Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Europe is lost

Hello folks,

Here the latest proposal for homework.

In class we saw the beginning of a performance by poet Kate Tempest. The poem, to which we just saw the introduction, is entitled "Europe is Lost" and it's full of rich language and ideas.

Listen to the live performance a couple of times. Then listen again taking a few notes.

The purpose of this exercise is to identify just a few examples of the ideas conveyed in the video, to explain in class. Try to support those examples with the language she uses. The language is poetic and uses lost of metaphores, so we might need to interpret a little.

You will probably find this exercise a bit challenging, but I hope you find it interesting at the same time.

Here's the video:

If you find the activity too hard, try another version which offers a bit of visual help:
(WARNING: this video contains violent scenes that you might find shocking. Don't watch if you are under 18)

Here's the poet's website, in case you want to check it:

Kate tempest website

Hope you enjoy the activity.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Ellen McArthur TED Talk

Hello there!

This is the video we started to watch in class before the Easter hols. In this video sailor Ellen McArthur talks about her yatching career, and makes powerful connections to environmental issues.

TED TALKS Ellen McArthur

Now watch the remainder of the video (starting 7' 30''), and answer the  questions.

Please don't use the English subtitles feature until you have listened at least twice without subtitles (needless to say, I don't recommend using the Spanish subtitles). Enjoy the activity!

Practice exams

Hello, folks!

This is the link to the Comunidad de Madrid C1 exam sample (complete with listening materials and answers). I strongly recommend doing it before our May exam.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

BBC Outlook "Triumph and tragedy in a boy band"

Hello, folks.

This is what we set for homework for next week: the audio entitled "Triumph and tragedy in a boy band" from the BBC Outlook podcast.

Here's the link to the recording:

Triumph and tragedy in a boy band

Use these questions to help you focus your attention.

Nice weekend!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Counting your blessings

This is the last song we have seen in class. It talks about the necessary ability to appreciate the good things we have in life, instead of continually missing things we don't have. This is what we call "counting your blessings".

The song, "Count it up"  is written and performed by UK band Field Music.

Enjoy this live version, and feel free to add a comment to this post.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Blackberry not working

Hi, folks. Here's a really funny comedy sketch. It's full of very clever puns (play on words), using words about technology with a double meaning. Listen a few times and work out as many puns as you can. Here's the link:

Blackberry comedy sketch

Enjoy it,


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dirty Old Town

Hello, friends.

Here's the latest addition to our songlist of the C1 year. "Dirty Old Town", by Shane McGowan and Irish band The Pogues, talks about life and love in a run-down industrial setting.

Here's the link to the song. This version is a live version, more recent than the one we saw in class.

Dirty Old Town


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

December writing: "An inspiring story"

Hello, folks.

This is my suggestion for the December writing assignment: write your account of an inspiring story. It can be the story of some admirable person, preferably not a famous person, but a rather unknown one.
I suggest you use a piece of audio as your source for your story (this will give you the opportunity to practise listening and writing together). It could be from the Outlook podcast BBC or from the really interesting website The Story Corps.

It mustn't be very long (try not to exceed 200 words). Here are some tips for it:
- Include a little introduction
- Describe the characters and the setting with suggestive language
- Include mini dialogues or reported speech (in moderation) to bring the story alive
- Try to explore the feelings of the characters a little
- Make use of a wide range of  language (structures, adjectives, adverbs)

Homage to ACDC

This is the latest song we have done in class, as a way of homage to Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of the rock band ACDC, who recently passed away.

Ride On is a song about second chances, and
about getting on with your life even in the face
of adversity. You can listen to it here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

All Souls' Night

Here's the video to the  Halloween song we did in class, sung 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

Enjoy this dark and very special time of the year!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

What works for me

Every English learner is different. There may be things that work for your, and help you improve, and some other things that don't help you at all.
At this stage, you are already an experienced learner, you I sure you will have many things to say on the subject, with the benefit of hindsight.

Let's initiate a class discussion. Write a shot comment below (3-4 lines) and share your thoughts.

Monday, 25 September 2017

A new course starts at the EOI

Hello, folks. I'd like to welcome you C1 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:

 "Pioneer", Student's Book. MM Publication. Authors: H. Q. Mitchell, Marileni Malkogianni

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!),


Friday, 1 September 2017

Want to improve your listening skills? Become a podcast fan

In 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 free programme is iTunes.
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 on to your computer, phone, etc.

The beauty of podcast is that 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.

Here is a very interesting article with ideas on on how to work with podcasts and improve your English:

Podcasts (The Independent)

Enjoy the practice!

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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