lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

November 25th, Day Against Violence Against Women

The following video is called "Finding Your Voice Against Sexual Violence"; it is a TED Talk by Meera Vijayann, a journalist who works for social change and empowerment through the use of citizen journalism platforms. In 2013, Meera won the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist Award for her reporting in the aftermath of the Dehli rape case

Click on the CC to get the subtitles in English; what about Meera´s accent, is it easy for you to understand her Indian accent? 

The following is a powerful video against sexual slavery during sporting events; the video is part of the campaign of END IT Movement against all sorts of slavery (read about it here ) 

domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2014

National Geographic Contest: Caption This Photo

This is a contest from the National Geographic webpage; here is what you have to do: have a look at the photo below and write a caption for it. These are the instructions:

What's going on in this chimpanzee gathering?

This chimp family is having quite a grooming session. Does the matriarch have some advice for the youngsters? Are the kids even paying attention?

How would you caption this photo?

There are no limits to what direction your caption can take. Take a wholly original approach and you just might be our winner.

Deadline for all entries is midnight, Sunday, November 30

Click here to be linked to the webpage, where you will have to write the caption

viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2014


Dear 1st BAC students,

We have been talking about gossip lately  since that is the topic of the third unit in our course book, so here is a video about the topic: gossip and its place in modern pop culture.

The title of this TED Talk is "The Sociology of Gossip". 

Remember to click on "CC" to get the subtitles in English, in case you need them to understand Canadian Elaine Lui´s accent better (mind you, the subtitles here are automatic so there are quite a few mistakes but, all in all, they will make it easier for you to follow the talk)


martes, 18 de noviembre de 2014

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is in the air… 

Actress and singer Kristen Bell and a cappella group Straight No Chaser have just released the Christmas song "Text Me Merry Christmas". It is a catchy song which will surely become a hit this season so, you´d better start learning the lyrics 

domingo, 16 de noviembre de 2014

What´s the Strangest Thing You Have Ever Eaten?

Listen to some National Geographic explorers answer this question:

What about you, what is the strangest thing YOU have ever eaten? Click here: you will be linked to the National Geographic page where you can write a comment about your weirdest food experience. Make it 50 words long (minimum), then send me either the comment or the link so that I can check it and note it down as part of your school homework

viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014

A Thought for the Weekend

Here is something for you to reflect upon: have you ever thought about the thousands of identical photos that exist? You take a photo of something amazing and there will be lots of them just like yours, as if photos were mass-produced...

Video for listening, reading practice: watch the video without subtitles first, then watch it a second time but click on "CC" (closed captions) - they seem to be man-made so they are OK

Read about the origin of this video by The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

This idea came to me in Turkey. I was on a tour of this ancient underground city in Cappadocia, and after taking a few poorly lit photos of the haunting chambers, I decided I could skip the snapshots and just buy a book of postcards later. What's the difference whether I took them, if the subject was the same? So then, a photo is basically like an IKEA product, a kind of prefabricated piece of art that you happened to have assembled yourself. But then I thought...suppose my camera fell into the ocean on the way home. How many photos from this trip could I replace with one of a thousand identical others I found online? I mean, is there any point in anyone taking another picture of the moon, or the Taj Mahal, or a sparrow? Really, the only irreplaceable photos would be of the faces of people I know—which means, for all their indulgences, selfies are at least pointed in the right direction.


Any thoughts or comments you would like to share about the video or the ideas mentioned there? 

martes, 11 de noviembre de 2014

Pronunciation of -ed

One more video lesson: watch the video and repeat after the teacher for practice (remember to imitate and exaggerate as you do so)


/Id /infinitives that end in the sounds
/t/ or /d/
/ d /
infinitives that end in a voiced sound
/ t /
infinitves that end in an unvoiced sound 

Click here for extra practice on the pronunciation of -ed 

lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2014

Reported Speech

JC´s reported speech cheat sheet

Can you change the following sentence into direct speech? Can you explain the message? (clues: Lincoln - die - theatre play)

sábado, 8 de noviembre de 2014

"Impossible Is Nothing" Slogan

Watch this motivational video inspired by Adidas´slogan, "Impossible Is Nothing"


domingo, 2 de noviembre de 2014

And Yet Some More Commercials

1: Thai Good Stories

2: Princess Machine

3. Basketball commercial: click here

4. Indie coaching

5. I´d Like to Give the World a Coke (click on the subtitles)

6. "Bucket List"

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