viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

"Not a Target"

This is a message from Doctors Without Borders

On May 3, 2016, the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution designed to stop future attacks against hospitals, patients and civilians in war zones. We have closely followed the drafting of this resolution, and now we need your help to make sure it will be as strong as possible. 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada has launched a social media act of solidarity to stand up for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, patients, medical staff and hospitals in conflicts.

A few months ago, after our hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was attacked and destroyed by the United States military, you helped Doctors Without Borders stand up for the protection of medical facilities by signing our petition calling for an independent investigation into the Kunduz bombing. We are hoping you'll join us in the next step in that campaign.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.

jueves, 28 de abril de 2016

To the Pencil Lovers Out There

How do you sharpen your pencils? I guess you get your pencil sharpener and that is it. Well, watch the video below: I bet you could not imagine one could explain the pencil-sharpening process in so much detail

  HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS from Pricefilms on Vimeo.

martes, 26 de abril de 2016

TED Talk: Khan Academy

Some days ago I talked to one of my groups of students about the Khan Academy and they had never heard of it. Well, this post will try to make up for that. 

Salman Kahn started posting math tutorials on YouTube to help his cousins; right now there are thousands on videos for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history...

The video below is a TED Talk  so you can choose the language of the subtitles.

lunes, 25 de abril de 2016

Daniel G.´s Choice: The Beatles´ "Across the Universe"

Daniel G. has chosen the song "Across the Universe" by The Beatles 

I have chosen  this song because I  listen to  it when I want to be happy and it makes me happy. It was also the first song that I listened to when I was  like six years old and I  hated  music because my friends  hated  music. The singer  was also the best singer in the world and for me his songs have been  the best songs in the world until now

The video below includes the lyrics in English and the translation in Spanish; the singer is Rufus Wainright


domingo, 24 de abril de 2016

Song ` Stories´ by Big Little Lions

Song `Stories´by Canadian duo Big Little Lions


sábado, 23 de abril de 2016

World Book Day 2016

Some thoughts for World Book Day:

jueves, 21 de abril de 2016

Graduation Speeches 2016. Day 2

Today we had six speakers; they were kind enough to start delivering their speeches at break so that some of their colleagues and friends could come and listen to them but did not `have to´cut classes to do so.

Waiting for the people to arrive and ... getting excited....

martes, 19 de abril de 2016

Raymond Murphy´s `Grammar in Use´

Quite a few of our students and plenty of teachers (English language teachers included) are familiar with Raymond Murphy and his series of grammar reference books called`Grammar in Use´; in fact, for many of students of English these books are `Grammar Bibles´. 

These books are meant for autonomous learning, that is why they are easy to use: they have simple grammar explanations on the pages on the left - focusing on standard English but escaping from `grammar words´- and practice activities on the pages on the right, and the key is at the end of the book. Raymond Murphy had been working as a teacher for a few years before he wrote the first of these books  so he had a clear idea of what students needed. 

The video below is an interview with him. The interview was recorded last year on the 30th anniversary of the book. The video will be good listening practice: you know the topic (he speaks about the kind of things we speak about in our lessons) and he speaks slowly and clearly .  if you need help, you can add subtitles. I am sure you will learn a couple of things from this interview: about the evolution of the language about the differences between British and American English, about the way people learn English...

Thanks to `The English Blog´for the idea.

lunes, 18 de abril de 2016

Graduation Speeches 2016. Day 1

Last Wednesday we could listen to the first group of speakers delivering their graduation speeches.

I want to thank them all for the nice time we had listening to them. It was a real pleasure to listen to their consistent speeches, to get to know them all a little better and to hear the affectionate presentations by their friends, Amaia, Erlinda and Alba.

Thank you all very much for one of the nicest lessons in the year!

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domingo, 17 de abril de 2016

Cultural Differences: Germany and the UK

There are several exchange programs going on in our school; one of them is with a school in Leipzig, Germany. I think watching this video may be interesting for the students who have taken part in it or are thinking about it to learn about cultural differences, stereotypes, what one nationality knows about the other...

The video is a BBC documentary film called `Make Me a German´ and it points out things like this:

The typical German is called Muller, the nation's most frequent surname, and lives in a 1970's apartment block... Sabina is the most used female name. Thomas Muller is the most common male name. Germans certainly get up very early, 20 minutes prior than the average Brit. With two preschool children the typical German wife would not go to work.

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