Monthly Archives: January 2015

THERE´S A DATING WEBSITE FOR EVERYONE (LOW B2)

YOUR CLASSMATE LAURA RECOMMENDED ME TO POST THIS VIDEO ABOUT DATING ONLINE. WATCH IT JUST FOR A LAUGH….

THE PRESENTER, ELLEN, FOUND SOME DATING WEBSITES SO CRAZY THAT SHE HAD TO SHARE THEM WITH HER AUDIENCE, INCLUDING ONE SHE MADE HERSELF…

MY FAVOURITE TIMES by PEPE ESPLÁ (A2)

BÁRCENAS WILL BE RELEASED AFTER 18 MONTHS IN JAIL (LOW B2)

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NEWS: Mr. Bárcenas will leave Soto del Real prison in Madrid tomorrow after paying the €200,000 bail set by the High Court, and must appear before the judge three times a week.

Former Popular Party (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas is set to leave Soto del Real prison in Madrid tomorrow following 18 months on remand during the investigation of complex corruption scandals affecting Spain’s governing party.

His lawyer Javier Gómez de Liaño told Spanish newspapers that the €200,000 bail had been collected by “numerous” family members, who would deposit the amount in a court-designated bank account on Thursday morning.

“He is calm”, said Mr. Gómez: “When one is in that situation, like the one he is in, of almost being able to touch freedom, well you can imagine how he is”.

Mr. Bárcenas’s release on bail will come just a day before the Popular Party holds a national conference in Madrid to debate the party’s strategy for Spain’s 2015 quadruple election year.

Party leaders and members are anxiously awaiting news of which powerful barons Mariano Rajoy will choose to head the electoral lists in Spain’s regions and major cities.

Referring to Mr. Bárcenas and the renewed interest in the case, PP Secretary General María Dolores de Cospedal said: “If there was an off-the-books accounting system, it belonged to the person in charge, not the PP”.

https://www.thespainreport.com/13902/former-pp-treasurer-luis-barcenas-released-18-months-jail-fraud-investigation/

AS WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE, READ THIS EXTRACT FROM THE NEWS AND HAVE YOUR SAY..

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBLIN (A2)

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IRISH MUSIC IS VERY POPULAR ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  • WHERE IN DUBLIN DO YOU THINK I TOOK THESE PHOTOS?
  • WHAT IS THIS AREA FAMOUS FOR?
  • WHAT OTHER PLACES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO VISIT IN DUBLIN?

THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN THIS POST AND THE REVISION READING ON PAGE 51.

IX EE.OO.II. CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN BARCELONA

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THE LOGO THIS YEAR IS ” TEACH, GUIDE, INSPIRE HOPE…”

 

MY FAVOURITE TIME by PAU ROVIRA (A2)

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In the Mediterranean sea the 24th day of June is the most enjoyable day because it holds the summer solstice. The days start to lengthen.

People say goodbye at clouds, at rain and at unstable days of the spring and people welcome the summer.

Everybody call it La nit de San Joan. A magical night. At the midnight people put bonfires on at the beach and make three wishes.

My favourite time

PRONUNCIATION & DANCING (ALL LEVELS)

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Beth Zielinski posted the following message to a Pronunciation forum on 24th February 2014.

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“I have recently had the experience of having dancing lessons, and on many occasions could see the parallel with teaching and learning pronunciation. Here are some of the parallels I noticed:

  1. When I first started, as well as finding it difficult to learn, I felt very uncomfortable and silly using the correct stance (head position, frame, hip movements etc. ), and thought I would be able to get by without it and dance in my stiff, understated way. But as time went on and after many lessons (and a lot of money!) and because the teacher expected me to dance in a particular way, I gradually became accustomed to it and in the end, felt uncomfortable and silly if I didn’t use it.
  2.  I was inspired by the better dancers in the group. I knew these better dancers looked amazing, but no matter how much I watched them, I was unable to imitate them. I needed explicit instruction on numerous aspects of my dancing and was gradually learning how to do the things they did. I was chuffed when some beginners were watching me dance one day and said to their teacher – I want to dance like that!
  3. I had to learn some things before I could go on to others.
  4. Once I “got” a particular aspect of dancing (e.g., hip movement in the Cha Cha), I had to practise it over and over again in front of the mirror and then without the mirror, so I could get my own sense of what I was doing. And then I had to concentrate on integrating it into the dancing, another challenging process.
  5. Real dancing with my husband (on a dance floor with lots of other people) was very different to dancing with my teacher (who provided a lot of support and monitoring) in my dance lessons.
  6. My teacher’s use of different visualisations was enormously helpful at times. So rather than telling me where to put my foot or hand, she had me imagining that I was stepping over a puddle or unfurling a scarf.
  7. And the most frustrating aspect of learning to dance as an adult – I forgot what I had learned from one week to the next!”


Do her observations chime with you? Would you like to add some of your own, on the experience of learning to pronounce? 

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2015 (LOW B2)

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IT´S JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT AFTER LAST WEEK´S LESSON AND SOME OF YOUR FILM REVIEWS, THE OSCAR NOMINEES 2015 HAVE JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED. ACCORDING TO THE ACADEMY THESE HAVE BEEN THE BEST PICTURES THIS YEAR. HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THEM?

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http://oscar.go.com/nominees?cid=oscars_nominees_announcement_cadillac

IF YOU HAVE SEEN ANY OF THEM, WHY DON´T YOU RECORD YOUR OWN FILM REVIEW AND SEND ME THE LINK TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG?

CAN YOU PREDICT WHICH PICTURE WILL BE THIS YEAR´S WINNER?

new_animatedYOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ONE

 

DATES TO REMEMBER (A1)

WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE THESE ?
e.g. WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS EVE ON 24th DECEMBER

HOBBIES & PASTIMES (A1)( (A2)

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING  IN YOUR FREE TIME?

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR PASTIMES?

HAVE A LOOK AT THE VOCABULARY BELOW:

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I LOVE GOING TO THE CINEMA AND TRAVELLING. I ALSO ENJOY EATING OUT WITH MY FAMILY AND PLAYING WITH MY CHILDREN . I DON´T MIND COOKING BUT  I REALLY HATE DOING HOUSEWORK, SPECIALLY IRONING.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

 

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