lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

The War in Syria, Lest We Forget

What is happening in Syria? 

`Searching For Syria´ is a webpage partnered by Google and UNHCR that explores the most common search queries that people around the world are asking about Syria; based on UNHRC verified data, the webpage tries to ensure that people will understand better the war and the events of the last six years there.


jueves, 15 de junio de 2017

Australian English & British English

Actress Naomi Watts  was born in England but she has lived in Australia for a long time; in fact, she thinks of herself as an Aussie. Sometimes people ask her where she is from because they cannot tell from her accent. In this video she teaches some Aussie and British slang.

Can you notice the difference in her accent when she speaks Australian English? 

viernes, 9 de junio de 2017


This is a photo of an ad on the NY subway. What is its purpose, in your view?

`Manspreading´: if you have not heard or seen this word before, what do you think it means? Focus on the word, is it a compound word? do you know all the words included in it? are there any suffixes? Once you have done that, try and define it.

`Manspreading´is all about body language. Since it includes the word `man´, do you think women do that too?

 Watch the video below and form your own opinion about this issue:

lunes, 5 de junio de 2017

Modal Practice

jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

Punctuation: The Comma

miércoles, 31 de mayo de 2017

Suffixes -able / -ible: Uses and Pronunciation

Suffixes -able and -ible have the same meaning, "something can be done"; although there is not a rule that is 100% sure as to their use, if the base word is not altered in any way, then add -able.

martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

Causative Verbs

We usually explain the causative construction with have ( causative `have´) but there are other verbs which can be used with a similar construction. Watch the video below to learn about this; choose the subtitles in English to make sure you understand the grammar explanations.

Once you have watched the video, do this quiz to check your understanding.


lunes, 29 de mayo de 2017

Collocations With `Make´And `Do´

Further study of collocations with `do´and `make´

Collocations with `do´, `make´ and many others:

miércoles, 24 de mayo de 2017

Song:Jason Isbells´s "24 Frames"

The song `24 Frames´, by American singer-songwriter Jason Isbell,  won the Song Of The Year Award at the 2016 Americana Music Honors and Awards 

martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

Dress Code At Schools

Optional homework assignment:  you can do either Part 1 or Part 2 or both.

Part 1: 

Should there be a dress code at your school? Give 2 arguments in favour and  2 arguments against it (click here if you want to read pros and cons about dress codes at school and get some ideas) 

Part 2: 

Dr. Catherine Perlman´s daughter was reprimanded at her school for wearing shorts that `did´t come all the way down to her fingertips.´

The mum wrote this letter to the principal

Dear Middle School Principal: 
Thank you for sending a note home for the second day in a row to say my daughter was dressed inappropriately for school. I’d like to offer an additional thank you for forcing her to change into large mesh shorts that have been worn by only god knows who and potentially never washed. 
To reward you for treating my daughter with such concern, I am cordially inviting you to take my daughter shopping. 
Here are the specifications you have to work with. I wish you loads of luck. 
She is 5’7” and 13 years old. Built more like her father, she has exceptionally long legs and arms. 
She doesn’t like anything pink or purple or frilly. 
She won’t wear pants because she gets overheated easily. Trust me I’ve seen this. It will cause a scene in the school yard. 
She absolutely will not wear a dress either. 
No item of clothing can have a logo visible because to her that’s not cool. She will however, wear any type of superhero, Green Day or USFL T-shirt if you can find them. You might be able to try for an occasional Beatles reference but that’s touch and go. 
Now, don’t forget that you will have to find something in the stores that also meets with your dress code requirements. Here are the tricky areas that are most difficult to avoid. As per your policy she cannot wear tank tops. Shorts and skirts must not extend to the end of the fingertips (This is a toughie.) 
So, if I were you (and I’m glad I’m not) I’d focus on the shorts first. She has very long fingers which seems to make finding shorts that won’t get her sent to the principal’s office impossible (On the bright side the piano teacher says those fingers are an asset.). I’d schedule a few afternoons and weekends for this endeavor. I can tell you from experience that just heading to the mall, Target and the outlets won’t cut it. Not much for her there. I’ve already checked. 
One last point: please try to stay within a reasonable budget. We can’t spend a fortune on her wardrobe. She is still growing after all. I thank you endlessly for taking on this chore. What a relief for me. 
Sick Of The Dress Code Mom 
P.S. I forgot to thank you for making it clear to my daughter that her body is somehow a distraction, either to herself or to the boys. I thought she might have missed the message earlier in the year when the gym teacher told her she couldn’t wear yoga pants because the boys aren’t able to control themselves. I appreciate how hard you are working to drive the point home.

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