Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Adjectives and Adverbs

Practice what you know about adjectives and adverbs

Understanding and Practing Present Perfect

Well, last week in level 4 and 5 classes, we discussed the use of Present Perfect. I found this great resource in the Internet and wanted to share it with you so you can have a better understanding of what this grammar point means. So, let's get started:

FORM: This is its magic formula .... [has/have + past participle]

You have seen that movie many times.
Have you seen that movie many times?
You have not seen that movie many times.
We can use present perfect to talk about unspecified Time Before Now.We use it to say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. The exact time is not important.

You CANNOT use the Present Perfect with specific time expressions such as: yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day, etc.

We CAN use the Present Perfect with unspecific expressions such as: ever, never, once, many times, several times, before, so far, already, yet, etc.

I have seen that movie twenty times.
I think I have met him once before.
There have been many earthquakes in California.

We use Present perfect to describe your experience
You can use the Present Perfect to describe your experience. It is like saying, "I have the experience of..." You can also use this tense to say that you have never had a certain experience. The Present Perfect is NOT used to describe a specific event.


I have been to France.
This sentence means that you have had the experience of being in France. Maybe you have been there once, or several times.

I have been to France three times.
You can add the number of times at the end of the sentence.

I have never been to France.
This sentence means that you have not had the experience of going to France.

I think I have seen that movie before.
He has never traveled by train.
Joan has studied two foreign languages.
A: Have you ever met him?
B: No, I have not met him.

We use Present perfect to describe change over time
We often use the Present Perfect to talk about change that has happened over a period of time.


You have grown since the last time I saw you.
The government has become more interested in arts education.
Japanese has become one of the most popular courses at the university since the Asian studies program was established.
My English has really improved since I moved to Australia.

We use Present perfect to describe accomplishments
We often use the Present Perfect to list the accomplishments of individuals and humanity. You cannot mention a specific time.


Man has walked on the Moon.
Our son has learned how to read.
Doctors have cured many deadly diseases.
Scientists have split the atom.

We use Present perfect to describe an uncompleted action you are expecting
We often use the Present Perfect to say that an action which we expected has not happened. Using the Present Perfect suggests that we are still waiting for the action to happen.


James has not finished his homework yet.
Susan hasn't mastered Japanese, but she can communicate.
Bill has still not arrived.
The rain hasn't stopped.

We use Present perfect to describe multiple actions at different times
We also use the Present Perfect to talk about several different actions which have occurred in the past at different times. Present Perfect suggests the process is not complete and more actions are possible.


The army has attacked that city five times.
I have had four quizzes and five tests so far this semester.
We have had many major problems while working on this project.
She has talked to several specialists about her problem, but nobody knows why she is sick.

You can watch the following video By teacher David


Celebrating Amnesty International!

According to Encyclopedia Britannica On line, today the world celebrates the creation of Amnesty International, which is an international organization headquartered in London that seeks to inform public opinion about violations of human rights, especially the abridgments of freedom of speech and of religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents, and which actively seeks the release of political prisoners and the relief, when necessary, of their families. In 1977 Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

The organization was founded in London on May 28, 1961, through the principal efforts of Peter Benenson, who had been a defense lawyer for political prisoners in Hungary, South Africa, and Spain and who sought to establish a collective agency for the advancement of human rights.

In the 2007 Nickelback song, If Everyone Cared, Benenson's story about the start of Amnesty International is told, along with other Freedom Fighters of the century.It was announced that 100% of all digital sales for the song will be donated to the charities of Amnesty International, and the International Children's Awareness Canada.[1] This ties into the theme of the song and video of caring about something to work towards the improvement of human civilization.

If Everyone Cared lyrics

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died

And I'm singing

Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
(I'm alive)

[Chorus x2]

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died
When nobody died...


We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day when nobody died

Song meaning

The song discusses a very strong relationship between two people, who are always honest, supporting, and caring of each other. The chorus then describes the need for love and how the world would be better off if everyone cared for each other.

This one of their video promoting human rights respect. It is about the power of the signature.

Amnesty International : Signatures
Cargado por Amnesty_France

well, what do you think of this? Let us all know by leaving your comment!

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica on line,,

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Prepositions of Time and Date - in / at / on

Level 2!!! let's practice what we learned last class. According to

IN: Use 'in' months and years and periods of time:

  • in January
  • in 1978
  • in the twenties

also, use 'in' a period of time in the future:

  • in a few weeks
  • in a couple of days

AT: Use 'at' with precise time:

  • at six o'clock
  • at 10.30
  • at two p.m.

ON: Use 'on' with days of the week:

  • on Monday
  • on Fridays

also, use 'on' with specific calendar days:

  • on Christmas day
  • on October 22nd


in the morning / afternoon / evening - at night

We say in the morning, afternoon or evening BUT we say 'at night'

Go to English as a second language to see the quiz. There are 15 questions in this quiz. Try to use only 10 seconds per question. At the end of the quiz, you will receive quiz feedback. Let me know how you did in the test by forwarding your results to me...

Have fun!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Announcing our May-July 2008 Photo Gallery!

Finally, here we have our first week photos... looking good!!!! Click on them and download them to use them in your blogs....

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Announcing Bloggers for our May-July 2008 Trimester!!!

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