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World Bullying Day is an international day marked on May 2nd to raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying. It’s a widespread issue that affects millions of students around the world in schools and universities with consequences that range from psychological traumas to even suicide and causes around 200 deaths each year.
This initiative was founded by NGO Bullying Without Borders in 2013. The founder of the organization, Dr Javier Miglino, and an international multi-disciplinary team conformed by psychologists, educators, medics, journalists and parents whose children suffered from bullying and cyberbullying considered necessary the creation of an ephemeris to help raise awareness of this problem and make governments take notice. Basing themselves on what Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, they thought education and awareness in schools would be the determining factor to eradicate bullying from any educational institution. READ MORE…
Bullying has been a growing problem in schools, especially in past years. While some consider hazing and the abuse that some children take in school to be a typical part of the adolescent experience, rising suicide rates and violence in school has led officials to start taking a hard, zero-tolerance stance on bullying. World Day Of Bullying Prevention is bringing attention to your plight, and the plight of others who experienced this incredibly difficult, and dangerous, part of many children’s lives.
MORE THAN A THIRD OF SPANISH KIDS BULLY… READ MORE
A Blind Date with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.
We pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. Orders are shipped worldwide and are a great present for yourself or someone else.
Blind Date with a Book began at Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Australia and is now available at Waitrose stores in England and to the rest of the world from our online shop here at blinddatewithabook.com.
You can also find bookshops in Spain carrying out this initiative, like “Librerís Eixo” in Ourense or “La Casa del Libro” in Alicante.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS INITIATIVE TO FOSTER READING, ESPECIALLY TODAY ON WORLD BOOK DAY? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT?
On 23 April, World Book Day is celebrated all over the world. In Spain, this is a day to encourage reading and the enjoyment of literature in a different way. It is also a day on which the great universal writer Miguel de Cervantes is particularly remembered with the presentation of the prize which bears his name, the most important distinction in Spanish letters.
For writers, publishers and the reading public, 23 April is a red letter day on the calendar. The celebration of World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite author, give the gift of literature or buy that novel that you’ve always wanted at an attractive discount. What’s more, librarians, museums and other cultural institutions usually organise special activities to mark the occasion (roundtables, book signings, lectures, guided visits, children’s workshops, storytellers, concerts, public readings, etc…) An invitation to experience the world of letters in a different way.
The festivity of Sant Jordi In Catalonia coincides. According to tradition, on this day it is customary to give the gift of a book to men and a rose to women. Thus cities like Barcelona become transformed into an enormous open-air bookshop-florist’s, full of stalls with authors signing copies of their work.Cervantes and ‘Don Quixote’ On 23 April, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, puts on all its finery: in the auditorium of the University, the King and Queen of Spain present the Cervantes Prize, the most important literary distinction which is awarded in the world of the Spanish language.Cervantes’ masterpiece, ‘Don Quixote of La Mancha’, is also a protagonist of World Book Day. Every year, in the Column Room at the Círculo de Bellas Artes academy in Madrid, there is a non-stop reading of the novel: this involves 48 hours of uninterrupted reading by figures from the world of culture and politics, as well as anonymous citizens. The tale of Don Quixote is also read in numerous centres of the Cervantes Institute located abroad, in order to mark this date.Book Night Book Night is held in Madrid. Over 100 bookshops stay open until midnight with a special cultural programme which includes everything from live music and encounters with writers through to activities for the children. What’s more, anyone who buys a book on that day will be given a 10% discount off the price.Book Day is a fantastic way for book lovers to whet their appetite for the numerous book fairs which take place all over Spain a little later in the year.
HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOK LATELY THAT YOU´D RECOMMEND ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO BUY TODAY OR TO READ?
IF SO, WHICH ONE IS IT?
DO YOU KNOW WHICH ARE THE TOP 10 SELLING BOOKS AT THE MOMENT?
WE´RE GOING TO BREAK UP FOR EASTER.
ALL THE HOMEWORK CAN BE CHECKED BY CLICKING ON CLASSWORK, DEPENDING ON THE LEVELS.
- IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EASTER TRADITIONS IN SPAIN YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLES BELOW:
IF YOU´RE A B2 STUDENT AND WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON HOLY WEEK, TRY THIS LINK http://www.isabelperez.com/holy1.htm
When do I change my clock?
SPAIN will soon have to face the miserable prospect of an hour LESS in bed as the clocks go forward this weekend…Spain swaps to Summer Time on Sunday, March 24th at 2 am , which means you should put your clock forward an hour, when it will become 3 am..If you live in the Canary Islands, the switchover will be at 01.00hrs, when the time resets to 02.00hrs.
Luckily, most mobiles phones and radio-controlled clocks will do this automatically, but you’d better check just to make sure.
It might mark the beginning of spring, but it will also shave 60 minutes off your precious slumber time.
LAST YEAR WE STUDIED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WRITING FORMAL AND INFORMAL EMAILS.
- HAVE A LOOK AT THIS USEFUL HANDOUT TO IMPROVE YOUR EMAILS.
- YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT ON USEFUL PHRASES FOR INFORMAL EMAILS & LETTERS BEFORE DOING YOUR HOMEWORK (SCROLL DOWN)
Tucked at the end of a narrow, crooked street in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, you may be surprised to come upon an ancient public bathhouse, a surprising relic from another time. The Admiral’s Baths have stood sentry here for 700 years, through wars, reconstruction, epidemics and the Inquisition—and still stand today. If only these walls could talk, you might think. What stories lie beneath those star-carved ceilings, across these tiled floors…
With this novel The Admiral’s Baths, author Dana Gynther offers us one possibility. Told from the perspective of four women of different times and circumstances, we witness the unfolding history of the ancient bathhouse through the struggles, desires, tragedies, and triumphs of Fatima, Angels, Clara, and Rachel. Though these characters are separated by hundreds of years, we find that what connects them is more powerful than the passage of time, and we celebrate the enduring human spirit, which stands strong like the Admiral’s Bath’s themselves. READ MORE
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.
- 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:
(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)
HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.
“House of Cards is filling its Kevin Spacey-shaped void with some impressive star power. Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear will join the political thriller for its sixth and final season, Netflix announced Wednesday in a press release.
No details yet on who the two Academy-Award nominees will play. But one tidbit we do know, courtesy of The New York Times, is that they will be brother and sister on the show.
Spacey, who starred as Frank Underwood for five seasons, was fired in October, 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…..”
- HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED “HOUSE OF CARDS”?
- WHAT WAS THE LAST TV SERIES YOU GOT ADDICTED TO?
- HAVE YOU EVER “BINGE-WATCHED” ANY SERIES?
- MAY “GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 8 INCLUDE A PREGNANCY IN ITS STORYLINE?
- HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE 2018 TV SERIES NOT TO BE MISSED? “HERE & NOW” is one of them, which will be released on 12th February. A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.
- DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHERS?