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“JOOMAG” A TOOL TO CREATE INTERACTIVE MAGAZINES

JOOMAG, INC.
Joomag is a free, sophisticated and professional digital magazine creation tool that allows users (students and teachers)  to create beautiful magazines from PDFs or templates provided by the site.

This is an example of a magazine created by a teacher:

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https://www.joomag.com/magazine/inspirational-english-march-2017/0258537001488874097

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY: BE BOLD FOR CHANGE (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.

Five reasons why Spain is still failing on women’s rights (THE LOCAL)

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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…..

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 CONVERSTION 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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PRUEBAS CERTIFICACIÓN 2017

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

Matrícula – Pruebas de Certificación 2017

ALUMNADO OFICIAL (matriculado en el Curso 2016/17 en la EOI de Valencia)
Plazo de inscripción: desde las 09:00 del 13 de febrero hasta las 15:00 del 24 de febrero.

Se inscribirá telemáticamente en el siguiente enlace: http://www.gva.es/es/inicio/procedimientos?id_proc=17070

ALUMNADO LIBRE (no matriculado en el Curso 2016/17 en la EOI de Valencia) Y RENUNCIA CONDICIONADA
Plazo de inscripción: desde las 09:00 del 27 de febrero hasta las 15:00 del 9 de marzo.

Se inscribirá telemáticamente en el enlace que se anunciará antes del inicio del periodo de inscripción.

Entrega de documentación en el centro: una vez inscritos telemáticamente, se entregará la documentación requerida (justificante de pago bancario, fotocopia del DNI, NIE o pasaporte, dos fotografías de carné y la documentación pertinente en los casos de familia numerosa o monoparental, violencia de género, personas con discapacidad y víctimas del terrorismo), solicitando en el siguiente enlace cita previa (inactivo), que estará activo desde las 9:00 del 25 de febrero hasta las 15:00 del 10 de marzo.

Importante:

La secretaría atenderá de 9 a 13 horas y de 16 a 20 horas.
Tenga en cuenta que el link no funciona correctamente con todos los navegadores. Recomendamos utilizar Mozilla Firefox.
Si es alumno oficial y ha olvidado su número de expediente puede consultarlo aquí:
NIF:
Más información acerca de las Pruebas de Certificación en la siguiente sección de nuestra web:
http://mestreacasa.gva.es/web/eoivalencia/secretaria/matricula/pruebas_de_certificacion

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“HINATIVE”A NEW LANGUAGE PLATFORM (ALL LEVELS)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF “HINATIVE”? IT´S A NEW LANGUAGE PLATFORM WITH  FREE APPS AVAILABLE BOTH ON IOS & ANDROID.

What is HiNative?

Excellent question! HiNative is a global Q&A (QUESTION & ANSWER) platform that allows you to ask native speakers all your language and culture questions. Forget about a dictionary or doing a web search, there is no better source than a native speaker and with HiNative they are within reach.

How does HiNative work?

Another excellent question! It’s really all quite simple. You ask a question about the language you´re  studying/interested in and then native speakers from that language can answer you question. As a native speaker yourself, you can also answer the questions that other people have about the language you speak. It’s a beautiful give-and-take community. You can even upload images and record a voice answer.

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THANKS TO FRAN (1B1) FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL APP THAT COULD BE VERY USEFUL FOR YOUR WRITINGS and/ or ORAL PRESENTATIONS.

 

 

TRIP TO NEW YORK (ALL LEVELS)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO NEW YORK AT EASTER?

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ALL THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE,

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

HAPPY 2017! (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 2016?

WILL DONALD TRUMP BUILD A WALL AFTER 20th JANUARY?

WILL CATALONIA WIN THE PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE?

WILL A REFERENDUM BE HELD ON SELF-RULE IN CATALONIA?

WILL EUROPE FIND A SOLUTION TO THE MIGRANT CRISIS?

WILL FAR-RIGHT PARTIES IN EUROPE WIN THE NEXT ELECTIONS?

WILL THE WORLD GET RID OF TERRORISM?…..

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS (ALL LEVELS)

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IT´S BEEN A HARD YEAR  WITHOUT “A GOVERNMENT “IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC AND MIGRANT CRISIS: THE SYRIAN WAR AND THE PROBLEM OF THE REFUGEES, JIHADIST TERRORISM, CATALONIA´S PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE, COUNTLESS CORRUPTION CHARGES, THE HIH DEBT,CUTS, EVICTIONS, CHILD POVERTY, LOW CONSUMER CONSUMPTION, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE “BRAIN DRAIN” OF EDUCATED SKILLED PROFESSIONALS…ETC……. 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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I PROMISE TO BE BACK ON THE 9th JANUARY!!

A SPANISH TEACHER NOMINATED FOR THE GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE (ALL LEVELS)

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The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. It seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize does for science, sport, literature etc.. Teachers currently teaching children in a compulsory setting or between the ages 5-18 are eligible.

DAVID CALLE, A MIDDLE-AGED “YOUTUBER” TEACHER FROM MADRID, HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FINALISTS TO GET THE PRIZE!!!!

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David is the founder and creator of the Unicoos website – a hugely innovative educational video resource. The site’s YouTube videos have at one point or another been viewed by over 30 million students, and surveys indicate that the site has helped students with almost every aspect of learning. It is the most important Spanish-language educational channel in its category and has 170,000 followers on Facebook.

David faced a financial struggle to become a teacher and was lucky enough to be able to combine university study with a teaching job in a learning support academy. He decided to open his own ‘academy’ over a decade ago, when he began uploading maths, physics, and chemistry videos on YouTube, overcoming his initial fear of what people would say. He also knew that many families couldn’t afford an academy or private tutor.

In May 2014, Unicoos was chosen by the Telefónica Foundation as one of the Top 100 Educational Innovations in the world, as part of its Education Challenge of that year. In September 2015, Unicoos was chosen by Google as the channel with the biggest social impact in Spain, and it was represented as such at the European Parliament in Brussels. The site is followed in all Spanish-speaking countries. Currently Unicoos is free (and always will be), but the prize funds would help David to put the site on a more secure financial footing, produce more videos with subtitles, hire a webmaster and other teaching staff, and produce ebooks for the site.

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID AND I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PRIZES LIKE THIS? DO YOU THINK  RECOGNITION  ENHANCES MOTIVATION AMONG TEACHERS? SHOULD SUCH INITIATIVES BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN SPAIN?

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation