Friday 19 April 2024

Thursday 18 April 2024

Key to Tuesday's Written Mediation Activity

Check your answer here.

Compare and contrast your written mediation suggestion with this one. Pay special attention to the missing info rather than in any other aspect. If you used bullet points instead of commas, no problem.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Written Mediation Activity

CONTEXT: John, an English friend of yours, is doing a paper about Guidance for the general public in European countries in case of a terrorist attack and found this info sheet on the Ministerio del Interior website. It is too long and he does not understand everything. He asks you to summarize the most important info in English.

TASK: Write an email to him summarizing the content of the info sheet in about 125-150 words. [Suggested Answer in two days]

Monday 15 April 2024

EL PAÍS News in English

Gaza in ruins

Dear readers,

As the Gaza war enters its seventh month, EL PAÍS used satellite imagery and damage assessment data to document the devastation in the Strip caused by the Israeli offensive. Up to 57% of buildings in the enclave have been damaged or destroyed, according to analysis carried out at the University of Oregon, but that figure rises to 75% in the capital, (...). EL PAÍS also spoke to Palestinian journalist Wael Dahdouh, who has lost his wife and three of his children in the war. “Israel is deliberately killing journalists in Gaza,” said the bureau chief of Al Jazeera television in the Strip. “They do not want us to continue documenting what is happening.”

‌The mysterious “Havana syndrome” once again made headlines around the world this week. A fresh investigation into the illness that has apparently affected some 200 people for several years, including employees of the White House, the CIA and the FBI and seems to back the theory pointing to Russia as one of the direct culprits through military intelligence Unit 29155, which allegedly deployed “directed energy” weapons. (...). Both Cuba and Russia have denied the allegations in the report, which Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described as “baseless accusations.”

We also interviewed Nadège Vanhee, who has worked as creative director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès for the last decade, a tenure that has lasted practically an eternity by fashion standards. One of the few women at the helm of a major brand, Vanhee operates in a way that runs in contrast to the public image of the industry, maintaining a low profile and avoiding social media and public exposure. (...).

‌We hope you enjoy this week's selection of stories

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Friday 12 April 2024

Thursday 11 April 2024

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Talking Point Worksheets by Liz Regan

Topics to Talk About. Use the worksheets to get ideas to speak about the following topics: Adoption Art Corruption Crime Food Friendship Natural Disasters Olympic Games Shopping Recession

Yes, I know some of the questions sound a bit old-fashioned, but you can always update them! ... and you have topics and questions to talk (and prepare answers for).
Perhaps you might use the activities about the topics you're less familiar with ...

If you haven't got a regular English-speaking partner yet to talk and practise, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!!

Monday 8 April 2024

Money Names

EL PAÍS News in English

Attack on World Central Kitchen

Dear readers,

This week, seven aid workers from the disaster relief group World Central Kitchen (WCK) were killed by an Israeli missile strike. In the wake of the attack on the organization, founded by Spanish-American chef José Andrés, EL PAÍS looked at other civilians who have been killed by Israeli soldiers. (...).

‌In Argentina, we spoke to the workers in the firing line of President Milei's mass government layoffs, and in Colombia, we reported on the efforts to crack down on sex tourism after a U.S. citizen was discovered with two young girls.

In other news, we interviewed Jane C. Ginsburg, the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, about the challenges posed by artificial intelligence, reviewed a new book that depicts Franco’s Spain as a Nazi hideout, and investigated why the American far-right is obsessed with nicotine pouches.

We hope you enjoy this week's selection of stories.

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Friday 5 April 2024

Vocabulary + Phrasal Verbs + Idioms by TOPIC

You can find more than a thousand C1 words, phrasal verbs and idioms classified by topics in this 33-page document (made by EOI Málaga students and found by Antonio). 

Enjoy it!!! Really good stuff!!!

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Museum and Art Vocabulary

Art Vocabulary 1
Art vocabulary 2

On Phrasal Verbs (By Lucy)

First read here; then do the Ultimate Phrasal Verbs Test, and finally, write on the Search this Blog section (on your right): "Phrasal Verbs" and choose the most appealing entry for you.

Tuesday 2 April 2024

C1 & C2 If you enjoy reading articles, this is your post!

Article writing skills may be helped with article reading. The following are a selection of articles which I found interesting (with my notes): vocabulary to learn in green; useful phrases in yellow. Hope you enjoy them:

Read the following articles V. You'll be able to find I, II, III and IV there as well.

Key April Fool's Day

Check your answers here.
[Click on the headlines in activity 2 to read the news]

Monday 1 April 2024

Spaghetti Harvest

April Fool's Day

Today's April Fool's Day in the UK. Do this activity to learn a bit about the day and hoaxes. 
[Key tomorrow] Don't miss the links in Activity 2

EL PAÍS News in English

A blow to the heart of the city

Dear readers,

In the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, we reconstructed the accident in a series of graphs and maps that show the path of the container ship as it lost control and rammed into a pillar in the middle of the night, bringing down the structure, killing several workers and delivering a blow to the economic heart of the city.

This week we bring you two interviews. One is with Shlomo Ben Ami, a former Israeli minister who discusses the impact of the Israel-Hamas war on America's Jewish community; the other is with the popular neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, who goes over his theory that humans have no free will but are instead mostly moved by factors beyond their control.

We also analyzed Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador's new strategy to influence the vote of Mexicans living in the U.S., and revisited the sad life of Mileva Einstein, the first wife of the Nobel Prize winner and a brilliant scientist in her own right who was nevertheless treated like a maid.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from El País USA Edition.

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Friday 29 March 2024

Thursday 28 March 2024

Miscellany Vocab


Make true sentences for you with the ones you didn't know.

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Monday 25 March 2024

Revise Writing Argumentative Essays.

Read this Argumentative Essay Corrected and check whether you make the same typical errors when writing essays.

EL PAÍS News in English

'Ending the war militarily is impossible, because Russia is a nuclear country'

Dear readers,‌

As debate continues over the assertion of French President Emmanuel Macron that the deployment of international troops in Ukraine should not be ruled out, we interviewed Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who stated that is not Kyiv’s goal. “(...) We are very grateful to the European Union and partners for training tens of thousands of our soldiers in Europe. "We propose to our European partners to send instructors to Ukrainian territory, to make this process faster, since it would facilitate logistics and communication. (...).

In a week that saw Vladimir Putin extend his reign over Russia after presidential elections in which he ran practically unopposed, subsequently announcing “grandiose plans” for the country’s future, EL PAÍS analyzed the global network that allows the Kremlin to maintain its war machine and sidestep Western sanctions. From explicit political backing from states such as North Korea, Belarus, and Syria, to China’s economic support and military backing from Iran, in addition to a swathe of countries that offer trade options, black market opportunities and access to dual-use goods or financial services, Putin has established a diverse web of sympathizers to his cause. (...).

‌We also spoke to neurologist Josep Dalmau, of the Idibaps-Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, who in 2007 discovered the mechanisms behind a type of swelling of the brain called “anti-NMDAR encephalitis,” a milestone that would lead the scientist and his team of researchers to describe 12 of the 16 forms of autoimmune encephalitis that have been described since then. (...) This had a great impact on neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and intensive care (...).”

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from El País USA Edition.

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Friday 22 March 2024

Easter in Cartagena

Recommendations by Murcia Today

To get familiar with the vocabulary and concepts of our Holy Week have a look at this "Guide" to learn the basics. 

You can have a look at Holy Week Step by Step too. 

More specific info for this year: Guía de Semana Santa 2024 Radio Cartagena

Guided Visits