2019 is about to wave goodbye and the New Year is a time, not only for raging parties but also a time to reflect back on the past year. ..a time when we can ask ourselves, “what did I do right and what mistakes did I make?” Take time to discover what you want to change in 2020. …Have you already made any? Do you want to share them with me or are they too personal, maybe?
LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST ABOUT THE 10 MOST POPULAR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
CRISTINA CABAL WROTE A WONDERFUL POST ON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS BASED ON THE FILM “BRIDGET JONES DIARY”. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
YOU CAN ALSO AD A PIN WITH A PHOTO AND YOUR 2020 NEW YEAR´S RESOLUTION TO THE BOARD I CREATED ON PINTEREST (SEND ME YOUR EMAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU BACK AN INVITATION)
Pinterest is a new social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, which could be photographs, sketches, videos or web pages. Like a virtual scrapbook, but very public, you can collate the items that you love.
There are apps available for IOS and ANDROID
ARE YOU A PINTEREST USER?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CREATE A BOARD AND PIN PHOTOS?
AS YOU HAVE TO DO A FOR & AGAINST WRITING DURING THE HOLIDAY AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE PROCESS OF WRITING, I THOUGHT THIS OLD MATERIAL COULD BE USEFUL FOR YOU. HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING, WISELY WRITTEN BY MY COLLEAGUE JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI.
IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WRITING AND CORRECTION, HAVE YOU HEARD OF LANG8?
THIS MORNING I WOKE UP TO HEAR THAT BORIS JOHNSON HAD WON THE UK GENERAL ELECTIONS PROMISING TO GET BREXIT DONE: UNLUCKY CHOICE!!! THEN I REALIZED IT´S FRIDAY 13th…..
HOW SUPERSTITIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT FRIDAY 13TH?
Unlucky for some: Ten of the strangest Spanish superstitions
Did you know that Tuesday 13th in Spain is considered unlucky? Read on for the lowdown on all the strangest Spanish superstitions.
If you’re the kind of superstitious soul who never walks under a ladder and is always confused about whether black cats are meant to bring bad luck or good, then you will want to know what twists of fate await you according to Spanish beliefs.
It is Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky in Spain, and not Friday the 13th as in Anglo-Saxon countries.
That’s because Tuesday is said to be dominated by Ares, the Greek god of war — known as Mars in Ancient Rome — who gives his name to Martes, or Tuesday, in Spanish.
There is an even old proverb that explains the superstition: “On Tuesday, don’t get married, embark on a journey, or move away (‘En martes, ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes’)
But there are plenty of other Spanish superstitions you need to know about to make sure your time in Spain is as lucky as possible! Read on to find out more.
DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER COMMON SUPERSTITIONS?
TODAY (NOV. 29th) IS BLACK FRIDAY, AND I´M REALLY FED UP WITH THE CONSUMER FRENZY, DEALS AND OFFERS IN MY INBOX, ON TV, EVERYWHERE ……WHY DON´T WE MAKE IT GREEN?
BUT WHAT DOES “BLACK FRIDAY” 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”.
But before going on a shopping spree why don´t you try read this article published last year on THE TELEGRAPH?
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?
- HOW CAN WE MAKE IT GREEN AGAIN, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT EVERYBODY´S TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE EMERGENCY?
As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Have a look here here for an overview of the rules.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LISTEN TO SOME EXAMPLES:
Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:
liked it – /laɪktɪt/
dreamed of – /driːmdəv/
The video is suitable for late A2, B1 and B2 students, who will have learned the basic -ED rules, but may still struggle to produce the sounds accurately. The on-screen activities are all self-explanatory.
You will notice that the activities do not test whether students can choose between /t/ and /d/. The difference is barely audible in fast connected speech, and it rarely causes misunderstandings. Also, since most students tend to overuse /ɪd/ and avoid /t/ or /d/, the song excerpts focus on the latter, rather than the former.
THANKS TO: http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2016/10/pronunciation-ed-endings.html
TRY THIS -ED ENDING GAME I MADE FOR MY A2 STUDENTS:
LISTEN TO THE BEGINNING OF THIS POPULAR SONG BY ONE REPUBLIC
Pictures by Anna Lewandowska Robak
“LATELY I´VE BEEN LOSING SLEEP” … THIS IS THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
YOU CAN ALSO TRY THE GRAMMAR EXERCISES UNIT 2A (page 134)
Theresa May announced her plans to resign as prime minister on 7th July in an emotional speech outside Downing Street.
ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR HAS COME TO AN END. THIS POST IS TO THANK ALL MY 1B2 STUDENTS FOR THEIR EFFORT ALL YEAR ROUND WHETHER THEY HAVE PASSED OR NOT. IT´S BEEN A TOUGH YEAR FOR MOST OF YOU, I KNOW, I KNOW….. SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW “EXHAUSTING” AND “DEMANDING” I AM BUT I HOPE YOU THINK IT HAS BEEN WORTH THE EFFORT. I´M ALSO AWARE THAT AS A TEACHER YOU CAN´T BE EVERYONE´S “CUP OF TEA ” BUT I DO HOPE TO HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS…THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LEARN AND HAVE THE FEELING OF MAKING PROGRESS, NOT TO PASS EXAMS….THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND COLLABORATION, ANYWAY…
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO TEACH YOU! HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR SUMMER AND DON´T FORGET YOUR ENGLISH!! IN A FEW DAYS I WILL PUBLISH A POST WITH IDEAS ON HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER. WE´LL MEET AGAIN!
REVISION ( MAY FINAL EXAM ) // SPEAKING TEST
AS I TOLD YOU IN CLASS (ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL WEBSITE), IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR FINAL EXAM, YOU NEED TO COME ON WEDNESDAY 15th MAY TO OUR USUAL CLASSROOM. I WILL BE THERE FROM 10.30 TO 14.00. IT DOESN´T MATTER WHICH GROUP YOU BELONG TO…. YOU CAN TURN UP AT ANY TIME IT´S THE ONLY WAY TO TRY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS INDIVIDUALLY
IF BY ANY CHANCE YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, YOU CAN ALWAYS EMAIL ME. I NEVER PUBLISH MARKS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS / MY BLOG OR ANY SCHOOL WALLS TO RESPECT STUDENTS´PRIVACY
ALTHOUGH WE PRACTISED IN CLASS, YOU CAN USE THIS MATERIAL TO PRACTISE SPEAKING BEFORE YOUR TEST.
- THE MONOLOGUE IS BASED ON YOUR ACCURATE PICTURE DESCRIPTION
- THE INTERACTION (COLLABORATIVE TASK) WILL INVOLVE DISCUSSING A TOPIC
- Look at the instructions and check what you have to do.
- Talk to your partner, not to the examiner.
- Give your opinion and try to expand your ideas, give reasons, etc.
- Take an active part in the discussion, but listen and involve your partner too.
- Discuss all the options first and then make your final decision
- Remember you don’t have to agree with your partner!