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Language’s test

This is our first language test of the year which consisted of tenses and two short stories.

Over the last twenty years, the average size of households (fall) dramatically. The number of one-person households (grow) due largely to the ageing of the population, as has the number of one-parent families. Couples having smaller families (contribute) to the fall in household size.

In 1976, 60% of families (be) couples with children. By 1996, this (fall) to 51%. Part of this change can be attributed to the increase in one-parent families with dependent children, but most of the change is due to the increase in the proportion of couple-only families. People (have) children later in life, and are living longer. Therefore, they(spend) more time living in couple-only families, both before they have families and after their children (leave) home. However, children are leaving home later. In 1981, 34% of children aged 20-24 (live) with their parents. By 1991, this (increase) to 40%. This increase has, to some extent, countered the fall in the couples with non-dependent children only.


  1. has been falling
  2. has grown
  3. have contributed
  4. were
  5. had fallen
  6. are having
  7. are spending
  8. lived
  9. had increased
  1. a) In the short story ‘Eleven,’ why is Rachel most likely upset when Mrs. Price insists the sweater is hers and forces her to wear it?

All of the answers are reasonable explanations.

b)According to the short story ‘Eleven’, why does Rachel wish she were older?

She thinks she would be better able to defend herself AND would have more power to get away from this and other bad situations.

c) Which of the following is not a theme in the short story ‘Eleven?’



  1. Write a paragraph comparing the two main children of the stories “Eleven” and “The Message from the Pigman”. Describe them using as many adjectives as you can.  What do they have in common or not?

To begin with, Rachel and Eric have several things in common and some differences too. They are both innocent and timid kids, although Rachel is older. These two characters are childish, Rachel is extremely sensitive and wants to cry all along the story and Eric is scared about the pigman and does not understand why his family can’t live all together. They are both shameful and insecure, Rachel was not able to tell the teacher the sweater was not hers and Eric did not tell his mom he was afraid of the pigman. However, Rachel’s theory make us realise she has more mature thoughts than Eric who thinks the pigman is a real pig, what shows us he is still more immature and imaginative.  Both had a fear which Eric could afford at the end but Rachel couldn’t. These characters were unable to speak their minds, nevertheless while Rachel shows this during the whole story, Eric only when he first sees the pigman. Finally, Rachel felt as a little girl and childish and Eric felt he was bigger.

  1. Write a dialogue that could have taken place between Eric and the pigman. Include a variety of tenses and underline them. Include at least three of the following terms.

Eric: Pigman, wait! I’ve something for you.

Pigman: Hi little boy, thank you for you collaboration. I will seize the trash because it seems heavy. May I ask why do you have that face?

Eric: Sorry, but I feel a little bit puzzled. I thought you were a real pig, but as I can see you are not.

Pigman: Oh, fortunately I am not. You should be very brave if you came to me although you believed I was a real pigman.

Eric: I am! I was really frightened, I am still tingling but I was able to do it!

Pigman: I am not a handsome man but it is better than a pigman, isn’t it?

Eric: Yes of course, much better (I nodded). Before I came, I had been thinking of your shape, your body, so it was a surprise for me.

Pigman: How old are you courageous boy?

Eric: I am six years old. However,  I am a very sensible person as a grown-up.

Pigman: Oh, you are very strong too, you could carry this heavy trash on your own.

Eric: I dragged it all the way, but next time I promise I won’t because I will be stronger.

Pigman: Promises are promises so I believe in your words.

Eric: What is this trash for? Why have my mother  asked me to bring it to you?

Pigman: Don’t be scared, it is not for me. It is for my old porkers.

Eric: Do you have porkers?

Pigman: Yes, you should come someday to meet them.

Eric: Of course I will! I have not asked you, what is your name?

Pigman: My name is George, George Rivers.

Eric: I believe it is better than Pigman.

Pigman: Well Eric I have to go because the pigs must be hungry, see you next time. It was really nice to meet you.

Eric: See you George, next time I will meet your porkers.



As a homework, Pilar asked us to design a cover for the short story “Eleven” and publish it in our blogs.

I chose this cover because I believe it represents one of the main points in the story, Rachel’s theory. Although she was 11 years old, she also had all the ages leading up to 11 inside her. Even though we grow old, every year is inside us and changes our personallity. Futhermore I included two balloons representing her birthday although she did not enjoy it. Finally, I put what all books must contain in the cover which is the book´s name and the author,

Eleven – By Sandra Cisneros

After reading the short story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, Pilar divided us in groups of three, each of them had to make a presentation including the plot, main character, vocabulary, point of view and some information about the writer.

Here is the presentation I did with Trinidad Porretti and Marcos Okecki and a slideshare with the story;

Language Task- The World of Celbrities

As our first homework after the summer holidays, our language teacher, Pilar, asked us to elaborate a paragraph answering some questions from her blog.

Here is the activity!

In a world of celebrities, who do you admire? Why? What do these celebrities in the picture have in common? How do they do for a living? What do you know about their early childhood?

Task 1:

Write a paragraph answering these questions and post it in your blog.

The world of celebrities is arduous because of the exigencies it requires. Some of them had to struggle endlessly to acquire fame and achieve their objectives. Fame needs time to adapt, the lack of privacy is one of the biggest problems famous people have to afford. One of the numerous celebrities I admire is Natalie Portman. Although she is well known for being an actress, in 1998 she started studying physiology at Harvard University and by the end of 2003 she had had graduated. She considered having a career and acquiring knowledge was much more important than being a Hollywood actress. Nevertheless, she accomplished her two biggest ambitions and learned how to manage fame. She says that her career helps her in almost every role she has to play nowadays. Moreover she supports several foundations and does charity work.

The celebrities we can see in this picture are Jon Hamm, Winona Ryder and Owen Wilson. The three of them have in common the fact that they had suffered from depression during a specific period of their lives and that they are well known actors. Hamm suffered from chronic depression for several years, and through therapy and antidepressants he could afford it. Ryder, at the age of nineteen, was alcoholic. Due to this, she started having panic attacks and anxiety. Fortunately, she received medical assistance and got into a mental institution. Finally, Wilson, after trying to fight against depression and drugs addiction, in 2007 he attempted to commit suicide. Luckily, he had a great recovery.  The three of them do acting for a living. As for their childhood, Jon Hamm had a hard one. He was born on St Louis Missouri in 1971.  When he was just a kid his mother died of colon cancer, due to this he moved to live with his father. He began acting when he was 6, but never left aside his studies. At the age of 19, the early death of his father left him completely devastated. I can assume his early life could have been one of the principal causes of his big depression. Winona Ryder, born in Minesota, learned a lot during her childhood. Her parents had different religions and encouraged her to take the best part of both and learn from the two different cultures and traditions. She was home-schooled because she was bullied. At the age of 12 she took her first acting lesson. To end up, Owen Wilson was born in Dallas. When he was young he was expelled from school due to his behaivior. He had a strict education in the New Mexico Military Institute. This encouraged him to continue studying and finally attended to University of Texas. Because of all I have mentioned, I can say world of celebrities is not as easy as it seems to be.


Modal Verbs

In Language´s class we started learning about modal verbs. Laura told us to do an activity in which we had to look for examples of modal verbs in the first three chapters of the book we are reading, “Boy” by Roald Dahl.

These are my examples:


We will soon put this back into place.

  • Instant decision
  • Future
  • predictions
  • promises.

Will you help me?

  • Request


The pain must have been excruciating.

  • Past
  • Assumption

The pain must be excruciating.

  • Present
  • Assumption


All they have to do after that is to wait.

  • Present
  • Obligation


My father would have been one hundred and twenty-one.

  • Certain fact
  • Affirmative
  • Past


He might if he was lucky to find himself a lovely new bride in his own country.

  • Past
  • Possibility
  • Supossition


My mother decided I should leave kindergarden…

  • Past
  • Obligation


His two small children ought at the very least to have a step mother to care of them.

  • Desire
  • Thought


Pull as hard as you can.

  • Present
  • Affirmative, imperative
  • Internal obligation


He could tie a shoelace as quickly as you or me.

  • Ability
  • Affirmative
  • Past
  • Certain