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THE “AMAZON” EFFECT (1B2)

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ADVERT? AMAZON HAS RELEASED THEIR BIG TV COMMERCIAL FOR THE 2018 CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE RETURN OF SMILING SINGING BOXES…

“This festive ad shows the packages breaking into song here, there and everywhere, from the beginning of their journey at Amazon fulfillment centers, along the delivery routes and on to the Amazon Lockers and homes of those excited customers…“READ MORE…

“It’s no secret that people are spending more and more time online. It’s also no secret that much of that time is spent, well, spending.

However, a lot of the money going to online retailers is money that used to go to brick-and-mortar businesses. Amazon may be the main culprit, but it’s far from alone. As more and more shoppers head to screens instead of stores, brick-and-mortar retailers need to offer better customer experiences if they’re to have a future….” READ MORE…

  • HAVE YOU EVER USED AMAZON? WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
  • WHAT´S THE EFFECT OF AMAZON ON SMALL BUSINESSES? IS IT GOOD OR BAD?
  • HAS AMAZON CHANGED THE WAY WE SHOP? IN WHICH WAY?

THE “XMAS SEASON HAS BEGUN” (ALL LEVELS)

 

According to THE INDEPENDENT: ”

“Following years of heartfelt short films set to covers of classic songs that have been known to bring tears to viewers’ eyes, this year the retail giant has departed from its fictionalised stories and ingénue singers, with a two-minute Christmas campaign film that tells the story of John’s career, set to his first major hit, “Your Song”.

Titled The Boy and the Piano, the advert opens in the present day with a shot of the musician sat at his piano playing the opening notes of “Your Song,” before going back in time to chart his meteoric rise to stardom. Eventually we are shown the origin of his talents: a piano gifted to him for Christmas by his mother and grandmother.

Different actors play the singer throughout, with Freddie Henderson depicting the young Elton, Brandon Stein covering his teenage years, Oliver Marshall doing the Seventies, Simon Burbage covering the Eighties/Nineties years and John himself appearing for the present day scenes.

Each scene sees an array of opulent costumes, designed by Joanna Johnston to be identical replicas of John’s original outfits.

While the entire song is played throughout the advert, it is pieced together using different recordings that John sung throughout his career, adding a subtle but noticeable change of mood with each scene transition.

Additionally, this is the first time that John Lewis has used a repeat song, with Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song” having appeared in the brand’s 2010 Christmas campaign.

By using a celebrity as the focus of the advert, John Lewis has moved away from preceding campaigns, which have seen up and coming artists cover classic songs, with Gabrielle Aplin singing “The Power of Love” and Tom Odell singing “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”.

The advert comes just months before Elton John biopic, Rocket Man, comes to cinemas, and ahead of his 2019 farewell tour. Both dates seem more than a happy coincidence, but representatives from John Lewis and Partners insist that the timing of this was not planned in relation to their campaign. ….. READ MORE….

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MONOLOGUES FOR THE WEEKEND (2B1)

IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME DURING THE WEEKEND, YOU COULD BE WORKING ON THESE TWO MONOLOGUES:

MONOLOGUE 1: SUPERSTITIONS

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  • ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS?
  • DO YOU KNOW ANY  SUPERSTITIONS?
  • WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET LUCKY?
  • A TIME WHEN YOU WERE LUCKY / UNLUCKY
  • PREDICTING THE FUTURE: EVER VISITED A PSYCHIC? WOULD LIKE TO?
  • SUPERSTITIONS IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

MONOLOGUE 2: MONEY & SHOPPING

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  • SAVER OR SPENDER?
  • YOUR SHOPPING HABITS
  • SHOPPING ONLINE
  • A TIME WHEN YOU WON / FOUND / LOST/ WASTED SOME MONEY
  • EVER BORROWED OR LENT MONEY?

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RAÚL´S THINGLINK (1B2)

bigupdateanimI GOT THE FIRST OF YOUR THINGLINKS THIS YEAR AT LAST!!!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO RAÚL TALKING ABOUT HIS TRICKY PHOTO

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NOW LISTEN TO MY FEEDBACK ON HIS PERFORMANCE.

WORLD FOOD DAY (2B1) (ALL LEVELS)

TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOOD IN CLASS BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT IT´S WORLD FOOD DAY?

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“FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. THE RIGHT TO FOOD IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT”

LET´S START THE COURSE WITH “KAHOOT” (2B1)

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WHY  don´t we begin by playing a Kahoot to revise some of the content studied in the previous course?

WHAT IS KAHOOT?

Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!

HOW DO YOU PLAY?

Kahoots are best played in a group setting, like a classroom. Players answer the questions on their own devices (individually or in teams), while games are displayed on a shared screen (the teacher´s) to unite the lesson. It creates a ‘campfire moment’ encouraging players to look up and celebrate together. Besides creating your own kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

  • Take your mobile phone or tablet and JOIN at kahoot.it
  • Enter the GAME PIN (it changes every time you play the game)
  • Type in your NICKNAME, and then OK, GO!
  • The teacher will START the game and  you´ll see your name on the board
  • Questions will be displayed on his/her board (with a time limit)
  • CLICK on the right answer with your mobile

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY?

CLICK ON THE ANIMATED GIF BELOW ( or use the URL I´m sharing)

This is the link: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/aa099110-78e1-4d4a-a4cc-8ab99c760767

REMEMBER THAT IF YOU PLAY AT HOME, YOU´LL NEED TWO DIFFERENT DEVICES: A COMPUTER OR TABLET TO VISUALIZE THE QUESTIONS AND YOUR MOBILE TO CLICK ON THE RIGHT ANSWERS AS WE DID IN CLASS

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BREAKING OUT OF THE INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU (1B2)

plateau      READING MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL´S LATEST POST MADE ME THINK ABOUT MY OWN STUDENTS. MANY OF MY 1B2 STUDENTS THIS YEAR FEEL AS IF THEY´RE NOT MAKING ENOUGH PROGRESS, HAVING THE IMPRESSION THAT THEIR LANGUAGE LEARNING HAS SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY  OR JUST FEELING THEY ARE STUCK IN THE “INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU”…(SENSACIÓN DE ESTANCAMIENTO),  BUT TO WHAT EXTENT IS THAT REAL?

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“As they move from basic to intermediate to advanced levels in language proficiency, many second-language learners will confirm that language learning does not always follow a smooth progression. There are times when progress seems to be marked and noticeable, as for example with many basic-level language learners. After their first 200 or so hours of instruction, they begin to break through the threshold of learning to become real users of the language, even if at a fairly simple level. Those who have experienced the transition to this level of learning recall the feelings of satisfaction and achievement that came as they found themselves actually capable of real communication in English.

However, once learners have arrived at an intermediate level of language learning, progress does not always appear to be so marked, and making the transition from intermediate to the upper-intermediate/advanced level sometimes proves frustrating. Some may feel they have arrived at a plateau and making further progress seems elusive, despite the amount of time and effort they devote to it.”

Let’s start with why this happens…

There are actually two reasons we might hit a plateau.

The first is that the better you get at a language the harder it is to continue improving. Take this statistic for example:

Just 3,000 English words are needed to understand 95% of everyday texts. Whereas the average native speaker has the ability to use up to 20,000 words.

That’s a pretty big disparity. What this means is that knowing 3,000 words will put you in the intermediate range of language learning, but it takes a lot more effort and a lot more words to become an advanced speaker.

The second reason is that whether you’re learning a new language, practicing a sport, or learning how to type on a keyboard—it’s not only the amount of practice that you’re putting in, but the type of practice.

When we first start to learn a language we progress very quickly, from barely knowing how to introduce ourselves to making complicated sentences in the past and future tenses. We reach an autonomous stage.

The autonomous stage occurs when we no longer have to consciously think about what we’re doing. In language learning, this might be the stage when you can have a conversation without pausing to find the right word or the proper grammatical structure.

Reaching the autonomous stage, however, does not mean that you’re now an expert. In fact, this is the stage where it’s easy to see your language learning falter, because you’re no longer being challenged to learn more.

So what can we do…

Now that we know why we run into these plateaus, let’s look at some ways we can move past them.

The first way is to simply change the way you think about learning a language. It’s important to understand that improving as a new learner is very different from improving as an intermediate learner. There are always going to be diminishing returns as you get better at a language. This doesn’t mean you’re not progressing.

It’s easy to feel like you’re making progress when you master all the tenses of “to be,” but it’s important to keep in mind that learning less common vocabulary and more complex grammar is just as important to becoming fluent.

Best of all, once you have an intermediate or upper-intermediate language level, learning becomes a lot more fun. You can have real world conversations, watch movies and enjoy more engaging books.

The second way to improve is to focus on how you practice. Since it’s easy to become a passive learner at this stage, you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone. Try talking about topics you’re not 100% comfortable with, read texts that challenge you, look up words you don’t know even if they’re obscure, and talk to native speakers at a natural pace.

Just like when you were a beginner: Keep studying, keep pushing yourself, and if you haven’t already, find a teacher who can keep you accountable to your language learning goals!

How can I climb higher?

Here are my top tips for escaping from the intermediate plateau.  They’re not rocket science, just basic advice gleaned from my teaching experience.

1)  Don’t give up!

2)  Keep expanding your vocabulary.

This means reading a lot and learning how words collocate (go together in semi-fixed expressions).  Doing this also helps with your grammar.

3) Excavate your ‘fossilised errors’!

You know those little mistakes that you make over and over again?  You probably have a collection of ‘You said… You should have said…’ error correction slips.  Make sure you understand why your errors are wrong and make a concerted effort to change!

4)  Immerse yourself in the language.  Do something in English every day.

5)  Pursue your interests in English!  If you’re into philosophy read philosophical works in English.  This will keep you motivated.

That’s all for now, I’d love to hear your tales of clambering off the intermediate plateau.

https://es.verbling.com/articles/Jon/the-intermediate-plateau-and-how-to-get-over-it-552ee4b35afee0982a1a82ff

IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO READ CRISTINA´S POST…BY CLICKING ON HER PICTUREplateau

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ORAL SKILLS & CONVERSATION GAMBITS: TEACHER & COURSE ASSESSMENT (1B2)

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Assessment  (= EVALUATION) is not an easy task, but now the time has come for you to assess the course and my work……I´m aware that the course is quite short (60 hours is not enough )…However, there´s nothing I can do about it. So let´s concentrate on what I can actually do.

I know that this is a very small group but I´d be really grateful if you took some minutes of your time to complete this teacher & course assessment form online. Your feedback is incredibly important to me to improve future course preparation and my own attitude to the whole teaching process. Did this training course meet your needs? Was it too repetitive?

It should only take less than 5  minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous and by filling out the survey you will be actively participating in next year’s course organisation. All survey results will be published on this blog as soon as my students’ answers are collected. (by the end of MAY)

The response scale should run 1-5 with 5 being the highest (strongly agree).

(1) Strongly Disagree, (ESTOY EN TOTAL DESACUERDO)
(2) Disagree, (ESTOY EN DESACUERDO)
(3) Neutral, (NEUTRAL)
(4) Agree, (ESTOY DE ACUERDO)
(5) Strongly Agree (ESTOY TOTALMENTE DE ACUERDO)

The teacher´s evaluation survey can be easily accessed by clicking on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NKCLNC

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INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE FESTIVAL IN VALENCIA (2nd edition) (ALL LEVELS)

After the success of the first edition of VALENCIA LANGUAGE EXCHANGE (VLE),

a non-profit association, organizes the…

II EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE FESTIVAL. (21 – 22 April 2018 in Marina de Valencia(HighCube)

A free event for people of all ages with language-related activities: music, theatre, conferences, gastronomy and training.

During this weekend, INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE FESTIVAL will create an international scene in Valencia with dozens of linguistic, concerts, theatres, gastronomic, extracurricular activities etc…

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SYRIAN TARGETS WERE BOMBED OVERNIGHT (1B2)

THE WORLD WAKES UP THIS MORNING ON HIGH ALERT WITH ALL THE TENSIONS BETWEEN THE USA AND RUSSIA OVER SYRIA BOILING OVER…

The US, UK and France have launched strikes “on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities” in Syria, US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday. The strikes come after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

Here are all the latest REACTIONS to the strikes:

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The Russian embassy in the U.S. wasted no time in reacting to the strikes late Friday in the U.S., with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov saying on Twitter, “The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.”

“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” the statement continued. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.”

Adding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions into the mix, an all-out war could be on the cards –  some people even dare to think about World War 3 breaking out.

AS WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HISTORIC MOMENTS IN OUR LIFETIMES, I EXPECT THIS IS NOT ONE WE´LL HAVE TO LIVE AND REMEMBER…I DO HOPE THAT SOMEONE COULD MAKE THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICIANS IN THE WORLD SEE SENSE AND STOP ANY KIND OF WAR, EVER

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