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VALENCIA IN ENGLISH (ALL LEVELS)

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“VALENCIA in English ” is a new section of an online journal called “Spain in English” written by Catherine Dolan, an English mum in Spain as she calls herself… I thought that living in Valencia it might be interesting for you to read it…. HAVE A GO!

“While the lockdown has caused pain and suffering to so many, there are also some positives to come out of it. The environment is starting to breathe again and there can’t be many of us who haven’t learnt some new technological skill. Even my mother-in-law has had to download houseparty by herself while in confinement.

For me I’ve been fortunate enough to discover Spain in English and am delighted to be joining the team, giving a glimpse into what’s happening in the Valencia region.

I’m originally from a village near Canterbury, in the UK, where I used to be a reporter on a local newspaper.

I’m based in l’Eliana, where I live with my Valencia-supporting husband Juan, our four Spanglish daughters and two dogs. (I’m really a cat person at heart, but one of the small people in our family is extremely allergic to cats so we had to settle for a cat-sized dog instead).

We moved to Valencia nearly five years ago to be closer to my husband’s family, because as they say in Spanish la sangre tira! As the eldest of six siblings, it goes without saying that Juan’s family is quite large. As we are the only ones with a garden, and space enough for everyone to get together, our house has become the venue for birthdays, saints’ days, mother’s day, Easter Egg hunts, Eurovision, Cup finals, the list goes on.Before moving to Valencia we lived in deepest Aragón, just an hour south of the French border, in a small village near Huesca. Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of it, most people haven’t. The most famous former resident I managed to discover was Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s mum, Ana María Hidalgo.

If anyone has ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, my background is like the husband’s: a small, calm, quiet Anglo-Saxon family, while Juan’s is more akin to the big, noisy, laughing, fun Greek family. That’s the Mediterranean way for you.

Since moving here we’ve settled in and got to grips, to varying degrees, with the local language, Valencià. It’s very similar to its cousin, Catalan and, like Catalan, is becoming ever more important.

I managed a couple of years of evening classes, which anyone can attend here for free – that’s how keen the government is on pushing the language.

I would recommend some basic classes for anyone relocating here, not with an eye to becoming fluent but just to have a basic understanding.

So much of everyday life here is in Valencian and it really will give you brownie points with the locals, especially in smaller towns, where it remains the main language.

The girls and I have also all developed a taste for the local speciality horchata (the cold drink made from tiger nuts) and fartons (the delicious elongated pastries for dipping in the horchata), much to Juan’s horror!

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Catherine Dolan, her husband Juan and their daughters at Las Fallas in 2019.

During the 10 years we lived in Huesca, we never once missed the Valencia Fallas festival – and the girls have always dressed up, ever since they were babies.Dressing four falleras doesn’t come cheaply, however, so soon after we moved here, I enrolled in an Indumentaria fallera course and have so far made two complete outfits of the traditional costume. The only thing I haven’t yet done is dress up myself. Maybe one day.

To the untrained eye, yes, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re made of curtain fabric and I must confess, the first time I saw a fallera with her coiled plaits over her ears, I immediately thought Princess Leia. (But just don’t say it out loud.) And a word of warning, never refer to it using the Spanish verb disfrazar. Dressing as a fallera is a very serious business, not to mention being a huge part of the local economy.

For the past two months we’ve been confined to our house in l’Eliana. We’ve certainly been much luckier than those living in city apartments. We’ve been able to use the garden, swim in the pool and even take the dogs for walks. Which I suppose makes them more useful than a cat would have been.

I fear that when we finally do make it to Phase One of deconfinement and larger groups are allowed to meet, I’ll be inundated with girls as my daughters’ cousins descend on us to jump in our pool.


Having worked in Spanish secondary
education for the past 10 years, there may be some bias towards school issues and children.But when I find some peace and quiet among the barking dogs and the splashing girls, I will be rounding up the main stories in the area, concentrating on those which people are talking about.

At the moment I shall mostly be looking at how we are dealing with lockdown, how we will come out of it and how on earth the government will face the mammoth task of social distancing at swimming pools, beaches and bars.

Will we be able to swim in the sea this summer? When will we be able to travel between provinces? When will it be safe for Madrileños to visit their second homes on the Mediterranean?

I’m delighted to be involved in this new project – Valencia in English – just as we begin moving towards the New Normal, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

You can read more about my life as an English mum in Spain, including my Diary of Spain in Lockdown at www.catherinedolan.net or contact me directly with any news stories at catherine@catherinedolan.net”

IF YOU ENJOYED IT, YOU CAN READ MORE ARTICLES TO KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE ….
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WORKING IN TIMES OF CRISIS (B2.2)

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¨The world of work is being profoundly affected by the global virus pandemic. In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. Governments, workers and employers will play a crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and the sustainability of businesses and jobs.Its impact could cause millions of job losses….“No matter where in the world or in which sector, the crisis is having a dramatic impact on the world’s workforce” READ MORE…

SPEAKING

  • WHAT KIND OF WORKERS HAVE TO CARRY ON WORKING ON THE FRONTLINE (THE ESSENTIAL WORKFORCE)?
  • WHICH SECTORS HAVE EXPERIENCED THE MOST DRASTIC EFFECTS OF THE DISEASE?
  • ARE YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY WORKING FROM HOME( TELEWORKING or TELECOMMUTING?
  • HOW IS THE CRISIS AFFECTING  WORKERS?
  • HOW HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY THE SITUATION?
  • IS THIS HEALTH CRISIS GOING TO HAVE ANY LASTING EFFECT ON THE JOB MARKET? OR THE WAY WORK IS ORGANIZED?

BASED ON AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/

IF YOU CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE, YOU HAVE EXTRA DISCUSSIONS QUESTIONS TO TALK ABOUT WORK

LISTENING

WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT WORK IN GOOGLE´S OFFICES IN SILLICON VALLEY

LISTENING B2

YOU CAN TRY MANY OTHERS BEFORE EXAMS

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SPEAKING

YOU CAN  RECORD A FLIPGRID https://flipgrid.com/1a5d58d3

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https://www.thelocal.es/20200330/which-jobs-are-considered-essential-under-spains-lockdown-restrictions

https://www.thelocal.es/20200408/wanted-foreigners-and-unemployed-to-work-on-spains-farms

WORK (VOCABULARY REVISION) (B2.2)

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LAST THURSDAY WE TALKED ABOUT IMPORTANT WORDS IN THE NEWS THESE DAYS AS YOU COULD SEE IN MY WORD CLOUD. SOME OF THEM ARE RELATED TO THE FIELD OF JOBS, WORK & EMPL0YMENT OR UNEMPLOYMENT. REMEMBER?

  • temporary layoff(s)
  • unemployment benefit
  • to be on the dole

BEFORE TUESDAY IT WOULD BE PERFECT IF YOU COULD REVISE SOME OF THE VOCABULARY YOU LEARNT LAST YEAR ABOUT THIS TOPIC.

LISTEN TO THIS OLD SONG. WHAT DOES 9 TO 5 MEAN?

nine-to-five job (level: upper intermediate)
a typical 8-hour job
She found her nine-to-five job too monotonous and boring, so she is self-employed now.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD SOME USEFUL EXPRESSIONS TO TALK ABOUT JOBS (B2 LEVEL). DO YOU KNOW MANY OF THEM?

WORK B2 useful expressions

BY my colleague Cristina Cabal

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PRESENTATION (B2.2, C1)

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EVERYBODY GETS NERVOUS WHEN THEY HAVE TO TALK IN PUBLIC (BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH, TREMBLING VOICE, SWEATY PALMS ETC…) SPECIALLY IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. THAT´S WHY I´D LIKE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO WHERE THEY TRY TO GIVE YOU SOME USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO DO IT IN ENGLISH CALMLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE

MOST PRESENTATIONS ARE DIVIDED INTO THESE PARTS:

  1. WELCOME YOUR AUDIENCE : ” Good morning, everybody…”
  2. INTRODUCE THE TOPIC: ” Today, I´m going to talk about…”
  3. OUTLINE THE STRUCTURE: “To start with, I´ll start by…”
  4. QUESTIONS: “Do feel free to ask my any questions at any time”….
  • HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR INTRODUCTION

  • HOW TO ORGANIZE THE BODY

  • WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR CONCLUSION 

‘Signpost language’ is the words and phrases that people use to tell the listener

what has just happened  and what is going to happen next.

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WORDS AND LANGUAGES (B2.2)

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LISTENING

WHAT´S A POLYGLOT?

WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT A HYPER-POLYGLOT AND COMPLETE EACH SENTENCE WITH ONE WORD WHICH

  1. Every language is an expression of how one______________ or culture thinks.
  2. “Polyglot” is a word that comes from two Greek _________: “poly”  and “gloss”.
  3. The word “polyglot” refers to anybody who speaks _____ or_____ languages at a pretty high level.
  4. A “hyperpolygLot” takes ________ in knowing languages.
  5. You need  a different skill range for __________ languages such as Latin or Greek.
  6. Tim is a beginner in languages such as __________ or _______________.
  7. Polyglots in the world are usually __________ than Tim, as a rule.
  8. According to one of his teachers, Tim is ___________ at learning a language.
  9. Tim believes that when you start learning a language one of the most important things to do is have a lot of __________   ____________.
  10. Watching TV shows  or movies is helpful because it exposes you to the normal  __________ of speech in a language and more __________ register than you get in a textbook.
  11. The ___________ has been crucial for learning languages.
  12. By learning a language you get a greater appreciation of society´s _____________ and its entire ____________.
  13. If you raise people with other languages, you open them up to ___________    _________ or ideas.
  14. As the world is increasingly ____________, you also give your kids more opportunities and connections for when they grow older.
  15. Nelson Mandela said “if you talk to a man in his second language, you´re talking to his __________ If you talk his mother tongue, you´re talking to his ___________.”

22 words: YOU NEED 14 CORRECT ANSWERS

WORLD OF LANGUAGES (KEY)

IF YOU LIKE, YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO AGAIN  WITH SUBTITLES ON, TO CHECK YOUR ANSWERS.

SPEAKING

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THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF WORDS (B2.2)

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“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg

WORDS ARE POWERFUL AS THEY CAN HAVE A S THEY CAN LEAVE A HUGE IMPACT AND CREATE A LASTING MEMORY -EITHER GOOD OR BAD-  SO IT´S REALLY IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE THEM WISELY… LISTEN TO  THE QUEEN´S PEECH…

TRANSCRIPT

5 FAMOUS SPEECHES

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MChUv5Zpfww

DISCUSS

  • THINK OF SITUATIONS WHEN “WORDS DON´T COME EASY”
  • CAN YOU THINK OF ANY SPEECH / WORDS THAT LEFT A MARK ON YOU?
  • HOW DO YOU THINK POLITICIANS USE WORDS NOWADAYS TO SAY ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? CAN YOU THINK OF AN EXAMPLE WHERE THEY PLAY ON WORDS?
  • HAVE “WORDS” EVER FAILED YOU?
  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO EAT YOUR WORDS // GIVE A SPEECH or A PRESENTATION?
  • HOW DO YOU LEARN WORDS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?WHAT DO YOU DO TO REMEMBER THEM?
  • THINK OS SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT WORDS IN ENGLISH FOR YOU.
  • WHICH 10 ENGLISH WORDS HAVE YOU LEARNT DURING THE LOCKDOWN?

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READING: THE GOVERNMENT & SURGICAL FACE MASKS….

B2.2 WEEK 21st- 23rd APRIL (WORKING ONLINE) B2.2

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  • VIRTUAL CLASS on Captura de pantalla 2020-03-28 a las 15.16.50

    ON TUES. 21st APRIL at 9.00 & at 11.00

         ID NUMBERS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU TO AVOID DATA VULNERABILITY

         SPEAKING ONLINE

PAIR WORK BASED ON EXERCISE PAGE 95

  • ON THURSDAY. 23rd APRIL at 9.00 & at 11.00

          ID NUMBERS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU TO AVOID DATA VULNERABILITY

         SPEAKING ONLINE

PAIR WORK BASED ON  QUESTIONS ON BLOG POST

 

 

  • TEST (REVISION OF UNIT 9 (OPTIONAL)

 CLICK ON SOCRATIVE

           STUDENT LOGIN

           ROOM NAME: MCARGOBE

           ENTER YOUR NAME & DONE   (ANSWER REVIEW B2.2)

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  • THE POWER OF WORDS : GRAMMAR (ARTICLES)(page 98 & 151)

KEY 5.36 c (page 98)

KEY 5.36 d (page 98)

KEY 5.36 e (page 98)

ARTICLES: ADDITIONAL NOTES

KEY (page 151)

  • READING (page 98-99)  exer. b

KEY READING

  • THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF WORDS (BLOG POST)

mcargobe.wordpress.com/2020/04/20/the-life-changing-power-of-words-b2-

  • LISTENING (page 100)

 KEY 5.41 c (page 100)

KEY 5.41 d (page 100) 1st part

KEY 5.41 d (page 100) 2nd part

  • 2B2 EXTRA LISTENING PRACTICE (HELENDIPITY BLOG)

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  • VOCABULARY (WORD PAIRS) (page101)

  • SPEAKING: GIVING A PRESENTATION (page 101)(OPTIONAL)

STUDENTS CAN RECORD A 5-MINUTE PRESENTATION ON FLIPGRID

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  • WORDS & LANGUAGES (BLOG POST)

mcargobe.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/words-and-languages-b2-2/

WORDS & LANGUAGES

ONLINE MEETINGS COMMUNICATION : THE LANGUAGE (B2.2)

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LISTENING & VOCABULARY

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN WE´VE BEEN HAVING VIRTUAL CLASSES OR ONLINE MEETINGS ON DIFFERENT PLATFORMS, SUCH AS 8X8 AND ZOOM.

AS YOU COULD SEE, MANY PROBLEMS MIGHT HAPPEN DURING THE SESSION BUT ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THIS FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE?

WATCH THIS FUNNY VIDEO AND HAVE A LAUGH. IS THE SITUATION FAMILIAR?

LOOK AT THESE PHRASES AND SENTENCES.WHO DO YOU THINK IS MORE LIKELY TO USE THEM: THE HOST (TEACHER) OR THE PARTICIPANTS (STUDENTS)?

  1. Can you hear me?

  2. I have a sound issue.

  3. Did you get the nine-digit passcode?

  4. I¨m gonna assign you to a breakout room.

  5. What platform are you on?

  6. I´m gonna join in.

  7. I had a hard time connecting

  8. Adjust your output settings (mic and camera)

  9. There´s  a lot of interference. Can you mute your mics?

  10. It´s your mic, I´m afraid.

  11. Sounds like someone´s just joined.

  12. We lost you.

  13. Am I frozen?

  14. There seems to be a bit of a lag.

  15. I didn´t get that, I´m sorry.

  16. Are you with us?

  17. He´s cut out.

  18. Please, join the main meeting room.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO AGAIN. THERE ARE 5 EXPRESSIONS THAT DON´T APPEAR IN THE FUNNY SKETCH. WHICH ONES?

SPEAKING

DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ONLINE MEETINGS? ARE THEY EFFECTIVE?
  • WHAT ASPECTS MIGHT BE ANNOYING ABOUT THEM? PROS AND CONS
  • “ZOOM” HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK. DO YOU KNOW WHY?
  • WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF WE HAD TO CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT PLATFORM LIKE “WEBEX”?

LISTEN TO THE RADIO (B2.2)

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ONE WAY OF KEEPING UP YOUR ENGLISH IN TIMES OF CONFINEMENT IS BY LISTENING TO THE RADIO. I GOT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS STATION TALK RADIO EUROPE WHERE YOU CAN LISTEN LIVE, HAVE A 7-DAY CATCH UP, LISTEN TO PODCASTS ETC.. THERE ARE DOWNLOADABLE APPS FOR YOUR MOBILES AS WELL

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SO IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR MIND, AND YOUR “EARS” BUSY, HAVE A GO!!

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B2.2 WEEK 7th APRIL & EASTER HOMEWORK (WORKING ONLINE) (B2.2)

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  • VIRTUAL CLASS on zoom Captura de pantalla 2020-03-28 a las 15.16.50

    ON TUESD. 7th APRIL at 9.00 (ID Nº = 432-338-403)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/432338403

                                                at 11.00 (ID Nº =624-278-550)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/624278550

 

 

WRITING:  REPORTS

  • AFTER THE EXERCISE IN YOUR BOOK ON PAGE 119, HAVE A LOOK AT THE POST : WRITING REPORTS B2 ON MY BLOG  (WE WILL TALK ABOUT IN IN OUR VIRTUAL CLASS THIS WEEK)

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         “As holiday cancellations have soared in your city/ town due to the coronavirus , you  have been asked by a member of the town council to write a report suggesting ways in which your hometown could be made more attractive to tourists. You should focus on services, the general environment (or safety) and sights.”

     DEADLINE: 21 ST APRIL.    

SCIENTIFIC FACTS OR MYTHS? (book page 94)

  • TRY THE LISTENING (on page 94)

KEY (page 94)

  • YOU CAN ALSO TRY MY INTRODUCTORY BLOG POST: SCIENCE: FACTS OR MYTHS? (OPTIONAL) WITH A MORE CHALLENGING LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE

https://mcargobe.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/science-myths-facts-b2-2/

SCIENCE VOCABULARY AND PRONUNCIATION (page 95)

PRONUNCIATION NOTES

KEY PRONUNCIATION (page 95)

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READING (page 96-97) exercise b & c

KEY READING

KEY EXERCISE page 97

GRAMMAR: QUANTIFIERS) (page150)

GRAMMAR NOTES

GRAMMAR KEY (page 150)

LISTENING (page 97)

KEY LISTENING page 97

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FLIPGRID (ON SCIENCE)

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https://flipgrid.com/6c8323f5

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