lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

Song,The Black Eyed Peas´ "Where Is The Love?"


A different version of a song most of you know, The Black Eyed Peas´"Where Is The Love?": the same questions in the song illustrated by photos of conflicts of  this crazy world we live in.... sad...






viernes, 23 de septiembre de 2016

Countable / Uncountable Nouns


Here is an audio lesson about countable and uncountable nouns for those students who have problems with this ( advice, news...seem to be difficult for some)


For a list of uncountable nouns, click here


martes, 20 de septiembre de 2016

Banned Books


Dear 2º BAC students, watch this video about "Banned Books Week"and check how many banned books you have read or heard about



Banned Books Week takes place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 this year.


lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2016

Back to School




With my best wishes for a very good school year!!!!

Let´s go back to school with a positive attitude - hard as it might be for some of us...

Here´s  Louis Armstrong´s song "What a Wonderful World!"reminding us of the wonderful world we live in.



Enjoy the lyrics of `What a Wonderful World!¨read by David Attenborough in the video below: 

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world




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

"Gonna"




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

Storytelling


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: 



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