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LEVEL I

1. Mara Gonzlez is at UBVs cafeteria. Read and listen to the following conversation.

A:
B:
A:
B:

Hello, my name is Pedro Daz. Whats your name?


My name is Mara Gonzlez.
Its nice to meet you!
Its nice to meet you, too!
Are you a student at the UBV?
A: Yes, I am. Im a journalism student.

COFFEE

2. It is your first day at the University. Fill in the blanks in the conversation.

You: __________, my name is _______________.


Whats ____________ name?
B: My name is Mirelis Santos.
You: Its _________ to _________ you.
B: Its __________ to ________ you, too!
What do you study?
You: I study _______________________.

3. Go to http://centrodeidiomas.iespana.es. Click on MARCADORES and select


GREETINGS AND GOODBYES. Listen to some conversations and complete all the
exercises.

ENGLISH AROUND YOU (GREETINGS)

Hello!
Nice to meet you!
Hows it going?
Hi!

How are you?

Whats up?

Nice to meet you too!


How do you do?

What are you up to?


How (are) you doing?
How do you do?
INFORMAL
Hi, Juan. This is Hiroshi, a new
student at the UBV.
Hi, Hiroshi. Welcome to the UBV!
Juan:
Hiroshi: Hello, happy to meet you, Juan.

Sarah:
Mary:
Sarah:
Mary:

FORMAL

Sarah:
Julio:

You:

You:
Mr. Rodrguez:
Mrs. Parada:

Hi, Mary. Hows everything?


Great! How are you, Sarah?
Fine, Thanks.
Oh! Excuse me, Sarah! This is Julio
VivasJulio Prez. Julio, this is Sarah
Gil.
Nice to meet you, Julio.
Nice to meet you too, Sarah.

Good afternoon, Mr. Rodrguez, this is our


new professor Mrs. Parada.
How do you do?
Well. Thank you. How do you do?
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4. Work in pairs. You are in a new community. You meet its leaders. Introduce yourself,
as in the previous example.
5. Look at the sentences in the following grammar box and analyze them.

VERB TO BE
Affirmative:
 I am a student at the UBV.
 You are a friend.
 He /she is my classmate.
 It is a pencil.

You / we / they are teachers.

Interrogative:
 Are you Pedro Daz?
Yes, I am.
No, I am not.
GRAMMAR BOX

Is he your new English teacher?


Yes, he is.
No, he is not.

Are we in your class?


Yes, you are.
No, you are not.

Contractions:

 I am
 You are
 He is
 She is
 It is
 We are
 You are
 They are

= Im
= Youre
= Hes
= Shes
= Its
= Were
= Youre
= Theyre

Negative
I am not
You arent
He isnt
She isnt
It isnt
We arent
You arent
They arent

6. Write the correct form of the verb to be in the blanks. Use the contracted form.
Example:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.

Im a student.
It ____ a good book.
They ____ good classmates.
I_____ at work today.
It ____ a beautiful day.
We____ brothers.
She____ in a swimming contest.
He____ a good Russian teacher.
You_____ in love with Hugo.

are
am
is

7. Complete the sentences using the negative forms. Use contractions.


Example:

arent
isnt

am not

a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.

We arent brothers. Were cousins.


Today ______ Monday. Its Tuesday.
You _______ my girlfriend.
Its cold. The window ______ closed.
He ______ Juan Jos.
They ______ busy. They are just watching TV.
Everybody is here, but you ______.

8. Complete the conversation below. Use the correct form of the verb to be in parenthesis
(are / is / am). Practice with a partner.
A:

Hi, Nancy. How are you?

B:
A:
B:
A:

I _______ fine, thank you.


Nancy, what _______ your last name?
It _______ Martnez.
Nancy, I think you _______ in my journalism class.

9. Fill in the blanks with the verb to be (am is are).


A: Excuse me. Are you Ana Quintana?
B: No, I _______ not. My name _______ Jacqueline Mijares. Ana _______
over there.
A: Oh, I am sorry.
A: Excuse me. _______ you Ana Quintana?
C: Yes, I _______.
A: Hi. I _______ Victor Ramos.
C: Oh, you __________ in my English class, right!
A: Yes, I __________.
C: It __________ nice to meet you.
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CONVERSATION PRACTICE.
10. Practice with two classmates. Follow the previous example.

11. Recreate an area simulating a social situation in which you introduce yourself and
others.

12. Look at the new grammar box. Practice with a partner.

POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES
What is your name?
My name is Yelitza.
What is her name?
Her name is Mara.
What are their names?
Their names are Juan and Pedro
GRAMMAR BOX
POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES
I
You
He
She
It
We
They

My
Your
His
Her
Its
Our
Their

LETS PLAY ENGLISH!


13. Play The Name Game. Say the names of your UBV classmates.
A: My name is Ricardo.
B: His name is Ricardo. My Name is Sarah.
C: Her name is Sarah. His name is Ricardo. My name is Luis.
D: . . .

14. Listen to your teachers pronunciation of the alphabet and repeat.

A
B
/ei/ /bi/
N
O
/en/ /ou/

C
D
E
/si/ /di/ /i/
P
Q
R
/pi/ /kiu/ /ar/

F
/ef/
S
/es/

G
H
I
J
K
L
M
/yi/ /eich/ /ai/
/yei/ /kei/ /el/ /em/
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
/ti/
/iu/ /vi/ /dabliu/ /ex/ /uai/ /zi/

15. Go to http://centrodeidiomas.iespana.es. Click on THE ALPHABET and follow the


instructions.

16. It is the registration period at the UBV. You are the person registering new students.
Listen and practice the following conversation.

A: Whats your name?


B: Im Stefanie.
A: Is that S T E P H A N I E?
B: No, it isnt. It is S T E F A N I E.
A: What do you study?
B: I study computer sciences.
A: Thanks.
B: Youre welcome.

17.

Spell the following last names.

RAMIREZ
ACKERMAN
DA SILVA
MURADIAN
CHANG
BROHEKLIYAN
CAPOTE
MANDELA

WILLIAMS
NIETZSCHE
VILLAMIZAR
BOLIVAR
BONAPARTE
SUCRE
MIRANDA
MARX

RIBAS
ACHEBE
BOTICCELI
GOODE
WOLFE
FIGUEIRA
DE FREITAS
ORWELL

18. Listen to your teacher and repeat.


0 Zero
1 One
2 Two
3 Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 Nine

10 Ten
11 Eleven
12 Twelve
13 Thirteen
14 Fourteen
15 Fifteen
16 Sixteen
17 Seventeen
18 Eighteen
19 Nineteen

20 Twenty
21 Twenty-one
22 Twenty-two
23 Twenty-three
30 Thirty
40 Forty
50 Fifty
60 Sixty
70 Seventy
80 Eighty

90 Ninety
100 One Hundred
101 One Hundred and one
102 One Hundred and two
1000 One thousand
1001 One thousand and one
1002 One thousand and two
10000 Ten thousand
1000000 One Million

19. Go to http://centrodeidiomas.iespana.es Click on NUMBERS and practice the


pronunciation.

20. A person is registering students at the UBV. Read and listen to the following
conversation.

B: Hello
A: Hi. Whats your I.D. number please?
B: Its 16.478.325
A: Whats your phone number?
B: 0412-6325847
A: OK. Thats all. Next!!

LISTENING
21.

Dictation. Listen to your teacher and write the numbers below.

1. _________________________
2. _________________________
3. _________________________
7. _________________________
9._________________________

4. _________________________
5. _________________________
6. _________________________
8._________________________
10.________________________

22. Fill in the numbers in the chart.


Seven thousand
Three hundred
Thirty-one thousand
Five hundred (and) thirty-seven
Nine hundred (and) sixty-five
Fourteen thousand (and) six
Two thousand two hundred

23. Read carefully the grammar box. How could you ask for peoples ages?
INTERROGATIVES
 How old are you?
How old is she?
How old is Louis?
GRAMMAR BOX
AFFIRMATIVES
 I am 20. / I am 20 years old.
She is 12 years old.
My classmate is 30 years old.

ORAL PRACTICE
24. You are a delegate in your class, work with your classmates. Then ask the ages of three
classmates.
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Full name

Age

ID Number

Phone number

Whats ..?
How do you spell...?
How old?
Whats your?

ENGLISH AROUND YOU


25. Take a look at the following expressions. Practice with your partner in class.

How do you pronounce this word?


Are you ready?
Is it done?
Is it clear?
May I speak?

I dont understand
Could you speak slowly?
Could you repeat that, please?
What does ____ mean?
How do you say ___ in English?

READING PRACTICE
26. Analyze the following language components

COGNATE WORDS / COGNADOS

Son palabras que se escriben de forma similar en los dos idiomas y


tienen significado parecido.

Examples:

ENGLISH WORDS

SPANISH WORDS

Student
Expressions
Planet
Secret
Popular
Selection

Estudiante
Expresiones
Planeta
Secreto
Popular
Seleccin

Vowels

Consonants

Syllables

Word

Sentence

26. Complete the chart by translating the English words into their Spanish cognate.

TELEPHONE
SOLUTIONS
INSTITUTE
IMPORTANT
PERSONS
OBJECT
TRAFFIC
CONTINENT

27. Read the texts and circle the cognate words. Then give a general review of each text.
TEXT 1
THE SOCIALISM OF THE 21ST CENTURY: THE VENEZUELAN CASE STUDY
In Porto Alegre, Hugo Chvez declares that Socialism of the 21st century will be created in
Venezuela. Chvez repeats that promise, adding that Socialism of the 21st century will be based
on solidarity, fraternity, love, justice, liberty and equality. Chvez also emphasizes that the
Venezuelan state is an important actor in that construction and the Venezuelan people promote
that reality. Chvez wins the national elections for the first time in 1998 and became President.
Chvez consolidates his power gradually. Now, eight years later, Venezuela is closer to
socialism, but the road ahead is still very long, obstacles are formidable, and the progress is
precarious.
By: Dr. Zeki Ergas

http://peacejournalism.com

Peace Journalism.
Independent emagazine

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TEXT 2
UNIVERSIDAD BOLIVARIANA DE VENEZUELA
Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela or UBV (Bolivarian University of Venezuela) is a
public university created in 2003 by decree of President Hugo Chvez. The university is part of
Mission Sucre, one of the governments social programs, which aims to provide free higher
education for those excluded. Consequently, enrollment at the UBV is free and open to all,
regardless of academic qualifications, social background or nationality. The government expects
the student population to grow to one million by 2009, with more than 190 satellite classrooms
throughout Venezuela.
Students' benefits:
Library, lunch room, cafeteria, bookshop, computer lab, internet connection,
transportation, student insurance, academic and pedagogical programs, information and
orientation services, health and dental care.
Scholarships: Work scholarships, sports scholarships, full scholarships with stipends and
assistantships.
Cultural extensions: Orpheum, theater group, press room, mandolin orchestra, bandola,
ceramics, chorus, cinema, editorial foundation, folklore dance, folklore music group,
handicrafts, printing, painting, graphic arts, and others.
Sports: Baseball, softball, kenpo, karate, taebo, aerobics, soccer, chess, marathon running,
volleyball, athletics, tennis, judo, scuba diving, and others.
Civil groups: hiking center, conservationist center, volunteer firemen, rescue groups,
environmental groups and recreational groups.

ASSIGNMENT
29. Go to http://centrodeidiomas.iespana.es. Click on ARCHIVOS - ENGLISH FOLDER
and select a text. Cut and paste the content and do the following actions, your teacher
might help you:
a. Underline the cognate words in each sentence.
b. Write in Spanish what you understand from each sentence.
c. Construct a general vision about the text joining the ideas of all sentences. Do it in
Spanish.
d. Prepare a discussion for the following session.

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LETS PLAY ENGLISH!


28. The pieces below are dominoes. Complete the game by writing the cognate words in
the blanks; match all the pieces with Spanish final sounds of the cognate words. (More
than 1 option is possible)

ALARM

ACCIDENT

AGENT

OFFICE

TOURIST

ACTIVE

ROCK

ADULT

EXAMINE

30. There are 10 numbers in the chart. Find them with your partner.

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H
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R
X
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T
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W
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USEFUL VOCABULARY
Verbs:
31. Match the pictures with the verbs in the box below.

1, , 3
To listen to To talk
To write To read To analyze
To complete To fill in To repeat To look To work
To match To open To close

Nouns:
Professor
Instructor
Teacher
Student
Classmate
Fellow student
Neighbor

Department
Lecture hall
Class
College
University
Library
Department

Neighborhood
Community
Society
Ethnics

Homework
Assignment
Exam
Test
Activity
Project

Prepositions:
OF
TIME
at
in
on
fromto
until

EXAMPLES

OF
PLACE

We have class tomorrow at 7.30 a.m.


We have class in the morning.
We have class on Monday.
We have class from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.
We have class until 3:00 oclock.

at
in
on

EXAMPLES
I study at UBV.
I study in Caracas.
I study on the 2nd floor.

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