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RECOMMENDATION – NEWS IN LEVELS — Helendipity Weblog

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NEWS & FAKE NEWS : THE FIGHT AGAINST DISINFORMATION (B2.2)

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  • Where do you get your news? Which sources do you use? Are they reliable (reputable = trustworthy)?

  • What do you think about this sentence? ‘It must be true because I read it on the internet.’

  • What do you understand by ‘fake news’? Brainstorm some keywords you associate with it.

  • What stories are in the news at the moment?

  • How can you spot fake websites? Have you spot any lately?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/beyondfakenews/how-to-spot-fake-news-online

https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/real-or-fake-news-how-do-you-know

WHAT ARE THE FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT “CORONAVIRUS”?

  • THE CORONAVIRUS IS A NEW VIRUS
  • SNAKES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT
  • BAT SOUP EATERS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
  • PETS CAN TRANSMIT IT
  • IT ONLY AFFECTS OLDER PEOPLE
  • GARLIC CAN PREVENT THE INFECTION WITH THE NEW VIRUS, ETC…

WHAT ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES MYTHS?

 

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY “FACTITIOUS” TO SPOT REAL & FAKE NEWS?

A SERIAL KILLER…? (B2.2)

THIS MORNING WE TALKED IN CLASS ABOUT THE BIGGEST CRIME STORIES IN OUR CITY/ COUNTRY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT GROUPS TOLD US ABOUT A “SERIAL KILLER” IN VALENCIA . WAST IT FAKE NEWS? I PROMISED TO LOOK INTO THE MATTER AND THAT IS WHAT I FOUND…

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WHAT WE WERE TOLD AND THE STRY PRINTED ON THE OLIVE PRESS?

BY THE WAY, YOU CAN ALSO READ ABOUT THE POLICE OFFICER WHO HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER IN THE USA

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder of George Floyd

WHO IS AMANDA GORMAN? (B2.2) (C1) (C2)

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POEM

When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,
but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.Advertisement

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
This effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust,
for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,
but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the west.
We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

INTERVIEWED BY MICHELLE OBAMA

” LAS FALLAS” FESTIVAL SUSPENDED AGAIN (B2.2)

TO SUSPEND…… WHAT DOES IT MEAN? PUT OFF …. OR CALL OFF? WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE? HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR PHRASAL VERBS. I´M SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE A TIME TO REMEMBER….

ANYWAY, THE PRESTIGIOUS MAGAZINE CALLED “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC” RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE BASED ON THIS “RECYCLED FALLERA” COSTUME / DRESS MADE OF 180 PLASTIC BOTTLES… READ MORE

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HAD PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ON SPAIN´S FALLERAS…

Held annually in March, the Fallas de Valencia, or the Fiesta de San Jose, is among the most celebrated traditions in Valencia and one of the country’s biggest street festivals. The event is marked by fireworks, music, and parades. Valencianos prepare for the five-day event by constructing elaborate papier-mâché monuments and satirical figurines, known as fallas, that are burned to the ground on the last night of the festival….READ MORE

MISTAKES ARE ESSENTIAL IN THE LEARNING PROCESS (B2.2)(ALL LEVELS)

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I WAS READING THE NEWSPAPER THIS MORNING WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS FUNNY ARTICLE ABOUT MAKING MISTAKES IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND OTHER LINGUISTIC SLIP-UPS…IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT “THE HUMAN BEING IS THE ONLY ANIMAL THAT TRIPS TWICE OVER THE SAME STONE”, BUT LEARNING A LANGUAGE, AS YOU KNOW, IS A LIFE-LONG PROCESS.

“Spaniards tend to be too scared of making mistakes: we have a strong “sentido del ridículo”, as we say. And so, we often do not take risks because we are afraid of failing, of making mistakes” (https://poppies.es/the-importance-of-making-mistakes/)

I DO AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT ABOVE AND IT´S TRUE THAT WE “ARE TOO EMBARRASSED AND AFRAID OF MAKING A FOOL OF OURSELVES”, BUT WE ARE MISSING MANY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. SO, READ THE ARTICLE BELOW, HAVE A LAUGH AND DON´T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES.

Knowing your ‘pollo’ from your ‘cajones’ – why making mistakes in another language should be encouraged

A tweet inviting Spanish learners to share their funniest mistakes prompted a flurry of hilarious responses. English Edition editor Simon Hunter argues that these malapropisms are key to perfecting your second language READ THE ARTICLE

FORMAL LANGUAGE: A QUESTION OF REGISTER (B2.2)

TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FORMAL & INFORMAL LANGUAGE.

WATCH THIS VIDEO

WHAT TO AVOID IN “FORMAL” TEXTS

 DO NOT USE THESE FORMS

CONTRACTIONS Use I am writing this email instead of I’ m writing

PHRASAL VERBS ( whenever possible) use one word verbs like tolerate instead of put up with

DIRECT QUESTIONS Use indirect questions when possible: (Could you possibly tell me…..? I would be very grateful if you could tell me….)

COMMON EVERYDAY WORDS ( things, stuff, guy, etc…)More formal vocabulary commonly involves longer words or words with origins in Latin and Greek. More informal vocabulary commonly involves shorter words, or words with origins in Anglo-Saxon. Most dictionaries indicate very informal and/or formal words. So use various instead of lots of, several instead of many, commence instead of start or terminate instead of end….

IDIOMS. Use “I wish you the best of luck” instead of “Break a leg!”

ABBREVIATIONS – use approximately instead of approx.

EXCLAMATION MARKS – don’t use!!!!

INCOMPLETE SENTENCES – (I will) see you soon

SOME CONNECTORSbut, however, therefore… Try to use nevertheless, whereas, thus, etc.

PERSONAL TONE USE the passive (whenever possible)

IMPOLITE TONE Use I would be very grateful if you could tell me…” instead of “I want to know….”

SHORTER & VERY SIMPLE SENTENCES Use “I am not only hard-working but also work well in a team” instead of “I work hard and I’m friendly”

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS CONTROVERSIAL QUEEN STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MEGHAN & HARRY INTERVIEW. HOW MANY FEATURES OF FORMAL LANGUAGE CAN YOU SPOT?

YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY IF YOU´RE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC (OPTIONAL)

USUALLY, USED TO, BE USED TO, GET USED TO or WOULD? (B2.2)

THIS WEEK WE´VE READ A COLDPLAY CONCERT REVIEW WHRE THEY MENTIONED ONE OF THEIR HITS: “VIVA LA VIDA”.

IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE LYRICS YOU CAN READ :

“I USED TO RULE THE WORLD

SEAS WOULD RISE….”

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO FORMS WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PAST HABITS?

BOOK PRESENTATIONS(B1.1)

AS YOU KNOW YOU HAD TO READ A BOOK BY DECEMBER…..
GRADED READERS   LEVEL 3 (1.000-1200 words)

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THE ORAL BOOK PRESENTATION WILL BE THE LAST WEEK IN JANUARY 2021, AFTER CHRISTMAS .

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  • WHAT ENGLISH WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT A BOOK?

Let´s make a list together !!!!

Have a look at BASIC BOOK PRESENTATION-2 and follow the guidelines

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO LISTEN TO MY VOICE

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE A TV STAR? USE CUEPROMPTER TO REHEARSE YOUR PRESENTATION

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  • THERE IS A TIME LIMIT ( ABOUT 3 / 4 MINUTES) .YOU CAN TALK FOR 5 MINUTES BUT NOT FOR 10… IF YOU DO, I WILL HAVE TO STOP YOU. (NOT EVERYBODY WILL HAVE TIME AND I ALSO NEED A REST).
  • YOUR CLASSMATES ARE YOUR AUDIENCE, SO DON´T ABUSE OF NAMES OF CHARACTERS AND COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY CAN FOLLOW YOU.

          IF YOU USE DIFFICULT VOCABULARY, EXPLAIN  AT THE BEGINNING.

  • IT´S A SPEAKING ACTIVITY. YOU CAN USE SOME BRIEF NOTES BUT YOU CAN´T READ.

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CLIMATE EMERGENCY (B2.2)

Before Christmas we talked about air travelling but this year it was very difficult to fly or travel anywhere because of the many restrictions  ….

LOOK AT THE INFOGRAPHIC BELOW & TALK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF COVID-19

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BY BRONWYN KIENAPPLE, APR 14, 2020

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE CARBON FOOTPRINT?

HOW  “ECO-GUILTY” ARE YOU?

DO YOU KNOW THE NAMES FOR THE PHENOMENA BELOW?

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