Monthly Archives: May 2011

MULTI-LINGUAL SCHOOLS (B1)

Valencia announces plan for multi-lingual schools

By m.p. – May 30, 2011 – 4:52 PM
It aims for an equal balance between Spanish, the Valencian language and English

The regional government in Valencia has announced a plan to introduce multi-lingual teaching in the region’s schools from the 2012/2013 school year, to put English on an equal footing with the Spanish and Valencian languages.

The Generalitat’s councillor for education, Alejandro Font de Mora, said on Monday that the aim is to find a balance in the use of Valencia’s two co-official languages, and gradually increasing the use of English as a medium of instruction.

The first step would be for staff to receive training in teaching in a foreign language, with the aim then for the use of English in the region’s public schools to be gradually increased up to a maximum of 33%. As English goes up, castellano and valenciano would each gradually decrease down to a minimum of 33%.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news

LET US SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON FONT DE MORA´S NEW PLAN

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THE “SPANISH REVOLUTION”

Demonstrators return to the Puerta del Sol
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By h.b. – May 18, 2011 – 6:25 AM
The Democracia Real Ya  movement is expanding quicklyInternet spanish revolution
 

 

 

The new protest group, ‘Democacia Real Ya seems to be taking on a size which has surprised even their own organisers. After being moved away from their impromptu campsite in the Puerta del Sol in the early hours of Tuesday, Tuesday night saw thousands gathering there again.

Once again they said they will spend the night there, and numbers were so many traffic had to be cut. Their numbers have been swelled by activity on internet social networking sites and via SMS.

One estimate said there were 2,000 people in the square at 2am, some bringing chairs and even sofas and beds. Many local restaurants are reported to have given the demonstrators their excess food at closing time.

In a leaflet which was distributed during the early hours, the demonstrators protest about the current economic and political situation. They declare their right to be indignant, and call on citizens, students or housewives to join them to ask for ‘real democracy and politics’.

Indeed among those present are the unemployed, pensioners, students and some complete families, all claiming the current political system increases bipartisanship and forgets human dignity.

Anti riot police were stationed close to the Puerta del Sol, but were not given the order to move in.

There have been at least three arrests after a similar camp was moved on in Granada. It had been set up at the doors of the City Hall. 200 are reported to be demonstrating in Barcelona.

The PSOE and IU are reported to be concerned about the protests, with the latter trying to get votes from the demonstrators, while the PP are reported to consider it all infighting on the left from which they can only benefit.

Read the manifesto of the demonstrators in English – here

 

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_30534.shtml#ixzz1MhnpaYIv

FINAL OF EUROVISION CONTEST SET UP FOR MAY 14th

Lucía Pérez is going  to represent Spain next Saturday in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Que me quiten lo bailao” written by musician Rafael Artesero. She is the first Galician artist to represent Spain in the 56th edition of the music festival, which will be held on May 14th in Düsseldorf (Germany). 

“The song is very lively, typical Eurovision,” said Reyes de Amor, a Eurovision expert .

 ARE YOU A EUROVISION FAN? DO YOU THINK THAT THIS KIND OF SONG CONTESTS IS OLD-FASHIONED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SPANISH  SONG?

HOW WOULD YOU TRANSLATE “QUE ME QUITEN LO BAILAO” INTO ENGLISH?

VALENCIANS WANT “LA FE” BACK (B1)

Valencia residents want their old hospital back
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By m.p. – May 12, 2011 – 6:25 PM
10,000 people in the city have signed a petition against the transfer to the new Hospital La Fe

After almost 7 years under construction, Valencia’s new Hospital La Fe opened its doors to its first patients at the end of November last year, but problems in reaching the new facilities in Bulevar Sur have led 10,000 locals to sign a petition asking for their old hospital back.

The old La Fe in Campanar is still operational as a 100-bed facility for the chronically ill and a 24 hour emergency department for less serious urgent cases. But residents of the area near the old hospital say the Bulevar Sur centre is too far away, with an infrequent bus service, and too costly to reach by taxi.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_30470.shtml#ixzz1MASJSimL

LET US KNOW YOUR VIEWS ON THIS MATTER….

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RELAX = TAKE IT EASY (B1)

Exams are just around the corner….

Listening to music is one of the best recipes for stress…so… relax!… take it easy!… and the best of luck!!!

Animated Gif Update (1) 

Took a ride to the end of the line
Where no one ever goes.
Ended up on a broken train with nobody I know.
But the pain and the (longings) the same.
(Where the dying
Now I’m lost and I’m screaming for help.)Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.It’s as if I’m scared.
It’s as if I’m terrified.
It’s as if I scared.
It’s as if I’m playing with fire.
Scared.
It’s as if I’m terrified.
Are you scared?
Are we playing with fire?Relax
There is an answer to the darkest times.
It’s clear we don’t understand but the last thing on my mind
Is to leave you.
I believe that we’re in this together.
Don’t scream – there are so many roads left.Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.Relax, take it easy
For there is nothing that we can do.
Relax, take it easy
Blame it on me or blame it on you.

It’s as if I’m scared.
It’s as if I’m terrified.
It’s as if I scared.
It’s as if I’m playing with fire.
Scared.
It’s as if I’m terrified.
Are you scared?
Are we playing with fire?

Relax
Relax

RELAX, TAKE IT EASY…. BUT….. THERE IS SOMETHING “  THAT YOU CAN DO. ……KNOW WHAT??

IF YOU REALLY ENJOY THIS SONG TRY THE ACTIVITIES BELOW.

http://www.isabelperez.com/songs/relax.htm

LISTENING TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC CAN BE A GOOD TIP TO RELAX….BUT….WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

SHARE YOUR VIEWS AND POST SOME TIPS OF YOUR OWN.

A NEW CLOZE (B1)

READ THE TEXT BELOW AND THINK OF THE WORD WHICH BEST FITS EACH SPACE. USE ONLY ONE WORD IN EACH SPACE. CONTRACTIONS COUNT AS ONE WORD.

Every year their magazines and TV programmes ____________(1) read and watched by millions of people around the world. The National Geographic Society ____________(2) in 1888 with just a ____________ (3) members and now it is one of the largest scientific and educational organizations __________(4) the world.  It was created ____________(5)  a group of 33 teachers, explorers and businessmen ____________(5) 13th January 1888 in Washington DC. They met ____________(6) talk about their interest ____________ (7) geography.

Later that year the first edition of the National Geographic was ____________(8). The articles and reports were ____________(9) by professors but they weren´t very interesting  for people ____________(10) weren´t experts in geography.. But then ____________(11) magazine became  ____________(12) to read and included more and more photos, especially in colour. Some ____________(13) amazing photos have ____________(14) printed in the magazine from  all corners of the planet. So , ____________ (15) one day you need to look up some  information about geography, why not start by ____________(16) up a copy of the National Geograhic?

HAVING FUN WITH PHRASAL VERBS (B1)

TRY TO WRITE DOWN SOME ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:

MOTHER´S DAY

LISTEN TO THIS …. JUST FOR A LAUGH!!!!!

Mother’s Day Song

Mother’s Day is here
Everybody give a cheer
For the ladies that we call our Mother Dear

I tried to find a card
But you know, it’s really hard
To find the one that captures all the love that’s in my heart

And so instead, I’m singing you this song
Because I am so grateful to you, Mom…

So I say
Thanks for having intercourse with dad
Without a condom, sponge or IUD
Your lack of objection to sex without protection
Made a sperm and egg turn into me

You gave me life, love, a home, and food and clothing every day
I gave you stretch marks and extra weight that never quite went away

I mean it
Thanks for having intercourse with dad
The carnal act that brought me here to you
I don’t know if it was varied or merely missionary
But it sure was good for me; was it for you?

I’m elated that you mated
Your love you consummated
You got inseminated
Then waited and inflated
Inside you I gestated
Until from your womb I cascaded

Thank you Mom…for doing…my Dad!
(I’m so glad that he had you, thanks for doing my DAD

The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood. In the UK and Ireland, it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday, celebrated in March/April. In Spain it is celebrated on the first Sunday in May…..

APART FROM FLOWERS, WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL GIFTS PEOPLE BUY ON MOTHER´S DAY?

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