lunes, 16 de octubre de 2017

Internet Language




Cyber crime words explained:

Ransomware: This is malicious software used to block access to a computer until the user agrees to pay a ransom. 

Malware: A combination of malicious and software, this is the generic term for programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers.
Virus: Code or a malicious program that infects other programs or files on your computer and is designed to spread from host to host.
Trojan Horse: A malicious program that is designed to look like a bona fide program. Once installed it can be used to alter information, steal passwords or destroy files.

Spyware: This is software that is created to collect information about a user’s computer use without the knowledge of the person being targeted.
Dark net: The normal internet is the open web, while information accessible through the open web but sitting behind a password-protected interface is the deep web. You need a special browser to access the dark net or dark web, which allows you to surf anonymously and is said to be a haven for criminals.











miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

Nobel Prize For Literature 2017


I guess you all know that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017.

The film below is a British dystopian science fiction, "Never Let Me Go", based on one of his novels. The story takes place in the late 20th century: human beings are cloned and bred for the purposes of harvesting their organs once they reach adulthood.





martes, 10 de octubre de 2017

Improve Your Vocabulary


Next time you write an essay, improve your vocabulary using synonyms from this infographic.

  28 Boring Words and What to Use Instead Infographic
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The synonyms below may also be useful:






viernes, 6 de octubre de 2017

English Pronunciation: Phonetic Alphabet


Practice with the BBC: pronunciation and phonetic symbols: watch the video below and repeat the pronunciation of both individual sounds and words after the speaker. 

The video is very long but you can split it and watch it at different times. 


jueves, 5 de octubre de 2017

martes, 3 de octubre de 2017

A Stunt: Tea For Trump


Dear 2nd BAC students, 

here is a good example of a pubilicity stunt. 



This is the way the company presented the commercial:

A US presidential candidate.
An Indian tea company.
One epic stunt.
In the summer of 2016, Indian tea brand Te-a-me tried to deliver an “intervention” to Trump at Trump Tower here in New York City: a four-year supply of its green tea. The spokeswoman in the fake video within the video reminds Trump that green tea is “proven to make people smarter” and that “it’s never to late to cleanse yourself.” But as you can see, there’s no proof the tea was actually delivered because it wasn’t. Still, the video has over a million views, so maybe it sold some product? Agency: Fisheye, Bangalore.


domingo, 1 de octubre de 2017

Song Of The Weekend: Darrelle London´s `Understand´


Song `Understand´by Darrelle London, a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada.



martes, 26 de septiembre de 2017

Types Of Teachers


How would you describe your teachers this year? Do they fit into any of the following categories.

Optional Homework:

Tell me about a teacher you had in the past who fits into one of the descriptions below. Describe him/her and give examples of the way he/she acted that show she/he really belongs in one or two of these categories (60-100 words)

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17 Types of Teachers Everyone Knows Infographic
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lunes, 25 de septiembre de 2017

miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

Elements of a Story


Dear students,

this post is related to `literacy´

Literacy = a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words ( i.e., read and write), and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

We have been talking about the novel you will read in the first term. The video below explains (hip-hop style) the 5 elements of a story: setting, plot, characters, theme, and conflict. Understanding what these five words mean in relation to a story will help you analyze any kind of novel or short story you will read in the future.

Both videos below are the same but the first one has the subtitles on and the second does not - so you may watch the video and do a listening activity trying to understand its message or you may listen to it and read along - the lyrics are below the video.






Setting, that's like where it's going down,
Could be the train compartment, a castle or a town,
Could be the Arctic winter - like To Build a Fire,
The temperature's dropping, excitement is getting higher,
Setting sets the scene so the scene seems set,
Could be the Italian restaurant where we met,
Setting gives us the where and the when,
Could be modern day, the future, or way back when.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Plot is the action, the quest for satisfaction,
What's going down, what's going to happen.
Four men at sea in an open boat,
Rowing and hoping that they can stay afloat. The plot:
They have to make it to the beach,
But the waves are big, and the shore seems out of reach,
Plot is a series of events... like Lemoney Snicket,
It could be crazy, wild or straight wicked.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Knock knock, who's there? Oh, it's the characters,
The people in the story who carry out the action.
Characters can be pretty, tiny or clean,
Characters can be silly, whiney or mean,
Juliet is a character, and so is Romeo,
Pokemon has characters and so does Yu-gi-oh,
Characters could be dogs, lions, or hippos,
JK Rowling chose Harry Potter. "Why?" Who knows!

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Uh-uh! Put your snack back in your backpack we're not finished!
Something gone wrong! That's the conflict kids,
A struggle in the plot, now who's on top,
Could be a fight for money, like some robbers and cops,
Could be an internal conflict - a struggle inside,
Like I don't want to tell the truth but I don't ever want to lie,
Flick something in your eye, now you're conflicted,
What created drama? The conflict did.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

The theme of the story is the main idea,
The central belief or the topic that's in there,
It's usually something abstract like sacrifice,
Isolation or resurrection: we're back to life,
Like don't lie, don't practice libel,
The theme of To Build a Fire is survival,
Survival on your own like Fievel Moskowitz,
Flocabulary's something that you HAVE TO GET...

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Thanks to Flocabulary for the video!


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