viernes, 12 de febrero de 2016

Thank You!

miércoles, 10 de febrero de 2016

Short Film `Inseparable´

Short film `Inseparable´starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Nathalie Press

Optional homework: anlyse this short film. Remember the 5 questions: who, when, where, what, why?

Include  your interpretation of the film and a reflection

Click on CC to get the subtitles - in English, of course ( I do not think you will need them but I know some people appreciate having them)

INSEPARABLE from Nick White on Vimeo.

martes, 9 de febrero de 2016

Super Bowl Commercials 2016

You can watch the Super Bowl with very different things in mind: sports, music, commercials....

And commercials is what I choose  (I haven´t seen so many I like this year, though); here are some from Super Bowl 2016:

1. Oscar winner Helen Mirren teaming up with Budweiser to tell people to avoid drunk driving in order to protect their lives and the lives of others

2. Viewers are shown signs of domestic abuse

3. Jeep commercials, the first one is called `Portraits´

Click on CC to get the subtitles on both: 


4. Axe: Find your magic: No must-have, must-be, fashion norms or body standards. The most attractive man you can be is yourself. So find what makes you, you. Then work on it.

Click here to see other commercials from Super Bowl 2016

lunes, 8 de febrero de 2016

What If Education Careers Were Covered Like Sports?

Bearing in mind that we hear about the money and social/media attention footballers get (playing soccer in Spain or football in the US), here´s some food for thought from a funny point of view: what if teachers were considered superstars? what if there were a `teacher of the year´award?  

Click on "CC" to get the subtitles because the audio is pretty fast


martes, 2 de febrero de 2016

Homage to David Bowie

This is a video of Commander Chris Hadfield singing a version of David Bowie´s song ""Space Oddity" from the International Space Station

Click on "CC" to get the subtitles in English


Do you think it is easy to play the guitar in a spaceship? Listen to Chris Hadfield talk about this:

And here is David Bowie´s original video:

lunes, 1 de febrero de 2016

If I Should...

This is the video of the song "If I Should Go Before You" by City and Colour (i.e., Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green). It is a sad song, in accordance with the weather these days

Notice the use of the construction "should + conditional"

miércoles, 27 de enero de 2016

Silent Letters in English

Click on "cc" to get the subtitles because the narrator speaks quite fast- you may need to pause the video as well to fully understand what he is saying.

domingo, 24 de enero de 2016

A Teacher´s Plea for A Snow Day

Listen to this teacher´s parody of Adele´s `Hello´. She is praying for a snow day to stay at home and take a break from school. 

Try to follow the lyrics and see how much you can understand; check your listening comprehension with the lyrics below

 `Snow´Lyrics by Mary Morris

Snow, It’s me
I know we just got out for Christmas
But I’m ready for some more time
To myself, you see
So if you could come or day or two
Or maybe 23

Oh Snow, Can you hear me
I’m inside my classroom
Dreaming how it used to be

When we were younger, and free
I’ve forgotten how the snow felt as it crunched beneath my feet

We need a snow day, tomorrow
Or at least a good delay

If it’s got to be so cold
The least that it could do is snow
If I have to keep my students inside
One more time, for recess, I’m gonna lose my mind 

I love it when I get the call
That I don’t have to work at all
I can stay in bed
Watch Netflix all day
I can even spend it in my PJs
If I want

Snow, Where are you? (Back in class room) 
It’s so typical of me to ask
If you can get a move on
With the weather, you see
The kids are getting antsy
And it’s rubbing off on me

It’s no secret
that the both of us
Are running out of time


Take it from the teacher’s side
You won’t hear me apologize
But checking my cell phone
Every chance that I get
I get ready, slowly
Cause I’m holding my breath

There is no sound that’s so sweet
As hearing salt trucks on the street
I can sleep in all day
Until I wake up
We need not lots of snow days
But no so much that we have to make them up

viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

Some More Tips on Writing

Ignore the facts about blogging on this infographic but read carefully the tips to improve your writing.

Click on the infographic for an enlargement

  10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

martes, 19 de enero de 2016

Renewable Energies

The Costa Rican government has set a goal for the country to become carbon neutral by 2021 using renewable energies 

Last year, when Costa Rica managed to achieve a clean energy milestone by using only renewable energy for the first 75 days of the year - a record for any country -  this video came out.

Check how much you understand about renewable energies and how much vocabulary you recognize; click on "CC" to get the subtitles, in case you need them -  they are not 100% correct but they will certainly help you understand.


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