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“THE STITCHER LIST”: PODCASTS ON THE GO TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS (1B2)

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WATCHING AUTHENTIC TV IN ENGLISH (B2, C1, C2)

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Television is great for learning English. The pictures make it easier to understand than the radio and because you can see who’s talking, you get a better idea of what people mean. Just watch their “body language”!

Watch programmes that you find enjoyable and entertaining – whatever you watch will help you to improve your English. Ororo.tv is great but I´ve written about it before…Why don´t you try watching tv online? CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

http://www.watchallchannels.com/british-tv-html/

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Here’s a  guide to learning as much as possible while watching English television:

Only watch programmes you find interesting. Learning English should be fun – not something you have to force yourself to do. If you have a passion for football, watch matches or the sports news. A variety of programmes is best, anyway.

Keep a notebook near to your television, so that you can jot down any new words or expressions that you hear. This is especially useful if the programme you are watching has been subtitled into your language.

Try to watch English television regularly. Even if you can only watch 15 minutes a day, you’ll be amazed how much you learn.

Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything – English television is normally aimed at native English language speakers. Programmes often include difficult words and expressions. If the programme you’re watching is full of unknown words, just concentrate on understanding the general meaning.

Even cartoons and children’s programmes are useful when learning English and quiz shows are useful for learning how to ask and answer questions in English.

Keep a note of television programmes and presenters that you find easy to understand and try to watch them regularly. Doing this will increase your confidence and give you a sense of achievement. (http://www.english-at-home.com/business/learn-english-with-television/)

Whatever you like to watch the most important thing is that you sit back and enjoy. Learning English should be a fun activity, especially during the summer season, and it’s amazing how much more we can learn when we’re relaxed.

 

LISTEN TO THE RADIO IN ENGLISH (B2, C1, C2)

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LISTENING TO THE RADIO COULD BE A PERFECT ACTIVITY FOR “EXTENSIVE LISTENING” TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER…

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio

“Are you sick of learning English with boring textbooks?

Do you spend a lot of time at or near a computer?

If so, you can really maximize your time by listening to online radio stations in English. This is one of the best and most effective ways to improve your English listening skills, while also getting accustomed to the speed and tone of native English speakers.

Not only will careful listening improve your listening skills, but you’ll also gain speaking fluency and better pronunciation.

 

“EXTENSIVE LISTENING”  INVOLVES

  • listening to (or being involved in) massive amounts of text
    text which learners can understand reasonably smoothly
    high levels of comprehension
    listening without being constrained by pre-set questions or tasks
    listening at or below one’s comfortable fluent listening ability

EL is NOT …

  • listening for specific information
    listening for the exact words of a phrase or expression
    listening for details
    listening to mimic a text

Follow this simple guide and learn some great tips to improve your English with the radio.”

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THE CRUCIAL POLITICAL DEBATE (LOW B2)

The only television debate with the four main parties was broadcast into the early hours this morning

“Hosted by Atresmedia, Mariano Rajoy preferred to send his deputy Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría who was cornered by the other three on corruption. The two new parties, both without any Parliamentary representation, Ciudadanos and Podemos are considered to have performed far better than the PP and PSOE

Dec 8, 2015 – 7:56 AM
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Pedro Sánchez, Albert Rivera and Pablo Iglesias debated on employment, taxes, education, pensions, corruption and pacts….”

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(PHOTO PUBLISHED TODAY BY “EL MUNDO”:  www.elmundo.es)

If you want to read more:

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news-spain/national/The_only_television_debate_with_the_four_main_parties_was_broadcast_into_the_early_hours_this_morning.shtml

http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/12/08/inenglish/1449569506_861580.html

Several “memes” were published last night and this morning. But what is a “meme” and how do you pronounce it in English?

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http://www.elmundo.es

  • Do you have a favorite “meme” for the “crucial debate”?
  • Who won the “debate”?

“Of the four, Iglesias was the most successful in getting his final message across, calling on voters “not to forget” what had taken place over the last four years.”(http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/12/08/inenglish/1449569506_861580.html)

  • Do you agree with this statement published by “EL PAIS” today?

 

WORLD LEADERS CALL FOR ACTION AT PARIS CLIMATE SUMMIT (LOW B2)

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Humanity faces no greater threat than climate change, so we should think about our grandchildren and  take immediate action to tackle rising temperatures.

WATCH AND LISTEN TO MARY ROBINSON TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE ( YOU CAN TURN ON THE SUBTITLES IF YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND)

WE CAN ALL DO OUR BIT !! DON´T YOU AGREE?

XMAS LOTTERY DRAW 2015 (LOW B2)

DOES THIS CHARACTER RING A BELL? IS THIS A REAL TEAR-JERKER?

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT EVERYTHING IS ALL ABOUT.

http://www.thelocal.es/20151117/spanish-christmas-lottery-advert-pulls-at-the-heart-strings

CAN YOU COMPARE WITH THE ADVERT LAST YEAR? WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE BEST?

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LAST YEAR SOME OF MY STUDENTS WROTE CAPTIONS FOR THE  XMAS LOTTERY DRAW ADVERT 2014

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“Now you can easily share your video content in any language! Dotsub makes it simple to create and view captions and subtitles in multiple languages. These subtitles can be viewed anywhere your video travels – on websites, blogs, and mobile devices.”

DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BE A GOOD ACTIVITY TO TRY IN CLASS?

PACO PÉREZ TRIED IT AND THIS IS THE RESULT!! AWESOME!!!

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SPEECHYARD (LOW B2)

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Speechyard is a platform that allows English students, specially those at an intermediate and advanced level, to  learn English through films, series and books.
You have to sign up with your Facebook account or email address and then select your language, which will be used for translations.
Go to the content tab to choose either films or series or books. In the learning page you can learn the words and expressions that you have previously selected while watching a film or reading a book. And you can use the community page to practise your English with other learners.
There are thousands of full movies, series and books to choose from.
This video explains how Speechyard works.” (HELENDIPITY)

Source Helen´s blog: THANK YOU, HELEN , FOR SHARING!!!

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MEET THE WRITER (LOW B2)

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET THE AUTHOR OF  “THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH”  AND ASK HER QUESTIONS??

WHEN ?    FRIDAY  23rd  OCTOBER

TIME?      20.00

WHERE? LIBRERÍA AMBRETA.    C/ Grabador Esteve, 11.

“EDSHELF”: AN EDUCATIONAL APP DIRECTORY FOR TEACHERS

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Edshelf  “hopes to become a go-to site where teachers can recommend to one another what’s worked for them, and it’s building a directory of educational materials that have been reviewed for educators by educators. Apps and websites are reviewed based on student engagement and pedagogical effectiveness, as well as on how hard these tools are to learn.”

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AUDIOBOOKS (B2) A WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN THE SUMMER.

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“English audio books are a great resource for ESL students. As you are beginning to acquire and build your language and reading comprehension skills it will be important to also learn pronunciation and to understand the language as it is spoken. You can find a variety of English audiobooks online for free or for a small fee. You can listen to an audio book while fishing. After placing your catfish lure on your pole head out on the boat and enjoy a book and a day at sea. Depending on the type of stories you are interested in—you will need to search for topics or authors that will provide you with an engaging experience.

When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. English audio books provide an easy way to listen to a variety of action packed stories and then practice your reading comprehension skills. Once you have listened to the English audio book—you should be able to answer questions about the story that will reflect your understanding of the material. Once you are able to do this accurately—you should be able to move up to the next level.

Another benefit to English audio books is listening to the language spoken at different speeds. Since many people do not speak slowly with many pauses in between words—you will need to increase the speed that you understand the English language. The easiest way to do this is to find English audiobooks that offer one to three different speeds that you can listen to. As you gain confidence in your reading skills—you will be able to move up to a normal speed and still be able to understand the stories being read.

Overall, an English audio book is the perfect solution when you are learning the English language. Not only will you be able to practice your comprehension, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of many everyday words.”

Get started today.

(http://www.5minuteenglish.com)

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HELP ME FIND OUT THE BEST  FREE AUDIOBOOKS APPS FOR IOS AND ANDROID. CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY?

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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