Monthly Archives: December 2015

BEST XMAS GIFTS 2015 (ALL LEVELS)

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ONE OF THOSE? WHAT ARE THEY CALLED IN ENGLISH? 2-WHEEL HOVERBOARDS IS THE ANSWER…

“You’ve seen videos of celebrities and YouTube sensations riding their new hoverboards, and now they’ve started popping up everywhere. We know what you’re thinking you want one. You’re not alone. A 2-Wheel Hover Board is an awesome gift for anyone who loves new technology and devices, and it’s sure to be the “it” gadget to get this holiday season.

It’s the tech-savvy enthusiasts new must have. They already have the latest smartphone, tablet, iWatch and more, now it’s time for a new personal gadget that will take them where they wan to go. For the college student, it’s a great new way to get around campus. It charges fast, it’s easy to ride and you can carry it with you when you get to your destination. It will be your teen or childs new favorite toy that get’s them up and active. For adults, a 2-Wheel Hover Board is a great way to get around the city, commute to work or run errands around the neighborhood.”

HOWEVER, BEWARE OF THE DANGERS BEFORE BUYING ONE: hoverboards: fires caused by faulty chargers, and the risk of multiple and severe injuries from falling off them.

WHAT OTHER MUST-HAVE GIFTS WILL BE ON YOUR LIST FOR CHRISTMAS?

SPAIN´S BIGGEST NEWS STORIES OF 2015 (LOW B2)

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CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE ARTICLE:

http://www.thelocal.es/20151221/the-biggest-spanish-news-stories-in-2015

DO “BOOK TRAILERS” ENCOURAGE READING? (LOW B2)

TIRED OF WRITING BOOK REVIEWS FOR CLASS OR ORAL PRESENTATIONS BASED ON BOOKS / READERS? I AM!!!

WHY NOT TRY MAKING A “BOOK TRAILER” AS PART OF A PROJECT FOR CLASS WITH YOUR SECOND BOOK?

“A BOOK TRAILER is like a commercial – you are trying to “sell” this book to someone.” Larry Ferlazzo

Book trailers are now increasingly common and provide an engaging way for students to present an insight into a text. A book trailer is a multimodal interpretation of the themes of the book and the media is produced from scratch. A book trailer uses a mix of images and or moving image, symbols, text, voice over, music and sound to ‘sell’ the book.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO SEE A  COMPREHENSIVE  PREZI PRESENTATION.

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IT´S TOO DEMANDING, I KNOW, BUT I HAVE SOMETHING MUCHMORE SIMPLE IN MIND BY USING IMOVIE OR MOVIEMAKER WHERE THERE ARE TEMPLATES TO USE.imovie-04-535x535

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THIS IS AN EXAMPLE CREATED BY A STUDENT:

5 FREE TOOLS FOR CREATING BOOK TRAILER VIDEOS by RICHARD BYRNE.

  • WHY NOT TRY MAKING A “BOOK TRAILER” AS PART OF A PROJECT FOR CLASS WITH YOUR SECOND BOOK?
  • REMEMBER THAT VOICE, TEXT , IMAGED AND MUSIC CAN BE INCLUDED
  • DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BE A GOOD IDEA?

 

TOM´S DINER (A1) (A2) 2ND PART

LISTEN TO THE SONG AND NUMBER THESE ACTIONS IN ORDER 1 TO 5.

  • It´s raining.
  • He´s pouring the coffee.
  • She´s shaking the umbrella.
  • They´re kissing.
  • The bells are ringing.

LISTEN TO SOME VERSES OF THE SONG AGAIN AND COMPLETE THE LYRICS WITH THESE VERBS  (-ing form)

come   kiss      listen   look     pretend    shake    sit    think   wait

  1. I am sitting in the morning  at the diner on the corner.
  2. i am _______ at the counter for the man tom pour the coffee
  3. and he fills it only half-way and before I even argue
  4. he is ________ at the window at somebody ___________ in.
  5. “It´s always nice to see you” says the man behind the counter
  6. to the woman who has come in, she is ________ her umbrella
  7. and I look the other way as they are ________ their hellos and
  8. I´m ________ not to see them and instead I pour the milk.
  9. Oh, this rain it will continue through the morning as I´m _________
  10. to the bells of the cathedral. I´m _______ of your voice
  11. and of the midnight picnic once upion a time before the rain began.
  12. And I finish up my coffee and it´s time to ——–

HOW DOES THE SONG FINISH?

(ACTIVITY BASED ON ENGLISH FILE OUP)

DECEMBER FOOLS’ DAY ???

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If you should be in a Spanish-speaking country today and play a joke on your friends and follow that up with a shout of “¡Tontos de abril!” chances are you’ll get nothing but blank stares as a reaction. The minor U.S. holiday of April Fools’ Day is little known in Spain and Latin America, but there´s  a rough equivalent, el Día de los Santos Inocentes, observed on Dec. 28th.

The day, observed in Spain (especially the southern areas) and parts of Latin America, is observed in much the same way as April Fools’ Day. But when the prankster is ready to reveal the joke, the saying is “¡Inocente, inocente!” or “Innocent one, innocent one!”

In its origins, the day is a sort of gallows humor. The Day of the Innocents observes the day when, according to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, King Herod ordered the baby boys under 2 years old in Bethlehem to be killed because he was afraid that the baby Jesus born there would become a rival. As it turned out, though, the baby Jesus had been taken away to Egypt by Mary and Joseph. So the “joke” was on Herod, and thus followed the tradition of tricking friends on that day. (This is a sad story to be sure, but according to tradition the babies murdered in Jesus’ stead went to heaven as the first Christian martyrs.)

You can learn more about el Día de los Santos Inocentes on these pages:

FROM www.spanisheslabout.com

Happy Innocents´ Day!!

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TOM´S DINER (A1) (A2) 1ST PART

LISTEN TO THIS SONG:

 

LOOK AT THE VIDEO AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.

  1. Which country is she in?
  2. Is it morning, afternoon or evening?
  3. Is she alone at Tom´s Diner?
  4. What´s the weather like?
  5. What does she look like?
  6. What´s she wearing?
  7. What is she doing?
  8. Is she happy?
  9. How is he feeling?
  10. What´s she going to do when she leaves Tom´s diner? PREDICT

SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS (ALL LEVELS)

LOOK AT THE LATEST CHRISTMAS ADVERT FOR APPLE WITH BLIND MUSICIAN STEVE WONDER AND SOUL, R&B, JAZZ AND BLUES SINGERBANDRA DAY.

In the video, The two musicians can be seen performing Stevie Wonder’s 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas”.

 

“Someday At Christmas”

Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

 

Someday at Christmas we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hands
One happy morning people will share
Our world where people care

 

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where people are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmastime…

NICE MESSAGE FOR XMAS. HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE

“Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

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Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears
One shining moment, one prayer away
From our world today….

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TO WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS ON A HAPPIER NOTE….. LOOK AT THIS NATIVITY SCENE PUBLISHED TODAY.

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IF YOU´D LIKE TO READ MORE

 

MERRY XMAS! (2A2) +(LOW B2)

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IT´S BEEN A HARD YEAR  IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC AND MIGRANT CRISIS: THE SYRIAN WAR AND THE PROBLEM OF THE REFUGEES, JIHADIST TERRORISM, CATALONIA´S PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE,  COUNTLESS CORRUPTION CHARGES, CUTS, EVICTIONS, CHILD POVERTY, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE “BRAIN DRAIN” OF EDUCATED SKILLED PROFESSIONALS…ETC……  LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE ARE HEADING TO POLITICAL INSTABILITY AFTER YESTERDAY´S GENERAL ELECTIONS, ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS…. WE ALL NEED A BREAK FROM BAD NEWS, TO RECHARGE OUR BATTERIES AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON….DON´T WE? WE DESERVE IT!!

SO, I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MY BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR…..

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I PROMISE TO BE BACK ON THE 7th!! 

MARISA SENT ME THIS FUNNY VIDEO:

THE PRESENT CONTINOUS (A1) (A2)

 

DO YOU REMEMBER THIS SONG?

WHAT´S HE DOING?

HE´S  SINGING   IN THE RAIN   = PRESENT TO BE + v-ing

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WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

TRY THIS ANIMATED EXERCISE

 

XMAS VIDEO ACTIVITIES TO TRY DURING THE HOLIDAY (A2, B1)

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https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/christmas

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