Friday, 2 December 2016

Shakespeare's 12th Night


The British Council colloborated with SBTV who brought together musicians and lyricists for a special Twelfth Night-inspired piece. Watch the music video and find out more about British Council events and activities taking place around the world in 2016 on the Shakespeare Lives website.
(You can add subtitles if necessary)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Magnus Carlsen

Do you know Magnus Carlsen?
See here and here (Place the cursor on the matches if you want more info).

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016

Gradable Adjectives


Review Gradable Adjectives.

SPEAKING LESSON (Wednesday 30th Nov.) Landmarks and city description

Check some specific vocabulary and phrases here to use in the activity.

You can also have a look at Cartagena Website in English: What to Visit? The following are just suggestions:
· Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre)
· Barco Turístico (Tourist Boat)
· Castillo de la Concepción
· Fuerte de Navidad (Fort of Christmas)
· Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall)

Speaking activity:

Be ready to talk about:
  • a landmark in Cartagena (or in your home town / city) for 3 minutes.
  • a village town / city you've visited recently which impressed you. Give reasons and as many details as possible. (3 mins.)
If time allows, tell the rest of the class the type of tourism you can do in another place (different from the ones you chose for the first activity)
  •     Leisure time
  •     Gastronomy
  •     Sports
  •     Night life …
Remember:

o       Be extremely specific in your speech
o       Avoid “good, bad, nice, beautiful, go” and basic vocabulary in general
o       Be ready to ask and answer possible questions about your and your classmates’ recommendations.

Adverb / Adjective Collocations

First have a look at the difficult list: Collocations with intensifying adverbs.
And then at the easy one: just absolutely and completely. More from BBC here.
Check gradable adjectives (if you don't feel like reading the following post on the topic) as well... and finally some online practice here... and a test if you feel like it.

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 27th November

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round-up Week Ending 27th November

Week ending 4th Dec.

Friday, 25 November 2016

End Violence against Women

End Violence against Women
  • Domestic violence kills one woman every 12 minutes
  • I can do something!: as a victim  as a policy maker   as a citizen
  • 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence during her lifetime
  • 200 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation
  • Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria.
  • 1500 women are victims of acid attacks every year


Black Friday

 I'm happy, I don't need to buy anything today.

Wordlists LIFE (Units 1 & 2)

You will find below a wordlist for every unit. They are in .doc format so that you can work with them. All the words / phrases appear in red. You may delete the words you already know and add information to the new ones for you. Add pronunciation / meaning / translation and an example of the word in context (or the four of them!) according to your needs.

It can be a useful tip to improve your vocabulary

Unit 1 Lessons for Life

Unit 2 More than a Job

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Would you walk people for a living?

Meet the man who does it on this The Guardian article.

Chuck McCarthy has created a service to stroll with strangers...

Monday, 21 November 2016

More about Presentations

Haven't you decided yet which presentation you are going to do? If you've already made up your mind, have a look at how to make it. You'll find it useful.
Remember possible topics to talk about: IT, your hobby / hobbies, a trip, a famous person, a celebrity, a discovery, a sport, how to do smth., or any other theme you may find interesting ...

How to give a presentation in English

Presentations...

Just a reminder ... 
You have to do / give / make a presentation before the end of the (academic) year. It will help your oral skills dramatically / enormously / immeasurably / significantly / tremendously.
Tips to start working on it. 


Acronym or Abbreviation (Dictionary.com)

Acronym or Abbreviation: Is there a difference between acronyms and abbreviations? Yes. An abbreviation is any shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase. An acronym is a specific type of abbreviation formed from the first letters of a multi-word term, name, or phrase, with those letters pronounced together as one term. OPEC—or the O(rganization of) P(etroleum) E(xporting) C(ountries)—is an acronym because we pronounce it as one word, oh-pek. This is distinct from an initialism, which is another form of abbreviation in which each letter is pronounced separately, like FBI. To complicate the issue, there are hybrid forms—part initialism, part acronym—like CD-ROM and JPEG—for which one term is as good as the other...
To learn more about these type of words click here.

Abbreviations

First of all a little bit of theory here. Then, look up ABBREVIATIONS on Oxford Dictionary, or on Your Dictionary and written abbreviations on Macmillan Dictionary.
Some activities here (key) and here (key).

More on 30.1.14 on this blog

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round Up Week Ending 18th November

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round Up Week Ending 18th November

Murcia Today

Friday, 18 November 2016

Natives vs Non-Natives Episode 1 | Onestopenglish

Episode 1 | Onestopenglish: This month the panel discusses natives vs. non-natives, Brexit and its effects on ELT, modern perceptions of the ELT teacher and Formal, Informal and Non-formal Learning. Special guests include Rob Hughes, DELTA-qualified teacher currently studying for a masters in applied linguistics, and Mike Riley, teacher engagement manager at Macmillan.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

8 Spanish Words You'll Struggle To Pronounce (If You're Not Spanish)

Many Spanish students usually complain about the difficulty of pronouncing English sounds. It's just the same all the way round!!!

8 Spanish Words You'll Struggle To Pronounce (If You're Not Spanish): Spanish can be a tricky language to pronounce, but here are some tricks that will help you pronounce some challenging words — watch and see!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Key to ON activity (3rd Nov.)

ALL phrases use ON. Check the rest here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Let's talk about politics!

We'll be doing this Tim's Free English Lesson Plans activity in class on Wednesday. You can check this voc sheet about political vocabulary after doing the activity.

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round-up W/e 11th November

! Murcia Today - Murcian And Spanish News Round-up W/e 11th November

Murcia Today

Perigee full moon

Read and watch (on The Guardian) Today the moon will be the biggest and brightest it has been in more than 60 years. So long as the sky is clear of clouds, it should be a great time to get outside and gaze at it or take some photos.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Coughs & Colds

Read about collocations with coughs & colds.