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READING COMPREHENSION

ISN´T THIS GOING TOO FAR?(1B2, B2, C1)

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is now encouraging the public to stop using popular idioms because they are considered “anti-animal language.”

The organization said people should take the phrases that involve animals and make them more animal-friendly.

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations,” PETA wrote in a tweet. READ MORE…

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DO WE HAVE SIMILAR IDIOMS IN SPANISH? CAN YOU THINK OF SUITABLE TRANSLATIONS INTO SPANISH?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY?

THE MOSQUITO TONE (1B2)

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WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? WATCH THIS VIDEO

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THE SAFEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT? (2B1)

TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT…..WHY ARE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS IN THE NEWS TODAY?

 

“Spain sees first case of a pedestrian killed by an electric scooter” READ MORE

“Valencia is set to adopt new more restrictive rules banning scooters from sidewalks” READ MORE

So, are electric scooters one of the safest means of transport or one of the most dangerous?

LET´S GO OVER THE GRAMMAR OF COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES…

NOW YOU ARE READY TO REVIEW THE GRAMMAR ON PAGE 136.

 

THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND?? (2B1)

 

Electric mobility is rapidly expanding in Valencia and a new sector has entered the market: electric scooters.

 “The scooter could be an answer to urban mobility problems in Valencia and traffic congestion. The use of electric scooters has become  very popular from the very beginning – considered smarter and funnier especially by young people – in contrast to the bike rental systems, which is showing lower levels of use.” READ MORE…

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Source: Story first published in August by El Mundo

However, this method of transport, together with hoverboards and segways, “pose risks to their users as well as pedestrians and other vehicles…Valencia, Málaga, Granada, Zaragoza, Cáceres (Extremadura) and Vitoria (Basque Country) among other provincial capitals are planning restrictions.…”

“Valencia’s transport councillor Giuseppe Grezzi says dedicated spaces will be set up in the city for these vehicles, and they will be treated in a similar way to bicycles, with some restricted access allowed on pedestrianised streets.

But Valencia does not want to be too harsh on them – mayor Joan Ribó says they help reduce traffic in the city and do not pollute the atmosphere.

“If you look at traffic data for cars in Valencia, you’ll see that it’s reducing, despite the growing economic activity here. That’s a good thing,” Ribó admits.

“And if you look at air-pollution data for the city, the reduction in motor traffic is also good…..”   “So, on that basis, they are very welcome.” READ MORE…

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE USE OF THIS CLEAN AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT. DO YOU THINK IT´S THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND IN VALENCIA?

HOW MUCH DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT COMPARATIVES & SUPERLATIVES?

 

TRADITIONAL GAMES WE USED TO PLAY IN THE PAST (1B2)

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Let’s face it, when you were younger you weren’t glued to your mobile or Ipad, addicted to 24-hour children’s TV channels or creating online social media profiles to have fun.

Of course you weren’t – you used to be outside, in the street,  playing classic games that you’d love your children to play now.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/08/01/fun-traditional-games-parents-played-when-children_n_7553124.html

CAN YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THOSE GAMES? WHICH GAMES WOULD YOU PLAY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?

IF YOU HAPPEN TO FIND OUT OTHER UNUSUAL WORDS FOR STREET GAMES, PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH US!!

BLACK FRIDAY 2018: SALES FRENZY (1B2)

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NEXT FRIDAY  (NOV. 23rd) IS  BLACK FRIDAY, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN ORIGINALLY?

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the USA, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season…

The use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. An explanation for the name was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.

READ MORE…..

But before going on a shopping spree why don´t you try read this article published last year on THE TELEGRAPH?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/black-friday/12009461/Black-Friday-2015-the-best-bargains-and-deals-when-and-where.html

WHAT ABOUT “CYBER MONDAY”? WHAT IS IT?

  • WHY DO YOU THINK SPANIARDS HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY  EMBRACED BLACK FRIDAY, A CONCEPT WITH NO TRADITION IN THE COUNTRY AND OF WHICH FEW SPANISH PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF UNTIL RECENTLY?

 

“LANG 8”: AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR WRITING TASKS (1B2)

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I´VE ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT “LANG8”, A LEARNING PLATFORM WHERE NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT WHAT YOU WRITE. DO YOU REMEMBER?

  • CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT
  • POST IN THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU ARE LEARNING
  • NATIVE SPEAKERS CORRECT YOUR WRITING
  • RETURN THE FAVOUR BY HELPING OTHERS LEARN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

 

ALTHOUGH IT´S NOT 100 % RELIABLE (NATIVE SPEAKERS CAN ALSO MAKE SOME MISTAKES WHEN WRITING), IT´S WORTH A TRY.

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LEARNER TRYING TO DESCRIBE A ROOM.

http://lang-8.com/382671/journals/281664988155294839493227654315872872011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (1B2)

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HOW MANY WORDS ARE HIDDEN IN THE PHONEMIC SCRIPT?

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HALLOWEEN PHONEMIC SCRIPT

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HALLOWEEN? SO, WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY  AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW:

Halloween History – from National Geographic

  1. What does the narrator mean in the beginning, when he says:
    “From communion with the dead to pumpkins and pranks, Halloween is a patched holiday….”
  2. When did it all begin? What was the celebration for?
  3. Why were bonfires lit?
  4. Explain the meaning of “frown on” in this passage:“… But, as the Catholic Church’s influence grew in Europe, it frowned on the pagan rituals like ´Samhain´”. …
  5. Complete the gaps: (1’25)
    “… Both ______   ____________ holidays had to ________ with the __________________ and about survival after __________________.
    … It was a calculated move on the part of the _______________ to __________ more people ___________  _________ fold.”
  6. How and when did the holiday go to North America?
  7. Which of the bellow were Irish customs mentioned by the narrator?
    * bubbing for apples
    * baking pumpkin pies
    * playing pranks
    * asking for candies
    * playing soccer
    * having costume parties
    * hanging jack-o-lanterns
  8. What happened to the tradition over the years?
    What did store keepers and neighbours do to make the situation better?
  9. What is the holiday greeting nowadays?

Extra ideas: one-to-one students may re-tell the story; the text can also be used to work past tense.

HALLOWEEN TRANSCRIPT

http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/festivals/october/webquest-halloween/552316.article.

WHY DON´T YOU PLAY KAHOOT? HALLOWEEN SUPERSTITIONS & TRADITIONS

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WHEN WILL THE CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT? (ALL LEVELS)

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SPANIARDS will get an extra hour of sleep as the clock goes back one hour tonight. When WILL the clocks go back?

IN SPAIN CLOCKS WILL GO BACK ONE HOUR THIS WEEKEND ON SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER AT 3 am IN THE MORNING . TWICE EVERY YEAR OUR CLOCKS CHANGE BY ONE HOUR WITH PEOPLE EITHER GAINING OR LOSING AN HOUR OF SLEEP. THE CHANGES ALLOW  ENERGY SAVING AND MORE DAYLIGHT  ONCE THE SUMMER ARRIVES

YOU WON´T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR SMARTPHONE OR OTHER INTERNET-CONNECTED DEVICES LIKE TABLETS AND COMPUTERS  AS THEY WILL CHANGE THE TIME AUTOMATICALLY INSTEAD OF REQUIRING YOU DO IT MANUALLY.

THIS YEAR MIGHT BE THE LAST ONE AS THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONTROVERSY IN EUROPE ABOUT IT….BUT IS CHANGING THE CLOCKS A WASTE OF TIME? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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WEAR IT PINK DAY 2018: SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH (ALL LEVELS)

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Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day

On 19 October we will wear pink, raise money and make life-saving research happen.

Why? Because breast cancer is still here. It’s still tearing apart the lives of families and it’s still taking the lives of the women we love on a heartbreaking scale.

We will be wearing it pink in October. Will you join us?

WEAR IT PINK DAY or PINK RIBBON DAY is celebrated every 19th October,

On 19th October 2018, people all around Spain will be turning up to work dressed in pink and doing other pink-themed things, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. The funds go towards improving treatment, and survival rates, for people fighting breast cancer, as well as research into the disease.

When you take part in wear it pink, you join forces with scientists, researchers, supporters and people affected by breast cancer.

Together, we can make real progress in research that saves lives. It’s easy to join in, simply get together with your colleagues, friends and family, pull on something pink and raise money for breast cancer research. We believe everyone who joins the fight is a hero, from people affected by breast cancer, to our scientists and all our amazing fundraisers.

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