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P.U.C. RESULTS (ALL LEVELS)

HI THERE!

I´M BACK AGAIN, AFTER A TERRIBLY BUSY AND COMPLICATED MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

AS YOU MUST NOW, YOU CAN ALREADY CHECK THE P.U.C EXAMS RESULTS ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE. I´D LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND YOU CAN EITHER WRITE A COMMENT ON THIS POST OR SEND A PRIVATE EMAIL.

WE´LL BE SOON RETURNING TO CLASSES, SO HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!

“PUC 2020″… LATEST NEWS (ALL LEVELS)

Educación se niega a suspender las pruebas de idiomas pese a la protesta del profesorado

El claustro docente de la EOI de Valencia advierte de que no se responsabilizará de si hay rebrotes o aglomeraciones…..

(PUBLICADO EN “EL MUNDO” HOY”)

“PUC 2020” … IN THE NEWS (ALL LEVELS)

Clamor en las Escuelas de Idiomas de la Comunitat Valenciana para ”suspender las pruebas de certificación de septiembre por motivos de salud pública”

Consideran ”totalmente inviable la realización de las mismas” por falta de espacio y la alta cifra de alumnos (1.070 sólo en B2 en inglés en la EOI de València-Saïdia)
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ENROLMENT 2020-2021 (B1.2 & B2.2)

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Como habréis podido comprobar en la página web de la escuela, está a punto de abrirse el período de matrícula o de solicitud de vacante para el curso próximo 2020-2021. Todavía hay muchas lagunas sobre cómo van a funcionar las cosas ya que todos dependemos de la situación del COVID y de las autoridades sanitarias. Por favor, leed con detenimiento la resolución de la Consellería publicada en la página web de la escuela porque hay algunas novedades interesantes, especialmente para alguno de vosotros que me habéis expresado vuestras dudas e inquietudes…..

  • Los alumnos APTOS  que así lo soliciten pueden repetir voluntariamente  cualquier nivel, si así lo desean, optando por un curso de “Actualización de conocimientos”, manteniendo todos sus derechos de alumno oficial y pagando una tasa ordinaria ( no de repetidor, ya que como sería un curso aprobado, no sería evaluable). Es decir, cualquier alumno que haya obtenido este año una calificación de Apto en B1.2 o B2.2, podría optar a repetir  el mismo curso.

  • Los alumnos oficiales NO APTOS en la convocatoria ordinaria y extraordinaria de este curso han de solicitar plaza como repetidor ahora en julio, pero si aprobaran las PUC en septiembre  y hubieran vacantes podrían optan a promocionar al siguiente nivel. Por ejemplo, un alumno de B2.2 que ha sido no apto en mayo y en junio de este curso, ha de optar a repetir B2.2 ahora en julio. Pero si se presentara a las PUC en septiembre y aprobara y además si existieran vacantes en ese momento, podría optar a cambiar su matrícula a C1.  Lo mismo ocurriría con un alumno de B1.2… Si aprobara las PUC en septiembre podría optar a cambiar su matrícula a B2.1, no es obligatorio y siempre dependería de la existencia de vacantes.  No sé si os queda claro, he intentado simplificar la resolución al máximo.

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WARNING ABOUT YOUR MARKS (B1.2 B2.2)

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Hi there

Aunque yo he comunicado PERSONALMENTE  a cada uno de mis alumnos sus notas finales de MAYO o de la convocatoria extraordinaria de JUNIO, todos podréis VER vuestras notas a partir del día 26 de junio online. Sin embargo y para que nadie se sorprenda o asuste, me han comunicado que los alumnos que tendrían que aprobar con cuatro notas de 5 (según la resolución extraordinaria de la Consellería  del 4 de mayo respecto a la situación Covid 19)  aparecerán como NO APTOS en la nota global de las ACTAS; esto es así porque el sistema (Itaca) no está preparado para hacer esa promoción especial y solo identifica como apto el 6. Las notas por destrezas serán las finales pero la global NO estará actualizada hasta el día 7 de julio, ya que será la secretaría quien haga esa PROMOCIÓN  EXTRAORDINARIA uno a uno y manualmente desde el centro. Espero  haberme explicado. Se os informará  de esto en la web pero RECORDAD  que la nota global no está actualizada y por eso aparecen como no aptos pero que a partir del 7 de julio ya aparecerán como Aptos si han tenido al menos cuatro notas (destrezas)  con 5 .

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER

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SPANISH POLITICIANS & THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (ALL LEVELS)

POLITICIANS GIVING A SPEECH IN ENGLISH. …

WHAT DO YOU THINK? CAN YOU IMPROVE HIS PRONUNCIATION?

ENROLMENT 2020-21 (ALL LEVELS)

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YOU CAN CHECK ALL THE INFORMATION BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK (ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE)

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A “THANK YOU NOTE” (CONVERSATION GAMBITS, B1.2 & B2.2)

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Dear students ( specially Covid 19 survivors)

As this “special” tough school year is coming to an end I´d like to write a few words to say THANK YOU  and to let you know how much I appreciate the great effort you´ve been making to get the hang of technology  in these difficult times of lockdown. I do know I might have been a tiresome teacher at times making you try video calls, and so many other different tools: Flipgrid, Socrative, Edpuzzle, Padlet … you name it… Nobody can deny this has been arduous, strenuous,  exhausting  work …. but I was just trying to do my best and pass on you  the passion I have for my job….and you never complained,  gave up or threw in the towel ….CONGRATULATIONS.: As your teacher, I feel proud of you , “you passed the test with flying colours” no matter what the final results were . I hope to have made the right decisions, anyway….

REMEMBER: “Every cloud has a silver lining” (OR…. “No hay mal que por bien no venga”) as we have all learnt and shared a lot against the clock.  This is a school year I will never forget as it will mark a turning point in my teaching career and maybe in my life, as well. So,  I will never forget YOU and your support in the difficult moments. Teachers need students and you were my real inspiration throughout  these months. I enjoyed teaching you and it means a lot to me to know that you also enjoyed my classes.

As Nina Simone sang “Every time I say goodbye, I die a little…” However,  this not a goodbye, just a “see you soon”.

Enjoy your summer, you deserve it!!

CARMEN

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VALENCIA IN ENGLISH (ALL LEVELS)

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“VALENCIA in English ” is a new section of an online journal called “Spain in English” written by Catherine Dolan, an English mum in Spain as she calls herself… I thought that living in Valencia it might be interesting for you to read it…. HAVE A GO!

“While the lockdown has caused pain and suffering to so many, there are also some positives to come out of it. The environment is starting to breathe again and there can’t be many of us who haven’t learnt some new technological skill. Even my mother-in-law has had to download houseparty by herself while in confinement.

For me I’ve been fortunate enough to discover Spain in English and am delighted to be joining the team, giving a glimpse into what’s happening in the Valencia region.

I’m originally from a village near Canterbury, in the UK, where I used to be a reporter on a local newspaper.

I’m based in l’Eliana, where I live with my Valencia-supporting husband Juan, our four Spanglish daughters and two dogs. (I’m really a cat person at heart, but one of the small people in our family is extremely allergic to cats so we had to settle for a cat-sized dog instead).

We moved to Valencia nearly five years ago to be closer to my husband’s family, because as they say in Spanish la sangre tira! As the eldest of six siblings, it goes without saying that Juan’s family is quite large. As we are the only ones with a garden, and space enough for everyone to get together, our house has become the venue for birthdays, saints’ days, mother’s day, Easter Egg hunts, Eurovision, Cup finals, the list goes on.Before moving to Valencia we lived in deepest Aragón, just an hour south of the French border, in a small village near Huesca. Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of it, most people haven’t. The most famous former resident I managed to discover was Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s mum, Ana María Hidalgo.

If anyone has ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, my background is like the husband’s: a small, calm, quiet Anglo-Saxon family, while Juan’s is more akin to the big, noisy, laughing, fun Greek family. That’s the Mediterranean way for you.

Since moving here we’ve settled in and got to grips, to varying degrees, with the local language, Valencià. It’s very similar to its cousin, Catalan and, like Catalan, is becoming ever more important.

I managed a couple of years of evening classes, which anyone can attend here for free – that’s how keen the government is on pushing the language.

I would recommend some basic classes for anyone relocating here, not with an eye to becoming fluent but just to have a basic understanding.

So much of everyday life here is in Valencian and it really will give you brownie points with the locals, especially in smaller towns, where it remains the main language.

The girls and I have also all developed a taste for the local speciality horchata (the cold drink made from tiger nuts) and fartons (the delicious elongated pastries for dipping in the horchata), much to Juan’s horror!

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Catherine Dolan, her husband Juan and their daughters at Las Fallas in 2019.

During the 10 years we lived in Huesca, we never once missed the Valencia Fallas festival – and the girls have always dressed up, ever since they were babies.Dressing four falleras doesn’t come cheaply, however, so soon after we moved here, I enrolled in an Indumentaria fallera course and have so far made two complete outfits of the traditional costume. The only thing I haven’t yet done is dress up myself. Maybe one day.

To the untrained eye, yes, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re made of curtain fabric and I must confess, the first time I saw a fallera with her coiled plaits over her ears, I immediately thought Princess Leia. (But just don’t say it out loud.) And a word of warning, never refer to it using the Spanish verb disfrazar. Dressing as a fallera is a very serious business, not to mention being a huge part of the local economy.

For the past two months we’ve been confined to our house in l’Eliana. We’ve certainly been much luckier than those living in city apartments. We’ve been able to use the garden, swim in the pool and even take the dogs for walks. Which I suppose makes them more useful than a cat would have been.

I fear that when we finally do make it to Phase One of deconfinement and larger groups are allowed to meet, I’ll be inundated with girls as my daughters’ cousins descend on us to jump in our pool.


Having worked in Spanish secondary
education for the past 10 years, there may be some bias towards school issues and children.But when I find some peace and quiet among the barking dogs and the splashing girls, I will be rounding up the main stories in the area, concentrating on those which people are talking about.

At the moment I shall mostly be looking at how we are dealing with lockdown, how we will come out of it and how on earth the government will face the mammoth task of social distancing at swimming pools, beaches and bars.

Will we be able to swim in the sea this summer? When will we be able to travel between provinces? When will it be safe for Madrileños to visit their second homes on the Mediterranean?

I’m delighted to be involved in this new project – Valencia in English – just as we begin moving towards the New Normal, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

You can read more about my life as an English mum in Spain, including my Diary of Spain in Lockdown at www.catherinedolan.net or contact me directly with any news stories at catherine@catherinedolan.net”

IF YOU ENJOYED IT, YOU CAN READ MORE ARTICLES TO KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE ….
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“THE ICKABOG” FOR J.K. ROWLING FANS (ALL LEVELS)

Do you have children? Are you a Harry Potter fan? JK Rowling unveils “The Ickabog”, her first non-Harry Potter children’s book, which will be available for free online. She admitted it was a “political fairytale”  but as it is meant for children , it might be easy  to understand for foreign learners of the language and a good chance to keep up your English on a daily basis, on your own or with your kids.Captura de pantalla 2020-05-26 a las 18.22.11

“JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children’s book, which she is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free. The Ickabog is her first children’s story not to be linked to Harry Potter. She wrote it over a decade ago for her own children and has now dusted it off.

It’s for “children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times”, she said. She had previously referred to it only as an unnamed “political fairytale”.

Chapters of The Ickabog are being published daily until 10 July on The Ickabog website.The first two chapters, which went online on Tuesday, introduced King Fred the Fearless, ruler of Cornucopia, and five-year-old Bert Beamish.Readers also learned about the myth of a fearsome monster called The Ickabog, which is “said to eat children and sheep”.

The author said she originally intended to release the story after the seventh and final Harry Potter novel came out in 2007. But she decided to take a break from publishing, and put the manuscript in her attic.”

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