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GIVING ADVICE (A2)(B1)

DO YOU KNOW THIS SONG?

WHEN DO YOU USE SHOULD? TO GIVE ADVICE.

Giving Advice

" If I were in your place…

This page lists useful phrases for the language function of giving advice and recommendations to other people.

Elementary

  1. (I think/I really think) you should …
  2. How about …?
  3. What about…?
  4. It is usually a good idea to …
  5. My suggestion/advice is (to) …
  6. Why don’t you …?
  7. You could (try) … .

Pre-Intermediate

  1. Have you tried …?
  2. I (would) (strongly) suggest/advise that …
  3. If I was/were you, I’d …
  4. In my experience, … works really well.
  5. It’s generally best/a good idea to…
  6. One idea is to …
  7. One thing you could/should/have to do is …
  8. The best/most important thing (to do) is to …

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AT A RESTAURANT (1B2)

HAVE YOU BEEN TO A RESTAURANT DURING YOUR FALLAS BREAK? LOOK AT THE PHOTO BELOW? CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PEOPLE AND THE OBJECTS ON THE TABLE?

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REMEMBER TO DO THE VOCABULARY FOR MONDAY 2oth  MARCH ( page 161)

AT A RESTAURANT (VOCABULARY)

RESTAURANT REVIEW

NEW DISNEY RELEASE: THE BEAUTY & THE BEAST (ALL LEVELS)

This classical  adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love will be released in Spanish cinemas next week….on Friday March 17, during your “Fallas break”…

 

  • Why is this 2017 s blockbuster release making headlines already?
  • What´s all the controversy about?

GENERAL STRIKE IN EDUCATION (ALL LEVELS)

Parents, students and unions call for a general strike in education for March 9th

The State Platform in the Defence of Public Schooling has set the date for numerous demonstrations across Spain from infancy to university.

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A total stoppage of teaching, in protest that the Lomce continues unaltered and the need for wide agreement to be reached in Congress which cannot be ‘only political and ignoring the social’

This is Spain’s third teaching general strike with widespread participation since the PP came to power. All the unions (CEAPA, STES, CCOO, UGT, MRP, CGT and FAEST led from the front by the Students Front and Students Union) which coincide ‘these protests must be on the streets’ given it is the only way ‘which is effective’ in the defence of public schooling and warn the pact ‘is not an end in itself’. In fact, for Mar 9th  Spanish streets will be awash with protestors.

Another reason why this strike has been called at all educational levels is the appeal by the Government in the Constitutional Court for the voting in Congress to halt the Lomce, a decision considered as ‘unacceptable’. They are on guard regarding the massive State deficit Spain has in Brussels, which in the worst case scenario see a cut in spending on education of as much as 1 billion €’

Their anger has been aggravated by the new Education, Culture and Sports minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, who said last JAN any strike action was ‘senseless’ at the moment when talks are continuing on the new Political and Social Pact for Education and called for the State Platform for Public Schooling to cancel the stoppage and join the debate in the Sub-Commission in Congress.

‘At this time, this strike is senseless, I request those who are arranging it to think again. The current situation does not need any disruption, as it would not make any long-lasting effect’, he affirmed.

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news-spain/national/Parents_students_and_unions_call_for_a_general_strike_in_education_for_March_9.shtml

QUANTIFIERS (1B1)

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LISTEN TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE FILM ABOVE
“ENOUGH” IS A QUANTIFIER, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS; YOU SAY “ THIS MOUNTAIN IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH” BUT…. THERE AREN´T ENOUGH TEACHERS“. WHY?

(GO TO PAGE 134 UNIT 5C AND STUDY QUANTIFIERS)

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THE 17 WORST THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN SPAIN (1B1)

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Graham Hunt is an Englishman who has spent more than half his life living in Spain. Here he takes a cheeky look at what we all hate about living here:

(WARNING: This article is full of sarcasm).

  1. BUREAUCRACY
  2. LONG HOLIDAYS
  3. LACK OF RAIN
  4. TOO MUCH FRUIT & TOO MANY VEGETABLES IN YOUR GARDEN
  5. CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN RESTAURANTS
  6. BEING ENVIED BY PEOPLE FROM YOUR COUNTRY
  7. THE PRICE OF WINE (TOO MANY EXPERTS!!)
  8. NOT BEING ABLE TO USE RAINWEAR
  9. HOME-COOKED RUBBISH
  10. BELLS FROM CHURCHES & FIREWORKS
  11. LONG STRAIGHT MOTORWAYS
  12. CITIES ARE TOO SMALL
  13. OPENING TIMES OF BARS & PUBS (TOO LATE!!)
  14. CHEAP ALCOHOL
  15. ROAST CHICKEN SHOPS
  16. PUT UP WITH THE FAMILY

http://www.thelocal.es/20170220/these-are-the-17-absolute-worst-things-about-living-in-spain

OSCARS 2017 (ALL LEVELS)

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The 89th annual Academy Awards is around the corner, taking place next Sunday, 26th February at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles….

 

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“Every year there’s that one movie that wins all the acclaim, all the awards, all the notices, and seems to suck the air out of the room for everyone else. This year, La La Land is that movie, pulling off a clean sweep of top honors at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, and the BAFTAs. Next stop: the Oscars, where it’s nominated for a record 14 nominations (tying the record set by All About Eve and Titanic) and is the odds-on favorite for Best Picture, among a whole host of other awards. If and when it wins, it will be the culmination of one big fat La La Land lovefest.

The Damien Chazelle–directed, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone–starring homage to classic Hollywood movie-musicals has been hailed as returning the bygone genre to its golden-era glory—“at a time when musicals seldom grace the big screen, La La Land is practically a miracle,” one review gushed—and enchanting audiences in that pure, old-fashioned kinda way. “During one musical number, when fireworks start going off in the sky,” swooned the Miami Herald, “you can feel them going off in your head, too.”

But does the movie really deserve all of this hype?”

http://www.vogue.com/article/la-la-land-oscars-hype-emma-stone-ryan-gosling

  • SHOULD “LA, LA, LAND” WIN THE BEST PICTURE OSCAR AWARD?
  • DOES THE MOVIE REALLY DESERVE ALL OF THIS HYPE?

HAVE YOUR SAY

WEDDING DRAMAS (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

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.

 

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31st GOYA AWARDS (ALL LEVELS)

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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.” The 31st Goya Awards will be presented at the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel in Madrid on February 4, 2017 to honour the best in Spanish films of 2016. Actor and comedian Dani Rovira will be the master of ceremonies for the third time in a row.

Nominations were announced on 14 December 2016 by Javier Cámara and Natalia de Molina.“A Monster Calls”  received the most nominations with twelve, followed by “Smoke & Mirrors” and “The Fury of a Patient Man” with eleven nominations each.

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 16, 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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  • THERE HAS BEEN A BIG CONTROVERSY ABOUT THESE AWARDS THIS YEAR. WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?
  • 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 TONIGHT?

ALPHABETICAL OR PASS THE WORD?? (1B2)

THIS WEEK WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF TV PROGRAMMES. HAVE A LOOK AT THIS….

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ALPHABETICAL is a fast-paced quiz show, which sees three contestants compete against a returning champion in series of games based around the alphabet. Over the course of four rounds the aim is to accrue as much time as possible in preparation for the final round. However, two contestants will be eliminated leaving just the reigning champion and their challenger to go head-to- head in an effort to win the jackpot.

The tense ALPHABETICAL final requires the remaining two contestants to make their way around the entire alphabet by answering a question based on each letter. They are racing against the clock with just 100 seconds, plus the time they have accrued. By successfully completing the alphabet the winner walks away with the jackpot. Or, if both contestants fail to achieve this, the jackpot remains unclaimed with the prize money accumulating with every day it rolls over.

DOES IT RING A BELL?

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