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MISCELLANEOUS

A HISTORIC MOMENT IN TIME (1B2)

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Donald Trump Hosts Nevada Caucus Night Watch Party In Las Vegas

OBAMA´S ELECTION WAS SEEN BY MANY AS  A HISTORIC MOMENT IN  TIME AS HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT ELECTED IN HISTORY. HOWEVER, UNEXPECTED TRUMP´S VICTORY WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPROBABLE POLITICAL VICTORIES IN MODERN HISTORY, PLUNGING THE USA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD INTO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE….

WHICH OTHER HISTORIC EVENTS  IN YOUR LIFETIME DO YOU THINK WILL BE REMEMBERED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS?   WHY?

  • Where & when did that happen? What happened?
  • How old were you? Where were you?
  • What were you doing when you heard the news? Who were you with?
  • How were you affected by the news?  What did you do? How did you feel?
  • Why do you think this event will be remembered by future generations?

POST YOUR PODCASTS AND YOUR PHOTOS.

THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE:

 

 

VALENCIA SEES WINTER OFF WITH A BANG!!!! (LOW 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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HAVE YOU EVER…? (1B2)

  • …PAINTED A WALL OR A ROOM?
  • …CHANGED A WHEEL ON A CAR  / A TYRE ON A BIKE?
  • …ASSEMBLED FLAT-PACK FURNITURE?
  • …SET UP A HOME CINEMA SYSTEM / A WI-FI NETWORK?
  • …FIXED SOMETHING IN YOUR HOME?

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  • When and where did you do it?
  • Why did you have to do it?
  • Did anyone help you?
  • How long did it take?
  • What problems did you have?
  • How successful were you in the end? Did you manage to do it?

“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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY: BE BOLD FOR CHANGE (ALL LEVELS)

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

Five reasons why Spain is still failing on women’s rights (THE LOCAL)

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Spain’s come a long way since the dark days of Gen Francisco Franco when a woman’s role was firmly in the home and she needed permission from her husband to get a job, open a bank account, own property or even travel away from home.
But women still don’t enjoy parity with men in Spain and there is a way to go to bridge the gender gap. READ MORE…..

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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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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (1B1)

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DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN? WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

 

 

HAVE YOU HEARD THIS SONG  BY ENRIQUE IGLESIAS BEFORE?

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM AND HIS BIOGRAPHY?

HOW WOULD YOU TRANSLATE THE TITLE OF THIS SONG INTO ENGLISH?

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.
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