Monthly Archives: March 2010

I´M A BELIEVER (A1)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS FILM?

LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND COMPLETE THE EXERCISE BELOW FROM ENGLISH FILE BEGINNER (UNIT 6C) OUP

 

COMPLETE THE SONG WITH THE PAST FORMS OF THE VERBS IN BRACKETS

___________ (THINK)  love was
Only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else
But not for me
Love __________ (BE) out to get to me
That’s the way it seems
Disappointment haunted
All my dreams

CHORUS

And then I __________ (SEE)  her face
Now I’m a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I’m in love
I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her
If I tried

__________ (THINK)  love __________(BE)
More or less a given thing
The more I __________ (GIVE) the less
I __________ (GET) , oh yeah
What’s the use in trying
All you get is pain
When I __________ (WANT)  sunshine
I __________ (GET)  rain

CHORUS (REPEATED)

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HOLLYWOOD CONSIDERING WITHDRAWING DVD’S SALE IN SPAIN (B1)

Hollywood considering withdrawing DVD’s from sale in Spain
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By h.b. – Mar 31, 2010 – 12:28 PM

The Los Angeles Times says the measure is being considered in response to the level of illegal downloads here

Hollywood is reported to be considering withdrawing DVD’s from sale in Spain because of the high number of pirated copies of films which are being downloaded here.
The Los Angeles Times reports that digital piracy is part of the Spanish culture to such an extent that the country is set to become the second in the world where DVD sales are no longer profitable. The first country was South Korea where piracy was so common that the studios decided to stop selling DVD’s there.
The paper also notes that downloading films from the internet is not considered a crime in Spain, provided that it is not done for lucrative means.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_25615.shtml#ixzz0jl992zPL

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS MEASURE? PLEASE, LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!!

SALE  is a word related to SHOPPING. TRY THIS LINK IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY AND PRONUNCIATION ON THIS TOPIC (UNIT 6A): http://www.learnenglish.de/vocabulary/shopping.htm

ODD ONE OUT!! (A1)

Wordle: IRREGULAR VERBS

LOOK AT THESE IRREGULAR VERBS CREATED WITH WORDLE. THERE´S ONE INFINITIVE WITHOUT ITS IRREGULAR SIMPLE PAST FORM.

WHICH ONE IS IT ?

CAN YOU CREATE A SIMILAR EXERCISE WITH  Wordle or Tagxedo AND SHARE IT WITH A PARTNER?

Liz wordleradcliffe

EASTER READING (A1)

CHOOSE ONE OF THE PENGUIN ACTIVE READERS (LEVEL 1 OR LEVEL 2) AND COMPLETE THE BOOK REVIEW I´LL GIVE YOU IN CLASS. http://www.longman.ch/LanguageTeaching/PenguinActiveReading/
LEVEL 1

Wrong Man Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Kris Anderson
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Juni 2007
9781405852043, Fr. 14.80  

Amazon Rally Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Eduardo Amos
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2007
9781405851992, Fr. 14.80  

Little Women Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Louisa Alcott
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2007
9781405852029, Fr. 14.80  

Theseus and the Minotaur Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Ken Beatty
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2007
9781405852036, Fr. 14.80  

Island for Sale Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Anne Collins
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2007
9781405852012, Fr. 14.80  

The Rainbow Serpent Book/CD Pack

 

author:   James Marshall
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2008
9781405884402, Fr. 14.80  

The Barcelona Game Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Stephen Rabley
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2008
9781405884389, Fr. 14.80  

The Crown Book/CD Pack

 

author:   M James
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Juni 2007
9781405852005, Fr. 14.80  

Kyle Minogue Book/CD Pack

 

author:   Liz Kilbey
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2008
9781405884396, Fr. 14.80  

LEVEL 2

Nightmare before Christmas Book/CD Pack

author:   Daphne Skinner
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   September 2007
9781405852104, Fr. 15.30  

Nelson Mandela Book/CD Pack

author:   Coleen Degnan-Veness
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Juni 2007
9781405852098, Fr. 15.30  

Anne Green Gables Book/CD Pack

author:   L Montgomery
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2007
9781405852050, Fr. 15.30  

Round the World in Eighty Days Book/CD Pack

author:   Jules Verne
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2008
9781405884419, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:The Secret Garden Book and CD-ROM Pack

author:   Frances Hodgson Burnett
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Februar 2009
9781408209523, Fr. 15.30  

Don Quixote Book/CD Pack

author:   Miguel De Cervantes
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   April 2008
9781405884426, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:First Emperor of China BK/CD Rom fr Pk

author:   Jane Rollason
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2010
9781408231982, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:Wonders of the World BK/CD Rom Fr Pk

author:   Vicky Shipton
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2010
9781408232002, Fr. 15.30  

Call of the Wild Book/CD Pack

author:   Jack London
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2007
9781405852074, Fr. 15.30  

Mr Bean Book/CD Pack

author:   Richard Curtis
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2008
9781405884433, Fr. 15.30  

Water for Life Book/CD Pack

author:   Bernard Smith
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2008
9781405884440, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:The Earthquake Book and CD-ROM Pack

author:   Elizabeth Laird
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Februar 2009
9781408209516, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:E.T. The Extra -Terrestrial Book and CD-ROM Pack

author:   William Kotzwinkle
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Februar 2009
9781408209509, Fr. 15.30  

PLAR2:Stories of Other Worlds BK/CD Rom PK

author:   L Montgomery
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   März 2010
9781408231999, Fr. 15.30  

King Kong Book/CD Pack

author:   Coleen Veness
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   Mai 2007
9781405852081, Fr. 15.30  

Another World Book/CD Pack

author:   Elaine O’Reilly
publisher:   Penguin
language:   English
date:   April 2007
9781405852067, Fr. 15.30  

     
legend:   available now

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (A1)




WHICH VERSON OF THE SONG DO YOU LIKE BEST?
WHEN´S YOUR BIRTHDAY?

MINE IS ON 6th JUNE.                         (YOU WRITE THIS)

MINE IS ON the SIXTH  of   JUNE.  (YOU READ IT LIKE THIS)

A NEW SEASON IS IN THE AIR (A1)

LAS FALLAS  ARE  HISTORY AND THEY MARK THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SEASON…….

LISTEN TO THIS PIECE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC. WHO´S IT BY?

WHAT´S TODAY´S DATE? 21ST MARCH  ….. IT´S SPRING TIME!!

 SPRING IS IN THE AIR …SO , LET´S REVIEW  THE FOUR SEASONS IN ENGLISH!


FALL= AUTUMN in American English

I KNOW IT´S A BIT CHILDISH, BUT IT CAN BE USEFUL!

WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON OF THE YEAR? WHY? LEAVE A COMMENT AND LET US KNOW….

MEN vs WOMEN: STEREOTYPES (B1+)

WATCH THIS VIDEO. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

Scientists have come to accept that a few fundamental differences between men and women are biological. It turns out that men’s and women’s brains, for example, are not only different, but the way we use them differs too. Women have larger connections and more frequent interaction between their brain’s left and right hemispheres. This accounts for women’s ability to have better verbal skills and intuition. Men, on the other hand, have greater brain hemisphere separation, which explains their skills for abstract reasoning and visual-spatial intelligence. Poet Robert Bly describes women’s brains as a “superhighway” of connection while men’s brains connections are compared to a “little crookedy country road.'”

Different habits of men and women are explained by different roles in the process of evolution. Although life conditions have changed, both men and women tend to follow their biological programs.

Men tend to retain a firm sense of direction – they need to trace the game, catch it, and find the way home, while women have a better peripheral vision that helps them to see what’s happening around the house, to spot an approaching danger, to notice changes in the children’s behavior and appearance. Men’s brains are programmed to hunting, which explains their narrow range of vision, while women’s brains are able to decipher a wider range of information

When entering a room, men look for exits, estimating a possible threat, and ways of escape, while women pay attention to the guests’ faces to find out who they are and how they feel. Men are able to sort out information and archive it in their head. Women tend to ‘rewind’ the information over and over again. The only way to stop thinking of the problems is to talk it over. When a woman shares her problems with a man, she is not looking for solutions – she needs someone to listen to her.

Men prefer strident noises, hard handshakes, and red color. They are better at solving technical problems. Women have a sharper ear, they use more words while talking, and are better at completing tasks independently.

Based on these biologically explained differences, some psychological distinctions between men and women can be established:

– Men grasp a situation as a whole and think globally, while women think locally, relying on details and nuances.

– Men are builders and creators. They take risks and experiment, while women select the most valuable knowledge and pass it over to the next generation.

– Men are more independent in their thoughts and actions, while women are more willing to follow the ideas suggested by others. 

– Women’s self-appraisal is lower than that of men. Women tend to criticize themselves, while men are more satisfied with their own performance.

– Men and women have different sources of satisfaction. For men it’s career and prosperity, while women value family and kids. 

– Men have a pronounced need to fulfill their goals, and women rank relationships with others first.

– Men get sick twice as often as women, although women tend to be more concerned about their health.

– Women endure pain and monotonous work better than men.
All the above gets even more confusing, if we take into account that 15 to 20% of men happen to have a female type of brains, and about 10% of women have a male type of brains, which means that some percentage of men and women, no matter how small it seems, are partially programmed to the behavior and way of thinking of the opposite gender.

“Okay, I understand the problem”, you are saying to yourself, but -“what’s the solution”? That depends on whether you are a woman or a man.

WHO DOES THE HOUSEWORK? (B1)

Who does the housework?

housework

30.01.09 –

The answer to “Who does the housework?” in Spain used to be obvious – the housewife. And the mother taught the daughters to cook and clean and sew, while the sons played with their toy cars. That was two generations ago, and there are women of 30 who still complain that as children, they were made to make their brothers’ beds before they went to school. Of course, things have changed a lot, particularly now that women usually go out to work as well as running their homes – although there are figures that show that on average, women spend 4.55 hours a day on domestic duties, and men just 1.37.
Given the trend towards greater equality, you might think that boys are now learning to do household tasks, or at least some of them, on a rough scale of 5.55:1.37, but apparently, equality has taken a different form among children. Nowadays, according to child psychologists and others writing on the website http://www.solohijos.com, parents think that the time they spend with their children should all be time spent having fun, playing and going out, and children are growing up thinking that they have no domestic obligations or responsibilities at all.

So neither boys nor girls are being taught to lay the table or pick up their toys, and in later life, says neuropsychologist María Luis Ferreros, “they” (the children) “feel confused because they have been living outside reality”.

Who does the housework?
Independencia y responsabilidad Independence and responsibility
Hay que tener tiempo y paciencia You need to have time and patience
Autonomía y actitud positiva Autonomy and a positive attitude
Con dos años los niños pueden recoger sus juguetes At two years old children can tidy up their toys
Con cuatro o cinco pueden dar de comer a la mascota At four or five they can feed the pet
Con seis o siete años pueden limpiarse los zapatos At six or seven they can clean their shoes
Hacer un bocadillo, ayudar a hacer la lista de la compra y dejar su ropa en la cesta de la ropa sucia Make a sandwich, help make the shopping list, and leave their clothes in the (dirty) clothes basket
Los niños mayores pueden hacer la cama, pasar la aspiradora, barrer y fregar el suelo Older children can make the bed, vacuum, sweep and mop the floor
Guardar la ropa limpia en el armario Put clean clothes away in the cupboard
Sacar la basura y lavar el coche Take the rubbish out and clean the car
Atar los cordones de los zapatos Tie shoe-laces
Hacer los deberes sin que se lo recuerden Do their homework without being reminded
Mantener la habitación ordenada, tender la ropa Keep their room tidy, hang out the washing
Todo esto es muy divertido All this is great fun

LAS FALLAS ABOUT TO REACH ITS CLIMAX (B1)

The Fallas in Valencia are about to reach their climax

The famous Fallas festival in Valencia is about to reach its climax for another year, and in 2010 it seems that personalities from the news are ever more present in the spectacular ninots which will all turn to ashes on Thursday the Día de San José, March 19th.

To keep their memory alive we present a selection of some of the best from Spanish news.

Some of the Spanish personalities depicted are José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Elena Salgado and María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Francisco Camps, Rafa Nadal, Rita Barberá, Mariano Rajoy, and José Javier Vazquez with Belen Esteban.

Of the international personalities, look out for Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Silvio Burlosconi, Barack and Michele Obama,

CALENDAR GIRLS (A1)

WHAT MONTHS OF THE YEAR CAN YOU UNDERSTAND IN THIS SONG?

I KNOW IT´S A GOLDEN OLDIE , BUT STILL IT CAN BE USEFUL.

Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation

Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation