sábado, 27 de octubre de 2018

I'M FROM BARCELONA

Whenever I read or hear somebody mention the popular Spanish town, I can't help thinking of Manuel, the funny Spanish waiter in the famous British series Fawlty Towers. That's why the other day, while doing an exercise with one of my groups, in which Paris and Barcelona were mentioned, I told my students about the series.


Fawlty Towers is a sitcom set in a hotel in Torquay. The first season aired in 1975 and the second in 1979. Though Manuel keeps saying that he's from Barcelona, the actor who portrayed the Spanish waiter was British of German origin. He was born  in Berlin and emigrated to London with his parents in 1938 to escape persecution under the Nazis.
Listen to him boasting about his nationality below and read the article from The Guardian newspaper about the best 10 Fawlty Towers moments.





martes, 23 de octubre de 2018

LET'S REVISE: WORK

You can revise the vocabulary you learnt last year with this exercise. Read the definition provided, think of a word that matches it and turn the card over to check whether you were right.

created by María José Díaz

And here is another one for those who wish to do something more challenging. Click on the right word to fill in the gap in the sentences. Only one answer is correct.


miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2018

SUCCESS

Dictionaries give two different definitions of succes. Either the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status or the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Which category do you fit into? And how did you achieve success? Was it by hard work? Mere chance? or dumb luck?

I leave here some information about three successful women. Read about them and, along with the information you got from your textbooks, consider whether they should be envied because of their success or whether the price they (allegedly) had to pay to get there was so high that it wasn't worth it.

https://scientificwomen.net/women/greider-carol-41

http://www.angelajiakim.com/angela-jia-kim-bio/

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/02/pepsico-ceo-indra-nooyis-last-day-5-habits-that-drove-her-success.html








 

domingo, 7 de octubre de 2018

NEWS FROM THE BBC



            In our first lesson you all said what your target for this academic year is: brushing up your English, getting the certificate, keeping your English alive, etc, etc, etc.
         Well, I also have a target: to encourage you to keep in touch with the language, wherever and whenever. One good way to do so is to listen to the radio or to watch TV. Listening to/watching the news might be the easiest way to start. So... I've done this exercise to start with. I hope you enjoy it.


Listen to seven items of news from World at One (BBC radio 4)  and match each item, numbered 1 to 7, with the topic they deal with. There are two items that match the same topic and there is one topic that doesn’t match any item.


1

A
Technology
2

B
Politics and society
3

C
Shopping and trade
4

D
Health and wellbeing
5

E
Administration and law
6

F
Weather and environment
7

G
Housing and home environment

 

KEY:1.E - 2.A - 3.D - 4.B or E - 5.F - 6.C - 7.B  +  You can read the transcript HERE.

domingo, 27 de mayo de 2018

TOO LATE TO GIVE IN

Come on, just one  more effort and it'll all be over.
Thinking about giving in now? Too late. You cannot throw overboard all you've done this academic year. So... grit your teeth, clench your fists and carry on.
And thank you for making my life easy and my lessons so rewarding.

GOOD LUCK!


lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

ONE WEEK TO GO

Hi there!
How are you doing? Fine, I imagine, because nobody has written to complain or ask questions about the homework, which means that either you are not doing it or you are finding it easy peasy.
I'm still here at the Hollings dealing with teenagers, I'm really having a good time, though they're very different from you.


I'll see you on the 2nd May. Don't dare not turn up. We've almost got to the end of the marathon.