Cristina Sánchez

I am an enthusiastic teacher at a school for girls in Madrid, Spain. After having experienced firsthand the great delight there is in teaching and learning and how much this opens doors worldwide, I now want to encourage my students to take English as an essential tool for life. With it I'm sure they will find their own way towards the understanding of new cultures, new people, and also of themselves, which will enable them to carry Orvalle and its values far, far away.
Cristina Sánchez has written 35 posts for Orvalle Speaks English

PAU Exam- Tips

Here are some tips that will help you in your PAU exams. We will be discussing each of them in class, but as for now, stick to them and I’m sure you’ll benefit from it!! QUESTION 1: – Write TRUE or FALSE, and not T or F. – Justify your answer with a sentence from the … Continue reading

First Certificate Exam

  READING AND USE OF ENGLISH: 1. Multiple-choice cloze (text with 8 gaps and a choice of 4 answers for each gap) 2. Open cloze (text with 8 gaps to be completed with one word) 3. Word formation (text with 8 gaps to be completed with the correct form of a given word) 4. Key … Continue reading

Extra practice- Passive and Causative

A. 1. Was issued 2. Right. 3. Has… been confirmed. 4. Had been invited 5. Was invented. 6. Was discussed 7. Right. 8. Was invaded. 9. Right. 10. Being treated. 11. Were shown. 12. Right.   B. 1. Were found. 2. To be shown. 3. Were asked. 4. Being given. 5. Were written. 6. Is … Continue reading

Extra practice conditionals- Key

37.1. 3. would take 4. refused 5. wouldn’t get 6. closed down 7. pressed 8. would be 9. didn’t come 10. borrowed 11. walked 12. would understand 37.2 2. What would you do if your car was stolen? 3. What would you do if you lost your passport? 4. What would you do if there … Continue reading

Education around the world

Have a look at the different classes in different parts of the world, through pictures taken by photographer Julian Germain http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/08/20/classroom-portraits-julian-germain/ In about 20 minutes, discuss these pictures with your partner using as much vocabulary and speaking as much as possible. Some sample questions to talk about: – Do you think these children have an easy … Continue reading

Extra exercises on Modals- Key

Here’s the key to the exercises I gave you on modals. Check it all and make sure you solve all your doubts with your teacher! A. 1. speak; 2. Right; 3. be able to; 4. could/was able to; 5. could/was able to; 6. could; 7. have got; 8. Right; 9. Able; 10. play B. 1. … Continue reading

English Day preparation 2015

Dear students, ENGLISH DAY is really close!! We must get ready for it, so here’s the list of topics where you can choose from for your group work: Films: Mary Poppins The Sound of Music To kill a Mocking Bird The Man who shot Liberty Valance My Fair Lady Lawrence of Arabia The Great Escape … Continue reading

Motivational videos

Here’s a selection of the motivational links most students sent to me several months ago. Now it’s time to blow the dust off them and use them, since they will be used for your upcoming listening exam next week. Some of them will be shown in class, whereas the rest of them will remain in … Continue reading

CAE Reading Paper 1 Part 3

Here are the answers to the third part of CAE Reading: 13C; 14B; 15D; 16D; 17A; 18B; 19C Hope you’ve done well!!

CAE Reading Paper 1 Part 4: Solutions

20 D: Zirker’s explanations are clear and sharp, although don’t expect him to lead you by the hand (which means, “don’t expect him to make the explanations easy”) 21 A: The author says that she had previously believed Barbara Kingsolver’s books were too sentimental but recently she has discovered that it is not true (“I … Continue reading

Listening solved

Here’s the listening script of the listening exercise we did in class last week. I hope it helps you understand it a bit better and become familiar with this kind and level of listenings: It has been four years since uprisings in the Middle East ended a long period of stability. Most observers believe 2015 … Continue reading

Getting ready to LISTEN!

Here’s a short list of links you can access to prepare for your coming Listening Exam. I will plan for you a listening activity on one of the listenings from the following links, which will require from you to get used to this kind of speeches and to listen to some of them before the … Continue reading

Homework PAU practice 2

Dear students, I’m sorry not to be able to be with you today. However, and as I told you yesterday, I would like you to have the document I’m attaching to this post (click on the title and you’ll see the link), so that you keep praticing for the PAU exam next year. List it … Continue reading

Homework 1st Bachillerato

Dear students, I hope you had a wonderful time in Navarra, I’m sure it’s been worth it!! As I told you I was going to do, here is the homework I expect you to do for next Tuesday: complete Student’s Book pages 26 to 28 and workbook page 17. I would like you to carefully … Continue reading

State and action verbs

Action verbs (also called dynamic verbs) express activities, processes, momentary actions or physical conditions, whereas some other verbs (state verbs) are not usually used in the present continuous because they describe states not actions (states or conditions that are relatively static). These are usually: 1. VERBS OF FEELING: like, love, hate, want, prefer, need 2. … Continue reading

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