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Lemon Tree by 1 ESO D

"Lemon Tree" sung by 1st Year ESO - D students (IES Taboada Chivite)- English Teacher: Maite González.

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ACI ONLINE ACTIVITIES

Click HERE (Illustrated vocabulary sheets - In the water/ Sports / Jobs / Animals / Fruit and Vegetables - with audio files)

Click HERE ( Family / School / Friends / Classroom / Body / Pets)

Click HERE (More vocabulary)

Click HERE and HERE (More vocabulary - Crocodile Game and Pirate Game)

Click HERE ( The Time)

Click HERE (A Birthday Party)

Click HERE (Verb TO BE)

Click HERE (Verb HAVE GOT)

Click HERE ( A/ AN)

Click HERE ( This / That)

Action verbs above.

 

 

 

 

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TIPS FOR SPEAKING TESTS EEOOII

Click HERE (Tips)

Useful expressions for dialogues HERE 

Tips for monologues HERE.

Examples of monologues and dialogues HERE

Sample tests HERE

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Celta Vigo v Deportivo: the Galician derby, where rival fans sing together

From: https://www.theguardian.com/football/copa90/2018/mar/23/celta-vigo-deportivo-coruna-galicia-derby-football-liga

Sometimes it can feel as if the only Spanish fixture the wider world really cares about is el Clásico but, in a land where regional identity is fierce and football is king, there are big derbies scattered throughout the country. With that in mind, we set sail for Spain for the fourth series of Derby Days to uncover cultures, stories and rivalries that make up a side of Spanish football you may not have seen before. First up was Celta Vigo v Deportivo La Coruña: two clubs from port cities in the weather-battered north-west.

These two groups of supporters are united by their Galician heritage and language, but divided by football. When Deportivo and Celta meet the two sets of fans sing the Galician anthem together and then descend back into insults. This rivalry is both fraternal and ferocious. Estrella Galicia sponsor both clubs’ shirts so neither group of fans boycotts their beer.

The cities of Vigo and A Coruña may look similar to the outsider but they both have fierce local pride. As the saying goes: “Mientras Vigo trabaja, Coruña relaja.” (“While Vigo works, Coruña relaxes.”) The former city prides itself on industry and fishing, while the latter enjoys a reputation as a cultural hub of food and fashion. But, above all, both consider themselves as Galician first and foremost – defined by the sea, the rain (320 days a year on average) and a sense of otherness a long way from any Spanish stereotypes.

All of these differences are brought together in the Galician derby, the biannual fight for dominance. Football is an obsession here. As one fan put it to us: “In the music, there’s football. There’s football in the sea. In death, there is also football.” The players understand this obsession too as a lot of them are locals. Celta’s top scorer this season, Iago Aspas, is a Galician boy who grew up at the club and Deportivo’s best chance of a goal, Lucas Pérez, was born in A Coruña. They get that this is a unique derby.

Click HERE to do a listening comprehension activity (First three minutes of the video)

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Storybirds

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Some years ago, my 4th year ESO students and I created "Storybirds" on Saint Valentine’s day. Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE to have a look at some of them. During their last two classes 2nd ESO A (Sección Bilingüe) students are also going to try to create their own "storybird" about a family of HEDGEHOGS (Click HERE). Soon on this blog.

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Farewell, 2nd BAC B and C!!!!!!

Bye bye, 2nd Bac B and C. I'll miss you!!!!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!

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"The Rattlin' Bog" (By 2nd Bach. B and 2nd ESO A)

2nd Bach B and 2nd ESO A students have learnt and sung the traditional folk song from Ireland " The Rattlin’ Bog" - Click HERE ( Activity - Part of the "Celtic Nations - Cultural week" -Click HERE )

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PROJECT CELTIC NATIONS

Project "Celtic Nations", by almost all the students at IES Taboada Chivite. They learned about history, folkore, symbols, legends... from Celtic Nations.

Click HERE, HERE ,  HERE, and HERE, as well.

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SOIRIDH - 2 ESO C

2 ESO C Students have learnt and sung the traditional folk song "Soiridh". (Part of the project "Celtic nations"( leaflet by Ana Iria García) - Click HEREHERE and HERE.)

More information about The Celts and Celtic nations HERE HERE and HERE.

By the way.... Can you identify a mistake...?Guiño

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THE RATTLIN' BOG

"The Rattlin’ Bog" is an Irish folk song. It is a cumulative song. Since it is a folk song, it has been transmitted over generations orally and aurally so many versions coexist. During a performance, it is typical for the song to increase in speed with each additional verse, almost as a challenge to determine who can sing the lyrics the fastest without getting mixed up.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

Now in that bog there was a ........,
A rare .........and a rattlin’ .........,
And the ..........in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.
Ho, ro, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

Now on that ........there was a ........,
A rare ........and a rattlin’ ..........,
And the ................on the ...........,
And the .............in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

And so on and on and on.....

Click HERE  and fill in the gaps (the pictures will help you) and then..... Let's sing together!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (HERE , too)

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"Auld Lang Syne" (by 2 ESO B)

2 ESO B Students have learnt and sung the traditional Scots song "Auld Lang Syne". (Part of the project "Celtic nations"( leaflet by Ana Iria García) - Click HEREHERE and HERE.)

More information about The Celts and Celtic nations HERE HERE and HERE.

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"What can I do to make you love me?" (By 2 ESO A)

2 ESO A Students have sung and drawn the song "What can I do to make you love me?", by the Irish Band "The Corrs". (Part of the project "Celtic nations"( leaflet by Ana Iria García) - Click HERE, HERE and HERE.)

More information about The Celts and Celtic nations HERE , HERE and HERE.

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Amigos Ingleses : Making Mistakes

Click here and here.

More common mistakes here.

Mistakes in pronunciation here

Course misamigosingleses.com HERE

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Amigos Ingleses on 1st May - Talking about Work

Watch the video by Amigos Ingleses above, to learn expressions to talk about business, and click HERE.

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UNDER THE SEA - BAIXO O MAR

Sebastian is a red Jamaican crab and major character in Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. He is the "distinguished" court composer for King Triton, and is regularly tasked with watching over his youngest daughter, Princess Ariel.

Sebastian (and a band o fish / sea creatures) sing Under the Sea. The song is a plea by the crab Sebastian imploring Ariel to remain sea-bound, and resist her desire to become a human in order to spend her life with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen in love. Sebastian warns of the struggles of human life while at the same time expounding the benefits of a care-free life underwater. However, his plea falls on deaf ears, for Ariel leaves before the end of the song.

HERE you have a fill-in-the-gaps activity to be done while watching and listening to the video above.

In addition, we have translated the song into Galician. This is our version in Galician language. First recording HERE.

Karaoke HERE.

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ANIMALS

All the activities - HERE.

More activities about animals - HERE (Dominoes, HERE too), HERE (Baby Animals), HERE (Let’s talk about animals) and HERE (Video - Exercises about the video)

Thanks a lot, Ana!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SHORT STORIES (LEARN ENGLISH KIDS)

Do you like listening to and reading stories? Reading stories is a great way to improve your vocabulary and in Learn English Kids (British Council) they have lots of great stories for you to watch. Watch stories, print activities and do them!(Click HERE, too)

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New ABAU Tests

Click HERE, and HEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE,as well.

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MORE ABOUT....THE PASSIVE VOICE!

Learn English Teens (British Council) - Passive Voice - HERE

Click HERE

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MORE ABOUT.... CONDITIONALS!

Watch the videos above. Click HERE, too.

Conditionals with.... JOHNNY GRAMMAR (British Council):

ZERO CONDITIONALS

FIRST AND SECOND CONDITIONALS

THIRD CONDITIONALS

MIXED CONDITIONALS

LearnEnglish Teens - British Council - Conditionals - HERE

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Sad Am I, And Sorrow Laden

This is an old Gaelic tune from The Celtic Lyre by Henry Whyte. Whyte was a collector of Gaelic folktunes around the end of the 19th century.. It is from the Hebrides. The Celtic Lyre indicates the tune was written by a "young gael on leaving home."

LYRICS

Sad am I and sorrow laden,

for the maid I love so well,

I adore thee, dearest maiden,

but my thoughts I dare not tell.

Ben of peaks the clouds that sever,

oft thy steeps have wearied me,

Must I leave thy shade for ever?

Then farewell, farewell to thee.


Click HERE (Song) and  HERE

2nd year ESO students are going to learn this song and be recorded as they sing it (Celtic nations project - click HERE and HERE to find out about other songs which 2nd ESO students are going to learn and sing,  and HERE - Vocabulary about the Celts and their world by Ana García, and HERE and HERE - Kahoot about the Celts)

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International Women's Day (Reading+Listening)

1st READ the text HERE (about International Womens’ Day)and answer the questions.

2nd WATCH and LISTEN TO the videos above (about Modern Suffragettes) and fill in the blanks HERE.

3rd WATCH AND LISTEN TO the advert "EQUALS" and fill in the gaps HERE.

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Window on Britain

A series of very interesting videos about Britain for ESL learners.

HOLIDAYS IN BRITAIN  (Questions about the second video)

What are the three first questions that the presenter asks about the British and their holidays?

When does she go on holiday?

How  long is most people’s break?         Can they choose when they take it?

How many holiday trips do British people make every year?

Which country is the number one choice for many people? (to go on holiday)

Why do so many British people go abroad for their holidays?

How did people travel from big cities to seaside towns in the 19th century?

What is the distance between Brighton and London?

Why do people go to Brighton?

Where do people stay there?

How many British people spend their holidays in Devon or Cornwall?

Where are Devon, Cornwall?

Where are the Lake District and Scotland, which are also very popular?

Is London a popular destination among British holidaymakers?

Many British people like activity holidays. What do they consist of?

KEY HERE

Questions about the video LEISURE, HERE. (Key HERE)

Questions about the video HEALTH (and key) - HERE

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AULD LANG SYNE

"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. 

The song’s Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times".

2 ESO students are going to learn and then be recorded while singing this traditional song (Project Celtic countries - Click HERE and HERE to find out about other songs which 2nd ESO students are going to learn and sing,  and HERE - Vocabulary about the Celts and their world by Ana García, and HERE and HERE - Kahoot about the Celts).

We will also take pictures of the students holding the "bye bye symbols" above in their hands and then make a video with music and photos. Soon on this blog.

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Exercise on relative pronouns + American /British English

HERE, too.

Realtive clauses - LearnEnglish Teens - HERE.

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What can I do to make you love me? (The Corrs)

2 ESO A students are going to sing and draw the song "What can I do to make you love me?", by The Corrs (Project Celtic Countries, click HERE and HERE to find out about other songs which 2nd ESO students are going to learn and sing,  and HERE - Vocabulary about the Celts and their world by Ana García, and HERE and HERE - Kahoot about the Celts) - The Corrs (number 16 on this list of best Celtic bands and artists)

Activity about the song - HERE.

Very soon on this blog!!!!!!!

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SOME MONOLOGUES - B1 Galician EEOOII

Click HERE and HERE

Monologue EATING OUT - HERE

Monologue A PLACE TO LIVE  - HERE

Monologue CHURCH/CIVIL WEDDINGS  - HERE

Monologue TYPES OF JOBS  - HERE

Monologue WAYS OF LEARNING - HERE

Monologue THE BEST CLIMATE - HERE

Monologue SECRETS - HERE

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LAZA ENTROIDO

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Click HERE to watch a video about this famous Carnival and then answer the following questions :

- Carnival takes place before................(Christian season of fasting)

-What are these days about?

- Peliqueiros run through the streets doing what?

- What is the origin of peliqueiros?

- Peliqueiros go from house to house doing what?

- What do townspeople burn?

- What does everybody arm themselves with during the "farrapada"?

- What is the Morena’s job?

- What do you need for the next battle?

- Do we know much about the origins of Laza traditions?

.................................................................................

 

KEY
- Lent -Partying- Whipping people- 16th century tax collectors- Eating and drinking people’s food- Hay and wood (to symbolize purification)- Muddy rags- To lift up women’s skirts with his horns- Dirt and ants- Their origins are obscure and predate Christianity

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN GALICIAN LANGUAGE

 

The next musical which is going to be performed by IES Taboada Chivite students is Beauty and the Beast (Click HERE and HERE), translated into Galician, during the course 2018-19, but this course 2017-18 we will start working on it (Click HERE).

In fact, we have already translated almost all the songs into Galician language - HERE

Songs in English:

Belle : Audio - Lyrics

Be our Guest: Audio+video - Lyrics

Gaston: Audio + video - Lyrics

Something There: Audio + video - Lyrics

Tale as Old as Time: Audio+ video - Lyrics

The Mob Song: Audio and video - Lyrics

Belle Reprise: Audio + Lyrics

Gaston Reprise: Audio + video - Lyrics

Watch the last video above and answer the questions / fill in the blanks in the exercises HERE(page 1), HERE (page 2) and HERE (page 3) .

 

James Corden  ( click HERE, as well)is an English comedian who is the host of The Late, Late Show (broadcast by the CBS). One of the sections in the programme is Crosswalk the Musical. Scenes from famous musicals are performed on a pedestrian crossing while the traffic lights are red. This is their version of Beauty and the Beast, with the actors who play the Beast, Lefou and Gaston in the recent 2017 film.

HERE - Grease

HERE - The Lion King

HERE - Mary Poppins

HERE - The Phantom of the Opera

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Love is all around (Saint Valentine's Day)

Click HERE to do an exercise about Love is All Around by Kate78.

Love is also in the air in..... Beauty and the Beast. Click HERE. Exercise by Francoisblake - HERE. Song translated into Galician language - HERE.

And of course.... In OT!!!!!! (Let’s translate the winning song into English!). Click HERE, too. Tu Canción / Your Song - Video with subtitles in English HERE.

Vocabulary about love - BINGO CARDS

Words: ARROW - BALLOONS - BOW - CAKE - CARD - CHOCOLATES - CUPID - DATE - DOVES - FLOWERS - GIFT - HEART - HUG - KISS - LOVE - POEM - RINGS - ROSE - TEDDY BEAR


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What's the weather like?

All the activities - HERE

Vocabulary 1 - HERE

Vocabulary 2 - HERE

Vocabulary 3 - HERE

Listen to the weather forecast - HERE

More activities:

Flashcards HERE

What’s the weather like? (Drag the weather symbols) - HERE

Worksheets weather HERE

Listening Ali and the Magic carpet - HERE

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Mr Morton - Past Simple Song

Click here to do an activity.

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-ED pronunciation practice

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Click HERE, HERE,  HERE, HEREHERE,  HEREHERE , and clicknlearn.net (4 ESO - Intermediate, the -ed suffix)

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THE CUT (A documentary about female genital mutilation)

Exercise and key HERE

Thank you very much,  Miguel,  for sharing the link! 

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What does he/she look like?

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If you want to know how to describe a person’s physical appereance in English, click here.

Click herehere, here , here , here, here and here as well.

HERE - Vocabulary presentation (Thanks a lot!!!! Ana!)

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QUESTION TAGS

Issuu above or HERE.

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Infinitive and gerund

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Click HERE

Photo above - HERE, as well.

Johnny Grammar (British Council) - Click HERE

Infinitive and gerund - Songs - HERE

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Abbie's bullying story

Activities about the video above and transcript HERE

Say "no" to bullying : Click HERE

Writing about bullying - Click HERE

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COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY

Click HERE, too.

Gaming video HERE.

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That's English! - Advanced 2 - Module 11

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UNIT 1 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 2 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 3 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 4 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 5 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 6 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 7 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 8 - HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 - HERE or HERE

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REVISION OF VERB TENSES IN ENGLISH

Repaso de Los Tiempos Verbales1 by Esperanza Leandro Romero on Scribd

Click HERE and HERE

HERE - Verb tenses in El Tinglado Blog

HERE - Translate tenses into English. More translation activities - HERE

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Essay: What would you do if you didn't have access to your mobile phone?

Here  vocabulary and questions by www.cristinacabal.com

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What were you wearing? (Tracey Ullman's show) // Tea Consent

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Exercise about "What were you wearing?"(Fill in the gaps) HERE.

Seeing as we grow up in a world where people are far more inclined to warn young women not to put themselves in positions that might lead to assault than they are to tell young men not to commit the assaults in the first place, it is unsurprising that, despite the light that has been shed on it, the dialogue surrounding the handling of rape and sexual assault still has the unfortunate tendency to victim blame. And nothing quite sheds the light on how genuinely absurd it is like this BBC sketch about a man getting robbed, which serves as a fitting foil to the questions women are typically (and problematically) asked in the wake of reporting their own assaults.

The sketch, aired on Tracey Ullman’s Show, depicts a man in a police station, reporting his mugging to an officer played by Ullman herself. Visibly shaken, he starts to describe his account, when Ullman interrupts him: "And were you wearing what you’re wearing right now?" Rather than listening to his account, she goes on to tell him that the "provocative wealth" of his attire might have been "inviting" it. A bit later, when a counselor comes into the room, she asks if he was drinking. Together, both women conclude that he will have to take some of the responsibility for the mugging, particularly because he failed to scream or state that he didn’t enjoy the mugging as it was taking place.

Yes, it sounds ridiculous — because it is. But it’s also the reality that far too many women who report their sexual assaults face.

This isn’t the first time that sexual assault crimes have been compared to robberies to highlight the problematic way that they are handled. RAINN gathered the statistics, and found that out of 1000 rapes, only 310 are reported; out of 1000 robberies, 619 are reported. (Considering that victims are faced with questions like the ones highlighted in the sketch, and that the vast majority of assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, this disparity — while unsettling — is not very surprising.) Out of those 1000 incidents, 67 of the rapes will lead to an arrest and only six to an incarceration, whereas 167 of the robberies will lead to an arrest, and 22 to incarceration.

What these statistics highlight are the true root of the problem: society’s tendency to disbelieve and dismiss women. Approximately 90 percent of sexual assault incidents involve female victims, which is why the language surrounding sexual assault is often so problematically gendered, victim-blaming, and irrelevant to the actual crime at hand — all of which discourages victims from coming forward in the first place. According to RAINN, approximately two out of three incidents of sexual violence go unreported; of those who gave reasons for not reporting the crime, 13 percent said they "believed the police would not do anything to help," and two percent said they "believed the police could not do anything to help."

Given the unfortunate nature of these statistics, it is all the more important that platforms like this both give a platform to and help contextualize the problem to make people more aware of it — and hopefully, encourage people to support victims of sexual violence and treat incidents in the same manner other crimes are handled, rather than question them in the manner the sketch is parodying. 

By Emma Lord 

Exercise (Correct the mistakes) about "Tea Consent" HERE.

Finally: Can you translate the cartoon into English? 

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Let's talk about...... MUSIC!!!!!!

Activities:First: These ones.

Next, Issuu above or HERE.

What a wonderful world HERE.

Are there any tickets? - Role play - HERE.

Schubert and other classical musicians - HERE

Schubert QUIZ - HERE

Kahoot "What song is this? - Who sings this song" - HERE     (Kahoot.it)

Kahoot document HERE

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BE GOING TO

All the activities HERE, as well.

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Thanksgiving

HERE (Dictation), HERE (Slides) ,HERE (Bingo). Activities by Ana Iria García.

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NATURAL DISASTERS

All the activities HERE, as well.

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FOOD

All the activities and links HERE.

There is a mistake in the instructions for one of the questions. Can you find it?

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Numbers and Colours (ACI)

A few activities for my "ACI" students to learn numbers and colours..... and more basic vocabulary:

NUMBERS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Numbers)

COLOURS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Colours)

BODY PARTS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My body)

CLOTHES:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My clothes)

FAMILY:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the page clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My family)

SEASONS, DAYS AND MONTHS:

Click HERE and HERE

FOOD:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicklearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Food)

JOBS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Professions)

SCHOOL OBJECTS:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net ( 1 ESO - Lexicon - My things)

THE HOUSE:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net ( 1 ESO - Intermediate - My house)

GREETINGS:

Click HERE,HEREHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Easy - Hello)

ANIMALS /PETS:

Click HEREHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO -Lexicon - My pets)

MEANS OF TRANSPORT:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - Transport)

 COUNTRIES AND NATIONALITIES:

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Lexicon - My country)

SPORTS: 

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE , HERE and HERE. You can also visit the webpage clicknlearn.net (1 ESO - Intermediate - Sports)

PLACES IN A CITY: 

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE. Clicklearn.net (2 ESO - Easy - Shops and Street)

Notebook with all topics HERE.

"ACI" tests HERE.

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Comparatives.....QUIZ SHOW!!!!

All the activities: Above or HERE

Listening 1 - HERE

Listening 2 - HERE

PPT - HERE

Guess the comparative - HERE

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FORMAL AND INFORMAL E-MAILS

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Click HERE and HERE

Click HERE, too.

An informal email HERE.

A more formal email HERE.

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NEW ABAU (Sample test)

Circular CIUG

Sample test HERE, as well.

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CAN (And MUST - SHOULD)

All the activities HERE.

Listening 1 - Listening 2 - Listening 3

COULD activities - HERE

MUST activities - HERE

SHOULD activities - HERE and HERE

CAN - MUST - SHOULD activity - HERE

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THAT'S ENGLISH!

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What is That’s English!? Click HERE.

This is the general webpage: www.thatsenglish.com/es/

On facebook: facebook.com/thatsenglish

On tuenti: tuenti.com/thatsenglish

On twitter: twitter.com/thatsenglish

On youtube: youtube.com/cursothatsenglish

My That’s English!(blog EOI Zaragoza) HERE

That’s English! B1 (Mods 7 - 8 - 9) Practice HERE.

Videos TVE all modules HERE.

MODULE 1 HERE, MODULE 2 HERE, MODULE 3 HERE, MODULE 4 HERE  , MODULE 5 HERE, MODULE 6 HERE, MODULE 7 HERE, MODULE 8 HERE, MODULE 9 HERE, MODULE 10 HERE, MODULE 11 HERE.

LISTENING SKILLS PRACTICE A1, A2, B1, B2 HERE. (More listening practice HERE)

READING SKILLS PRACTICE A1, A2, B1, B2 HERE. (More reading practice HERE)

SPEAKING SKILLS PRACTICE A1, A2, B1, B2 HERE. (More speaking topics / questions - HERE)

WRITING SKILLS PRACTICE A1, A2, B1, B2 HERE. (More about writing HERE and HERE)

HERE  and HERE Galician EEOOII "Pruebas certificativas" (Sample tests for all levels)

HERE  and HERE "Pruebas certificativas" from other Spanish EEOOII

TIPS / ADVICE ON EXAMS HERE.

SPEAKING EXAMS INTERMEDIATE LEVEL HERE

VOCABULARY FOR DIFFERENT SPEAKING TOPICS + SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - HERE.

“Pausing” vocabulary to use when you need a little time to think and so make your answer more fluent, especially when it’s a tough question - HERE.

IELTS Exam Practice - HERE.

COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF LANGUAGES (CFER) LEVELS - HERE.

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THAT'S ENGLISH! - MODULE 7

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UNIT 1 : Click HERE or HERE (Climate change listening HERE) (Speaking HERE)

UNIT 2: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7: Click HERE or HERE 

UNIT 8: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9: Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 10: Click HERE or HERE

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Health....

ALL THE ACTIVITIES - HERE

1st  - Vocabulary (Illnesses an injuries) - HERE, HERE, HERE

2nd - Making a doctor’s appointment (First watch some of the videos HERE - Then..Make an appointment to see your doctor)

3rd - At the doctor’s (Useful expressions HERE or HERE, conversation at a doctor HERE

4th - A Visit to the Doctor’s: AN ESL Role-play :

The purpose of this activity is to get the students to practice visiting a doctor and communicating in English. This is a fairly simple role-play. In short, students will go to the doctor, describe their ailment, get a prescription, and get some advice. Doctors will listen to ailments, ask a few questions and then prescribe medicine and give some advice.

Doctor cards HERE - Patient cards HERE - Ailment cards HERE - Treatment cards HERE

From: http://bogglesworldesl.com/doctor_roleplay.htm


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This is Halloween!!!!

Activities for Halloween....

Click HERE (Halloween BINGO), HERE (Guess the word) and...

HERE (This is Halloween, from Tim Burton’s film Nightmare Before Christmas - VIDEO ABOVE))

(More about Halloween vocabulary HERE)

Thank YOU very much, ANA, for all these activities!!!!!!!!!

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Present of the verb To BE

For my ACI students...

Exercises: HERE, HEREHERE, HERE, HERE

Also HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE ,HERE

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What were you doing....?

Video above: What were you doing last night when the lights went out? (First two minutes aprox. Stop after each answer)

All the activities - HERE

Pirate Game HERE.

Monkey Game HERE.

Basket Game HERE.

Answer these questions - HERE.


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Monsters and Mythical Creatures

All the activities¨: issuu above or HERE

Make your monster - HERE

How many mythical creatures can you recognize - HERE

Pegasus - HERE

SINTEL IN SEARCH OF A DRAGON - HERE

Mythological creatures (presentation by Ana Iria García)(also in Harry Potter) - Comparison and parts of the body - HERE

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IN THE PAST

First... Regular Verbs:

 READ RAOUL AND EMMA’s TRUE STORY - HERE  (AND LISTEN TO IT HERE, TOO)

How did their story end? Where were they? LISTEN

LISTEN and repeat the verbs - How do you pronounce the -ed suffix?

arrived - changed - showed - tried - booked - checked - looked - walked - asked - wanted - landed - waited

-ed - /d/                        -ed - /t/                          -ed - /id/                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

LISTEN and repeat Emma and Saoul’s story:

- They wanted to go to Australia

- They booked two tickets on the Internet

- They arrived at Heathrow airport

- They checked in

- They landed at a big airport

- They changed planes

- They looked out of the window

- They walked to the information desk

- They showed the tickets to a woman

Use the pictures in the Reading Comprehension activity to re-tell the story from memory, trying to pronounce the regular past tenses correctly.

AND NOW......Let’s revise irregular past verb forms:

GAME 1 - HERE

GAME 2 - HERE

GAME 3 - HERE

and... clicknlearn.net (MENU-3ESO-difficult-irregular pasts)

THE FIRST TIME - Work in pairs and ask each other questions about your past.

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Photo / Picture description

What are the Simpson’s doing? Click HERE.

Describe the picture HERE (2nd page)

Description of two photos. Click HERE (Photos) Read first how two students taking an oral test have described them and then..... DO IT YOURSELF!!!!!!!!

Kevin’s description of the first photo:

Kelvin: So, in my picture there are three men. They’re holding water guns and shooting at each other. And they are laughing and I think they’re very excited about this. I think they could be celebrating some kind of festival because you know in Thailand they celebrate their New Year by splashing water on each other, so I think the two men in the photo are tourists. They have gone to Thailand to celebrate this festival. Yes.

Melissa’s description of the second photo:

Melissa: In the picture there is a man lying in the middle of the road and there is a car and a motorbike there. I believe there is a car accident and that guy is almost dying. And people are trying to save his life and in the bottom-right of the picture there’s a reporter holding a camera. And there is a policewoman or policeman and he’s trying to tell his partner to come, I think.

What is in the picture?

In the picture I can see ...
There
s / There are ...
There isn’t a ... / There aren’t any ...

Say what is happening with the present continuous

The man is ...ing
The people are ...ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture ...
In the middle of the picture ...
On the left/right of the picture ...
next to
in front of
behind
near
on top of
under

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Let's talk about..... PERSONALITY

GAME 1 HERE

GAME 2 HERE

GAME 3 HERE

All the activities: issuu above or HERE

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Likes - Dislikes

Click HERE. (Some activities)

HERE  and HERE (1 ESO Intermediate Myday) - (Vocabulary: subjects, school supplies)

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A day in my life (Daily Routines - Basic)

Activities - issuu above or HERE.

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Gattaca & Brave New World

Above, some activities about the film Gattaca  (In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret.)  and the novel Brave New World.

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INTRODUCTIONS (Basic)

Click HERE to do some more listening - reading - speaking exercises about "Introducing yourself and others"

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WORDS THAT RHYME

This year the ABAU will include an exercise about pronunciation. A possible question may be....FIND A WORD THAT RHYMES WITH....

So..... Let's practise!!!! Exercises on RHYMING WORDS:

HERE  -  HERE - HERE - HERE

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VOCTAVE - DISNEY PRINCESS MEDLEY

Listen to the fantastic capella group Voctave singing this amazing.....

Medley of Disney Princess songs!!

Someday My Prince Will Come (Snow White)

Once Upon A Dream (Aurora)

Part of Your World (Ariel)

Reflection (Mulan)

Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)

Fill-in-the-gaps exercise HERE


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PAU-ABAU EXAMS (ALL OF THE AUTOMOUS REGIONS)

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Here you have PAU/ ABAU exams that students from all of the Autonomous Regions in Spain have sat.

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CHANGES IN THE ABAU ENGLISH EXAM (Pronunciation - True/False)

The ABAU English test is going to change a little bit. Read the text above.

There will be a question about pronunciation and TRUE/FALSE questions about the text.

HERE , HERE , you have different exercises about pronunciation.

HERE , HERE , HERE - Homophones

HERE , HERE , HERE - Minimal Pairs - HERE Pronunciation Pairs (Book VVV)

HERE , HERE , HERE , HERE - /s/  /z/  /iz/

HERE (clicknlearn.net - 4 ESO Intermediate), HERE (Amigos ingleses), HEREHERE  - /d/ /t/ /id/

HERE Intermediate Reading Comprehension Texts with True/Flase questions.

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GREASE in Galician language

The musical that IES Taboada Chivite students prepared and performed this year (after Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge, Mamma Mia and Hoy no me puedo levantar) was Grease (translated into Galician language). On top you have the result (Auditorio Verín - 10th June 2017)

Click HERE and HERE

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Zach's letter to Taboada Chivite students and teachers

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Zach, our assistant teacher, who is now back in the USA, has written a letter to all of us, students and teachers at IES Taboada Chivite. Here it is:

"Hello Chivite students and teachers!

 I hope all is well and you guys studying and working hard! Summer is just around the corner so hold on for just a few more weeks! I just wanted to say hello and give you a little update on my life.

 I will start with semana santa, when I went first to Valencia for four days, then to Granada for three days. Although I loved the beach in Valencia, Granada was SO beautiful and probably my favorite city that I saw in Spain (except Verin, of course).

A quick and funny story about when I was in Valencia: it was my first day in Valencia, and I went straight to the beach. I walked down the coastline for about 30 minutes, then decided to find the closest cercanias or metro. So I found the closest station, which was about a 20minute walk away, and started heading that way. After being held up by not one but TWO parades (remember it was semana santa), some random lady said “come mierda,” to me! I believe her exact words were, “come mierda! estoy harta de esta puta gente!” We were the only people walking down the road so I know she was talking to me. So I hung my head and turned the corner….

 So I got back to the USA on April 15th, and started working on the 17th. For those of you who don’t remember, I work for a food bank called Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Just so you understand how extensive Gleaners is, last year, we distributed over 40 million pounds (18,100,000 kg) of food to Southeastern Michigan. However, I have a different role in the organization. I run a community garden for Gleaners, and grow fresh/local produce for the community; last year, I grew about 4,000 pounds (1,800 kg). So I have been busy with that and my other responsibilities at Gleaners.

In other news, I bought a new car! So I have been spending lots of time taking back roads so I can be in my car for longer :)   Other than that, I have not been doing much. I am living with my parents for one last summer, and they live in the country so it is hard to go out with friends. I have been filling my free time working out, playing basketball, hanging out with my puppies and reading the Harry Potter books.

 En fin, I miss all of you and your beautiful country! Although I was only with you for about seven months, you all made me feel at home and amongst family, so thank you for that. I am sorry I did not get a chance to say goodbye to everyone, but it was a stressful and emotional week for me so I missed some people. My instagram and email are below, please add me or contact me with anything you need (I haven’t been using my spanish, so I need to practice). See you for carnaval next year ;)"

 Zach

 

Some photos HERE.

 Next Thursday Zach is going to send us more photos, which I’ll post on the blog.

If you want to contact him, ask me about his instagram and email.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ZACH. WE MISS YOU!!!! COME BACK SOON!!!!!!

Portugal's winning song with English subtitles

Portugal have won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in the competition’s history.

Salvador Sobral, 27, won with his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister.

He said on receiving the trophy: "We live in a world of fast food music. This is a victory for music... music isn’t fireworks, music is feeling." (Click HERE, too)

Read the translation into English in the video above.... Would you have chosen the same words to translate the song from Portuguese into English? (Another translation HERE)

 

And this is a "free" adaptation:

UNOFFICIAL LYRICS

If I lived a dream,
I’d ask you to dance,
with time standing still just for you.

And though I forget
it’s only a dream,
I picture your face all day through.

Dance, love.
Smile, and you are glistening.
Laugh as no one’s listening,
and never let me leave.

Make me
forget about our quarrels.
In dreams, there are no sorrows.
May I spend this dream with you?

Dance, love.
Smile, and you are glistening.
Laugh as no one’s listening,
and never let me leave.

Make me
forget about our quarrels.
In dreams, there are no sorrows.
And I’m once again with you.

In dreams, there are no sorrows.
May I spend this dream with you?

 

Other versions of the song HERE

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TABOO CARDS (From englishinlife.org)

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Playing Taboo game is a great tool to improve English speaking and thinking skills. Students have fun and try to find creative ways to tell the taboo words....

Taboo cards for A1-A2 levels. HERE (Thank you very much!!!)

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Let's translate!!!(English-Spanish/Spanish-English)

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Click HERE (123 Teach me) :

The Sentence Maker allows you to enter a word or phrase in the text box below and retrieve translated sentence pairs (English and Spanish) containing that word/phrase. This tool is great for seeing how words are used in a natural context.

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I DREAMED A DREAM (LES MISERABLES)

I Dreamed a Dream

Part of the musical Les Miserables (click here as well) will be performed by David Rguez. Rivada’s students (3rd and 4th year ESO) at Casa da Cultura - Verín next 31st May (18:00)

Click HERE , HERE, HERE 

Susan Boyle’s audition in Britain’s got talent HERE. Exercise HERE.

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Beauty School Dropout - Deixáche-la escola

On top, Beauty School Dropout, from the famous musical Grease, and under that video, our version (IES Taboada Chivite - Verín) in Galician for the musical Grease en galego, which will be performed by students and teachers at the end of May/ beginning of June 2017). Our fifth musical!!!!!

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THE MIRROR - GROWING OLD

Le Miroir is a short film directed by Swiss filmmakers Ramon and Pedro. The concept is simple enough: the audience sees through the subject’s eyes during his daily routine in front of the bathroom mirror, catching glimpses of his life as he grows from a young boy to an old man.What do you think is happening to him in every stage of his life? Has he had a happy life?

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What happens as you age? Click HERE

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Common collocations relating to age

  • Disaffected youth – young people who do not accept society’s values
  • Juvenile delinquent – a criminal who is still legally a minor.
  • Midlife crisis – period of dissatisfaction in the middle of one’s life.
  • Going through a phase – going through a period of difficult behaviour.
  • Feel their age – when someone feels as old as they are

Idioms

  • A ripe old age – A very old age.
  • Tender age of – The young age of …
  • Act your age!– Behave more maturely (when someone is acting like a child).
  • Over the hill – Another way of saying that someone is old

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READING COMPREHENSION

A) SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms:

  1. at hand
  2. at bay
  3. rate
  4. rejuvenate
  5. deteriorate
  6. conducted
  7. resembling
  8. baffled
  9. casts
  10. mystery
  1. being similar to
  2. restore
  3. worsen
  4. puzzle
  5. away
  6. puzzled
  7. close by
  8. throws
  9. carried out
  10. speed

B) 

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below. 

particular
hand
rejuvenate
key
signs
vision
bay
physical

Help may be at (1) ____________ for those of us who want to keep the wrinkles and grey hair at (2) ____________ and slow down the process of aging. New research suggests that eating green vegetables can ward off the (3) ____________ of aging. Researchers say that broccoli, cabbage and avocado in (4) ____________ contain a compound that helps slow down the rate at which we age. The (5) ____________ compound, present in green fruit and vegetables, is called NMN. It helps slow down the (6) ____________ signs of getting old. Scientists say NMN can also (7) ____________ the metabolism. It helps replenish levels of energy production in our body that deteriorate as we age. It also helps reduce weight gain and the deterioration of (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below. 

way
typical
scientists
light
resembling
decline
reduced
poor

The research was conducted by (9) ____________ at the Washington University School of Medicine in the USA. Researcher professor Shinichiro Imai said: "We have shown a (10) ____________ to slow the physiological (11) ____________ that we see in aging mice. This means older mice have metabolism and energy levels (12) ____________ that of younger mice." Professor Imai said tests on mice showed that NMN reduced (13) ____________ signs of aging, including a decline in the strength of skeletal muscle, (14) ____________ liver function, lower bone density and weakening eyesight. The reason our metabolism changes over time and leads to (15) ____________ energy levels has baffled scientists for decades. This latest research casts new (16) ____________ on this mystery.

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How old is old? Look at the table below. Do you know all the vocabulary? Which ages do you think you should put in the second column?

    Age ‘label’               How old?           
 new-born 
baby  
toddler 
child  
teenager  
adult  
 middle-aged 
 old person 


Answer the following questions (about 25 words each)

1.What do you think is the best age?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being the age your are at the moment?

3.How are old people treated by society in your country?

 

ESSAY - Choose one of these two topics:

1- Write the story of the protagonist of The Mirror. What was his life like?

2- In the UK, like in many countries around the globe, life expectancy is increasing and more and more people reach their 100th birthday. When you are 100 in Britain the Queen sends you a birthday telegram. In 1952 just 225 people became 100, however nowadays more than 3500 people reach their 100th birthday every year. By 2025 over a third of the population of the UK will be over 55 years old.... What do you think your life will be like when you are in your 70s?

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"BOOKS"- Poem read by María, Hamza and Miguel (2nd ESO B)

Books - Libros (Poema lido por María, Hamza e Miguel, de 2 ESO B). Texto en inglés:
BOOKS
 
 Books are what I like the best.

They’re not just toys like all the rest,

that break, or get old, or don’t want to play.

A book gets better every day.

Sit down and open it - soon you’ll find

a whole new world jumps up in your mind.

People and places and all sorts of things.

Dragons and princesses, goblins and kings.

Dinosaurs walking the earth like thunder.

Ancient Egyptians who make you wonder.

And perhaps the most interesting story of all

that tells of the Prince who is going to call,

and even a picture to show how he looks.

Now these are the things that I like about books.

Click HERE ("Little things" - Poem read by Eirín - 2 ESO C)

Click HERE, as well.

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"Little Things", a poem by Julia Abigail Fletcher, read by Eirín Seoane - 2š ESO C

Translation of the poem into Galician language /Tradución do poema 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

da eternidade.

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JAX AND REDDY (RACISM)

Racism Is Real • BRAVE NEW FILMS from St. Ignatius Church -Baltimore on Vimeo.

Sometimes life’s lessons come from those with the least experience.

The story of two 5-year-old boys from Kentucky, one white and one black, is teaching people about racial harmony.

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The story exploded online when the mother of Jax, the white boy, posted on Facebook about how her son wanted to get his haircut like his black buddy, Reddy, so they could trick their teacher:

"This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair. I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
Here’s a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I’m sure you all see the resemblance.
If this isn’t proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don’t know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair."

The boys believe if they have the same haircut, their teacher won’t be able to tell them apart.

WAVE-TV followed Jax to his haircut, and he and Reddy giggle and goof around as Jax gets his hair shaved off.

In the video , Reddy sums it all up: "Jax’s me ... and I’m Jax.’’

Click HERE.

Vocabulary exercise (Race - racial - racially - racism - racist) - HERE

- Reading Comprehension / Cloze test:

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It commemorates a __________ that happened in the town of Sharpeville in South Africa on this day in 1960. Police opened __________ and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid laws. The __________ shocked the world. For many years this day was __________ as Sharpeville Day in South Africa. In 1966, the UN General Assembly created this special day, calling on all countries to redouble their __________ to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, __________ and for all. Every March 21st, the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and New York conduct activities to highlight the __________ of racism and our duty to __________ it.

 

 

 

efforts
massacre
combat
evil
tragedy
known
fire
once

This day perhaps played a role in the __________ of apartheid in South Africa. Today the country is a multi-racial society where the government is promoting __________ at all levels. The ending of apartheid and the discrimination that went with it __________ up South Africa to greater economic development. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke of how racism affects human rights and becomes an __________ to a nation’s development: "Racist practices hurt their __________, but they also limit the promise of entire societies where they are tolerated. They prevent individuals from realizing their __________ and stop them from contributing fully to national __________." Racism is still a damaging force in today’s world. Try and make a __________ on March 21.

 

 

victims
 
ending
difference
obstacle
equality
potential
progress
opened

 


From this webpage.

- 2nd Reading Comprehension activity (From this page):

Show Racism the Red Card
Football, the largest spectator sport in the UK, has changed a great deal in the last twenty years. Not so long ago black footballers frequently faced racist chants from the crowds. Premiership players from countries outside the UK have said that this is a cultural thing. ” A Dad acts in a certain way with his son right beside him”. Another player agrees, ”If everyday you hear something like your father saying ‘I hate blacks’ then one day the kid will say the same thing”. Premiership clubs now have top players from many countries and ethnic minorities born and brought up in Britain. The racism experienced by these players has decreased thanks to campaigns in schools and at football grounds.
‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and ‘Kick Racism Out of Football’ are two organisations working to end the racism in football crowds.
More recently, there have been a number of racist chants and taunts at European football matches where black players from British clubs were playing. Racism in football is still a European problem.
Every year British and European football clubs, top players and organisations are making a stand against racism, celebrating action weeks, where there are many activities all over Europe to explore ways of dealing with discrimination in football.
The aim is to celebrate the contribution that ethnic minorities and foreign players make to our national game. Schools, community groups and football crowds will all be involved in making posters, speaking out against intolerance and learning how to give everyone in British society a chance to play football.
Glossary:
•racial taunts: bad and insulting words
•chants: songs and phrases repeated again and again by crowds
•campaign: an organised protest over a long period of time
•make a stand against: protest/refuse to accept or tolerate
•kick out of:remove
•football ground:the place where a game is played/stadium
•football pitch:the field where the game is played
ESSAY :
Are there any foreign players in your local teams? How are they accepted or welcomed by thepublic?
Do all members of your society get an equal chance to participate in spot? Give examples: young people; old people; women; ethnic minorities
...

 

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"WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD" (Let's preserve it)

BBC ONE celebrates Natural History with David Attenborough reciting Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

The short two minute video above adds images to the song showing us how beautiful life / nature is. Let’s preserve it.

Click HERE

What can we do in order to protect the environment? Go to THIS POST

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STORYCORPS.ORG

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.

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Interactive Reading Practice - National Geographic Learning

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Are you interested in improving your reading comprehension skills? If so.....

THIS WEBPAGE will be really useful!!!!!!

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AMIGOS INGLESES

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.

THIS is their "Hi-native" application. (Click HERE)

Thank you, Miguel, for showing me this webpage!

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TEN ENGLISH WORDS THAT YOU PRONOUNCE INCORRECTLY

English words people commonly pronounce wrong HERE.

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How green are you? What can we do to protect the environment?

The role of individuals in protecting the environment - HERE (staggering - landfill - vent)

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

What a wonderful world (Let's preserve it) - HERE

Monologue (two-three minutes) - What do you do in your everyday life in order to protect the environment?

 

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The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Click HERE for pre-listening/listening activity.

HERE : "What does it mean to be a refugee" (TED Lesson)

Activities about the topic Immigration HERE.

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LISTENING SKILLS PRACTICE

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Listening skills practice (from learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org)HERE

Levels A1, A2, B1 and B2.

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THAT'S ENGLISH! Trifold brochure

You can watch the first version HERE, and the second one HERE, as well.

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Two poems for my 2 ESO students to learn and read:

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

da eternidade.

 

LIBROS (BOOKS)

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.

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Come to THAT'S ENGLISH! (IES Taboada Chivite)

That’s English! The perfect course for you!!!!!!

www.thatsenglish.com

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MAPS OF The UK, the USA, Canada, Australia

United Kingdom HERE, HERE, HERE , HERE, HERE

United Kingdom, USA, Canada .......HERE,

Australia HERE

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IMMIGRATION

Cick HERE to go to a post about WALLS. Do you think there are too many /too few / enough walls all around the world?

Vocabulary related to the topic IMMIGRATION -HERE (Video), HERE, HERE

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.

In groups of three/four students, answer these questions about immigration and then share your answers with your classmates. More questions HERE.

HERE "The Arrival"("Migrants"). a wonderful illustrated book by the Australian artist Shaun Tan.

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The best student in a high school from Texas reveals her secret

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 - .............

KEY

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.

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Don't slap her - 25th November

HERE "Kids react to slap her"

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Too much grammar?

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?

 

KEY:

- 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?

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British accents and dialects

Click here to do a quiz

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Listening comprehension about British and American English

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)=

Differences in pronunciation: Click HERE and HERE

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.

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The sounds of American English

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!!!!

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BBC Learning English - Tim's pronunciation workshop

An excellent webpage if you want to improve your pronunciation in English!!!!!

Click HERE.

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Say "NO" to bullying

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

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Why Finland has the best education (by Michael Moore)

El exito educativo de Finlandia Michael Moore from ateo666666 on Vimeo.

Here’s a puzzle. Finnish children spend comparatively little time at school, don’t get homework and yet receive one of the best educations in the world. Curious? Watch how the Finns did it in this clip from Michael Moore’s compelling documentary film ’Where To Invade Next?’

 Click HEREHERE and HERE.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIDEO HERE

 

Now listen to I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ( By Prince Ea):

Video in English: HERE

Video in English with subtitles in Spanish: HERE

Exercise about the opening statement (alegato inicial) in the rap (1:05 min) HERE

Click HERE to go to a post about the book The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson.


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GENKI ENGLISH

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British Council press release:

"The Genki approach to learning English works by engaging all of the learners’ senses and appealing to a wide range of learning styles. Children are engaged visually through the simple but striking graphics, aurally/orally through the simple chants and songs and limited amounts of graded vocabulary input and kinaesthetically through the actions and games. Because all of the learning tasks are organised as game-like activities, children are immediately motivated to take part.”

Click HERE to go to GENKI ENGLISH, an excellent webpage.

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Subject/Object Personal Pronouns - Possessives

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My 2nd Bac students have asked me to revise with them the following gammar points:

- Subject / Object Personal Pronouns: Click HERE

- Possessive adjectives and pronouns: Click HERE

Exercises HERE

You can also go to the following webpage:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary/grammar-videos/personal-pronouns-and-possessives

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ESL GAMES PLUS

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ESL Games Plus offers interactive online games for learning and teaching English as a Second Language. Their learning games are mostly suitable for teaching ESL Kids and Teenagers. There are activities for teaching and practising English grammar, vocabulary, sentences, listening and pronunciation skills. 

Click HERE to go to their webpage.

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"Where's the Love?" - The Black Eyed Peas

  • You will hear a song by the famous group “The Black Eyed Peas”. Read the title. What do you think it’s going to be about?

  • Now, you’re going to have to complete the song in different ways. Take a minute to see if you understand what you are asked to do in each part of the song.

Where’s the Love?

Complete with the missing words

What's................ with the world, mama
People livin' like they .........................

I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you .........................
 
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got........................
here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The............................. 
and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to ....................................

And to discriminate only generates ...........................

And when you hate then you're bound to get .............................
yeah
......................................is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how ...................................
works and operates
Nigga, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and ........................................

Let your soul................................... 
to the love, y'all, y'all

Rearrange the lines and put them in the correct order
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
People killin', people dyin'
Father, Father, Father help us
And would you turn the other cheek
Can you practice what you preach
Send us some guidance from above
Where is the love (Love)
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (The love)

Put these words in the blank spaces

unchanged sufferin’ insane lovin’ strong dividends bombs undercover chemical gasses


It just ain't the same, always .............................

New days are strange, is the world .............................

If love and peace is so .............................

Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' .................................

..................................fillin' lungs of little ones
With the ongoin'............................... 
as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the .....................................
really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them.................................

Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's .........................................

The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

Put the lines in order
killin' people dyin' people
hurt and children hear you cryin’ them
preach you can what practice you
cheek would and you turn other the
Father help Father us Father

above send from guidance us some
questionin’ 'cause got people me got me q
love (love) is the where

Choose the right option
I feel the weight of the
world / work on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets
colder / cooler
Most of us only care about money
breakin’ / makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our own
direction / director
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative
images / imagine is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds
faster / quicker than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in
equality / equanimity
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of
understanding / comprehending , leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no
wonder / wander why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my
faith / fate alive till love is found

Now sing along!
People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)
Where is the love (The love)

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FIFTY ENGLISH-SPANISH FALSE FRIEND WORDS

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Learning English for Spanish speakers can seem quite simple at first because as much as 40% of English words have cognates in Spanish. Cognates are words that sound similar, have similar spelling and have the same meaning in the two languages. Examples of cognates are: teléfono-telephone; persona- person; invitar-invite.  However, there are many words called FALSE COGNATES or FALSE FRIENDS. In the case of False Friends, the English word sounds like a word in Spanish but the two words do NOT have the same meaning

English word Spanish Translation Spanish word English Translation
Actually En realidad Actualmente Currently
to Advertise Anunciar Advertir Warn/Caution
Advice Consejo Aviso Warning
Argument Discusión Argumento (film) Plot
to Assist Ayudar Asistir Go to, Attend
Billion Mil millones Billón Trillion
Cap Gorra Capa Layer
Career Carrera professional Carrera (universitaria) Degree
Carpet Alfombra Carpeta Folder
Cartoon Dibujos animados Cartón Cardboard
Casualty Víctima o herido Casualidad Coincidence
Collar Cuello (prendas de vestir) Collar Necklace
College Universidad, facultad Colegio School
Complexion Tono de piel Complejo Complex
Conductor Director de orquesta Conductor Driver
to be Constipated estar Estreñido estar Constipado to have a Cold
Contest Concurso Contestar Answer
Deception Engaño Decepción Disappointment
Dessert Postre Desierto Desert
Embarrassed Avergonzado Embarazada Pregnant
Exit Salida Éxito Success
Fabric Tela Fábrica Factory
Idiom Modismo Idioma Language
Intoxicated Ebrio Intoxicado Food poisoning
Jam Mermelada Jamón Ham
Large Grande Largo Long
Lentil Lenteja Lentilla Contact lens
Letter Carta, letra de abecedario Letra Lyrics
Library Biblioteca Librería Book shop
Mayor Alcalde Mayor Older
Notice Notar, aununcio Noticia piece of News
Office Oficina Oficio Job or trade
Pan Cazuela Pan Bread
Pie Tarta Pie Foot
Place Lugar Plaza Square
Prize Premio Precio Price
to Quit Abandonar Quitar Remove, take away
Quote Cita/presupuesto Cuota Fee
to Realize Darse cuenta Realizar to Do/Make
to Record Grabar Recordar Remember
Relative Pariente Relativo (adj) Relative
Remove Quitar Remover Stir
Rope Cuerda Ropa Clothes
Sane Cuerdo Sano Healthy
Sensible Sensato Sensible Sensitive
Soap Jabón Sopa Soup
Spade Pala Espada Sword
Stranger Desconocido Extranjero Foreigner
to Stretch Estirar Estrechar to become narrow
Suburb Barrio rico periférico ciudad Suburbio de casas pobres Slum
to Support Apoyar Soportar to Handle/ Put up with
Sympathetic Comprensivo Simpático Nice
Target Objetivo Tarjeta Card
Terrific Fenomenal Terrorífico Terrifying
to Translate Traducir Trasladarse to Move (house)
Vacuum Vacío Vacuna Vaccine
 
From: http://www.curso-ingles.com/blog/false-friends/
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THAT'S ENGLISH!

Click HERE.

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GREASE!!!!!

The next musical to be performed at IES Xesús Taboada Chivite will be Grease (in Galician language).

We are going to listen to two famous songs from the film and do some exercises:

- SUMMER NIGHTS

- YOU ARE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Translation of those songs (and other songs from the musical) into Galician HERE.

Other musicals performed at IES Taboada Chivite:

Los Miserables ( 2012-2013)

Moulin Rouge (2013-2014)

Mamma Mia (2014-2015)

Hoy no me puedo levantar (2015-2016)

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Revision activities for 1 ESO and 2 ESO

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Revision activities for our 1 ESO and 2 ESO students to do during the summer. From the web of IES P. Sarasate:

HERE - 1 ESO

HERE - 2 ESO

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SHORT STORIES IN ENGLISH

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An excellent reading comprehension web with short stories by masterful writers. It includes reading comprehension activities, glossaries, and  you can listen to the text while reading it.

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"FARENHEIT 451" , BY RAY BRADBURY

Created by AcademicEarth.org

Click HERE, HERE (Ray Bradbury), HERE (Farenheit 451), HERE (McCartyism)

LISTENING COMPREHENSION EXERCISE

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a homogenous, ……………………, war-obsessed America, where books are…………………, intellectualism scorned and the entire population exists in a state of dull …………………and sensory overload. Ring any bells?

Guy Montag, the……………………………., is an impressionable fireman. His job is to burn books, which have been denounced as emotionally upsetting and…………………………………………...

Montag starts to question his actions after meeting an …………………………young woman, even going so far as to steal a book from a house as he burns it down. Montag becomes steadily more ……………………….of his miserable life, and resolves to take action against the ……………………….ruling society. With the help of a former English professor, Montag learns that books allow for self-examination and …………………thought.

Montag is then caught with the stolen books and must become a………………….. After a harrowing chase, Montag escapes and joins up with a group of roving ………………………..in the countryside. They watch as enemy planes bomb the city, and the group resolves to construct a new, better…………………………..

 Major Characters

“Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal.”

 Montag: Guy Montag is a firefighter, and the book plots his movement from mindless drone to ……………………….. book-lover. He struggles with independent thought, and is often swayed by people’s rhetoric, making him something of an archetypal citizen in Bradbury’s ……………..future.

 Beatty: The fire chief, Beatty is brilliant, and very…………………………….. He is well-read, and can …………………..famous literary works at will, but he finds the written word dangerous and upsetting. He represents the more …………………..side of censorship.

 Faber: Faber is a former English professor who is Montag’s intellectual mentor. Faber teaches Montag that ………………….and reason are the true paths to a more …………………..life.

 Themes, Motifs and Symbols

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

 Fire: Fire destroys contraband, but it also entertains and delights people—Montag notices that almost all fires are at night, when they will look……………. Eventually, Montag comes to view fire as a ……………..not just for destruction or entertainment, but for sustenance as well.

 Mirrors: Clarisse, the young woman, is described as a mirror, and one of Montag’s eventual friends in the countryside claims the new world needs a mirror………………….. Mirrors represent inquiry and………………...

Censorship: Bradbury argues that the population censors itself by ignoring ……………..or positions that make it………………………….. Reading books, he says, encourages beneficial…………………………….., while ……………………..only deludes people into being superficially happy.

 Analysis

“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies.”

 Farenheit 451 is a bleak ……………….of a world that’s too ……………….being…………………. By wiping out the written word, the world is supposedly free from …………………and upsetting information, but the only thing this brings is more…………………. The suppression of books is the suppression of……………………………………, which will slowly destroy any society.


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Eighty Days Around the World

For more information, click HERE

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"THE SIXTH SENSE" - ACTIVITIES

Click HERE and HERE (activities designed by Isabel Pérez) to do some activities about the film The Sixth Sense.

FULL FILM with Spanish subtitles HERE.

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"Tomorrow" (From the musical "Annie")

One of the songs performed by the magnificent choir from IES Val do Tea (Ponteareas), which visited us last week was Tomorrow, from the musical Annie.

Fill-in-the-gaps exercise HERE.

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IDIOM LAND

A fantastic site (HERE and HERE, too)to learn idiomatic expressions in English.

An exercise HERE.

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Learning IRREGULAR VERBS with a rap

TAKE (took, TAKEN). You SHAKE (shook, SHAKEN). 
WAKE (woke, WOKEN) to the style I’m creating. 
THINK (thought, THOUGHT). SEEK (sought, SOUGHT).
Listen to the lesson that I TEACH (taught, TAUGHT).

Don’t SLEEP (slept, SLEPT). I CREEP (crept, CREPT). 
I SNEAK (snuck, SNUCK UP). You LEAP (leapt, LEAPT).
I KEEP (kept, KEPT) having fun. 
I’m never BEAT (beat, BEATEN); I WIN (won, WON).
DO (did, DONE); BEGIN (began, BEGUN);
SHOOT (shot, SHOT)—no, I don’t own a gun. 
I LEAD (led, LED) so I can FEED (fed, FED). 
the knowledge you need, straight to your head. 
When I BRING (brought, BROUGHT) it, you CATCH (caught, CAUGHT) it.
Sit back relax. Don’t FIGHT (fought, FOUGHT) it.

Please don’t 

FREEZE (froze, FROZEN) when I SPEAK (spoke, SPOKEN). 
It’s real. You can feel I don’t STEAL (stole, STOLEN). 
I CHOOSE (chose, CHOSEN) the very best rhymes and
WRITE (wrote, WRITTEN) them into my lines and
into your mind. When we MEET (met, MET)
I’ll BET (bet, BET) I wont let you FORGET 
(forgot, FORGOTTEN). I GET (got, GOTTEN)
every head nodding. Don’t think about stopping,
just COME (came, COME). 
This is hip hop. I don’t SING (sang, SUNG).
I STING (stung, STUNG). You CLING (clung, CLUNG)
on each and every word, you HANG (hung, HUNG).

Its not enough to

DREAM (dreamt, DREAMT); you’ve got to SPEND (spent, SPENT)
time on your goals. Please LEND (lent, LENT) me your
ear. Come near and I’ll LAY (laid, LAID)
down this new soud that I MAKE (made, MADE). 
I hope you don’t say that you think it’s junk.
I hope you don’t think that I STINK (stank, STUNK).
If you’re thirsty for English, come DRINK (drank, DRUNK).
because I SINK (sank, SUNK) all competition when they 
HEAR (heard, HEARD) that I GIVE (gave, GIVEN)
encouragement when I SPIT (spat, SPAT).
Never QUIT (quit, QUIT); don’t SIT (sat, SAT).
Yeah, I like it like that. I’ll even KNEEL (knelt, KNELT).
and beg you to express what you FEEL (felt, FELT).

I RISE (rose, RISEN) when I DRIVE (drove, DRIVEN) through 
the beat; tap your feet as you RIDE (rode, RIDDEN). 
Those that HIDE (hid, HIDDEN) I FIND (found, FOUND).
If you FLEE (fled, FLED) then I’ll track you down.

Now you SEE (saw, SEEN) that I MEAN (meant, MEANT) 
every word of the message that I SEND (sent, SENT). 
I SHOW (showed, SHOWN) I can FLY (flew, FLOWN).
Now you KNOW (knew, KNOWN) I SHINE (shone, SHONE).
I’ll THROW (threw, THROWN) you the ball. It’s your turn 
to GROW (grew, GROWN) with the verbs that you’ve learned. 
Grammar through lyrics I DRAW (drew, DRAWN). 
Peace to ELLs, now I GO (went, GONE)!

Thank you for sending me this rap, Cris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HERE: Play with 22 irregular verbs.

More about irregular verbs HERE.

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The influence of Shakespeare on today's English

Listen to Gill talking about expressions that Shakespeare  (click HERE as well, to watch a video and HERE for a few questions about the video --->0:20- 3:43 // 6:00 - 6:40 // 7:55 - 8:43 // 10:24 - 11:00 // 11:36 - 11: 54) was the first to use in his plays and poems and then do the quiz HERE.

More about Shakespeare HERE, HERE, (HERE - Lesson plan)

What Shakespearean character do you identify with? Click HERE.

Shakespeare quotes HERE.

You can also watch and listen to Gill talking about METAPHORS by clicking HERE .

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"DRIPPED" - A TRIBUTE TO JACKSON POLLOCK

Dripped from Eddy on Vimeo.

Dripped, a short film by Léo Verrier and produced by Chez Eddy, explores Jackson Pollock’s quest to find his creative voice. In a world tinged with sepia, in which men wear brown corduroy suits and plum velvet jackets, Pollock tries to find how he fits in with the greats in the galleries. The film has a dash of cops ’n’ robbers intrigue and superhero-esque feats – scaling buildings and bounding from roof to roof – as Pollock pilfers(=steals in small amounts) art in an attempt to discover his creative identity. In his drab (not colourful) apartment, frustrated by painting still lifes and full of the fodder(=food for livestock) of famous works, Pollock finally discovers his characteristic, colourful style. Set to the sound of twinkly(=sparkly) piano notes and mournful(=sad, sorrowful) oboes, Dripped is a clever and beautiful ode to inspiration and innovation. (From: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leo-verrier)

Watch the second video (Art History in a Hurry) and do this listening comprehension exercise.

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Secrets and Lies

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

Let’s "work" as interpreters.... What does the little girl say about her dad in the first video? Can you translate it word for word? (A little girl loves her daddy dearly, and admires him, too. Still, she knows more about her daddy than he realizes. She knows he’s a liar)

Second video: "Your secret". Watch it and do the exercises from film-english.com

Third video: "Half a Million Secrets". Do the following activities (from linguahouse):

a) You are going to watch a part of the video presentation by Frank Warren. Read the questions below and then watch the video to find the answers.

1. How did the idea of secret postcards start?

2. If you are rude, what coffee will you receive?

3. Why is it sometimes good not to use a wireless microphone?

4. What was the `Sunday morning ritual'?

5. What is the story behind the cat and the ring?

b) Match the underlined words to their definitions.

1. I used to work with a bunch of uptight people and had to wear a tie.

2. Johnny is extremely artful. He used paint, glue and glitter in his impression of the Tower Bridge.

3. Soon the idea began spreading virally.

4. He had a big smile and chuckled to himself.

5. I cried my eyes out when she sang that soulful song.

6. Politicians are often indifferent to human frailty. They are only interested in personal gain.

a. (spreading) very quickly, especially on the Internet

b. always behaving in a very correct way

c. expressing strong emotions, especially sadness

d. laughed quietly, especially in a private or secret way

e. showing creative skill

f. the condition of being weak or not in good health

c) Read the text below and type the word which best fits in each space. Use only one word in each space. More than one answer possible. Then check with the video.

 Around      embarrassing  explanation    made         mention          with   

This next one takes a little 1………………………………. before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories 2………………………………. students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick 3…………………………… and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was 4…………………….. out of one of those photos. And I should also 5……………………………….. that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone."Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."This was really 6……………………………………….. when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying...

Transcript

1 (0:15- 0:46) Hi, my name is Frank, and I collect secrets. It all started with a crazy idea in November of 2004. I printed up 3000 self-addressed postcards, just like this. They were blank on one side, and on the other side I listed some simple instructions. I asked people to anonymously share an artful secret they'd never told anyone before. And I handed out these postcards randomly on the streets of Washington, D.C., not knowing what to expect.

 

2 (0:47- 1:28) But soon the idea began spreading virally. People began to buy their own postcards and make their own postcards. I started receiving secrets in my home mailbox, not just with postmarks from Washington, D.C., but from Texas, California, Vancouver, New Zealand, Iraq. Soon my crazy idea didn't seem so crazy. PostSecret.com is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. And this is my postcard collection today. You can see my wife struggling to stack a brick of postcards on a pyramid of over a half-million secrets.

 

3 (1:29- 2:32) What I'd like to do now is share with you a very special handful of secrets from that collection, starting with this one. "I found these stamps as a child, and I have been waiting all my life to have someone to send them to. I never did have someone." Secrets can take many forms. They can be shocking or silly or soulful. They can connect us to our deepest humanity or with people we'll never meet. (Laughter) Maybe one of you sent this one in. I don't know. This one does a great job of demonstrating the creativity that people have when they make and mail me a postcard. This one obviously was made out of half a Starbucks cup with a stamp and my home address written on the other side.

 

4 (2:33- 3:23) "Dear Birthmother, I have great parents. I've found love. I'm happy." Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism, playing out silently in the lives of people all around us even now. "Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I'm dead." "I used to work with a bunch of uptight religious people, so sometimes I didn't wear panties, and just had a big smile and chuckled to myself."

 

5 (3:24- 4:17) This next one takes a little explanation before I share it with you. I love to speak on college campuses and share secrets and the stories with students. And sometimes afterwards I'll stick around and sign books and take photos with students. And this next postcard was made out of one of those photos. And I should also mention that, just like today, at that PostSecret event, I was using a wireless microphone. "Your mic wasn't off during sound check. We all heard you pee."(Laughter) This was really embarrassing when it happened, until I realized it could have been worse. Right. You know what I'm saying.

 

6 (4:17- 4:46) "Inside this envelope is the ripped up remains of a suicide note I didn't use. I feel like the happiest person on Earth (now.)" "One of these men is the father of my son. He pays me a lot to keep it a secret."

 

7 (4:47- 5:08) "That Saturday when you wondered where I was, well, I was getting your ring. It's in my pocket right now." I had this postcard posted on the PostSecret blog two years ago on Valentine's Day. It was the very bottom, the last secret in the long column. And it hadn't been up for more than a couple hours before I received this exuberant email from the guy who mailed me this postcard.

 

8 (5:09- 5:32) And he said, "Frank, I've got to share with you this story that just played out in my life." He said, "My knees are still shaking." He said, "For three years, my girlfriend and I, we've made it this Sunday morning ritual to visit the PostSecret blog together and read the secrets out loud. I read some to her, she reads some to me." He says, "It's really brought us closer together through the years.

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Moulin Rouge - Elephant Love Medley

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Moulin Rouge - French for "Red Mill"- is a cabaret in Paris, France.The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller.Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. 

At the Moulin Rouge is an oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It was painted between 1892 and 1895. It is one of a number of works by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret built in Paris in 1889. It portrays a group of three men and two women sitting around a table

Moulin Rouge! is also a 2001 Australian–American musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young Scottish poet/writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.

One of the most famous songs in the film is The Elephant Love Medley. Click HERE or HERE to do a listening comprehension exercise (By Ralita from ieslcollective)

Click HERE and answer the questions in the quiz. How much do you know about the Elephant Love Medley in the film  Moulin Rouge?

Click HERE to go to the Moulin Rouge by IES Taboada Chivite students.

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

Once upon a time a band set out to make a Christmas song. Not about snow or sleigh rides or mistletoe or miracles, but lost youth and ruined dreams. A song in which Christmas is as much the problem as it is the solution. A kind of anti-Christmas song that ended up being, for a generation, the Christmas song.

That song is Fairytale of New York . It is loved because it feels more emotionally "real" than the homesick sentimentality of White Christmas or the bullish (=optimistic) bonhomie (=cordiality) of Merry Xmas Everybody.

The song was performed by Irish group The Pogues and English singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. It was recorded in 1987 and is often voted the number one best Christmas song of all time in various TV, radio and magazine polls in Ireland and the UK.

Exercise HERE. Lyrics and vocabulary HERE.

Click HERE AND HERE , too

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CRASH. The movie

Activities to be done while and after watching the film Crash, directed by Paul Haggis. Academy Award Winner.

1- From: http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/crash.html

Incident (By Countee Cullen)

Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee; 
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me. 

Now I was eight and very small, 
And he was no whit bigger, 
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, "Nigger." 

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December; 
Of all the things that happened there
That’s all that I remember. 

2- From http://vivianagimenezenglishteacher.blogspot.com.es/2010/11/crash-movie-activities-to-work-with.html
(2.51 – 5.54) Read the opening monologue.
Graham has just crashed.  The car is now stopped.
This is what he says:
“It’s the sense of touch. Any real city, you walk, you know?, 
you brush past people. 
People bump into you.
In L.A., nobody touches you.  
We’re always behind this metal and glass.
I think we miss that touch so much that 
we crash into each other just so that 
we can feel something.”
*Discuss the meaning of these words.  
(35:01- 36:48) Check the problems these two men are having:
The locksmith doesn’t know how to do his job.
The locksmith wants to overcharge for his job.
The locksmith didn’t replace the lock for a new one.
The store owner doesn’t understand English well enough.
The locksmith cannot find a way to communicate effectively with the store owner.
The locksmith has a friend who fixes doors; so, he wants to persuade the store owner to have his door fixed by this friend.
The store owner has a door lock in his store that needs to be replaced.
The store owner has a door in his store that needs to be replaced.
The locksmith doesn’t want to be insulted any more.
The locksmith leaves without getting any pay.
The store owner believes he’s been cheated.
3- Click HERE or HERE to read about the story and the characters and to answer a few questions.
4- IN THE DEEP (Song from the soundtrack)

 

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

Thought you ................
all the ................................
to rest your heart upon.
But ......................... happens,
don't see it coming, now
you can't ............................. yourself.
Now you're out there swimming
In the deep.
In the deep.

...................... keeps tumbling your heart in circles
till you...let go.
Till you shed your pride, and you climb to heaven,
and you throw yourself off.

And ............................. you're out there spinning
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

..................... you're out there spinning
..................... you're out there spinning
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

Rest= to refresh oneself, by sleeping, lying down……..(He rested for a few hours on the sofa)

Tumble= to (cause to) fall in ruins; (cause to) collapse……..(During the earthquake, buildings tumbled) (The earthquake tumbled bridges)

Shed= to pour ; to let fall………(to shed tears)

Pride= too high an opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority……….(His pride kept him from admitting he was wrong)

Climb= to go up or ascend…………( to climb the stairs)

Heaven= the place where God, the angels, and the spirits of good people live after death…………(children are taught they must be good if they want to go to heaven some day)

Throw X off= to free oneself of………….(to throw her clothes off)

Spin= to (cause to) rotate rapidly; twirl;whirl…………….(to spin a coin on a table)

 

CAN YOU TRANSLATE THE SONG INTO SPANISH? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

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That's English! - Advanced 1 - MODULE 10

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UNIT 1 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 2: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 3: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 4: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 5: HERE or HERE.

UNIT 6 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 7 : HERE or HERE.

UNIT 8 : HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 : HERE or HERE

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California Dreamin'


The Mamas & The Papas-California dreamin por peakers

"California Dreamin" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire.   However, the best known version is by The Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone‍‍ ’​‍s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The lyrics of the song express the narrator’s longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter.

Some high profile artists who have recorded this song include R.E.M., The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Diana Krall....

Sia recorded the song for the disaster film San Andreas. The song came out in May 2015 and was included in the movie’s trailers.

Exercise HERE (Byre = Cow shed / Plain = Unadorned / Crow= Kind of bird)

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My ideal partner

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Click HERE.

Click HERE.(Listening)

Click HERE (Describing people - Game)

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"Ser y Estar" by Mario Benedetti (TO BE!!!!)

"Ser y Estar" (By Mario Benedetti)

Oh marine
oh boy
una de tus dificultades consiste en que no sabes
distinguir el ser del estar
para ti todo es to be
así que probemos a aclarar las cosas

por ejemplo
una mujer es buena
cuando entona desafinadamente los salmos
y cada dos años cambia el refrigerador
y envía mensualmente su perro al analista
y sólo enfrenta el sexo los sábados de noche

en cambio una mujer está buena
cuando la miras y pones los perplejos ojos en blanco
y la imaginas y la imaginas y la imaginas
y hasta crees que tomando un martini te vendrá el coraje
pero ni así

por ejemplo
un hombre es listo
cuando obtiene millones por teléfono
y evade la conciencia y los impuestos
y abre una buena póliza de seguros
a cobrar cuando llegue a sus setenta
y sea el momento de viajar en excursión a Capri y a París
y consiga violar a la Gioconda en pleno Louvre
con la vertiginosa polaroid

en cambio
un hombre está listo
cuando ustedes
oh marine
oh boy
aparecen en el horizonte
para inyectarle democracia.

Click HERE.

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ANGLICISMS

An Anglicism may refer to a word or construction borrowed from English into another language. Click HERE.

In Spain, the adoption of English words is extremely common in the spheres of business and information technology, although it is usually frowned upon by purists.

Nowadays a growing number of anglicisms are being exported into the Spanish language. Their usage seems to be catching on in Spain, inundating language with new words and expressions, often unnecessary.

This is part of an article about this tendency. The author humorously observes a disappointing reality:

"Desde que las insignias se llaman pins, los homosexuales, gays, las comidas frías lunchs y los repartos de cine castings, este país no es el mismo: ahora es mucho, muchísimo más moderno. Antaño los niños leían tebeos en vez de comics, los estudiantes pegaban posters creyendo que eran carteles, los empresarios hacían negocios en vez de business y los obreros, tan ordinarios ellos, sacaban la fiambrera al mediodía en vez del tupperware. Yo, en el colegio, hice aérobic muchas veces, pero, tonta de mí, creía que hacía gimnasia. Nadie es realmente moderno si no dice cada día cien palabras en inglés."

What do you think about using English words when there is an equivalent in Spanish? (give a few examples)


Do we have words and expressions in Spanish that could have been used in the interview Berto Romero speaks about instead of these ones?

Concept-

Briefing-

Power-point-

Slides-

We are on the same page-

Think out of the box-

User experience-

Partner-

 Know-how-

Background-

Low cost-

Feedback-

Work in progress-

Meetings-

KEY:

Concept- Concepto, idea

Briefing- Sesión informativa

Power-point- Presentación de diapositivas

Slides- Diapositivas

We are on the same page- Estar en sintonía, estar de acuerdo, tener perspectivas / visiones / ideas similares 

Out of the box- original, creativo, no convencional

User experience- Experiencia de usuario

Partner- Socio

Know-how- Conocimientos, saber hacer

Background- Trasfondo, antecedentes

Low cost- Barato

Feedback- Opiniones, comentarios, críticas

Work in progress- Trabajo en elaboración

Meetings- Reuniones

 

Click HERE to go to an excellent post about anglicisms in Spanish in the awarded blog by Teresa Losada Romero (former Spanish Language and Literature teacher at IES Taboada Chivite) DIENTE DE LEÓN.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLY FOG

 A few 2nd year ESO students are going to take part in the project that is being set in motion by the Library at IES Taboada Chivite School: "Around the World in Eighty Days"

They are going to learn the famous song "Around the World with Willy Fog". We will record them as they sing it.

Around the World with Willy Fog (Spanish: La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog) is a Japanese–Spanish anime adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The cartoon was produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation. The characters are anthropomorphisms of various animals. The main protagonists are all felines. Willy Fog (Phileas Fogg in the original book) is a lion, while Rigodon (Passepartout) is a cat, and Romy (Aouda) is a panther

LYRICS

Fog, I’m the one who made the bet
And I know we’ll be exactly right on tiiiime

Fog is my name and I could play with my life in many ways
That’s what they saaayyy

Here I am - a Rigodon
I’m a Tico - d’mascota
It’s my turn - the gentle touch
A Romy they love me so much

Hey! Now they story must go on
’Cause a lot of time has gone
We must be ready
To go awaayyy

80 days around the world
We’ll find a pot of gold
Just sitting where the rainbow’s ending
Time - we’ll fight against the time
And we’ll fly on the white wings of the wind
80 days around the world
No we won’t say a word
Before the ship is really back

Round, round, all around the world
Round, all around the world
Round, all around the world
Round, all around the world!


"Londres, Suez, tal vez Hong-Kong, Bombay, Hawái, Tijuana y Singapur..."

"London, Suez, maybe Hong-Kong, Bombay, Hawaii, Tijuana and Singapore..."

Locate those places in this blank world map  

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BBC: Spaghetti Harvest in Ticino

 The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools’ Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree". At the time spaghetti was relatively little-known in the UK, so many Britons were unaware that spaghetti is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".

Fill-in-the-gaps and key HERE.

Click HERE, as well.

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DAILYDICTATION

An excellent youtube channel to improve your listening skills. Click HERE.

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"Electricity" - from Billy Elliot, The Musical

Web Billy Elliot The Musical HERE. (Based on the 2000 British comedy-drama film)

SYNOPSIS:

Billy Elliot comes from a mining family. His mother died two years ago. It’s now 1984, and most of the miners, like Billy’s dad and brother, are on strike. There’s no money coming in and life is difficult. Billy, meanwhile, dreams about dancing, and, by chance, he joins the local ballet class. The teacher sees at once that he’s special. When Billy’s dad finds out, he’s angry. Ballet is for girls! But Billy carries on in secret and his teacher enters him for the Royal Ballet School. Then the police arrest Billy’s brother. Instead of going to the audition, Billy has to watch his brother in court. The future looks bad. But then Billy’s dad sees Billy dance and realises his son is a brilliant dancer. He takes him to another audition in London. It seems to go badly but, against all expectations, Billy gets in. His family are very proud of him.

THE BACK STORY:

Billy Elliot is a story about a young boy trying to express himself in difficult circumstances. There’s a scene in the film where he tries to dance through a wall … and that’s what it is like for him. He wants to get out of his narrow world and fly. Most of the story is told by Billy in the first person. Some of the story is told by Jackie, Billy’s dad, and one part is told by Tony, Billy’s brother.  The writer Lee Hall thinks the miners’ strike of 1984 is a very important time in recent British history. He wanted to explore the different characters and ideas involved in this political struggle. But he also wanted a good story. When Elton John saw the film, it reminded him of his own life as a talented young pianist with a difficult father. He worked on the musical version of the story with Lee Hall and the film’s director, Stephen Daldry. Elton wrote the music for the songs. Thousands of boys aged between 12 and 14 auditioned for the role of Billy. The musical opened in London in 2005.

 

" Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End, ten years ago, becoming one of the most beloved, award-winning shows on stage today.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever."

"... a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated audiences around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

"If Billy Elliot is about one thing, it is that we are all capable of making lives for ourselves which are full of joy and self-expression. Whilst we might not all become ballet dancers, we are capable of finding moments of real profundity and creativity whatever our circumstances. But more than that, we have a duty to ourselves and each other to create a society where this possibility in all of us is nurtured and can flourish. We owe it to the next generation to create a world where it is possible for the Billy Elliots, as yet unborn, to have a chance to succeed and flourish rather than be fed to the machine which grinds us into identical pieces only fit for consumption. If Billy Elliot conveys any message at all, I hope it’s that it is possible to fight back and resist and it is possible to move on without forgetting where you come from."

Exercise HERE

Key HERE.

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MODULE 9 (ADVANCED 1) THAT'S ENGLISH

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UNIT 1 - Click HERE or HERE (Time management speaking questions and answers HERE)

UNIT 2 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 8 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 - Click HERE or HERE

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PEPE MÚJICA (HUMAN, THE MOVIE)

What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? 
Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. 

Click HERE for the whole three movies. (The VOL.1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty) 

(Above you can see one of the interviews in the film - with José Mújica, former president of Uruguay)

Read the subtitles in English. Is the translation from Spanish into English literal, word-for-word?

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"Me colé en una fiesta"-"Uninvited Guest" (MECANO)

The musical that is being set in motion this year at IES Taboada Chivite (after Les Miserables, Moulin Rouge and Mamma Mia) is Hoy no me puedo levantar, based on the songs by the famous Spanish group Mecano.

On top you have one of the songs from the musical, Me colé en una fiesta, in Spanish and in English. Notice how the lyrics have to change to adapt to rhythm and rhyme.

Fill-in -the-gaps exercise HERE. Key HERE

Lyrics in Spanish HERE

Do you think you could translate the first two stanzas and the chorus of the song Hawai-Bombay so that it can be sung in English?

Stanza 1:

Hawai-Bombay
son dos paraísos
que a veces yo
me monto en mi piso
Hawai-Bombay
son de lo que no hay .

 Stanza 2:


Hawai-Bombay
me meto en el baño
le pongo sal
y me hago unos largos
para nadar 
lo mejor es el mar.

Chorus:


Y al ponerme el bañador
me pregunto
cuándo podre ir a Hawai
y al untarme el bronceador
me pregunto
cuándo podre ir a Bombay .

(My attempt HERE) (Verses 3 and 4 HERE)

MUSICAL "HOY NO ME PUEDO LEVANTAR" IES XESUS TABOADA CHIVITE 2016:

https://vimeo.com/user6099129/hnmpl-1de5

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THE ELEMENT by KEN ROBINSON

"Some of the most brilliant, creative people I know did not do well at school. Many of them didn’t really discover what they could do—and who they really were—until they’d left school and recovered from their education."

Read The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson (His website HERE).

Book review HERE.

Fragments from chapter 1 with questions  HERE.

Talk by Ken Robinson HERE.

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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY (ABBA+1 ESO C)

VOCABULARY - 1ST YEAR ESO

A game HERE.

Click HERE as well.

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Playing with WAS and WERE

Click HERE for games with the past simple of the verb TO BE on ESL GAMES.

Click HERE  and HERE (there was/ were - was/were).

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Be, Can , Have got, Present-Past Simple and.... SUPERMAN!!!

A great activity for 1st year ESO students in the incredible blog El Tinglado.

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PAST SIMPLE

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Click HERE. (Regular verbs)

Click HERE. (Irregular verbs)

Click HERE. (Verb TO BE)

Click HERE. (Regular and irregular verbs - verb TO BE)

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Eduardo Galeano - IN MEMORIAM

A wise man las left us......

Click HERE.

“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.” 

Other quotes HERE.

Video above (min 10:53)

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Tom's Diner (by 1 ESO C)

Click HERE

Video above: 1 ESO C and Suzanne Vega singing Tom’s Diner. Pictures by 1 ESO C students.

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The Secret Annex - Anne Frank's Hiding Place

The Secret Annex Online HERE

Click HERE as well.

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Daydream by Design

Daydream by Design, by Gaby Moreno.Click HERE  and HERE as well.

Exercise HERE.

Lyrics HERE.

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Speaking Questions - 1st Year ESO

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Click HERE.

Click HERE and HERE, as well.

ELEMENTARY COMMUNICATION GAMES HERE

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ACI TESTS

Food+activities HERE.

Kitchen+Jobs - HERE.

Transport - HERE

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Patricia Ryan:"Don't insist on English!"

Listen to Patricia Ryan. What do you think about what she says?

Click HERE  (languagesindanger.eu)Reading and Listening exercises + audio above.

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ENGLISH MANIA

Jay Walker gives a talk on the world’s `English mania’.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWER:

1.How many people are trying to learn English worldwide?

a. 500 million b. 1 billion c. 2 billion

2.Which country will become the largest English-speaking country in the world?

a. the USA b. China c. India

3. In which school year do Chinese school children start learning English by law?

a. third grade (8-9 yrs) b. fifth grade (10-11) c. sixth grade (11-12)

4. How long does China’s `Gaokao’ school-leaving examination last?

a. 3 hours b. 12 hours c. 3 days

5. How many Chinese high school students have taken the Gaokao?

a. 10 million b. 40 million c. 80 million

TRUE OR FALSE?

1. The speaker thinks that English mania is an unhealthy obsession.

2. According to the speaker, learning English represents opportunity for a better life.

3. The speaker believes that English will replace all other languages in the future.

4. The speaker believes that knowing English will enable people to become involved in global discussions.

5. The speaker believes that learning English is popular because of America.

 

TRANSCRIPT

Click HERE as well (DON’T INSIST ON ENGLISH!)

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The Big Bang Theory - Back to the Future Grammar

A recent episode of The Big Bang Theory shows Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard watching Back to the Future, Part II and discussing the appropriate tense to use when talking about something that happened in an alternate past timeline.

There isn't a real tense in English to say "something that would’ve happened in the future of a past that was affected by something from the future," probably because no one has ever encountered such a situation. There's no grammatically correct way to combine tenses in this way.

TRANSCRIPT.

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Dangers of generalization

Reza Aslan (click HERE  and HERE, as well) calls out the media for generalization and bigotry when reporting on Muslims.

Watch the video and answer the questions / fill in the gaps in this exercise.

KEY

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Christmas cards messages

1ESO C students are going to make their own Christmas cards.

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Present Simple: Steve and Simon

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Click HERE.

Listening HERE

More exercises : HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE

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ENGLISH VOWELS AND DIPHTHONGS

Click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Minimal pairs: HERE,  HERE

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Halloween Song

Walking down the street on Halloween Night,

lots of scary monsters and other strange sights.

I see a ghost.

I see a vampire. ("Welcome to my house!")

I see a skeleton. ("Hello, Have you seen my coffin?")

I see a witch.

I see a werewolf.

I see a mummy. ("I’m sorry, I don’t have time to talk. I’m all wrapped up at the moment")

La la la la la la la la la la.........

Click HERE as well.

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THAT'S ENGLISH! - MODULE 8

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UNIT 1 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 2 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 3 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 4 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 5 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 6 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 7 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 8 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 9 - Click HERE or HERE

UNIT 10 - Click HERE or HERE

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Phobias......

What is each person in the sketch afraid of?

Video from THE SKETCH SHOW UK (Click HERE)

The Sketch Show US: Imaginary friends

OTHER PHOBIAS

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MAMMA MIA - ABBA

Based on a popular Broadway musical and with the soundtrack of ABBA music, Mamma Mia (click HERE, too)! tells the story of Sophie, a young girl determined to find her father before her wedding day. She reads her mother’s journal and finds three possible candidates for her father and secretly invites them to her wedding with the hope of discovering which man is her father and in turn, discovering herself. 

Listening Comprehension about Mamma Mia HEREExercise HERE.Click HERE as well.

Activity about the song Mamma Mia HERE.

Activity about the song Dancing Queen HERE.

Activity about the song The Winner Takes It All HERE. Click HERE, too (HERE Reading + Song)

Activity about the song Money, Money, Money HERE. Video HERE

Activity about the song Waterloo HERE.


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More about writing.....

Click HERE to improve your writing skills.

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Our Moulin Rouge

SLIDESHOW - PREMIERE

Rap - FEIRA ("Come to our Moulin Rouge")

OUR MOULIN ROUGE AT VERÍN SPORTS CENTRE (12th September 2014):

PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4

OUR MOULIN ROUGE AT VERÍN SPORTS CENTRE (19th September 2014):

PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3 - PART 4

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Here Comes the Sun (1š ESO - Toņo, Enrique, Noelia and Adrián - Our Beatles)

The sudents that Sofía (Special Education Teacher) and I have in common wish all of us a VERY HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!

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PIANO MAN by Billy Joel

Listen to the song above (with subtitles in Spanish) and write the lyrics of Piano Man, by Billy Joel.

PIANO MAN

________________________________

________________________shuffles in
________________________________
Making love to his tonic and gin

________________________________
I'm not really sure how it goes
_______________________________
And I knew it complete
_________________________________

_________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the _________________
And you've got us feeling alright

____________________________________
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be

______________________________________
As a smile ran away from his face
"______________________________________
If I could get out of this place"

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
_______________________________________
And he's talking with Davy, who's still in the Navy
______________________________________

______________________________________
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
______________________________________
But it's better than drinking alone

____________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the ____________________
And you've got us feeling alright

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
____________________________________
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
__________________________________

And the piano sounds like a carnival
______________________________________
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say "Man what are you doing here?"

________________________________________
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the ___________________________
And you've got us feeling alright

KEY

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YESTERDAY

My 1st year ESO students are learning the past of the verb to be. They are also going to learn how to form the past simple of regular verbs and some expressions to refer to past time, for example, YESTERDAY. We are going to learn the song Yesterday, by The Beatles, and later we will record ourselves singing it. Very soon... in this blog!!!!

EXERCISE (Verbs)

 

KEY:

Yesterday

all my troubles seemed so far away.

Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.

Oh, I believe in yesterday.


Suddenly

I’m not half the man I used to be.

There’s a shadow hanging over me.

Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Why she had to go?
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong.
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday

 love was such an easy game to play.

Now I need a place to hide away.

Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Why she had to go?
I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday

love was such an easy game to play

Now I need a place to hide away

Oh, I believe in yesterday...

Another karaoke version HERE.


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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Very famous song by Queen. Exercise HERE.

Vocabulary:

Score= Partitura, música

Mindless= Mecánico, sin motivo, sin sentido

Flake= Descascarillarse, desconcharse

Overkill= Exceso, exageración

Bill= Factura, carter, programa (teatral)

Lyrics and translation HERE.

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FAMELAB

FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.

FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 23 different countries from Hong Kong to South Africa, USA to Egypt. 

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"The Funeral" Band of Horses

"The Funeral" is the first single taken from Band of Horses’ debut album Everything All the Time, which was released on March 21, 2006. The song was released as a radio and video single in May 2006 in the US.

The story in the music video for "The Funeral" is open to interpretation. On the surface it tells the story of a man whose dog has died. The black dog may symbolise depression. Saddened by his loss, the man drowns his sorrows in alcohol. He then drives under the influence and the end of the video suggests he crashes head-on into a delivery truck. Based on the style of cars in the video and the elevated railroad, it may be set in the 1970s and possibly in Chicago, as one scene shows a sign for the Galway Bay Bar, an Irish pub located in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood.

EXERCISE HERE

KEY HERE

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"THE DEVIL IS ON THE ROOF" (MOONDOGS BLUES PARTY)

MOONDOGS BLUES PARTY - AN AMAZING GALICIAN BAND.

Click HERE to find out more about them.

On top, the clip The Devil is on the Roof, from their CD Thirty Roads.

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"WINE WORDS"

We live in Monterrei Valley (Ourense), an area where wine growing is one of the most important sources of economic wealth. Different activities (initiated by the team of teachers responsible for the school library) related to the "world of wine" have been carried out with several groups of students. My group 1st ESO B have drawn and read the fable The Fox and the Grapes, and learnt vocabulary related to wine, as you can see in the video above.

Thank you Cristina!!!!

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SUPERBRITÁNICO (THE FUNNIEST SPANISH-ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS)

Superbritánico on facebook.

(Thank you, Cristina!!!!)

Other hilarious translations (from Chinese into English) HERE.

(Thank you, Mª José!!!)

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1 ESO B - THE FOX AND THE GRAPES

Click HERE to go to our previous post on The Fox and the Grapes, a task we have already finished.

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Rosalía de Castro in Ireland

Children and teachers from St. Mary's School at Mullaghbawn (Northern Ireland) recite Goodbye Rivers, Goodbye Springs, by Rosalía de Castro

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"Lemon Tree" by 1 ESO B - IES Taboada Chivite

Thank you David Rguez. Rivada (piano) and thank you very much Javier Rguez (cameraman, editor) for your excellent (and hard) work.

Click HERE as well.

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