jueves, 23 de junio de 2016

Happy Holidays!

Yesterday was the last day of the current school year, we all need a break from school and a rest from work. We, teachers, still have quite a few things to do before we can enjoy our holidays but I guess the blog needs a break too. 

This is my short goodbye.

With my best wishes for a happy summer!!!

Where should you go on holidays?  Complete this quick quiz and find out your perfect holiday destination, according to your likes

Suggestions to keep busy in English in the summerIf you feel at a loss as to what you can do to improve your English in the summer, click here.

miércoles, 15 de junio de 2016

Barack Obama Slow Jams The News

Barack Obama and Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, slow jam the news.  

Click on the closed captions to get the `lyrics´; you will listen to and read about Obama´s legacy, his accomplishments and his thoughts on the 2016 election. 

I am sure you will understand most of the vocabulary they use - if you do not, look the words up in a dictionary, anything they mention in the video is current news.

By the way,  can you imagine the president of our government - or any European governments - recording a video like this?

lunes, 13 de junio de 2016


Americans use `gonna´( shorter for `going to ´) a lot. Practise its pronunciation with the help of the videos below

Click here to read the transcript of the second video. 

miércoles, 8 de junio de 2016


The video below is based on a true story - or so they say ( remember that you should always take the stories you find in the internet with a pinch of salt

Watch the video and tell the story to a classmate or a friend: include the answer to the 5 wh- questions: who?, when?, where?, what?, why?. Include the moral of the story

lunes, 6 de junio de 2016

The Importance of Eyes and Ears To Get a Message

Understanding a language is much more than knowing / learning grammar and vocabulary; the information that our eyes send to our brain can be really useful for communication.

The McGurk Effect demonstrates how we can “hear with our eyes.”

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the videos and the idea

martes, 31 de mayo de 2016

A Common Mistake: Double Negatives

Text reblogged from "Daily Writing Tips"

Two forms of double negative exist. One, referred to as two negatives resolving to a positive, is also known as litotes (LIE-tuh-tees), a rhetorical device in which emphasis is conveyed by understatement. For example, “I do not disagree,” a form of two negatives resolving to a positive, is an effective way to convey lukewarm concurrence.
“He is not unattractive,” likewise, is not the same as “He is attractive.” By using the double negative, the writer intends to damn with faint praise. The double negative carries the euphemistic connotation that the man in question is only merely pleasant looking rather than handsome.
The other form of double negative, known as two or more negatives resolving to a negative, is the one we associate with the grammarian’s admonition to avoid double negatives. Here are some examples of double negatives that are not considered specimens of proper English usage:
“I ain’t no fool.”
“She didn’t do nothing.”
“They ain’t going nowhere.”
“We don’t never go out.”
“You don’t have no money.”
Related examples employ a minimizing adverb instead of a negative:
“I can’t hardly tell.”
“He couldn’t barely see in that fog.”
But are these sentences grammatically challenged? Not really. They aren’t exemplars of Standard English, but they’re seldom unclear, and they are appropriate in context, to authentically convey the substandard usage of uneducated speakers of English.

Double negatives are quite common in songs; one of the most famous is the one in this song Pink Floyd´s "Another Brick In The Wall" from the rock opera The Wall

"Another Brick on the Wall" subtitled in Spanish: 

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

Modals in Songs

Taylor Swift´s "You Should Have Said No" - click here to watch the official music video

miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

Listening Activity

Listening activity: 

Watch this video and tell me the story of this Magellanic penguin and a Brazilian man (who? when? where? what? why?) - include the reaction of the penguin when other animals are close to Joel Pereira de Sousa.

Useful vocabulary:
  • retired
  • bricklayer
  • shanty
  • nickname
  • soak (soaked in oil) 
  • shady
  • tropical beach


sábado, 21 de mayo de 2016

Farewell to 2nd Bac Students

One more farewell to senior students...

Dear students, I am really sorry that, for one reason or another, we could not have a proper farewell chat but I want to you to know wish the very best for the future:

Farewell to 2nd BAC Students by Solidly Slideshow

martes, 17 de mayo de 2016

Suffix -ful

Video from the blog "Puro inglés"

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