domingo, 20 de abril de 2014

Graduation Speeches 2014. Day 1

Presenter: Patricia
Speaker 1: Ana
Speaker 2: Celeste

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martes, 15 de abril de 2014


This is a video dedicated to all the students at our school who have been to Sweden as exchange students and to those who are leaving for Stockholm soon.

Charlie Caper is a magician who makes a play on these words," the magic of Stockholm" - watch the video  and you will understand why; besides, you will learn a lot of facts and statistics about Stockholm and Sweden.


lunes, 14 de abril de 2014

To The Dance Lovers Out There

The video below, shot on the streets and rooftops in LA, is actually a commercial that advertises a brand name of jeans and cut-offs (definition from Urban Dictionary:"Cut offs" or "cut off jeans" are the names that are given to jeans that have been cut, usually D.I.Y, into shorts. They can be loose or they can be tight,and the length of the cut offs generally does not go past the knee. They can be worn by both guys and girls and typically are made from old pairs of jeans or jeans bought from a second hand clothing store.)

Could you describe one or two types of dances? It is not easy! This vocabulary may come in handy: float like, spin like, wobble like, step, walk 

These are the types of dances shown:

A - Arabesque, Morgan Quinn 
B - B-girl, Bgirl Terra 
C - Chicken Noodle Soup, Terence Dickson 
D - Death Drop, Nick Lanzisera 
E - East Coast Swing, Yani Marin, Nathan Kim 
F - Finger Tut, John P-Nut Hunt 
G - Grand Jeté, Julia Cinquemani 
H - Harlem Shake, Amanda Meade-Tatum 
I - Indian Bhangra, Reshma Gajjar 
J - Jump Style, Høps 
K - Krump, Jigsaw 
L - Liquid Dance, Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb 
M - Memphis Jookin, Lil Buck 
N - Northern Soul, Levanna McLean 
O - OMG, Anthony 'Lil' Bob' Cabaero 
P - Pole, Nicole 'The Pole' Williams 
Q - Questionable, Reid Shapiro 
R - Rumba, Junior and Emily Alabi 
S - Step, Soul Steps: Dionne Norton, Heather DeLeon, Maxine Lyle
T - Twerk, Twerk Team: Lady Luscious, Mizz Twerksum 
U - Ultimate, Shofu Tha Beatdown 
V - Vogue Hands, Javier Madrid of Legendary House of Ninja 
W - Whine, Colleen Craig 
X - X-press Yourself, Ryan Heffington 
Y - YMCA, Allison Chu at Next Models LA 
Z - TurF FeinZ: Byron Vincent Sanders Jr aka T7, Donald Brooks aka Torch, Eric Bossett aka Kidd Strobe, Gary Morgan aka Noh-justice, Leon M Williams aka Mann, Rayshawn Thompson aka Looney2smooth

jueves, 10 de abril de 2014

Linking words

I hope this video lesson  - together with our classwork - will improve your knowledge about the use of connectors

miércoles, 9 de abril de 2014

A Monologue About Yourself

Here´s one of the options for your oral exam for the third term: record a monologue about you; the video below, A Conversation With My 12-Year-Old Self,  may be useful to get some ideas.

You need to reflect on your life: your past, your present and your future:
  • Past: memories (focus on the positive ones) and moments that were a turning point - or just special for you-  in your biography
  • Present: your school life, your friends, hobbies, extracurricular activities
  • Future: expectations: what do you think your life will be like in 10 years´time? what are your plans for your future?
  • the video must be 4-7 minutes long
  • you must write the text (I will help you with grammar, vocabulary and expression) and make sure both pronunciation and intonation are OK. Thus, you may need/want  to use either a pronunciation tool or a text-to-speech tool (Voz Me is one of them but there are many others you may choose from the list in My Delicious Bookmarks
  • when you record the video, you may read the text but you will need to rehearse quite a few times before the recording, reading it in front of a mirror so that it will sound and look natural
  • send me the video when it is ready: dateline June 10th

martes, 8 de abril de 2014

Real Conditionals: Poem "If" by Rudyard Kiplin

Rudyard Kiplin´s poem "If" was written for his son aged 12. It is a very famous poem which you can read below (click here for a bigger view) while listening to it magnificently recited by the English actor Sir Michael Caine

And here is an excerpt of the poem read by tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Do you notice the difference in pronunciation, rhythm and intonation between  the three readings (the one above and the two below)? What suggestions would you give Nadal and Federer to improve their readings?

domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

Visual Vocabulary: Empathy & Sympathy

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She studies concepts such as shame, empathy, vulnerability, courage, shame… Hers is the voice in this  video, which explains the difference between sympathy and empathy.

If you are interested in watching and listening to Brené Brown´s TED Talks, click here.

viernes, 4 de abril de 2014

Start the Weekend With a Smile

This is said to be a real story: a waitress receives extraordinary tips, which, in fact, are part of a plan to thank her for her previous actions and help her have the "best shift* ever". Click here to read more about it

* shift= a person's scheduled period of work, esp. at a place of employment operating continuously during the day and night.

Do some speaking practice: tell this story aloud; include as many details as possible and remember to answer the 5 wh- questions: who? when? where? what? why?

What do you think about this story? Who do you think feels happier, the person who gives or the person who receives?

jueves, 3 de abril de 2014

Left- handers

Let´s learn a thing about left-handedness; common questions about left-handedness:

When you watch the following video, you will understand why it is hard to be a lefty - the world isn´t designed for lefties.

Ten curious facts about being a left-hander

lunes, 31 de marzo de 2014

Make and Do

When to use Do and Make is one of those things you will learn naturally if you  frequently read or listen to English but you will have to study the collocations with either one or the other, if you do not. These videos will help you to remember them, I hope

Video number 1 is an Expresso English video: it explains the general difference between Do and Make  and shows 60 collocations

Video number 2 is a video made by an English teacher called Vicki Hollett; she uses different expressions in a context to make them easy for you to remember. Click here to read the transcript:

Video number 3: common expressions with Do  and  Make. Click here to read the transcript

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