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Intermediate Italian: La famiglia
In this unit, which is aimed at people who already speak some Italian, you will find out about Italy and Italian, and about the other languages spoken in Italy. You will also hear Italians speaking about family life in Italy and practise the possessives mio, tuo suo, etc. as well as talking about important family events using the past tenses. First published on Mon, 2
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2.2 The history of grammatical description

Of these approaches, prescriptive grammars are probably the best known. Originally associated with describing ancient Greek, a system of labelling parts of speech developed into a way of laying down rules on the socially correct usage of language. Because of their origin in the ancient languages, prescriptive grammars introduced rules into English which arguably imposed labels and expectations that had not evolved from within the living language.

Descriptive grammars in the USA and Euro
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4 Selling your language skills

In this section you will learn how to present your language skills on your CV. You will also be given the opportunity to research different types of language learning opportunities in your region.

Activity 14 What a CV should contain

You s
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Learning outcomes

  • Learning outcomes

Once you have completed this unit you should be able to:

  • describe the status in the world of the English language, compared to other widely spoken languages

  • identify the reasons why people should study another language

  • make best use of existing language skills, no matter how basic, in a practical situation

  • present language skills in a written CV

  • give examples of critical
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2.1 Escritorio

En esta sesión vas a trabajar los textos descriptivos y para ello aprenderás a describir un lugar usando recursos expresivos como las comparaciones o analogías y metáforas.

Actividad 6

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3.2 Improving your writing style

To write clearly it is a good idea to use short sentences However, it is also important that your sentences should be varied, so that the reader enjoys the way in which you write. The way you join sentences together is important, and you should try to include words that add more colour to the text – such as adverbs and adjectives. Here are some examples that show you how to brighten up your style.

1 Using ‘and’ (a conjunction)

This joins two similar sentences. You sho
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1. Join the 200,000 students currently studying with The Open University.


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Las formas que se utilizan para definir el arte

Actividad 4

¿Recuerda algunas de las formas que se utilizan para definir el arte en la discusión que acaba de oír? Vaya a la transcripción del extracto 2 y anote las fórmulas utilizadas para definir el arte.


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Learning outcomes

  • Objetivos lingüísticos

  • Expresar sus gustos y preferencias en el contexto del arte;

  • Definir términos abstractos, especialmente en el contexto académico;

  • Expresar sentimientos y reacciones hacia acontecimientos específicos;

  • Analizar un cuento.

  • Objetivos culturales

  • Comprender que el significado de las categorías culturales, por ejemplo las de arte y artesanía, pueden variar
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10.4.1 Test your communicative skills

1 You are at the Hotel Francisco Aguirre in La Serena. Listen to and follow the directions given by the receptionist to find the following places. Mark them on the map with the numbers 1 to 4.

Escuche y siga las indicaciones.

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10.1.1 Test your vocabulary

  1. Note the incorrect option.

    Tache la opción incorrecta.

     

    • (a) La iglesia es…

      (i) gótica (ii) blanca (iii) cómoda

    • (b) La estación de tren es…

      (i) moderna (ii) festiva (iii) antigua

    • (c) En este bar hay…

      (i) una pista de baile (ii) unos sillones (iii) un campanario

    • (d) En el polideportivo hay…

      (i) unos ve
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9.7 TEST CULTURAL

Read the following sentences about cultural facts that have appeared in this unit and note whether each is true or false.

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9.5 CRUCIGRAMA

Complete the crossword (there's a printable version below). Which cities are the following buildings and districts in?

Complete.

  • Horizontales

  • 3 La Alhambra (7)

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9.3 PLATO DE ESPAGUETIS

Find out which of the following words go together by following the spaghetti strands.

Busque los pares.

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8.1 Introducción

In this session you are going to talk about some city hotels in Havana, Valencia, Barcelona and Santiago de Cuba, and find out about their local amenities and suitability for tourism.

Key learning points

  • Talking about location

  • Indicating approximate time and distance

  • Revision of adjectives


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7.6 Léxico básico


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7.5 Actividad

Actividad 7.4

You are now in a new city and want to find out about different things. Listen to the audio clip and do the exercise.

Escuche y pregunte.


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7.3 Actividad

Actividad 7.2

In this activity you will learn how to give directions.

biblioteca (la) library
cajero automático (el) cash machine
cambiar (dinero) to change (money)
correo electrónico (el) e-mail
cuenta corriente (la) current account
dinero (el)

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6.5 Espejo Cultural

Actividad 6.4

This activity will help you think about some of the possible differences between public places in Spain and Latin America, and in your own country.

1 Think of the different public places in Spain and Latin America that
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