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READING COMPREHENSION

WEDDING DISASTERS (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

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KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING (1 B2)

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  • WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
  • WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING?

You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases, you can reply using three words or less.

Here are some ways of doing that:

Make a comment

Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful”  or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.

Encourage the other person

If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”

Ask a question

In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.

“Really?” – to show surprise.

“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.

For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”

Over to you Listen and practise examples of these tips here:

Keep the conversation going .Make a comment

Keep the conversation going.Encourage the other speaker

Keep the conversation going. Ask a question

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HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS.  YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.

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“HOUSE OF CARDS” WITHOUT KEVIN SPACEY (1B2)

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“House of Cards ” is an American political thriller web television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same title and based on the novel of the same title by Michael Dobbs. The first 13-episode season was released on February 1, 2013, on the streaming service Netflix.

Kevin Spacey, who starred as Frank Underwood for five seasons, was fired in October 2017 , shortly after RENT actor Anthony Rapp accused him of predatory sexual behaviour when Rapp was 14. The fate of the show remained in limbo until December, when Netflix announced the series would carry on without its star…..”

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But recently he reappeared in a video called LET ME BE FRANK  as Frank Underwood to defend himself of the charges…

 

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  • HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED “HOUSE OF CARDS”?
  • WHAT WAS THE LAST TV SERIES YOU GOT ADDICTED TO?
  • HAVE YOU EVER “BINGE-WATCHED” ANY SERIES?

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The smash-hit fantasy  is back for an eighth and final series, meaning the last battle for Westeros is almost upon us. But what will happen to Jon Snow and Daenerys? And will the White Walkers finally triumph?

33rd GOYA AWARDS (ALL LEVELS)

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Best European Film went to Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, for Cold War – a tribute to his parents and their story of love, break-ups, reconciliations, fighting and punishment over a 40-year period, starting from the first flush of their romance in the 1950s and the Cold War forcing them apart, but how destiny ensured they would be reunited….”

Two naked presenters and some improvement: successes and mistakes of the Goya 2019 | TV    READ MORE…

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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 and this year Seville will host the 33rd GOYA Awards ceremony to be held on February 2nd, 2019 at the Congresses and Exhibitions Center of Seville (FIBES).

It will be the second time in 33 years that the awards are not held in Madrid. Already in year 2000, the then director Rosa Vergés and Antonia San Juan as host, held at the Auditorium of Barcelona the 15th edition of the Goya Awards .

The presenters of the ceremony will be the couple composed of Andreu Buenafuente and Silvia Abril who will take the baton from the comedians Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla that led the gala last year. Buenafuente is an expert since he has already presented two galas from the Goya with great success.

Barroso has indicated that the academy seeks to create a new concept of the gala where the objective is to claim Spanish cinema. One of the possible changes could be the grouping of the award of certain prizes in order to make it more agile although it is ruled out to eliminate any award.

Nominations were announced  on 12th  December 2018 by Paco León and Rossy de Palma. El Reino is the film with the most options in the awards with 13 nominations, among them the Best Film and Best Direction, with Campeones following closely with 11 nominations and Carmen y Lola or Todos Lo Saben both with 8 nominations.

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 16th, 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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  • 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 NEXT WEEK? VOTE ON THE PANEL BELOW FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FILM

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/

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IMPROVING YOUR WRITING (1 B2)

NEXT  WEEK WE´LL DO A WRITING IN CLASS , AS I TOLD YOU TODAY. HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING, 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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BODY OF MISSING SPANISH TODDLER FOUND (1B2)

UNFORTUNATELY we  all regret to start this Saturday with bad news from southern Spain…… The search for the 2-year-old toddler trapped in a well  came to an  unfortunate end…..All international media picked up the story.

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According to the BBC:

“Rescuers in Spain have found the body of a two-year-old boy who fell into a borehole near the southern city of Málaga, officials say. The boy, named Julen, disappeared into a narrow well more than 100m (330ft) deep during a family outing on 13 January.

Specialist teams worked day and night in a tunnel that had been dug parallel to the narrow borehole.The body was found in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“At 01:25 , the rescue teams reached the area of the well where they were looking for Julen and they found the lifeless body of the little one,” said Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis, the central government representative in the region of Andalusia.

The accident happened during a Sunday afternoon excursion in a hilly plantation near the village of Totalán. The hole – only 25cm (10in) in diameter – had apparently been left uncovered, although the businessman who had originally had it dug a month earlier insisted that he had sealed it” READ MORE…

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REGRET: “to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, event, etc.)

IF SPECIALIST TEAMS HADN´T WORKED DAY AND NIGHT, THEY WOULDN´T HAVE FOUND THE BOY

IF THEY HADN´T DUG A TUNNEL, THEY WOULDN´T HAVE REACHED HIM.

IF THEY HAD SEALED THE WELL PROPERLY, THE BOY WOULDN´T HAVE FALLEN

IF THEY HADN´T LEFT THE WELL UNCOVERED, THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT WOULDN´T HAVE HAPPENED

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THE THIRD CONDITIONAL CAN BE USED TO EXPRESS REGRETS.

DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER WAYS TO EXPRESS REGRET IN ENGLISH?

WHICH DEGREE? New courses for the 21st-century workplace (1B2)

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According to THINK SPAIN   “IF YOU or your children are off to university this month, you or they may well have spent the last few years wading through a minefield of subjects – up to 3,000 are offered by Spanish higher education institutions.

And although the overwhelming majority of students attend the university nearest their home and return to the family nest at weekends, sixth-formers are gradually seeing the advantage of looking further afield where more suitable courses for their skill set are offered.

Unlike in the UK, degrees in Spain are typically four years long and cover one subject area only, and subjects are normally directly linked to students’ chosen career – whilst British degree study may allow as many as three or four unrelated subjects to be combined and are often in areas where the student is not expecting to find work; the principle being that merely undertaking academic training and research at university level provides valuable skills and knowledge that employers in a wide variety of industries consider advantageous. And master’s degrees in Spain are, in reality, professional qualifications – taking two years part-time or a year full-time, rather than three or two years respectively in the UK – as opposed to a British MA or MSc which has a much stronger academic leaning.

So, what’s new?

If you or your children haven’t made up their minds yet, though, you’ll have even more to choose from these days – brand-new degree courses have been introduced for the first time across Spain over the last three years or so in response to the changing realities of the job market; expect to find lots relating to Big Data handling and new technology in general.

Here a just a few to add to your list of possibles….READ MORE

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?”

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THE SPANISH TRADITION OF…. THE 3 WISE MEN

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In Spain, the tradition of gift giving at Christmas is particularly special for children. They are the ones who await most eagerly the arrival of the Three Wise Men, who come in through the windows house by house, sharing out presents in just one night. They are not the only ones to have a good time, however. Grown-ups cannot help becoming infected by their happiness during the preparations for the big day: 6 January.

Sharing the exciting wait with them is a gift of love and emotion. This Christmas tradition fills the little ones’ days with unforgettable magic.

The Letter

First of all, children have to write their letter to the Three Wise Men, saying which presents they would like them to bring. After this comes one of the favourite moments: giving the letter in. They can either give the letter to the Wise Men personally when they arrive “officially” on 5 January, or to the emissaries and royal postmen to be found in the centre of all Spanish towns a few days before. They will be asked if they have been good at school and at home, because naughty children get left coal instead of presents. Although, in truth, it is a “sweet” punishment because the coal is made of sugar.

Spectacular parades

When the long-awaited day finally arrives, the whole family come out onto the street to receive the Wise Men. They arrive with a traditional parade, riding through the streets on their camels, loaded with presents and accompanied by royal pages who throw sweets and goodies to the children. One by one, the delightful floats pass by, decorated with bright colours and inspired in popular children’s characters. The little ones will love them. All the while, a band brings joy to the celebration with Christmas songs and carols. The spectacle of joy, light and colour, combined with the smiles of the children, make for a feeling of complete happiness.

There are parades celebrated all over Spain on this day. Each has its own particular style, depending on where you are. In Barcelona, for example, the Three Wise Men arrive by sea, while in the village of Alarilla, in Guadalajara, they are daring enough to arrive by hang-glider and paraglider. Or why not see the parade in Alcoi, Alicante, the oldest in Spain?

Three Kings’ Night

After the parade, children go to bed early but excited, to wait for Melchoir, Caspar and Balthazar to come in through the window and leave presents in their shoes. First they should put water and bread on the windowsill for the camels to eat and drink while the Wise Men do their work.

Come and experience Christmas in Spain and discover this magical tradition that will fill your children with joy. Let them get carried away by all the moments of joy, surprise and tender happiness to be found in our country at this festive time.

Now is your chance. Make the most of it!!!

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http://www.spainisculture.com/en/propuestas_culturales/la_magica_espera_de_los_reyes_magos.html

http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/26874/balearic-children-prefer-three-kings-to-santa-claus

WHICH TOY MARKED YOUR CHILDHOOD?

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I will always remember the so-called “comediscos”, a kind of portable record player for singles that I could take anywhere, bandoleer style. I´ve always loved music and dancing, so the possibility of listening to my own music with my friends and dance or rehearse different choreographies was the latest technology when I was 10, something from another world….

WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOUR SAY

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Helendipity

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

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Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation