Wednesday, 5 May 2021

C1 Advertising and Marketing Vocabulary

Of course you shouldn't learn all the words and phrases in the cloud, but just check some and include them in your active vocabualry!!!

Monday, 3 May 2021

El País Weekly News

Dear readers,

Tensions have been rising in Madrid ahead of the regional election on May 4. As the date approached, the political debate gave way to a series of ever-more concerning criminal incidents. In the past week, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto was sent a bloody knife, Madrid premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso received a death threat letter and former PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was targeted with a package containing bullets.

In the meantime, the far-right Vox party has stepped up its campaign, promising to block access to euthanasia and abortion.

In coronavirus news, the incidence rate is holding steady and the Covid-19 vaccination drive is speeding ahead. Doubts, however, remain over what course of action should be taken for the essential workers under 60 who received a AstraZeneca dose before the vaccine was restricted to the 60-69 age group.

And finally, we looked at the discovery of the remains of a 700-year-old child in the Real Alcázar of Seville.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition, and that you are staying safe.

Thanks for reading.

MELISSA KITSON

Friday, 30 April 2021

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Writing: A Report

If you haven't started with the topic suggested in the textbook yet, choose one of the following tasks  to write a 220-word report:
  • More and more young people must leave Spain in order to find a job. Invent facts and figures for the last ten years and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • Crime rate is increasing in your area. There are more thefts, robberies and burglaries than ten years ago. Invent facts and figures and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • The number of young people betting on football matches results /numbers of goals scored, etc. has risen dramatically in the last five years. Invent facts and figures for the last ten years and write a report based on your "imaginary" data.
  • You have given out a questionnaire to your classmates to check how happy they are with the amount of time devoted  to the 5 Language Activities (Writing, Reading, Listening, Mediation and Speaking) in class. Write a report to your teacher showing your findings and give some suggestions.
Deadline: 6th May

Report Writing

Have a look at...
· Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Writing task: Sample
· Impersonal Report Structures
· Report Sample (200 words)
· Report Phrase Sheet
· Statistical Reports (extra info, not compulsory)

Ramadan: What, When And Eid

One of the most important holidays in Islam is Ramadan, a month dedicated to daily fasts from dawn until sunset. Every year (12th Apr. - 12th May this year) Muslims observe Ramadan by fasting during the daylight hours. Learn when it takes place exactly, and why it involves fasting.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Keep on learning languages at our EOI

¿Quieres estudiar alemán, árabe, francés, inglés o italiano en la EOI de Cartagena este curso próximo?
Déjanos tus datos de contacto AQUÍ y te informaremos cuando comience el proceso de preinscripción.

 El proceso de admisión en el curso 21-22 está pendiente de publicar...

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Causative HAVE / GET

More Have something done activities (and explanations). Review grammar before doing the 3-page activity.

Do these personal and impersonal pasive constructions too.

Monday, 26 April 2021

El País. Spanish News in English

Dear readers,

The vaccination of the age groups most vulnerable to Covid-19 is picking up speed in Spain – nearly half of the 70-79 age group and 40% of the 60-69 population have had their first shot.

The question now is what Spain should do with the more than three million Janssen doses that will be left over once the over-60s are immunized, given the tiny risk of rare blood clots among younger demographics. In this infographic special, we calculated the risks and benefits of the vaccine for each age group.

In political news, candidates for the upcoming Madrid regional election on May 4 locked horns in the first and only televised debate of the campaign. In an uncommon display of unity, the leftist nominees sought to present a common front against the incumbent premier, Isabel Díaz-Ayuso, criticizing the conservative Popular Party politician for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A second debate on Friday, however, quickly descended into chaos after the Podemos and Vox candidates clashed.

And finally, we looked at the Spanish ski resort that is pursuing a controversial expansion plan despite the threat of climate change.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition, and that you are staying safe.

Thanks for reading.

MELISSA KITSON

Friday, 23 April 2021

World Book Day Activity

It's not Red Bull, it's a Book!!!
Thanks Concha!
Watch the presentation and be ready to do the following in class with Wesley (next Monday C2 group and next Thursday C1 group): 

· Provide a commentary about the whole presentation. 

· Choose 2 or 3 pictures, describe them and explain to your classmates why you selected them. 

Speaking time: 2 mins.

World Book Day + St. George's Day

Read and learn about history of the day, why this day was chosen (and not other), the day by the numbers, day activities, facts about reading... and much more on World Book Day

Remember it is St. George's Day as well, important day for the English!


Think of the book (fiction or non-fiction) you would recommend your classmates, the one you have enjoyed most in your life. Try to convince them to read it giving your reasons (in just 2 mins.) We'll be doing this activity in class with Wesley next week!

Your intonation will be key to convince everyone!!!

Thursday, 22 April 2021

(Mother) Earth Day

 
Today is Earth Day. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction.

Take a quiz (Upcycled Foods / Whale Conservation / Protect Our Species / Climate Change / Oceans and Plastic Pollution / Environmental Literacy / Deforestation and Biodiversity / Clean Energy) and learn!!!

Educator and Family Guide to Earth Day Even if you find no interesting link, which I doubt, just watching the photos is worthwhile.

What does Sustainability mean?

Sustainability is a hot topic right now. But what does it really mean, and which parts should you be paying attention to? From Future Learn Blog
Let's find answers to the questions...

Why is sustainability important?
What are the three pillars of sustainability?
What are the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and their challenges?
How can we all move towards sustainable living?
· Sustainable food and farming
· Sustainable fashion
· Sustainable technologies and renewable energy
· Sustainable transportation

... it is education that enables us to understand topics such as sustainability and climate change, and when we understand, we are able to make a difference.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Monday, 19 April 2021

El País English Edition

Dear readers,

Spain's Covid-19 vaccination drive was dealt a new blow this week after the rollout of the Janssen vaccine was put on hold due to concerns over rare blood clot cases. While the goal of immunizing 70% of the adult population is still within reach, the pause may cause problems in the medium term.

In other vaccine news, Spain's regions have begun inoculating the 70-79 age group as well as people with medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19. Here is an overview of how the drive is progressing in each region.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases continue to rise, with the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants now at 202. In response to the worsening situation, several regions have called on the central government to extend the state of alarm, which is set to expire on May 9.

And finally, we looked at the "salt curse" threatening the famous cathedral in Cádiz in the south of Spain.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition, and that you are staying safe.

Thanks for reading.

MELISSA KITSON

Friday, 16 April 2021

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

C1 Elllo

Improve your listening skills with Elllo. Listen to these advanced conversations without looking at the transcripts. 

Go for new topics or uninteresting issues for you -that will help you more.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

C1 16 Confusing Verbs

 

Check incorrect answers and make up true sentences for you with them. 

Monday, 12 April 2021

El País News in English

Dear readers,

Spain announced this week that it will stop using the Covid-19 vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca on people under the age of 60 after the European Medicines Agency found a "possible link" between the medication and "rare cases of unusual blood clots." The doses will now be restricted to the 60-to-69 age group.

The news comes as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez reiterated his government's commitment to vaccinating 33 million people, or 70% of the adult population, by the end of summer.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases continue to rise, which is putting the country's intensive care units under mounting pressure. With the state of alarm set to expire on May 9, there are concerns the regions – which are responsible for containing the pandemic in their territories – will soon no longer have the legal backing they need to apply restrictions such as the nighttime curfew.

And finally, we went inside the first ever semi-submersible narco vessel made in Spain, which was set to transport 2,000 kilos of cocaine across the Strait of Gibraltar.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition, and that you are staying safe.

Thanks for reading.

MELISSA KITSON

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) Speaking Test Tips

Even though CPE oral exams are not the same as EOI ones, I am abolutelely sure you will find many useful tips below:

Proficiency Speaking Test Tips

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Dear readers,

Spain has once again entered a high-risk situation as defined by the coronavirus alert system. According to one regional health chief, the data indicates the country is "already entering a fourth wave."

Meanwhile, the Spanish government has published a new law that makes face masks mandatory in all public space, including the beach and swimming pools, regardless of social distancing. The rules have sparked backlash from the tourism industry, which says they will hurt business.

And finally, we published a new infographic special on how the coronavirus is spread and how contagion can be avoided.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition, and that you are staying safe.

Thanks for reading.