martes, 30 de septiembre de 2014

Vocabulary: High vs. Tall


Do you know the difference between "high" and "tall"? Do you know when to use one or the other?. Watch the video below, I am sure you will learn something.

If you want or need the subtitles, click here - you will be linked to Vicky Hollet´s "Simple English Videos"






sábado, 27 de septiembre de 2014

Series Online: "Bill and Sons Towing"



To the series fans out there. Here is a good chance to practise your listening and reading while learning some vocabulary




Bill and Sons Towing is a Canadian web series about a tow truck company: the owner turns the business over to his four thirty-something sons, but they have different opinions about how to run the business

Links to season 1 and 2: click here

Click on the captions to get the subtitles - in English!


miércoles, 24 de septiembre de 2014

Emma Watson´s Speech at the UN Headquarters

I was sent the link to this speech anonymously as a comment to my post "A Motivational Speaker". Thank you for the link! This is a speech on gender (in)equality not to be missed.

UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson (the Harry Potter girl, as she describes herself), delivers her speech for "He For She" Special Event at the UN Headquarters on September 20, 2014.

HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality - click on the link to learn more about it 



Here´s the transcript of Emma Watson´s speech (excellent listening and reading practice!)

Today we are launching a campaign called “HeForShe.”
I am reaching out to you because I need your help. We want to end gender inequality—and to do that we need everyone to be involved.
This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible.
I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.
When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press.
When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”
When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.
I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.
Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.
Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?
I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.
No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.
These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are. And we need more of those.  And if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have been afforded the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.
In 1997, Hilary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly many of the things she wanted to change are still a reality today.
But what stood out for me the most was that only 30 per cent of her audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?
Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.
Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s.
I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less “macho”—in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49; eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.  
We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.
If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are—we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. 
I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.
You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.
And having seen what I’ve seen—and given the chance—I feel it is my duty to say something. English statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.”
In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly—if not me, who, if not now, when. If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope those words might be helpful.
Because the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls will be able to receive a secondary education.
If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists I spoke of earlier.
And for this I applaud you.
We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, To be the he for she. And to ask yourself if not me, who, if not now when.
Thank you.

martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014

The Autumn / Fall


Yesterday was the first day of fall / autumn. Soon the countryside will be covered in yellow, brown, red… Do you know why leaves change color? Watch this video and find out; if you are a Chemistry student, you may understand the names as soon as you see them, pay attention to the pronunciation - even though most of the words come from Latin, they are pronounced differently in English and in Spanish. You may click on the subtitles to try and fully understand it but remember there will probably be mistakes, as it usually happens with automatic subtitles.

This video is one of the series called "Reactions. Everyday Chemistry" - click and have a look, lots of interesting stuff!




lunes, 22 de septiembre de 2014

A Motivational Speaker


Here´s a really inspiring interview; TWC News Austin reporter Lauren Mickler interviews East View High School Football player Apollos Hester after the triumph over Vandegrift by one point.

Apollos Hester talked to the interviewer as a real inspirational speaker; here are some quotes from his speech (some food for thought in here…)


we started slow, but that´s ok because sometimes in life you´re gonna start slow but we are gonna finish fast

attitude, that´s all it takes to be successful, an attitude

it´s gonna be tough but do it for one another, do it for each other, do it for yourself, do it for us

it´s an awesome feeling when you truly believe that you are going to be successful regardless of the situation… because you are putting all the effort. all the time, all the hard work  and you know it´s going to pay off, even if we lose

when we lose, we are going to keep smiling

you can do anything you put your minds in 

never give up on your dreams

keep smiling

if you fall down and you can't get up, everybody will be there to help you get up



Wow!

domingo, 21 de septiembre de 2014

Song of the Week, "Best Day Of My Life"


"The Best Day Of My Life" by American Authors. Here is the video with lyrics for you to sing along:



This is the original video:



Click here  if you need a translation of the song

jueves, 18 de septiembre de 2014

How much do you know about Scotland?

Today, September 18th 2014, the Scots are voting whether to leave the United Kingdom or not - click here to learn about the countries included in the UK.

Click here to read about the convenience of independence for Scotland: 10 reasons for Yes and 10 reasons for No 

How much do you know about Scotland? Do this quiz



A group of British and Scottish artists have erected a fake passport control checkpoint on the border of Scotland and England… just for fun.






miércoles, 17 de septiembre de 2014

2º BAC. School Year 2014-15. Exams 1st. Term


Group : 2ºA 

EXAMS / COMPULSORY READING:


October

November
December

UEE (= University Entrance Exam)

Wednesday 22nd




Wednesday 3rd

Grammar and Vocabulary Exam


Wednesday 12th



Compulsory Reading:
Novel Speak


1st. Marking Period: 

Revision in class: 
Thursday 16th

2nd Marking Period:

Revision in class: 
Thursday 14th


EXAM (1st & 2nd Marking Periods): Wednesday 19th



Listening



Wednesday 12th


Speaking Exam

Starting  Friday 5th
(optional before)





Group: 2º D


October

November
December

UEE (= University Entrance Exam)

Wednesday 22nd




Wednesday 3rd

Grammar and Vocabulary Exam


Wednesday 12th



Compulsory Reading:
Novel Speak


1st. Marking Period:  

Revision in class: Friday 17th

2nd Marking Period:

Revision in class: Friday 14th


EXAM (1st & 2nd Marking Periods): Wednesday 19th



Listening



Wednesday 26th


Speaking Exam

Starting  Friday 5th
(optional before)





Group : 2º F

EXAMS / COMPULSORY READING:


October

November
December

UEE (= University Entrance Exam)

Thursday 23rd




Thursday 4th

Grammar and Vocabulary Exam


Thursday 27th



Compulsory Reading:
Novel Speak


1st. Marking Period: 

Revision in class: Friday 17th

2nd Marking Period:

Revision in class: Friday 14th


EXAM (1st & 2nd Marking Periods): Thursday 20th



Listening



Thursday 13th


Speaking Exam



Starting  Friday 5th
(optional before)






1º BAC. School Year 2014-15. 1st. Term

1º BAC SCHOOL YEAR 2014-15. FIRST TERM       
                                                                                               
Groups : 1ºD & 1º F

EXAMS / COMPULSORY READING:


October

November
December
Compulsory Reading:
Dancing With Strangers.
Stories: “Ekaterina” & “Breaking Loose”


Friday 10t:h Revision in class

Tuesday 14th: Exam




Compulsory Reading:
Dancing With Strangers
Stories: “Remember Atita” &
“A Gathering of Bald Men”



Friday 7th: Revision in class

Tuesday 11th: Exam

Writing Ex (= Essay) &

Listening Ex




Tuesday 18th

Reading Comprehension (Text) &

Verbs Ex




Tuesday 25th


Grammar & Vocabulary Ex.





Tuesday 2nd

Speaking Ex


Starting  Monday 10th
(optional befote)



martes, 16 de septiembre de 2014

Back to School! School Year 2014-15





Here we are again and what does society expect from teachers? Miracle workers!!!!








Dear students, here´s something for you to think about on the first day of this school year; watch the following video about self-directing learning at a public high school in a small town in the US, Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (click on the captions to get the subtitles in English -in case you need them) 

This is how they explain what the project is like: 

A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn.

Would you like to learn more about this project? Click here





While our education authorities consider any kind of independent education in Spain, let´s try and do our best with what we have. There is some very good advice in the following set of rules, check the last paragraph, for instance:



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