mean any product you can buy that has English writing on or with it. If you buy a box of chocolates, or a new camera, why not read the description or instructions in English? There are many such examples, and they all give you an opportunity to read real English:
  • airline tickets
  • cans or packets of food
  • bottles of drink
  • tapes and CDs
  • user guides for videos, computers...
  • etc


If you like poetry, try reading some English-language poems. They may not be easy to understand because of the style and vocabulary, but if you work at it you can usually get an idea - or a feeling - of what the poet is trying to say. You'll find some classic poems, with explanations of vocabulary, English Reading.
Good luck with your reading. It will help you make a lot of Progress!
© 2000 Josef Essberger
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English Vocabulary Unit 5

be sought looked for
be stranded
authorities officials such as the police
distress call an emergency call for help
document official paper
evidence proof
identify recognize
incident event
proof words or objects that prove something is true
intuition what your inner feelings tell you is true
theory scientific explanation that may or may not be true
vanished  disappeared suddenly
outcome result

malfunction failure or error
only child
outskirts outside of the city limits
premises building or other specific location
run into
seemingly appears to be so
inexplicable without an explanation
devoted dedicated

have a lot in common
to say the least
twist of fate
out of the ordinary unusual or different
can’t tell two people apart
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Police Mystery Story-Responding in English

Read Story and add a comment about the story here or email it to me. 

New Theory: Jack the Ripper Was a Woman


By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 10, 2012 9:30 AM CDT | Updated May 13, 2012 9:58 AM CDT

(NEWSER– The sadistic killer who struck London in 1888, killing five prostitutes over a 10-week span may have been ... a woman? A new book (titled the says-it-all Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman) puts forth a new theory: That Jack the Ripper was indeed a female, specifically one named Lizzie Williams, wife of royal physician Sir John Williams. Author John Morris tells the Birmingham Mail that "numerous clues scattered throughout the crimes, taken individually, may mean little, but when grouped together a strong case for a woman murderer begins to emerge."
What are these clues? For one, Lizzie was unable to bear children, which makes the fact that three of the prostitutes' wombs were removed suspect. Morris believes a crazed Lizzie Williams decided to take revenge on those who could have children, and notes that she suffered a breakdown after the murders. Supporting Morris' case: The women weren't sexually assaulted, and bits of a woman's cape, skirt, and hat were recovered from the fireplace of the final woman to die, Mary Jane Kelly. Except Kelly had never been seen wearing the items—and she was reportedly having an affair with Sir John Williams, who was himself considered a prime suspect. Lizzie Williams died in 1912, having never been interviewed about the murders.

What do you think?
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