Curso de Inglés Gratuito. En la Escuela de Idiomas de la Cámara de Comercio de Álava, anualmente ofrecemos el curso SKILLS FOR INTERNATIONAL SALES que 100% subvencionado. Quiere decir que este curso de 40 horas te va a salir gratis. Inscribirte aquí
Información sobre el curso de inglés gratuito
FECHA: 12 a 21 de septiembre de 2023
HORARIO: 09:00 a 14:00, lunes a jueves
TOTAL DE HORAS: 40 horas
DONDE: en la Escuela de Formación de la Cámara de Comercio de Álava en Vitoria-Gasteiz. Pincha aquí para ver donde estamos
PARA QUIEN: damos prioridad a gente desempleado pero todos/as mayores de 16 que tengan un nivel B2 (certificado no es necesario) están bienvenidos/as
QUIEN: Las profesoras y los profesores cualificadas/os y con experiencia
Cada día es más importante hablar en público. No solo en conferencias, pero enfrente de tu jefe durante una reunión o vendiendo tu producto a otra empresa. Así que el primer módulo de este curso esta diseñado a ayudarte en estos momentos.
Provide the necessary tools to inform, inspire and entertain your audience.
How to engage your audience from the very beginning.
Pay attention to body language
How to use vidual aids effectively
How to guide your audience throughout your speech
How to deal with questions from the audience
Define the stages and elements of the negotiation process
Develop the skills and techniques of a successful negotiator
Identify optimal win-win solutions in negotiations and make profitable deals
Differentiate negotation styles and mental models, analyze their own and their partner’s behaviour in negotiations.
Learn about cross-cultural differences in negotiations
Communicate through emails, chats, video-conferences and telephone
En la Escuela de Idiomas de la Cámara de Comercio de Alava tenemos cursos para todos los niveles y necesidades. También ofrecemos el Oxford Test of English ya que somos un centro examinador. Aprender más sobre el Oxford Test of English para certificar tu nivel de A2, B1 y B2 aquí.
English: gerunds that follow to. Gerunds and Infinitives are always difficult to remember (click here for more on gerunds vs infintives). They are also a large part of the B2 and C1 exams for Cambridge, Oxford, EILTS, EOI and so on. And let’s not forget that we use gerunds and infinitives all the time in geral conversation. So, yes, they are important. But, let’s not forget that sometimes gerunds follow ‘to’ (when functioning as a preposition). Here are just a few of the most common examples.
TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO
Mostly used at the end of an email but is also in spoken English
Looking forward to meeting you (Notice that we do not use the subject here. This is less formal)
We are looking forward to working with you. (This is more formal because we use the subject ‘we’)
BE USED TO / GET USED TO
Be used to (estar acostumbrada a). To show that you doing something regularly. It also means that you enjoy it.
She’s used to waking up early because he does it every day
Get used to (acostubrandose). To show you are trying to make something a habit and enjoy it
I’m getting used to living in a small town, but it is still difficult sometimes.
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Cursos de preparación para los exámenes de Cambridge B2, C1, C2 y Oxford Test of English A2, B1, B2
B2 Writing tips: RED. Most people do not do well on the writing part of the exam. This is simply because we do not add enough RED: reasons, examples and details. The great thing about using reasons, examples and details is that you are also more likely to use connectors such as: and, but, so, because, etc.
In both the writing and the speaking section of the exam, you should always give reasons.
Never answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’
Always say why you can or can’t do something.
I wish I could go but I don’t have any money on me. Maybe another time.
I would love to go. I’ve been wanting to go there for over a year now.
Give examples of what you want to do or where you want to go
I feel uncomfortable speaking English. Mainly it’s because I get nervous but I also am embarrassed about my accent.
I don’t think we should go to the meeting. They said it was only for serior staff members and we should have received an invitation.
Don’t be vague. Offer more details.
My flight lands at 10PM in Bilbao. It’s a direct flight from Madrid. The flight number is ES1234.
My house is next to the big park on the north side of the city. It’s in front of the Children’s Public School on 5th street.
English Expression: neither here nor there. Want a nice way to say ‘ what you are saying is irrelevant’? Here is your expression. Although, like so many expressions in Enlgish, be careful with your tone.
NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
Used to say that something is not important
somethng is not relevant to the currect conversation or problem.
Whether she was drinking or not is neither here nor there. I just want to know if she is safe.
His looks are neither here nor there. I just want to know if he is a nice guy.
Their nationality is neither here nor there. Can they work?
English Vocabulary: to be promoted. Today we celebrate the fact that our local football club, Alaves has been promoted to First Division! ¡Aupa Alaves! Click here to read more about Vitoria-Gasteiz’s Alaves team, but before you do that, let’s take a look at the different meanings of promote. Also, check out the collocations used with promote.
TO BE PROMOTED
to raise someone to a more important position
Usually someone is promoted to something
John has just been promoted to the head of his department,so we are having a party for him.
If the team wins the next game, then they will be promoted to 2nd Division.
to encourage people to like and/or buy a product
Kristen is promoting a new line of cosmetics, so you should buy from her.
If you really want to promote your product well, you should talk to an advertising company.
To encourage people to like and support an idea.
The world leaders really need to promote the idea of taking care of the planet or else there will never be real change.
They promote peace talks between the two countries.
COLLOCATIONS WITH PROMOTE
adverbs that collocate with promote
actively, positively, widely
We are actively promoting English classes, so sign up today.
I’m not sure I agree with such aggressive promoting, but I see that it is effective.
The company is successfully promoting the product nationally and plans to go international.
nouns that collocate with promote
access, diversity, equality, human rights, awareness
I do all I can to promote diversity and inclusion at work and at home.
efficiency, innovation, education,
If the government really wants to promote innovation, they need to provide more grant money to start up businesses.
business, growth, development
The new mayor says she want to promote growth, so she is presenting a new bill.
competition, debate, dialogue, trade
If we don’t promote dialogue and debate, then we will never grow as a country.
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English Expression: Burn the candle at both ends. Sometimes saying you’re exhausted dosn’t really express exactly how you are feeling. That’s when expressions like this one come in handy.
BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS
to do a lot of work in a small amount of time.
to work from the early morning until late in the evening.
I am studying and working full time, so I am really burning the candle at both ends right now.
In Japan, it is quite normal for employees to burn the candle at both ends.
Where does it come from?
This expression was translated from French in the 1600’s. Candles were very expensive, so if someone was burning the candle from both ends, their money was dissapearing very quickly. You are being wasteful.
Now the expression had been adapted and the candle represents light. If you wake up early in the morning, the sun hasn’t come up yet and you need a candle to work. If you are still working at night then you also need to use the candle. Maybe now we are wasting our days working too much!
English Expressions: Dodge the Bullet. As you can see in the photo, a bullet (una bala) is what comes out of a gun (pistola). To dodge something is to avoid something by jumping out of the way quickly. The expression comes from the idea that if you get out of the way of a bullet, you can save your life. Although the expression isn’t used in this way today, it does refer to dodging something bad.
DODGE THE BULLET
To avoid an unpleasant situation or even danger
I’m so glad she broke up with him. She really dodged the bullet because he has a terrible reputation.
We really dodged a bullet by not going on vacation because there was a hurricane where we
Would you mind? Although this seems like a very simple phrase, it can get quite confusing. M1nd in this question means ‘to bother’ or ‘molestar‘ in Spanish. The tricky part is in the answer. No, it doesn’t bother me or yes, it does bother me.
ASKING FOR PERMISSION
This is an indirect way of asking for permission for something. It is quite commonly used in English. Pay special attention to the answers.
DO YOU MIND?
Do/Does (someone) mind + if + subject + present simple
Informal way to ask if something bothers you or makes you uncomfortable.
Do you mind if I call you Joe? (Does it bother you if I call you Joe?
No, I don’t. (You can call me Joe)
Yes, I do. (I don’t want you to call me Joe.
Do you mind if he comes?
¿Te importa que venga?
No, I don’t
No, no me importa
Yes, I do
Si me importa.
WOULD (someone) MIND?
Would (someone) mind + if + subject + present simple
Polite way to ask permission from someone, by asking if it bothers them.
Would he mind if I use his phone? (Can I use his phone?)
No, he wouldn’t. (You can use it)
Yes, he would. (I don’t want you to use it.)
Would she mind if we met after class?
¿Le importaría si quedamos después de clase?
No, she wouldn’t.
No, no le importaría.
Yes, she would.
Si, si le importaría.
Would (someone) mind if + past simple
Would someone m1nd + if + subject + past simple
Would she m1nd if we didn’t go together (Would it bother her if we went separately?)
No, she wouldn’t. (we can go separately)
Yes, she would. (I would rather go together)
Would he mind if we arrived late?
¿Le importaría que llegáramos tarde?
Polite and Formal
No, he wouldn’t
No, no le importaría.
Yes, he would.
Si le importaría.
Would (someone) mind + me/my + ing… ?
Would they mind me leaving early? (Will it bother them if I leave perfore expected?)
No, they wouldn’t (It is OK if you leave early)
Yes, they would. (I will not be happy if you leave early)
We can also use this question form to politely request help from someone.
WOULD (someone) M1ND + ING
Would (someone) mind + ing…?
Would Carol mind picking up my daughter from school? (Can Carol and/or does Carol want to get my daughter from school?)
No, she wouldn’t (I can get her)
Yes, she would. (I can’t or do not want to get her)
ANSWERING NO OR YES
As you have seen in the previous examples, you can answer these types of questions with ‘Yes, I do/would’ or ‘No, I don’t/wouldn’t’. However, it quite common to use some of the following phrases as well.
English Vocabulary: Strike. May 2nd is an International Worker’s Rights Day. In countries all over the world, people are striking for better working conditions and better pay. There are many ways to use the word strike, so let’s take a look at some of them.
to refuse to continue working due to an arguement with your boss. Usaully over working conditions, pay, etc.
One person or a group of people can strike.
We are striking for better working conditions.
The teachers strike every year on the same day to raise awareness about a variety of educational concerns.
Strike can also mean to forcefully hit someone or something
He is in jail after striking a woman on the street for no reason.
Julie struck the football so hard that it hot the back wall.
Something that happens all of a sudden and has a major impact, usually negative.
The lightning struck the building and killed three people.
The storm is moving fast and they say it will strike within the hour.
GO ON STRIKE
Same meaning as strike.
The French workers are going on strike this weekend.
They went on strike last week.
A perdiod of time that a worker does not work due to arguement with management about working conditions, pay, etc.
The man died in prison after a 90-day hunger strike.
The workers are calling for a nationwide strike to happen next month.
A strong hit
The strike to his head may cause permanent damage.
The building was damaged by the lightning strikes.
Other meanings and collocations with strike
The clock strikes midnight in 5 minutes! (sounds a bell or turns that time)
He struck out their best hitter (baseball reference)
In baseball you only have three stikes and you’re out!
She stuck the ball as hard as she could. (hit the ball hard)
They said it wasn’t a good idea to teach children how to strike a match. (light a match)
I’m so mad I want to strike them from the list of attendees. (to take someone off a list)
When the country struck oil, everyone suddenly wanted to be their best friends. (found oil)
We finally struck a deal with them and we start work on Monday. (made an agreement)
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that she never even called? (to seem strange)
Although my partner didn’t want me too, I decided to take part in the strike. (join the strike)
There have been so many air strikes in the last week that I think most of the people have left the city. (military attacks from the air)
Join us for an English Rountable Discussion. We will be thinking about why it is valuable to know where we really want to go. Also, why is it important to know this before you get there.
When: May 4th, from 18:00 to 19:30 Where: Manuel Iradier 17, Vitoria How to register: Please sign up for the event here.
WHO WILL BE SPEAKING
Annie Hintz – I am happy to be hosting this roundtable discussion at the Chamber of Commerce in Alava where I work. As host I hope to open up the discussion to everyone so we can all enjoy a hearty conversation and in English.
There will be three other English teachers involved in the roundtable and an Associate Profesor at UPV/EHU