StoryCorps reminds us that every story matters and every voice counts. Since 2003, StoryCorps has given a quarter of a million Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
They do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, they are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
Are you interested in improving your reading comprehension skills? If so.....
THIS WEBPAGE will be really useful!!!!!!
An excellent webpage in which Phillip, from England, and Isabel, from Madrid, Spain, help us to improve our level of English. I quote what they say in their page:
"Somos Phillip & Isabel, un inglés y una madrileña dispuestos a ayudarte a hablar mejor inglés y a disfrutar del proceso.
How do we do that?
In the most fun and natural way! No nos gustan los métodos tradicionales con libros de texto. Sabemos que existe otra manera de aprender inglés sin sufrir. Seriously, you might not know it yet, but English is fun!
Desde que lanzamos este proyecto, muchos seguidores nos han felicitado porque su nivel de inglés ha mejorado de forma significativa. Además muchos nos habéis comentado que por primera vez habéis sentido una especie de cosquilleo, osea, ganas, motivación, ilusión, por aprender inglés. This is amazing news for all of us!!"
Click HERE to go to their webpage.
THIS is their youtube channel.
Thank you, Miguel, for showing me this webpage!
English words people commonly pronounce wrong HERE.
Questionnaire "How green are you?" HERE
An eco-book, an eco-quiz HERE
"What can you do to protect the environment? Do and Don’t" - HERE
Green tips - HERE
Reading comprehension - Seven ways to protect the environment - HERE
Monologue (two-three minutes) - What do you do in your everyday life in order to protect the environment?
Click HERE for pre-listening/listening activity.
HERE : "What does it mean to be a refugee" (TED Lesson)
Activities about the topic Immigration HERE.
Listening skills practice (from learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)HERE
Levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.
Soon in this blog you’ll listen to the poems being read by my 2º ESO B and C students.
Pronto neste blog poderedes escoitar alumnado de 2º ESO B e C recitando estes dous poemas.
Translation of the two poems into Galician language /Tradución dos dous poemas ó galego:
PEQUENAS COUSAS (LITTLE THINGS)
Pequenas gotas de auga,
pequenos graos de area
forman o poderoso océano
e a fermosa terra.
Do mesmo xeito, os pequenos minutos,
aínda sendo humildes,
forman as enormes eras
Os libros son o que máis me gusta.
Non son só xoguetes, como as outras cousas
que rompen, ou envellecen, ou xa non queremos xogar con elas.
Un libro mellora cada día.
Senta e ábreo, pronto atoparás
un completo e novo mundo que brinca na túa mente.
Xente e lugares e toda clase de cousas.
Dragóns e princesas , trasgos e reis.
Dinosaurios camiñando pola terra como tronos.
Antigos exipcios que te abraian.
Libros sobre os planetas e a exploración do espazo exterior.
A verdade sobre as rochas e o nacemento da nosa nación.
E talvez a historia máis interesante de todas,
que fala do príncipe que vai chamar
e incluso cunha pintura que amosa a súa imaxe.
Estas son as cousas que me gustan dos libros.
That’s English! The perfect course for you!!!!!!
Cick HERE to go to a post about WALLS. Do you think there are too many /too few / enough walls all around the world?
Click HERE and then : English - Menu -2ºBachillerato - Issues - Immigration (Exercise 1 - Drag each word to its definition, Exercise 2 - Facts /Prejudices and Reading Comprehension: Globalization of goods but not people)
Click HERE to go to a unit about Immigration and do the following activities:Skills Practice - Listening and Reading // Use of English - Vocabulary // Speaking - Monologue. More speaking questions and writing topic HERE.
Click HERE to watch the video "The best student from a high school from Texas reveals her secret" and answer a few comprehension questions.
Click HERE to watch the video "Dangers of generalization" and answer a few comprehension questions.
HERE "The Arrival"("Migrants"). a wonderful illustrated book by the Australian artist Shaun Tan.
Listen to Larissa Martinez (first three minutes of the video without subtitles) and answer the following questions: (Then watch the rest of the video with subtitles)
At the beginning of her speech, Larissa (valedictorian) says it is going to be about........
Where is Larissa from? When did she arrive in Texas?
Unexpected reality Number 1 - ........ What was her dream? Did she think moving to America would be very hard?
Unexpected reality Number 2- ....... Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? What things didn’t she have at home?
She says: "I know what it’s like to be......., to have....., to feel .......
Unexpected reality Number 3 - .............
At the beginning of her speech, Larissa says it is going to be about expectations versus reality.
Where is Larissa from? Mexico City When did she arrive in Texas? Six years ago
Unexpected reality Number 1 - At the age of eleven Larissa was a child with an abusive and alcoholic father who had to depend on her mother’s strength.
What was her dream? To be come an American Did she think moving to America would be very hard? No, she thought it would be the solution to all of the problems in her life.
Unexpected reality Number 2- At the age of twelve she had to embrace a new culture and her intelligence was questioned due to her backgrouds.
Why did she have to raise her sister Andrea? Because her mum worked until very late at night.
What things didn’t she have at home? Internet, a washing machine, her own bed.
She says: "I know what it’s like to be put down, to have your accomplishments unacknowledged, to feel powerless.
Unexpected reality Number 3 - I am one of the eleven million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States.
HERE "Kids react to slap her"
Here we have a funny advertisement for a company that teaches English grammar online. It is about the importance of using proper grammar when speaking English. This is a good video to show students the next time they complain about having to do another grammar test in class, as I’m sure none of them want to trip themselves up as this young man did.
Now YOU are the police interrogator correcting this young man... What should he have said instead of.....
- I didn’t do nothing!
- Maybe less (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...
- There were four very suspicious men there, two of who I seen go off....
- It must have been them what did it.
- Me and John were at an hotel, not doing nothing when we see four men, two of them whom done it.
- If I done it, how many year would I get?
- I didn’t do ANYthing!
- Maybe FEWER (people) than you’d expect for a Friday...
- There were four very suspicious men there, two of whoM I SAW go off....
- It must have been THEY WHO did it.
- John AND I were at an hotel, not doing ANYthing// DOING NOTHING, when we SAW four men, two of them who dID it.
- If I DID it, how many yearS would I get?
Click here to do a quiz
Click HERE, as well.
Watch the video above. What do these British and American slang words mean?
Flossing (American slang)=
Chin Wag (British slang) =
Ba-Donka-Donk (American slang)=
Chuffed to bits (British slang)=
Shawty (American slang)=
NOW….. YOUR TURN!!!!!!
Pronounce the following words, first with a British accent and then with an American accent:
ADULT – GARAGE – HOSPITABLE – MOBILE – CAN’T – CLASS – AFTER – EAR – CHAIR - MORE – CIVILIZATION – ORGANIZATION – GLOBALIZATION – BETTER – WATER – BOTTOM- NOTICE
Now read the following sentences with British and American accent:
1- Adults should drink more than a glass of water a day.
2- You can’t use your mobile now. Only after the class has finished.
3- I’ve noticed she isn’t a hospitable host.
4- Is globalization better for our civilization?
5- Where’s your old chair? It’s in the garage.
How to pronounce a monophthong ( front, central, back)? a consonant (fricative, affricate, nasal.... manner of articulation //bilabial, labiodental....place of articulation // voiced, voiceless?)
The pictures and videos in this very useful page will surely help you!!!!
An excellent webpage if you want to improve your pronunciation in English!!!!!
The first video above was recorded by bullying victim Jonah Mowry. Mowry uses nothing but flash-cards throughout the video, titled “What’s Goin’ On,” to express his unbearable pain and self-mutilation, not to mention the fact that he’s contemplated suicide more than once.
Nearly 3 million people have watched it , with messages of support pouring in from strangers and major celebrities(Lady Gaga tweeted “Thank you Jonah for being brave enough to share your story + showing us strength. You matter to millions.”)
The video begins with Mowry holding up a hand-written card, “I look happy, right?” followed by, “Well, I’M NOT. What you all see is the fake me.” He uses cards throughout the video to tell his story, which includes a lifetime of bullying, of being called “Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo. Asshole.” (Mowry doesn’t specify his sexuality in the video but on Twitter he says he’s gay.)
“A lot of people hate me,” he writes, wiping away tears. “I don’t know why… But I guess I do. Cuz I kinda hate me too.”
And while he admits that suicide was something he considered “many times,” Mowry states in one of his final cards, “I’m not going anywhere. Because I’m STRONGER than that and…I have a million reasons to be here.”
RED, the second video: A bunch of bullies meet a red-haired boy on a playground. Would you have the courage to stand by one in need despite dangerous odds?
Third video: If you help (for example someone who is being bullied), you will probably be rewarded, even if your only reward is self-satisfaction