Monthly Archives: February 2015

STUDENT STRIKE AGAINST 3-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PLAN (LOW B2)

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AS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DEMONSTRATIONS, LOOK AT THIS PHOTO……. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT PLANS?

YOU CAN READ THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPER BELOW (think spain)

STUDENTS at Spain’s main universities are on strike again today after having staged a protest and shut-down yesterday over plans to reduce degrees to three years from their current four and increase master’s courses to two years from their existing one year.According to the organisers, classrooms in the main faculties in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona were ’empty’ yesterday and are also likely to be today.

Some 40 demonstrations across the country are expected to hit the streets today, including one in the centre of Madrid starting at Atocha station and finishing in the Puerta del Sol square.Student union leader Ana García says between 75% and 90% of undergraduates and post-graduates in Spain joined in yesterday’s strike.But education minister José Ignacio Wert counters this, saying those following the strike are ‘in the minority’. He has announced plans to change the length of an undergraduate and post-graduate degree to bring them in line with most of the rest of Europe.

Students in Spain consider the move to make master’s degrees longer is a way of making them pay more in tuition fees, and they complain that reducing a first degree to three years will lessen its quality. Minister Wert says cutting the length of an undergraduate degree means Spanish students will be qualified and ready to hit the job market at 21, meaning they will be able to buy houses and start families at an earlier age because their careers will have started earlier than they do currently.

http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/25554/two-day-student-strike-over-three-year-undergraduate-degree-plan

PARTS OF A HOUSE (A1) (A2)

arrow4_e0 STUDY THE VOCABULARY FOR THE HOUSE IN YOUR BOOK ON PAGE 161

LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. HOW MANY PARTS OF THE HOUSE CAN YOU NAME IN ENGLISH?
QUESTIONS:

1.- Which are the parts of our house?

2.- Where do you sleep?

3.- Where do you eat lunch or dinner?

4.- Where can you cook?

5.- Where can you have a shower or a bath?

6.- Name some things you can see in your bedroom and in your dining room?

7.- Name some things you can see in your kitchen and in your bathroom?

THE BIG QUESTION:

Which is the most important room for you in your house? Why?

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO FOR FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES:

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS TRY “LEARNING CHOCOLATE” TO PRACTISE VOCABULARY:

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TIPS FOR MONOLOGUES (A2)

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TIPS FOR THE 1st TASK (MONOLOGUE):
First and foremost: relax and do not panic. Your teacher is in your shoes because he/she has gone through the same situation before.
Secondly: Follow a structure and order your ideas in a sensible way. Start like this:
I’m going to talk about…
I’d like to talk about…
Thirdly: Use linkers to order your ideas
· Pay attention to the intonation and pronunciation

· Use specific topic vocabulary

· Be clear

· Don´t try to say things you cannot say because you lack vocabulary or structure

 

THE 36 QUESTIONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH “ANYONE” (LOW B2)

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Can you really fall in love with someone after 36 questions? How about anyone?
A 20-year-old study says you can – and so does the New York Times journalist who took psychologist Arthur Aron’s 1997 test to see if closeness could be created in an experimental environment.
The quiz progresses from relaxed questions like, ‘Would you like to be famous? In what way?’ to more intimate ones such as, ‘What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2909261/The-36-questions-guaranteed-make-fall-love-Two-couples-soulmates-taking-psychologists-quiz.html#ixzz3SCNEkU12


HAVE A LOOK AT THE QUESTIONS 6 HAVE YOUR SAY

FROM “FIRST” TO “LAST” (LOW B2)

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DO YOU KNOW ANY PHRASES/ FIXED COLLOCATIONS WITH “LAST”?

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DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHERS?

 

SUBJECT & OBJECT QUESTIONS (A2)

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS  DISCOVERED  AMERICA

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  • WHAT DID CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVER?

             HE DISCOVERED AMERICA . (OBJECT QUESTION)

  • WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA?

            CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA. (SUBJECT QUESTION)

TRY THESE EXERCISES

LET´S TALK ABOUT THE PAST (PART 1) (A1) (A2)

LOOK AT THIS OLD BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO AND LISTEN TO THE SONG….I´M SURE YOU ALL REMEMBER THIS SONG….

 

 

 

 


YESTERDAY…… WHAT DID YOU DO YESTERDAY?
I WENT TO SCHOOL AS USUAL AND I ARRIVED ON TIME…..

29th GOYA AWARDS CEREMONY (LOW B2)

 

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The Goya Awards, known in Spanish as “los Premios Goya”, are Spain’s main national film awards.

“The grand gala event of Spanish cinema returns once again. The 29th Goya Awards ceremony is set to take place on 7 February. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Príncipe Felipe Conference Centre in Madrid. This year the favourites are two thrillers: “Marshland”, by Alberto Rodríguez, with 17 nominations; and “El Niño”, by Daniel Monzón, with 16 nominations.”

The awards were established in 1987, a year after the founding of “the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España”, and the first awards ceremony took place on March 16, 1987 at the Teatro Lope de Vega, Madrid. The ceremony continues to take place annually around the end of January, and awards are given to films produced during the previous year.

The award itself is a small bronze bust of Francisco de Goya created by the sculptor José Luis Fernández.

DO YOU LIKE SPANISH CINEMA?

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE TOP NOMINATED FILMS THIS YEAR?

WHICH FILM DO YOU THINK DESERVES THE MOST AWARDS? WHY?

 

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