Monthly Archives: March 2017

SCHOOL CLOSED ON 30th & 31st MARCH (ALL LEVELS)

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NEW DISNEY RELEASE: THE BEAUTY & THE BEAST (ALL LEVELS)

This classical  adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love will be released in Spanish cinemas next week….on Friday March 17, during your “Fallas break”…

 

  • Why is this 2017 s blockbuster release making headlines already?
  • What´s all the controversy about?

“JOOMAG” A TOOL TO CREATE INTERACTIVE MAGAZINES

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Joomag is a free, sophisticated and professional digital magazine creation tool that allows users (students and teachers)  to create beautiful magazines from PDFs or templates provided by the site.

This is an example of a magazine created by a teacher:

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https://www.joomag.com/magazine/inspirational-english-march-2017/0258537001488874097

GENERAL STRIKE IN EDUCATION (ALL LEVELS)

Parents, students and unions call for a general strike in education for March 9th

The State Platform in the Defence of Public Schooling has set the date for numerous demonstrations across Spain from infancy to university.

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A total stoppage of teaching, in protest that the Lomce continues unaltered and the need for wide agreement to be reached in Congress which cannot be ‘only political and ignoring the social’

This is Spain’s third teaching general strike with widespread participation since the PP came to power. All the unions (CEAPA, STES, CCOO, UGT, MRP, CGT and FAEST led from the front by the Students Front and Students Union) which coincide ‘these protests must be on the streets’ given it is the only way ‘which is effective’ in the defence of public schooling and warn the pact ‘is not an end in itself’. In fact, for Mar 9th  Spanish streets will be awash with protestors.

Another reason why this strike has been called at all educational levels is the appeal by the Government in the Constitutional Court for the voting in Congress to halt the Lomce, a decision considered as ‘unacceptable’. They are on guard regarding the massive State deficit Spain has in Brussels, which in the worst case scenario see a cut in spending on education of as much as 1 billion €’

Their anger has been aggravated by the new Education, Culture and Sports minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, who said last JAN any strike action was ‘senseless’ at the moment when talks are continuing on the new Political and Social Pact for Education and called for the State Platform for Public Schooling to cancel the stoppage and join the debate in the Sub-Commission in Congress.

‘At this time, this strike is senseless, I request those who are arranging it to think again. The current situation does not need any disruption, as it would not make any long-lasting effect’, he affirmed.

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news-spain/national/Parents_students_and_unions_call_for_a_general_strike_in_education_for_March_9.shtml

BASIC QUANTIFIERS (REVISION) (A2)

 

“LAVA” by ANA PALOMARES (1B2)

THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION POSTED BY YOUR CLASSMATE TO TELL A STORY. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.

Pre-/post-exam stress? Need to relax? Learn English at the same time – you need Buddhify!

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THE 17 WORST THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN SPAIN (1B1)

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Graham Hunt is an Englishman who has spent more than half his life living in Spain. Here he takes a cheeky look at what we all hate about living here:

(WARNING: This article is full of sarcasm).

  1. BUREAUCRACY
  2. LONG HOLIDAYS
  3. LACK OF RAIN
  4. TOO MUCH FRUIT & TOO MANY VEGETABLES IN YOUR GARDEN
  5. CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN RESTAURANTS
  6. BEING ENVIED BY PEOPLE FROM YOUR COUNTRY
  7. THE PRICE OF WINE (TOO MANY EXPERTS!!)
  8. NOT BEING ABLE TO USE RAINWEAR
  9. HOME-COOKED RUBBISH
  10. BELLS FROM CHURCHES & FIREWORKS
  11. LONG STRAIGHT MOTORWAYS
  12. CITIES ARE TOO SMALL
  13. OPENING TIMES OF BARS & PUBS (TOO LATE!!)
  14. CHEAP ALCOHOL
  15. ROAST CHICKEN SHOPS
  16. PUT UP WITH THE FAMILY

http://www.thelocal.es/20170220/these-are-the-17-absolute-worst-things-about-living-in-spain

FUNNY MISHAPS (1B2)

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MISHAPS ARE MINOR  UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENTS MAINLY BECAUSE OF BAD LUCK,……. UNPREDICTABLE ACCIDENTS THAT ARE UNFORTUNATE. SOMETIMES THEY CAN OCCUR AROUND THE HOUSE AND MIGHT INVOLVE SOME CLEANING OR EVEN SOME REPAIRS…

LOOK AT THIS ADVERT. IT CAME ON BRITISH TV…….. IS IT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN? ‘Mum doesn’t let us watch wrestling on TV, but she seemed quite good at it with daddy’ was the line that got me and really made me giggle. WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? CAN YOU THINK OF ANY OTHER COMMON MISHAPS? DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL MISHAP TO SHARE WITH US? LISTEN TO THIS CONVERSATION: http://www.esl-lab.com/night/nightrd1.htm logo2007

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