Monthly Archives: February 2017

OSCARS 2017 (ALL LEVELS)

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The 89th annual Academy Awards is around the corner, taking place next Sunday, 26th February at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles….

 

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“Every year there’s that one movie that wins all the acclaim, all the awards, all the notices, and seems to suck the air out of the room for everyone else. This year, La La Land is that movie, pulling off a clean sweep of top honors at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, and the BAFTAs. Next stop: the Oscars, where it’s nominated for a record 14 nominations (tying the record set by All About Eve and Titanic) and is the odds-on favorite for Best Picture, among a whole host of other awards. If and when it wins, it will be the culmination of one big fat La La Land lovefest.

The Damien Chazelle–directed, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone–starring homage to classic Hollywood movie-musicals has been hailed as returning the bygone genre to its golden-era glory—“at a time when musicals seldom grace the big screen, La La Land is practically a miracle,” one review gushed—and enchanting audiences in that pure, old-fashioned kinda way. “During one musical number, when fireworks start going off in the sky,” swooned the Miami Herald, “you can feel them going off in your head, too.”

But does the movie really deserve all of this hype?”

http://www.vogue.com/article/la-la-land-oscars-hype-emma-stone-ryan-gosling

  • SHOULD “LA, LA, LAND” WIN THE BEST PICTURE OSCAR AWARD?
  • DOES THE MOVIE REALLY DESERVE ALL OF THIS HYPE?

HAVE YOUR SAY

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WEDDING DRAMAS (1B2)

EVERY MINOR FLAW ON A WEDDING DAY FEELS LIKE A CATASTROPHE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM…BUT CAN YOU THINK OF IDEAS THAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING? I´M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD REAL STORIES ABOUT IT

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE CONFETTI WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the CONFETTI BOARD below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. (WHAT MIGHT RUIN A WEDDING?)
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

 

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HAPPY VALENTINE´S DAY (ALL LEVELS)

 

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I´M NOT A BIG FAN OF ST VALENTINE´S BUT IT´S CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD ON 14th FEBRUARY.BUT….. HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT VALENTINE´S DAY?

READ THIS BRIEF ARTICLE AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT ITS ORIGINS .

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What is Valentine’s Day?Valentine’s Day is a romantic day observed on February 14th. People send greeting cards called valentines to their loved ones. Many valentines have romantic verses, and others have humorous pictures and sayings. The most common saying is, “Be my Valentine.”Valentine decorations and cards can go on store shelves as early as the day after Christmas. Schools decorate their classrooms with paper hearts and streamers just for this occasion.  The most common gifts to give on Valentine’s Day are candy and flowers. 

How did Valentine’s Day begin?The holiday of Valentine’s Day probably came from the ancient Roman feast called “Lupercalia.” In the early days of Rome, dangerous wolves lived in the forest nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calender was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime.One of the customs of Lupercalia for young people was called “name-drawing.” On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia, the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and put in a jar. Each young man drew a piece of paper with a name on it. The girl whose name was chosen would be his sweetheart for the year.Legend says that the holiday became Valentine’s Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time when Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time was Claudius II. He ordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine disobeyed the Emperor’s order and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and executed.Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th – Valentine’s Day. Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus.

 

ROMANTIC NAMES TO CALL YOUR ENGLISH SWEETHEART

In English we say sweet pea, peaches, pumpkin, muffin, cupcake, sugar and of course sweetie-pie, cutie-pie, honey-pie, pookie-pie… (what is it with English speaking Romeos and their pies?)

The food theme makes sense to me. Food is sustenance; it nourishes you and you can’t live without it. Keeping this in mind makes the French pet name, mon petit chou or “my little cabbage” seem almost romantic. Indonesians say buah hatiku “fruit of my heart”, while Italians can be a fragolina (little strawberry), and Brazilians say chuchuzinho which is actually a rather bland “chayote squash” (but sounds similar to the French word for cabbage, so they rolled with it).

WHAT ABOUT SPANISH WORDS TO CALL YOUR SWEET HEART? CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

Top ten most romantic nicknames to woo your Spanish sweetheart

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST COMMON GIFTS TO GIVE ON VALENTINE´S DAY IN SPAIN?
  • HOW DO PEOPLE CELEBRATE IT?
  • ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST THIS KIND OF CELEBRATIONS?
  • LET´S VOTE FOR THE TOP 10 IDEAS!! AND YOUR FAVORITE LOVE SONGS.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING… RADIO GARDEN (1B2)

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Do you want to know what’s being played on the radio in England right now? Well, thanks to a website called Radio Garden you can hear radio from there, and almost everywhere else in the world.

The website takes the form of an interactive globe that can be rotated to pick up transmissions from every corner of the planet, clips from radio history and stories from listeners in different locations.

While it allows you to listen to radio from around the world, it’s so exhaustive you’ll probably find stations you didn’t know existed in your own city

In the section Live, you can explore a world or radio as it is happening right now. Tune into any place on the globe. What sounds familiar? What sounds foreign? Where would you like to travel and what sounds like ‘home’?

In the section on History  you can tune into clips from throughout radio history that show…

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HOW EFFECTIVE IS “LANG8” FOR WRITING TASKS? (1B2)

IN A PREVIOUS POST IN NOVEMBER I TOLD YOU ABOUT “LANG8”, A LEARNING PLATFORM WHERE NATIVE SPÈAKERS CORRECT WHAT YOU WRITE. DO YOU REMEMBER?

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bigupdateanimJUAN, one of your 1B2 classmates,  TRIED IT AND WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH THIS TOOL:

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“In my opinion it´s a very interesting and effective tool, considering that when you upload a text people don´t delay in making comments.
However, there are some risks as always on the internet, as the information you get may be right or not depending on the person who has corrected you.
It’s fine in order to have an extra revision, but I’d rather be corrected by someone I trust.
Despite this, It´s worth a try.
I also wanted to warn you that it is addictive! Once you start helping to correct texts in Spanish, written by Japanese, English or German people, you can´t stop!”

I HOPE YOUR WORDS ENCOURAGE SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO TRY IT! THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!!!

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SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES LAST YEAR TRIED IT AND I´VE CHOSEN ONE EXAMPLE OF THE ASSIGNED INFORMAL EMAIL: THE STUDENT´S FIRST DRAFT (IN BLUE) AND THE SAME EMAIL CORRECTED (IN BLACK).

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE CORRECTED VERSION IS NOT 100% PERFECT BUT, ANYWAY….. I´D LIKE YOU TO COMPARE BOTH VERSIONS AND ASSESS THE RESULT. HOW EFFECTIVE AND USEFUL DO YOU THINK IT COULD BE FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE?

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IF YOU REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO GIVE IT A TRY.

GOOGLE DOCS: A GREAT TOOL FOR REAL TIME COLLABORATION (1B2)

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WE´RE GOING TO WORK ON COLLABORATIVE WRITING THESE DAYS. A GREAT TOOL FOR YOU COULD BE GOOGLE docs. TO SHARE DOCUMENTS AND FILES. HAVE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO

The main things students will get from this video are :

  • How to create a Google doc and share it with their peers.
  • How to give editing access to collaborators
  • How to identify what other collaborators have added to the document
  • How to chat with collaborators
  • How to bring other people (non-collaborators) into the conversation

THESE IDEAS COME FROM “EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & MOBILE LEARNING”

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED IT? HAVE YOUR SAY AND MAKE COMMENTS ON THIS SUBJECT

 

WRITING COLLABORATIVE OPINION ARTICLES (1B2)

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An article is usually written for a magazine or newspaper. The main purpose is to engage the reader, so the opening paragraph should catch your reader’s interest. Attracting the reader’s attention can be done in a number of ways

An article is usually factual and includes some comment, recommendation or opinion. It can be formal or informal depending on the target audience.  This is academic writing, so you cannot use contractions, abbreviations, or colloquial language.

An ARTICLE  consists of the following parts:
Opening. It is the general presentation of the topic, in which you also state your opinion clearly.
Body (two or more paragraphs, each presenting a separate viewpoint supported by reasons / examples). The first paragraph should contain the strongest argument or example. The second paragraph the second strongest argument and the third the weakest.You could also include a paragraph giving the opposing viewpoint supported by reasons /examples…
A paragraph consists of several sentences about a certain topic. It has the following parts:

  •  A topic sentence, i.e. an idea.
  •  One or several supporting sentences to expand on the idea.
  • A concluding sentence.

Conclusion. It is the paragraph that summarizes the main idea (using different words) or presents a conclusion, depending on the kind of article you need to write. Some things to bear in mind:

  • It should not bring new ideas.
  • o It shouldn’t be very long.
  • o It can be similar to the opening, but presented in different words.

(BY CRISTINA CABAL. Adapted)        https://tackk.com/jvkmh1

NOW, WE ARE READY TO START A COLLABORATIVE OPINION ARTICLE: “IS TODAY´S TV WORTH WATCHING OR JUST RUBBISH?”

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  • Click on the brick  board below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument to be used in an opinion article
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

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31st GOYA AWARDS (ALL LEVELS)

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

“The great celebration of Spanish cinema returns.” The 31st Goya Awards will be presented at the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel in Madrid on February 4, 2017 to honour the best in Spanish films of 2016. Actor and comedian Dani Rovira will be the master of ceremonies for the third time in a row.

Nominations were announced on 14 December 2016 by Javier Cámara and Natalia de Molina.“A Monster Calls”  received the most nominations with twelve, followed by “Smoke & Mirrors” and “The Fury of a Patient Man” with eleven nominations each.

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.

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  • THERE HAS BEEN A BIG CONTROVERSY ABOUT THESE AWARDS THIS YEAR. WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?
  • 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?
  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE ANY PREDICTIONS FOR TONIGHT?

ALPHABETICAL OR PASS THE WORD?? (1B2)

THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF TV PROGRAMMES. HAVE A LOOK AT THIS….

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ALPHABETICAL is a fast-paced quiz show, which sees three contestants compete against a returning champion in series of games based around the alphabet. Over the course of four rounds the aim is to accrue as much time as possible in preparation for the final round. However, two contestants will be eliminated leaving just the reigning champion and their challenger to go head-to- head in an effort to win the jackpot.

The tense ALPHABETICAL final requires the remaining two contestants to make their way around the entire alphabet by answering a question based on each letter. They are racing against the clock with just 100 seconds, plus the time they have accrued. By successfully completing the alphabet the winner walks away with the jackpot. Or, if both contestants fail to achieve this, the jackpot remains unclaimed with the prize money accumulating with every day it rolls over.

DOES IT RING A BELL?

“HINATIVE”A NEW LANGUAGE PLATFORM (ALL LEVELS)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF “HINATIVE”? IT´S A NEW LANGUAGE PLATFORM WITH  FREE APPS AVAILABLE BOTH ON IOS & ANDROID.

What is HiNative?

Excellent question! HiNative is a global Q&A (QUESTION & ANSWER) platform that allows you to ask native speakers all your language and culture questions. Forget about a dictionary or doing a web search, there is no better source than a native speaker and with HiNative they are within reach.

How does HiNative work?

Another excellent question! It’s really all quite simple. You ask a question about the language you´re  studying/interested in and then native speakers from that language can answer you question. As a native speaker yourself, you can also answer the questions that other people have about the language you speak. It’s a beautiful give-and-take community. You can even upload images and record a voice answer.

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THANKS TO FRAN (1B1) FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL APP THAT COULD BE VERY USEFUL FOR YOUR WRITINGS and/ or ORAL PRESENTATIONS.

 

 

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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