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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

(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)

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

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THE OSCARS 2019 (2B1) (ALL LEVELS)

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THE OSCARS ARE JUST ROUND THE CORNER!!! Now that we are about to start unit 6 A about the cinema I thought it could be a good idea to write something about it….

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, 24th February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood

“The Oscars 2019 nominations, announced on January 22, largely mirrored this year’s awards season. Roma and The Favourite lead the pack, with 10 nominations each and featuring in the major categories. Both are up for Best Picture, along with Green BookViceA Star Is BornBlackkklansmanBlack Panther and Bohemian RhapsodyREAD MORE…

“This year’s Oscars will be held without an official host – for the first time in 30 years.The head of ABC Entertainment said the ceremony would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.In December, comedian Kevin Hart pulled out of hosting the ceremony following a controversy over old homophobic tweets” READ MORE…

  • HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE NOMINEES?
  • CAN YOU PREDICT WHICH ONE WILL WIN? HAVE YOUR SAY BY VOTING ON THE BUTTONS BELOW

 

WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANY OF THE TRAILERS?

THIRD BEATLE TRIBUTE: GEORGE HARRISON (ALL LEVELS)

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33rd GOYA AWARDS (ALL LEVELS)

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Best European Film went to Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, for Cold War – a tribute to his parents and their story of love, break-ups, reconciliations, fighting and punishment over a 40-year period, starting from the first flush of their romance in the 1950s and the Cold War forcing them apart, but how destiny ensured they would be reunited….”

Two naked presenters and some improvement: successes and mistakes of the Goya 2019 | TV    READ MORE…

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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 and this year Seville will host the 33rd GOYA Awards ceremony to be held on February 2nd, 2019 at the Congresses and Exhibitions Center of Seville (FIBES).

It will be the second time in 33 years that the awards are not held in Madrid. Already in year 2000, the then director Rosa Vergés and Antonia San Juan as host, held at the Auditorium of Barcelona the 15th edition of the Goya Awards .

The presenters of the ceremony will be the couple composed of Andreu Buenafuente and Silvia Abril who will take the baton from the comedians Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla that led the gala last year. Buenafuente is an expert since he has already presented two galas from the Goya with great success.

Barroso has indicated that the academy seeks to create a new concept of the gala where the objective is to claim Spanish cinema. One of the possible changes could be the grouping of the award of certain prizes in order to make it more agile although it is ruled out to eliminate any award.

Nominations were announced  on 12th  December 2018 by Paco León and Rossy de Palma. El Reino is the film with the most options in the awards with 13 nominations, among them the Best Film and Best Direction, with Campeones following closely with 11 nominations and Carmen y Lola or Todos Lo Saben both with 8 nominations.

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 16th, 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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  • 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 NEXT WEEK? VOTE ON THE PANEL BELOW FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FILM

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

“FLUENT”: AN INTERACTIVE GAME FOR THE LONG HOLIDAY (ALL LEVELS)

THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL FOR SHARING.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO START PLAYING THE GAME:

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DECEMBER FOOL´S DAY?? OR THE DAY OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS?​ (ALL LEVELS)

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This is one of the most popular and entertaining Christmas traditions in Spain, the equivalent of April Fool’s Day. December 28th  is the day when everyone is allowed to play practical jokes and when it is customary to buy joke articles in Christmas markets like the one in the Plaza Mayor square in Madrid.

This celebration appears to have its origins in an event narrated by the Bible concerning King Herod and the innocents, although over the centuries it has evolved to become a boisterous day in which even the media usually reports on some outrageous and completely invented news story. One of the most widespread jokes on this day is to stick a figure cut out of white paper on someone’s back (without them realising). The word in Spanish for this practical joke is an “inocentada”. And, in the numerous Christmas markets (usually located in the large squares in the cities) you can find a whole range of joke articles (wigs, itching powder, false ink…).Many areas in Spain also have other typical local celebrations on 28 December. Examples include the festivity of Los Locos (or “lunatics”) in Jalance (in Valencia, the mayor of the lunatics governs the town for 24 hours); the festivity of the Holy Innocents in Nogalte (in Murcia, with popular dancing and bands of singers); the Danza de Los Locos, or “dance of the lunatics” in Fuente Carreteros (in Cordoba); the “Obispillo”, or “little bishop” (celebrated in places such as Burgos, Palencia and Murcia, where a small boy is chosen to carry out the functions of the bishop for one day); and the “Festa dels Enfarinats” de Ibi (in Alicante, involving a “battle” fought with eggs, flour and firecrackers).

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HAPPY DECEMBER FOOL´S DAY!

MERRY CHRISTMAS (ALL LEVELS)

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LAST YEAR WAS A HARD YEAR  IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC AND MIGRANT CRISIS:  THE PROBLEM OF MIGRATION, THE REFUGEES, JIHADIST TERRORISM, COUNTLESS CORRUPTION CHARGES, THE HIGH DEBT, CUTS, EVICTIONS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILD POVERTY, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE “BRAIN DRAIN” OF EDUCATED SKILLED PROFESSIONALS, THE REDEFINITION OF THE STATE OF WELFARE…ETC…….

BUT THIS YEAR HAS  ALSO BEEN VERY TOUGH, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF CATALONIA´S PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE, WHICH FOCUSED ALL THE ATTENTION OF THE MEDIA AFTER A BANNED INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM LEADING TO SPAIN´S WORST POLITICAL CRISIS IN A GENERATION: A PRESIDENT IN EXILE, POLITICIANS BEHIND BARS…. ON TOP OF EVERYTHING FAR-RIGHT POLITICAL PARTIES ARE GAINING GROUND IN EUROPE: A FAR.RIGHT PARTY HAS WON SEATS IN A SPANISH REGIONAL ELECTION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES. SO THE BIG QUESTION IN SPANISH POLITICS IS WHETHER  THE WEAK SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT AND ITS ALLIES CAN DO WHAT RAJOY FAILED TO DO AND FIND A SOLUTION TO THE CATALAN SEPARATIST CRISIS….

SO WE ALL NEED A BREAK FROM BAD NEWS, TO RECHARGE OUR BATTERIES AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON….DON´T WE? WE DESERVE IT!!

SO, I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MY BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR…..

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ALL THE HOMEWORK IS AVAILABLE  (CLASSWORK 2B1   OR 1B2)

I PROMISE TO BE BACK ON 7th JANUARY! 

 

 

TRAVELLING TO CHICAGO (ALL LEVELS)

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO CHICAGO?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO?

SO, THIS IS THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME…..

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THE SAFEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT? (2B1)

TODAY WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT…..WHY ARE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS IN THE NEWS TODAY?

 

“Spain sees first case of a pedestrian killed by an electric scooter” READ MORE

“Valencia is set to adopt new more restrictive rules banning scooters from sidewalks” READ MORE

So, are electric scooters one of the safest means of transport or one of the most dangerous?

LET´S GO OVER THE GRAMMAR OF COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES…

NOW YOU ARE READY TO REVIEW THE GRAMMAR ON PAGE 136.

 

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