Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Christmas Glitter Pictures
- The history of Christmas
- Christmas Vocabulary
- The Elves Save the Day (listening/reading)
- Santa's Personalized Stories
- Santa's Computer Travels
- Christmas Games
- Christmas Carols
- ESL Christmas Activities
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who believes that Christmas is just an excuse for people to miss work and for idle people to expect handouts. He doesn't believe in all of the good cheer and charity that the season promotes and wants everybody to know it.
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business associate, Jacob Marley -- a man who was as greedy and cold as Scrooge is. Marley warns Scrooge that if he continues to live so selfishly, he will spend eternity wearing the chains that his greed has built.
Three ghosts visit Scrooge successively: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. They show Scrooge his error in valuing money over people. Scrooge is frightened by the bleak picture of his life and promises to change his ways.
Scrooge awakes on Christmas morning a new man. He becomes jolly and charitable, and truly turns into the man he promised the ghosts he would become. He carries the spirit of Christmas with him all the year round.
You can read touching novella if you click on this link.
Jim Carreys A Christmas Carol Official Trailer:
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
On the occasion of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, our school has organized a series of activities intended to make students aware of the necessity of coping with this problem from an early age. Our intention is to make them react against any kind of violence.
I Got Flowers Today
I got flowers today.
It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night,
And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me.
I know he is sorry and didn't mean the things he said.
Because he sent me flowers today.
It wasn't our anniversary any other special day.
Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare.
I couldn't believe it was real.
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today,
and it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day.
Last night, he beat me up again.
And it was much worse than all the other times.
If I leave him, what will I do?
How will I take care of my kids?
What about money?
I'm afraid of him and scared to leave.
But I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today.
Today was a very special day.
It was the day of my funeral.
Last night, he finally killed me.
He beat me to death.
If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him,
I would not have gotten flowers...today.
By Paulette Kelly
Sunday, 22 November 2009
With its 3 levels and all new questions, Next Stop London is back and even more thrilling than last year. Face the challenge now and try your hand at the questions about language, history and culture. Naturally, the prizes for Next Stop London 2010 are awesome – the winning class gets a trip to London for the whole class and the runners-up will win cool language tuition classes.
My students have to register in the following links:
Saturday, 14 November 2009
I am sure that most of the followers have already read Stephenie Meyer's New Moon, but although they know what happens in the film, they are looking forward to watching the film. The following counter tells you the remaining time for the official release date, November 20.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
As author Malcolm Gladwell has stated, "Sesame Street was built around a single, breakthrough insight: that if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them". Sesame Street uses a combination of animation, puppets, and live actors to stimulate young children's minds, improve their letter and word recognition, basic arithmetic, geometric forms, classification, simple problem solving, and socialization by showing children or people in their everyday lives.
Apart from the previously listed, further instructional goals have been basic life skills, such as how to cross the street safely, proper hygiene, healthy eating habits, and social skills; in addition, real-world situations are taught, such as death, divorce, pregnancy and birth, adoption, and even all of the human emotions such as happiness, love, anger, fear, sadness, and hatred.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
- Grammar: The London Dungeon
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Physiology or Medicine:
- Elinor Ostrom "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons" and Oliver E. Williamson "for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm".
The website "Nobelprize.org" offers a wide variety of educational games based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements. These games will teach and inspire you while you are having fun! If you want to play, click on this link.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
I hope you've had a wonderful summer and you've recharged your batteries to start working again.
Today I want to tell you how to make Shepherd's Pie, one of the most traditional British dishes. Also known as Cottage Pie, it consists of a meat pie with a crust made from smashed potato and beef.
How To Make Shepherd's Pie
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the first known information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East. In early medieval Europe, the Perseids came to be known as the "tears of St. Lawrence."
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Records and achievements of Michael Jackson.
List of awards received by Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson's album discography:
Got to Be There (1972)
Music & Me (1973)
Forever, Michael (1975)
Off the Wall (1979)
The following video is probably regarded as the best video in music history.
"Michael Jackson's Thriller" is a 14-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jackson. The mini-film music video was broadcast on MTV three weeks before Christmas 1983. It was the most expensive video of its time, costing US$500,000, and Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the "most successful music video", selling over 9 million units. (Source: Wikipedia). For more information on "Thriller", click here.
"Thriller", parts 1 and 2:
Sunday, 21 June 2009
We're going to Paris tomorrow on an end-of-year school trip and I would like you to do an activity concerning vocabulary related to tourism. You will need to use your English, so, why don't you practise by doing this activity?
Thursday, 4 June 2009
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The following video shows how to make the delicious Spanish Tortilla. Follow the instructions and try and make one, you'll like it!
Breakfast: How To Make Spanish Tortilla
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
(Source: Eurovision Official Site)
Friday, 15 May 2009
This is the list of countries that qualified in the order they were announced during the Second Semi-final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest:
This video shows the official recap of all 19 songs competing at the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, in Moscow, Russia!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
This means that 15 out of 25 participants of the Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest are known. The remaining 10 finalists will be known after the Second Semi-Final, which will take place on May 14th at 21:00 CET!
Which is your favourite song to win the contest? Write and tell us!!! This is one of my favourite songs: Iceland's Is it true?
Sunday, 3 May 2009
The first Semi-Final will take place on Tuesday, 12th of May, 21:00 CET.
18 countries will be represented in the first Semi-Final; Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
The second Semi-Final will be held on Thursday, 14th of May, 21:00 CET.
19 countries will be represented in the second Semi-Final; Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The Final is scheduled for Saturday, 16th of May, 21:00 CET.
Artists from 25 of the 42 represented countries will compete in the Final of the 2009Eurovision Song Contest. From each Semi-Final, 10 countries will qualify. France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Russia are automatically qualified to take part in the Final.
The Spanish participant is Soraya, this is her song:
In the following preview video player, you can watch and listen to all the songs taking part in the contest:
Eurovision Song Contest - Moscow 2009 Preview Player
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
What would the planet look like if we reduced the entire population of Earth into a small community of 100 people, while maintaining the same proportions we have today?
Look at this video, think about it and leave a comment if you want to.
These percentages may vary since they are only statistics and they can change after a few months or years, but anyway, the video is shocking.
Appreciate what you have ...
and do your best for a better world
Monday, 20 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
If you click on this link, you'll find a very useful classification of verbs requiring gerunds, infinitives or both: Pearson-Longman.
Once you've read it through, you can practise here.
Infinitive / Gerund:
Infinitive or Gerund • Exercise 2 Level: lower intermediate
Infinitive or Gerund • Exercise 2 Level: intermediate
Infinitive or Gerund • Exercise 2 • Exercise 3 Level: upper intermediate
Infinitive and/or Ing-Form Level: upper intermediate
Tests on Infinitive and Gerund:
Level 1 • Level 2 • Level 3 • Level 4
For more information and activities, click on this link: EnglishClub.com
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
I have left a message for you here:
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
AS can be:
- a preposition meaning in the capacity of / in the function of like in the sentence:
She works as a teacher.
- but it is usually a conjunction of manner and goes therefore followed by a verb form, for example:
When in Rome do as Romans do.
- It also appears in comparative structures:
Peter is as tall as a my brother.
- In the group such as it means like:
There are different ways of travelling such as (=like) walking, flying or driving.
Is a preposition and goes therefore followed by a noun. It expresses similarity:
She feels like a rolling stone (=in the same way as)
It was like a dream (=similar to)
Like is a preposition and is therefore followed by pronouns in the object form.
They said they didn't want people like me in that group.
It can also be followed by a verb, in the -ing form
There's nothing like fishing from a boat.
In fact, when we want to ask about the description of something we use:
WHAT IS something LIKE ? which is quite different from
HOW is something /someone ? where we become interested in personal state, etc.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Women use 20,000 words a day while men only use 7,000
Women do two-thirds of the world's work but receive only 10% of the world's income
Friday, 6 March 2009
My students' behaviour was very good and I want to congratulate them. If we have the chance, we will repeat the trip next year.
The solutions to the Gymkhana are the following:
8. Hindu Temple.
10. John Galiano.
11. King’s Chapel.
12. La Línea de la Concepción.
19. Saint Michael.
22. Victoria Stadium.
23. Winston Churchill Avenue.
24. Phone box.
How many answers did you get right? Which was the most difficult question for you? Did you practise your English while doing the Gymkhana? I hope so.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Some questions are very easy but some others involve a deeper knowledge on Gibraltar. For this reason, you may want to have some information prior to the trip. I provide a series of links for you to start investigating:
Government of Gibraltar
Finally, when I was looking for a nice picture to show you Gibraltar's monkeys, I found something that made me feel really sad and terrified. It is a piece of news that announces that there has been and there is going to be a monkeys' cull (slaughter). They say that two of them have already been given lethal injections and vets have been ordered to kill another 23. The reason can be that some of these monkeys have vandalised hotel rooms and have run amok on a beach. (Click here and here for the news).
I am an animal lover and I consider that killing should be the last measure to take. These monkeys can be taken to a diffent place, a zoo for example, if they do not fit in The Rock anymore. I hope there is a better solution for this problem.
Look at these pictures, aren't they cute?
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Exercise 3: Mix and match the expressions. Listen and check.
Exercise 4: Complete the script, then listen and check your answers.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Thanks a lot, students from 1º Bachillerato A. The cake was delicious and the message really funny! You will enjoy your trip to Gibraltar, I'm sure.
I published a post on Gibraltar some time ago, click here to read it.
Lots of love,
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I am really touched and happy! The cake was delicious, mmmm!!!! A chocolate cake!!! And thanks for the card and the chocolate bar!!!
Many kisses and lots of love!
Friday, 13 February 2009
I wish you all a Happy Saint Valentine's Day!
Sunday, 8 February 2009
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“Smiles form the channels of a future tear.”
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
Thursday, 5 February 2009
As you know, on February 14 we celebrate Saint Valentine's Day. I want you, my students, to show your feelings to your friends, boyfriends, girlfriends or even teachers. You are encouraged to make a Saint Valentine's card and hand it in before February 12. Remember to do it in English, you can include a poem, a quote, a drawing, etc.
The easiest way to make a Saint Valentine's Day card is to fold a sheet of paper in half and decorate it. Does it sound boring? Well, it doesn't have to be. There are several fun options for decorating cards.
Use your imagination to create fancy St. Valentine's Day cards and win the contest for the most loving, touching, shocking, fabulous, and above all, original Saint Valentine’s Card!
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
Reading comprehension activity:
Click on this link for one of the stories.
Now, you can answer some questions on the story here.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke brings to life this modern, visual, and visceral Romeo & Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair - between vampire and mortal.
Source and more information: Twilight: The Official Movie Site