Monthly Archives: February 2011

YOUR DREAM HOUSE (B1)

THIS IS A SEMI-DETACHED HOUSE:

NOW IT´S TIME FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT YOUR “DREAM HOUSE”. WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?

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OSCAR NIGHT (B1)

NEXT SUNDAY 27th  IS “OSCAR NIGHT”.

BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE “OSCAR” ?

READ THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE.

It’s been called “the Academy statuette,” “the golden trophy” and “the statue of merit.” The entertainment trade paper, Weekly Variety, even attempted to popularize “the iron man.” Thankfully, the term never stuck. Born in 1928, the Academy Award of Merit — which we know as simply “the Oscar” — depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film with five spokes, signifying the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.Weighing 8.5 pounds and standing 13.5 inches tall, the statuette was designed by MGM’s chief art director Cedric Gibbons. Frederic Hope, Gibbons’ assistant, created the original Belgian black marble base; artist George Stanley sculpted the design; and the California Bronze Foundry hand cast the first statuette in bronze plated with 24-karat gold.

 The Origin of the Oscar Name
A popular but unsubstantiated story has been that the moniker caught on after Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick said that the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar. Its first documented mention came after the sixth Awards Presentation in 1934 when Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used it in reference to Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win. The Academy itself didn’t use the nickname officially until 1939.Oscar has changed his look on occasion. From the 1930s through the 50’s, juvenile players received miniature replicas of the statuette; ventriloquist Edgar Bergen was presented with a wooden statuette with a movable mouth; and Walt Disney was honored with one full-size and seven miniature statuettes on behalf of his animated feature SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. In support of the World War II effort between 1942 and 1944, Oscars were made of plaster, to be traded in for golden statuettes after the war. Additionally, the base was raised and changed from marble to metal in 1945. And in 1949, Academy Award statuettes began to be numbered, starting with No. 501.

ARE YOU A CERTIFIED MOVIE FANATIC?

DO YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE TRACK TO THIS YEAR´S WINNERS?

IF SO, WATCH THIS VIDEO CALLED “NOMINATIONS 2011” AND PREDICT THE WINNERS.

DO YOU THINK “JAVIER BARDEM” WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WITH “BIUTIFUL”??  DO YOU FEEL HE DESERVES THE AWARD?

Spanish actor, Javier Bardem, proves he remains a darling of Hollywood with the news that he has been nominated in the Best Actor category for this year’s Oscars. It comes for his role in the Mexican film, ‘Biutiful’ and is his third nomination.

His first was in 2000 for ‘Antes que anochezca’ and then he won the gong in 2007 for his role in the Coen brothers film ‘No Country for Old Men’

The film he stars in this year, from director Alejandro González Iñárritu, is also in the final nominations for Best Film in a Foreign Language, but the Spanish candidate in the category from Iciar Bollaín, ‘También la Lluvia’ has missed out.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28872.shtml#ixzz1Eulx9bEM

YOU CAN WATCH THE 83rd  OSCAR CEREMONY AWARDS LIVE NEXT SUNDAY. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION, HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LINK http://www.oscar.com/

“GET ON THE GROUND, EVERYBODY!” (B1)

23-F was an attempted coup d’état  in Spain that began on 23 February 1981 and ended on the following day.

Time flies, doesn´t it? It´s been 30 years now since the February 23rd coup d’etat and it´s still impossible to forget . I was 16 at the time and myself and several other secondary school pupils were about to start a Literature exam when we were suddenly sent home. It was really difficult for me to make any sense of the whole situation and I couldn´t understand that democracy was hanging by a thread…..

DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF THIS DAY?

IF SO,  HOW OLD WERE YOU? WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN EVERYTHING HAPPENED?

IF NOT, WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS  / TEACHERS TELL YOU ABOUT IT?

ARE YOU KEEN ON WATCHING THIS FILM WHICH IS GOING TO BE RELEASED TODAY, 30 YEARS AFTERWARDS?

BULLYING AT SCHOOL (B1)

Parents of bullies forced to pay compensation over victim’s suicide

By: thinkSPAIN , Saturday, February 12, 2011

A LANDMARK ruling has seen the parents of seven children who bullied one of their classmates charged with his death after he committed suicide as a result.

Jokin C.L., 14, from Hondarribia (Guipúzcoa) was insulted, humiliated and beaten up by eight kids in his class.

He suffered bullying both inside and outside of school after the bullies’ parents found out they had been smoking hash at a summer camp.

Jokin was the only camp member who did not intercept and destroy the letter sent by teachers to the  children’s parents, so his mother told them about it after she had read the communication from the school.

As a result, Jokin was bullied regularly by the offenders and, unable to take any more, hurled himself off a wall (pictured) in 2004.

The parents of seven of the children have been ordered to pay Jokin’s family 10,000 euros each in compensation.

 

WHY DO YOU THINK BULLYING AND CYBER-BULLYING  IS SUCH COMMON PRACTICE NOWADAYS AT SCHOOL?

ANTI-DOWNLOAD LAW (B1)

Senate passes Spain’s amended anti-download law

By m.p. – Feb 9, 2011 – 7:06 PM

The Spanish Senate has this Wednesday approved the anti-download law, the so-called Ley Sinde named for the Minister for Culture, Ángeles González Sinde.

EFE gives the count as 248 votes in favour, five against and one abstention. It now returns to Congress for definitive approval.

It’s a watered down version of the original text which was defeated in Congress in December, and reached this stage after amendments were brought in with a cross-party pact last month to strengthen judicial control in the decision to close websites which offer access to copyright material.

José María Chiquillo for the opposition Partido Popular said during the debate in the Senate that if his party reaches government they will draw up a new anti-download law to bring new, fresh ideas to Internet.

He warned that the pact reached to pass the amendments ‘is not a blank cheque, it is a lesser evil in a text which could clearly be better. We will be vigilant against any criminalisation of Internet users’, he said.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_29137.shtml#ixzz3qFrQ7gsh

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE SO-CALLED “SINDE´S LAW”? ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST IT?

MY INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS LOVE SONGS

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TOP “LOVE SONGS” OF ALL TIME (B1)

ON 14 th  FEBRUARY SAINT VALENTINE´S CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD.. SO I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU TO POST YOUR FAVOURITE LOVE SONG.

The top love songs of all time are those songs that make you remember all the special moments that you’ve shared with your special someone. PLEASE, SEND YOUR POST to find out which are OUR top love songs of all time…

THIS IS THE TEACHER´S CONTRIBUTION TO THE SURVEY: “WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN” BY PERCY SLEDGE

“CAN´T HELP FALLING IN LOVE ” BY ELVIS PRESLEY (PEPE MONSALVE´S CONTRIBUTION)

“TAINTED LOVE”  BY SOFT CELL

“UNCHAINED MELODY” BY RIGHTOUS BROTHERS

“LOVE IS ALL AROUND”  BY WET WET WET

“I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU”  BY STEVE WONDER

“ETERNAL FLAME”   BY ATOMIC KITTEN

“WONDERFUL TONIGHT”  BY MICHAEL BUBLE (AMPARO MARTÍNEZ´S CONTRIBUTION)

“FALLEN”   FROM PRETTY WOMAN  (AMPARO´S CONTRIBUTION)

“YOUR SONG”   BY ELTON JOHN (NÚRIA’S  CONTRIBUTION)

“ENDLESS LOVE”  BY LIONEL RICHIE

“CAN´T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” BY FRANKIE VALLI

“I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER” BY ARETHA FRANKLIN

“INCOMPLETE”  BY BACK STREET BOYS   (GLORIA’S CONTRIBUTION)

“MY HEART WILL GO ON”    BY CELINE DION

LET´S TALK ABOUT EDUCATION (B1)

Spain has one of the highest rates in Europe of early school leavers
By m.p. – Jan 31, 2011 – 7:48 PM
It’s more than double the European average

The European Commission released information on Monday which shows that Spain has one of the highest percentages in Europe of early school leavers.

The group is defined as 18-24 year olds who left school with little or no qualifications and are no longer in education.

The EC said in a press release that more than six million people in the EU leave education and training with lower secondary level qualifications at best, leading them to serious difficulties in finding work and, often, a dependency on welfare benefits.

The EC has approved an action plan designed to help member countries to achieve the 2020 target of reducing the EU average rate of early school leavers to below 20%. It currently stands at 14.4% of all students, but three countries in Europe have rates which are higher than 30%.

Spain is amongst the three, along with Portugal and Malta, according to the EC figures for 2009.

The EFE news agency gives the rate in Spain as 31.2% where, unlike Portugal and Malta, the percentage has not reduced over the years between 2000 and 2009. Spain’s rate a decade ago was 27%.

The EC has a three-fold policy proposal to tackle the problem:

– Prevention, to support children in their learning from early on in their education and to avoid situations which could make them leave early, such as repeating a school year.

– Intervention, to quickly address difficulties such as truancy and low performance.

– Compensation measures, for access to extra classes or a return to education for those who have left.

The EC Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassilliou, told EFE that part of Spain’s problem is due to immigration, but in particular, to the construction boom which led many youngsters to leave their education for work in the sector. Now that the real estate bubble has burst, they have found themselves without work, he said.

He called on Spain and all the EU countries not to reduce their education budgets, as that, he said, ‘could have terrible consequences in a few years’.

The EC’s proposals will be discussed at a meeting of Education Ministers which takes place in Brussels in early May.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28981.shtml#ixzz1Cjbjsw00

 

SPEAKING PRACTICE OUTSIDE CLASS

AFTER THE ORAL INTERVIEWS SOME OF YOU ASKED ME  ABOUT PLACES IN VALENCIA TO SPEAK ENGLISH. I RECOMMEND YOU TO VISIT MY COLLEAGUE HELEN´S BLOG WHERE SHE HAS VERY DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT IT:

http://helendipity.wordpress.com/cultural-activities/

Speaking Practice –

all these places offer activities in English.

Just go along and have fun in English!!!

Café Dublin C/Sueca 51 TRIVIAL PARTY Sundays 19.30

Café las Horas C/Conde de Almodóvar 1 EXCHANGE Mondays 20.00

The Lounge Estamiñería Vieja 2 EXCHANGE Mondays 22.00

Sally O’Brien Avda Aragón 8 QUIZ Sundays 19.00

Sherlock Holmes Pl. Manises 3 EXCHANGE Thursdays 20.30

The Black Sheep Porta del Mar 6 EXCHANGE Tuesdays 21.30

The Guinness House Plaza de la Patriarca 6 ACTIVITIES, EXCHANGE, GAMES…

Contact: martharobb@hotmail.co.uk     Movil: 617973927

 

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Helendipity Weblog

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Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

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