martes, 4 de marzo de 2014
domingo, 2 de marzo de 2014
Here´s to all movie geeks out there…
Here are some videos and lots of links to celebrate the night of the Oscars.
The first video is called "10 Little-Known Facts About The Oscars".
The next video is a funny parody of the 2014 Best Film Nominees reenacted by kids; the films you can see in the video are the following: Captain Phillips, Her , American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena
Click here to watch a list of videos of people giving their acceptance speeches - it´s an article from Vice Magazine, called "Our Favourite Videos of People Emabarrassing Themselves at the Oscars"
viernes, 28 de febrero de 2014
Here´s a video from Luiz Otavio Barro´s blog to help you remember the grammar construction: be used to + -ing. There is no sound at the beginning of the video, just read and think about the questions the video asks.
Food for thought: International Women´s Day, March 8th, is coming and there´s a lot to say about it, considering the message behind this video
In the video before, the actions performed by the husband are introduced by "would". Watch the next video for an explanation of the difference between "used to" and "would"
martes, 25 de febrero de 2014
For the record, a long documentary about the school system in Finland: The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World´s Most Surprising School System
What surprised you most? What do you "envy" the most? What do you disagree with?
If you would like to read some reviews of the documentary and its content, click here
sábado, 22 de febrero de 2014
Children in Syria are cold, give them a warm jacket: this is the slogan of a social experiment set up by SOS Mayday, an action network which wants to raise awareness about the thousands of children suffering in Syria and to raise funds for SOS Children´s Villages, as part of their winter campaign.
The experiment involved an 11-year-old boy who told people that his jacket had been stolen while sitting at a bus stop in Oslo, Norway. Watch the video to see how people reacted.
What would you do? Do you think it is an effective campaign? Why (not)?
viernes, 21 de febrero de 2014
Watch this video, "I Am A Ukranian," about the protests in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Why are people protesting? Read about it here - for the record, Maidan is the central square of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine
To read more about the protesters, click here
Grammar tip: why do we say "a Ukranian" instead of "an Ukranian"? Read an explanation here.
jueves, 20 de febrero de 2014
Read these food terms; they are all names of foreign origin but used in English. Do you know what they are? how do you pronounce them?
- hors d´oeuvre
- pommes frites
- phyllo dough
- petit four
- foie gras
domingo, 16 de febrero de 2014
Dear 2nd BAC students, do you remember the meaning of "eviction"? I bet you do, but just in case...
Now tell me the story behind this photo.
viernes, 14 de febrero de 2014
martes, 11 de febrero de 2014
Where can you find inspiration for a song?
About a month ago, we "sang" (sort of…) Lorde´s song Royals; today I would like to share with you the story behind that song - as it has been published in National Geographic News.
According to the magazine, Lorde wrote the song after seeing a National Geographic photo of Kansas City Royals player George Brett. This photo appeared in a July 1976 article about Kansas City. (Click here to read the entire piece of news).
And this is Lorde´s explanation:
"I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said 'Royals.'"
In the video below you can hear Lorde herself telling us about the first line she wrote for the song
Could you understand Lorde´s words? Here they are, just in case:
"One thing about words that people may not know is … Oh, gosh!I think the first line I wrote from that song was, ‘We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,’ which was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young.”