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“THE STITCHER LIST”: PODCASTS ON THE GO TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS AT EASTER (1B2)

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VALENCIA SEES WINTER OFF WITH A BANG!!!! (1 B2)

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT SEEING SOMEBODY OFF MEANS?

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FALLAS VOCABULARY

If you want to understand the real sense of Fallas, you should know what these terms mean:

  • La Mascletà – Incredibly noisy fireworks let off during the daytime to make as much noise as possible. The Mascletà held each day at 14:00 in the town hall square is impossible to describe in words – you have to experience it for yourself!
  • El Ninot – A small part of a Fallas sculpture – typically a human figure of breathtaking detail and craftsmanship.
  • La plantà – The installation or ‘planting’ of the Fallas sculptures around the city.
  • La cremà – The last evening of the festival when the monuments are set on fire.
  • La Verbena – street parties, paella cook-offs and live music arranged by Falleros from the community of Falleros; normally you need to be invited but there are so many around the streets of Valencia that people wouldn’t notice if you joined in.
  • La Nit de Foc – a spectacular fireworks display on the Paseo de la Alameda

NOW, IF YOU´RE IN THE MOOD TO READ ABOUT “LAS FALLAS” IN ENGLISH, THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING LINK:

http://www.cyberspain.com/life/fallas.htm

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO ON LAS FALLAS.lgupdated_e0

WHY DON´T YOU RECORD THE TEXT YOU DID IN CLASS USING WEVIDEO AS AN INVITATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE FESTIVAL?

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO CREATE A POSTER WITH POSTER MY WALL

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ARE YOU ONE OF THE MANY VALENCIANS GOING AWAY FOR “LAS FALLAS” OR DO YOU JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS?

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THE CITY vs THE COUNTRY (1B2)

NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE DOING SOME ORAL WORK  ON THE CITY & THE COUNTRY. REMEMBER TO :

  • REVIEW THE VOCABULARY IN THE UNIT
  • REVIEW HOW TO DESCRIBE  A PHOTO
  • DO SOME WORK ON HOW TO KEEP A CONVERATION GOING (with the help of the extra handout)

HOWEVER, BEFORE MONDAY YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE ON THE PADLET BELOW WITH INTERESTING IDEAS TO BE USED IN YOUR CONVERSATIONS.

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THe WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the GREEN  BOARD  below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument based on  what you would miss the most about the country or the city if you had to move from one of the places.
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

 

Made with Padlet

 

 

FAKEBOOK: CREATING AN IMAGINARY PROFILE & BIOGRAPHY (1B1)

coverWith the rise of social media, more and more teachers engage their students online with projects and assignments. Increasingly, I have seen fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter where students are posting on behalf of a literary character or historical figure.

Thanks to ClassTools, you can engage your students in the creation of fake Facebook profiles  & BIOGRAPHIES without actually using the social media.

ClassTools has developed a program called Fakebook that allows users to easily and quickly create fake Facebook profiles & biographies. It is simple, free, and easy-to-use! Simply plug in information, pictures, friends, and biography data, and then publish with the click of a button. You can also embed the profile into any webpage and download it for offline sharing.

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For more information take a look at these great examples, and check out the screenshot below of an example Fakebook profile for Brigham Young:

Fakebook: Create Fake Facebook Profiles In Your Classroom

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How might we use this in the classroom, you ask? Have students create “Fakebook” profiles and biographies of someone they know who is still alive .  (TASK on page 115/ 125-150 WORDS))

Happy faking, y’all!

WATCHING FILMS & SERIES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES (1B2)

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After a long, long wait, the American video streaming site HBO has finally arrived in Spain, offering Spaniards access to the streaming service that not only provides all seasons of HBO’s content, but also content from Disney and Nickelodeon.HBO España, a brand new broadband streaming service, offers a subscription video on demand service providing premium content directly to consumers via hboespaña.com. The launch was first announced last January, set to compete with Netflix. But what about ORORO.TV?

This brings us to the question: Is HBO actually better than NETFLIX or ORORO.TV to watch films and series in English with subtitles? What are the main differences?What is the best choice for students of English?

Here, I would recommend ororo.tv. What can ororo.tv do to help you improve your English? What will you find on this website? An amazing number of TV shows and films in their original versions and with subtitles in English. Surely you’ll find attractive alternatives here to suit every taste and mood.

https://www.bloomsbury-international.com/blog/2013/10/04/how-to-improve-your-english-with-movies/

I CREATED A WALL  ON PADLET FOR ALL MY STUDENTS TO WRITE A CONTRIBUTION BUT NOW YOU DON´T NEED TO GO TO PADLET AS THE WALL IS AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED BY CLICKING ON IT(BY CLICKING ON THE BLUE BOARD WALL BELOW)

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  • Click on the blueboard, a box will pop-up, please add your name
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be a brief comment based on your own experience
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

Made with Padlet

 

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING (1 B2)

WE´VE BEEN WORKING  ON WRITING SKILLS  TODAY (ERROR CORRECTION) . HERE ARE THE STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED, WISELY WRITTEN BY MY COLLEAGUE JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI.

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IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WRITING AND CORRECTION, HAVE YOU HEARD OF LANG8?

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http://lang-8.com

WRITING A COLLABORATIVE FOR & AGAINST ARTICLE (1B2)

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THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE PROS & CONS OF “FREEGANISM” BUT HOW DO YOU WRITE A “FOR & AGAINST” ARTICLE FOR A MAGAZINE?

USEFUL LANGUAGE

Introduction

We can find both advantages and disadvantages …
Nowadays…

ARGUMENTS For

On the one hand, there are many reasons why …

On the one hand, those who are in favour of (tend) to claim that …

On the one hand, those who believe that … say that …

People who prefer … say that …

There are several arguments in support of …

There are many advantages to + gerund

Some people argue that …

Those in favour of …

ARGUMENTS Against

On the other hand, there are many reasons why …

On the other hand, those who are against (tend) to say that …

A major disadvantage is that …

On the other hand, those who believe that … say that …

On the other hand, the arguments against … are convincing

On the other hand, there are some/many disadvantages.

Conclusion

It is clear that there are both advantages and disadvantages to …

In conclusion…

To sum up…

All in all…

Although there strong arguments in favour of/ against, I think that … It is obvious that …

On balance, I think that …

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NOW, WE ARE READY TO START A COLLABORATIVE  FOR & AGAINST ARTICLE: “SHOULD CHILDREN UNDER 13 OWN THEIR OWN MOBILE PHONE?”

  • GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE BROWNISH BOARD WALL BELOW)
  • Click on the board, a box will pop-up, please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument for or an argument against.

FOR:

AGAINST:

  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

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POST ONE ARGUMENT FOR OR ONE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE TOPIC ABOVE
DO THE EXERCISE ON FOR & AGAINST ARTICLES ON THE HANDOUT

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2018 NEW YEAR´S RESOLUTIONS (1 B2)

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2017 is about to wave goodbye and the New Year is a time, not only for raging parties but also a time to reflect back on the past year. ..a time when we can ask ourselves, “what did I do right and what mistakes did I make?”  Take time to discover what you want to change in 2018. …Have you already made any? Do you want to share them with me or are they too personal, maybe?

CRISTINA CABAL WROTE A WONDERFUL POST ON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS BASED ON THE FILM “BRIDGET JONES DIARY”. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

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YOU CAN ALSO AD A PIN WITH A PHOTO AND YOUR 2018 NEW YEAR´S RESOLUTION TO THE BOARD I CREATED ON PINTEREST (SEND ME YOUR EMAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU BACK AN INVITATION)

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Pinterest is a new social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, which could be photographs, sketches, videos or web pages. Like a virtual scrapbook, but very public, you can collate the items that you love.

There are apps available for IOS  and ANDROID

ARE YOU A PINTEREST USER?

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CREATE A BOARD AND PIN PHOTOS?

USING YOUR DICTIONARY (1 B2)

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Reasons for using a dictionary

A dictionary is a very important tool for anyone who is learning a new language. With a good dictionary you can do the following:

  • look up the meaning of an English word you see or hear (DEFINITIONS)
  • find out how to say or pronounce a word (PRONUNCIATION)
  • check the spelling of a word
  • check the part of speech of a word (noun, adjective, adverb etc….)
  • find other grammatical information about a word (plural, irregular past tense, countable or uncountable etc…)
  • find the synonym or antonym of a word
  • look up the collocations of a word
  • find out about the register of a word (FORMAL/INFORMAL /SLANG/COLLOQUIAL/TECHNICAL…….)
  • find out about the variety of English (British / American…etc..)
  • find examples of the use of a word in natural language

WHAT DICTIONARIES DO YOU USUALLY USE? ARE THEY MONOLINGUAL, BILINGUAL OR BOTH?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF WORD HIPPO?

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IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT WORD HIPPO HAS TO OFFER, CLICK ON THIS LINK AND YOU CAN READ WHAT MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL SAYS ABOUT IT.

THERE´S ALSO AN APP FOR ANDROID DEVICES (MOBILES AND TABLETS)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF……?

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http://www.yourdictionary.com

“The SEE IN A SENTENCE tool  IS REALLY USEFUL because very often, to understand the meaning of a word you need more than the definition. Seeing how the word is used in a sentence, seeing how the word is used in a context is a great help for the non-native speaker”. THANKS, CRISTINA CABAL!!

HOW TO….. LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (by Sandra Mahiques) (1 B2)

LOOK AT THIS PRESENTATION ON TIPS TO IMPROVE LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (BY SANDRA MAHIQUES)

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW, PLEASE.

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GREAT JOB, SANDRA! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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

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