Monthly Archives: March 2015

EARTH HOUR 2015

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The lights-off event
Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. THEY  have grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 8:30 pm local time.

Earth Hour 2015 will be held on Saturday 28 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone. The event is held worldwide towards the end of March annually, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

BASIC CONTAINERS AND QUANTITIES (A2)

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HOW MANY CONTAINERS CAN YOU NAME IN ENGLISH?

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1 bag

2 can

3 Jar

4 bottle

5 carton

6 loaf

7 tub/container

8 box

9 roll

10 tube

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN MAKE UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS COUNTABLE BY USIING THE CONTAINER

I´d like some water   BUT…..I´d like two bottles of water  OR two glasses of water (page 70 in your book)

COMPLETE THIS SHOPPING LIST:

FOOD CONTAINERS

WORLD WATER DAY

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DO YOU HAVE ANY USEFUL WATER SAVING TIPS TO SHARE?

WORLD POETRY DAY 2015

 

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World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is held on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-

What do people do?
Government agencies, educators, community groups and individuals get involved in promoting or participating in the day. World Poetry Day is an opportunity for children to be introduced to poetry in classrooms. It is a time when classrooms are busy with lessons related to poetry, in which students examine poets and learn about different types of poetry.

Poets may be invited to read and share their work to audiences at book stores, cafes, universities and schools. Awards and other forms or recognition are made to honor poets and their work. Exhibitions and poetry evenings are also be held to showcase the work of various poets on or around March 21 to coincide with World Poetry Day.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE POEM TO READ ALOUD, RECORD AND SHARE WITH US IN AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM?

CAN YOU WRITE YOUR OWN POEM? USE BLABBERIZE TO CREATE “BLABBERS” OF YOUR POEMS: RECORD THEM  AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH TALKING POETRY!!

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WHY NOT WRITING A SEASONAL “HAIKU” (JAPANESE POETRY) ABOUT THE SPRING?

“The haiku is a very structured poetry form. Initially introduced by the Japanese, they are three-lined poems containing five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Containing just seventeen syllables, the haiku cannot capture a “big picture.”

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FATHER´S DAY (ALL LEVELS)

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Like many European countries, Spain’s holiday calendar is heavily influenced by the church. Father’s Day (El Día del Padre in Spanish) is celebrated in Spain on St. Joseph’s Day which falls on March 19.

St. Joseph’s Day is a Roman Catholic feast day designated to commemorate the life of Joseph, husband of Mary, who set the example of what a good husband and father is for his role within the Holy Family. Saint Joseph is also the patron saint of the Catholic Church, immigrants, workers, carpenters, as well as other groups and causes.

Until recently, Father’s Day was a national holiday in Spain. This holiday is still considered to be extremely important in Spain as it acknowledges the contribution of fathers within the family and society as a whole. It is also the time to honor those family members and friends who fulfill the role of father-figures. In Spain, it is not uncommon for the whole family to get together for a big meal and to give small gifts to their father. In Valencia, St. Joseph’s Day coincides with their huge annual fiesta of Las Fallas.

In Spain many people take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our fathers usually by giving him a hug and saying “Te quiero, papá” (I love you dad). Also, it is not uncommon on this day for kids to give their father a gift as a token of their affection. The gifts can range from a jamón (something this entire family can enjoy) to taking him out for a nice meal in a restaurant or spoiling him with the latest technological gadget. Usually, primary school students in Spain begin gearing up for Father’s day a week before the holiday. In class, children will make cards, ties, picture albums and other artistic creations to bring home where they may also help out making dad his favorite dish.

http://www.donquijote.org/culture/spain/society/holidays/father-day

MANY PEOPLE CLAIM THAT THIS IS ALL A “COMMERCIAL INVENTION” . WHAT DO YOU THINK?

ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST THIS KIND OF CELEBRATIONS?

THE REMAINS OF CERVANTES HAVE BEEN FOUND (LOW B2)

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31852032

WHY IS CERVANTES SO IMPORTANT FOR SPANISH HISTORY?

BLACKSTONE EVICTS (ALL LEVELS)

 

Blackstone Get Ready!

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Last Wednesday, PAH (Spanish Plataform Against Evictions) in coalition with other organizations in the US organized an international action against Blackstone, the world’s largest real estate speculative investing firm in the world.
With actions in Barcelona, New York and San Francisco PAH showed Blackstone what it’s capable of. This is a global fight and PAH will strike wherever they hide.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO?

 

“NEWS IN ENGLISH” IN LEVELS (A2, B1, B1+)

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In our short news, we use words which are used in English often:

Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. (A1)

Level 2 has the 2000 most important words.(A2)

Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.(B1, B1+, LOW B2)
So, if you want to understand English fast and learn fast, read two articles or more a day. You can improve your reading and listening quickly when you read easy English news. We will help you learn English fast and understand it. When you use this website every day, you can learn 3000 words which you need for communication with anybody in English.

 

How to improve your English with News in Levels:

Reading

Read all today’s articles and translate all words which you don’t understand.
Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.

Listening

Listen to all today’s news.
Stop the video after every sentence and repeat the sentence.
Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.

Writing

Answer the questions under today’s news and write them into the comments.
Chat in the Chat room for at least 2 minutes. You can write about today’s news.

Speaking

Choose one person from the SKYPE section.
You can talk about today’s news or you can answer questions from http://www.newsinlevels.com/questions/
If you want to know how to learn English effectively, please visit http://www.englishrestart.com.

Read more: http://www.newsinlevels.com

SAINT PATRICK´S DAY

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St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated every 17th March,  is the one day a year where everyone is a little bit Irish. In fact, not far off almost 12 percent of Americans claim Irish ancestry .

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrated across the world, did you ever wonder how much you actually know about Ireland’s biggest national holiday?

Here’s our ten top facts.

Try this QUIZ

 

STUDENT BLOGGING CHALLENGE

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The aim of the student blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blogging. It runs twice yearly, starting in March and September, and guides the participants through blogging and commenting over 10 weeks.

THIS WEEK THEY HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF QUESTIONS FROM STUDENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THEY´D LIKE TO HEAR RESPONSES TO THEIR QUESTIONS. SO ETHAN AND MAKAI ASK ABOUT SPAIN:“What are some typical foods you eat there?”

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW IF YOU WOPULD LIKE TO POST AN ANSWER

http://jocelynrsmith.edublogs.org/2015/03/15/comments-and-connections/

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Smart Up Your English

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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