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WORLD BULLYING DAY (ALL LEVELS)

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World Bullying Day is an international day marked on May 2nd to raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying. It’s a widespread issue that affects millions of students around the world in schools and universities with consequences that range from psychological traumas to even suicide and causes around 200 deaths each year.

This initiative was founded by NGO Bullying Without Borders in 2013. The founder of the organization, Dr Javier Miglino, and an international multi-disciplinary team conformed by psychologists, educators, medics, journalists and parents whose children suffered from bullying and cyberbullying considered necessary the creation of an ephemeris to help raise awareness of this problem and make governments take notice. Basing themselves on what Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, they thought education and awareness in schools would be the determining factor to eradicate bullying from any educational institution. READ MORE…

Bullying has been a growing problem in schools, especially in past years. While some consider hazing and the abuse that some children take in school to be a typical part of the adolescent experience, rising suicide rates and violence in school has led officials to start taking a hard, zero-tolerance stance on bullying. World Day Of Bullying Prevention is bringing attention to your plight, and the plight of others who experienced this incredibly difficult, and dangerous, part of many children’s lives.

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MORE THAN A THIRD OF SPANISH KIDS BULLY… READ MORE

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BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK? (ALL LEVELS)

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DON´T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! 

A Blind Date with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.

We pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. Orders are shipped worldwide and are a great present for yourself or someone else.

Blind Date with a Book began at Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Australia and is now available at Waitrose stores in England and to the rest of the world from our online shop here at blinddatewithabook.com.

You can also find bookshops in Spain carrying out this initiative, like “Librerís Eixo” in Ourense or “La Casa del Libro” in Alicante.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS INITIATIVE TO FOSTER READING, ESPECIALLY TODAY ON WORLD BOOK DAY? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT?

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WORLD BOOK DAY 2018 (ALL LEVELS)

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On 23 April, World Book Day is celebrated all over the world. In Spain, this is a day to encourage reading and the enjoyment of literature in a different way. It is also a day on which the great universal writer Miguel de Cervantes is particularly remembered with the presentation of the prize which bears his name, the most important distinction in Spanish letters.

For writers, publishers and the reading public, 23 April is a red letter day on the calendar. The celebration of World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite author, give the gift of literature or buy that novel that you’ve always wanted at an attractive discount. What’s more, librarians, museums and other cultural institutions usually organise special activities to mark the occasion (roundtables, book signings, lectures, guided visits, children’s workshops, storytellers, concerts, public readings, etc…) An invitation to experience the world of letters in a different way.

The festivity of Sant Jordi In Catalonia coincides. According to tradition, on this day it is customary to give the gift of a book to men and a rose to women. Thus cities like Barcelona become transformed into an enormous open-air bookshop-florist’s, full of stalls with authors signing copies of their work.Cervantes and ‘Don Quixote’ On 23 April, the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, puts on all its finery: in the auditorium of the University, the King and Queen of Spain present the Cervantes Prize, the most important literary distinction which is awarded in the world of the Spanish language.Cervantes’ masterpiece, ‘Don Quixote of La Mancha’, is also a protagonist of World Book Day. Every year, in the Column Room at the Círculo de Bellas Artes academy in Madrid, there is a non-stop reading of the novel: this involves 48 hours of uninterrupted reading by figures from the world of culture and politics, as well as anonymous citizens. The tale of Don Quixote is also read in numerous centres of the Cervantes Institute located abroad, in order to mark this date.Book Night Book Night is held in Madrid. Over 100 bookshops stay open until midnight with a special cultural programme which includes everything from live music and encounters with writers through to activities for the children. What’s more, anyone who buys a book on that day will be given a 10% discount off the price.Book Day is a fantastic way for book lovers to whet their appetite for the numerous book fairs which take place all over Spain a little later in the year.

HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOK LATELY THAT YOU´D RECOMMEND ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES TO BUY TODAY OR TO READ?

IF SO, WHICH ONE IS IT?

DO YOU KNOW WHICH ARE THE TOP 10 SELLING BOOKS AT THE MOMENT?

HAPPY EASTER (1B1+ 1B2)

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WE´RE GOING TO BREAK UP  FOR EASTER.

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ALL THE HOMEWORK CAN BE CHECKED  BY CLICKING ON CLASSWORK, DEPENDING ON THE LEVELS.

  • IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN EASTER TRADITIONS IN SPAIN YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLES BELOW:

http://www.thelocal.es/galleries/culture/ten-fascinating-facts-about-holy-week-in-spain

http://www.thelocal.es/galleries/culture/ten-delicious-food-for-easter-in-spain

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IF YOU´RE A B2 STUDENT AND WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON HOLY WEEK, TRY THIS LINK http://www.isabelperez.com/holy1.htm

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY: “IF WE STOP, THE WORLD STOPS” (ALL LEVELS)

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

Women across Spain prepare 24-hour strike at work and in the home (THE LOCAL)

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Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women’s day on Thursday to prove that “if we stop, the world stops”. On March 8 the women of Spain will take part in the first national strike to combat wage inequality and gender violence. For 24 hours, women are being called on to drop everything—from briefcases to brooms—and take to the streets and protest.

Here’s what you need to know about the demonstrations:

Who and What:

Women all over the country will stay home from work on March 8, International Women’s Day, in the first nationwide strike to end “macho culture” in Spain.

Smaller strikes were held last year on International Women’s Day, but this is the first time there is a coordinated national effort to encourage women to stay home in every region of the country.

The ‘feminist strike’ will not only be limited to women in the workplace but will also stretch to the home, where women are being encouraged to abandon their usual duties including childcare, cooking and household chores.

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Spain’s come a long way since the dark days of Gen Francisco Franco when a woman’s role was firmly in the home and she needed permission from her husband to get a job, open a bank account, own property or even travel away from home.
But women still don’t enjoy parity with men in Spain and there is a way to go to bridge the gender gap. READ MORE…..

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43324406

KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING (1 B2)

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  • WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
  • WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING?

You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases, you can reply using three words or less.

Here are some ways of doing that:

Make a comment

Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful”  or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.

Encourage the other person

If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”

Ask a question

In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.

“Really?” – to show surprise.

“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.

For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”

Over to you Listen and practise examples of these tips here:

Keep the conversation going .Make a comment

Keep the conversation going.Encourage the other speaker

Keep the conversation going. Ask a question

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HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS.  YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.

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PRUEBAS CERTIFICACIÓN 2018

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THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR  STUDENTS. READ IT ALL  (INCLUDING THE CALENDAR )  BY CLICKING BELOW  (ON PUC 2018) OR YOU CAN READ ALL THE INFORMATION FROM THE DOGV.

Matrícula – Pruebas de Certificación 2018

PUC 2018

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THE SPANISH TRADITION OF…. THE 3 WISE MEN

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In Spain, the tradition of gift giving at Christmas is particularly special for children. They are the ones who await most eagerly the arrival of the Three Wise Men, who come in through the windows house by house, sharing out presents in just one night. They are not the only ones to have a good time, however. Grown-ups cannot help becoming infected by their happiness during the preparations for the big day: 6 January.

Sharing the exciting wait with them is a gift of love and emotion. This Christmas tradition fills the little ones’ days with unforgettable magic.

The Letter

First of all, children have to write their letter to the Three Wise Men, saying which presents they would like them to bring. After this comes one of the favourite moments: giving the letter in. They can either give the letter to the Wise Men personally when they arrive “officially” on 5 January, or to the emissaries and royal postmen to be found in the centre of all Spanish towns a few days before. They will be asked if they have been good at school and at home, because naughty children get left coal instead of presents. Although, in truth, it is a “sweet” punishment because the coal is made of sugar.

Spectacular parades

When the long-awaited day finally arrives, the whole family come out onto the street to receive the Wise Men. They arrive with a traditional parade, riding through the streets on their camels, loaded with presents and accompanied by royal pages who throw sweets and goodies to the children. One by one, the delightful floats pass by, decorated with bright colours and inspired in popular children’s characters. The little ones will love them. All the while, a band brings joy to the celebration with Christmas songs and carols. The spectacle of joy, light and colour, combined with the smiles of the children, make for a feeling of complete happiness.

There are parades celebrated all over Spain on this day. Each has its own particular style, depending on where you are. In Barcelona, for example, the Three Wise Men arrive by sea, while in the village of Alarilla, in Guadalajara, they are daring enough to arrive by hang-glider and paraglider. Or why not see the parade in Alcoi, Alicante, the oldest in Spain?

Three Kings’ Night

After the parade, children go to bed early but excited, to wait for Melchoir, Caspar and Balthazar to come in through the window and leave presents in their shoes. First they should put water and bread on the windowsill for the camels to eat and drink while the Wise Men do their work.

Come and experience Christmas in Spain and discover this magical tradition that will fill your children with joy. Let them get carried away by all the moments of joy, surprise and tender happiness to be found in our country at this festive time.

Now is your chance. Make the most of it!!!

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http://www.spainisculture.com/en/propuestas_culturales/la_magica_espera_de_los_reyes_magos.html

http://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/26874/balearic-children-prefer-three-kings-to-santa-claus

WHICH TOY MARKED YOUR CHILDHOOD?

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I will always remember the so-called “comediscos”, a kind of portable record player for singles that I could take anywhere, bandoleer style. I´ve always loved music and dancing, so the possibility of listening to my own music with my friends and dance or rehearse different choreographies was the latest technology when I was 10, something from another world….

WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOUR SAY

STRONG AND WEAK FORMS (ORAL SKILLS) (1B2)

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http://davidbrett.uniss.it/phonology/notes%20and%20exercises/weak%20forms%20audio/introandpreps/weak_forms.htm

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HAPPY 2018! (ALL LEVELS)

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GREETING YOU THE EARLIEST WITH MY HEARTIEST NEW YEAR WISHES!! FOR A GREAT YEAR AHEAD FULL OF SURPRISES…. AND HOPE…..        

 

 

WHAT EXACTLY WILL MAKE THE NEWS IN 2018?

WILL NUCLEAR-ARMED NORTH KOREA THREATEN THE WORLD WITH MORE MISSILE TESTS?

HOW WILL DONALD TRUMP RESPOND?

WILL PUTIN BE RE-ELECTED IN RUSSIA?

WILL THERESA MAY SURVIVE AS PRIME MINISTER AFTER BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS?

WILL CATALAN SEPARATIST PARTIES BE ABLE TO FORM A GOVERNMENT?

WILL PUIGDEMONT COME BACK FROM BRUSSELS A FREE MAN?

WILL THE CATALAN CRISIS STOP SPAIN´S ECONOMIC GROWTH?

WILL THE WORLD FIND A SOLUTION TO THE MIGRANT CRISIS?

WILL FAR-RIGHT PARTIES IN EUROPE KEEP ON BEING ON THE RISE?

WILL THE WORLD GET RID OF TERRORISM?…..

 

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