KET – Keep on learning


Here is a little reminder of what we have been working in class.

Past simple negatives and questions.

  • We use didn’t (did not) with the infinitive to make the negative form of the past simple:

 The train didn’t go through the tunnel.

  • We use did with the infinitive to make questions:

Did he fly across Asia?

  • REMEMBER to use the infinitive not the past simple form:

She didn’t see the film. NOT she didn’t saw…          Did you go to the park? NOT Did you went …...

Lets see if you can complete these simple exercises:

  1. I __________ (not do) my English homework ______ night.
  2. Andrea and I _________ (not meet) ________ 2011.
  3. He ________ (not send) me a text message yesterday ________ four o’clock. 

Make questions for these answers: 

  1. A hundred people were on the plane.
  2. I walked about six kilometres.
  3. The exam was 2 hours. 




Hello, we have started a new year. Its time to get down and start studying! during the upcoming months until the official Cambridge Exam in June I will be uploading some exercises to reinforce the work we have been doing in class. At the end of every month there will be a reward for the student who has completed the most exercises from the blog! So lets get started.

This month we have started on Unit 4 – Transport. Lets practice some prepositions of movement:

use-. by, in or on

  1. go _______ car.
  2. be _______ a taxi.
  3. go _______ the underground.
  4. go _______ by train.
  5. be _______ a bus.
  6. go _______ foot.
  7. go _______ ferry.
  8. be _______ a car.

Cross out the letters to reveal the words:

  1. u a n c d r e s r d d  –  The yacht is going __________ the bridge.
  2. t a o w a r y d f t h r o g m h  – Why are you walking ___________ me ?
  3. t b e h t r w o e e u g a h r – We went ___________ a very long tunnel.
  4. r o a l u n o b n e t g – He’s cycling __________ the road to his house.
  5. o t o u t w o a i r n t d s – This path goes ____________ the sea.
  6. b a c e r t o w s e i e t o n – My motorbike is __________ the blue car and the red one.

Remember to sign in and leave your answers on the commentaries!!

Music and Emotion

Music and Emotion

Music plays a large part in our daily lifes. Have you ever thought about how songs can affect your emotions?

Lets find out which songs you would choose….

  • If you were feeling sad and you wanted  to feel more cheerful
  • If you were feeling down and you wanted to feel even worse
  • If you were feeling furious about something or somebody
  • If you were feeling stressed or nervous about something and wanted to calm down
  • If you wanted to create a romantic atmosphere for a special dinner
  • If you were feeling excited and were getting ready to go out for the evening
  • If you were falling in love

Share your answers so we can compare with other students



Lets see how well you remember the idioms from the last post. Read the text below and replace the underlined phrases from the idioms you have learnt.

When I was at university in London, I used to love to pop into town on a Saturday afternoon and take a break from (1)discussing work with my classmates. Unfortunately, since I was a student and I had to be careful with my money, I usually ended up (2) just looking. If, on the odd occasion, I did need to buy something, I had to (3) search for the best price and went (4) around in a panic to find the best deal. I have my first job now and don’t live in London anymore. When I get the chance to go back, I usually (5) buy lots of things and (6) carry on shopping until I am exhausted. It’s all very exciting but I (7) rush around and knock things over as I try to find what I’m looking for.

  • Do you think the writer is male or female? How do you know?
  • What are the differences between the way men and women shop?

Post your answers below



Idioms Task

Idioms Task

Hello!! Welcome back!!

Lets see how well you know your idioms. The idioms below all refer to shopping. Lets see how many you get right. leave a message with your answers.

Match the idioms using the word “shop” to the definitions.

1.    To shop around A.   To discuss work issues in your free time
2.    To shop until you drop B.   To tell the police that someone has committed a crime
3.    To talk shop C.   To be disorganised and confused
4.    To go window shopping D.   To rush around and knock things over
5.    To shoplift E.   To buy many things (often without thinking too much about the cost)
6.    To shop someone F.    To look around the shops but buy nothing
7.    To be all over the shop G.   To go shopping until you are so tired you can’t carry on
8.    To be like a bull in a china shop H.   To look for the best price
9.    To go on a shopping spree I.      To steal something from a shop






Planning Process

  1. Read task carefully. Underline most important parts; focus on the question that your essay MUST
  2. Brainstorm ideas based on the 3 bullet points.
  3. Choose the 2 bullet point you have the most ideas about.
  4. Brainstorm ways to express your ideas and the quotes in the task using advanced grammar:
  • Inversions: Not only is/do…..but also… Rarely/seldom do people….
  • Double comparatives: The cheaper the…., the more popular…
  • Participle clauses: Being a keen shopper myself,… Having bought many products online,….
  • Advanced linkers: Despite the fact that…., ….. due to the fact that = because
  1. Plan your introduction:
  • An interesting way to introduce the topic.
  • Formal questions that the essay will answer.
  1. Plan your conclusion: Focus on answering the question you underlined in step 1.
  2. Reread carefully checking for:
  • Repetition of words/structures.
  • Boring/informal vocabulary.
  • Also Furthermore/moreover. Because due/owing to the fact that. Although In spite of the fact that. However nonetheless/nevertheless.
  • Have you answered the question completely?