Monday, 8 May 2017

The Story Corps Project

Story Corps is a project that records life stories of ordinary people. Some of the stories are really inspiring and feature admirable people talking about various challenges and aspects of their life.

We read an introductory article about the project in class, so now lets choose of the stories and work on it so we get ready to tell other students about it in our next class (in two minutes maximum). Listen a few times before you read the script.

Lets share these amazing stories ...! If you like you can write a comment at the end of this article.

Here's the link to the website:

The Story Corps


Monday, 6 March 2017

We are lucky

Last day in class we read a very interesting passage about a project in which people are given money to help other people. The project is called "We are Lucky", and the benefactor is an anonymous person from London.
As a class exercise, I suggested taking a look at one or two of the real stories told in the website, and getting ready to tell the story in class.

Here's the link to the website: WE ARE LUCKY

You may also leava comment on this post if you wish


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Country Boy




Hello, folks. Here's the last song we did in class. A simple song about love, sung by one of the icons of Rhythm & Blues, Fats Domino. Enjoy!



Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Foggy Day

"A Foggy Day in London Town, had me low and it had me down". Thus go the first words of the song we recently saw in class, magnificently performed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. A song about loneliness in a city that can only be redeemed by love.

Here's the video in case you might like to listen to it again.




Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Global warming by 2º C

Hello folks. Here's a listening exercise to give you extra practice. I  suggest you do the following:

a) Listen to the video we saw in class a few times:



b) Use the this worksheet to find the significance of those figures (you might need to view the video stopping from time to time; that's fine).

c) When you are done, check your answer with this answer key.

d) Leave a comment on this blog post on the subject of global warming (3 lines max.)


Monday, 23 January 2017

How music changes through the years...

Last week we were able to listen to another of those iconic songs by rock band Queen. "Radio Ga Ga" talks about long gone days, teenage nights, and the sound of radio in our houses. We were able to follow up the song by briefly discussing how the music industry has changed over the years. We mentioned our cherished memories of vinyl records, memorable concerts, and favourite music.
Here's the link of this well-known song.

Radio Ga Ga


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Destination anywhere



This is the song we did in class the other day. The tale of a heartbroken woman, trying to escape the harsh reality. Listen again and post a comment if you like!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Travel on the cheap

Travel is one of the pleasures ol life, but it does not need to be expensive.

Write a comment to this post and give us your tips for cheap travel (4 lines maximum; I include one as an example)


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Guy Fawkes Night

Remember, remember! 
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;  
I know of no reason 
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot! 

These lines come from the famous poem about the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, which is commemorated with fireworks and bonfires every November 5.

We read some account of the events in class, but here's a more detailed film about it




Enjoy the video and find out all about it!!


Thursday, 27 October 2016

All Souls' Night

Here's the Halloween video we did in class, with that really suggestive song by Canadian singer and composer Loreena McKennitt. Full of powerful imagery and evocative words. You might like to listen to it again.

Here's the link

And here's the subtitled version.

Enjoy this dark and very special time of the year!


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Our first song

Hello, folks. Here's the song we listened to in our first class. It tells of success in spite of difficulties, and how we need to work hard to achieve our goals.

Really quite relevant for an English learner. Motivation can be our driving force and get us almost anywhere we want, provided we are ready for the challenge.

Enjoy the song, and enjoy the energy!! Your comments are welcome





Sunday, 2 October 2016

Learning English in Spain

Are there enough opportunities and resources to study English in Spain? Do you think that Spanish people learn and speak English better now than years ago? Why are films (originally produced in English)  shown in Spanish in our cinemas? Do we need to improve our teaching of languages? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts on this ...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

A new course starts at the EOI


Hello, folks. I'd like to welcome you NI2 students to the new English course. We will try to work hard and have lots of fun in English. I encourage you to write comments on this blog. It's a great way to practise your writing!

These is the TEXTBOOK we are going to use, among other materials:

 "English File Intermediate Plus (Third Edition)", Student's Book and Workbook. Ed. Oxford UP

On the right-hand side of this I will post the daily homework or "assignment", as well as the monthly composition exercises due. You can check it regularly to keep up with the class. You also have some links to websites that offer extra language practice.

So enjoy the course and pull up your socks!!! (work hard!),

Ray

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Want to improve your listening skills? Become a podcast fan


In the last class we suggested the possibility on working with  podcasts. But, what is a podcast?
In simple words, a podcast is a subscription to a radio programme. There are thousands of websites and radio stations that offer free podcasts on the Internet. This is how it works:
 First of all you need to install in your computer one of the many software programmes that enable you to subscribe to a podcast. The most popular programme is iTunes (and it's free!).
Then you go to the podcast directory in iTunes, and choose the subscriptions you would like to make (there are podcasts about virtually everything: news, sports, comedy, films, music, science, entertainment, you name it ...). Once you have selected them, every time you open the programme with an Internet connection the latest audio file gets downloaded.
Then you find the iTunes folder in your computer, and copy the files onto your mp3 player (with an iPod, this is automatic), and you can listen to your favourite programmes anywhere you like: in your car, at home while you do your house chores, while walking in the street, etc.
It's a great way to activate your English! There are also video podcasts, and of course, many interesting podcasts in other languages, including Spanish.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Delicious Jacket Potatoes

Hi, friends. Last Friday we discussed in class how to make delicious jacket potatoes. The basic idea is simple: Put some large potatoes in the oven for 50-60 minutes (200º). Open them in halves, and empty the potatoes with a spoon, leaving just the skin (the "jacket"). Put the inner part of the potatoes into a large bowl, and mash them with olive oil or butter, salt, pepper and grated cheese.
Stuff the jackets (skin) with some ingredient (e. g.  ham), and then cover them with the mash.
Grill in the oven for another 15 minutes. ENJOY
The following website offers many interesting variants: Baked potatoes

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Home Project

Since we sometimes talk about environmental issues in class, I thought you might like to see this film. It places humankind on our planet throughout history, and gives us some interesting lines of action to improve our future and our children's future. If you like you can leave a comment below with your views.

The Home Project



 
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